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October 2017- Gertie

2 weeks ago · · Comments Off on October 2017- Gertie · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Gertie

In May of 2017, the founder of Bialy’s Wellness Foundation, Erin, was contacted by Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue about a 2 month old French Bulldog puppy who was unable to walk.  They needed an experienced foster home and funding for rehabilitation to get her mobile as soon as possible.  Erin agreed and Gertie came to Integrative Pet Care immediately.

 After meeting with Dr. Megan Ridley and Emma, it was suspected that Swimmer Puppy Syndrome was the cause of her mobility issues.  An intense rehabilitation program was prescribed which included daily exercise and swimming therapy sessions.  Everyone on staff pitched in to work with Gertie whenever they could.  Erin, who is also a canine rehabilitation and massage therapist at IPC, diligently worked with her at home as well.

Within in the first week, Gertie improved greatly; she was able to support herself and could even take a few steps independently!  While swimming wasn’t her favorite activity, she did it without complaint all while looking adorable in her life jacket.  After a few weeks she was walking on her own and doing advanced exercises in the gym.

Being part of her transformation was an amazing experience for everyone involved and lots of tears were shed in the process! -Dr. Megan Ridley

Gertie was officially adopted in June to a neighbor so Erin can still bring her for therapy everyday.  Today she is 6 months old and is a happy & healthy puppy.  Being part of Gertie’s transformation has been a wonderful experience for everyone on staff.

Gertie has since become a ‘spokesdog’ for Bialy’s Wellness Foundation as she is an incredible success story!  You can follow her adventures on Instagram- @the_little_avocado.

 

 

 

 

Gertie: Progression Video

Check out this progress video of our beloved Gertie (aka 🥑). Thank you to: Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue for taking her into your adoption program; Integrative Pet Care for the amazing rehabilitation therapists and veterinarians that worked your magic to help Gertie become mobile; Boulevard Veterinary for your always generous, kind and attentive staff & veterinarians; Josh the Pitbull – Special Needs and Happy for fostering our Little Avocado. #GertieStrong

Posted by Bialy's Wellness Foundation on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Gertie has asked us to tell you about the organization that changed her life, 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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September 2017-Elmo

1 month ago · · Comments Off on September 2017-Elmo · Hanover Park, Hanover Park's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month ·, , , ,

Elmo

“Life changed for both Elmo and I on March 18, 2003 when I found him on a construction site that I was working on in Arizona. He was 9 months old and it appeared that someone had left him at this remote location in the middle of the desert. He had made a bed on fiberglass insulation in a framed house and was eating food out of foil wrapped trash that I later picked from his gums as he laid his head in my lap. I tried for weeks to find his owner, taking him to work with me every day since I already had 3 rescues at home.

After a few weeks, I wasn’t getting anywhere in my search and I realized there was just no way I could give him up! He was meant to be one of the pack. In choosing his name, my ex-husband and I wanted something that wouldn’t make people afraid of this lovable, gentle, happy, red pit bull and Elmo came to mind and fit him perfectly! So, Elmo came to live with Max, Thumper and Santino and enjoyed playing in a huge yard. While he wasn’t fond of swimming, he would often lay in the few inches of water on the pool sun shelf to cool off, after sunning himself – all four legs up in the air – for hours in the hot AZ sun! 

Elmo lived in AZ until 2009 when he and his brothers moved to Fishers, IN with me. He took well to the snow and cold and enjoyed a huge fenced wooded yard to play in and get in all sorts of trouble with raccoons and possums!  This is where he started getting acupuncture treatments with his aging brothers and I really believe it has made a difference in the quality of life he has had for the last 7 years. I saw it in my other dogs as well.

When we moved to the Chicago area, I wanted to be sure to continue Elmo’s acupuncture treatments.  Luckily, we found the great doctors at Integrative Pet Care of Hanover Park! Elmo had routine acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, laser and massage therapy with Integrative over the years, and would usually lay there sleeping through the treatments! He loved it!

In 2015, Elmo was diagnosed with inoperable cancer that was treated at Purdue in West Lafayette, IN.  Elmo and I made the trek down there often for checkups and he earned two Radiation Therapy Treatment Diplomas that thankfully, kept the cancer from ever spreading.

The two radiation treatments and chemo pills he took daily for a couple years, both took a toll on him, but through it all he continued with his acupuncture treatments at Integrative Pet and it really made a difference in his being able to get around and walk the subdivision for hours each day, right up until the very end.  I really believe that his mobility would not have been that good had he not been getting acupuncture treatments for the last almost 8 years!” -Jennifer, Elmo’s mom

“On 7/30/15 I had the privilege of meeting Elmo for the first time for an acupuncture session. He was such a character. He never complained and even fell asleep and started snoring at the time of his acupuncture. Besides having cancer, Elmo also battled with degenerative joint disease of the hips, stifles, carpus and elbows. Dr. Starr prescribed acupuncture, chiropractic, massage and underwater treadmill to aid in increasing mobility, muscle strengthening and to help with pain control.  Myself and the staff at IPCHP fell in love with Elmo!” –Dr. Arlene Rodriguez

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

PAWS Chicago’s mission is to build no kill communities, end the overpopulation of homeless animals and to transform animal welfare.

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September 2017- Kody

2 months ago · · Comments Off on September 2017- Kody · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , ,

Kody

 Kody is an almost 17 year old Sheltie who was referred to Integrative Pet Care by his primary care veterinarian at Family Pet Animal Hospital for mobility issues a year and a half ago.   Kody developed arthritis in his front limbs which prevented him from climbing stairs, so his mom had to carry him.  Char wanted to do everything she could to keep him strong and comfortable!

Dr. Deanne Zenoni created a treatment plan that included underwater treadmill, therapeutic exercise, massage, laser and acupuncture.  Kody wasn’t too sure about his therapies at first, but he quickly learned to enjoy them.  His mom also thinks coming to IPC for love has also eased his car anxiety.

“Even though Kody hasn’t been able to go up the stairs again, I know the exercising and treatments he does are making a difference with his strength and flexibility.  He, of course, walks slower like the senior dog that he is, but at times, he’ll all of a sudden get a spring in his step – at 16!  IPC has helped slow down the inevitable decline that happens in senior dogs.  Plus he’s still able to jump up on the couch (his favorite place to sleep).

Kody also gets to be in an incredibly loving community when he comes to IPC, which I think is quite healing.  It’s amazing to me how he has settled in with the people and treatments.  He was anxious at first but now sprawls on Dr. Zenoni’s lap during acupuncture (he’s not a lap dog at all with me), and he leans into Lindsey when she gives him a massage.  Kody had little to no love in the first 5 ½ years of his life (he was used to breed and lived outside in a trailer park). I feel like I bring him to a place where he is surrounded by love.  It warms my heart to see how well he’s treated and loved here, and I’m so happy for him to have this experience in his later years.  Coming to IPC has also solidified Kody’s love of McDonald’s cheeseburgers (with no onions) as he gets one after every time he comes!

Unfortunately Kody has lost his eyesight over the years, but he manages and has adapted amazingly, particularly in places he knows.  The night time and new places are the hardest for him.  When we walk in the evening and in new places, I try to be his ‘eyes’ for him.  He also searches for me when I’m right there in my place so I know he’s lost quite a bit of his sight.” -Char, Kody’s mom

“Kody has the attitude and resilience of a dog 1/3 his age – he never ceases to amaze me! The significant increase in his mobility over the years is a testament to how important it is to keep an older dog active both at therapy and at home. He’s a joy to work with and is always willing to try something new – I love knowing that his mom puts him through his paces and helps keep him active and engaged on a daily basis!” -Lindsey, Kody’s therapist

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

“Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue is a 501(c)(3)  Non Profit, State Licensed, ALL Volunteer organization that helps homeless or abandoned Shetland Sheepdogs…also known as “Shelties”.   We take in any Sheltie that needs us, address all their needs, and then place them in wonderful new homes.”

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August 2017- Duke

2 months ago · · Comments Off on August 2017- Duke · Hanover Park, Hanover Park's Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Duke

Duke is a dutch shepherd/black lab mix who tore his cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) over a year ago.  His surgery had to be postponed since his dad David was was stationed in Germany at the time.  Once he arrived home, Duke was off to see Dr. Abell at VCA Aurora where a tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) surgery was performed.

David knew how import rehabilitation was post surgery so he did his homework and chose Integrative Pet Care because of their certified staff. “After 4 weeks of sleeping on a mattress on the floor in the basement with Duke, we had our first Integrative Pet Care appointment.  The massage therapist was amazing and I could definitely tell Duke felt really relaxed and comfortable with her.  It was a perfect way to introduce Duke to the IPC program and later we started the underwater treadmill and laser therapies.  I have to say I noticed an IMMEDIATE improvement in his gait after laser sessions. Duke loves the water so every time we came, he would head straight for the tank hoping he was going to get to play in the water.” -David 

David and Duke were eager to get him back to his favorite activity, swimming, so once he was cleared by the surgeon, he was off to the pool!  The duo recently moved to Switzerland where Duke is able to to swim at least once weekly outside and he loves every minute of it.   Even though David notices the occasional limp when Duke’s been overly active, he says that he is doing 100% better than he ever thought.

“Duke and his dad have been great to work with and Duke is doing fantastic after rehabilitation. Duke has been able to return to all of his normal activities and his dad will be using techniques he learned here to continue therapies in their new home. We wish them safe travels and lots of adventures in the future!” – Dr. Jennifer Blake

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June 2017 Digger

5 months ago · · Comments Off on June 2017 Digger · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Digger

We first met Digger a little over 2 years ago when her parents noticed she started slowing down.  After meeting with Dr. Megan Ridley, a formal rehabilitation program was created that included strengthening modalities such as underwater treadmill and exercise, as well as laser, acupuncture and massage therapy which were prescribed for pain management.  Digger loved her therapies right away and her mobility improved.

“IPC has helped Digger’s daily functioning – mobility, flexibility, stability.   The laser and acupuncture really help ease stiffness and pain.  The training you have provided and continue to provide so that we can work with her at home has been unbelievably helpful.   Digger would not be as mobile if not for her weekly visits.” -Bonnie, Digger’s mom

Digger has a lot of loves in life like watching trains and snoozing under the covers, but nothing beats swimming in the lake- toss a tennis ball and she’s off!  She still enjoys taking walks, but it involves more smelling than walking these days.

“As a 15 year old pit bull mix, Digger has developed more issues over the years, but that hasn’t changed her attitude.  She comes in ready to work and is all smiles (and barks) while doing it!” Dr. Ridley

 

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

Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E) is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization with a mission to serve the communities of Chicago’s North Shore by fostering and supporting healthy, positive relationships between people and companion animals. C.A.R.E. rehomes companion pets into safe, healthy, lifelong homes; serves as an educational and counseling resource; and works to reduce pet overpopulation.

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April 2017 MaeBelle

7 months ago · · Comments Off on April 2017 MaeBelle · Hanover Park, Hanover Park's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

MaeBelle

Mae happy

“We got MaeBelle from a local breeder when she was 9 weeks old.  She is a very sweet and loving girl…all of our nieces, nephews and grandchildren tell her ‘no Mae – Mae stop’ because she can’t stop kissing them!  Mae likes to take long walks, play with tennis balls, and swim when we go camping and boating.  Because of her activity level, we were caught unaware with her diagnosis of hip dysplasia in January, as she never had a prolonged period of limping or lameness.  We are still not sure what triggered her limping, but we are very grateful to her primary care veterinarian who believes she was most likely born with it.

Mae accupuncture

We had worked with Integrative Pet Care in the past, so we did not hesitate to bring MaeBelle in to see Dr. Starr.  The care she received has been extraordinary!  Every treatment is broken down so we can understand it, but more importantly it’s tailor made so that Mae’s hips can tolerate it.

In the time she has been receiving treatment, we have noticed an improvement in her mobility that we didn’t even notice she was missing.  She is now playing more with our other dog and is really enjoying our walks.  A HUGE thank you to her team for being so patient with her and us, and for teaching us what we need to help keep MaeBelle healthy and happy…and slimmer!”  -Laura, MaeBelle’s mom

Mae Daycare Happy

“MaeBelle and her family have been such a pleasure to work with.  She has shown tremendous improvement in her comfort in her hips, strength in her hind legs, overall fitness level, and her gait after just eight weeks of physical rehabilitation.  These improvements have translated into a much happier and more active dog, and are a testament to the hard work of her owners as well as how much physical rehabilitation can improve the quality of life and function for dogs with hip dysplasia. We are thrilled that MaeBelle is able to start doing more normal activities like swimming, and are looking forward to being part of her continued success.” –Dr. Lisa Starr

Mae treadmill

 

“I have had the pleasure of working with MaeBelle since January of this year to help improve strength in her hind limbs due to hip dysplasia.  MaeBelle has been a STAR patient throughout her therapy- she always comes to therapy ready to work!” –Anna, MaeBelle’s therapist

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Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  MaeBelle has asked us to tell you about as Good as Gold.logo-min

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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March 2017 Paulina

8 months ago · · Comments Off on March 2017 Paulina · Hanover Park, Hanover Park's Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , ,

Paulina

Paulina 4

Paulina was picked up, along with a sibling, as a stray from California.  Even though she and her sister were marked as a bonded pair, which means the shelter likes to have them rescued together, another rescue took her sister and left her behind.  The reason?  She could barely walk as her back legs could not bend.  Chicagoland Eskie Rescue brought her to Chicago where Dr. Aaron Jackson of MedVet Chicago, diagnosed and performed the surgery for bilateral grade 4/4 luxating patellas.  After 8 weeks of pen rest, MedVet Chicago recommended Integrative Pet Care for her rehabilitation.

 

“When we first began with IPC, Paulina would not usPaulina 2e her back left leg and did not have the leg strength to walk on hardwood floors.  IPC worked with Paulina for 10 weeks.  Her therapies included exercise, laser, underwater treadmill, and chiropractic sessions, as well as daily at-home sessions with her foster family.  Paulina now walks (and runs) with all four legs and her muscle mass has increased significantly, allowing her to handle hardwood flooring like a champ!” -Chicagoland Eskie Rescue

“The doctors and staff at Integrative are some of the best in the business.  They genuinely care for each animal, set realistic goals for the patients and support the owners throughout the entire process.”  

“Paulina’s positive attitude and high energy has made working with her very easy! She enjoys doing her therapeutic exercises, especially when she gets freeze dried liver!” -Anna Alberth, CVT, CCRA

“Paulina came to us after having bilateral lateral luxation stabilization surgery. At the time of her Initial Evaluation she was front loading and not bearing much weight on her rear legs. Her response to therapies has been tremendous and she is finally bearing 99% weight on her hind legs! Thanks to the dedication of the rescue Paulina is ready to find her furever home!” -Dr. Arlene Rodriguez, DVM, CCRT

“After a rigorous rehab program we are proud to say Paulina is now taking applications for her furever home!  Paulina’s temperament is pure love.  Her favorite things to do include belly rubs and walks, which she never was able to enjoy before her surgery.  She gets along with other dogs, but would also be a great dog for someone with limited dog experience.  For more information or to request an application, please email us at CERApplications@gmail.com.”

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

Chicagoland Eskie logoRescue, specializing in American Eskimo Dog Rescue & Re-Homing was established in January of 2008. The rescue is a recognized 501(c)(3)Non-Profit Organization that is made up entirely of volunteers who are dedicated to provide shelter, care, vetting and an adoption program for abandoned and relinquished American Eskimo Dogs.

 

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March 2017 Abbey

8 months ago · · Comments Off on March 2017 Abbey · Chicago's Patient of the Month ·, , , , , , ,

Abbey

Abbey

We first met Abbey in July 2016 when she originally came in for hind limb lameness.  Her limp quickly worsened, so her parents found themselves not only seeing her primary care veterinarian, but a neurologist and IPC as well.  After evaluating Abbey, Dr. Ridley sent her back to the neurologist where a hemilaminectomy (spinal IMG_2976surgery) was performed.  Unfortunately she developed pneumonia which made her road to recovery much harder.

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Pain and Arthritis in Cats

8 months ago · · Comments Off on Pain and Arthritis in Cats · Rehabilitation ·, , ,

20140417_142434-2The health and wellness of our feline friends is a top priority for loving cat owners. So as cats age it is important to be mindful that they are prone to the ailments and “slowing down” that come with it.
Arthritis, the inflammation of joints, is a common condition in older cats. As they age the smooth cartilage begins to wear down causing painful friction between the bones. Effected areas can include shoulders, hips, elbows and the spine. Cats carrying extra weight are especially prone to arthritis, as the additional weight places greater strain on their joints.

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