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April 2019- Dreidel

2 weeks ago · · Comments Off on April 2019- Dreidel · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , ,

Dreidel

Integrative Pet Care staffers fell in love with Dreidel in October 2018, but her story starts back in 2007: “We adopted Dreidel from Chicago Canine Rescue when I was looking for a beagle, and the shelter told us they had some beagle/lab puppies that would be around 25-30 lbs full grown.  I wasn’t too sure about a dog that big, but Jon and I went to see the puppies.  Dreidel (then named Ravioli) was of course the only one in her litter screaming all the time, but when I pulled her out and sat down with her, she snuggled up in my lap and started chewing on my earring.  I knew then that she was mine. 

We were told that Dre and her brothers and sisters were rescued from a kill shelter in Kentucky, so I sometimes call her Kentucky Fried Dreidel.  She also maxed out at 115 pounds before she was sick, so the 25-30 pound thing was clearly super accurate.  I can’t imagine not having full-size puppy hugs now, though.” -Jen, Dreidel’s mom

IPC was recommended by Dreidel’s orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Robbins at Veterinary Speciality Center who performed both of her knee surgeries when she was younger.  He thought that our services could help with Dre’s arthritis and general reconditioning after she was hospitalized in the ICU for 3 days with pancreatitis and newly diagnosed (and wildly uncontrolled) diabetes.

Drediel’s family met with Dr. Ridley after her hospitalization and she was in pretty rough shape; she needed assistance getting up, and  could no longer climb up stairs.  She could only walk for 30 seconds or so without needing a break.   She seemed miserable and her parents were worried whether it was time to let her go.  Her vet recommended that they stick with therapy at IPC for at least a month to see if she improved. 

Dr. Ridley prescribed an 8 week treatment plan that started with pain control modalities such as acupuncture, massage, and laser.  Her strength improved over time and she started sessions in the underwater treadmill and light exercises in the gym.  It was also then that she met her main therapist and biggest fan Renee who says that “working with Dreidel and her sweet disposition is the highlight of my week.”

“Dre has responded to therapy like a superstar.  She has her spunk back, she is able to go on walks and chase critters, and she can walk up the stairs again.  We never thought it was possible for her to be doing this well.  All of our family has said that she looks like she is aging in reverse.  Even now, as she starts to slow down a bit with her new diagnosis of lymphosarcoma, we can tell that therapy is helping her maintain her energy and mobility.  She loves coming to IPC and we could not be happier with how amazing and caring the staff is.

Dre is a habitual early riser now because of her daily 6 am insulin injections.  During the week goes to daycare (“school”) or to therapy at IPC (“the spa”).  In the evenings, she likes to eat, eat, eat, and snuggle and be petted constantly, and then she retires to her comfy king size bed that she has to share (ugh) with 2 humans.

On the weekends, Dre goes to 31st Street Beach first thing in the morning to look for bunnies and squirrels and chase geese.  She is always down for going into the water, no matter how cold it is.  Her new fun for the weekend is having “cheeseburger chemo” at McDonald’s as a “treatment” for her lymphoma.  Then she spends the afternoon napping, snacking, and going for walks to her favorite park.” -Jen

 

Random Dreidel facts:

-She will lick you to death if you let her.

-She is a tough pup.  Dre has torn both her CCLs, been attacked by a group of dogs in a parking lot, and got “shanked” at school (really she somehow ripped her side on an exposed nail/screw, but shanked sounds more fun).

-Dre has a bony growth on her right rear paw that looks like an extra toe with its own paw pad.

-One of her favorite toys is a plush dreidel that sings the dreidel song when she bites it.  If she hears it play, she will come running.

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.   Dreidel has asked us to tell you about the organization who saved her life, Chicago Canine Rescue.

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March 2019- Pearl

2 months ago · · Comments Off on March 2019- Pearl · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , ,

Pearl

Pearl came to Integrative Pet Care Homer Glen in September 2018 following a hemilaminectomy (spinal cord surgery), which left her unable to use her rear limbs.  The prognosis was poor for Pearl to walk again, but we knew that our therapies could improve her quality of life.

Pearl was prescribed laser therapy and massage by Dr. Amber Ihrke to help her recover post surgery.  Her owners were also shown how to use electrical stimulation with an NMES (neuromuscular e-stim) unit to strengthen her rear limbs at home.  NMES stimulates nerves and muscles to prevent muscle atrophy (muscle mass loss) and strengthen specific muscles.

“Unfortunately, over time it became apparent that she may not regain use of her rear limbs. We discussed placing her in a cart with her owners, and after some time they agreed that is was the right choice. And was it ever- Pearl has not slowed down since!” -Katie

Although Pearl did not regain use of her rear limbs after surgery, she now runs around and has complete independent mobility in her cart.  Pearl’s cart gives her the freedom she needs to live a happy and healthy life. -Valerie

“The fabulous team of Dr. Amber, Dr. Melissa, Katie, and Valerie were there to help us.  Professional, caring and knowledgeable are just a few of the adjectives we would use to describe them.   They guided us through all the treatments, teaching us what we needed to know in how to care of our Pearl. Today, Pearl still takes walks and runs, but now in her ‘Hot Wheel Cart’.  Sometimes we can’t even keep up with her!!   She is able to run through her yard and participate in all the things she could before her injury, including tons of hugs and kisses.  THANK YOU to all at Integrative Pet Care.  We don’t know what we would have done without you.” -Pearl’s owner

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Pearl has asked us to tell you about the shelter she was adopted from, Tender Loving Care Animal Shelter.

T.L.C. has served the community as a private, non-profit, humane society, dedicated to the prevention of abuse, neglect, and cruelty to animals. The shelter provides refuge for an average of three to four thousand animals yearly.

 

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February 2019- Hannah

3 months ago · · Comments Off on February 2019- Hannah · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Hannah

“Hannah was adopted out of the Plainfield Humane Society in the summer of 2008.  At the time I had recently put one of my dogs down due to illness and since I have always felt that two dogs together are much happier when I am away at work wanted another pet. One day I walked in to the clinic that houses the humane society and noticed a small dog sitting in the waiting room unsupervised.  Hannah sat there confidently and calmly observing the foot traffic come and go. I was very impressed and Ruby and I adopted her the next day.

She had always been very intelligent and confident until her hearing and eye sight started to fail her. She would walk into the big dog park and wade right into the pack of much larger dogs and never have a problem. Hannah knew where the treats were stored at home and the counter, cabinet or pantry were no problem for her to access if the humans weren’t around to say ‘No’.  She was the ultimate predator in the yard or on leash at the forest preserve. The Rat Terrier I knew was always ready to chase down and dispatch any animal that dared enter her yard. Even when the mulberries were in season and the raccoons spent their time in the trees gorging, Hannah would not tolerate such an indignity and climbed trees to get at them.  I pulled her out of the trees many times but unfortunately, she fell and injured her back which in her senior years caused problems.” Jim, Hannah’s dad

Their primary care veterinarian suggested Integrative Pet Care Homer Glen When Hannah started to develop weakness in her back legs.  Hannah was evaluated by Dr. Amber Ihrke and physical therapist Val who devised a therapy plan to address Hannah’s specific issues.  “Hannah received manual therapy and participated in a therapeutic exercise program.  Even though Hannah is an older patient, she made excellent progress during rehab.  She demonstrated an improvement in her balance since her evaluation when she would turn and fall over.  Now, 30 days after she finished rehab, Hannah can turn circles and maintains her balance without falling over.” Val

“Dr. Amber along with Val, Katie and Tiffany helped by teaching us how to help Hannah. Val especially helped by instructing Ruby and I in massage and creating small challenges for Hannah to keep her as active as possible for as long as possible. Hannah still enjoys her walks and her visits to the dog parks, and although she doesn’t have the stamina she once had she’s a little trooper. We feel the care she has received has improved her quality of life and we are grateful for everything that they’ve done.  A big thank you to everyone at Integrative Pet Care Homer Glen!”- Jim

Our senior patients are special at Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen and Hannah is a perfect example.  She came to us because she was having some rear limb weakness and loss of balance and her owner wanted to see if we could help her.  We started her on a treatment plan to include hydrotherapy, manual therapy, and acupuncture.  Within 8 weeks her dragging of the rear feet and her loss of balance was improved.  We sent the client home with an age-appropriate home exercise program and Hannah continues to do well with her mobility.  Senior pets can have tremendous benefits with rehabilitation and some TLC. -Dr. Ihrke

Make a difference!

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

Our Mission Statement:
Providing 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. 

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January 2019- Rufio

4 months ago · · Comments Off on January 2019- Rufio · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Rufio

Rufio is a stunningly handsome older gentleman who has been coming to Integrative Pet Care for the past 6 months.  His sister Skippy was a patient years ago, so his mom Susan knew where to go when Rufio started slowing down.  He met with Dr. Zenoni and Erin who created a treatment program which included acupuncture, underwater treadmill, exercise, massage, and laser.

Rufio learned to love his therapies and slowly built enough endurance to complete two active therapies in one visit, which can be difficult for any dog, let alone a senior! Now he eagerly greets his therapists Renee and Erin and bounds down the hallway, ready to work.

“I love working with Rufio, he is such a kind and gentle soul who will do anything you ask of him.  I look forward to our weekly sessions as Susan is such a wonderful owner who goes above and beyond for his care!” -Renee

“A typical day for Rufio is at least 4 walks with his sister Skippy and my son’s puppy Blue.  Rufio likes to be the leader of every walk, and when he’s feeling spry, he likes to trot the whole way.  He is always trying to drag us an extra block or two, especially in cold weather.  His favorite walk of the day is when we walk to the train station to meet my husband and son.  We have a big fenced in yard which he patrols.  When I’m away from the house, he keeps the vigil at the front door.

He is clearly in a lot less pain than he was in.  He is back to doing the things that make me cringe–roughhousing with bigger, younger dogs and chasing skunks in the dark– and the things that he loves–rolling in the snow, delivering the newspaper, and play bowing to his dog friends and family.  Every so often, he insists upon the 3 mile walk that we used to do on a daily basis, and Skippy reluctantly comes along.  Also, IPC gives him mental stimulation, and he loves to flirt with his therapists Erin and Renee and his vets, Dr. Zenoni and Dr. Ridley   I know he enjoys IPC, because thanks to our visits here, he is no longer afraid to go in the car.  At 14 1/2 years old, he definitely has his good days and bad days, but his good days are pretty amazing thanks largely to IPC.

Rufio’s family has also opened their home to over 141 foster dogs, the majority of whom are orphaned puppies.  “Every one of them has loved gentle sweet Uncle Rufio.  He calms even the most timid and least socialized puppies and he somehow lets them know they are safe.  They have played with him, climbed on him, snuggled with him, and followed him.  He becomes their port in the storm.  He has the patience of Job, and he makes our task of fostering so much easier.  Rufio himself is a rescue, and it makes us so happy to see the impact he has on his little friends.” -Susan  

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Rufio has asked us to tell you about Wright-Way Rescue.

Its mission is to reduce the number of homeless pets euthanized in the Midwest each year through an adoption program, community education, promotion of spaying and neutering, and a veterinary medicine program. It continues to save pets from rural animal control facilities where they are at a high risk of euthanasia, and instead offer them a second chance at a loving home in the Chicagoland area. 

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December 2018- Hope

5 months ago · · Comments Off on December 2018- Hope · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , ,

Hope

In July 2018, Hope was hit by a car and suffered severe trauma to her hind limbs.  Her owners were unable to provide for her care so she was relinquished to Wish Upon A Rescue.  Her foster mom Stephanie was a previous IPC client, so she knew who to turn when Hope entered their rescue.  Hope met with Dr. Amber Ihrke who determined that surgery would be the best course of action.  Hope’s surgeries included an amputation of her distal right rear limb as well as a femoral head osteotomy (FHO) of the left rear limb.  “Our whole plan with Hope was to set her up for success and that included amputation of her right rear limb with the intent to fit her with a prosthetic”, says her primary care vet Dr. Dave Ihrke.

After surgery, a cast was made by Valerie to create a custom prosthetic from OrthoPets.  “It was amazing to see how quickly Hope adapted to her prosthetic device.  She demonstrated great weight bearing on her right leg and easily transitioned herself from stand to sit to sternal to stand with her device.  After just a few short weeks, Hope walked around like she had all four ‘normal’ legs.” -Valerie

Hope flourished with her therapies and progress could be noted at each session.  Her personality also started to change: “Hope received acupuncture for its neuromodulatory effects that addressed both nerve-based and orthopedic pain. Although she may have been a bit timid during her first session, this was very short-lived.  After starting additional therapy modalities, her determined personality had come out by her second session!” -Dr. Melissa Trupia

Hope’s life completely changed once she was taken in by Wish Upon A Rescue and bought to IPC, but it didn’t stop there.  Hope was adopted shortly after by her therapist Tiffany!

“She’d been through so much, yet was always in good spirits, friendly, and happy to see me at her appointments.  I was also really impressed at the overall speed of her recovery considering the trauma she endured, as every time her foster mom brought her in, she reported some level of progress.  I also admired that although she was very cooperative and sweet through all of her IPC treatments, she wasn’t shy about letting me know if she didn’t like something I was doing.  She spent the night with us once after a fundraiser which led us to ultimately adopt her.  I still bring her in weekly to IPC for underwater treadmill and laser treatments and will soon begin some home exercises with her.  She is the ‘perfect dog’ in every way and I feel blessed she is a part of my family.”

 

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Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Hope has asked us to tell you about the organization who changed her life, Wish Upon A Rescue.

Wish Upon a Rescue is a non-profit Illinois based animal rescue focused on saving the lives of homeless animals while providing the community with extensive education, outreach, and support. We believe in going above and beyond the status quo of rescue and are committed to providing innovative care and support for our animals physical and emotional health. We believe that all animals deserve a second chance at life regardless of breed, age, or physical ability.

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December 2018- Ernie

5 months ago · · Comments Off on December 2018- Ernie · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , ,

Ernie

Ernie first had a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery to correct his left torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) in January 2017.  Unfortunately, he needed to have the plate removed the following November.  One month later, his mom Dr. Katie Simpson scheduled an evaluation at Integrative Pet Care.  Dr. Simpson is the Internal Medicine veterinarian on staff at Premier Veterinary Group, so she knew what an important part rehabilitation would play in his recovery

 

Ernie met with Dr. Megan Ridley who devised a custom program that included pain management modalities such as laser, massage and acupuncture as well as strengthening therapies like underwater treadmill and exercise.  At the time it was suspected that Ernie had a right CCL tear, which would also be monitored.

Ernie did great with all of his therapies and formed a special bond with his therapist Lindsey.  “I’m pretty sure Ernie thinks he just comes to IPC to snuggle with his girlfriends.  He has the best attitude and is always willing to do what you ask of him, but if you give him half a chance he’ll  be curled up in your lap without a second thought!”

Last August he developed joint fluid around his knee, which has since decreased.  Most recently Ernie went back to surgery for a TPLO on his right knee.  He came back to IPC immediately after and his recovery has gone smoothly.  He started off with massage, laser, and acupuncture.  Underwater treadmill was just added back in and he’s doing great in it!  Despite Ernie’s multiple surgeries and long road to recovery, he has remained the sweet, goofy guy that he has always been.

Ernie’s typical day involves sleeping in, belly rubs, naps and more naps, and his favorite activity is playing in the snow!

“I chose IPC because of their great reputation and the friendly atmosphere.” -Dr. Simpson

Make a difference!

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

“Bialy’s Wellness Foundation helps families and rescue organizations care for pets with special needs, particularly those with mobility issues from paralysis, amputation, neurological or birth defects, and other diagnosed ailments.”

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November 2018- Stockton

6 months ago · · Comments Off on November 2018- Stockton · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Stockton

Stockton is a 10 year old happy go lucky Boxer who began therapy at Integrative Pet Care in February after being diagnosed with Degenerative Myleopathy (DM).  DM is a progressive disease of the spinal cord that begins with a loss of coordination (ataxia) in the hind limbs which will eventually progress to additional areas of the body.  While there isn’t a cure for DM, physical rehabilitation can be helpful in maintaining mobility.

His parents Sebastian and Shannon had heard of Integrative Pet Care’s amazing staff and services through numerous people, so it was a no brainer to make an appointment. Stockton met with Dr. Deanne Zenoni who created a treatment plan which consisted of exercise, massage, laser therapy, massage, and acupuncture.   It was then that he met his main therapist Lindsey and they created an instant bond.

“Stockton learned pretty early on how to manipulate me into feeding him near-constant treats, but I learned how to use his determination to my advantage. I feel like we make a pretty good pair!  He’s a really hard worker when he’s here and the support he gets from his parents at home has really helped keep him as strong as possible”

Stockton’s therapy doesn’t end at IPC.  His parents were taught exercises and massage to do at home, as well how to perform electrical stimulation (neuromuscular e-stim), which  can be helpful in strengthening muscles and preventing atrophy.

“To say that Stockton loves the staff would be a huge understatement! He literally whines and cries for attention while waiting to start his appointment and we can barely get him to leave once he’s done!” -Sebastian

A typical day includes lots of snoozing, watching his TV programs, and performing his neighborhood watch duties, preferable at the Park. He also uses his striking good looks to constantly trick his Mom and Dad into giving him treats!  His parents also feel that IPC has kept Stockton active mentally and physically through a wide array of treatments that he excitedly looks forward to each day.

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Stockton would like to give a shout out to One Tail At A Time.

One Tail at a Time (“OTAT”) is a no-kill, 501(c)3 all-breed dog rescue committed to lowering euthanasia rates in the greater Chicagoland area. OTAT achieves this through the rescue and adoption of dogs in need, comprehensive support of adopters, and community outreach including humane education programs and assistance for disadvantaged and low-income families.

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September 2018- Mosby

8 months ago · · Comments Off on September 2018- Mosby · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Mosby

 

Mosby first came to Integrative Pet Care a year ago at the recommendation of a friend who had come for years with their Great Dane.  Mosby was getting weaker in his hind limbs and there was some worry that he was painful.  He met with Dr. Ridley who devised a custom rehabilitation program which included pain management modalities: laser, massage and acupuncture.  Exercises were then introduced to start strengthening his hind limbs.  When Dr. Ridley felt he was strong enough, he started the underwater treadmill!

“Before coming to Integrative, Mosby had trouble standing on hardwood floors (his back legs would slide apart), had trouble going down stairs – sometimes falling, and was just generally unstable on his feet.  Now Mosby stands and walks great on wood floors (generally avoiding the yoga mats we have sown for him) and gets down the stairs well on his own.  He is more playful and has more energy.  He even jump into our bed and into the car on occasion – even when we are trying to keep him from doing so!” -David, Mosby’s dad

Mosby has continually done well with his therapies!  He now has weekly sessions of either underwater treadmill and exercise/laser and acupuncture.

“Mosby’s typical day starts off by getting up early and dragging me down the stairs to get breakfast.  Then he likes to lounge around the house, mostly on his bench in the front window where he can keep an eye on things and go crazy barking at the occasional cat of rabbit.  During this time he gets a couple walks which he finds very exciting, then after a nice nap I come home and it’s time for dinner.  After dinner he basically naps until bedtime where he (usually) waits for me to put him in bed with Cathy and I even though he will eventually get down and sleep the rest of the night in his favorite chair.” -David

“Watching Mosby’s improvement over the past year has been incredibly rewarding.  He has gone from slipping on the floors and walking wobbly to doing a sit up and beg all on his own, which is not an easy task!” -Laura, Mosby’s therapist

 

 

Make a difference!

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

CRISP provides free services to help Chicago pet owners keep their pets rather than surrendering them.  And if we can’t help you find a way to keep your pet, our network of Chicago dog and cat lovers will help you place them immediately with a rescue group or no-kill shelter to bypass the city shelter completely.

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August 2018- Minnie

9 months ago · · Comments Off on August 2018- Minnie · Hanover Park's Patient of the Month, Homer Glen, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , ,

Minnie

“Minnie is an 11 years old Beagle/Cooker mix who along with anxiety issues, has always had some back issues for the last 6 years. On February 1, 2018 while sleeping, she apparently heard the mail truck when she jumped on our sofa, like she always did,  but must have lost her balance and fell flat on her back. We immediately took her to our local vet, who thought she had sprained her back.  She was actually walking when we left the office, but the rest of the evening was a total nightmare! Our poor sweet Minnie was unable to walk, get comfortable, or sleep.

We took her to an emergency veterinarian who noticed that her rear paws were not reacting well to stimulation.  We were then referred to a neurologist who explained that she would need an MRI followed by immediate surgery to clean out the ruptured disc material.  We made the decision to go ahead and give our loving family member the opportunity to get through this as she was still a healthy dog with good hearing and eyesight.  The staff was wonderful and kept us updated throughout her 3 hour procedure.  She was hospitalized for 5 days to be monitored and given daily laser treatments for pain management.  We were given detailed homecare instructions as Minnie was unable to stand, and had bladder and bowel incontinence.  It was a very stressful situation for us as she could not be left home alone since she was totally dependent on us for all her needs.

Two weeks later, her staples were removed and we asked, ‘where do we go from here?’  We were given a list of rehabilitation facilities and Integrative Pet Care in Homer Glen was on the list, which we found convenient to our home location.  We checked the reviews online, which appeared very good and decided this place may work well for us.”

“Minnie came to us after having surgery for an intervertebral disc extrusion. At her first appointment, she was unable to stand independently and unable to walk.  We started an intensive rehabilitation plan that included acupuncture, therapeutic laser, and hydrotherapy.  After 4 weeks, she could get to a standing position without assistance and even though her rear legs were weak and wobbly, she was able to walk independently.  We started her therapeutic exercise program and placed her in a cart that allowed her to use her rear legs to help retrain her to walk normally.  After 12 weeks of therapy, Minnie is able to walk independently and her rear limb weakness is much improved and she is back to living her normal life.” -Dr. Amber Ihrke

The cart worked wonders and she regained her independence!  “Minnie is a great example of a neurological patient that benefits from using a cart to conserve her energy and it also helps to correct her abnormal gait pattern.  Minnie reminds us that carts are not just for dogs that are paralyzed and they can be a useful therapy tool to help patients with neurological conditions progress in their rehab programs.” PT Valerie

Kathy and I are forever grateful to the staff at Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen and for the wonderful care Minnie has received from the front desk staff of Jill who books our appointments to Dr. Amber, Katie, and Val.  Minnie was treated like she was their dog too. They really, really care!!  It is so refreshing to see a staff who treats “all pets and pet owners” with the warmth and kindness we were given.  We met several dogs and owners during this process who would surely agree with us!!  Thank you so very much… and Minnie thanks you too!! -Greg, Minnie’s owner

“Watching her for from being unable to walk to not being able to slow her down in her cart was beautiful. I am so happy I had the chance to work with her and look forward to seeing her at her next recheck!” -Katie, Minnie’s therapist

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Minnie has asked us to tell you about the ASPCA

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA) is a national leader in the areas of rescue, adoption and welfare and has worked tirelessly for over 150 years to put an end to animal abuse and neglect.

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June 2018- Sasha

11 months ago · · Comments Off on June 2018- Sasha · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Sasha

Sasha is a 15 year old chow mix who first pranced through our doors hoping to find relief for her arthritis which was starting to slow her down about 5 years ago.  She was prescribed a treatment plan which consisted of twice weekly strengthening modalities such as resistance pool and exercise, as well as acupuncture, massage and laser therapy which were used for pain management.  Sasha began to improve, so she was put on a once weekly program and underwater treadmill was added.

Her mom Beth gave us history on Sasha, as well as a glimpse into her daily life: “I went to the Anti-Cruelty Society on Grand Ave. in May 2003 because they had advertised some cute puppies on the news.  I told myself I wouldn’t adopt unless a dog really made an impression on my heart.  When I got there, all the puppies were gone so I took a lap around all the cages.  None of them seemed right for me.  As I was leaving I took a look in the waiting area and spotted a lady and her son playing with a little peach fuzzball.  That lady had my dog!  As fate would have it, they put her back.  I swooped in and took her from her cage and sat with her.  She was mine from the first moment and has been my precious best friend for 15 years.

Sasha starts pacing at 6:30am which is my alarm clock.  I start my coffee and line up her many pills to shove down the chute (she doesn’t fall for the “pills wrapped in something yummy trick”).  She’s loaded into the wagon for a ride to the park to see her  neighborhood friends.  (She can’t walk to the park and back anymore so we need a little help from the wagon everyday).  Once we’re done socializing and I get ready for work, she’s off to daycare (Pooch hotel) where she gladly comes to hang out with her “school friends.”  She hangs there while I work.  I pick her up, get her daily report and head home in time for dinner.  It’s a long day for her so she snoozes most of the evening, gets endless kisses and hugs from mom, a couple chews on her beloved bully sticks, with her ice packs on her back and the Assisi loop targeted at her poor joints.  Last pills of the day and off to bed.

Sasha has had joint issues, elbows and rear legs since she was 6 yrs old.  She had a TPLO surgery on back right leg, cruciate ligament on left rear leg, an elbow replacement on her front right elbow and two arthroscopic procedures in her left front elbow to remove bone fragments from osteoarthritis.  Needless to say my girl has had a rough go on all four legs— mobility and limited pain relief options—brought our Vet to recommend IPC. And I’m so glad she did!

With Sasha’s all four limbs being affected with stiffness and pain and her limited options with pain medications, we had to explore other ways to manage her pain and assist her with mobility so she can live her best life.  Sasha immediately fell in love with Emma and will do anything she asks Sasha to do and Dr. Zenoni has given Sasha such care.  Sasha has done water treadmill, laser therapy, floor exercises, laser therapy, tens machine and acupuncture.  Regardless of the therapy, Sasha is willing to try it all if Emma and her I ask her to.  Liver treats don’t hurt either!

 

IPC has been a godsend and a necessary part of her life for the last 3 years.

Sasha has beaten the odds all her life.  Within a month of adopting her at 10 weeks old, she contracted parvovirus and was given a 50/50 chance of survival.  It was a rough beginning but she made it through and has withstood 10 surgeries for her many joint and other ailments throughout her life.  Through it all, she has faced every hurdle with bravery, sweetness and some of that Chow stubbornness.  I’ve learned so much about life and myself through her eyes and in a blink 15 years has passed by.  I thank God everyday that she’s my girl—I just couldn’t have pictured my life without her.”

Sasha is a special lady who I look forward to seeing every week. She has been through so much and I’m proud to be part of her team! -Emma, Sasha’s therapist

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Since she is a sassy senior herself, Sasha has asked us to tell you about Young at Heart.

Young at Heart’s mission is to rescue and rehome senior dogs and cats, to educate the public on the benefits of adopting older pets and their care, and to reduce the euthanasia rate for adoptable senior pets.

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