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August 2019- Sumo & Kiko

2 weeks 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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July 2019- Brady

1 month ago · · Comments Off on July 2019- Brady · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation, Weight Loss ·, , , , , , , , ,

Brady’s love for launching himself off a deck after birds landed him at the vet’s office to repair one of his bilateral torn cranial cruciate ligaments (CCL) last fall.  At the suggestion of their daughter, who is a physical therapist, Brady’s parents made an appointment at Integrative Pet Care- Homer Glen.

Brady had surgery on his right stifle (knee) first and when that was strong enough, he went under to repair the left. “From the first day we saw him post operation, he was doing amazing! Thanks to the rehabilitation of his right leg, his recovery was much quicker and now both legs are stronger than ever” says therapist Michelle.

Another aspect of Brady’s program was weight loss which he accomplished under the care of therapist Katie who is a Purina Weight Coach- “he really is a great example of how weight loss can greatly improve the recovery process”.

What a difference you made to Brady’s life.  He loved his visits and has gained back almost all mobility that he had before surgery. -Brady’s mom

You would never know it today, but Brady was a ‘monster’ when he was little! With lots of training, he calmed down and transformed into a friendly and sweet dog.

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June 2019- Elmore

3 months ago · · Comments Off on June 2019- Elmore · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Elmore

“Elmore came to us three years ago when we were looking for a puppy.  It was important for us to find one from a breeder who was part of the Newfoundland Club of America, did proper health testing on her dogs, and showed as well as participated in the Newfoundland events.  We were hoping that we could take part in these activities with Elmore, but unfortunately this was not in the cards for him. 

 Elmore always seemed slow to rise, lazy, never jumped on people or on furniture, and was never super active. I always felt something was off, so because of this we became patients at IPC to maintain and build his strength.

By the time he was 2 years old he had gone through rehabilitation following tightrope surgeries to repair both torn cranial cruciate ligaments (CCLs), as well as platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections.  After he was cleared by his surgeon we felt optimistic about his future.

However, days before Christmas, he was in the backyard running, and went down. He had ruptured his T13-L1 discs and was fully paralyzed in his back legs because of this. We were devastated and rushed him out to Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove to see Dr. Mitch Robbins immediately.  An MRI revealed a type 3 intervertebral disc rupture at T13-L1 with no evidence of persistent compression of the spinal cord. The care Elmore received from the VSC team was phenomenal.

He did not undergo surgery as he had no compression of his spine. He was given a 75% chance to walk again within 3 weeks, otherwise he would not regain that function.  Our goal was clear, he would need IPC to help save his life. 

We had been going to IPC for several years with our other Newfoundland Cass ever since Dr. Robbins recommended it as the place to go for rehabilitation in the city. There was no other place we would go to for this type of work for our dog.  I have told people during this time that while you all are great at everything you do, I truly feel that your Neuro cases are your “bread and butter”.

Watching a giant breed who was once paralyzed in the rear now race over cavaletti poles and run around the gym, albeit somewhat “drunkenly”, is all the proof I need. IPC’s thorough program for Elmore, which consists of exercise, underwater treadmill, acupuncture, massage, laser, Adequan, NMES therapy and more, has been amazing. It was the exact combination needed. Throughout all of this, every single person from the front desk, to the therapists to the vets have been a part of a team dedicated to helping us and him. 

“I always look forward to finding and creating new challenges each time I work with Elmore.  He’s always ready to work hard and make us proud.  Big shout out to Ashley and Andrew- their commitment to his recovery has been truly inspiring!” -Elmore’s main therapist and biggest fan, Laura

Today Elmore likes to get up and go on his walks around the block, come home for breakfast, and then take a several hour nap.  After that he’s back out on walkies where he may bark at a few things and take some pictures for his instagram account, where he is quite popular.  He completes his day with dinner, more naps and of course visits to IPC where he goes roughly three times a week. Sometimes he gets to go out to different stores, parks and he LOVES car rides etc… But it is a bit more difficult now that he isn’t as mobile as he used to be.”  -Ashley, Elmore’s incredible mom

One thing I can tell other people going through this is to try to stay calm! It is so hard, don’t give up and don’t give up on your dog- some days you will want to, and that is ok.  Listen to the therapists at IPC and do the work at home, it is the only way they will keep getting better. 

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Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Elmore 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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June 2019- Moose

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

Moose

Moose an 11 year old Labrador Retriever who had surgery for a torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) in 2015.  His recovery was not going well, so his mom did research and found Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen.

Moose met with the IPC HG team and a formal rehabilitation plan was created which included underwater treadmill, therapeutic exercise, massage, and laser therapy.  Once completed, a maintenance program, which consisted of underwater treadmill and laser, was recommended to address his arthritis.

“Integrative Pet Care has helped in so many ways; his movement strength and all around attitude has improved” says his mom Kim.  Best of all, Moose is back to his favorite activity, swimming!

“It’s always a pleasure to start my Saturday mornings with Moose as he’s always in a good mood and is beyond excited to see me!  We have been helping him remain comfort, improve range of motion, and increase weight bearing on his left hind leg.  He is one of our sweetest, happiest, most loving, and high energy patients.  He’s an old man who is young at heart” -Tiffany

One thing is very clear when it comes to Moose, he’s just one happy guy who has a love for life. “I started working here when Moose began his third maintenance plan.  It was amazing to see how much he still liked coming to see us. It’s a good feeling to know that rehab can continue to benefit a dog’s life.” -Michelle

Make a difference!

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

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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April 2019- Buddy

5 months ago · · Comments Off on April 2019- Buddy · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Buddy

When the Stroup’s became empty nesters, they decided a companion animal would be a great additional their family, specifically a beagle.  Buddy came from a reputable breeder in 2009 who had already socialized him with cats and children.  He was a healthy dog until he tore both of his cranial cruciate ligaments (CCLs).   Integrative Pet Care’s services were recommended by his surgeon at MedVet Chicago to speed up his recovery.

“We first met Buddy in early October 2018 following a tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) procedure on his left rear leg. As he would also require another TPLO on the right side, it was advised he begin a rehabilitation program with weight loss in order to achieve the most successful outcome possible. Despite some residual post-operative stifle edema (swelling) and areas of discomfort elsewhere on his body due to the changes in his bio-mechanics, Buddy always seemed pretty happy to come in for his rehab visits!” -Dr. Melissa Trupia

After his second surgery, Buddy was prescribed an 8 week treatment plan which included therapeutic laser, massage, dry-needling, manual therapy, underwater treadmill, and therapeutic exercises.  “Buddy came in after each of his knee surgeries which were performed roughly a month apart with significant bruising, swelling, and heat present at his knees.  Laser therapy was performed at his first visit and significant improvements observed by his owners and therapists.  At his second visit, there was a significant decrease in heat, swelling, and bruising leading me to term him the ‘laser poster dog.’ -Tiffany, Buddy’s main therapist

“After completing his formal treatment plan, Buddy continued with a maintenance plan to continue working on his sit posture, strengthening his rear limbs and improving his overall mobility during walks.  Buddy is now walking around without showing signs of pain or discomfort in his rear limbs.” -Valerie

The staff at IPC has been informative and caring and Buddy gets excited when we are driving there!

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