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October 2019- Juanita

3 weeks ago · · Comments Off on October 2019- Juanita · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Juanita

Ready to meet the mushiest pit bull ever?  Juanita came to Integrative Pet Care earlier this summer due to limping on walks and having a hard time getting on and off the couch.  Her mom was no stranger to rehabilitation as her previous dog Fifty was a long term patient (and our unofficial mascot).

Juanita met with Dr. Kelli Martin and Tami who recommended getting xrays of her hips.  Once xrays confirmed that she had bilateral hip arthritis, a formal program was created which included exercise, massage, laser, underwater treadmill and acupuncture.

Juanita loved her exercises and massage, but wasn’t sure about the underwater treadmill.   She surprised us all by sticking her head underwater in true hippo fashion!

Juanita continues to make progress at every one of her rechecks.  She is able to take longer walks, get up on furniture and in and out of the car easier!  Her mom Kelly has also noticed changes at home: “she no longer struggles to sit or lay down- she is getting so strong!”

She came into her mom’s life as a foster in 2016 after being found as a stray in Indiana.  She had been over bred, had terribly cropped ears, and several scars.  Despite everything she had endured, she was extremely sweet and trusting.  After a couple months of fostering, it was clear that she would become a permanent member of the family.

“I cannot say enough about the Integrative Pet Care staff!  The patient service coordinators are absolutely fantastic.  Her therapists Tami and Rika are the sweetest and Dr. Martin went above and beyond to make sure I got the right diagnosis.  I recommend IPC to everyone I know.”

Juanita has been a foster sister to countless dogs and is in the process of becoming a certified reading assistance dog with SitStayRead!  She lives with an elderly blind dog who she respects and a guinea pig who she adores!

Make A Difference

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Juanita has asked us to tell you about the organization that she will shortly be a part of, SitStayRead.

SitStayRead’s mission is to advance children’s literacy skills using an engaging curriculum, certified dogs, and dedicated volunteers.

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October 2019- Benji

3 weeks ago · · Comments Off on October 2019- Benji · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , ,

Benji

12 week old Benji joined his family in May 2019, and after only 1 week at his new home he suffered a terrible accident.  Benji jumped onto a blanket on the couch and slid off onto the floor.  His family rushed him to Premier Veterinary Group in Orland Park.  Benji had unfortunately broken both of his elbows, which required extensive surgery.

The Surgeon had serious concerns in regards to what his surgery would entail and the unknown outcome if the surgery was a success. He had Bilateral Medial Humeral Condyle fractures which required his elbows to be repaired with pins and screws.  Luckily the surgery was a success and Benji was up on his feet in two days! His family was ready to do whatever it took to get him up and acting like a puppy again.

Benji’s was referred to Dr. Amber Ihrke at Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen by his surgeon, Dr. Alexander El-Warrak, and his family couldn’t be happier with the outcome.  After meeting with his rehab team, Benji was prescribed a treatment program that consisted of swimming and therapeutic exercises.  After 8 weeks of therapy, Benji had a full recovery of his elbow range of motion, increased muscle mass in his front limbs, improved flexibility in his front limbs and most importantly, did not show any signs of lameness.  “It was amazing to see him make such significant improvements session after session! Although he wasn’t a fan of the water, all was forgiven with Benji once the beef liver treats were pulled out.  He loved doing exercises for snacks and was so brave with all of the equipment! Patients like Benji help remind me exactly why I started in this field, and so he will forever be one of my favorite patients!” -Michelle

“From the start Jill (patient services coordinator) has been wonderful! She coordinated all of our appointments and most importantly sent us reminders and followed up on visits. It was an overwhelming time and I appreciated her being so on top of things. Michelle was so patient with Benji throughout the entire process. She truly has a gift and is in the right profession. Michelle did an amazing job explaining the goals for therapy and devised a specific home exercise program. I always left feeling like I learned something new to improve the healing process”. -Jessica, Benji’s mom

Benji’s family would like to spread the message of Never Give Up.  “Benji’s surgery and recovery were not easy and it definitely was not cheap. Money comes and goes, but giving him the chance at life and the endless amount of joy he brings to us everyday is priceless. Looking at Benji today we feel inspired- we can hardly believe how far he has come in such a short amount of time. He truly is a success story and you never know what’s possible, but love and hope can go a long way.”

Make a difference

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Benji has asked us to tell you about TLC Animal Shelter.

 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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September 2019- Lily

2 months ago · · Comments Off on September 2019- Lily · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Lily

Lily came to us after a two month history of right rear lameness that was diagnosed as a cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injury and a patellar luxation. By using a stance analyzer, we were able to determine that Lily was only putting 5% of her body weight on her right rear limb (normal is 20%).  Her owners wanted to try a conservative treatment option to see if we could get Lily to walk better.  Her therapeutic plan over 8 weeks consisted of pain management modalities and osteoarthritis disease-modifying medication.  At the end of her plan, Lily showed no lameness and improved her weight-bearing on the left rear limb to 23%!  Lily is a great example of how conservative management with some knee injuries can lead to excellent outcomes.  

“Lily is a sweet, rambunctious dog with a lot of personality in a little package. Despite not liking the water at all, she walked in the underwater treadmill very well, and it was amazing to see how much she progressed over 8 weeks despite her stubborn attitude!”          -Michelle, Lily’s therapist

Lily’s story starts in 2015 when she was adopted from Indiana Petite Paws Rescue Angels.  “Lily was a tiny, six-year-old little girl who only weighed four pounds.  She was spoiled and did not want to share her new home with another dog as she was used to being the only child.  While she likes to play with toys and fetch, she also likes to snuggle under the covers and watch TV.  Lily is she is a ‘diva dog’ who does not like cold or rainy weather since it spoils her hair.” -Carol

When Lily started experiencing lameness, her parents booked an appointment right away at Integrative Pet Care Homer Glen since they had a great experience at the Chicago location with a previous dog.  They hoped to treat her condition conservatively to avoid surgery.

“After 4 weeks her progress was impressive, and after an additional 4 she was almost back to normal.  We cannot thank the Integrative Pet Care staff enough!” -Carol

Make a difference

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

Our goal is to provide 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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September 2019- Floki

2 months ago · · Comments Off on September 2019- Floki · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Floki

Floki was rushed to the ER last April when he became wobbly and painful. An MRI revealed that he had Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) and a hemilaminectomy was recommended and performed immediately.  Unfortunately all of this left him unable to use his hind limbs.

Amanda did research and found that we had a great reputation for working with special needs animals!  Floki came to us shortly after his surgery and was prescribed an intensive rehabilitation program which consisted of exercise, laser, underwater treadmill, and acupuncture.  His prognosis was guarded, but that didn’t stop him from trying his hardest and his dedicated mom Amanda was more than willing to do whatever it took.

We became fast friends since he started coming three times weekly for therapy! Floki’s progress was slow in the beginning, but he made promising improvements every week. He needed full assistance in the underwater treadmill to ambulate and was unable to push himself into a standing position.

A cart was also recommended to aid in his mobility which he took to quickly. He also hitches a ride in his wagon where he loves going on the 606, Humboldt Park and the dog beach. Floki has continued to make amazing progress at every session, and most of all he LOVES his therapies!

Floki continues to make huge strides every week and is now able to walk in the treadmill on his own and has even attempted to take steps on land!!  His progress is also due to mom’s dedication to his home care.   Floki has an amazing (and bossy) attitude which definitely played a part in his progress.

“First let me say that we are grateful for and really like all of the staff at IPC.  Floki’s veterinarians, therapists and the patient service coordinators have been amazing.  You all have been so patient and understanding of the struggle it was in the beginning and continue to be so nice and helpful!! Floki and I both would love to give a shout out to his therapist Renee for the extra time and love she has shown him.  Renee has really been so helpful in making sure that we go home with handouts explaining our exercises and videos showing progress.  She has answered every question I had about feedings, and how to learn to properly express/potty him.  She has also coached me to be more relaxed and aware that if I show my frustrations to Floki, he will sense that and be frustrated also.  I’m so thankful and so much more confident in caring for Floki because all that Renee has talked me through and shown me.  She has gone above and beyond for us!” -Amanda

Make A Difference

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Floki has asked us to tell you about Road Dogs & Rescue.

Road Dogs & Rescue is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization in California focused on rescuing and rehabbing medical bulldogs, puppies with birth defects and spreading the message of love and compassion towards all animals, both locally and internationally.


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August 2019- Sumo & Kiko

3 months ago · · Comments Off on August 2019- Sumo & Kiko · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine ·, , , , , , , , , , ,

Meet Sumo & Kiko, our dynamic Shiba Inu duo who keep us on our toes every Tuesday morning!  “Sumo has been a patient since his first cruciate surgery nearly 10 years ago and although the surgeon told us rehabilitation therapy was not necessary, our dog trainer recommended exploring options if we really wanted Sumo to get back to his prior athletic level. We were so happy with all the help you gave us, it was only natural to bring our other dog Kiko for sports conditioning and ultimately rehabilitation after she had patella and cruciate surgery.

Despite their surgeries, Sumo and Kiko have had long and healthy agility careers thanks to rehabilitation and ongoing maintenance program which we especially appreciate. It not only allows our dogs to stay in great shape for their athletic endeavors, but also helps them as they age.  As an example, Sumo has had chronic kidney disease for the past year and a half. That disease often leads to muscle wasting, particularly in a dog’s hind quarters, as the dog gets less and less active. Our primary vet has expressed pleasant surprise at how little atrophy Sumo has suffered and we attribute much of that to his maintenance program which includes hydrotherapy.

We fell in love with the Shiba Inu breed in 1990 based on a photo in a book of 450 dog breeds which was long before anyone knew what a Shiba was. After our first Shiba died from cancer, we searched for the right breeder with the right puppy. Sumo, who is now 13.5 years old,  has been part of our family since he was 4 months old. As everyone on your staff who has worked with Sumo knows, he is classic Shiba: incredibly smart, aloof, stubborn, independent, loathes water, and wants nothing to do with anyone unless he is handsomely rewarded. He is the type of dog who makes you earn his affection, and once you do he will make you feel very special.

Kiko is a rescue Shiba who I met during her intake evaluation at Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue and decided to keep rather than put her into their formal program. She came to us as a wild and out of control jumping bean at the age of 15 months. She’s now 10 and is the Yang to Sumo’s Yin. She loves everyone, gives kisses, wags her tail when she greets you and is anxious to please (although she loves rewards too.)  She has the smarts and hatred of water that is classic Shiba, but she gives her affection freely.

Kiko is our agility super star. In 2018, she was ranked the #3 agility Shiba in the country by the AKC (American Kennel Club) and has competed twice in the Agility Invitational in Orlando where only the top 5 dogs of each breed are invited. She has earned four agility championships, which is something that only five Shibas have ever done. She also has top titles in Rally and is close to completing an Obedience title.

Sumo has Obedience titles, two top Rally titles, numerous agility titles.  When he had to retire from those athletically demanding sports at the age of 11, he started nosework. He now has the AKCs Advanced titles in exteriors, interiors, containers and buried hides as well as nosework titles from NACSW (National Association of Canine Scent Work) and UKC (United Kennel Club).

Kiko recently had a TPLO surgery for a torn cruciate, so her days include a morning walk, a little bitey-face time with our 4 year old shiba, breakfast, about 10 minutes of rehab homework and then “free time” until late afternoon when she gets about another 10-15 minutes of rehab time (along with some tricks training), an evening walk,  dinner, more bitey-face play, a late night walk and sleep. Tuesdays she goes to IPC for therapy and Thursdays she goes to Rally class where she is learning new skills for a competition in September. Sumo’s schedule is almost identical, but he doesn’t play bitey-face (that’s beneath him).  He also goes to IPC for therapy on Tuesday and Nosework class on Thursday where he shows off how smart he is (he no longer competes).

One thing I’d like to mention is how important I think IPC has been in keeping both our very active dogs healthy. When Sumo tore his cruciate at a young age, both his primary care vet and surgeon told us to expect him to tear the other cruciate within two years or less and to expect arthritis in that knee by age 6. Well, thanks to great rehab and continued maintenance, the other leg’s cruciate didn’t tear for more than 5 years. Plus, it kept his arthritis at bay as he was able to compete in agility and rally until he turned 11!  We were warned that Kiko’s other knee would require surgery if we didn’t keep her in good shape. Even though it was her other cruciate that tore, her recovery from surgery was easier since she was in great shape going in.” -Amy

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Sumo & Kiko have asked us to tell you about Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue.

Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue (MSIR) was founded in 2002 and is a a registered 501(c)3 non-profit and licensed rescue.  We help to save and place Shiba Inus throughout the Midwest, including Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana.

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July 2019- Brady

4 months ago · · Comments Off on July 2019- Brady · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation, Weight Loss ·, , , , , , , , ,

Brady’s love for launching himself off a deck after birds landed him at the vet’s office to repair one of his bilateral torn cranial cruciate ligaments (CCL) last fall.  At the suggestion of their daughter, who is a physical therapist, Brady’s parents made an appointment at Integrative Pet Care- Homer Glen.

Brady had surgery on his right stifle (knee) first and when that was strong enough, he went under to repair the left. “From the first day we saw him post operation, he was doing amazing! Thanks to the rehabilitation of his right leg, his recovery was much quicker and now both legs are stronger than ever” says therapist Michelle.

Another aspect of Brady’s program was weight loss which he accomplished under the care of therapist Katie who is a Purina Weight Coach- “he really is a great example of how weight loss can greatly improve the recovery process”.

What a difference you made to Brady’s life.  He loved his visits and has gained back almost all mobility that he had before surgery. -Brady’s mom

You would never know it today, but Brady was a ‘monster’ when he was little! With lots of training, he calmed down and transformed into a friendly and sweet dog.

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July 2019- Atticus

4 months ago · · Comments Off on July 2019- Atticus · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , ,

Atticus

Meet our July Patient of the Month Atticus, who is a six year old Frenchton (French Bulldog/Boston Terrier mix).  Atticus started having trouble with his spine three years ago, but recovered well with rest and pain medication.  Unfortunately he suffered a setback in April of 2018 which left him completely unable to walk.  He was rushed to a neurologist who performed a ventral slot surgery which decompresses the cervical spinal cord.

Atticus remained unable to walk after surgery, but regained mobility after a week.  Rehabilitation was recommended and he walked through our doors a month later.

Despite everything that he had been through, Atticus looked pretty good!  His rehabilitation program focused on  pain management, fine tuning his mobility, and strengthening.  He started coming twice weekly for underwater treadmill, exercise/laser, and acupuncture.

Atticus looked better and better to the IPC team at every visit and pain management modalities such as acupuncture and laser were able to be weaned out.  Underwater treadmill and exercise sessions would now be the focus for strengthening.

Atticus continued to do well, so he was graduated to a maintenance level of rehabilitation.  He now comes once weekly for underwater treadmill (which he loves) with acupuncture and a exercise/laser combo session every 6 weeks.   Atticus is an IPC superstar!

“Atticus marches through our doors ready to WORK and does everything that is asked of him.  He is a dream patient who never lets me down!” -Laura, CCRA

Atticus can usually be found patrolling the neighborhood with his mom Mary- something that she was worried he’d never be able to do again.

“Integrative Pet came in at a very difficult time after a spinal surgery for a ruptured disc. They have graced Atticus with the strength and comfort in order to recover beautifully and now he thinks he can fly! With the love that he’s been given at Integrative Pet I believe he can!” -Mary

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May 2019- Jay Jay

6 months ago · · Comments Off on May 2019- Jay Jay · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

“We adopted Jay Jay through an animal rescue on August 16th, 2018 when he was 8 months old, because I was 5 months pregnant and wanted a companion.  We saw him on petfinder a few months prior and once a few other things fell through, we went for it when we saw he was still available.  He was my best friend and stayed by my side throughout the remainder of my pregnancy, but I knew something was wrong with him. He cried when we would pick him up and he wouldn’t jump, which was weird since he was a puppy.

After seeing 2 different doctors, he was diagnosed with Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease.  A Femoral Head Osteotomy (FHO) surgery was scheduled 10 days before I gave birth. His surgeon recommended rehabilitation, which would be beneficial for his recovery.  I used to work at an animal Hospital who referred to IPC Homer Glen, so I knew it would be a good place for him.” -Jay Jay’s mom 

“Jay Jay came to us with a history of not being able to walk on his back legs for a few months…in fact, sometimes he would only walk on his front legs! We created an intensive therapy program which consisted of manual therapy, hydrotherapy, and therapeutic ultrasound.  After 2 weeks he was consistently walking on his rear legs, within 4 weeks he was always walking on his rear legs, and 8 weeks later he was running and playing in the yard.” -Dr. Amber Ihrke

 I am totally blown away by his recovery and the results we were able to achieve.  He is such a little champ!!! -IPC therapist Tiffany

Jay has come very long way since starting with us. His sessions were so stressful since he had been in pain for so long that he would not allow anyone to touch him. As his program progressed, his pain level decreased and his mobility increased.  Now when he comes to see us, he jumps in my lap and give kisses. This is not something he would have done at the start and it was amazing to see the transformation in him just by making him feel better! -IPC therapist Katie 

I truly believe if it weren’t for the wonderful staff at IPC he wouldn’t be walking, let alone running on all 4 legs today.

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.   Jay Jay has asked us to tell you about Villalobos Rescue Center.

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May 2019- Watson

6 months ago · · Comments Off on May 2019- Watson · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , ,

According to Watson’s mom Kirsten, September 6, 2008 was the BEST DAY EVER!  She met Watson at an animal shelter who was shy and nervous initially, but quickly warmed up to play with his new Golden Retriever brother Dylan.  Once he successfully completed puppy training, it was recommended they get involved in dog sports like agility.  He started training with Hawk City K9 in early 2009 which helped reinforce their training in a fun way and made them more of a team.   They caught the agility bug and started competing in agility in 2015 and will compete in his first scent work competition shortly!

We started with IPC as Watson was getting older and I wanted to help maintain his strength and stamina.  IPC came highly recommended for conditioning and we had come to know some from the team through agility and scent work.  From our first go-round for conditioning, Watson was stronger and able to play longer and run faster.   He also recovered faster from a busy weekend with less soreness.” -Kirsten

Unfortunately Watty tore his cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) which required a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery in November 2018.  He met with Dr. Deanne Zenoni and Laura who created a plan which included underwater treadmill, laser, massage, exercise, and chiropractic sessions.

“I trust the team to help keep Watty safe while recovering and rebuilding strength.  During recovery, sessions were a stress-free happy break from our otherwise restricted recovery time at home.  And he LOOOOVES his IPC team.  As we continue to rebuild/maintain, IPC helps push us to new challenges.  Watson’s “creative” mind loves new challenges (which sometimes includes finding new ways to cheat) but his therapists have his number.” -Kirsten

Watson was a pro at all his therapies and progressed quickly.  He still continues coming for maintenance therapy since graduating from his formal program in February.  

Watson enjoys sleeping-in and will abandon his bed only once he hears the sweet sound kibble in his bowl.  He keeps an eye on the house and hood most of the day.  He enjoys long walks reading the neighborhood paper (sniffing every tree, leaf, blade of grass, crack in the sidewalk, person walking by… ).  Weekend morning walks were made for walks at the convergence of smells from at least 2 brunch spots at his favorite park. 

While Watson is a master napper, he loves finding ways to get treats through his at-home exercises and learning new tricks that support his rehab.

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.   In honor of his late brother Dylan, Watson has asked us to tell you about Charge Against Cancer.

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April 2019- Buddy

7 months ago · · Comments Off on April 2019- Buddy · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Buddy

When the Stroup’s became empty nesters, they decided a companion animal would be a great additional their family, specifically a beagle.  Buddy came from a reputable breeder in 2009 who had already socialized him with cats and children.  He was a healthy dog until he tore both of his cranial cruciate ligaments (CCLs).   Integrative Pet Care’s services were recommended by his surgeon at MedVet Chicago to speed up his recovery.

“We first met Buddy in early October 2018 following a tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) procedure on his left rear leg. As he would also require another TPLO on the right side, it was advised he begin a rehabilitation program with weight loss in order to achieve the most successful outcome possible. Despite some residual post-operative stifle edema (swelling) and areas of discomfort elsewhere on his body due to the changes in his bio-mechanics, Buddy always seemed pretty happy to come in for his rehab visits!” -Dr. Melissa Trupia

After his second surgery, Buddy was prescribed an 8 week treatment plan which included therapeutic laser, massage, dry-needling, manual therapy, underwater treadmill, and therapeutic exercises.  “Buddy came in after each of his knee surgeries which were performed roughly a month apart with significant bruising, swelling, and heat present at his knees.  Laser therapy was performed at his first visit and significant improvements observed by his owners and therapists.  At his second visit, there was a significant decrease in heat, swelling, and bruising leading me to term him the ‘laser poster dog.’ -Tiffany, Buddy’s main therapist

“After completing his formal treatment plan, Buddy continued with a maintenance plan to continue working on his sit posture, strengthening his rear limbs and improving his overall mobility during walks.  Buddy is now walking around without showing signs of pain or discomfort in his rear limbs.” -Valerie

The staff at IPC has been informative and caring and Buddy gets excited when we are driving there!

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