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.