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February 2018- Timmy

3 weeks 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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January 2018- Walter

2 months ago · · Comments Off on January 2018- Walter · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , ,

Walter

Walter is an 8 year old Dachshund who we first met 3 years ago following his first Hemilaminectomy (back) surgery.  His mom, Dr. Julia Georgesen from Blum Animal Hospital, knew rehabilitation was a crucial part of recovery, so she came to IPC for an evaluation.

Walter met with Dr. Deanne Zenoni and Emma who prescribed an 8 week treatment program that included twice weekly underwater treadmill & therapeutic exercise/laser sessions.  Walter looked great after completing his first rehabilitation program, so his mom decided to take a break.  Unfortunately, Walter needed a second surgery last year and he came back to IPC soon after.

Walter was again prescribed a twice weekly program of underwater treadmill & therapeutic exercise/laser sessions.  This time his mom was taught how to do certain exercises and massage techniques to extend his treatment at home.  

Walter looked fantastic after his 8 week program, but Dr. Georgesen decided to continue coming once weekly as part of our maintenance program which she says “is great for Walter’s health and he loves going”!

 

 

 

 

 

“I’ve known Dr. Georgesen on a professional level for years as we share many cases.  Working with her and Walter on a personal level has been such an enjoyable experience!” -Dr. Deanne Zenoni

Walter diligently comes to IPC every Monday and spends the day with us while him mom is at work.  While not in his therapy sessions, he can be found eating lunch with his therapist Emma or cuddling with our patient service coordinators.  It’s no secret that Walter is a staff favorite!

“What can I say about Walter… I love him!” -Emma 

 

During the work week, Walter goes to work with his mom and little brother Kevin at Blum Animal Hospital.  At home he indulges in his favorite activities, sleeping close to the fire & eating.

 

 

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Walter has asked us to tell you about where his little brother Kevin was adopted from,  Midwest Dachshund Rescue!

Midwest Dachshund Rescue is a 501(c)3 all-volunteer organization that was founded in 2003.  We help our communities (individuals, families and humane societies/shelters) safely rehome and rehabilitate dachshunds and dachshund mixes.

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December 2017-Barry

3 months ago · · Comments Off on December 2017-Barry · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , ,

Barry

 

Jeanne met Barry as a puppy in 2012 on the set of a TV show she used to host when he was featured as an adoptable dog. “I always say he picked me because he sat on the couch next to me and didn’t move for the entire show.  I liked having him that close to me, even though he was a little stinky” recalls Jeanne.

While Barry has always had knee issues on and off his whole life,  one completely gave out earlier this year and his primary care veterinarian discovered significant damage to the ligaments in both knees.  At the recommendation of her veterinarian and 2 friends, Jeanne made an appointment at Integrative Pet Care where she met with Dr. Megan Ridley.  Dr. Ridley agreed that surgery was the best option for his bilateral torn cranial cruciate ligaments.

Barry started a prehab program of twice weekly massage/laser treatments until he had surgery with Dr. Paula West a month later at Veterinary Specialty Center.  He came back soon after and was prescribed a twice weekly rehabilitation program that included massage, laser, exercise & underwater treadmill.  Barry excelled at his treatments and once his left knee healed, he had the same surgery on the right.

“I initially came to IPC seeking a second opinion on his surgeries because I wanted to make sure I made the best choice for his treatment.  And 7 months later, Dr. Ridley, Erin, Lindsey and the whole IPC staff have helped us through both surgeries with rehab, advice and all the support we could ever ask for.  And Barry LOVES it at IPC!” -Jeanne

“Despite the fact that Barry thinks his rehab sessions are actually social calls, he works really hard when he’s at IPC and always has a positive attitude (unless someone runs out of treats!).  His mom’s dedication to his recovery has been incredible- she keeps him in line and makes sure he does his exercises at home, even when he’d rather be sleeping.  They’re both so much fun and such a pleasure to work with!” -Lindsey, Barry’s therapist & #1 fan

Barry has done so well, that he was graduated to a maintenance plan.  We see Barry once weekly for either a underwater treadmill or a combo exercise/massage/laser session!  While we miss seeing him twice a week, we’re so happy that he’s doing well.

“Barry is a beagle mix, so his approach to life is very hound-ish… he’s lazy in the house but is ready to go out anytime, and has his nose to the ground the entire time he’s outside. His schedule is as follows: stretch, eat, walk, nap, beg for treats, play, sleep… rinse & repeat. And as you can tell by the pictures, he almost always has the same expression on his face” explains Jeanne.

Make a difference!

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

Heartland’s mission is: a) to provide a no-kill shelter for the care, humane treatment, and adoption of lost, stray, and abandoned animals; b) to find permanent, loving homes for homeless animals and promote responsible pet ownership through education, community outreach, and collaboration while maintaining respect and compassion for all creatures.

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November 2017- Frango

4 months ago · · Comments Off on November 2017- Frango · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , , , , , ,

Frango

“I first brought Frango to IPC in 2005 for a consult to rule out pain as a reason for his aggression.  X-rays revealed that while his hips were not the best, they weren’t the worst either.  Due to his young age, it was too soon to determine if he had Hip Dysplasia and after a few visits, anything orthopedic was ruled out as a reason for his aggression.  We continued to work with a trainer and strengthened our bond through sports like agility and retrieving. 

In 2010, Frango started to refuse stairs and diagnostics revealed that he did indeed have hip dysplasia.  He also developed both Osteochondrosis Dissecans and Biceps Tenosynovitis in his right shoulder, which may have been due to overcompensating during his high impact activities.  Frango took a break from sports and returned to Integrative Pet Care to start a 10 week treatment ‘pre-hab’ program that included twice weekly resistance pool and laser therapy sessions.  Frango then had surgery on his right shoulder and bore weight the day after surgery, amazing everyone, even his surgeon!

Post surgery, he was prescribed an 8 week program which consisted of resistance pool, laser therapy, and therapeutic exercise.  After completion, he continued coming every 2 weeks for resistance pool and monthly chiropractic adjustments.

Unfortunately Frango injured his left knee by slipping going up the stairs in January 2017. He no longer seemed to benefit from the resistance pool, so Dr. Megan Ridley created a new a new treatment program which consisted of weekly underwater treadmill, laser therapy sessions.  He was also fitted for a Help ‘Em Up Harness which helped prevent further injury to his knee on the stairs or getting in and out of the car.  I was concerned that Frango would miss the pool, but he excelled on the Underwater Treadmill, loving the massage jets on his hind end!  Then in the Summer, Frango headed to the pool which was the first time he had done this in awhile, so we started alternating underwater treadmill and resistance pool sessions. 

IPC has helped to maximize Frango’s strength and endurance for many years.  It prepared him for a major surgery and promoted the positive outcomes & helped ease his transition into retirement by keeping him conditioned and allowed his ability to still participate in low impact sports.  Frango’s visits to IPC are the highlight of his week!  The treatment he receives gives him the chance to feel like Mr. Big Stuff.

Frango’s life has become pretty mellow.  He goes for walks twice daily and sleeps the day away waiting for my husband and I to return home from work.  He’s ready for a treat every time we come or go and anytime in between!  Anytime I’m working in the kitchen he is at my side playing ‘sous chef’.  And when my husband and I relax on the couch at night, he solicits his booty massages.

Now Frango is battling against Cancer.  A tumor was discovered on his left anal sac and had spread to his lymph nodes.  He will undergo removal of a lymph node as well as the tumor on his anal sac and then go through chemotherapy.  I know we can count on our friends at IPC to help ease any pain and discomfort he may encounter during the treatment.  I also know that all of the conditioning Frango has done at IPC through the years has helped make him a resilient, strong dog and has prepared him well for this, his final battle.”

-Patty, Frango’s mom.

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Frango has asked us to tell you about Retrieving Freedom Inc & The Live Like Roo Foundation.

Retrieving Freedom, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to training service dogs to help people. Our three primary focuses are training dogs to serve the needs of veterans, children with autism and individuals living with diabetes. 

Live Like Roo, a 501C3 organization, provides support and financial assistance to families whose pet faces a cancer diagnosis. Our mission is that together, you and your pet will #LiveLikeRoo.

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October 2017- Gertie

5 months 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

Make a difference!

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- Kody

6 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

Make a difference!

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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June 2017 Digger

9 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

 

Make a difference!

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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March 2017 Abbey

12 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

1 year 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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