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December 2018- Ernie

1 week 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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October 2018- Grace

2 months ago · · Comments Off on October 2018- Grace · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Grace

 

We met Grace two weeks after having a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery in June to repair a torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL).  She had been an incredibly active dog her entire life, so her parents were ready and willing to get her back into shape.  They had previously been to IPC with another dog, so they knew it was the place to go!

An eight week custom rehab plan was created by Dr. Megan Ridley which started with massage and laser to reduce inflammation and swelling.  Grace and her brothers had always competed in agility and swimming was a favorite activity, so it was a happy day for all when she was given the clearance to start the underwater treadmill!  Since her parents were so diligent with home exercise, massage, and restriction, Grace looked better and better every week.

“IPC has been extremely beneficial in getting her back to her normal self in a relatively short period of time.” -Grace’s dad Andy

Andy also gave us a glimpse into her daily life: “Her day begins with a long walk around the neighborhood, then back home for breakfast, which she’s usually barking at me because I’m either doing it wrong or not making it fast enough. While I’m at work she spends most of the day sleeping and resting up for our nightly adventures which include trips to Begyle Brewing where her mom works, or to other restaurant or tavern patios in the neighborhood.  She is more than happy to roll over on her back for belly rubs and/or squinting her eyes when she sees someone she knows and really likes, especially all her girlfriends at IPC: Caitlin, Liz, Lindsey, Erin, Renee, Sarah, and Hannah (to name a few).”

“I am always greeted with a goofy grin, squinted eyes and a happy tail which keeps wagging throughout her entire appointment.  Grace and her parents are a pleasure to work with!” -Lindsey, CCRA, CCMT

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Grace would like to give a shout out to As Good As Gold.

As Good as Gold – Golden Retriever Rescue of Illinois is dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of Golden Retrievers and golden mixes who are in need.  In addition, As Good as Gold educates Golden Retriever guardians and the general public about the importance of spaying/neutering, positive training methods, diet and exercise, appropriate medical treatment and humane care

 

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August 2018- Gigi

4 months ago · · Comments Off on August 2018- Gigi · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , ,

Gigi

Integrative Pet Care was recommended by Gigi’s primary care veterinarian after she went through a series of health setbacks.   She was recovering from her 2nd failed Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery on her right leg, and had a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) on her left.  She was also in the middle of treatment for Steroid-Responsive Meningitis. Gigi was limping, in pain, bloated, and had gained 10lbs from the high dose of steroids. She was grumpy all the time, had no interest in balls, which were her LIFE pre-illness and surgery.

Amy brought Gigi in for an evaluation where she met with Dr. Megan Ridley.  She was prescribed a program which consisted of pain management modalities like laser and massage in the beginning, which Gigi could not get enough of!  Once her pain was under control, exercise and underwater treadmill were introduced for weight loss and strengthening.  Gigi has done incredibly well with her therapies and has remained stable.

IPC’s policy of allowing pet owners to attend therapy sessions and learn how to continue therapy at home from therapists was essential in Gigi’s transformation. She gets so excited to see Doris for her weekly hydrotherapy. -Amy

Since starting therapy, Gigi went from only being able to slowly walk for 3 minutes on the treadmill to walking at an incline for 20 minutes. She is so much happier and feels much more confident and strong with walking and running around. Ball is life again!

Today Gigi spends most of her day with a ball in her mouth. She loves to play fetch, tug of war, and will finally let it go to have it thrown  again. Repeat a thousand times. When not playing with her ball, Gigi enjoys napping in the sun, pressing her face against the window during her neighborhood watch shifts, and manipulating people into giving her what she wants with her big sad eyes and baby like cry. She is silly, goofy, and has a way of making everyone she meets feel like the most important and exciting person in the world in that moment.” -Amy

 

“Amy and Gigi are such a great duo who I always look forward to working with!” -Doris, Gigi’s therapist

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Gigi 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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February 2018- Shelby

10 months ago · · Comments Off on February 2018- Shelby · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Shelby

Shelby had surgery last May to repair her torn right cranial cruciate ligament (CCL).  Unfortunately, she had a hard recovery and was reluctant to use her leg.  Her mom Karen followed her veterinarian’s advice and made an appointment with Integrative Pet Care.

“At her initial exam, she was minimally weight bearing on her leg and exhibited a profound lameness.  On our stance analyzer, her weight bearing on the right rear leg was only 1% (normal is 20%)” says Dr. Amber Ihrke.  An intensive rehabilitation program that consisted of underwater treadmill, therapeutic exercise, laser therapy, and manual therapy was prescribed.

“We worked hard to make her more comfortable by decreasing her pain and increasing her range of motion, so she would start walking on her surgical leg.  She’s such a success story as to how much rehab can help post-surgical patients, especially when they do not want to walk on their legs after surgery.” -Val

“Shelby is such a wonderful patient! She is always so happy to see everyone and does anything we ask of her. I love working with her.” -Katie, Shelby’s therapist

Today, Shelby is back to being her happy self and can now walk with her mom and other Golden Retriever friends in the neighborhood!

“Shelby has made a remarkable recovery. Thank you to all the staff and doctors at IPC.”-Karen, Shelby’s mom

Make a difference!

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

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. Please consider making a donation so that we can continue to provide assistance to animals in need.

 

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