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Archives by Tag: cranial cruciate ligament disease

June 2019- Elmore

2 weeks 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

2 weeks 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 2018- Teddy

1 year 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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