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August 2017- Duke

1 week 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

3 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

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

MaeBelle

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“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.

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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

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“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

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“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

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

Paulina

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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

6 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

6 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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February 2017 Ch Khalin

7 months ago · · Comments Off on February 2017 Ch Khalin · Hanover Park's Patient of the Month ·, , , ,

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In early November of 2016 Ch Khalin suffered from hind limb paresis or a ‘mini stroke’, which caused him to lose function in his rear legs.  He was referred to Integrative Pet Care Hanover Park by his primary care veterinarian at Gateway Veterinary Clinic.  Ch Khalin met with Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice who prescribed a rehabilitation program that consisted of: veterinary acupuncture & chiropractic treatments, therapeutic exercise, massage and laser therapy.  His owner Vallie attributes his improvement to the collaborative efforts of his veterinarians and staff.

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January 2017 Ares

8 months ago · · Comments Off on January 2017 Ares · Hanover Park's Patient of the Month ·, , , , , ,

Ares

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Ares was born in the Czech Republic on January 12, 2006 and was selected to come to the United States to be a police dog later that year.  Ares and his handler John were partnered up in early 2007 and to went through a six week training program at the Cook County Sheriff’s Training Facility.  Ares’ little brother Jake was adopted a year later and the two quickly became best friends!

After many years of hard work and service to the police department, Ares was having some occasional difficulties.  After visits to the vet and an MRI, it was determined that Ares has four herniated discs in his back and neck.  He was given some medication and was told to “take it easy”.  Ares, however, was not ready to take it easy, nor was he ready to retire from the police department.

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