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January 2017 Ares

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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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January 2017 Crockett

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Crockett

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On therapy days, Crockett can usually be found leading his owner Michael down the halls in search of anyone who will give him a treat.

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We met Crockett in 2008 when he came at the recommendation of agility instructor Stacey Hawk, who knew the importance of conditioning for the canine athlete.  Crockett started off coming once weekly for either underwater treadmill or resistance pool sessions.  He also had consistent chiropractic treatments to keep him aligned during his various activities.

Pain management therapies like laser and acupuncture were added as Crockett started to age.  He was maintaining very well until he suffered a series of vestibular episodes in 2015.  Vestibular disease often causes dogs to have a head tilt and easily lose their balance.  While it was hard to see this former athlete have trouble walking, Michael never gave up and more intensive rehab program was designed.  Crockett started coming more regularly for therapeutic exercise, laser and acupuncture/chiropractic sessions.

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December 2016 Riot

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Riot’s owner Mike got Riot when she was 8 weeks old and she has been by his side ever since.  She entered the show dog circuit, where she loved the attention, travel and competition.  Riot had a very successful show career and eventually became one of the first AKC female mastiff grand champions!  Riot is now happily retired from showing, but still enjoys getting attention from everyone she meets!

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December 2016 Pugsley

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Pugsley

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Pugsley is a super handsome senior fellow who has a zest for life.  Based on his smiling face you would never guess he had a rough start to life.  He was unfortunately hit by a car prior to being surrendered to the Northern Illinois Pug Rescue & Adoption (NIPRA) in August of 2013. When he was placed in his forever home, his new family noticed his many problems and tended to them right away. Pugsley wobbled a lot, could not walk for more than a few feet without collapsing in the rear, could not potty without falling, and did not enjoy taking morning walks.  Fortunately his neurologist, Dr. Belinda Comito at Veterinary Specialty Center recommended starting rehabilitation, and the rest is history!

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November 2016 Chiko

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“Chiko is 11 years old. He did agility training before his injuries. He loves to do odd jobs, like bring me my shoes and slippers when I ask for them. He likes to get his bowl when it is time for dinner. Most people say he is a very happy dog, I agree. He is super sweet and loves having his ears and butt scratched. He eats just about everything. One of his favorite treats is carrots. He likes cucumbers and broccoli stems. He loves bread and can smell it from a distance.

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November 2016 Hennessey

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“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.  Withhennessey-6 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!”

-Arleen, Four Paws Animal Foundation

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October 2016 Monty

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When Paul received Monty as a surprise gift 13 years ago, it quickly turned his life upside down.  Monty was a lucky pup who was able to go to work with his dad every day until he out grew his office.   It was there that Monty learned he could easily turn on the charm to get whatever he wanted (something he still excels at today)!  At age 10 Monty developed arthritis in his elbows following surgery, so Paul decided to pursue rehab to alleviate pain and increase mobility in his silly lab.   We met them in 2013, and in the words of Dr. Zenoni, “Monty was a crazy, happy, bull in a china shop kind of dog”!  Monty did great with his therapy, so they decided to take a break.

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“I truly believe that it helped him recover faster and stronger than I possibly could have done for him on my own” -Paul, Monty’s dad

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September 2016 Bayou

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“Bayou will be 8 years old in September. He is a Puggle = pug + beagle. Bayou has three reasons to wake up every
morning:

to eat
keep an eye on what happens in front of our house
and to nap.

Everyone is a potential threat to us whether they be a little girl with glittery fairy wings or a kid with a clip board trying to sell windows, Bayou makes sure to let all know that he is on the job.

The eating and napping part of his day make it difficult for him to keep a svelte figure. We are constantly battling his appetite, much like his owner! We came to IPC (and Colonial Manor Animal Hospital) because Bayou hurt his back.

I was excited to see that IPC was in the very town I live in, because I was reading people were driving some pretty decent distances to use this facility.

I took Bayou into the vet to have his pain assessed. At his first visit Bayou yelped in agony as I carried him into the office. He definitely let his presence be known! The vet tweaked the pain medications and started Adequan injections. Unfortunately, Bayou’s pain was so severe I couldn’t get him to eat, so I could not get him to take any pills. This dog turned down bacon wrapped in cheese! No pain pills meant we had another horrible night. By horrible I mean neither of us slept, he panted heavily all night long, and at one point sat up and pooped out blood. The pain meds just ravaged his intestinal tract. I took him back to CM, in the back of my mind thinking I might have to put my boy down.Bayou - Recovery

If it was possible, he was worse at our second visit to CM than our first the day before. This time the vet suggested I leave him with them for a few hours so they could put him on something intravenously. He ended up spending Friday through Monday in the animal hospital. I spoke with the vets several times each day and they were very encouraged by the progress Bayou was making. It just so happened that Bayou’s IPC appointment was Monday morning. Because the two businesses are in the same building, the vet from IPC was able to see Bayou without having to move him.

By Monday Bayou’s pain was gone but so was almost all muscle mass. He was like a little sack of potatoes. I found out during our first visit with Dr. Amber that a technician called her after our first visit to Colonial Manor to tell her about Bayou. Dr. Amber was on vacation, I believe in Virginia, when she received the call! Monday was Dr. Amber’s first day back in the office and she knew all about Bayou.

At that first visit Bayou was assessed by Dr. Amber and Valerie and they came up with a four week plan for his initial rehabilitation. He mostly received muscle massage and acupuncture. Dr. Amber also prescribed a strong pain medication for Bayou to take at home – his pain was managed and he was finally comfortable. He received physical therapy twice weekly and was in Colonial Manor for Adequan injections twice weekly over a four week period.

EVERYONE knew who Bayou was! It was four weeks before Bayou was able to walk into the IPC office on his own. Bayou is a perfect example of how medicine and physical therapy work together to make miracles. People who saw him at his worse and see him now call him the miracle puppy. We all wish we had video of  him at his first visit to show the comparison to where he is now. Bayou has lost a few pounds, is pain free, and I have to say is filled with more spit and vinegar than before all of this happened. After another four weeks of muscle strengthening Bayou has completed his physical therapy. I’m just so happy to have my boy back.”Bayou - Squirrel Up a Tree

-Bayou’s mom, Debbie

 

“Bayou came to us with such severe pain suspected from intervertebral disc disease that he could hardly move. We immediately started him on a course of treatment that included acupuncture, manual therapy and therapeutic exercises along with medication to address his pain. With each visit, Bayou was moving and feeling better. By the end of his 8-week treatment plan, Bayou was no longer taking any medication for pain, had lost 2 ½ pounds and was running, jumping and back to his old self. He is a great example of a successful integrative approach to pain relief and intervertebral disc disease.”

– Amber Ihrke DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT

“I remember first meeting Bayou and he was not moving because he was in so much pain. His owner had to carry him to and from therapy. Initially, I used manual techniques to release the trigger points and muscle spasms along his back and shoulder muscles. Slowly, I watched Bayou become less painful and start to move around more each session. I will never forget the day I walked in to greet Bayou for his session and he walked up greeting me with his tail wagging. I was shocked and did not recognize Bayou. I could not believe how quickly his pain levels were managed with pain meds, manual techniques and acupuncture. He then continued with his underwater treadmill and
exercise sessions and by the end of his therapy, Bayou was running around without showing any signs of pain.”

-Valerie Williams, PT, DPT, ATRIC, CCRP
“When I first saw Bayou in his initial, he was so miserable. He was in severe pain that his owner could not control. I did not see him again until 4 weeks later when he started exercises and did not even realize it was the same dog! He came running into the gym happy and excited to work. It was an amazing turn around. By the end of his sessions I had a hard time keeping up with him.”

– Katie Dunbar, CVT, CCRA

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If you would like to make a donation to the Caspian Foundation in Bayou’s name, here is more information.

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September 2016 Truffle

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When Truffle runs through our door, it’s always accompanied by her silly howl/bark and a waiting room full of smiling faces.  For the past 2 years, Truffle has not only made us laugh at her antics, but has also impressed us with her intense work out routines.

Almost 4 years ago Truffle had emergency back surgery after severely rupturing a disc.  While she recovered remarkably well and was even she was able to stand and walk around on her own, she was still unsteady on stairs.  Truffle was previously a very active dog who participated in agility, so it was important that they get her back into shape.  Her mom Amy wanted to do everything possible for Truffle, so she explored rehabilitation therapy.  After going to another facility for several months and seeing little progress, Amy decided to try IPC at a friend’s suggestion.  It was a match made in heaven once she met Tiffany and Dr. Zenoni!

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Truffle was originally prescribed an 8 week program that included weekly underwater treadmill & therapeutic exercise sessions and monthly chiropractic treatments.   Truffle excelled at her therapies and was soon stable enough to go on a maintenance program.  Truffle now comes every couple weeks to hit the gym with Tiffany to work on her core strength and endurance.  She sees Dr. Zenoni every 2 months for a chiropractic adjustment to keep her moving well!  Whenever Amy asks her if she wants to go “workout”, Truffle runs right over and heads to the car; she even knows the route to IPC so well that she barks and cries for the last 2 miles until they walk in the door!

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“Truffle is very advanced in the gym, so I have to come up with new exercises to challenge her mentally and physically.  I love seeing Truffle on my schedule- she and her mom are such a pleasure to work with!” -Tiffany, Truffle’s main therapist.

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Amy describes a typical day in the life of Truffle:

“She wakes up when her Dad is done getting ready at about 5:30 AM. She does her business in the park across the street and then eats a her raw beef breakfast. She then comes back to bed to sleep more with me until about 7:30 AM. She wakes me up to take her downstairs for a snack and then watches the activity in the park until I’m ready to go to work. She then goes outside again and I head off to work. Her Dad gets home around 3:30 PM and she goes outside. I usually get home around 5:30 and she greats me with lots of barking and tries to get me upstairs to give her one of her preferred treats. She gets raw beef dinner at 6:00 PM every day with her extra supplements to help her joints and to fight off cancer. After she gets a salmon skin or cod skin dessert. She helps us cook dinner by hoping there’ll be some tomatoes or kale stems added to her bowl, or she harvests cherry tomatoes right off the plant on the balcony if any are ripe. After dinner she gets a mile or two walk if it’s not too hot or cold, or she plays tug of war and races around for about half an hour. Then she watches us do laundry or other chores for a while. If I haven’t gone to the couch as early as she’d like, she grunts at me and looks downstairs. Then we plop on the couch with her in between my legs for the rest of the night and watch some TV. This is the case for most weekdays, except for Wednesdays when I get to work from home with Truffle as my assistant. She especially likes to participate in conference calls.”

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“IPC has helped Truffle get back to her healthy and crazy self; we don’t have to worry about her hurting herself around the house or playing at the park!” -Amy, Truffle’s mom

 

 

 

 

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

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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August 2016 Wednesday & Lola

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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!

 

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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.

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“I love seeing Wednesday & Lola in the clinic.  Their can-do spirit is inspiring.”  -Doris

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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 image3many 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

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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.”

 

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