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Integrative Pet Care
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, holistic health
, pain management
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When it comes to pain in cats, it’s sometimes difficult to know if your feline friend is experiencing discomfort. As they age, cats are susceptible to a variety of ailments, some of which can cause mobility issues while others can result in the need for surgery. Arthritis, for instance, is something that occurs commonly in cats, especially as they advance in years. Whether as a result of an injury or overall wear and tear, arthritis is the deterioration of cartilage within the joint, which causes the bones to rub together. This rubbing is often painful and can negatively affect a cat’s behavior.
“Doogie’s acupuncture/chiropractic treatments helped him gradually go from a low-key, sickly cat that mostly slept all day to a playful, curious little dude who had a swagger in his step and sparkle in his eye.”
– Jen, Doogie’s mom
When cats experience discomfort due to arthritis or other issues such as fractures or deformities, they may start to develop an avoidance to the litter box or lessen the frequency of their grooming as the movement required to do these activities causes them pain. They may find hiding spots or start to vocalize to indicate that something isn’t right.
“Eos, who suffers from a congenital malformation of the pelvic limb, has chiropractic and laser treatments to keep her functioning and pain free. We were given hope that she could adapt to her condition and live a quality life.”
– Denise, Eos’s mom
Maximizing your cat’s quality of life and offsetting the effects of arthritis, other degenerative ailments, or post-surgery aches and pains can be managed through physical rehabilitation. Modalities such as Acupuncture can increase circulation and help release chemicals known as neurotransmitters which decrease pain. Acupuncture can also help with the treatment of allergies, kidney disease and organ dysfunction. Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (or “Chiropractic”) can help improve mobility and is often times used in conjunction with Therapeutic Massage to maximize these effects. Use of Therapeutic Laser helps reduce inflammation and is also key in managing pain.
“Our cat, Natasha, has osteoarthritis and after treatment (acupuncture, massage, and laser) her left, front paw limp is almost undetectable. She is able to jump up on a chair, something she was unable to do before treatment.”
– Penny, Natasha’s mom
At Integrative Pet Care, we want to equip cat owners with their own tools to help their beloved feline when they can’t be here. Our therapists can give Massage and Therapeutic Exercise demonstrations, where owners learn techniques to manage their pet’s comfort and continue their therapies at home. When it comes to overall wellness, IPC provides many options for therapies that can improve the quality of life for a cat that is suffering from illness, injury or the effects of old age.
“When Tommy developed Stomatitis, he went from 11.5 pounds to 8 in under three months. IPC developed a treatment regiment and schedule which included acupuncture/ chiropractic sessions. It took work and patience, but within a year, Tommy was healthy enough for surgical treatment to treat the Stomatitis.”
– Kitty, Tommy’s mom
Speaking of cats…
Did you see our December 2015 Chicago Patient of the Month, Puck? Check him out!
And if you’re in a giving spirit this year and want to donate money, time or open your loving home to a kitty, check out Tree House and Harmony House for Cats!
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What can we say about Puck besides have you seen a more handsome cat?! While dogs are primarily seen at IPC, we do have the occasional cat patient, which makes them that much more special! Puck has been coming regularly for acupuncture since we first met him in 2011 and even though he pretends that he hates it, we secretly know he loves every second of his treatment.
Puck was found with 2 other tiny kittens in a glass shop on August 13th, 2003 and taken in by his mom shortly after. Puck and his sister Portia got along really well so she decided to keep them both, while Tiger, a giant Maine coon went to live with Carissa’s mom. Unfortunately Portia was diagnosed with FIP and passed away in 2006, so Puck has had the luxury of remaining an only cat.
Puck started coming to IPC shortly after being diagnosed with lymphoma in February of 2011. He quickly started a chemotherapy regiment and at the advice of a friend, Carissa started exploring additional treatments to attack the cancer from multiple angles. Because of the type and stage level of his lymphoma, Puck’s original prognosis was only 9 months. Well he defied the odds and has been in remission for 3 1/2 years and acupuncture is the only treatment he’s had besides regular check ups! Puck prefers to stay in the bottom of his carrier with the lights dimmed low during his sessions. After placing the needles and doing a quick exam, Dr. Ridley leaves the room so Puck can have some much needed alone time with his mom.
“On acupuncture nights, he’s extra snuggly and sweet because it makes him feel so good.” -Carissa
Carissa gave us a quick run down on the day in the life of Puck. BC (before children), Puck’s life was quiet and calm, filled with lots of naps, bird- and squirrel-watching and occasionally adventures outside in the back yard. Now his days are quite a bit more interesting with two small, loud, high-energy members of his devoted fan club. He generally wakes me up by jumping on my stomach and meowing in my face, followed by a few “playful” swats in the face if his food bowl is empty. He then immediately insists on going outside, and during the nicer months we let him. He enjoys sunning himself on the stairs, dreaming about chasing squirrels (and occasionally going for one if it teases him enough), eating nonedible landscape plants and then returning them to nature (or the kitchen floor) soon after. He generally avoids common areas while the girls are awake because they get super excited to see him and chase him. After they go to bed, it’s Puck’s time to rule the house. He spreads out on the couch, on a warm heater or in an open window, or on a lap and luxuriates in the peace and quiet. When he’s feeling frisky, he loves jumping in the air after waving cat toys and tall grasses, or batting his toys all around the house. His favorite foods include catnip-flavored Greenies, ice cream, butter, frosting, potato chips, pita chips, and pretzels. His favorite spots are the top of his cat tree, a wet shower, underneath a shady hosta, and any table you just really don’t want him laying on.
“I love seeing Puck on my schedule- he tries to act Grumpy, but I know it’s just an act. Carissa is a fantastic cat mommy who has never missed an acupuncture session in almost 5 years!” -Dr. Ridley
Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Puck has asked us to tell you about Harmony House for Cats!
Harmony House for Cats is a cat specific cageless animal shelter located in Chicago. Their new facility is LEED certified as well (one of the few shelters in the country to earn the Platinum LEED-NC title). They are a 501(c)3 charitable organization so every donation is tax-deductible.
Please consider making a donation to Harmony House in Puck’s name!
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