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March 2020- Dee

3 months ago · · Comments Off on March 2020- Dee · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Meet our March Patient Of The Month, Dee, who practically grew up in our clinic because her mom was an employee!  Since Dee was friendly and always around, she was often used to train new therapists and demonstrate new techniques.  As she got older, she unfortunately developed back and elbow issues, but they were successfully managed because of her regular therapy sessions which consisted of underwater treadmill, exercise, massage, and laser.

Last spring she decided to up the ante and injure her knee.  On examination, Dr. Martin suspected a partial CCL tear, so off to the surgeon she went.  Her surgery was postponed due to other health issues, so pre-hab therapies such as exercise, massage, laser and acupuncture were started to manage pain and strengthen her other limbs.  She eventually had a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) in November 2019, performed by Dr. David Wilson at Blue Pearl Pet Hospital.

“Dee was always so patient with me when I started training at IPC.  She allowed me to practice my exercise and massage techniques and was always willing to give me lots of kisses!  It was an honor to treat her post TPLO surgery and I am so proud of how far she’s progressed since starting the program!  I am still seeing improvements with her and am excited to see how much stronger she gets; no more injuries though!” -Rika, Dee’s primary therapist

Massage, laser, Assisi Loop treatments, and lots and lots of icing were started immediately following surgery to reduce inflammation, swelling at the surgical site and manage her pain.  Due to her conformation, the repair angle was steep, so she was put on extra restriction- which she fortunately didn’t mind.

One month post-op, her team felt she ready to start active therapies to help regain muscle mass, so she progressed to underwater treadmill and therapeutic exercise. While Dee isn’t the biggest fan of the underwater treadmill, she can be bribed to stay up front with peanut butter. Three months later, Dee was given the clearance by Dr. Wilson to return to normal activity!  The collaboration and open communication between her surgeon and rehab team contributed greatly to her successful recovery.

“Dee is a treasure who was my first patient at IPC!  She has always been a bit of an overachiever when it comes to hurting herself, so she keeps us busy!  Dee never fails to make us laugh- we love her so much”  -Dr. Kelli Martin

Dee was as adopted as a puppy after her foster parents knew they couldn’t let her go.  Her daily life involves stalking her cat siblings, wuh-wuhing for food, cuddling and being the laziest pit bull around.  She recently started competing in Nosework competitions, which has helped keep her mind active while recovering. Dee can’t wait to go on pack walks in the spring and thanks to her therapy, she’ll be able to keep up with her buds!

“I am incredibly grateful for the amazing care Dee has received over the years as I was fortunate to have the best rehab team at my disposal.  I can’t imagine what her mobility would look like without them- they are simply the best!” -Liz

Make A Difference

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Dee’s family has asked us to tell you about CRISP.

Chicagoland Rescue Intervention and Support Program (“CRISP”) provides low or no-cost services to help Chicago pet owners keep their pets rather than surrendering them to the city shelter. If pets cannot be kept by their owners, then CRISP will network to help place them immediately with a rescue group or no-kill shelter to bypass the city shelter completely. 

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February 2020- Haylie

4 months ago · · Comments Off on February 2020- Haylie · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Haylie

It’s with a heavy heart we let you know that our Patient Of The Month Haylie has recently passed, but it is our pleasure and honor to dedicate the month of February to her.

Haylie had a rough start in life, but all that changed when she was adopted into a home who showered her with love and attention.  Despite her history, she adored people, loved to play tug and was a loving companion and perfect pal to her two doggie siblings.  In May of 2017 she began randomly limping and was diagnosed with a soft tissue injury, but her lameness seemed to disappear with pain medications.   Unfortunately, in November 2018, she became non-weight bearing and painful even with the addition of 3 more pain medications.

Her vet suspected the worst, highly aggressive bone cancer which gave her a poor prognosis.  Ultimately an amputation was recommended as well as chemotherapy.  The cancer spread to her lungs in November 2019, but that didn’t slow down her zest for life.

Haylie’s parents brought their previous dog to Integrative Pet Care of  Homer Glen, so it was a no-brainer to return.  In January 2019 they met with Dr. Amber Ihrke shortly after her amputation. A rehabilitation program was prescribed which included acupuncture, massage, exercise and manual therapy.  These therapies were specifically recommended for pain management and strengthening.   IPC worked closely with her parents, oncologist and primary care veterinarian to give her the best quality of life.

Haylie enjoyed her time at IPC and her therapists loved working with her.   “Every time she came to us, she had a big goofy grin on her face that was contagious and heartwarming”- Tiffany

Once she started therapy, her swelling disappeared and she became more mobile and comfortable.  She regained her strength and was back to enjoying past activities like running at the lake, climbing bluffs, and taking treks into town.

“Despite being diagnosed with cancer which required an amputation, she always greeted us with a smile and wagging tail.  Haylie was an incredibly sweet dog who just loved to get attention.  It’s patients like Haylie who remind us to never let the little things get to us, never take life for granted, and live each day to the fullest. Having survived for over a year since her initial diagnosis, she is an inspiration to us.  Haylie will always have a special place in our hearts.” -Michelle

Make A Difference

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Haylie’s family has asked us to tell you about Illiana Rescue.

  • We are a small, 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization of volunteers.
  • We save dogs and cats from euthanasia, abuse and neglect.
  • We work closely with local shelter management, veterinarians and community members, serving Northwest Indiana-Lake County.
  • We mainly focus on animals in dire need, such as death row dogs and cats at high-kill shelter facilities, animal impounds or veterinary hospitals.
  • We provide proper care, medical treatment, therapy and social rehabilitation for the animals in foster homes.
  • We give animals a second chance at long, happy, healthy lives in loving adoptive homes.

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December 2019- Mardi

6 months ago · · Comments Off on December 2019- Mardi · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Mardi

Mardi’s story starts off almost 14 years ago when she was transferred to Illinois from New Orleans by West Suburban Humane Society during Hurricane Katrina.   Four month old Mardi was adopted by her family on New Year’s Eve.   Her family says she has a strong stubborn streak, but is the sweetest dog done without a mean bone in her body.
Last May Mardi became unable to walk and a radiograph revealed an abnormality on her spine, which her family feared to be cancer.

She was referred to Purdue University Small Animal Hospital, where it was discovered that she had cervical IVDD, so a ventral slot decompression of C6-7 was performed.  Mardi had a very rough recovery and developed aspirate pneumonia after surgery, which lead to a week long hospitalization in the ICU.  And if that wasn’t enough, she also tore her cranial cruciate ligament (CCL).  Her owners never gave up on her though and nursed her back to health.

Mardi was referred to Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen where she met with her new team, Dr. Annie Ubatuba and Michelle.  Dr. Annie noted during her evaluation that she was incredibly weak and did not have the ability to stand on her own.   A rehabilitation program was created which included acupuncture, underwater treadmill, massage, laser, and exercise.  She was also fitted for a stifle (knee) brace to address her CCL tear.

“Despite being older, Mardi has such a strong fighting spirit. It’s inspiring to see her get stronger and feistier the more she comes to see us.  Although she might not always be the biggest fan of sitting still for a laser or massage session, the therapies plus the orthotic have helped her come a long way.   I look forward to seeing the progress she continues to make.” -Michelle

Make A Difference

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Mardi has asked us to tell you about the organization that saved her life, West Suburban Humane Society.

The West Suburban Humane Society (WSHS) is a volunteer-based, animal welfare organization that was founded in 1972 as a lost-and-found referral service.  A dedicated volunteer base and the retained service of several veterinarians has allowed us to save the lives of and give 600 homeless animals each year new homes.  We continue to reunite lost animals and their families by maintaining a database with information on over 33,000 pets and their owners, and by providing free pet identification tags.

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December 2019- Allie

6 months ago · · Comments Off on December 2019- Allie · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , ,

Allie

Who’s that girl with the giant ears, it’s our Patient of The Month Allie!   We met Allie in July 2018 at the recommendation of her primary care veterinarian at Blum Animal Hospital when she started showing hind limb paresis (weakness in her back legs).  Her dad Gerry mentioned to some friends that he had been referred for our services and they had nothing but great things to say about our facility and staff.

Allie met with Dr. Megan Ridley and Renee who created a formal rehabilitation program which included exercise/massage/laser, underwater treadmill, and acupuncture.

Allie did well with her therapies and formed a strong bond with her main therapist Renee.  “Allie is the sweetest dog and it has been a pleasure to work with her and Gerry. “It’s so inspiring to work with an owner who will go above and beyond for his dog”!

Unfortunately Allie became weaker, so a custom cart from Eddie’s wheels was recommended.  She took to it immediately which amazed Emma who fitted her for the cart.  “Allie was AWESOME in her cart from the start; she took off and even tried to climb our equipment!” remarked Emma.  Allie was also fitted with custom made “walkies” which help her properly flex her back feet.

“I cannot imagine my life and hers without IPC.  As best we can, we are trying to maintain her strength and flexibility while making her comfortable and feeling good.  One of the best attributes of IPC is the creativity and determination in the methods used to add value to her life and make her feel better.  The whole staff deserves a shout and is much appreciated, but Renee, Rika, Emma, Brooklyn and Katie are who we work with the most!” -Gerry

Allie’s story began when she was transported to the Anti-Cruelty Society from Indiana and Gerry adopted her on her first day in the shelter.  She was an athletic dog who loved other people and dogs right away.  Even though Allie can’t run on her own anymore, she is still able to go up and down the “dog hill” in Oz Park, which is her favorite.   Today Allie is living the good life, especially on her therapy days which have turned into a field trip.  She gets either an egg and cheese sandwich from Peet’s or a turkey bacon egg white and cheddar sandwich from Starbucks!

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November 2019- Bailey

7 months ago · · Comments Off on November 2019- Bailey · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Bailey

Bailey came to Integrative Pet Care Homer Glen in April 2019 after a rough recovery from tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA) surgery to repair his torn right cranial cruciate ligament (CCL).  Bailey recovered well from a previous surgery in 2016 to repair his torn left CCL, so his owner knew he had to do something.    After reading reviews about our clinic, Dave decided to make an evaluation where he met with Dr. Amber Ihrke.   In that first appointment it was noted that Bailey was non-weight bearing on his right rear leg and was very uncomfortable with examination of the right knee, which had been this way for months. 

Our goals were to address his discomfort and start his recovery to a functional gait.  After being put on oral anti-inflammatory medication, supplements, going home with an Assisi loop, and coming to us for laser therapy, he started feeling better.  Once his pain was under control, Bailey was able to move onto active therapies like underwater treadmill and therapeutic exercises.

“Bailey, who has a reputation for being quite the ladies’ man, quickly became an IPC favorite” says Tiffany.  He is always happy, always smiling, and always beyond thrilled to be at IPC hanging out with his therapists and his good attitude is contagious.  According to Michelle, “Katie, Tiffany, and I have to fight to have him on our schedule, but are glad to see him in the building regardless of who has him!”

“With an aggressive rehabilitation program over the course of 4 months, Bailey went from only placing about 3% body weight (normal 20%) on his right rear limb to 15%!  Bailey was able to return to a functional 4-limb gait and his comfort is much improved!” -Dr. Ihrke 

“Bailey has come a long way in his treatment plan, both in overall attitude and range of motion.  He continues to make small improvements, as well as maintain the strength and flexibility he gained by continuing to see us as part of his maintenance plan.   It’s amazing what you can get a big ole’ lab to do for peanut butter and beef liver!” -Katie

“The amazing team at IPC have many tools in their bag to help with just about any disorder or problem.  Don’t give up on your pet without taking them to IPC first, they deserve a second opinion and second chance!  Bailey is living a normal life with little to no pain, and I feel he will remain that way for the rest of his life thanks to IPC.” -Dave

Here are some videos of Bailey:

Bailey rocking it in the underwater treadmill!

Bailey enjoying the great outdoors!

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October 2019- Juanita

8 months ago · · Comments Off on October 2019- Juanita · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Juanita

Ready to meet the mushiest pit bull ever?  Juanita came to Integrative Pet Care earlier this summer due to limping on walks and having a hard time getting on and off the couch.  Her mom was no stranger to rehabilitation as her previous dog Fifty was a long term patient (and our unofficial mascot).

Juanita met with Dr. Kelli Martin and Tami who recommended getting xrays of her hips.  Once xrays confirmed that she had bilateral hip arthritis, a formal program was created which included exercise, massage, laser, underwater treadmill and acupuncture.

Juanita loved her exercises and massage, but wasn’t sure about the underwater treadmill.   She surprised us all by sticking her head underwater in true hippo fashion!

Juanita continues to make progress at every one of her rechecks.  She is able to take longer walks, get up on furniture and in and out of the car easier!  Her mom Kelly has also noticed changes at home: “she no longer struggles to sit or lay down- she is getting so strong!”

She came into her mom’s life as a foster in 2016 after being found as a stray in Indiana.  She had been over bred, had terribly cropped ears, and several scars.  Despite everything she had endured, she was extremely sweet and trusting.  After a couple months of fostering, it was clear that she would become a permanent member of the family.

“I cannot say enough about the Integrative Pet Care staff!  The patient service coordinators are absolutely fantastic.  Her therapists Tami and Rika are the sweetest and Dr. Martin went above and beyond to make sure I got the right diagnosis.  I recommend IPC to everyone I know.”

Juanita has been a foster sister to countless dogs and is in the process of becoming a certified reading assistance dog with SitStayRead!  She lives with an elderly blind dog who she respects and a guinea pig who she adores!

Make A Difference

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Juanita has asked us to tell you about the organization that she will shortly be a part of, SitStayRead.

SitStayRead’s mission is to advance children’s literacy skills using an engaging curriculum, certified dogs, and dedicated volunteers.

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September 2019- Lily

9 months ago · · Comments Off on September 2019- Lily · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Lily

Lily came to us after a two month history of right rear lameness that was diagnosed as a cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injury and a patellar luxation. By using a stance analyzer, we were able to determine that Lily was only putting 5% of her body weight on her right rear limb (normal is 20%).  Her owners wanted to try a conservative treatment option to see if we could get Lily to walk better.  Her therapeutic plan over 8 weeks consisted of pain management modalities and osteoarthritis disease-modifying medication.  At the end of her plan, Lily showed no lameness and improved her weight-bearing on the left rear limb to 23%!  Lily is a great example of how conservative management with some knee injuries can lead to excellent outcomes.  

“Lily is a sweet, rambunctious dog with a lot of personality in a little package. Despite not liking the water at all, she walked in the underwater treadmill very well, and it was amazing to see how much she progressed over 8 weeks despite her stubborn attitude!”          -Michelle, Lily’s therapist

Lily’s story starts in 2015 when she was adopted from Indiana Petite Paws Rescue Angels.  “Lily was a tiny, six-year-old little girl who only weighed four pounds.  She was spoiled and did not want to share her new home with another dog as she was used to being the only child.  While she likes to play with toys and fetch, she also likes to snuggle under the covers and watch TV.  Lily is she is a ‘diva dog’ who does not like cold or rainy weather since it spoils her hair.” -Carol

When Lily started experiencing lameness, her parents booked an appointment right away at Integrative Pet Care Homer Glen since they had a great experience at the Chicago location with a previous dog.  They hoped to treat her condition conservatively to avoid surgery.

“After 4 weeks her progress was impressive, and after an additional 4 she was almost back to normal.  We cannot thank the Integrative Pet Care staff enough!” -Carol

Make a difference

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Lily has asked us to tell you about The Caspian Foundation

Our goal is to provide families with a special needs pet that may need equipment, such as a cart, orthotic or prosthetic device in order to live an independent and full life. Our mission is only possible through generous donations from our supporters. Please consider making a donation so that we can continue to provide assistance to animals in need.

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September 2019- Floki

9 months ago · · Comments Off on September 2019- Floki · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Floki

Floki was rushed to the ER last April when he became wobbly and painful. An MRI revealed that he had Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) and a hemilaminectomy was recommended and performed immediately.  Unfortunately all of this left him unable to use his hind limbs.

Amanda did research and found that we had a great reputation for working with special needs animals!  Floki came to us shortly after his surgery and was prescribed an intensive rehabilitation program which consisted of exercise, laser, underwater treadmill, and acupuncture.  His prognosis was guarded, but that didn’t stop him from trying his hardest and his dedicated mom Amanda was more than willing to do whatever it took.

We became fast friends since he started coming three times weekly for therapy! Floki’s progress was slow in the beginning, but he made promising improvements every week. He needed full assistance in the underwater treadmill to ambulate and was unable to push himself into a standing position.

A cart was also recommended to aid in his mobility which he took to quickly. He also hitches a ride in his wagon where he loves going on the 606, Humboldt Park and the dog beach. Floki has continued to make amazing progress at every session, and most of all he LOVES his therapies!

Floki continues to make huge strides every week and is now able to walk in the treadmill on his own and has even attempted to take steps on land!!  His progress is also due to mom’s dedication to his home care.   Floki has an amazing (and bossy) attitude which definitely played a part in his progress.

“First let me say that we are grateful for and really like all of the staff at IPC.  Floki’s veterinarians, therapists and the patient service coordinators have been amazing.  You all have been so patient and understanding of the struggle it was in the beginning and continue to be so nice and helpful!! Floki and I both would love to give a shout out to his therapist Renee for the extra time and love she has shown him.  Renee has really been so helpful in making sure that we go home with handouts explaining our exercises and videos showing progress.  She has answered every question I had about feedings, and how to learn to properly express/potty him.  She has also coached me to be more relaxed and aware that if I show my frustrations to Floki, he will sense that and be frustrated also.  I’m so thankful and so much more confident in caring for Floki because all that Renee has talked me through and shown me.  She has gone above and beyond for us!” -Amanda

Make A Difference

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Floki has asked us to tell you about Road Dogs & Rescue.

Road Dogs & Rescue is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization in California focused on rescuing and rehabbing medical bulldogs, puppies with birth defects and spreading the message of love and compassion towards all animals, both locally and internationally.


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August 2019- Beau Jangles & Coco Chanel

10 months ago · · Comments Off on August 2019- Beau Jangles & Coco Chanel · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Meet the fantastic French Bulldog pair, Beau Jangles & Coco Chanel.  These two seem to capture everyone’s hearts wherever they go and IPC is no exception. They are so popular that therapists Katie, Tiffany and Michelle “fight” over who gets to see them!

Beau Jangles came to us with left rear lameness.  It was determined that the cause was cranial cruciate disease and medial patellar luxation which would require surgery to correct.   Beau had a tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) surgery and started therapy within days.  He did excellent with his treatment program and was back to almost full weight bearing within eight weeks!

Coco was diagnosed with  bilateral hip dysplasia.  While rehabilitation cannot reverse hip dysplasia and osteoarthritis, targeted therapy can address pain, compensatory issues and improve gait biomechanics. Coco was prescribed weekly sessions of underwater treadmill, therapeutic laser, massage, therapeutic exercises and Adequan injections.  After an eight week program, she was not only more comfortable, but was able to go on 20 minute walks with only occasional lameness.

“It was amazing to see how fast Beau  recovered from his TPLO surgery with rehab, and even though Coco’s hips are terrible on x-ray, you would never tell by looking at her since she runs around like a maniac!” – Michelle, BS, CVT

“The day they successfully completed their rehabilitation programs was the happiest and most devastating day for us.  We were all excited that they were back to normal function, but also sad that they wouldn’t be able to see them weekly anymore! We are all counting the days until their 30 day rechecks” -Tiffany, CCRA

Kris brought Coco home after losing her beloved Boston Terrier, Gizmo.  Despite her initial sweet demeanor, Coco went from cute and cuddly to a fun loving and crazy girl within the first couple months.  Later, Kris decided that Coco needed a friend and brought Beau home who has been calm and loving since he was a puppy.  “Although Beau can give Coco a run for her money, she is the alpha dog who demands all the toys to be her own”. -Kris

After Coco was diagnosed with hip dysplasia, I was looking for alternative care and got very excited with all that IPC has to offer, especially in terms of pain management. These are all the things I would absolutely and do for myself, so having it available for my beloved dogs is fantastic! -Kris


Beau and Coco have since graduated from their formal programs, but their home exercise programs are crucial to their continual success.  “Their mom does great with their home programs, which is hard with one dog let alone two!” -Katie, CVT, CCRVN, CVPP

Everyone treated us like we were their most important clients.  When Dr. Amber got right on the floor with Beau instead of putting him on a cold metal table, I knew I made the right choice.   Her clothes were even covered in fur from her other patients which showed me that she cared- that meant the world to me. 

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August 2019- Sumo & Kiko

10 months ago · · Comments Off on August 2019- Sumo & Kiko · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine ·, , , , , , , , , , ,

Meet Sumo & Kiko, our dynamic Shiba Inu duo who keep us on our toes every Tuesday morning!  “Sumo has been a patient since his first cruciate surgery nearly 10 years ago and although the surgeon told us rehabilitation therapy was not necessary, our dog trainer recommended exploring options if we really wanted Sumo to get back to his prior athletic level. We were so happy with all the help you gave us, it was only natural to bring our other dog Kiko for sports conditioning and ultimately rehabilitation after she had patella and cruciate surgery.

Despite their surgeries, Sumo and Kiko have had long and healthy agility careers thanks to rehabilitation and ongoing maintenance program which we especially appreciate. It not only allows our dogs to stay in great shape for their athletic endeavors, but also helps them as they age.  As an example, Sumo has had chronic kidney disease for the past year and a half. That disease often leads to muscle wasting, particularly in a dog’s hind quarters, as the dog gets less and less active. Our primary vet has expressed pleasant surprise at how little atrophy Sumo has suffered and we attribute much of that to his maintenance program which includes hydrotherapy.

We fell in love with the Shiba Inu breed in 1990 based on a photo in a book of 450 dog breeds which was long before anyone knew what a Shiba was. After our first Shiba died from cancer, we searched for the right breeder with the right puppy. Sumo, who is now 13.5 years old,  has been part of our family since he was 4 months old. As everyone on your staff who has worked with Sumo knows, he is classic Shiba: incredibly smart, aloof, stubborn, independent, loathes water, and wants nothing to do with anyone unless he is handsomely rewarded. He is the type of dog who makes you earn his affection, and once you do he will make you feel very special.

Kiko is a rescue Shiba who I met during her intake evaluation at Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue and decided to keep rather than put her into their formal program. She came to us as a wild and out of control jumping bean at the age of 15 months. She’s now 10 and is the Yang to Sumo’s Yin. She loves everyone, gives kisses, wags her tail when she greets you and is anxious to please (although she loves rewards too.)  She has the smarts and hatred of water that is classic Shiba, but she gives her affection freely.

Kiko is our agility super star. In 2018, she was ranked the #3 agility Shiba in the country by the AKC (American Kennel Club) and has competed twice in the Agility Invitational in Orlando where only the top 5 dogs of each breed are invited. She has earned four agility championships, which is something that only five Shibas have ever done. She also has top titles in Rally and is close to completing an Obedience title.

Sumo has Obedience titles, two top Rally titles, numerous agility titles.  When he had to retire from those athletically demanding sports at the age of 11, he started nosework. He now has the AKCs Advanced titles in exteriors, interiors, containers and buried hides as well as nosework titles from NACSW (National Association of Canine Scent Work) and UKC (United Kennel Club).

Kiko recently had a TPLO surgery for a torn cruciate, so her days include a morning walk, a little bitey-face time with our 4 year old shiba, breakfast, about 10 minutes of rehab homework and then “free time” until late afternoon when she gets about another 10-15 minutes of rehab time (along with some tricks training), an evening walk,  dinner, more bitey-face play, a late night walk and sleep. Tuesdays she goes to IPC for therapy and Thursdays she goes to Rally class where she is learning new skills for a competition in September. Sumo’s schedule is almost identical, but he doesn’t play bitey-face (that’s beneath him).  He also goes to IPC for therapy on Tuesday and Nosework class on Thursday where he shows off how smart he is (he no longer competes).

One thing I’d like to mention is how important I think IPC has been in keeping both our very active dogs healthy. When Sumo tore his cruciate at a young age, both his primary care vet and surgeon told us to expect him to tear the other cruciate within two years or less and to expect arthritis in that knee by age 6. Well, thanks to great rehab and continued maintenance, the other leg’s cruciate didn’t tear for more than 5 years. Plus, it kept his arthritis at bay as he was able to compete in agility and rally until he turned 11!  We were warned that Kiko’s other knee would require surgery if we didn’t keep her in good shape. Even though it was her other cruciate that tore, her recovery from surgery was easier since she was in great shape going in.” -Amy

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Sumo & Kiko have asked us to tell you about Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue.

Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue (MSIR) was founded in 2002 and is a a registered 501(c)3 non-profit and licensed rescue.  We help to save and place Shiba Inus throughout the Midwest, including Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana.

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