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July 2017- Tilly

4 months ago · · Comments Off on July 2017- Tilly · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , ,

Tilly

A little over a year ago, Tilly’s mom Kirsten noticed she was having trouble with one of her rear legs.  After a few inconclusive vet visits, an evaluation at Integrative Pet Care was recommended.  “With Tilly being a senior corgi, my mind immediately went to Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), and I panicked” remembers Kirsten.  After meeting with Dr. Ridley, a twice weekly program of therapeutic exercise & underwater treadmill was prescribed.  After rocking it for 8 weeks with her therapist Laura, Tilly graduated to a maintenance plan of once weekly therapies.  Tilly is incredibly enthusiastic about her therapy (especially exercise) and absolutely hates taking breaks! 

We asked her mom to tell us a little about the daily life of Tilly: “She is a lazy loaf of bread at home. She loves sleeping in strange positions, including but not limited to underneath/in between her beds (corgi sandwich), belly up in the middle of the floor, next to the wall with her feet seemingly holding the wall up, and many more! She loves begging for snacks and working for treats, and I call her a canine Roomba because she is so motivated for any little food scrap. She loves being outside and going on road trip adventures. She’s traveled to both coasts several times, and even enjoys a quick trip around the block. She’s a fantastic copilot!”

“If you’ve seen the hashtags on social media #corgitude and #corgioncorgistrong, and you have the opportunity to meet Tilly, you’ll completely understand both of them! Tilly starts with her ‘corgitude’ by telling me just how excited she is to start her therapy sessions each week. They don’t bother to tell me Tilly has arrived, because I hear her bark. I then come up and see a smiling face as she leads me back to the gym. She is a strong, stumpy, little gal, and gives each session her all, and has no idea that DM is supposed to slow her down. I’m proud to be Tilly’s therapist, and I know #corgination is proud of Tilly too!” -Laura, Tilly’s therapist

“IPC has been nothing short of amazing. Tilly is now a little over a year out from her diagnosis, and is still walking on her own! The progression of DM has been so slow, thanks to their help. She’s started to slow down and have some more weakness, but without IPC I can only imagine we’d be much farther into the progression of the disease. It makes me happy to see her so excited and engaged while she is at IPC. They always go above and beyond to help us and make sure Tilly is getting the care she needs.” -Kirsten

 

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Tilly has asked us to tell you about CorgiAid & Queen’s Best Stumpy Dog Rescue.

CorgiAid is a nonprofit organization founded to provide financial assistance to corgis and corgi mixes. We help out those who rescue dogs from shelters or other non-permanent homes, then foster them until a new home is found. Medical and other expenses for these dogs can become high.

QBSDR is a rescue that saves special needs corgis and corgi mixes from California. We put great emphasis on rehabilitating our dogs medically and managing their behaviors through training, while getting to know their needs and quirks in order to find them the right home.  

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Dogs on Wheels!

10 months ago · · Comments Off on Dogs on Wheels! · Rehabilitation ·, ,

rynoDogs become such an integral part of the family that it’s impossible to imagine not providing them with the best quality of life. But, like humans, dogs are susceptible to disease and daveinjury, sometimes resulting in mobility issues or even amputation.
Luckily, there are many options to manage your dog’s quality of life in regards to their mobility and comfort. One such option might be the use of a cart or a “dog wheelchair.” This device can help dogs who are suffering from paralysis, amputatio n, limb deformities, neurologic conditions and limb weakness.

There are many benefits to carts, beyond freedom; dogs suffering from neurologic conditions are essentially retraining their nervous system to stand in a normal position when they use a cart. It also reduces and relieves muscle tension and helps regain strength and a cart allows for better mobility and a decrease in the stress on parts of their body due to over-compensation.

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Oct 2015 Edgar

2 years ago · · Comments Off on Oct 2015 Edgar · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month ·, , , ,

Beautiful Edgar on field trip to EvanstonEdgar

Edgar was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy (DM) almost a year ago, which is unfortunately common among the corgi breed.  DM is a progressive disease of the spinal cord which begins with the loss of coordination in the hind limbs.  While there is no known cure, a lot can be done to strengthen the front end and keep the dog more comfortable as the disease progresses.

Edgar joined the IPC family earlier this Summer when his mom was exploring ways to help keep him strong.   He met with Dr. Zenoni and Emma to create a specific treatment plan which included twice weekly underwater treadmill and laser sessions.  His parents were also taught some exercises to do at home and some adjustments were made to his cart to keep him cruising comfortably (and in style)!

Although DM often feels like a terrible curse, it has bonded he and I together in a way that probably wouldn’t have happened otherwise

-Laura, Edgar’s mom

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Oct 2015 Hershey

2 years ago · · Comments Off on Oct 2015 Hershey · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month ·, , , , , , ,

Hershey from Homer GlenHershey

Ever think a dog could pull a wheelie? Well, Hershey can & does! Hershey started rehab with us in April 2014. Although looking at him you would never know it, Hershey has the highest grade of hip dysplasia that a pet can have. He doesn’t let that slow him down though.

“When I first saw Hershey, he had one of the worst cases of hip dysplasia I have seen in 20 years. I cannot believe how stoic of a dog he is to not show any clinical signs before now. He is truly a great companion to his family and a great patient to work on.”

-Dr. Joe DeMoor (Primary Vet, Colonial Manor Animal Hospital)

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