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Nov 2015 Millie

2 years ago · · Comments Off on Nov 2015 Millie · Chicago, Chicago's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month ·, , ,

 

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In June 2014, Millie’s parents noticed that she was acting funny; she was stumbling on walks and had a hard time getting off the bed.   They took her to her primary  care vet who recommended seeing a neurologist for further testing.   After a spinal tap and MRI, it was determined that Millie had contracted Autoimmune Spinal Meningitis which caused her to have an uncoordinated gait. She responded really well to a Prednisone regiment and was about 80% back to normal.   Unfortunately she relapsed a couple of months later and could barely walk across the street on her own.  She appeared to completely lose function in her right side.  Millie’s neurologist put her on Cytosar (a chemotherapy drug) which she received every month and also upped her Prednisone dosage.

 

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At the urging of her grandma, Millie’s parents brought her to IPC in October 2014 where she met with Dr. Zenoni.  Millie started coming once weekly for  exercise, massage, underwater treadmill and acupuncture sessions.  Since she had so many therapies in a day, her parents opted to board her with us and she quickly became a staff favorite!  Millie is an independent lady who prefers to do things her own way.   Even though she may walk a little goofy, she knows exactly where she’s going and has a plan on how to get there.

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Millie’s gentle disposition and determination has made her a joy to work with.  She is up for anything and actually had to be kept back in the beginning from attempting too advanced exercises!  She melts for her massage and absolutely loves doing cavalettis (she’d do them all day if we let her)!  Even though we’re happy that she’s doing so well that she only has to come in once a month, we’re also a little sad we don’t get to see her as often.

 

“Had we not found IPC, we aren’t sure where Millie would be and hate to think what the outcome might have been.  IPC has taught us so much about therapy and showed us how we could better assist Millie”    

Kelly, Millie’s mom

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So far, Millie has been able to maintain her health and can now go down the basement stairs all on her own!  She gets Prednisone every other day, receives Cytosar every 5-6 weeks and comes for acupuncture monthly.  She absolutely LOVES going on walks and playing with their kitten and other dogs.  Her parents report that they continue to see small progress every few months.

 

“Her demeanor and perseverance through all of this has been unbelievable; she is so happy and so loving. We are truly blessed to have her as ours.  She’s definitely taught us a lot about life, resilience and determination. ”  

-Kelly

Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”.  Millie has asked us to tell you about Bialy’s Wellness Foundation.

downloadProviding 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.

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Nov 2015 Peanut

2 years ago · · Comments Off on Nov 2015 Peanut · Homer Glen, Homer Glen's Patient of the Month, Patient of the Month, Rehabilitation ·, , , , , , ,

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We adopted Peanut in February 2002, she was the last of a litter of Shar-Pei puppies that were found in a box placed in the back of a pickup truck. While in her Foster Mom’s home she was given the nick name “Smart Puppy” because she learned things very quickly. She has always been the dominant one in the canine pack. We were not the first family to try to adopt Peanut, but for whatever reason, the other families did not work out. The day Peanut came to visit us, the lady conducting the home visit from, “Rescue A SharPei” came inside first without Peanut, did her home check and a brief interview with us. She then proceeded to tell us Peanut was leery of new people and we would need to give her space and time to take in her new surroundings and get used to us. She had been in a couple of homes the past few weeks and it was stressful on her. With that in mind my husband and I sat on the floor of the hallway and waited until Linda went back outside and brought Peanut in. Peanut’s first reaction to our home was to walk right over to Chad and climb in his lap, she choose him. Needless to say that wasn’t the first time in her life that she shocked us.

– Amy Hanrahan

Peanut had a very active and successful Agility career until she ruptured her right cranial cruciate ligament at thePeanut competing #1 10-23-15 early age of 5. The nail in the coffin was when she ruptured her left cranial cruciate ligament a year later. Luckily, she was able to transition to Rally Obedience and is the first Shar-Pei in America to earn a Rally Title.

Since Peanut’s first knee surgery, she had been swimming every other week to help keep her active. This seemed to do the trick until she hit about 12 1/2 years old. She was no longer her feisty self and was starting to become a grumpy old lady. She was even going after her siblings when they would try to play with her. When she had to start taking pain Peanut and his dog familymedication twice a day, her owners knew they had to do more.

During Peanut’s initial consultation, her mom told us that she is the hands-off type, especially with new people.  After her consultation, Dr. Amber came up with a program which including weekly laser, underwater treadmill, and therapeutic exercise. Unfortunately, at the time Peanut was not a candidate for Acupuncture, as it would require too many hands on her. Despite not liking new people, Peanut caught on to her job quick. She loved being able to work in the underwater treadmill and get treats for doing all of her exercises. Before long we were all good friends!

”For a dog that has had two Cranial Cruciate repairs on both her knees, Peanut is moving beautifully. It has been great to see her grow to trust us…..as long as we keep the treats coming.”

– Dr. Amber Ihrke

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Oct 2015 Edgar

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

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Edgar was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy (DM) almost a year ago, which is unfortunately common among the corgi breed.  DM is a progressive disease of the spinal cord which begins with the loss of coordination in the hind limbs.  While there is no known cure, a lot can be done to strengthen the front end and keep the dog more comfortable as the disease progresses.

Edgar joined the IPC family earlier this Summer when his mom was exploring ways to help keep him strong.   He met with Dr. Zenoni and Emma to create a specific treatment plan which included twice weekly underwater treadmill and laser sessions.  His parents were also taught some exercises to do at home and some adjustments were made to his cart to keep him cruising comfortably (and in style)!

Although DM often feels like a terrible curse, it has bonded he and I together in a way that probably wouldn’t have happened otherwise

-Laura, Edgar’s mom

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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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Aug 2015 Sahara

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

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If you’ve ever been to IPC Chicago on a Thursday, chances are you’ve met our August Patient of the Month Sahara. She’s that little dog sitting behind the front desk wagging her tail and looking adorable! Or perhaps you’ve heard her ridiculous bark that sounds like a duck quacking. Sahara is a force of nature who always makes sure her presence is known; or as her mom puts it, “a diva!”

Belinda admits that in May 2011 she had no business adopting another dog when she first saw Sahara’s picture in an email from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, doing a courtesy posting for local rescue. Her other dog was 14 years old and having major physical issues, but the cheesy subject line “Can you be an oasis for Sahara?” really sucked her in.

After contacting the rescue, Belinda learned that Sahara’s foster was actually her third known home. She was originally rescued from a high kill shelter and adopted out, but returned several times (most likely due to her barking). Once Sahara met her other dog and they got along, she came home with Belinda. The constant barking doesn’t bother Belinda one bit, although her cats may feel differently.

“Belinda is a super dog mom who goes above and beyond for Sahara  She adopted a dog who was returned multiple times for behavioral issues and turned her life around.  To say that Sahara is one lucky dog is an understatement.” 

-Dr. Megan Ridley

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July 2015 Prada

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

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What more can we say about Prada besides, “SHE’S AWESOME”?!  Prada is an almost 16 year old Lhasa Apso mix, but you’d never guess her age by looking at her. She still rocks it in the underwater treadmill by going for 20 minutes at a speed between .5-.7 miles an hour! Prada has been a patient of IPC since the fall of 2009. Whether it was keeping her conditioned for competitions, rehabbing her knee surgery or helping her bounce back from an 11 day stay in the ER, we’ve been cheering Prada on every step of the way!

Since the age of 2, Prada has been a therapy dog with Canine Therapy Corp and is currently the oldest active member!  She regularly works at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and does outreach like Camp I Am Me, which benefits young burn victims. Besides her busy volunteer life, Prada competed in AKC & UKC obedience until she was 11! Prada has more on her plate than many adults!

“Every time she’s running around the house like a puppy or sprinting down the sidewalk after a 2-3 mile walk, we say ‘thank you IPC’ and smile.”  

-Michelle, Prada’s mom

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May 2015 Tsubo

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

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Tsubo was adopted from Baja Animal Rescue – a rare no-kill shelter in Northern Mexico that rescues street dogs, rehabilitates them and finds them happy homes.

“We knew he was going to be part of our family the moment we met him – his calm demeanor and the way he tucked his head into our laps when we said hello won us over. The rescue warned us that he had some issues with one of his hind legs – a consequence of abuse or being hit by a car – both sadly common with dogs in Mexico. His slight limp and awkward stance didn’t seem to slow him down one bit, and we decided that we would deal with it as needed in the future – this was our dog, nothing was changing that.”

-Nina, one of Tsubo’s moms

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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’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 ·, , , , , , ,

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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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Jan 2015 Kayla

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

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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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