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June 2018- Sasha

2 weeks 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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February 2018- Timmy

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

Timmy

“We got Timmy from M.O.P.S. Pug Rescue and Adoption (a Chicago area pug rescue) in December 2014 when he was about to turn 10. I first saw him when they did a Facebook post asking for funds to help pay vet bills for two new pugs they had taken in. There was just something about him, I couldn’t stop thinking about him. Over the next week I kept going back and looking at his PetFinder profile and then finally submitted an application. I had another pug, Violet, and was a little worried about how she would feel about it, but M.O.P.S. felt that it would be a good fit (after asking a lot of questions about her and meeting her at the home visit) and they were right! It was love at first sniff.” – Christina, Timmy’s mom

Christina first came to Integrative Pet Care with her other Pug Violet after she tore a knee ligament, so she knew just the place to bring Timmy for his mobility issues.   Timmy was dragging his rear legs and couldn’t walk very far.  A rehabilitation program was prescribed by Dr. Megan Ridley and he grew stronger and was able to go on longer(ish) walks. Unfortunately they returned about a year ago when he started having trouble walking again, this time due to neurological issues.

Christina feels that weekly therapies have slowed down his declining mobility and helps manage his pain, but it also gives Timmy some fun every week!  “I love, love, love working with Timmy!  He’s really started enjoying his sessions and works hard for his treats” says his therapist Laura.

“IPC has also been extremely helpful in giving me suggestions how to manage day to day issues with his changing mobility.” -Christina

Timmy was recently fitted for a cart and we were all unsure how he’d adapt.  Well, he blew us out of the water when he got in zoomed away!  “Within the first two minutes of using a cart he was running gleefully around the office! He’s had no trouble adjusting too it. He loves to be out and about and to take long sniffy walks, and the cart means he gets to keep doing both. I’m really impressed with how much he can do in his carts, curbs and sidewalk bumps are no problem and he can turn on a dime. We call him the pugdozer in it because nothing gets in his way or slows him down!” -Christina

 Christina gave us a little glimpse into Timmy’s daily life: “Weekdays are mostly about napping, walking around the neighborhood, and snuggling. But on weekends, Timmy loves to be out and about. He’s often out snackie shopping, doing errands, checking out other parts of the city, and traveling. You can see his adventures on IG/Twitter/FB at @TimmyOPug.”

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Timmy has asked us to tell you about Making Our Pugs Safe and Northern Illinois Pug Rescue and Adoption, Inc.

M.O.P.S. Pug Rescue & Adoption is a Non-Profit 501c3 Company who has a group of volunteers dedicated to the welfare of pure bred pug dogs.  M.O.P.S. works with Animal Shelters, Owner Relinquishments and Stray Pure Bred Pugs, fostering them until they are ready for their new homes

 

NIPRA is a 501c3 non-profit organization that exists to assist the community in placing any needy Pug dog in a permanent, loving home. All adoption fees and donations go solely for the rescue, care, and placement of mistreated, unwanted or homeless Pugs.

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September 2017- Kody

10 months ago · · Comments Off on September 2017- Kody · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , ,

Kody

 Kody is an almost 17 year old Sheltie who was referred to Integrative Pet Care by his primary care veterinarian at Family Pet Animal Hospital for mobility issues a year and a half ago.   Kody developed arthritis in his front limbs which prevented him from climbing stairs, so his mom had to carry him.  Char wanted to do everything she could to keep him strong and comfortable!

Dr. Deanne Zenoni created a treatment plan that included underwater treadmill, therapeutic exercise, massage, laser and acupuncture.  Kody wasn’t too sure about his therapies at first, but he quickly learned to enjoy them.  His mom also thinks coming to IPC for love has also eased his car anxiety.

“Even though Kody hasn’t been able to go up the stairs again, I know the exercising and treatments he does are making a difference with his strength and flexibility.  He, of course, walks slower like the senior dog that he is, but at times, he’ll all of a sudden get a spring in his step – at 16!  IPC has helped slow down the inevitable decline that happens in senior dogs.  Plus he’s still able to jump up on the couch (his favorite place to sleep).

Kody also gets to be in an incredibly loving community when he comes to IPC, which I think is quite healing.  It’s amazing to me how he has settled in with the people and treatments.  He was anxious at first but now sprawls on Dr. Zenoni’s lap during acupuncture (he’s not a lap dog at all with me), and he leans into Lindsey when she gives him a massage.  Kody had little to no love in the first 5 ½ years of his life (he was used to breed and lived outside in a trailer park). I feel like I bring him to a place where he is surrounded by love.  It warms my heart to see how well he’s treated and loved here, and I’m so happy for him to have this experience in his later years.  Coming to IPC has also solidified Kody’s love of McDonald’s cheeseburgers (with no onions) as he gets one after every time he comes!

Unfortunately Kody has lost his eyesight over the years, but he manages and has adapted amazingly, particularly in places he knows.  The night time and new places are the hardest for him.  When we walk in the evening and in new places, I try to be his ‘eyes’ for him.  He also searches for me when I’m right there in my place so I know he’s lost quite a bit of his sight.” -Char, Kody’s mom

“Kody has the attitude and resilience of a dog 1/3 his age – he never ceases to amaze me! The significant increase in his mobility over the years is a testament to how important it is to keep an older dog active both at therapy and at home. He’s a joy to work with and is always willing to try something new – I love knowing that his mom puts him through his paces and helps keep him active and engaged on a daily basis!” -Lindsey, Kody’s therapist

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Kody has asked us to tell you about Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue.

“Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue is a 501(c)(3)  Non Profit, State Licensed, ALL Volunteer organization that helps homeless or abandoned Shetland Sheepdogs…also known as “Shelties”.   We take in any Sheltie that needs us, address all their needs, and then place them in wonderful new homes.”

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June 2017 Digger

1 year ago · · Comments Off on June 2017 Digger · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Digger

We first met Digger a little over 2 years ago when her parents noticed she started slowing down.  After meeting with Dr. Megan Ridley, a formal rehabilitation program was created that included strengthening modalities such as underwater treadmill and exercise, as well as laser, acupuncture and massage therapy which were prescribed for pain management.  Digger loved her therapies right away and her mobility improved.

“IPC has helped Digger’s daily functioning – mobility, flexibility, stability.   The laser and acupuncture really help ease stiffness and pain.  The training you have provided and continue to provide so that we can work with her at home has been unbelievably helpful.   Digger would not be as mobile if not for her weekly visits.” -Bonnie, Digger’s mom

Digger has a lot of loves in life like watching trains and snoozing under the covers, but nothing beats swimming in the lake- toss a tennis ball and she’s off!  She still enjoys taking walks, but it involves more smelling than walking these days.

“As a 15 year old pit bull mix, Digger has developed more issues over the years, but that hasn’t changed her attitude.  She comes in ready to work and is all smiles (and barks) while doing it!” Dr. Ridley

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Digger has asked us to tell you about C.A.R.E.

Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E) is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization with a mission to serve the communities of Chicago’s North Shore by fostering and supporting healthy, positive relationships between people and companion animals. C.A.R.E. rehomes companion pets into safe, healthy, lifelong homes; serves as an educational and counseling resource; and works to reduce pet overpopulation.

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Pain and Arthritis in Cats

1 year ago · · Comments Off on Pain and Arthritis in Cats · Rehabilitation ·, , ,

20140417_142434-2The health and wellness of our feline friends is a top priority for loving cat owners. So as cats age it is important to be mindful that they are prone to the ailments and “slowing down” that come with it.
Arthritis, the inflammation of joints, is a common condition in older cats. As they age the smooth cartilage begins to wear down causing painful friction between the bones. Effected areas can include shoulders, hips, elbows and the spine. Cats carrying extra weight are especially prone to arthritis, as the additional weight places greater strain on their joints.

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January 2017 Madison

1 year ago · · Comments Off on January 2017 Madison · Homer Glen's Patient of the Month ·, , , , , ,

Madison

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Madison was adopted outside of Madison WI, hence her name, in September of 2011 when she was about 12 -15 weeks old.  To the best of their knowledge, Madison is a border collie/husky mix.  She immediately starting training, but her mom noticed that she was acting like an ‘old lady’ at about 9 months of age.  She was suddenly having issues with stairs and ‘puppy push ups’ (meaning going from a sit to a down and back to a sit). Her trainer at the time also noticed it and recommended a trip to the vet where their ‘adventure into hip dysplasia’ began.

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December 2016 Mimi

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

Mimi

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Mimi came to IPC by way of Bialy’s Wellness Foundation a little over a year ago.  Her owners brought her to the vet because she was having an extremely difficult time walking and seemed to be in constant pain.  They did not have the finances to cover all that Mimi needed, so the vet contacted BWF to see if they could sponsor Mimi’s medical care.  BWF stepped up immediately to cover diagnostics and intensive rehab.  Sadly Mimi’s owner passed away and her family was having a hard time caring for her.  One of their neighbors, Danielle had fallen in love with Mimi and decided to help the family out by bringing her to appointments.  After seeing how much medical attention Mimi needed, Danielle offered to adopt her and they made it official in July!

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July 2016 Molly

2 years ago · · Comments Off on July 2016 Molly · Homer Glen's Patient of the Month ·, ,

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“Eleven years ago I was practicing in Oswego, Illinois and was well known for my affection for bulldogs. One day a lady from small local shelter showed up with a white bulldog puppy in her arms. Having heard of my affinity for bulldogs she asked if I was interested in adopting Molly. Molly was purchased from a pet shop by someone who discovered his significant other was allergic to dogs. Unable to return Molly to the pet store he surrendered her to the shelter.

Of course I agreed to adopt her immediately and then realized I needed to check with my significant other. We currently had an English bulldog, Rosie, and thought they might be good company for each other. Over the course Molly Baron #2 POTM 7-2016of her time with us Molly has survived two English bulldogs, Rosie and Matilda. The loss of Matilda in October was devastating for us and Molly. She was already overweight and despondent over the loss of her companion. Molly is quite a character and as a puppy liked to collect twigs from our yard and deposit them by the back door. She also liked to follow me when I mowed the lawn and if I was wearing gym shorts she liked to sneak up behind me and tug at them. She has grown into a faithful and loving dog and vigilant watch dog. She loves everyone and hasn’t an aggressive bone in her body.Molly Baron #4 POTM 7-2016

We became concerned after losing Matilda because Molly’s weight brought complications such as allergies, urinary infections and arthritis.

Her veterinarian Dr. Jeff Palmer from the Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic referred us to Integrative Pet Care for her weight and to help with the arthritis and endurance. Her turnaround has been nothing short of miraculous.

Under the direction of Dr. Ihrke and her therapists Valerie Williams and Katie Neforos, Molly has lost 18 pounds thus far, has regained her mobility and now in the Fit Club is working on her endurance. The investment in her care with IPC has certainly paid dividends and we couldn’t be more pleased. She looks forward to her weekly visit with Katie and the time on the treadmill or agility course designed for her. Almost 12 years of age, we hope she will be with us for a long time.”
– Dr. Bob and Carol Baron

“Molly came to us from Burr Ridge Animal Hospital hoping that we could get some weight off of her.

At her first visit in February, she could hardly walk more than a few feet without resting and could only stand for a few minutes at a time.

We immediately made some diet changes and started her on an exercise program. Now, in June, she has lost 18 pounds and is running, playing and is more energetic. She has been a great patient and her owners have been fantastic partners in her weight loss.”
– Dr. Amber Ihrke, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT

“Molly is the sweetest Bulldog you’ll ever meet. She loves everyone she meets and has a bucket full of slobbery kisses to give to all. She has the best parents who are incredibly dedicated to her well-being and simply adore her out of Molly Baron POTM 7-2016great love. When Dr. Baron presented Molly to me this winter, she had been gaining more and more weight. She had reached a point where she could walk but a few feet without stopping to rest. She was losing her muscle strength while getting heavier and heavier. Previous diets helped for a short time, but nothing lasted. Her calories were restricted. Bloodwork looked normal. We needed to get her moving to build up her muscles and create a bigger engine to raise her metabolism and burn more calories. Yet, she could move but a few feet without tiring out.

She wasn’t going to lose the weight with conventional methods. She needed assistance. Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen was her savior. With a regular program of assistive training on the underwater treadmill and further guidance on dietary management, she slowly started to melt the weight off. More importantly, she started to build muscle strength to do more and more exercises at home.Molly Baron

Today, her sweetness shines even more as she feels so much better. She’s going for walks around the neighborhood and seeing the bigger world again that she could only watch from the porch before. Big thanks to Mom and Dad for their hard work in helping Molly lose the weight. Also, big thanks to Integrative Pet Care for their guidance and help. They gave us back our Molly, slobbery kisses and all!”
– Dr. Jeff Palmer, DVM, Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic

“When I first started working with Molly, she could only walk for 30 seconds at a time. Since then she is up to 5 minutes and has lost 18 pounds. She has so much energy now and seems to really enjoy our sessions now. She is a joy to work with and I look forward to seeing her every week.”
– Katie Neforos, CVT, CCRA

“I remember when Molly came for her initial evaluation. She had to take several breaks to walk from the waiting area
to the exam room (about 15-20 feet). She had trouble standing for more than a few minutes during our examination
and she was significantly overweight. Molly, her parents and the IPC rehab team worked diligently to get Molly back in shape. After just four weeks of therapy, Molly was able to walk from the waiting room to the Molly Baron 2underwater treadmill
(over 100 feet) without stopping to rest. She was standing to eat and completed her exercises on land without showing signs of fatigue.

At Molly’s re-check exam, I could not believe she was the same dog that I saw at her initial evaluation. She was spunky, full of energy and wanted to keep exercising during her sessions.

Molly is a great example of what a difference it makes when a dog loses weight and how having extra weight on your dog can affect their ability to live a full and happy life.”
– Valerie Williams, PT, DPT, ATRIC, CCRT

Make a Difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose a NFP organization to promote during their reign. This month, Molly has chosen the Chicago English Bulldog Rescue,

Chicago English Bulldog Rescue (CEBR for short) and our volunteers have been helping pure-bred bullies and their families for almost 10 years now. We are a licensed Illinois shelter and a 501c3 charitable organization. The care we provide our English Bully rescues exceeds any you will find from a breed rescue…heck, any rescue! This love includes a high quality diet, the best veterinary care around from a bulldog specialist, and behavioral evaluations of the highest quality.
Please check out their website for more info on how you can help CEBR!

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May 2016 Hippie

2 years ago · · Comments Off on May 2016 Hippie · Chicago's Patient of the Month ·, , , ,
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Hippie enjoying his laser session with Doris

Hippie

 

Hippie first came to IPC last August when he started having trouble walking and experiencing back pain.  He was on pain medication, but his primary care veterinarian thought he could benefit from IPC’s integrative approach.   Fast forward 9 months and he is no longer on pain medication and is RUNNING (yes, running) in the park!

 

 

Hippe & Susan's father comforting each other

Hippe & Susan’s father comforting each other

 

Hippie’s story starts 17 years ago, when he was given to Susan’s 95 year old father  as a 3 month old puppy in hopes that he would bring him joy & good days, which of course he did!  He was a bit of a wild child who was socially gifted, but didn’t care for the structure of obedience class.   Hippie enjoyed living with Susan’s father for 2 years until he went into hospice care.  Hippie provided him with love, affection, and entertainment until the very end.  Hippie then moved to Chicago and Susan spoiled him rotten- he often went to the beach, forest preserves, and even camping!

 

 

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Enjoying one of his favorite activities with a friend

Hippie has slowed down over the years, but that hasn’t stopped him from loving life.  He still goes for 3 mile walks everyday and knows just where to stop for treats.  He may start off a little pokey, but he picks up the pace after a 1/2 mile!  While relaxing at home, he enjoys watching T.V. (as long as no animals are featured) and loves taking a snooze on the back of a chair or couch.   Liver and kidney issues have stopped him from enjoying various treats, but he’s just as into his prescription kibble!

 

 

 

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Hippie & Dr. Starr during acupuncture

Hippie has been diligently coming twice weekly to IPC for the past 9 months, never going any longer than a few days without treatment.  He starts off with a combo session of therapeutic exercise & laser  and then eagerly waits for his massage.  Once a week Hippie receives acupuncture, which he enjoys as long as food is involved!

 

 

 

 

 

“When we need to leave for IPC, I tell him Hippie, ‘massage’ and he jumps right up & is eager to go!” -Susan

 

Make a difference!

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

downloadProviding families and rescue organizations with special needs animals the equipment, medical care, rehabilitative therapy, training, resources and support necessary to optimize the quality of life of their wonderful animals. Our mission is only possible from the generosity of our supporters. Bialy’s Wellness Foundation’s goal is to provide assistance to our sponsored animals for life.

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Cats need rehab, too!

3 years ago · · Comments Off on Cats need rehab, too! · Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , ,

IMG_9317When it comes to pain in cats, it’s sometimes difficult to know if your feline friend is experiencing discomfort. As they age, cats are susceptible to a variety of ailments, some of which can cause mobility issues while others can result in the need for surgery. Arthritis, for instance, is something that occurs commonly in cats, especially as they advance in years. Whether as a result of an injury or overall wear and tear, arthritis is the deterioration of cartilage within the joint, which causes the bones to rub together. This rubbing is often painful and can negatively affect a cat’s behavior.

“Doogie’s acupuncture/chiropractic treatments helped him gradually go from a low-key, sickly cat that mostly slept all day to a playful, curious little dude who had a swagger in his step and sparkle in his Doogie acupunctureeye.”

– Jen, Doogie’s mom

When cats experience discomfort due to arthritis or other issues such as fractures or deformities, they may start to develop an avoidance to the litter box or lessen the frequency of their grooming as the movement required to do these activities causes them pain. They may find hiding spots or start to vocalize to indicate that something isn’t right.

Eos, who suffers from a congenital malformation of the pelvic limb, has chiropractic and laser treatments to keep her functioning and pain free. We were given hope that she could adapt to her condition and live a quality life.”

– Denise, Eos’s mom

IMG_8884Maximizing your cat’s quality of life and offsetting the effects of arthritis, other degenerative ailments, or post-surgery aches and pains can be managed through physical rehabilitation. Modalities such as Acupuncture can increase circulation and help release chemicals known as neurotransmitters which decrease pain. Acupuncture can also help with the treatment of allergies, kidney disease and organ dysfunction. Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (or “Chiropractic”) can help improve mobility and is often times used in conjunction with Therapeutic Massage to maximize these effects. Use of Therapeutic Laser helps reduce inflammation and is also key in managing pain.

 

Our cat, Natasha, has osteoarthritis and after treatment (acupuncture, massage, and laser) her left, front paw limp is almost undetectable. She is able to jump up on a chair, something she was unable to do before treatment.”

– Penny, Natasha’s mom

At Integrative Pet Care, we want to equip cat owners with their own tools to help their beloved feline when they can’tipchp cat be here. Our therapists can give Massage and Therapeutic Exercise demonstrations, where owners learn techniques to manage their pet’s comfort and continue their therapies at home. When it comes to overall wellness, IPC provides many options for therapies that can improve the quality of life for a cat that is suffering from illness, injury or the effects of old age.

“When Tommy developed Stomatitis, he went from 11.5 pounds to 8 in under three months. IPC developed a treatment regiment and schedule which included acupuncture/ chiropractic sessions. It took work and patience, but within a year, Tommy was healthy enough for surgical treatment to treat the Stomatitis.”

– Kitty, Tommy’s mom

Speaking of cats…

Did you see our December 2015 Chicago Patient of the Month, Puck? Check him out!puck14

 

And if you’re in a giving spirit this year and want to donate money, time or open your loving home to a kitty, check out Tree House and Harmony House for Cats!

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