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October 2018- Koda

1 week ago · · Comments Off on October 2018- Koda · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , ,

Koda


When Koda began to have difficulty walking,  primary care veterinarian, Dr. Cynthia Cecott of Veterinary of Tinley Park, Koda’s recommended scheduling an appointment at Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen.  At his initial evaluation, they met with Dr. Amber Ihrke and PT Valerie who devised a custom rehabilitation plan to address his specific needs.  They suspected he had Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) and a genetic test confirmed the diagnosis.

Koda started right away with treatments such as: manual therapy with dry needling to address his many myofascial trigger points, underwater treadmill and exercises for strengthening, and  massage therapy to keep him comfortable.   He was also measured for a cart, which would greatly improve his mobility and quality of life!

“It is amazing to see the difference in Koda’s attitude and personality since starting with us as he does not like to be handled much. But when it comes to his cart, he is a whole new dog! Koda stands calmly for me to place him in and out of his cart and will even sit next to in until I am ready to put him in it. He really understands that the cart is helping him and he is happier in it.” -Katie Neforos

“Koda showed us the importance of measuring our patients for a cart when they can still stand independently.  By placing our patients with DM in carts early on, they can have  significant improvement in their overall mobility and quality of life.” -Valerie

His owners gave us a brief history of Koda- He was brought to Cry for Help Rescue in 2016 after he was found tied up and left behind after his owners moved. It was not known how long he was tied up, but the abuse he endured caused him constant pain and made him a little aggressive towards others. Since we adopted him, Koda’s temperament has changed; he now has two other doggie brothers and my grandchildren love him!

“Integrative Pet Care has helped Koda tremendously! Without their help, he would not be able to enjoy the things he loves. They fit him for a harness/brace that he wears daily and they also helped fit him for a cart.  Since the addition of the cart, Koda has be able to return to his daily walks around the neighborhood with his doggie brothers.” -Koda’s owner

Make a difference!

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

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October 2018- Grace

2 weeks ago · · Comments Off on October 2018- Grace · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Grace

 

We met Grace two weeks after having a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery in June to repair a torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL).  She had been an incredibly active dog her entire life, so her parents were ready and willing to get her back into shape.  They had previously been to IPC with another dog, so they knew it was the place to go!

An eight week custom rehab plan was created by Dr. Megan Ridley which started with massage and laser to reduce inflammation and swelling.  Grace and her brothers had always competed in agility and swimming was a favorite activity, so it was a happy day for all when she was given the clearance to start the underwater treadmill!  Since her parents were so diligent with home exercise, massage, and restriction, Grace looked better and better every week.

“IPC has been extremely beneficial in getting her back to her normal self in a relatively short period of time.” -Grace’s dad Andy

Andy also gave us a glimpse into her daily life: “Her day begins with a long walk around the neighborhood, then back home for breakfast, which she’s usually barking at me because I’m either doing it wrong or not making it fast enough. While I’m at work she spends most of the day sleeping and resting up for our nightly adventures which include trips to Begyle Brewing where her mom works, or to other restaurant or tavern patios in the neighborhood.  She is more than happy to roll over on her back for belly rubs and/or squinting her eyes when she sees someone she knows and really likes, especially all her girlfriends at IPC: Caitlin, Liz, Lindsey, Erin, Renee, Sarah, and Hannah (to name a few).”

“I am always greeted with a goofy grin, squinted eyes and a happy tail which keeps wagging throughout her entire appointment.  Grace and her parents are a pleasure to work with!” -Lindsey, CCRA, CCMT

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Grace would like to give a shout out to As Good As Gold.

As Good as Gold – Golden Retriever Rescue of Illinois is dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of Golden Retrievers and golden mixes who are in need.  In addition, As Good as Gold educates Golden Retriever guardians and the general public about the importance of spaying/neutering, positive training methods, diet and exercise, appropriate medical treatment and humane care

 

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September 2018- Penny

1 month ago · · Comments Off on September 2018- Penny · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , ,

Penny

Penny’s mom Sharon brought her into Integrative Pet Care Homer Glen soon after being diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia by her primary care veterinarian.  Since she was already displaying signs of lameness and discomfort at only 11 months old,  her veterinarian recommended either surgery or rehabilitation.  She met with Dr. Amber Ihrke who created an 8 week custom rehabilitation program which consisted of underwater treadmill, exercise, and Adequan injections.

“Penny was very nervous of everyone as the clinic and would lash out if anyone attempted to  touch near her hips or tail.  Now at the end of her program, she tries to break into the exercise room every time she comes to the clinic and allows butt rubs”, explains therapist Katie N!

“Within 4 weeks, Penny had improved her extension in both hips and was much more comfortable with palpation of her hip joints. By 8 weeks, her owner reported she was doing very well at home and rarely showed any discomfort or lameness.” – Dr. Amber Ihrke

“By the end of her therapy, Penny was an active puppy and was not limited by her hip dysplasia or pain.  When Penny walked, she no longer had any lameness.  Penny is a great example of how even puppies may require therapy and the sooner they begin the better prognosis and overall functional mobility they will have in the future.” -PT Valerie

You guys have helped her so much that she can now play and go up the stairs with out pain!  She loves Katie and all the love she get there!” -Sharon, Penny’s mom

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Penny has asked us to tell you about Half-Way Home Rescue.

Half-Way Home Animal Rescue is a not-for-profit 501(3)c recognized, foster-based  (non-government funded) organization that is made up of all volunteers and along with the support and donations from individuals,  veterinarians, and others – we strive for the rescue, humane care, and treatment of the animals in our community, state and throughout our country. Together we  are saving hundreds of animal lives annually.

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September 2018- Mosby

1 month ago · · Comments Off on September 2018- Mosby · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Mosby

 

Mosby first came to Integrative Pet Care a year ago at the recommendation of a friend who had come for years with their Great Dane.  Mosby was getting weaker in his hind limbs and there was some worry that he was painful.  He met with Dr. Ridley who devised a custom rehabilitation program which included pain management modalities: laser, massage and acupuncture.  Exercises were then introduced to start strengthening his hind limbs.  When Dr. Ridley felt he was strong enough, he started the underwater treadmill!

“Before coming to Integrative, Mosby had trouble standing on hardwood floors (his back legs would slide apart), had trouble going down stairs – sometimes falling, and was just generally unstable on his feet.  Now Mosby stands and walks great on wood floors (generally avoiding the yoga mats we have sown for him) and gets down the stairs well on his own.  He is more playful and has more energy.  He even jump into our bed and into the car on occasion – even when we are trying to keep him from doing so!” -David, Mosby’s dad

Mosby has continually done well with his therapies!  He now has weekly sessions of either underwater treadmill and exercise/laser and acupuncture.

“Mosby’s typical day starts off by getting up early and dragging me down the stairs to get breakfast.  Then he likes to lounge around the house, mostly on his bench in the front window where he can keep an eye on things and go crazy barking at the occasional cat of rabbit.  During this time he gets a couple walks which he finds very exciting, then after a nice nap I come home and it’s time for dinner.  After dinner he basically naps until bedtime where he (usually) waits for me to put him in bed with Cathy and I even though he will eventually get down and sleep the rest of the night in his favorite chair.” -David

“Watching Mosby’s improvement over the past year has been incredibly rewarding.  He has gone from slipping on the floors and walking wobbly to doing a sit up and beg all on his own, which is not an easy task!” -Laura, Mosby’s therapist

 

 

Make a difference!

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

CRISP provides free services to help Chicago pet owners keep their pets rather than surrendering them.  And if we can’t help you find a way to keep your pet, our network of Chicago dog and cat lovers will help you place them immediately with a rescue group or no-kill shelter to bypass the city shelter completely.

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August 2018- Gigi

3 months ago · · Comments Off on August 2018- Gigi · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , ,

Gigi

Integrative Pet Care was recommended by Gigi’s primary care veterinarian after she went through a series of health setbacks.   She was recovering from her 2nd failed Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery on her right leg, and had a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) on her left.  She was also in the middle of treatment for Steroid-Responsive Meningitis. Gigi was limping, in pain, bloated, and had gained 10lbs from the high dose of steroids. She was grumpy all the time, had no interest in balls, which were her LIFE pre-illness and surgery.

Amy brought Gigi in for an evaluation where she met with Dr. Megan Ridley.  She was prescribed a program which consisted of pain management modalities like laser and massage in the beginning, which Gigi could not get enough of!  Once her pain was under control, exercise and underwater treadmill were introduced for weight loss and strengthening.  Gigi has done incredibly well with her therapies and has remained stable.

IPC’s policy of allowing pet owners to attend therapy sessions and learn how to continue therapy at home from therapists was essential in Gigi’s transformation. She gets so excited to see Doris for her weekly hydrotherapy. -Amy

Since starting therapy, Gigi went from only being able to slowly walk for 3 minutes on the treadmill to walking at an incline for 20 minutes. She is so much happier and feels much more confident and strong with walking and running around. Ball is life again!

Today Gigi spends most of her day with a ball in her mouth. She loves to play fetch, tug of war, and will finally let it go to have it thrown  again. Repeat a thousand times. When not playing with her ball, Gigi enjoys napping in the sun, pressing her face against the window during her neighborhood watch shifts, and manipulating people into giving her what she wants with her big sad eyes and baby like cry. She is silly, goofy, and has a way of making everyone she meets feel like the most important and exciting person in the world in that moment.” -Amy

 

“Amy and Gigi are such a great duo who I always look forward to working with!” -Doris, Gigi’s therapist

Make a difference!

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

CRISP provides free services to help Chicago pet owners keep their pets rather than surrendering them.  And if we can’t help you find a way to keep your pet, our network of Chicago dog and cat lovers will help you place them immediately with a rescue group or no-kill shelter to bypass the city shelter completely.

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August 2018- Minnie

3 months ago · · Comments Off on August 2018- Minnie · Hanover Park's Patient of the Month, Homer Glen, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , ,

Minnie

“Minnie is an 11 years old Beagle/Cooker mix who along with anxiety issues, has always had some back issues for the last 6 years. On February 1, 2018 while sleeping, she apparently heard the mail truck when she jumped on our sofa, like she always did,  but must have lost her balance and fell flat on her back. We immediately took her to our local vet, who thought she had sprained her back.  She was actually walking when we left the office, but the rest of the evening was a total nightmare! Our poor sweet Minnie was unable to walk, get comfortable, or sleep.

We took her to an emergency veterinarian who noticed that her rear paws were not reacting well to stimulation.  We were then referred to a neurologist who explained that she would need an MRI followed by immediate surgery to clean out the ruptured disc material.  We made the decision to go ahead and give our loving family member the opportunity to get through this as she was still a healthy dog with good hearing and eyesight.  The staff was wonderful and kept us updated throughout her 3 hour procedure.  She was hospitalized for 5 days to be monitored and given daily laser treatments for pain management.  We were given detailed homecare instructions as Minnie was unable to stand, and had bladder and bowel incontinence.  It was a very stressful situation for us as she could not be left home alone since she was totally dependent on us for all her needs.

Two weeks later, her staples were removed and we asked, ‘where do we go from here?’  We were given a list of rehabilitation facilities and Integrative Pet Care in Homer Glen was on the list, which we found convenient to our home location.  We checked the reviews online, which appeared very good and decided this place may work well for us.”

“Minnie came to us after having surgery for an intervertebral disc extrusion. At her first appointment, she was unable to stand independently and unable to walk.  We started an intensive rehabilitation plan that included acupuncture, therapeutic laser, and hydrotherapy.  After 4 weeks, she could get to a standing position without assistance and even though her rear legs were weak and wobbly, she was able to walk independently.  We started her therapeutic exercise program and placed her in a cart that allowed her to use her rear legs to help retrain her to walk normally.  After 12 weeks of therapy, Minnie is able to walk independently and her rear limb weakness is much improved and she is back to living her normal life.” -Dr. Amber Ihrke

The cart worked wonders and she regained her independence!  “Minnie is a great example of a neurological patient that benefits from using a cart to conserve her energy and it also helps to correct her abnormal gait pattern.  Minnie reminds us that carts are not just for dogs that are paralyzed and they can be a useful therapy tool to help patients with neurological conditions progress in their rehab programs.” PT Valerie

Kathy and I are forever grateful to the staff at Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen and for the wonderful care Minnie has received from the front desk staff of Jill who books our appointments to Dr. Amber, Katie, and Val.  Minnie was treated like she was their dog too. They really, really care!!  It is so refreshing to see a staff who treats “all pets and pet owners” with the warmth and kindness we were given.  We met several dogs and owners during this process who would surely agree with us!!  Thank you so very much… and Minnie thanks you too!! -Greg, Minnie’s owner

“Watching her for from being unable to walk to not being able to slow her down in her cart was beautiful. I am so happy I had the chance to work with her and look forward to seeing her at her next recheck!” -Katie, Minnie’s therapist

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Minnie has asked us to tell you about the ASPCA

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA) is a national leader in the areas of rescue, adoption and welfare and has worked tirelessly for over 150 years to put an end to animal abuse and neglect.

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July 2018- Brita

4 months ago · · Comments Off on July 2018- Brita · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , ,

Brita

“Brita came into our lives in March or April of 2013 when ALIVE Rescue rescued her from Chicago Animal Care and Control (along with her sister, Winnie – also a previous IPC patient – Hi, Winnie!). After her previous foster families were no longer able to foster her, she weaseled her way into our home. Brita doesn’t like other dogs, so it was difficult to find a forever home for her. She spent the next 2 years with ALIVE, during which time we fostered her off-and-on when we could. Adopting her wasn’t practical in our apartment, but my husband Ryan, our dog Bubbles and I always had a special connection with Brita and knew she belonged with us, so we began looking at buying a house.  We finally adopted her in February of 2015, and moved into our new home in June of 2015.

Brita has been coming to IPC since she ruptured her left CCL almost a year ago.  She eventually had bilateral Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) surgeries and has been coming for laser, massage, exercise, and underwater treadmill ever since. She quickly regained range of motion and muscle mass due to her therapies. Beyond that, though, it has helped with her mental state – Brita LOVES coming to IPC to see her Auntie Laura and other friends.  She knows she will get so much love, attention, and treats there every time – she gets so excited when we go to the car!

We chose IPC mainly because of  it’s reputation in the canine rehab world (my husband’s cousin, a canine rehab therapist in Tulsa, even knew of IPC by reputation).  Also, I knew several of the employees from my time volunteering with ALIVE, so I knew they were good people!  Another reason we decided to go to IPC is the accommodations they make for Brita’s dog reactivity – the staff always makes sure to keep everyone as safe and stress-free as possible when we come, which I really appreciate.

Brita spends most of her day on our couch watching tv. In the evenings, she greets us with her trademark “Rooooooo!”  She then spends time in the yard, where she LOVES playing in the neighbor’s sprinkler that sprays into our yard. She also enjoys barking at passing dogs or people on the sidewalk, and rolling in the grass. If Brita had her choice, she would spend the majority of her time outside – I often have to either coax her in with treats or physically pick her up, since the bones seem to leave her body when I tell her its time to come in. She likes to play fetch with toys (balls are her favorite), and tearing up cardboard boxes is her favorite thing in the world. Well, that and Ritz crackers. She also enjoys spinning around on the bed like a maniac, rolling around on the floor like a weirdo, and dashing at full speed around the house for no reason. At night, she sleeps under the covers, next to my feet.” -Cisely, Brita’s mom

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Brita has asked us to tell you about Chicagoland Rescue Intervention and Support Program (CRISP) and Live Like Roo.

CRISP provides free services to help Chicago pet owners keep their pets rather than surrendering them.  And if we can’t help you find a way to keep your pet, our network of Chicago dog and cat lovers will help you place them immediately with a rescue group or no-kill shelter to bypass the city shelter completely.

Live Like Roo Foundation supports dogs and their owners through a cancer diagnosis by providing financial and emotional assistance. We also love senior dogs.

 

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June 2018- Harrison

5 months ago · · Comments Off on June 2018- Harrison · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , ,

Harrison

Harrison was hit by a car in early October 2017 and suffered a badly fractured pelvis and hip, which required surgical repair. His owners did not believe the vet bills were within their ability to pay, so they surrendered him to Chicago Animal Care and Control in the hopes that a rescue might step up to help him. Fetching Tails Foundation (501C3) was contacted that afternoon, and by that evening Harrison was in the care of the surgical team at Veterinary Specialty Center of Buffalo Grove. It would be nearly a week before the surgery could be performed due to head and abdominal traumas that had to be resolved before he could go under anesthesia. Once the surgery was completed, Harrison had a femoral head ostectomy (FHO) surgery, and the pelvic fractures on both sides of his body were left to heal on their own, which they did.

After two months, it was becoming clear that Harrison was not using his left hind leg. In order to give him the best chance at a normal recovery (and the best chance of being adopted), Harrison’s foster mom asked the surgeon at Vet Specialty Center whether Harrison was a candidate for rehabilitation. The surgeon provided a list of practitioners, but there was really only one place considered, Integrative Pet Care who Fetching Tails Foundation had previously worked with. Harrison started therapy in early December 2017 and the staff in Homer Glen did not disappoint!

Harrison met with Dr. Ihrke for an evaluation where he was prescribed a pain management regimen and  rehabilitation program that included therapeutic laser, manual therapy, hydrotherapy and TENS therapy.  Right away Harrison responded to his program and started putting weight on his left leg while walking.  Over the next 12 weeks, he continued to improve and by the end of his treatment plan, he was walking, running and playing without issues.

I truly believe that without rehab Harrison would have had a hard time finding his forever home.  His pain level would have remained elevated and he would not want anyone touching him.  Rehabilitation helped manage Harrison’s pain, increase weight bearing on his left rear limb and returned him to an active lifestyle. -therapist Valerie Williams

Today, Harrison runs, climbs stairs, goes for walks to the dog park, and stands on his hind legs as any small dog would.He walks without a limp, and unless one knew what Harrison had been through, one would not know it from looking at him.  Harrison was recently adopted and will continue his rehabilitation at the Chicago location!

“I would always look forward to days that he was coming because he was so much fun to work with. We all miss Harrison here but are so glad that he is healthy and has found his forever home!” -therapist Katie Nefros

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Harrison  has asked us to tell you about the rescue that saved his life, Fetching Tails Foundation.

Fetching Tails Foundation is an 501c3 Illinois based non-breed specific rescue committed to saving dogs regardless of breed, age, and physical ability.  Our foundation is committed to lowering euthanasia rates by rescuing adoptable dogs from high kill-shelters and other animal intake facilities and placing them in approved adopted homes.  We are dedicated to helping our community through educational programs and combined efforts for spay & neuter clinics.

 

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June 2018- Sasha

5 months ago · · Comments Off on June 2018- Sasha · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Sasha

Sasha is a 15 year old chow mix who first pranced through our doors hoping to find relief for her arthritis which was starting to slow her down about 5 years ago.  She was prescribed a treatment plan which consisted of twice weekly strengthening modalities such as resistance pool and exercise, as well as acupuncture, massage and laser therapy which were used for pain management.  Sasha began to improve, so she was put on a once weekly program and underwater treadmill was added.

Her mom Beth gave us history on Sasha, as well as a glimpse into her daily life: “I went to the Anti-Cruelty Society on Grand Ave. in May 2003 because they had advertised some cute puppies on the news.  I told myself I wouldn’t adopt unless a dog really made an impression on my heart.  When I got there, all the puppies were gone so I took a lap around all the cages.  None of them seemed right for me.  As I was leaving I took a look in the waiting area and spotted a lady and her son playing with a little peach fuzzball.  That lady had my dog!  As fate would have it, they put her back.  I swooped in and took her from her cage and sat with her.  She was mine from the first moment and has been my precious best friend for 15 years.

Sasha starts pacing at 6:30am which is my alarm clock.  I start my coffee and line up her many pills to shove down the chute (she doesn’t fall for the “pills wrapped in something yummy trick”).  She’s loaded into the wagon for a ride to the park to see her  neighborhood friends.  (She can’t walk to the park and back anymore so we need a little help from the wagon everyday).  Once we’re done socializing and I get ready for work, she’s off to daycare (Pooch hotel) where she gladly comes to hang out with her “school friends.”  She hangs there while I work.  I pick her up, get her daily report and head home in time for dinner.  It’s a long day for her so she snoozes most of the evening, gets endless kisses and hugs from mom, a couple chews on her beloved bully sticks, with her ice packs on her back and the Assisi loop targeted at her poor joints.  Last pills of the day and off to bed.

Sasha has had joint issues, elbows and rear legs since she was 6 yrs old.  She had a TPLO surgery on back right leg, cruciate ligament on left rear leg, an elbow replacement on her front right elbow and two arthroscopic procedures in her left front elbow to remove bone fragments from osteoarthritis.  Needless to say my girl has had a rough go on all four legs— mobility and limited pain relief options—brought our Vet to recommend IPC. And I’m so glad she did!

With Sasha’s all four limbs being affected with stiffness and pain and her limited options with pain medications, we had to explore other ways to manage her pain and assist her with mobility so she can live her best life.  Sasha immediately fell in love with Emma and will do anything she asks Sasha to do and Dr. Zenoni has given Sasha such care.  Sasha has done water treadmill, laser therapy, floor exercises, laser therapy, tens machine and acupuncture.  Regardless of the therapy, Sasha is willing to try it all if Emma and her I ask her to.  Liver treats don’t hurt either!

 

IPC has been a godsend and a necessary part of her life for the last 3 years.

Sasha has beaten the odds all her life.  Within a month of adopting her at 10 weeks old, she contracted parvovirus and was given a 50/50 chance of survival.  It was a rough beginning but she made it through and has withstood 10 surgeries for her many joint and other ailments throughout her life.  Through it all, she has faced every hurdle with bravery, sweetness and some of that Chow stubbornness.  I’ve learned so much about life and myself through her eyes and in a blink 15 years has passed by.  I thank God everyday that she’s my girl—I just couldn’t have pictured my life without her.”

Sasha is a special lady who I look forward to seeing every week. She has been through so much and I’m proud to be part of her team! -Emma, Sasha’s therapist

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Since she is a sassy senior herself, Sasha has asked us to tell you about Young at Heart.

Young at Heart’s mission is to rescue and rehome senior dogs and cats, to educate the public on the benefits of adopting older pets and their care, and to reduce the euthanasia rate for adoptable senior pets.

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May 2018- Dallas

6 months ago · · Comments Off on May 2018- Dallas · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , ,

Dallas

Dallas is a sweet, seven year old pit mix who started coming to IPC over a year ago.  She had been diagnosed with chronic Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) tears in both knees and her mom Harmony was looking for an alternative to surgery.   She met with Dr. Zenoni and Lindsey for an evaluation and since she was stable at the time, a treatment plan was prescribed.  Unfortunately Dallas re-injured her left leg and surgery was ultimately recommended.

Dallas had a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) procedure on her left knee and came back to IPC shortly after to restart therapy.  Dallas came twice weekly for therapies that included laser, massage, exercise, and underwater treadmill.  Dallas did great with her therapies and genuinely loved coming!

“We have been coming to IPC for a year now, and not only has it helped Dallas through therapy, but been such a big help with me as a dog mom- I have learned so much.  Dallas has done amazing with her progress, and had fun with it.” -Harmony

Since Dallas recovered so well after her left TPLO surgery, it was decided that she should have her right knee done as well in January.  So again, Dallas came back to us immediately after surgery and started the process over again.  Dallas looks fantastic, but still comes regularly as part of our maintenance club.

Harmony told about when she first met Dallas: “On Christmas Day 2012 my brothers and I were heading to a movie.  As we were circling the parking lot we almost hit a dog passing through.  WE stopped and got her to come over to us.  She had clearly been on the streets for some time, she was malnourished, had some open wounds and clearly just run down.  We were able to give her some water and a passerby gave us a McDonalds cheeseburger to give her.  We took her home to my mom’s house and kept her in the garage for a few days while we slowly tried to integrate her pack of ten dogs.  The following April after trying to find a home for her to no avail.  My step dad called me and said “come get your dog,”  as I had very clearly bonded with her from the beginning and the visit I had a couple months after we found her.  So April of 2013, I flew to California and we made our way to Chicago, and started and tradition of cross country road trips that we love to take together.”

Today Dallas is back to being her normal self.  “She loves to take 3-4 walks a day.  We love to walk down the street and sit outside the bakery and soak up the morning sun.  She very often accompanies me on running errands.  Now that the weather has broken and her knee has healed we LOVE to go on different adventures at the forest preserves.  Every summer we take a road trip to Colorado to visit family and stay at our family cabin in the mountains.  Once she gets the green light she will be back at K9 University for daycare playing with all of her friends, or heading to the dog park.” -Harmony

 

“It’s so much fun to work with Dallas. She has an opinion about everything and prefers belly rubs to sitting still for massage, but she always works hard and comes back for more. She’s regrown almost all of her muscle back after two TPLO surgeries, and I couldn’t be more proud of her!” –Lindsey, Dallas’ therapist and biggest fan

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Dallas has asked us to tell you about Safe Humane Chicago & Bialy’s Wellness Foundation.

Creating safe and humane communities by inspiring positive relationships between people and animals. Safe Humane is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit

 

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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