There are many rehab modalities that contribute to a good quality of life for your pet, one of which is massage. This hands-on approach can offer numerous benefits and is used to help with pain management, recovery from surgery and even as a way to strengthen the bond between owner and pet.
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.
Mimi came to IPC by way of Bialy’s Wellness Foundation a little over a year ago. Her owners brought her to the vet because she was having an extremely difficult time walking and seemed to be in constant pain. They did not have the finances to cover all that Mimi needed, so the vet contacted BWF to see if they could sponsor Mimi’s medical care. BWF stepped up immediately to cover diagnostics and intensive rehab. Sadly Mimi’s owner passed away and her family was having a hard time caring for her. One of their neighbors, Danielle had fallen in love with Mimi and decided to help the family out by bringing her to appointments. After seeing how much medical attention Mimi needed, Danielle offered to adopt her and they made it official in July!
“Hennessey came to Four Paws Animal Foundation at 10 weeks of age from Chicago Animal Care & Control where he was listed as a stray; unable to urinate on his own, impacted bowel and possible paralysis of his back legs. After a complete and thorough exam by our own veterinary clinic, where x-rays were also taken, it was determined that 2 vertebrae (one of which was fractured) were pinching his spine and blocking signals to his brain. We decided the best course of action would be for him to have an evaluation and course of treatment by Integrative Pet Care of Hanover Park once we felt he was strong enough. We are so happy that he has responded to Acupuncture, Laser and Exercise treatments and has improved greatly as evidenced by him being able to stand on his own even for a short time. With another course of treatment and continuing exercises at home we hope he will eventually be able to walk on his own but for now we are so encouraged by his progress. Thank you to the wonderful staff and IPC Hanover Park!”
Lola first came into Ashley’s life in 2000, when she spotted her ‘on sale’ at a local pet shop since she was not up to breeding or show dog standards. All that mattered to Ashley is that she was so stinking cute! Lola led the only child life until 2010 when Wednesday entered the picture. Ashley had just started looking for another dog when she came across Wednesday’s picture online and knew she had to have her. What made this adoption so special? Wednesday was diagnosed with cancer and her prognosis was unsure. None of that phased Ashley; she just wanted her to live the rest of her days comfortably in a home. Well 3 surgeries and 2 rounds of chemo later and we are happy to report that Wednesday has been cancer free for 4 years!
Wednesday first came to IPC 5 years ago when her mom Ashley sought alternative treatment for back pain she had been experiencing. Wednesday was started on a weekly program that included underwater treadmill, therapeutic exercise, laser therapy, acupuncture & chiropractic sessions. Wednesday soon became stable enough to graduate to a maintenance plan! She still comes every other week for exercise & underwater treadmill and sees Dr. Zenoni every 2 months for an acupuncture & chiropractic session.
“IPC has helped Wednesday stay pain free and able to be her crazy happy go lucky self. She has had 1 flare up of her back. I got her right into you all and she was on her way back to normal after just 1 visit.” –Ashley, Wednesday & Lola’s mom
Lola always came for emotional support to Wednesday sessions, but as she got older and after seeing how Wednesday improved with rehabilitative therapy, Ashley brought Lola in for an evaluation with Dr. Zenoni. Lola melts during her massage/laser sessions and gobbles up peanut butter during her acupuncture & chiropractic treatments.
“I love seeing Wednesday & Lola in the clinic. Their can-do spirit is inspiring.” -Doris
Lola can often be found wandering around the exercise room, scrounging for treats while Wednesday works out! She can also be heard in the hydro room barking for treats while Wednesday walks in the treadmill. We love Lola’s antics and diva personality!
Lola slowly started losing her eyesight, and is now blind at 16 years old. Her blindness has brought many new challenges to the table, but that doesn’t stop this trio. They still go to the beach and take walks, but Ashley just has to keep a close eye on Lola so she doesn’t run into or fall off anything. Lola has also developed anxiety, but medication and being by Wednesday’s side has helped. Wednesday still takes care of Lola by licking her face, but has recently started challenging Lola for the queen position in the house- something that Lola is not ready to give up yet!
“Lola & Wednesday may have been through a lot, but Ashley’s diligence has really helped their quality of life” -Dr. Deanne Zenoni
Make a Difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign.” Wednesday & Lola have asked us to tell you about Guardian Angel Basset Rescue.
“The basics of Guardian Angel Basset Rescue are simple – GABR rescues Basset Hounds from Illinois, Eastern Missouri and Indiana that find themselves in bad situations. We are a 501c3 charitable organization.”
“Hi: I would like to introduce myself… My name is Chevy and I am a Golden Retriever, but more important than that I am also a service dog. My boy’s name is Nate and he has had a rough start in life. Nate has Down Syndrome, had a tracheostomy and battled leukemia. My job is to help him over the rough spots like blood draws, kiss away his tears and track him if he wanders away from our Mom and Dad. I was born at 4 Paws for Ability in Xenia, Ohio and that’s where I learned to become a service dog. After my boy came to get me, we became great friends. I even learned how to jump off a dock and swim. My boy learned how to throw a toy for me and the next thing you know it we had people cheering and clapping for us at competitions.
As you know sometimes, Golden’s get hip dysplasia and unfortunately, I was one of them. Approximately a year and a half ago, I had an injury; because of that injury my hip dysplasia was also discovered. My Mom and Dad took me to IPC and met Dr. Rosemary.
With chiropractic, acupuncture, laser treatments, massage, exercise and underwater treadmill I am back to running, playing and going to school with my boy.
I continue to see Dr. Rosemary to make sure I can continue my very important job as a service dog for my boy.
I love going to see Dr. Rosemary, Anna and Allison in addition to all the pretty girls at the front desk that give me a ton of attention. My Mom tells me all the time how lucky I am to be able to go and see Dr. Rosemary. I think so too!!” – Chevy
“Like many dogs and “their boys”, Chevy and Nate are buddies! A few years ago, Chevy became lame in his hind legs, and could no longer participate in many of the activities they did together, such as dock diving. This, in and of itself, was sad, but it goes beyond fun and games because Chevy is Nate’s service dog. Chevy could not participate fully in his job to help Nate in daily activities. I was tickled to meet Chevy, Nate, and Nate’s folks and provide a therapy plan that I believed would help Chevy. I remember telling Nate’s mom that it would not be a “quick fix”, but I was confident that if they would stick to the plan, that Chevy could return to full function. Within a few months, Chevy was “back on duty”, side by side with Nate for all daily activities, including accompanying Nate to school and returning to their dock-diving activities of “Nate the Great and Chevy the Wonder Dog”! Chevy’s “people” are great about keeping him healthy, lean and fit and working with him at home, feeding him all the right things, and making sure Chevy receives periodic therapeutic massages, acupuncture, and veterinary spinal manipulative therapy
(“veterinary chiropractic”) at Integrative Pet Care Hanover Park.
Chevy, after all, is not just a companion, and family member, he’s a working companion and integral to “his boy’s” well-being!”
-Rosemary J. LoGiudice, DVM, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (DACVSMR), CCRT, CVA, CVSMT, Fellow of the CoAC
“Chevy is a true joy! He is a genuinely sweet, kind soul. When it is time for massage, he calmly lies down and puts his head on my lap. He enjoys every minute! Tania is a wonderful advocate for his well-being. Having hip dysplasia, routine massages help keep Chevy comfortable, flexible, and moving freely. I feel honored to work with such a special dog.”
– Alison Brudney, CPDT
“It has beem a pleasure working with Chevy and his family. Chevy came to us in December of 2014 for left hind limb lameness. During Chevy’s initial exam we learned that he is a service dog for the Kothera’s son Nate. Our goal for Chevy’s therapy was to decrease his pain stemming from hip dysplasia and increase his rear limb muscle tone so that he can continue being a service dog for Nate. Chevy adjusted well to the underwater treadmill and was a pro at learning new exercises! Keep up the great work Tania, Ken, Nate and Chevy!”
– Anna Alberth, CVT, CCRA
Make a Difference
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an organization that is close to their heart to promote. This month Chevy has chosen 4 Paws for Ability!
Mission and Goals – 4 Paws For Ability
Enrich the lives of children with disabilities by the training and placement of quality, task trained service dogs to provide increased independence for the children and assistance to their families.
Enrich the lives of veterans from recent conflicts who have lost the use of their limbs or their hearing while in active combat.
Educate the public to accept the use of service dogs in public places.
“Well we are Miller’s 3rd home and his FOREVER home! One of my wife’s friends had to get rid of him and he instantly became family. When this friend brought him to the condo we were living in at the time the first thing he did was pee on our blinds. We knew he loved us. He was 3 at the time and hadn’t really had any training so there were some challenges, but he’s a great dog and very lovable. He will swim for hours and loves being outside. If he’s not getting what he perceives as enough attention he will let us know by barking his displeasure. We couldn’t love him more and we know he feels the same. In terms of his injury, by the time we were pointed to you guys I really thought it was going to be a bad ending. He could really only get up to eat and use the bathroom. He was spending 90% of the day laying in our smallest bathroom in the house. Needless to say it was a very, very sad sight. His eyes were sad and he was in pain. It was very tough. Theresa is better at staying positive than me, but I thought if he even got back to 50% we’d be lucky. Some days I didn’t even think he’d get there.
After our first visit, which was really an assessment, I felt better and had much more hope.
It was very nice to hear some positives after hearing things like he needed surgery ASAP, ‘”He’s 7 so he’s only got a couple good years left regardless,” etc. After his first session in the 4 week program he was better. It was essentially all manual massage to help with spasms (after we were told by others he wasn’t having any spasms) and to get knots out. I know it was painful for him but we saw results almost immediately. When we used the Assisi loop on him he actually relaxed enough to lay down and fall asleep somewhere besides the little bathroom. Every time after he just got better and better. I was sure he’d get back to at least 80%.
After a few weeks of manual massage, water tread (where he claimed the yellow rubber ducky as his own) and stretching we were able to get him out for walks again. It took some time for him to get his strength back, but I am VERY happy to say that he is 100% back to his old, crazy self.
The one thing we haven’t let him do yet is swim, but we are headed to the U.P. of Michigan this weekend where he will have a week of sandy beaches and water to swim his little heart out. We can’t wait to get him there, he loves it and will swim all day if we let him. I am confident that he won’t have any setbacks, but if he does it is beyond comforting to know we have a place to take him where the ENTIRE staff truly cares.
Our entire family sincerely thanks you all for giving us our Miller back! Miller thanks you too!!!!!
Thank you all so, so much!!!”
“Miller came to us in severe pain with a suspected disc injury to his neck. With a combination of medication, rehabilitation and integrative therapies, we were able to turn Miller around. He is now a happy, healthy dog able to run, jump and play to his heart’s content. We are so proud of his recovery.”
– Amber Ihrke, DVM, CCR, CVA, CVSMT
“I remember when Miller walked into his initial evaluation. He could not reach down to the floor to get a treat, he yelped turning his head and he did not want to move as he appeared to be afraid of the pain. After Miller’s pain was addressed by Dr. Amber and I; I performed several sessions of manual therapy, Miller initiated exercising in the underwater treadmill with Katie. We watched him gain more confidence with his ability to move his head without the fear of pain. It seemed each time Miller came into see us his owners were telling us new activities he could now do at home, such as barking and getting up on the couch. Towards the end of his underwater treadmill sessions, Miller surprised us when he shook the water off himself without any signs of pain.
Miller’s spunk and zest for life finally returned to him at the end of his treatment plan. It was an amazing transformation that Miller underwent, from a dog so much in pain he could not move, to one that moved so easily and freely you would never have known he was the same dog.
I enjoyed finally meeting the REAL Miller!”
– Valerie Williams, PT, DPT, ATRIC, CCRP
“At Miller’s first appointment he was in so much pain I couldn’t even touch him. He is so sweet and wanted to be loved, but was in too much pain. He could barely walk and couldn’t lift his head at all. But, after starting him on different pain medication he was like a new dog. His pain had lessened enough that we could really work on him.
Each session he would be more and more interested in his surroundings and what we were doing with him. Since then he is a crazy man when he comes in! I have a hard time getting him to sit still now!
We can finally see the real Miller and it’s been a wonderful journey to see such an amazing transformation.”
– Katie Neforos, CVT, CCRA
Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an organization that is close to their heart to promote. This month Miller has asked that we tell you about the The Caspian Foundation.
When Erin (founder of Bialy’s Wellness Foundation & IPC staff member) heard about a paralyzed 7 week old puppy who ended up in a Wisconsin shelter, she didn’t think twice about coming to his rescue. With the support of Woofgang Rescue, Lt. Dan was transported to Chicago where he is currently being fostered. Dan’s diagnosis is a bit unclear, but a traumatic birth may have contributed to his inability to walk and x-rays also revealed severe hip dysplasia. No one knew if Dan’s function would improve, but his foster mom was willing to stick it out and try everything she could.
Dan was immediately evaluated by Dr. Ridley and a treatment plan was put in place that included twice weekly therapeutic exercise, underwater treadmill and massage sessions. He was also fitted for a cart from Walkin’ Wheels. Dan started showing small improvement with every therapy session! Dr. Ridley recently added in acupuncture to see if that could improve his incontinence.
Dan has since ditched his cart and started walking on his own! While it’s not perfect, we are incredibly impressed with his progress.
A normal day for Lt. Dan includes coming to IPC for therapies, massage at home with his foster mom and cuddles with his foster brother Josh.
Lt. Dan has become an internet sensation he has over 11,000 followers and was even featured on Buzzfeed! Follow him on Facebook for the latest updates on his progress
Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Lt. Dan has of course asked us to tell you about Bialy’s Wellness Foundation.
“Providing families and rescue organizations with special needs animals the equipment, medical care, rehabilitative therapy, training, resources and support necessary to optimize the quality of life of their wonderful animals. Our mission is only possible from the generosity of our supporters. Bialy’s Wellness Foundation’s goal is to provide assistance to our sponsored animals for life.”
Lucy originally came to IPC a couple years ago to address some back and shoulder issues. She started out with acupuncture and therapeutic laser to help with pain management as well as massage to stretch out her tight muscles. She soon progressed to the underwater treadmill and exercise sessions. Lucy seemed to be making excellent progress and was actually enjoying her therapy!
Dr. Zenoni eventually added
Lucy seemed to be doing really well until a couple months ago when she suddenly went down and was unable to use her back legs. Her mom Kathy remembers how scary that time was- “As far as everyone could tell, she ruptured (or partially ruptured) a disc in her back. After the initial panic wore off, we brought her to our friends at IPC who examined her very thoroughly and put our minds at ease by reminding us that this is what IPC does and that they believed they could help Lucy. A tremendous weight was lifted from my shoulders since others seemed to be assuming the worst.”
Lucy’s mom diligently brings her twice weekly for multiple therapies and has opted to board her with us during the day due to her hectic work schedule. Since Lucy has some crate anxiety we started keeping her in the office where she quickly decided she was the boss.!
“It has been exciting to watch her progress, seeing her move from needing a doggy stroller to get around outside, to taking a few steps at a time, to insisting on walking instead of riding in her stroller. She is a determined little dog, but I know she would not have made the same progress without IPC.” Kathy, Lucy’s mom
“Kathy is the type of pet parent who goes above and beyond for her dog- she is ready and willing to do anything I recommend. Lucy is one lucky girl to have her!” -Dr. Deanne Zenoni
Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Lucy has asked us to tell you about The Puppy Mill Project.
“The Puppy Mill Project is an educational and advocacy organization dedicated to fighting puppy mill cruelty. We believe that education is the key to change. We are one of the only organizations focused entirely on ending puppy mill cruelty, and our mission centers around our unique educational program and extensive community outreach. We also facilitate the rescue of puppy mill dogs and engage in legislative advocacy.”
In 2015, Keewee fell off a golf cart and was not weight bearing on the right rear leg. It was found that Keewee had suffered a fracture of right tibia and had 2 surgical repairs in May and then an additional surgery in August.
“Keewee had one of the worst fractures I had ever seen. Her recovery was truly a collaborative effort of our rehab team, her surgeon and most importantly her owners. To see Keewee running and playing with her family and enjoying life after four intense months of therapy is one of the greatest comebacks I’ve witnessed in 20+ years in veterinary medicine.”
– Dr. Amber Ihrke, Keewee’s IPC veterinarian
“I wanted to let you all know how very lucky and blessed we feel to have found you all. We have been on a very long stressful journey with Keewee since May to say the least. She has officially graduated and I think we are a little in shock! The time and thought that you all put into Keewee’s care means so much to our family. We were thinking we were going to lose her since amputation was not an option for us. Her injuries were so severe and devastating. To watch Keewee go through so much trauma made our heads spin and only to keep receiving bad news. I was lying in bed one night and thought to myself….If Keewee was a human what would I do-get a second opinion. After putting the word out to multiple dog loving friends and asking physicians I work with “what should I do with my dog” my girlfriend who is a vet tech that works at one of the offices That Dr. Ihrke and Val have given information to suggested we start there-we decided to give it a shot. Mike and I probably seemed pretty reluctant when we first met everyone, but it was another big decision that had to be made for Keewee ASAP to hopefully preserve her leg and another financial decision for our family. WOW!! We sure made the right decision!”
– Gina Schmidt, Keewee’s mom
Dr. Amber Ihrke referred Keewee to Dr. Jankovitz at Premier Veterinary Group in Crestwood for a surgical consultation. Keewee’s owners were afraid of amputation but Dr. Jankovitz was able to calm their fears.
“Dr. Ihrke thank you for sending us to Dr. Jankovits. I can say that I’m very in tune with Keewee-she is very high maintenance without a fractured leg so along this ride I’ve learned a lot more from her. First off- if she likes a stranger and how she responds to them. While we were sitting in the waiting room waiting to meet Dr. Jankovits in august one week after we were told her leg may have to be amputated, Keewee was on my lap with her black sling on, with other dogs and people in the waiting room and you’ve all seen her-she’s like a baby and those type of distractions don’t phase her. Dr. Jankovits walked out to the waiting room and Keewee’s head popped up and she watched his every move. She liked him. He looked at her and I whispered to Keewee-“is that the man that’s going to fix your leg.” Mind you at the other facilities she wouldn’t even look at the people there and you could tell she was very agitated. When we were in the room with Dr. Jankovits deciding what our options were Keewee laid by his feet which also means Keewee likes you otherwise her nose is shoved in the corner! Dr. Jankovits- you squatted down and started petting Keewee. I had tears in my eyes. We had options and hope again.”
“What can I say about Keewee? Keewee is just Keewee. She came to us with an unstable rear limb that her owners were trying to avoid having amputated. Through Keewee’s stubbornness, her owners’ hard work at home and rehab through IPC, Keewee not only kept her leg but returned to her crazy antics at home. Keewee is an example of a patient who greatly benefited from rehab, even though she never really enjoyed coming to see us. I loved seeing how Keewee progressed with rehab, especially watching her spunky personality return as she felt better in her leg. I knew we had done our job at IPC, when her owner sent us a video of Keewee army crawling under a bed and then running around the room barking at the camera. Keewee was her old self once again!”
“You are all amazing at what you do and we the Schmidt family can’t thank you enough for all the time and love you put into Keewee. She is our silly little bully that we love so very much. Please pass along to both of your staffs how much all of their care and compassion has meant to us through Keewee’s journey. I know Keewee will continue to have checkups with you both, but I just wanted you all to know from the bottom of our hearts how much everything you have all done for her means to us. It’s been such a long road and it’s surreal that she has officially graduated and we can breathe and relax a little. Keewee is and always has been a very silly bully. She goes wherever she can with us and loves being part of the action. Keewee loves to snuggle! She is amazing with our kids and a big part of our family and she knows it!”
Make a difference!
This month, Keewee would like you to know about Paws Chicago, a shelter in the heart of the city that is also a resource to the animal community. If you make a donation it would make Keewee’s day!