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Oct 2015 Hershey

3 years ago · · Comments Off on Oct 2015 Hershey · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month ·, , , , , , ,

Hershey from Homer GlenHershey

Ever think a dog could pull a wheelie? Well, Hershey can & does! Hershey started rehab with us in April 2014. Although looking at him you would never know it, Hershey has the highest grade of hip dysplasia that a pet can have. He doesn’t let that slow him down though.

“When I first saw Hershey, he had one of the worst cases of hip dysplasia I have seen in 20 years. I cannot believe how stoic of a dog he is to not show any clinical signs before now. He is truly a great companion to his family and a great patient to work on.”

-Dr. Joe DeMoor (Primary Vet, Colonial Manor Animal Hospital)

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Sept 2015 Pippi

3 years ago · · Comments Off on Sept 2015 Pippi · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month ·, , , , , ,

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There’s just something about Pippi that instantly draws the eye.  Could it be the goofy grin and floppy ears? Or maybe it’s her commanding personality and endless bouncing energy?  Whatever it is, we’ve fallen head over heels for this girl!

I got Pippi about five years ago from Illinois Doberman Rescue.  They really do an outstanding job of preparing and presenting the dogs they rescue.  I originally had my heart set on another Doberman based on the profiles I saw.  I’d seen Pippi’s profile (her name at the rescue was ‘Harmonie’) but she looked like a scrawny little 55-pound runt in her photos.
Really smart – she would self-entertain herself by putting a ball in a bucket hanging on a door, then nudge the bucket to make it roll out so that she could chase it, then return it to the bucket.  When I went to an adoption event though, ‘Harmonie’ was the first dog I saw – she and her foster were coming up the stairs when I was coming down them, and she was such a pretty girl, enthusiastic about going somewhere new, and had such a bright-eyed personality.  I must have seen 20 Dobermans at the adoption event that day, but kept coming back to ‘Harmonie’ and the other Doberman.  I took both out for walks, and sat with both of them – the other Doberman was very laid back – in fact too laid back for my personality.  ‘Harmonie’ was enthusiastic in our introduction but not overwhelming, she walked nicely on leash, and we just seemed to take to each other right away.
My gut feel said she was ‘the one’ and I was right.  As soon as we left the event with my dad, she jumped right in the back seat of the truck, laid down and took a nap, and the rest pretty much is history.  The name ‘Pippi’ or ‘Pippilotta Langstrumpf’ is for one of my favorite childhood characters Pippi Longstocking, and Pippi’s floppy ears remind me of Pippi Longstocking’s pig-tails.

-Aquelah, Pippi’s mom

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June 2015 Bailey

3 years ago · · Comments Off on June 2015 Bailey · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month ·, , , , , ,

Bailey swimmingBailey

Bailey’s mom first noticed something was off with her when she was about 6 months old. She stopped running around at the dog park and would often just sit down on walks. Bailey was diagnosed with severe elbow dysplasia and had surgery to remove floating cartilage and bone chips. Her mom wanted to go the extra mile with Bailey’s care and brought her to Integrative Pet Care when she was a little over a year old and that’s when we fell in love with this mushy lab!

“Bailey and her mom have been dedicated to her rehabilitation since the beginning. She is a gentle swimmer who enjoys fetching toys and treats in the pool. She even enjoys her pain relieving therapies like shockwave and laser so much that she often falls asleep”

-Julie, Bailey’s primary therapist

 

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April 2015 Arthur

3 years ago · · Comments Off on April 2015 Arthur · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month ·, , , ,

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Arthur

Arthur’s parents were initially looking for a pal for their other old english sheepdog, Winston who, at the time, had recently lost his brother Duke.  Well, it was love at first sight the second they saw him on Chicagoland Old English Sheepdog Rescue’s website!  They opened their hearts and home to the 10 year old knowing that he would have a hard time finding a family and it seemed like the perfect fit for their 12 year old Sheepdog Winston.  They became immediate pals, spending their days as gentlemen of leisure should.

Arthur was surrendered to the rescue because he was having “accidents” in the house.  Well it turned out that he had a long term untreated urinary tract infection and had been about 50 lbs overweight at one point.  He had led a largely sedentary life, which negatively impacted his health and fitness. Jim and Scott wanted him to be as healthy and happy for his new life with them so they decided to bring him in for an evaluation.  They saw great results for Winston and knew that Integrative Pet Care’s approach to working with each pet on an individual basis to find out what works best would be the key to his success!

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Mar 2015 Birkin

3 years ago · · Comments Off on Mar 2015 Birkin · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month ·, , , , , , ,

Birkin on treadmill

Birkin

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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Feb 2015 Dionne

3 years ago · · Comments Off on Feb 2015 Dionne · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month ·, , , ,

Dionne in Underwater Treadmill

Dionne

In November of 1996, Mary Beth was presented with a gift that has not stopped giving: a 6-week old, white, fluffy pup, weighing in at 1.2 pounds.  Tiny and adorable as she was, she quickly asserted herself as the alpha member of the family. Her name comes from Dionne Warwick (diva) and Deion Sanders (dominant personality). Despite those attributes, Dionne has been mostly laid back all her life.  She is the epitome of unconditional love, except when it comes to dogs bigger than her.  She has a long-time habit of walking up to them and nipping at their nose, but because she’s small and fast, she always got away with it. It seems even dogs can have the Napoleon Complex!  (Spoil alert: this behavior has resumed.)

Dionne loves to dress up! Over the years, she has amassed quite the wardrobe, including matching collars and leashes.  As she goes on her walks, she has delighted so many people with her variety of outfits and is appropriately dressed for each holiday.  She enjoys the extra attention and bringing a bit of joy to others!

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Jan 2015 Kayla

4 years ago · · Comments Off on Jan 2015 Kayla · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month ·, , , , , , , , ,

Kayla at Starved Rock

Kayla

When Laura walked into Anti-Cruelty in 2011, she had her mind set on adopting a smaller dog.  Well, all that changed when she saw a quiet dog staring at her with those ‘sad eyes’ that you just can’t resist.  Kayla was 3 ½ at that time and had been relinquished due to a family member’s allergies and then returned by another family after she ate a couch.  4 years later Laura and Kayla are attached at the hip and she has yet to eat anything she shouldn’t. Kayla is the perfect mix of hiking companion and couch snuggler!

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