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, Chicago's Patient of the Month
, Patient of the Month
, Sports Medicine
, CCL tear
, laser therapy
, luxating patella
, Shiba Inu
, sports conditioning
, therapeutic exercise
, therapeutic laser
, underwater treadmill
Meet Sumo & Kiko, our dynamic Shiba Inu duo who keep us on our toes every Tuesday morning! “Sumo has been a patient since his first cruciate surgery nearly 10 years ago and although the surgeon told us rehabilitation therapy was not necessary, our dog trainer recommended exploring options if we really wanted Sumo to get back to his prior athletic level. We were so happy with all the help you gave us, it was only natural to bring our other dog Kiko for sports conditioning and ultimately rehabilitation after she had patella and cruciate surgery.
Despite their surgeries, Sumo and Kiko have had long and healthy agility careers thanks to rehabilitation and ongoing maintenance program which we especially appreciate. It not only allows our dogs to stay in great shape for their athletic endeavors, but also helps them as they age. As an example, Sumo has had chronic kidney disease for the past year and a half. That disease often leads to muscle wasting, particularly in a dog’s hind quarters, as the dog gets less and less active. Our primary vet has expressed pleasant surprise at how little atrophy Sumo has suffered and we attribute much of that to his maintenance program which includes hydrotherapy.
We fell in love with the Shiba Inu breed in 1990 based on a photo in a book of 450 dog breeds which was long before anyone knew what a Shiba was. After our first Shiba died from cancer, we searched for the right breeder with the right puppy. Sumo, who is now 13.5 years old, has been part of our family since he was 4 months old. As everyone on your staff who has worked with Sumo knows, he is classic Shiba: incredibly smart, aloof, stubborn, independent, loathes water, and wants nothing to do with anyone unless he is handsomely rewarded. He is the type of dog who makes you earn his affection, and once you do he will make you feel very special.
Kiko is a rescue Shiba who I met during her intake evaluation at Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue and decided to keep rather than put her into their formal program. She came to us as a wild and out of control jumping bean at the age of 15 months. She’s now 10 and is the Yang to Sumo’s Yin. She loves everyone, gives kisses, wags her tail when she greets you and is anxious to please (although she loves rewards too.) She has the smarts and hatred of water that is classic Shiba, but she gives her affection freely.
Kiko is our agility super star. In 2018, she was ranked the #3 agility Shiba in the country by the AKC (American Kennel Club) and has competed twice in the Agility Invitational in Orlando where only the top 5 dogs of each breed are invited. She has earned four agility championships, which is something that only five Shibas have ever done. She also has top titles in Rally and is close to completing an Obedience title.
Sumo has Obedience titles, two top Rally titles, numerous agility titles. When he had to retire from those athletically demanding sports at the age of 11, he started nosework. He now has the AKCs Advanced titles in exteriors, interiors, containers and buried hides as well as nosework titles from NACSW (National Association of Canine Scent Work) and UKC (United Kennel Club).
Kiko recently had a TPLO surgery for a torn cruciate, so her days include a morning walk, a little bitey-face time with our 4 year old shiba, breakfast, about 10 minutes of rehab homework and then “free time” until late afternoon when she gets about another 10-15 minutes of rehab time (along with some tricks training), an evening walk, dinner, more bitey-face play, a late night walk and sleep. Tuesdays she goes to IPC for therapy and Thursdays she goes to Rally class where she is learning new skills for a competition in September. Sumo’s schedule is almost identical, but he doesn’t play bitey-face (that’s beneath him). He also goes to IPC for therapy on Tuesday and Nosework class on Thursday where he shows off how smart he is (he no longer competes).
One thing I’d like to mention is how important I think IPC has been in keeping both our very active dogs healthy. When Sumo tore his cruciate at a young age, both his primary care vet and surgeon told us to expect him to tear the other cruciate within two years or less and to expect arthritis in that knee by age 6. Well, thanks to great rehab and continued maintenance, the other leg’s cruciate didn’t tear for more than 5 years. Plus, it kept his arthritis at bay as he was able to compete in agility and rally until he turned 11! We were warned that Kiko’s other knee would require surgery if we didn’t keep her in good shape. Even though it was her other cruciate that tore, her recovery from surgery was easier since she was in great shape going in.” -Amy
Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Sumo & Kiko have asked us to tell you about Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue.
Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue (MSIR) was founded in 2002 and is a a registered 501(c)3 non-profit and licensed rescue. We help to save and place Shiba Inus throughout the Midwest, including Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana.
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Weezy is an almost 12 year old Pomeranian who originally reigns from Florida, but has lived in Chicago for 6 years. He’s had pretty severe luxating patellas for at least 5-6 years, so he grew accustomed to walking quite straight legged all the time. His mom Lindsay did extensive research, which she tends to do when it comes to anything Weezy related, into rehabilitation clinics and IPC just stuck out to her. “I love the variety of programs I saw offered, and they had great reviews!”
He met with Dr. Michelle Mason and rehabilitation therapist Renee who created a specific treatment plan to address his issues related to his luxating patellas. His program included therapeutic exercise, massage, laser, and underwater treadmill.
“Before we came to IPC, Weezy had been walking much slower on his walks, and started slipping often on the kitchen tile. We just completed his second 8 week program and Weezy is moving faster on his walks, slipping on the tile about 80% less, and actually sitting without kicking his legs out to the side. He has also improved on all of his at home exercises and starting to slowly shift more weight to his hind legs. We know this will be a long, slow, ongoing process but to see just slight improvement makes us ecstatic!” -Lindsay
Erin, Renee and Lindsey have all be so wonderful and Weezy wouldn’t be where he is today without them!
“Weezy has lived in 3 states, been on over 50 flights, and loves traveling with his mom and dad. In his spare time, you’ll likely find him napping, begging for belly rubs or asking us to throw his razzy ball. His favorite treats are freshly made popcorn, zucchini, and strawberries – but he recently was introduced to peanut butter which he can’t get enough of while doing his at home IPC exercises!”
Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Weezy has asked us to tell you about Bialy’s Wellness Foundation.
“Bialy’s Wellness Foundation helps families and rescue organizations care for pets with special needs, particularly those with mobility issues from paralysis, amputation, neurological or birth defects, and other diagnosed ailments.”
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“Bruse was originally adopted from a family member who found he was too busy for a puppy. Unbeknownst to my husband and me, Olde English Bulldogs are a very high maintenance breed that are prone to many medical problems. Bruse showed some sensitivity periodically in his back and knees. After visiting 3 separate veterinarians, I was referred to Integrative Pet care of Homer Glen for rehabilitation.
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If you’ve ever been to IPC Chicago on a Thursday, chances are you’ve met our August Patient of the Month Sahara. She’s that little dog sitting behind the front desk wagging her tail and looking adorable! Or perhaps you’ve heard her ridiculous bark that sounds like a duck quacking. Sahara is a force of nature who always makes sure her presence is known; or as her mom puts it, “a diva!”
Belinda admits that in May 2011 she had no business adopting another dog when she first saw Sahara’s picture in an email from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, doing a courtesy posting for local rescue. Her other dog was 14 years old and having major physical issues, but the cheesy subject line “Can you be an oasis for Sahara?” really sucked her in.
After contacting the rescue, Belinda learned that Sahara’s foster was actually her third known home. She was originally rescued from a high kill shelter and adopted out, but returned several times (most likely due to her barking). Once Sahara met her other dog and they got along, she came home with Belinda. The constant barking doesn’t bother Belinda one bit, although her cats may feel differently.
“Belinda is a super dog mom who goes above and beyond for Sahara She adopted a dog who was returned multiple times for behavioral issues and turned her life around. To say that Sahara is one lucky dog is an understatement.”
-Dr. Megan Ridley
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The first thing you notice about Birkin (besides her adorable face) is her extremely happy demeanor. Even when she’s not feeling too hot, she’ll greet you with a grin and a happy tail. We first met Birkin in June 2014 when she came to us for limping on her right rear leg. We were hopeful that therapy would prevent surgery, but unfortunately she was just too active! Dr. Zenoni referred her to Dr. Wolf at Premier Veterinary Group for a surgical consultation. It turns out that Birkin had a fully torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) and a luxating patella- which could only be corrected with surgery.
Birkin came back to us shortly after surgery and made an amazing recovery (although she did look pretty pathetic with a shaved leg and cone of shame)!
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