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May 2016 Maggie

2 years ago · · Comments Off on May 2016 Maggie · Hanover Park's Patient of the Month ·, ,

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“The short story about Mag…Maggie is a Labrador retriever that comes from a long line of Field Trial and Hunt test lines. I got her to have a good dog to learn the sport and to occasionally hunt with. When Maggie was a little over 1 IMG_3756ayear old she had already earned an HRC Started title and a Canine Good Citizen obedience certificate. One day while training out in the field while Maggie was about 1 1/2 years old, Maggie was sent on a retrieve for a training dummy. When she returned from the retrieve we noticed that her rear right leg was bleeding badly. Something sharp in the field had cut her. We used a first aid kit in the field and rushed her to the emergency vet in St. Charles. The cut was deep had severed some of the tendons in her leg and it required emergency surgery to repair the damage. She was then followed up by our regular vet and Maggie was done in the field for now until she recovered from the surgery. At the time I didn’t know if Maggie would end up with future problems from her injury that could possibly make her hunt test training limited or even over with.Maggie #4

We started light walks when our vet let us and used the time by attending obedience classes to keep her as active as possible while she still couldn’t run in the field. During that time I still belonged to my retriever clubs and helped out at hunt tests. At the tests sometimes Mag agility trainingthere are raffle tables with donated prizes to help raise money for the clubs. It was at one of those tests I saw that one of the raffle prizes donated was a free evaluation at Integrative Pet Care, donated by Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice, a club member and proud owner of her own hunting dog, Otter. This seemed like a perfect opportunity for Maggie to see if we should be doing more to help her recover from her injury. I put all my tickets on the evaluation prize and we won.

We set up an appointment and Dr. LoGiudice took over from there.Maggie

After looking Maggie over we set up regular appointments for exercise, laser treatments and sometime in the underwater treadmill to help build her back up and heal better.

After a while Maggie was eased back into field work. She is now 5 years old and has added an HRC Hunting Retriever Champion (HRCH) title with the help of a professional trainer and an AKC’s CD obedience title and UKC’s UCD obedience title.

Maggie is fully healed and continues to train in the field and is still active in hunt tests and hunting. Hopefully she will still add a few more titles to her name.

She is very high drive dog and works very hard and loves every minute of it. I really enjoy working with her every time out. She is just a fun dog to spend time in the field with. I am always thankful for the help from Dr. LoGiudice and Integrative Pet Care of Hanover Park during Maggie’s recovery especially when I get to watch Maggie run in the fields doing what she loves to do.”

Thanks   – Bob Cain

“Maggie had experienced a potentially activity-limiting injury when she was just a young dog. Her severed tendon was surgically repaired and physical rehabilitation was started at a great time during early healing.

She and her owner are great examples of teamwork, in ensuring that Maggie received fantastic rehabilitation therapy at home, in addition to the therapies we did with Maggie at Integrative Pet Care Maggie #3Hanover Park.

Her surgery was well done, but without rehabilitation therapy, there is a high probability of scar tissue formation and decreased range of motion of the affected leg if this kind of injury is allowed to heal without specific therapies. Maggie #2This could have prevented Maggie from being able to participate in retrieving activities or even walking normally. To watch Maggie run now, about 5 years after her injury, you’d never know she was ever injured. She is fun to watch and was even more fun as a patient!”

– Dr. Rosemary J. LoGiudice DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT

 

Make a Difference!

09e505_2e72ee2ff59b47a8b7db7813295b32e2Each month we ask our POTM to choose an organization that they’d like promoted during their “reign.” Maggie has chosen the Anderson Animal Shelter. Please consider making a donation to them this month!

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April 2016 Journey

3 years ago · · Comments Off on April 2016 Journey · Chicago's Patient of the Month ·, , , ,

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It’s not every day that we have an elite athlete walk through our doors, but every Thursday Journey bursts into the hydro room and happily jumps into the underwater treadmill to work out. His mom, Stacey (founder of Hawk City K9) started coming to IPC years ago with her previous shepherds, so she knew the importance of proper conditioning.   Journey actively competes in agility, dock diving & nosework.

“With all of the physical endeavors and training I do with my dogs, and seeing so many people train and compete with dogs who are not in the best physical shape possible, I knew that as soon as Journey was old enough, I was going to start him on a regular wellness program at IPC!  Journey grew up at IPC! He’d hang out while my other dog, Kira, was coming in for her weekly rehab treatments (two torn cruciates).” -Stacey

 

“He’s been coming now weekly for years, and LOVES his underwater treadmill sessions, and ALL of the staff at IPC! They are, by far, simply the best!!” –Stacey

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Journey & his therapist Laura have a special bond- she’s tough on him and he loves every minute of it!  Journey runs (yes, runs) against resistance jets on an incline at 5.5 mph for 20 minutes during every session.   Journey plays hard, so he has to train hard!

 

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“Journey can do it all & is the epitome of a canine athlete! He rises to any challenge I give him & performs with gusto.  He makes me VERY proud… Journey Rocks!” -Laura, CCRA

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Journey has asked us to tell you about an organization near and dear to his mom’s heart, Capture

“Safe Humane’s mission is to create safe and humane communities by inspiring positive relationships between people and animals. We are an alliance of non-traditional partners that recognize the connections between animal abuse and interpersonal violence and the benefits of the human-animal bond.  Our programs focus on education, advocacy and second chances.”

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March 2016 Leo

3 years ago · · Comments Off on March 2016 Leo · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, ,

Leo

Leo #7Leo, the gentle giant, was referred by Dr. Maxine Francks to IPC Homer Glen with the diagnosis of Wobbler syndrome, a neurologic disease common in large breed dogs. Dr. Ihrke recommended adding Veterinary Acupuncture to his treatment plan.

“In 2011, when Leo was only a year old, an MRI at University of Wisconsin Madison confirmed our fears; Leo had wobblers – a narrowing of the vertebral canal which leads to paralysis. The prognosis was bleak with a life expectancy of 1 maybe 2 years if he was lucky. Surgery was an option but because of how advanced the disease was the UWM vets urged against it, it would be used more as a teaching tool than a solution. It was at that Leo #10point my husband Jerry & I committed to a holistic approach to insure Leo’s comfort for however long he had left. 

We started with the water treadmill and moved on to swimming therapy and then on to TENS and laser treatments. We were continuing to see a lack of progress and an increasing decline in Leo’s mobility and then a chance encounter between Leo’s vet, Dr. Maxine Francks & Dr. Amber at a triathlon brought us to IPC. Dr. Amber suggested acupuncture as a means to slow the pace of the Wobblers. After doing some research we made an appointment; that was 2 years ago and Leo is still with us. Our 220 lb. love bug celebrated his 5th birthday last September and is still enjoying life as a spoiled couch potato. For all that Dr. Amber and the staff at IPC has done for Leo we pledge our Leo #13devotion.”

Jerry, Dawn & Leo Gaynor

 

“At over 200 pounds, Leo is my biggest patient with a big heart to match. He is a gentle, loving soul and I have enjoyed working with him for the last several years.”

Dr. Amber Ihrke DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT

Make a difference

Each month we ask our POTM to choose a NFP group for us to highlight. Leo has asked us to tell you about Great Lakes Mastiff Rescue. If you want to make a donation, it would make Leo’s day!

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Jan 2016 Keewee

3 years ago · · Comments Off on Jan 2016 Keewee · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , ,

Keewee

In 2015, Keewee fell off a golf cart and was not weight bearing on the right rear leg. It was found that Keewee had Keeweesuffered a fracture of right tibia and had 2 surgical repairs in May and then an additional surgery in August.

“Keewee had one of the worst fractures I had ever seen. Her recovery was truly a collaborative effort of our rehab team, her surgeon and most importantly her owners. To see Keewee running and playing with her family and enjoying life after four intense months of therapy is one of the greatest comebacks I’ve witnessed in 20+ years in veterinary medicine.”

– Dr. Amber Ihrke, Keewee’s IPC veterinarian

 

“I wanted to let you all know how very lucky and blessed we feel to have found you all. We have been on a very long stressful journey with Keewee since May to say the least. She has officially graduated and I think we are a little in shock! The time and thought that you all put into Keewee’s care means so much to our family. We were thinking we were going to lose her since amputation was not an option for us. Her injuries were so severe and devastating. To watch Keewee go through so much trauma made our heads spin and only to keep receiving bad news. I was lying in bed one night and thought to myself….If Keewee was a human what would I do-get a second opinion. After putting the word out to multiple dog loving friends and asking physicians I work with “what should I do with my dog” my girlfriend who is a vet tech that works at one of the offices That Dr. Ihrke and Val have given information to suggested we start there-we decided to give it a shot. Mike and I probably seemed pretty reluctant when we first met everyone, but it was another big decision that had to be made for Keewee ASAP to hopefully preserve her leg and another financial decision for our family. WOW!! We sure made the right decision!”

– Gina Schmidt, Keewee’s mom

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Dr. Amber Ihrke referred Keewee to Dr. Jankovitz at Premier Veterinary Group in Crestwood for a surgical consultation. Keewee’s owners were afraid of amputation but Dr. Jankovitz was able to calm their fears.

“Dr. Ihrke thank you for sending us to Dr. Jankovits. I can say that I’m very in tune with Keewee-she is very high maintenance without a fractured leg so along this ride I’ve learned a lot more from her. First off- if she likes a stranger and how she responds to them. While we were sitting in the waiting room waiting to meet Dr. Jankovits in august one week after we were told her leg may have to be amputated, Keewee was on my lap with her black sling on, with other dogs and people in the waiting room and you’ve all seen her-she’s like a baby and those type of distractions don’t phase her. Dr. Jankovits walked out to the waiting room and Keewee’s head popped up and she watched his every move. She liked him. He looked at her and I whispered to Keewee-“is that the man that’s going to fix your leg.” Mind you at the other facilities she wouldn’t even look at the people there and you could tell she was very agitated. When we were in the room with Dr. Jankovits deciding what our options were Keewee laid by his feet which also means Keewee likes you otherwise her nose is shoved in the corner! Dr. Jankovits- you squatted down and started petting Keewee. I had tears in my eyes. We had options and hope again.”

-Gina

After her surgery with Dr. Jankovitz, Keewee started her rehab therapy with IPC. Her plan included Massage Therapy, Laser Therapy, Underwater Treadmill, Therapeutic Exercise and Manual Therapy.

“What can I say about Keewee? Keewee is just Keewee. She came to us with an unstable rear limb Keewee #3 9-30-15that her owners were trying to avoid having amputated. Through Keewee’s stubbornness, her owners’ hard work at home and rehab through IPC, Keewee not only kept her leg but returned to her crazy antics at home. Keewee is an example of a patient who greatly benefited from rehab, even though she never really enjoyed coming to see us. I loved seeing how Keewee progressed with rehab, especially watching her spunky personality return as she felt better in her leg. I knew we had done our job at IPC, when her owner sent us a video of Keewee army crawling under a bed and then running around the room barking at the camera. Keewee was her old self once again!”

– Valerie Williams, Keewee’s primary Physical Therapist

 

“You are all amazing at what you do and we the Schmidt family can’t thank you enough for all the time and love you put into Keewee. She is our silly little bully that we love so very much. Please pass along to both of your staffs how much all of their care and compassion has meant to us through Keewee’s journey. I know Keewee will continue to have checkups with you both, but I just wanted you all to know from the bottom of our hearts how much everything you have all done for her means to us. It’s been such a long road and it’s surreal that she has officially graduated and we can breathe and relax a little. Keewee is and always has been a very silly bully. She goes wherever she can with us and loves being part of the action. Keewee loves to snuggle! She is amazing with our kids and a big part of our family and she knows it!”

– Gina

Make a difference!

This month, Keewee would like you to know about Paws Chicago, a shelter in the heart of the city that is also a resource to the animal community. If you make a donation it would make Keewee’s day!

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Jan 2016 Ski

3 years ago · · Comments Off on Jan 2016 Ski · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine ·, , , , , ,

Ski

Ski in the pool

Ski has become such an IPC staple on Thursday nights over the past 8 1/2 years, that it would feel empty without him!  Who else could impress us by swimming 20 minutes against the resistance jets while playing volleyball with his dad or show us his fancy new tricks in the gym? Ski is a super star athlete who originally came to us back in 2007 for a CCL injury.  He has not only trained in, but has earned titles in a number of activities including agility, treibball, tricks, nosework & herding.  Rich and Ski aren’t in it for the titles, but just love training until they achieve proficiency.

Ski shows off in the gym

Ski was always an active dog who was enrolled in a variety of activities, so it was devastating when he came up lame after a walk one night.  When we first met Ski in July of 2007, his dad Rich was weighing the pros and cons of having surgery to repair a torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL).  Ultimately Rich decided against surgery and opted to pursue physical rehabilitation instead.  That was a decision that Rich said he would do over and over again.  Ski started an intensive rehab program that included twice weekly visits for underwater treadmill and therapeutic exercise.  Even though he wasn’t the biggest fan of the underwater treadmill, he diligently did it and it’s now his favorite therapy!  Ski took to the exercises right away since it was similar to some of his agility training!  Soon enough Ski was inventing his own exercises and impressing us all with his strength and drive.

Soon enough Ski graduated from a rehabilitation program and became a member of our maintenance club which keeps him in tip top form for the various activities that he does!

Ski and Rich make a fabulous team.  I enjoy a challenge and Ski always keeps me on my toes!”

Emma, Ski’s current therapist

Ribbons from his 1st agility competition

Ribbons from his 1st agility competition

Ski has participated in the following sport activities:

Agility (titled), freestyle dance, rally obedience, barn hunt, tricks (titled), treibball (titled), canine nosework (titled), herding (certified), flyball, disc dog, dock diving, swimming, lure coursing & weight pulling.

Ski also aided Rich in becoming a certified clicker trainer (KPA-CTP) from the Karen Prior Academy.

 

 

 

Ski is a rockstar

“Trainers, vets, & sports trainers all agree that his core strength has allowed Ski to embrace so many different activities without injury.  I credit all our work at IPC with Ski’s amazing condition as he nears 11 years old.”

-Rich, Ski’s dad

 

Rich believes that the wide range of therapies Ski has received has helped him get through minor setbacks.  A flair up of lameness resolved with a series of Laser treatments, while Acupuncture and Chiropractic services have seemed to help as well.  Rich’s goal from day 1 was to make Ski’s legs individually strong enough to do the work of two if that was ever needed, which has been the case over the past several years. Whether it was the right (non-surgically repaired CCL knee) or left leg that had an issue, the other one was always strong enough to do the job of two.

Ski and Dr. Ridley

 

 

 

“Ski is like the energizer bunny when any obstacle gets in his way- he just keeps going & going & going!”

Dr. Ridley, Ski’s IPC vet

 

 

 

Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Ski has asked us to tell you about Alive Rescue.

“We believe tcropped-ALIVE_LOGO_HIREZ_Final1-300x109hat our responsibility is first to the animals that are in local open-access shelters with a high probability of being euthanized. We primarily take in animals from shelters with high euthanasia rates in Chicago and the surrounding area. We follow through on our commitment that every animal deserves a full life by choosing to take in animals that other adoption organizations may overlook, including seniors, unpopular breeds, and pets with special needs”

IPC is raising awareness for Alive Rescue by jumping into Lake Michigan January 17th.  Click here to donate to our team!

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Dec 2015 Nina

3 years ago · · Comments Off on Dec 2015 Nina · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , ,

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Nina Dec 2015 babysittingNina is a sweet, 8 yr old German shepherd. Nina’s owners adopted her as a puppy from a
shelter in Indiana. She enjoys long walks, playing stick or catch, snuggling with her siblings, (Travis & Isabelle as pictured) mom and dad, and of course being spoiled by her papa. Nina herniated a lumbar disc that left her unable to walk or move without a lot of pain and crying. Amy & Alex took Nina to see a neurologist who wanted to do surgery right away, but after some research and consulting with Dr. Amber at IPC we decided to try therapy. At first she was only able to do E-Stim with the tens unit (and got an awesome haircut- see picture)Nina's Cool hair cut Dec 2015 because of the pain. With some time she was able to add to her plan; manual therapy, underwater treadmill, ROM stretching, acupuncture, and exercises. Dr. Amber and Valerie soon discovered she does anything for peanut butter! It was a long process to get her feeling better, but well worth it. She is now able to go on her walks again and continues to do her stretching and exercises at home to continue with her recovery.

“We are so thankful for Dr. Amber and Val and all the work they put into helping Nina get better! We have nothing but good things to say about IPC and what they did for our fur baby and are forever grateful.”

-Amy and Alex, Nina’s parents

“When Nina came to Integrative Pet Care she was in a lot of pain and facing surgery, with our Nina in UT Dec 2015 #2treatment plan and the dedication of her owners, Nina is a happy, healthy dog today. I am so proud of her and her success. “

-Dr. Amber Ihrke, Nina’s IPC veterinarian

“Nina is a great example of how much rehab can help a dog in pain. Nina came to IPC in so much pain that she cried any time she moved and we could barely touch her during her evaluation without her crying or yelping. Initially, Nina’s owners were given a TENS unit to use every day on Nina at home to decrease her pain level. Within a few sessions, Nina’s pain had significantly improved Nina Dec 2015 restingto allow me to perform manual techniques to decrease her trigger points, muscle spasms and improve her overall range of motion. With the help of Nina’s diligent owners and her therapy at IPC, we were able to return Nina to her old self. She quickly progressed from a dog that couldn’t move without pain to one that would drag her owners into her therapy sessions. My most memorable moment working with Nina is when she came into therapy one day barking and jumping around, acting like she was a young pup. I couldn’t believe she was the same dog we saw at her initial evaluation. Working with great dogs like Nina while helping to improve their lives and happiness is one of the greatest rewards of
my job.”

Valerie Williams, PT, DPT, ATRIC, CCRP

Make a Difference

Nina would like us to tell you about German Shepherd Rescue, Inc. If you are able to make a donation in her name to them, it would make her day!

German Shepherd Rescue, Inc. is a growing group of volunteers committed to creating a second chance for German Shepherd dogs that, for many reasons, are in need of new homes.

GSR, Inc. is a state licensed, NO KILL animal shelter based in the Chicagoland area.

We are a 501(c)3, non-profit organization.  Our income is derived from adoption fees, private donations and fund raising activities, all of which go to care for the dogs.

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Tripods- Rehab on 3 Legs

3 years ago · · Comments Off on Tripods- Rehab on 3 Legs · Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , ,
Tripod playing on the beach

Can you spot the Tripod playing?

At Integrative Pet Care we see pets with a diversity of conditions and all of our patients inspire us with their resilience, but our three-legged “tripods” consistently amaze us with their tenacity and joy for life! With some basic lifestyle modifications and a customized rehabilitation plan, tripods can live happy, comfortable lives.

Some three-legged pets are born with congenital abnormalities such as complete or partial lack of a limb. There are also several disorders that can necessitate amputation of a limb, such as traumatic injury or cancer. At IPC we see pets who are missing either front or back limbs and we even see a patient who is missing one of each!

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Aala balances herself on the theraball with ease (and the help of a treat)

Tripods face unique challenges in mobility due to alterations in balance and increased load to their remaining limbs. At IPC we focus on therapies that improve balance, strengthen core muscles, maintain healthy joints and soft tissues and stay fit to avoid injury. Home care and proper assistive devices can also help tripods with their mobility. Non-slip floor coverings and harnesses can make a big difference in these pets’ lives (see links below for resources).

Aala

After her front limb amputation, Aala adjusted almost immediately, taking on stairs only 12 to 24 hours after surgery. Her parents on the other hand had a more difficult time adapting both to Aala’s new challenges as well as their own uncertainty.

“She had an odd stride in her back legs after the amputation and after ruling out anything medical, it was suggested we try rehabilitation. However, while she has become so much stronger and her stride is now seamless and strong, a lot of the rehab process seemed to help us the most. The whole amputation process was a complete unknown for us. We had no idea what was normal adaption, what changes we should expect or what was okay to do or not do, both for her physically and for us as her caregivers. We learned how to better care for her (at IPC) and also it helped us see all that she could do, despite the surgery. When you go through such a big surgery, seeing all these abilities keeps spirits high.”

-Stewart, Aala’s dad

Henry

Tripod swimming in the pool

Henry rests during his session in the resistance pool

Henry, a 13 year old pit mix, is a survivor. This guy has been through a lot, including a cruciate ligament tear and several cancer diagnoses. In 2012, Henry’s left hind limb was amputated due to bone cancer and 11 weeks later he came to IPC. His mom had already made a few modifications for Henry, adding recycled tire tread to the stairs in their home and a harness to assist him. We started working on strengthening Henry’s core and remaining 3 legs with targeted Therapeutic Exercises and walks in the Underwater Treadmill. Henry eventually transitioned to swims in the Resistance Pool and continues to receive Massage and Acupuncture treatments to keep him moving comfortably.

 

“He’s an incredibly strong dog to start with, so I knew once we began targeting his core muscles and working on his balance he’d respond well. I feel like he’s more confident on the stairs, which is huge since we live on the third floor of a walk-up!  IPC gave me the great idea of covering my hardwood floors with yoga mats, and now he can zoom around the house without worrying about slipping.” 

–Christine, Henry’s mom

Falcor

IPC regular and dog-trainer, Emily Stoddard, recently added a new member to her pack- Belgian malinois, Falcor. At 6 months old Falcor had a partial front limb amputation due to trauma of an existing congenital abnormality. Falcor has adapted well to being 3-legged and his swims in the pool keep him strong. To manage the tension he gets from compensating for his amputation, Falcor has Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (VSMT or “Chiropractic”) as well.

 

Tripod sleeping off hydrotherapy

Fal sleeps off his hydro session

“Don’t know what to say other than my tri is awesome! Everyone that meets him feels bad for him, but what they don’t know is that he is the smartest problem solver of my crew with a personality to match.
He doesn’t miss his leg one bit! Falcor is busting stereotypes training to do agility, nose work, and protection sports, so you can see it also doesn’t prohibit him from doing the things he loves. Three legs and he still out runs most every dog he comes across! Out smarts them too! People gave up on Fal, thinking he wouldn’t amount to much due to his birth defect. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to prove them wrong!”

-Emily, Falcor’s mom

Bopper

Bopper, a young English lab, sustained a traumatic injury while in his original household that required a left front limb amputation. A month after surgery, he found his forever home and his owners brought him to IPC for an evaluation and to learn what maintenance therapies he would need to stay strong. Some modifications to Bopper’s lifestyle helped him to increase his mobility, including a weight loss plan. Maintaining a slim physique is extremely important for all pets, but particularly for three-legged ones. A good harness, booties for traction, a ramp for getting on and off the bed and a therapy plan including Therapeutic Exercise, VSMT and Hydrotherapy were recommended. Bopper has since lost weight, goes for longer walks and has a smoother gait!

Rocky

Tripod on balance disc

Rocky is awesome in the gym for his therapeutic exercises

In September of 2014, Rocky had his left hind leg amputated after a soft tissue injury. About 2 months later, he was evaluated at IPC. Rocky was a happy 1 year old poodle mix who loved to run and chase squirrels. However, he occasionally had trouble getting up, especially on slick surfaces.

“I knew that because he had his surgery at a young age he still had a lot of muscle mass to be developed and I wanted to make sure I could help him support his weight comfortably. Even though he gets around just fine, I wanted to take it to the professionals who could help him strengthen the right areas to prevent any other injury. Working on his core strength helps stabilize him and build muscles that he otherwise wouldn’t be training. I know he is a lot less wobbly because of the therapy he’s had. Not only have I learned so much about his physical needs, but he loves it! He won’t get off the obstacle courses!”

-Mia, Rocky’s mom

Therapists at IPC started Rocky on a program of focused Therapeutic Exercises to improve his strength, endurance and coordination. Currently Rocky continues maintenance therapy at IPC, working out in the gym as well as receiving much-deserved Therapeutic Massage.

“He was around 7 months old, and was extremely active and he wasn’t going to let anything slow him down. Not even major surgery. I have a distinct memory of the moment I took off his surgery cone, and he looked down at his incision and was kind of surprised, like “wait a minute…,” and then that was it. I realized animals don’t have an emotional attachment to their limbs like humans do. He knows he is a little unbalanced but he doesn’t mind. “

-Mia

Lorenzo

Dr. Ridley’s little guy, Lorenzo, had his left hind leg amputated due to a congenital abnormality. Needless to say, he has no problem getting around and into trouble.

Tips and Resources

Flooring

Because balance is off, having slick floors presents a challenge to tripods. Getting around and getting up and down from a sit or lay can be very difficult without good footing. Yoga mats, carpet squares and area rugs with a good grip on the underside can be used strategically to help your pet navigate your floors and stairs. Also make sure their bed rests on a surface with good traction so that they can get on and off safely.

Yoga mats- if you have long hallways or large areas to cover consider purchasing a yoga mat roll. It is easily cut to size (or shape) and comes in a variety of colors- yogadirect.com carries a good variety.

Carpet tiles- these are also easily customizable and easy to replace. Flor and Home Depot reliably stock these in a variety of colors and textures.

Harnesses

A little help getting up and down stairs, in and out of the car or even at the end of a long walk goes a long way! A strong harness with a well placed handle helps your pet and your back.

Ruffwear

Help Em Up

(please check with your veterinarian before selecting a harness to make sure it is the proper fit)

Dr. Buzby’s Toe Grips

It’s pretty easy to cover slippery floors at home, but daily life may mean encountering surfaces that impede your pet’s confidence. Your pet may be a good candidate for toe grips, learn more at www.toegrips.com.

Support and Success Stories

For more support, resources and stories of happy tripods, visit tripawds.org!

Have a new tripod? Learn how you can be reimbursed for your rehab evaluation!

Are you facing an amputation for your pet or trying to make the difficult decision? These videos and info will walk you through what to expect, including feedback from a pet parent perspective.

More resources and information for current and prospective parents of tripods is available at handicappedpets.com

 

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Nov 2015 Peanut

3 years ago · · Comments Off on Nov 2015 Peanut · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

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We adopted Peanut in February 2002, she was the last of a litter of Shar-Pei puppies that were found in a box placed in the back of a pickup truck. While in her Foster Mom’s home she was given the nick name “Smart Puppy” because she learned things very quickly. She has always been the dominant one in the canine pack. We were not the first family to try to adopt Peanut, but for whatever reason, the other families did not work out. The day Peanut came to visit us, the lady conducting the home visit from, “Rescue A SharPei” came inside first without Peanut, did her home check and a brief interview with us. She then proceeded to tell us Peanut was leery of new people and we would need to give her space and time to take in her new surroundings and get used to us. She had been in a couple of homes the past few weeks and it was stressful on her. With that in mind my husband and I sat on the floor of the hallway and waited until Linda went back outside and brought Peanut in. Peanut’s first reaction to our home was to walk right over to Chad and climb in his lap, she choose him. Needless to say that wasn’t the first time in her life that she shocked us.

– Amy Hanrahan

Peanut had a very active and successful Agility career until she ruptured her right cranial cruciate ligament at thePeanut competing #1 10-23-15 early age of 5. The nail in the coffin was when she ruptured her left cranial cruciate ligament a year later. Luckily, she was able to transition to Rally Obedience and is the first Shar-Pei in America to earn a Rally Title.

Since Peanut’s first knee surgery, she had been swimming every other week to help keep her active. This seemed to do the trick until she hit about 12 1/2 years old. She was no longer her feisty self and was starting to become a grumpy old lady. She was even going after her siblings when they would try to play with her. When she had to start taking pain Peanut and his dog familymedication twice a day, her owners knew they had to do more.

During Peanut’s initial consultation, her mom told us that she is the hands-off type, especially with new people.  After her consultation, Dr. Amber came up with a program which including weekly laser, underwater treadmill, and therapeutic exercise. Unfortunately, at the time Peanut was not a candidate for Acupuncture, as it would require too many hands on her. Despite not liking new people, Peanut caught on to her job quick. She loved being able to work in the underwater treadmill and get treats for doing all of her exercises. Before long we were all good friends!

”For a dog that has had two Cranial Cruciate repairs on both her knees, Peanut is moving beautifully. It has been great to see her grow to trust us…..as long as we keep the treats coming.”

– Dr. Amber Ihrke

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Oct 2015 Edgar

3 years ago · · Comments Off on Oct 2015 Edgar · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month ·, , , ,

Beautiful Edgar on field trip to EvanstonEdgar

Edgar was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy (DM) almost a year ago, which is unfortunately common among the corgi breed.  DM is a progressive disease of the spinal cord which begins with the loss of coordination in the hind limbs.  While there is no known cure, a lot can be done to strengthen the front end and keep the dog more comfortable as the disease progresses.

Edgar joined the IPC family earlier this Summer when his mom was exploring ways to help keep him strong.   He met with Dr. Zenoni and Emma to create a specific treatment plan which included twice weekly underwater treadmill and laser sessions.  His parents were also taught some exercises to do at home and some adjustments were made to his cart to keep him cruising comfortably (and in style)!

Although DM often feels like a terrible curse, it has bonded he and I together in a way that probably wouldn’t have happened otherwise

-Laura, Edgar’s mom

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Oct 2015 Hershey

3 years ago · · Comments Off on Oct 2015 Hershey · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month ·, , , , , , ,

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Ever think a dog could pull a wheelie? Well, Hershey can & does! Hershey started rehab with us in April 2014. Although looking at him you would never know it, Hershey has the highest grade of hip dysplasia that a pet can have. He doesn’t let that slow him down though.

“When I first saw Hershey, he had one of the worst cases of hip dysplasia I have seen in 20 years. I cannot believe how stoic of a dog he is to not show any clinical signs before now. He is truly a great companion to his family and a great patient to work on.”

-Dr. Joe DeMoor (Primary Vet, Colonial Manor Animal Hospital)

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