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October 2017- Gertie

2 weeks ago · · Comments Off on October 2017- Gertie · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Gertie

In May of 2017, the founder of Bialy’s Wellness Foundation, Erin, was contacted by Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue about a 2 month old French Bulldog puppy who was unable to walk.  They needed an experienced foster home and funding for rehabilitation to get her mobile as soon as possible.  Erin agreed and Gertie came to Integrative Pet Care immediately.

 After meeting with Dr. Megan Ridley and Emma, it was suspected that Swimmer Puppy Syndrome was the cause of her mobility issues.  An intense rehabilitation program was prescribed which included daily exercise and swimming therapy sessions.  Everyone on staff pitched in to work with Gertie whenever they could.  Erin, who is also a canine rehabilitation and massage therapist at IPC, diligently worked with her at home as well.

Within in the first week, Gertie improved greatly; she was able to support herself and could even take a few steps independently!  While swimming wasn’t her favorite activity, she did it without complaint all while looking adorable in her life jacket.  After a few weeks she was walking on her own and doing advanced exercises in the gym.

Being part of her transformation was an amazing experience for everyone involved and lots of tears were shed in the process! -Dr. Megan Ridley

Gertie was officially adopted in June to a neighbor so Erin can still bring her for therapy everyday.  Today she is 6 months old and is a happy & healthy puppy.  Being part of Gertie’s transformation has been a wonderful experience for everyone on staff.

Gertie has since become a ‘spokesdog’ for Bialy’s Wellness Foundation as she is an incredible success story!  You can follow her adventures on Instagram- @the_little_avocado.

 

 

 

 

Gertie: Progression Video

Check out this progress video of our beloved Gertie (aka 🥑). Thank you to: Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue for taking her into your adoption program; Integrative Pet Care for the amazing rehabilitation therapists and veterinarians that worked your magic to help Gertie become mobile; Boulevard Veterinary for your always generous, kind and attentive staff & veterinarians; Josh the Pitbull – Special Needs and Happy for fostering our Little Avocado. #GertieStrong

Posted by Bialy's Wellness Foundation on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Gertie has asked us to tell you about the organization that changed her life, 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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September 2017- Hayde

1 month ago · · Comments Off on September 2017- Hayde · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , ,

Hayde

Hayde is an 11 year old Labrador whose high energy was initially directed toward hunting drills and trick training (she learned over 50 commands).  “At 2 years old, she had already become a phenomenal hunting dog; able to put her game face on and get right to business.  Even at 10 years old, she was still able to go full tilt for a week, jumping game in marshes, teaching her 2-year-old sister a thing or two about drive.  Many a times we had to drag the stubborn mule out of the canoe at the end of the day as she just didn’t want to stop.

While hunting is her passion (and, strangely, licking freshly caught fish), she soon became a running partner in the off season, helping train for over a dozen marathons.  During this, Hayde would reach a maximum distance of 19 miles only to come home and head straight to the back yard to play.” -Jeremy, Hayde’s owner

On April 27th, Hayde was out for a run with her sister when she was clipped by a car bumper.  Her pelvis was completed shattered, so she had surgery at VCA Aurora Animal Hospital.  Soon after surgery, Hayde met with Dr. Amber Irke and Valerie at Integrative Pet Care in Homer Glen where a multi-modal 12 week program was created.

 “When I first met Hayde her owners had to carry her in on a board because she could not walk or stand.  Our first focus was to control her pain, so her owners were instructed on how to correctly use a TENS unit every day at home. She also received manual therapy sessions to decrease her muscle spasms and increase her hip range of motion.

Within two and half weeks Hayde went from being carried on a board to walking with a little help.  She continued to make remarkable gains through the use of laser therapy and the underwater treadmill.  She now walks around by herself and has returned to regular, long walks with her owners.  I truly believe that without rehab Hayde would not have progressed so quickly and regained her ability to walk and play like she was able to before her accident.”  –  Valerie Williams 

IPC Homer Glen initially helped to get Hayde’s pain under control so we could begin rehab exercises.  Over the next few months IPC Homer Glen worked with Hayde and taught us the exercises needed to get her strength and flexibility back so she could eventually get back to standing, walking, and, finally, running.  Most importantly Hayde could be herself again. -Jeremy

“Hayde’s story is truly inspirational. Watching the improvements, she made every week is a testament to the canine spirit. She never let anything slow her down and I’m so happy she is able to go back to doing what she loves, running with her parents” says therapist Katie Neforos.

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Hayde has asked us to tell you about the adoptable dogs through The Dog District.

 

 

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September 2017- Kody

2 months ago · · Comments Off on September 2017- Kody · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , ,

Kody

 Kody is an almost 17 year old Sheltie who was referred to Integrative Pet Care by his primary care veterinarian at Family Pet Animal Hospital for mobility issues a year and a half ago.   Kody developed arthritis in his front limbs which prevented him from climbing stairs, so his mom had to carry him.  Char wanted to do everything she could to keep him strong and comfortable!

Dr. Deanne Zenoni created a treatment plan that included underwater treadmill, therapeutic exercise, massage, laser and acupuncture.  Kody wasn’t too sure about his therapies at first, but he quickly learned to enjoy them.  His mom also thinks coming to IPC for love has also eased his car anxiety.

“Even though Kody hasn’t been able to go up the stairs again, I know the exercising and treatments he does are making a difference with his strength and flexibility.  He, of course, walks slower like the senior dog that he is, but at times, he’ll all of a sudden get a spring in his step – at 16!  IPC has helped slow down the inevitable decline that happens in senior dogs.  Plus he’s still able to jump up on the couch (his favorite place to sleep).

Kody also gets to be in an incredibly loving community when he comes to IPC, which I think is quite healing.  It’s amazing to me how he has settled in with the people and treatments.  He was anxious at first but now sprawls on Dr. Zenoni’s lap during acupuncture (he’s not a lap dog at all with me), and he leans into Lindsey when she gives him a massage.  Kody had little to no love in the first 5 ½ years of his life (he was used to breed and lived outside in a trailer park). I feel like I bring him to a place where he is surrounded by love.  It warms my heart to see how well he’s treated and loved here, and I’m so happy for him to have this experience in his later years.  Coming to IPC has also solidified Kody’s love of McDonald’s cheeseburgers (with no onions) as he gets one after every time he comes!

Unfortunately Kody has lost his eyesight over the years, but he manages and has adapted amazingly, particularly in places he knows.  The night time and new places are the hardest for him.  When we walk in the evening and in new places, I try to be his ‘eyes’ for him.  He also searches for me when I’m right there in my place so I know he’s lost quite a bit of his sight.” -Char, Kody’s mom

“Kody has the attitude and resilience of a dog 1/3 his age – he never ceases to amaze me! The significant increase in his mobility over the years is a testament to how important it is to keep an older dog active both at therapy and at home. He’s a joy to work with and is always willing to try something new – I love knowing that his mom puts him through his paces and helps keep him active and engaged on a daily basis!” -Lindsey, Kody’s therapist

Make a difference!

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

“Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue is a 501(c)(3)  Non Profit, State Licensed, ALL Volunteer organization that helps homeless or abandoned Shetland Sheepdogs…also known as “Shelties”.   We take in any Sheltie that needs us, address all their needs, and then place them in wonderful new homes.”

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August 2017- Duke

2 months ago · · Comments Off on August 2017- Duke · Hanover Park, Hanover Park's Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Duke

Duke is a dutch shepherd/black lab mix who tore his cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) over a year ago.  His surgery had to be postponed since his dad David was was stationed in Germany at the time.  Once he arrived home, Duke was off to see Dr. Abell at VCA Aurora where a tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) surgery was performed.

David knew how import rehabilitation was post surgery so he did his homework and chose Integrative Pet Care because of their certified staff. “After 4 weeks of sleeping on a mattress on the floor in the basement with Duke, we had our first Integrative Pet Care appointment.  The massage therapist was amazing and I could definitely tell Duke felt really relaxed and comfortable with her.  It was a perfect way to introduce Duke to the IPC program and later we started the underwater treadmill and laser therapies.  I have to say I noticed an IMMEDIATE improvement in his gait after laser sessions. Duke loves the water so every time we came, he would head straight for the tank hoping he was going to get to play in the water.” -David 

David and Duke were eager to get him back to his favorite activity, swimming, so once he was cleared by the surgeon, he was off to the pool!  The duo recently moved to Switzerland where Duke is able to to swim at least once weekly outside and he loves every minute of it.   Even though David notices the occasional limp when Duke’s been overly active, he says that he is doing 100% better than he ever thought.

“Duke and his dad have been great to work with and Duke is doing fantastic after rehabilitation. Duke has been able to return to all of his normal activities and his dad will be using techniques he learned here to continue therapies in their new home. We wish them safe travels and lots of adventures in the future!” – Dr. Jennifer Blake

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August 2017- Ralph

3 months ago · · Comments Off on August 2017- Ralph · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , ,

Ralph

Integrative Pet Care was recommended when Ralph’s mom Peggy was searching for ways to improve his mobility.  Ralph met with Dr. Amber Ihrke and a rehabilitation program was created that included underwater treadmill, therapeutic exercise & acupuncture.

“Ralph came to us with T3-L3 myelopathy without much functional use of his rear limbs. Having only two strong limbs to get around with didn’t stop Ralph too much from speeding from one place to the next, but he would just drag the rear limbs behind him. Good thing for Ralph, he really likes treats and was agreeable to some challenging work if he got some treats along the way.” – Katie Fitzgerald, one of Ralph’s therapists

Through his therapy program, Ralph improved quite a bit.  He could stand on all four limbs and maintain the position to eat and drink, but his mom wanted to do more.  Ralph was fitted for a cart to give him independent mobility.  “Once Ralph was placed in his cart he began running around the rehab room.  He easily negotiated the thresholds and quickly learned how to back up when his wheel hit a doorway or wall.  I could not believe how fast Ralph adapted to his cart and how much happier he appeared with his new-found freedom in his cart.  Ralph’s smiled seemed a bit brighter (tongue hanging out and all) after receiving his cart.  We could not be happier for Ralph”  -Valerie Williams

 

“From the first moment in his cart, Ralph was walking up/down the halls, walking in the grass and enjoying his new-found freedom.” -Dr. Ihrke

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Ralph has asked us to tell you about All Breed Rescue and Adoption, Inc.

Our mission is twofold: to save as many dogs and cats from living their final days in shelters and pounds as we can, and to educate the public so that one day our rescue won’t be necessary.

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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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June 2017 Shinto

5 months ago · · Comments Off on June 2017 Shinto · Hanover Park, Hanover Park's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Shinto

Shinto is a 12-year-old Shiba Inu who was previously very active.  He earned titles in both AKC agility and coursing. Shinto was doing quite well until last February, when he suddenly fell to the ground and yelped out in pain.  He was quickly taken to the emergency vet after he was unable to get up and walk on his own.

After having x-rays and blood work, Shinto was referred for an MRI where he was diagnosed with a Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE), which is a blockage in the blood vessels of the spinal cord.  He presented with ataxia of the hind limbs and knuckling of the rear paws.  Rehabilitation was recommended and Shinto started right away.  A program was prescribed that included underwater treadmill, acupuncture & chiropractic, therapeutic exercise/massage, and laser therapy.  Shinto’s owner felt that choosing to apply all the different types of therapies available has allowed Shinto to continue with his active lifestyle.

“Shinto has done wonderful with the prescribed program and he now plays, uses the stairs and does not knuckle with his rear paws as he did before.” –Dr. Arlene Rodriguez, DVM, CCRT

Because of all his hard work, Shinto was able to return to competing in nosework! He has earned his NW1 & NW2 titles. He is currently working on his NW3 thanks to his ongoing therapy.

“He is a STAR in the underwater treadmill and has improved so much with his rehabilitation that he has been able to return to his beloved nosework classes.”  -Susan Trchka, PT, CCRT

Make a difference!

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

Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit rescue that seeks out, fosters, and places homeless Shiba Inu dogs into carefully screened, lifelong, and nurturing homes. MSIR serves Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri areas.

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June 2017 Nikita

5 months ago · · Comments Off on June 2017 Nikita · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , ,

Nikita

Nikita is a 13 year old pug who was referred to Integrative Pet Care Homer Glen when her primary care veterinarian at Colonial Manor Animal Hospital diagnosed her with osteoarthritis (OA) at the lumbosacral area, & possibly in the elbows.  She couldn’t go for long walks, had problems with stairs and losing balance with her back legs.  “As Nikita got older, she began to have back pain and abnormal movement in her hind legs. We started Nikita on Adequan and referred her to IPC for additional treatment. Their services have helped increase her comfort and quality of life as she ages. They not only focus on her back issues but all health concerns.” says Dr. Debbie Anello. 

“Nikita has been my  patient for the last 18 months and always makes me smile!  We initially had her in a plan that included hydrotherapy, therapeutic exercises and acupuncture.  She responded very well and now has a home exercise program and comes to see me for acupuncture every 3-4 weeks.  Nikita is a great example of how a little TLC for a senior patient can allow for improved mobility and improved quality of life.”  – Dr. Amber Ihrke

Nikita was such a sweet old lady when she came to us but she was having trouble keeping up with the new puppy in her home.  By the end of therapy, Nikita was walking circles on the trampoline and maneuvering obstacle courses set up by Katie.  She can now play (and get away) from the new puppy.  Nikita is a type of patient who shows that age doesn’t matter. If you start getting an older dog moving, they regain their lively and spunky personality they had once before”, explains her therapist Valerie Williams.

Katie Dunbar, Nikita’s therapist, knew she had made progress after hearing that she could not only play with her new puppy, but get away from her as well!

 “What a difference this made!  The IPC ladies were all so nice and patient with Nikita and  did a great job. Now Nikita can go for short walks.  She can use the stairs a bit better and chase the bunnies slowly.  Most importantly she can now defend herself against her little sister!  I appreciate everything IPC has done for my old girl.”  -Elizabeth, Nikita’s mom

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Nikita has asked us to tell you about Tender Loving Care 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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June 2017 Digger

5 months ago · · Comments Off on June 2017 Digger · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Digger

We first met Digger a little over 2 years ago when her parents noticed she started slowing down.  After meeting with Dr. Megan Ridley, a formal rehabilitation program was created that included strengthening modalities such as underwater treadmill and exercise, as well as laser, acupuncture and massage therapy which were prescribed for pain management.  Digger loved her therapies right away and her mobility improved.

“IPC has helped Digger’s daily functioning – mobility, flexibility, stability.   The laser and acupuncture really help ease stiffness and pain.  The training you have provided and continue to provide so that we can work with her at home has been unbelievably helpful.   Digger would not be as mobile if not for her weekly visits.” -Bonnie, Digger’s mom

Digger has a lot of loves in life like watching trains and snoozing under the covers, but nothing beats swimming in the lake- toss a tennis ball and she’s off!  She still enjoys taking walks, but it involves more smelling than walking these days.

“As a 15 year old pit bull mix, Digger has developed more issues over the years, but that hasn’t changed her attitude.  She comes in ready to work and is all smiles (and barks) while doing it!” Dr. Ridley

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Digger has asked us to tell you about C.A.R.E.

Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E) is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization with a mission to serve the communities of Chicago’s North Shore by fostering and supporting healthy, positive relationships between people and companion animals. C.A.R.E. rehomes companion pets into safe, healthy, lifelong homes; serves as an educational and counseling resource; and works to reduce pet overpopulation.

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May 2017 Sookey

6 months ago · · Comments Off on May 2017 Sookey · Hanover Park, Hanover Park's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , ,

Sookey

In her first few months of life, Sookey was sick with puppy strangles, or juvenile cellulitis, and was nursed back to health by her loving foster mom. While in remission for puppy strangles, Sookey was diagnosed with hip dysplasia at 7 months of age. She recently completed an 8 week therapy program with Integrative Pet Care Hanover Park that primarily included underwater treadmill, exercise therapy, and laser therapy. She works hard for her peanut butter Kong!  While we have seen improvement in her hips, Sookey will be continuing with another 8 week program.

Sookey has been a wonderful patient and it has been a pleasure working with her and watching her improve.  Sookey’s progress has shown that rehabilitation is an option and can be beneficial if surgery is not feasible.  I am looking forward to working with her in the future.” -Dr. Jennifer Blake, DVM, CVA, CCRT

At home, Sookey loves to run and play with the squeakiest toys she can find and insists on greeting all the dogs in the neighborhood. She is currently in the 2nd level of training classes and recently became a proud big sister to baby Adeline! She is already a great protector and always keeps an eye on her new best friend.

“I started working with Sookey in February to help build up her hind limb muscles due to hip dysplasia.  Sookey does an excellent job walking in the underwater treadmill.  She learned quickly that a peanut butter kong helps make the time go by faster when she is getting her laser therapy!  Sookey’s Mom and Dad are doing a great job with her at home!” -Anna, CVT, CCRA

Make a difference!

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

“We are an all volunteer, registered, not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization dedicated to rescuing stray and abandoned cats and dogs.  Our primary focus is to save those animals from our local area.”

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