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August 2018- Gigi

2 weeks 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

1 month 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

2 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

2 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

2 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

4 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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March 2018- Bella

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

Bella

After completing a rehabilitation program following a tibial tuberosity advancement surgery (TTA) to repair her left torn Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) at another clinic, Bella’s mom Christy switched to IPC at the recommendation of a friend.  Bella met with Dr. Megan Ridley and Laura who prescribed an 8 week treatment plan which consisted of underwater treadmill and therapeutic exercise.

Bella did a fantastic job with her therapies, which built muscle mass and strengthened her left rear leg!  After her program was finished, she continued coming once weekly for underwater treadmill as part of our maintenance club.  Unfortunately Bella had a setback and became lame on her right rear leg.  Bella went to see Dr. Paula West at Veterinary Specialty Center where she was diagnosed with a right CCL tear.

Until Bella was able to have surgery, she came weekly for a pre-hab program which consisted of massage and laser sessions.  Following her TPLO surgery, Bella returned to IPC for more underwater treadmill sessions.  Christy was also taught more advanced exercises to do at home.

“IPC has helped Bella heal- strengthening her legs, knees and back, but they’ve also helped give me the confidence & knowledge to maintain her wellness outside of her visits.” -Christy, Bella’s mom

Christy also gave us a glimpse into Bella’s day which starts when she’s woken up too early by her annoying little sister, Laken.  The rest of her day is filled with walks, naps, toys, treats and fun! Her ears are matted from her sister chewing on them but she loves the attention and will seek it out if being ignored.

“Bella has had the BEST attitude from the moment I met her – always willing to try something new, and always excited to be here! She’s worked really hard both at IPC and at home to regain her strength and rebuild muscle, especially when treats are involved. It’s been such a pleasure to watch her progress – I love our sessions together!” -Lindsey, Bella’s therapist 

Make a difference!

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

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March 2018- Levi

6 months ago · · Comments Off on March 2018- Levi · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Levi

 

Levi was referred to Integrative Pet Care Homer Glen following a tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy, (TPLO) to repair his torn left cranial cruciate ligament (CCL).  His dad Chuck wanted him to have the best recovery possible, so he could quickly return to all his favorite activities.

When Levi had his evaluation with Dr. Amber Ihrke,  it was noted that he was partially weight bearing on his left leg with muscle atrophy and decreased stifle range of motion.  “We started him on a rehabilitation program that included therapeutic laser, underwater treadmill, and therapeutic exercises.  Levi did fantastic with his plan!  By the time of his 8-week checkup, he was fully weight-bearing on the left rear limb and was back to his normal active self!”- Dr. Ihrke.

“Levi started his program as someone who did NOT want to be here. He was not a fan of having to sit still and be touched.  After just a few sessions he realized he was being pampered and his whole outlook on rehab changed! He would come running into the building, excited to see everyone and find out what he has doing that day. This really went a long way to aid in his recovery.” -Katie Neforos

Valerie also gave some details on Levi’s rehab journey: “He did well in the underwater treadmill and with his laser therapy, but would not allow us to get very close to touch him.  However, throughout his therapy, Levi slowly warmed up to us and by the end of his treatment plan he would run up to us, give us kisses and want us to pet him.  My favorite memory of Levi was when he would attack any ball that was in the room during his exercise sessions. He even tried attacking the large exercise peanut!”

“With the help of your wonderful and knowledge staff, Levi is back to his old self, more playful and ready for an adventure!”

Chuck gave us a little history on Levi: “He came to me when he was just under two years old after I offered to foster him for a friend.  After a few months without a new owner, I gladly took him in permanently. It’s been a fun five years! We added to our family when my girlfriend moved in with her little Maltese, GiGi. She’s Levi’s best friend! Levi loves his walks, playtime, visits to the pet stores and traveling (he’s been to a dozen states).”

I enjoyed not only watching Levi progress through his therapy but also watching him come out of his shell and trust us through his rehab plan.  -Valerie  

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Levi has asked us to tell you about NAWS where his mom is a regular volunteer.

Our mission is to end pet homelessness, suffering, and unnecessary pet euthanasia.  We do this by changing the face of animal welfare and elevating the status of pets in our lives and society.

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February 2018- Shelby

7 months ago · · Comments Off on February 2018- Shelby · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Shelby

Shelby had surgery last May to repair her torn right cranial cruciate ligament (CCL).  Unfortunately, she had a hard recovery and was reluctant to use her leg.  Her mom Karen followed her veterinarian’s advice and made an appointment with Integrative Pet Care.

“At her initial exam, she was minimally weight bearing on her leg and exhibited a profound lameness.  On our stance analyzer, her weight bearing on the right rear leg was only 1% (normal is 20%)” says Dr. Amber Ihrke.  An intensive rehabilitation program that consisted of underwater treadmill, therapeutic exercise, laser therapy, and manual therapy was prescribed.

“We worked hard to make her more comfortable by decreasing her pain and increasing her range of motion, so she would start walking on her surgical leg.  She’s such a success story as to how much rehab can help post-surgical patients, especially when they do not want to walk on their legs after surgery.” -Val

“Shelby is such a wonderful patient! She is always so happy to see everyone and does anything we ask of her. I love working with her.” -Katie, Shelby’s therapist

Today, Shelby is back to being her happy self and can now walk with her mom and other Golden Retriever friends in the neighborhood!

“Shelby has made a remarkable recovery. Thank you to all the staff and doctors at IPC.”-Karen, Shelby’s mom

Make a difference!

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

Mission Statement: providing 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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February 2018- Timmy

7 months ago · · Comments Off on February 2018- Timmy · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , ,

Timmy

“We got Timmy from M.O.P.S. Pug Rescue and Adoption (a Chicago area pug rescue) in December 2014 when he was about to turn 10. I first saw him when they did a Facebook post asking for funds to help pay vet bills for two new pugs they had taken in. There was just something about him, I couldn’t stop thinking about him. Over the next week I kept going back and looking at his PetFinder profile and then finally submitted an application. I had another pug, Violet, and was a little worried about how she would feel about it, but M.O.P.S. felt that it would be a good fit (after asking a lot of questions about her and meeting her at the home visit) and they were right! It was love at first sniff.” – Christina, Timmy’s mom

Christina first came to Integrative Pet Care with her other Pug Violet after she tore a knee ligament, so she knew just the place to bring Timmy for his mobility issues.   Timmy was dragging his rear legs and couldn’t walk very far.  A rehabilitation program was prescribed by Dr. Megan Ridley and he grew stronger and was able to go on longer(ish) walks. Unfortunately they returned about a year ago when he started having trouble walking again, this time due to neurological issues.

Christina feels that weekly therapies have slowed down his declining mobility and helps manage his pain, but it also gives Timmy some fun every week!  “I love, love, love working with Timmy!  He’s really started enjoying his sessions and works hard for his treats” says his therapist Laura.

“IPC has also been extremely helpful in giving me suggestions how to manage day to day issues with his changing mobility.” -Christina

Timmy was recently fitted for a cart and we were all unsure how he’d adapt.  Well, he blew us out of the water when he got in zoomed away!  “Within the first two minutes of using a cart he was running gleefully around the office! He’s had no trouble adjusting too it. He loves to be out and about and to take long sniffy walks, and the cart means he gets to keep doing both. I’m really impressed with how much he can do in his carts, curbs and sidewalk bumps are no problem and he can turn on a dime. We call him the pugdozer in it because nothing gets in his way or slows him down!” -Christina

 Christina gave us a little glimpse into Timmy’s daily life: “Weekdays are mostly about napping, walking around the neighborhood, and snuggling. But on weekends, Timmy loves to be out and about. He’s often out snackie shopping, doing errands, checking out other parts of the city, and traveling. You can see his adventures on IG/Twitter/FB at @TimmyOPug.”

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Timmy has asked us to tell you about Making Our Pugs Safe and Northern Illinois Pug Rescue and Adoption, Inc.

M.O.P.S. Pug Rescue & Adoption is a Non-Profit 501c3 Company who has a group of volunteers dedicated to the welfare of pure bred pug dogs.  M.O.P.S. works with Animal Shelters, Owner Relinquishments and Stray Pure Bred Pugs, fostering them until they are ready for their new homes

 

NIPRA is a 501c3 non-profit organization that exists to assist the community in placing any needy Pug dog in a permanent, loving home. All adoption fees and donations go solely for the rescue, care, and placement of mistreated, unwanted or homeless Pugs.

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