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April 2018- Teddy

3 weeks ago · · Comments Off on April 2018- Teddy · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , ,

Teddy

Teddy is a 7 year old Old English Sheepdog who has been incredibly active his entire life.  “I was in contact with his breeder from the day he was born. I got to meet him at 5 weeks old and brought him home at 9 weeks. I have shown him in conformation and he earned his AKC Championship. We also do lots of performance sports. He has titles in obedience, rally, agility, lure coursing, barn hunt, trick dog and canine good citizen. He is now a therapy dog and started visits in March.” -Cindy, Teddy’s mom

Integrative Pet Care Homer Glen was highly recommended by Teddy’s primary care veterinarian at Mokena Animal Clinic after he began showing signs of cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) disease.

Teddy met with Dr. Amber Ihrke who created an 8 week rehabilitation program that included hydrotherapy, therapeutic exercise, and laser therapy.  Cindy’s goal was to get him back into what made him happy, agility.  “Within 8-weeks, Teddy was back to agility and not exhibiting any signs of lameness. He is a great reminder that even with arthritis, patients can continue with their sporting activities and remain comfortable!”- Dr. Ihrke

Teddy graduated from a formal therapy program, but his mom saw the progress he made and decided to keep going.  He regularly comes to IPC for maintenance which keeps him competing at the highest level in agility.

PT Valerie Williams commented on how important home care is to a dog’s recovery.  “Cindy was also compliant with Teddy’s home exercise program, especially with waiting to continue with Teddy’s agility until he fully recovered.  Teddy is a great example of when patients start rehab right after an injury they can return to their active lifestyles and even agility without any limitations.”

“All he and his mom wanted to do was to get him back in the agility ring and we did just that!”  -IPC therapist, Katie Neforos 

Besides excelling in competitions, Teddy is an all around great dog who every therapist enjoys working with.  “Teddy is a pleasure to work with as he was very cooperative for all of his therapies.  I am so glad that all of his hard work with us led him to return to agility and other activities that he loves.” – therapist Tiffany Helphingstine

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Teddy has asked us to tell you about 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 through the rescue and adoption of dogs in need; comprehensive support of adopters; and community outreach through humane education programs and assistance for disadvantaged and low-income families.

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January 2017 Crockett

1 year ago · · Comments Off on January 2017 Crockett · Chicago's Patient of the Month ·, , , , , ,

Crockett

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On therapy days, Crockett can usually be found leading his owner Michael down the halls in search of anyone who will give him a treat.

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We met Crockett in 2008 when he came at the recommendation of agility instructor Stacey Hawk, who knew the importance of conditioning for the canine athlete.  Crockett started off coming once weekly for either underwater treadmill or resistance pool sessions.  He also had consistent chiropractic treatments to keep him aligned during his various activities.

Pain management therapies like laser and acupuncture were added as Crockett started to age.  He was maintaining very well until he suffered a series of vestibular episodes in 2015.  Vestibular disease often causes dogs to have a head tilt and easily lose their balance.  While it was hard to see this former athlete have trouble walking, Michael never gave up and more intensive rehab program was designed.  Crockett started coming more regularly for therapeutic exercise, laser and acupuncture/chiropractic sessions.

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April 2016 Journey

2 years ago · · Comments Off on April 2016 Journey · Chicago's Patient of the Month ·, , , ,

Journey

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It’s not every day that we have an elite athlete walk through our doors, but every Thursday Journey bursts into the hydro room and happily jumps into the underwater treadmill to work out. His mom, Stacey (founder of Hawk City K9) started coming to IPC years ago with her previous shepherds, so she knew the importance of proper conditioning.   Journey actively competes in agility, dock diving & nosework.

“With all of the physical endeavors and training I do with my dogs, and seeing so many people train and compete with dogs who are not in the best physical shape possible, I knew that as soon as Journey was old enough, I was going to start him on a regular wellness program at IPC!  Journey grew up at IPC! He’d hang out while my other dog, Kira, was coming in for her weekly rehab treatments (two torn cruciates).” -Stacey

 

“He’s been coming now weekly for years, and LOVES his underwater treadmill sessions, and ALL of the staff at IPC! They are, by far, simply the best!!” –Stacey

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Journey & his therapist Laura have a special bond- she’s tough on him and he loves every minute of it!  Journey runs (yes, runs) against resistance jets on an incline at 5.5 mph for 20 minutes during every session.   Journey plays hard, so he has to train hard!

 

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“Journey can do it all & is the epitome of a canine athlete! He rises to any challenge I give him & performs with gusto.  He makes me VERY proud… Journey Rocks!” -Laura, CCRA

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Journey has asked us to tell you about an organization near and dear to his mom’s heart, Capture

“Safe Humane’s mission is to create safe and humane communities by inspiring positive relationships between people and animals. We are an alliance of non-traditional partners that recognize the connections between animal abuse and interpersonal violence and the benefits of the human-animal bond.  Our programs focus on education, advocacy and second chances.”

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