Walter is an 8 year old Dachshund who we first met 3 years ago following his first Hemilaminectomy (back) surgery. His mom, Dr. Julia Georgesen from Blum Animal Hospital, knew rehabilitation was a crucial part of recovery, so she came to IPC for an evaluation.
Walter met with Dr. Deanne Zenoni and Emma who prescribed an 8 week treatment program that included twice weekly underwater treadmill & therapeutic exercise/laser sessions. Walter looked great after completing his first rehabilitation program, so his mom decided to take a break. Unfortunately, Walter needed a second surgery last year and he came back to IPC soon after.
Walter was again prescribed a twice weekly program of underwater treadmill & therapeutic exercise/laser sessions. This time his mom was taught how to do certain exercises and massage techniques to extend his treatment at home.
Walter looked fantastic after his 8 week program, but Dr. Georgesen decided to continue coming once weekly as part of our maintenance program which she says “is great for Walter’s health and he loves going”!
“I’ve known Dr. Georgesen on a professional level for years as we share many cases. Working with her and Walter on a personal level has been such an enjoyable experience!” -Dr. Deanne Zenoni
Walter diligently comes to IPC every Monday and spends the day with us while him mom is at work. While not in his therapy sessions, he can be found eating lunch with his therapist Emma or cuddling with our patient service coordinators. It’s no secret that Walter is a staff favorite!
“What can I say about Walter… I love him!” -Emma
During the work week, Walter goes to work with his mom and little brother Kevin at Blum Animal Hospital. At home he indulges in his favorite activities, sleeping close to the fire & eating.
Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Walter has asked us to tell you about where his little brother Kevin was adopted from, Midwest Dachshund Rescue!
Midwest Dachshund Rescue is a 501(c)3 all-volunteer organization that was founded in 2003. We help our communities (individuals, families and humane societies/shelters) safely rehome and rehabilitate dachshunds and dachshund mixes.
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We first met Abbey in July 2016 when she originally came in for hind limb lameness. Her limp quickly worsened, so her parents found themselves not only seeing her primary care veterinarian, but a neurologist and IPC as well. After evaluating Abbey, Dr. Ridley sent her back to the neurologist where a hemilaminectomy (spinal surgery) was performed. Unfortunately she developed pneumonia which made her road to recovery much harder.
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When Truffle runs through our door, it’s always accompanied by her silly howl/bark and a waiting room full of smiling faces. For the past 2 years, Truffle has not only made us laugh at her antics, but has also impressed us with her intense work out routines.
Almost 4 years ago Truffle had emergency back surgery after severely rupturing a disc. While she recovered remarkably well and was even she was able to stand and walk around on her own, she was still unsteady on stairs. Truffle was previously a very active dog who participated in agility, so it was important that they get her back into shape. Her mom Amy wanted to do everything possible for Truffle, so she explored rehabilitation therapy. After going to another facility for several months and seeing little progress, Amy decided to try IPC at a friend’s suggestion. It was a match made in heaven once she met Tiffany and Dr. Zenoni!
Truffle was originally prescribed an 8 week program that included weekly underwater treadmill & therapeutic exercise sessions and monthly chiropractic treatments. Truffle excelled at her therapies and was soon stable enough to go on a maintenance program. Truffle now comes every couple weeks to hit the gym with Tiffany to work on her core strength and endurance. She sees Dr. Zenoni every 2 months for a chiropractic adjustment to keep her moving well! Whenever Amy asks her if she wants to go “workout”, Truffle runs right over and heads to the car; she even knows the route to IPC so well that she barks and cries for the last 2 miles until they walk in the door!
“Truffle is very advanced in the gym, so I have to come up with new exercises to challenge her mentally and physically. I love seeing Truffle on my schedule- she and her mom are such a pleasure to work with!” -Tiffany, Truffle’s main therapist.
Amy describes a typical day in the life of Truffle:
“She wakes up when her Dad is done getting ready at about 5:30 AM. She does her business in the park across the street and then eats a her raw beef breakfast. She then comes back to bed to sleep more with me until about 7:30 AM. She wakes me up to take her downstairs for a snack and then watches the activity in the park until I’m ready to go to work. She then goes outside again and I head off to work. Her Dad gets home around 3:30 PM and she goes outside. I usually get home around 5:30 and she greats me with lots of barking and tries to get me upstairs to give her one of her preferred treats. She gets raw beef dinner at 6:00 PM every day with her extra supplements to help her joints and to fight off cancer. After she gets a salmon skin or cod skin dessert. She helps us cook dinner by hoping there’ll be some tomatoes or kale stems added to her bowl, or she harvests cherry tomatoes right off the plant on the balcony if any are ripe. After dinner she gets a mile or two walk if it’s not too hot or cold, or she plays tug of war and races around for about half an hour. Then she watches us do laundry or other chores for a while. If I haven’t gone to the couch as early as she’d like, she grunts at me and looks downstairs. Then we plop on the couch with her in between my legs for the rest of the night and watch some TV. This is the case for most weekdays, except for Wednesdays when I get to work from home with Truffle as my assistant. She especially likes to participate in conference calls.”
“IPC has helped Truffle get back to her healthy and crazy self; we don’t have to worry about her hurting herself around the house or playing at the park!” -Amy, Truffle’s mom
Make a Difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign.” Truffle asked us to tell you about The Live Like Roo Foundation.
Live Like Roo, a 501C3 organization, provides support and financial assistance to families whose pet faces a cancer diagnosis. Our mission is that together, you and your pet will #LiveLikeRoo.
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