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March 2019- Weezy

4 months ago · · Comments Off on March 2019- Weezy · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , ,

Weezy

Weezy is an almost 12 year old Pomeranian who originally reigns from Florida, but has lived in Chicago for 6 years.  He’s had pretty severe luxating patellas for at least 5-6 years, so he grew accustomed to walking quite straight legged all the time. His mom Lindsay did extensive research, which she tends to do when it comes to anything Weezy related, into rehabilitation clinics and IPC just stuck out to her. “I love the variety of programs I saw offered, and they had great reviews!”

He met with Dr. Michelle Mason and rehabilitation therapist Renee who created a specific treatment plan to address his issues related to  his luxating patellas.  His program included therapeutic exercise, massage, laser, and underwater treadmill.

“Before we came to IPC, Weezy had been walking much slower on his walks, and started slipping often on the kitchen tile.   We just completed his second 8 week program and Weezy is moving faster on his walks, slipping on the tile about 80% less, and actually sitting without kicking his legs out to the side. He has also improved on all of his at home exercises and starting to slowly shift more weight to his hind legs. We know this will be a long, slow, ongoing process but to see just slight improvement makes us ecstatic!” -Lindsay

Erin, Renee and Lindsey have all be so wonderful and Weezy wouldn’t be where he is today without them!

“Weezy has lived in 3 states, been on over 50 flights, and loves traveling with his mom and dad. In his spare time, you’ll likely find him napping, begging for belly rubs or asking us to throw his razzy ball. His favorite treats are freshly made popcorn, zucchini, and strawberries – but he recently was introduced to peanut butter which he can’t get enough of while doing his at home IPC exercises!”

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Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.   Weezy has asked us to tell you about 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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February 2019- Hannah

5 months ago · · Comments Off on February 2019- Hannah · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

Hannah

“Hannah was adopted out of the Plainfield Humane Society in the summer of 2008.  At the time I had recently put one of my dogs down due to illness and since I have always felt that two dogs together are much happier when I am away at work wanted another pet. One day I walked in to the clinic that houses the humane society and noticed a small dog sitting in the waiting room unsupervised.  Hannah sat there confidently and calmly observing the foot traffic come and go. I was very impressed and Ruby and I adopted her the next day.

She had always been very intelligent and confident until her hearing and eye sight started to fail her. She would walk into the big dog park and wade right into the pack of much larger dogs and never have a problem. Hannah knew where the treats were stored at home and the counter, cabinet or pantry were no problem for her to access if the humans weren’t around to say ‘No’.  She was the ultimate predator in the yard or on leash at the forest preserve. The Rat Terrier I knew was always ready to chase down and dispatch any animal that dared enter her yard. Even when the mulberries were in season and the raccoons spent their time in the trees gorging, Hannah would not tolerate such an indignity and climbed trees to get at them.  I pulled her out of the trees many times but unfortunately, she fell and injured her back which in her senior years caused problems.” Jim, Hannah’s dad

Their primary care veterinarian suggested Integrative Pet Care Homer Glen When Hannah started to develop weakness in her back legs.  Hannah was evaluated by Dr. Amber Ihrke and physical therapist Val who devised a therapy plan to address Hannah’s specific issues.  “Hannah received manual therapy and participated in a therapeutic exercise program.  Even though Hannah is an older patient, she made excellent progress during rehab.  She demonstrated an improvement in her balance since her evaluation when she would turn and fall over.  Now, 30 days after she finished rehab, Hannah can turn circles and maintains her balance without falling over.” Val

“Dr. Amber along with Val, Katie and Tiffany helped by teaching us how to help Hannah. Val especially helped by instructing Ruby and I in massage and creating small challenges for Hannah to keep her as active as possible for as long as possible. Hannah still enjoys her walks and her visits to the dog parks, and although she doesn’t have the stamina she once had she’s a little trooper. We feel the care she has received has improved her quality of life and we are grateful for everything that they’ve done.  A big thank you to everyone at Integrative Pet Care Homer Glen!”- Jim

Our senior patients are special at Integrative Pet Care of Homer Glen and Hannah is a perfect example.  She came to us because she was having some rear limb weakness and loss of balance and her owner wanted to see if we could help her.  We started her on a treatment plan to include hydrotherapy, manual therapy, and acupuncture.  Within 8 weeks her dragging of the rear feet and her loss of balance was improved.  We sent the client home with an age-appropriate home exercise program and Hannah continues to do well with her mobility.  Senior pets can have tremendous benefits with rehabilitation and some TLC. -Dr. Ihrke

Make a difference!

Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Hannah has asked us to tell you about The Caspian Foundation.

Our Mission Statement:
Providing families with a special needs pet that may need equipment, such as a cart, orthotic or prosthetic device in order to live an independent and full life. Our mission is only possible through generous donations from our supporters. 

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September 2017- Kody

2 years 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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