Rocky and his owner met each other that some would definitely call unconventional. It all started when Rocky’s owner was a volunteer at PAWS and she was asked to take a puppy to get x-rays for a broken leg. Let’s just say, it was love at first site and the rest was history.
Rocky had a ruptured MCL on his left hind leg, which caused a lot of tissue and ligament damage. Unfortunately, the damage was not fixable and he had to have his leg amputated in 2014. On the bright side, Rocky’s now owner was there to help him through the surgery and recovery process. After only a few weeks of knowing him, she knew Rocky would become a part of her family.
With many amputation cases, it is common for dogs to become weak in the intact limb from putting a significant amount of weight on it that would normally be split between the two limbs. Luckily for Rocky, his owner met a current IPC patient at the time that recommended Integrative Pet Care to her to help build some muscle in his core and right limb, as well as, relieve any discomfort he might have.
With Dr. Ridley I knew I was in good hands. She explained a lot about what would be ideal to aid in his recovery and what typical concerns they had with tripods. I understood a lot more about actions I could take to be proactive in his recovery and prevent any further injury which was really important to me. We’ve been exercising for almost 6 years and Rocky can’t get enough of his PT Rika.
Mia, Rocky’s Owner
Rocky started a program at IPC to help with some of these muscular issues and continued therapy until 2019 when they moved out of Chicago. It wasn’t until June of 2020 when they came back to IPC after moving back to the city.
Finally! Rocky’s IPC family has known him for a looooooong time. He and his mom moved away to Oregon for a time there, but given the current state of world affairs they are back in Chicago and we are selfishly very happy to have Rocky back at his old stomping ground. Rocky is a goofball with a heart of gold and we love working with him and his mom.
Dr. Ridley, Rocky’s Veterinarian at IPC
This time around, Rocky came to IPC with concerns of an injury to his right hind limb. Since he was already a tripod, it was extremely important to heal any other potential injuries as soon as possible. Rocky started a new program in June, 2020 and has been coming in for his therapies every week since then.
Rocky is a Rockstar in the gym! He re-started coming in for his therapy sessions around last spring, and he has changed so much in just one year. His right back leg is so much stronger, he’s got amazing core muscle strength AND he’s lost some weight, looking handsome as ever. I LOVE seeing him twice weekly for his sessions. He is always so ready for his workouts, and then super chill for his massage/laser, and I am blessed to have such an enthusiastic, adorable, and amazing patient. Way to go Rocky 🙂
Rika, Rocky’s Therapist
Because of our work at IPC, most people don’t even recognize he’s a tripod because he stands so straight and tall and runs like a maniac. Rocky is a mix, but he must be part hound because he loves to hunt and point. He’s a very active, and extremely curious dog so even in the winter he loves a long walk or playing with the neighborhood pack.
Mia, Rocky’s Owner
At this point, Rocky’s program consists of Therapeutic Exercises, Manual/Massage Therapy, and Laser Therapy. Since starting his therapies, he has become so much stronger and more confident as a tripod. He is so excited to come in every week and his owner is seeing so much progress with him. The team at IPC love Rocky’s enthusiasm every time he comes in and love seeing his progression throughout the years!
Rocky is what I would like to call a “Major Overachiever”. Even with only three legs, he makes his exercises look effortless and he always has a good time doing them. He needs to say hello to everyone he meets and just makes everyone’s day when he comes in. We love Rocky!
Katie, TA at IPC
Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Rocky’s owner asked us to feature Sit, Stay, Read: A literacy program that helps CPS students read by gaining confidence through reading aloud to dogs.
“I love when kids ask about Rocky because they get to learn about his differences and learn he’s just as awesome as any other dog!” – Mia, Rocky’s Owner
This organization has made such a positive impact on Rocky and his owner’s lives. Please learn more about them in the link below:
Cosmo’s family adopted him to be a playmate for their son Jack, 6 years old at the time. Getting Cosmo was good for Jack- Cosmo would go into the trampoline with him. Jack would jump near Cosmo and make him plop up and down—giggling the entire time. Other times, Cosmo would grab a toy and chase Jack around the trampoline. Cosmo also loved to play in the yard with branches and would share with his older canine sister, Hailey as well.
…Cosmo and Hailey always had a new stick they were chewing on. I even got a picture of them sharing a stick. Cosmo also liked to play tug-o-war with tree branches that hung over our back fence—it was pretty entertaining to watch. Hailey had a harder and harder time walking and after being with Cosmo for three and a half years, we put her to sleep. Cosmo took it very hard and laid in all of Hailey’s “spots” looking sad and waiting for her to return. Watching him grieve only added to our family’s sadness. So, two months after Hailey died, we decided to get another dog. We got Cosmo’s new puppy friend, Cookie (Jack named her) from a rescue group based in Tennessee.Cookie and Cosmo are now partners in crime and let each other know when the UPS man is in the neighborhood. It was during one of their backyard adventures—barking at dogs and people walking past our house—that Cosmo tore his ACL. We took him in to be evaluated and found out that Cosmo was 135lbs. The doctor said he would not do the surgery until Cosmo got down to 90lbs., so the doctor recommended hydro-treadmill therapy . . . . we started going 1-2 times a week to another facility and meanwhile, Cosmo tore his other ACL . . . . After traveling 29 miles each way for a few months, we finally looked for another place for Cosmo to get help and we were referred to Integrative Pet Care . . .
Cosmo came to IPC-Homer Glen with bilateral CCL disease and obesity. Dr. Ihrke evaluated Cosmo and prescribed Hydrotherapy, Massage, Therapeutic Exercise, and Laser.
Cosmo is the happiest golden retriever you would ever want to meet. He came to IPC after a cruciate repair surgery on his right rear leg. He needed to improve his weight-bearing, mobility, and lose some weight. Cosmo has currently lost 17+ pounds and has minimal lameness on his surgical leg. He always comes to therapy excited, ready to work, and loves walking on the land treadmill. Cosmo is a great example of how weight optimization is an important component of any surgical recovery. Way to go Cosmo!
Dr. Amber Ihrke, IPC Veterinarian
Cosmo loves coming to IPC and gets excited when we put his harness on because he KNOWS where he is going. He enjoys the ride to IPC and likes to socialize when he gets there. He likes other dogs, but he REALLY LIKES PEOPLE the best. He wants to be a snuggle buddy to everyone and doesn’t understand “personal space” whatsoever. He thinks everyone loves a huge dog covering them in dog hair.
Since coming to IPC Cosmo is now down to 105 lbs. He is also peppier – he wants to go for walks and usually wants to go farther than I planned on walking. Considering he has two torn ACLs, he really gets around well now and looks good walking.
Cosmo is absolutely one of the best dogs! Its been amazing to see his transformation as he has lost weight and became more comfortable with both of his stifles. He is always so happy when he’s here and wants nothing but cuddles the whole time. After hitting a weight plateau just walking in the water and laser/exercises, we tried him on our land treadmill. Cosmo is a rockstar on it! Not only has he been able to go faster for longer periods of time than in the water, but it has jump started his weight loss again. He is almost less than 100 pounds now, which is huge since he started with us at 120 pounds. We love hearing how energetic he has become at home with the progress he has made here with us. I love all of my patients, but there is a very special place in my heart for Cosmo. It’s appropriate that our biggest love bug is the Patient of the Month for February!
Michelle, IPC Therapist
I love Cosmo! He is a joy to work with for his exercises and weight loss! His owner has been doing a great job getting him to lose weight, and it has been amazing to see his transformation. It is always an exciting appointment with Cosmo because he is always so happy to be here and see us. I love being able to help him become more energetic by helping him lose more weight and become more comfortable with both of his stifles. I always look forward to his sessions!
-Katie, IPC Therapist
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an organization to share that is close to their heart. This month Cosmo’s family has selected Mercer Animal Rescue, where Cosmo’s best bud, Cookie, was adopted.
Mercer Animal Rescue purpose is to rescue, socialize, rehabilitate, and find forever homes for abused, neglected, abandoned and unwanted dogs, cats and horses.
Tazzy’s story is what we like to call a classic foster-fail situation. It all started in 2016 when Tazzy’s owner had a link sent to her by her sister with a cute little cattle dog that needed a foster home. Long story short, let’s just say that after only a few weeks Tazzy made herself a permanent resident in her new home.
“It’ll only be two weeks.” Tazzy came tumbling into my world in the summer of 2016. My sister Katie, who works tirelessly at feral rescue, happened to see a nervous cattle dog on stray hold at CACC. Inspired by her love for her own cattle/border collie, she sent me a link to Tazzy with a sly and casual “maybe you could foster her for two weeks, and New Leash on Life rescue will pull her and save her. Just two weeks, otherwise she doesn’t have a chance.” I think you know where this is going.
Sarah, Tazzy’s Owner
Tazzy, short for Tasmanian Devil, made herself right at home during her very short time as a foster. Within only two hours, she jumped right on the bed and snuggled down for a nap. Little did Tazzy’s owner know that the next few weeks would be filled with canine flu and kennel cough. However, thanks to her sister’s help, she made a speedy recovery and Tazzy’s true personality really started to shine. What started out as a shy and quiet little cattle dog, became a true playful and rowdy Tasmanian Devil.
This new-found sassy personality that Tazzy found is so much fun and rowdy! She does struggle with a few behavioral issues, however. She would be pretty intense on leash with other dogs and reactive in some uncomfortable situations. With many months of training and the support from Tricia Lindquist at New Leash on Life (NLOL) and Rick Medina at Bark Avenue, Tazzy’s owner was able to help Tazzy work through a lot of her behavioral issues.
Tazzy began her story at Integrative Pet Care when her owner noticed a limp in her front legs, and struggled to keep her head up on walks. After her consultation at IPC, she was diagnosed with lumbar and cervical pain. Her first rehabilitation appointment was on August 6th, 2019.
Normally, she’d walk for 2 hours if I let her, but suddenly, she struggled to make it two blocks. It’s possible she’s always had pain, but like most stubborn cattle dogs, she’s stoic and hides it until it’s dire.
Sarah, Tazzy’s Owner
For most active dogs like Tazzy, this was not very uncommon for the crew at IPC to see. She now comes in once a week for a variety of treatments which include: therapeutic exercise, massage/manual therapy, laser therapy, and acupuncture. The IPC family loves her sassy and sweet attitude, as well as her dire love for cheese and Zukes Mini Naturals treats.
I love starting my mornings with Tazzy. We get to snuggle and side eye the world together! One of the highlights of our time together is definitely watching her roll around on the floor after acupuncture! And cheese…she LOVES cheese
Brooklyn, Therapist Assistant at IPC
The transformation has been magical: at one point, I was worried she’d never enjoy walks again and here she is, getting stronger by the day.
Sarah, Tazzy’s Owner
Tazzy has come so far from when I first started working with her. She was nervous about the laser/massage and not really sure about the exercises either. Now, she LOVES her massage and laser. It’s so cute how she will sleep through that part, but then jump up and is ready for her workouts as soon as ask, ” Are you read?”. She is such a joy to work with, and I am so happy to see that she is super happy with her sessions now. Way to go Tazzy!
Rika, Tazzy’s Rehabilitation Therapist
After almost a year and half of therapy at IPC, Tazzy has made dramatic progress. Her owner reports she now loves going on walks and constantly cattle cries for more walks and is back to her playful, rowdy self.
I had the good fortune of taking over Tazzy’s case and she has quickly become one of my very favorite patients. She slowly grew to tolerate acupuncture, but as a working breed, she just loves her therapeutic exercises! Acupuncture works exceptionally well for her spinal issues and we love that she celebrates how good she feels afterward by rolling around on the floor. We just adore her sassy, stubborn nature, appreciate her love for cheese, and are honored to have won her over!
Dr. Martin, Tazzy’s Veterinarian at IPC
Tazzy is tireless and notorious for rolling on anything: dirt, rocks, snow, grass, pavement. The words CAR, PARK and HUNGRY rile her up, and she’s never met a toy, food or tummy rub she didn’t like….
….She loves slumber parties with her Auntie Katie and car rides to Michigan where she sniffs endlessly. Her brown eyes can and will bore holes through you (many have said she “looks right through your soul”), and she’s definitely humbled me. Watching her take joy in something as simple as sneaking on my bed to snuggle in the pillows or rolling in the grass and sunning at the park is enough to make me happy.
Sarah, Tazzy’s Owner.
Tazzy brings so much joy to everyone’s day at IPC and love working with her. Our favorite things about her is that big old smile and endless party tricks whether that is rolling around after acupuncture or showing off during exercises. Tazzy and her owner are truly a joy to have as a patient and client and the entire IPC team loves them.
Each month we ask our POTM to select organizations for us to feature. This month, Tazzy’s owner asked us to feature a few organizations that have impacted Tazzy’s life: Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC), where they worked tirelessly to give dog’s like Tazzy a chance at a happy life, New Leash on Life (NLOL) where Tazzy’s owner shortly realized who actually adopted who, and finally, The Anti-Cruelty Society, for their dedication to not only provide animals training and learning opportunities but their humans as well. These three organizations have helped Tazzy and her owner in so many ways to make sure she is comfortable and taken care of when needed. Please learn more about them in the links below:
The Mooney family knew exactly what they were getting themselves into when they rescued Violet. She was a racing greyhound and Florida native in her early life. Luckily for the Mooney family, Violet was terrible at racing and retired early, which is how she ended up at REGAP (Retired Greyhounds as Pets) of Illinois.
Their first encounter with violet was not as common as most first-time meet and greets with dogs, but it didn’t deter them from falling in love with her.
Our first meeting with Violet was uneventful and she didn’t even seem to like us that much. This aloofness was relatable and she became our dog. Her independence and aloofness wasn’t shyness, as we later realized that she is a sassy apple, a HBIC, and a very independent woman who wants to do things her way.
Patrick, Violet’s Owner
For those of you that are unaware, greyhounds are notorious for small injuries. Luckily for Violet’s family, they knew from day one that this could be possible. Violet, of course is a tough lady and has only needed stitches one time, but has broken almost all of her nails and dislocated a few toes as well. Violet did not end up at IPC until she got older and her owners noticed her slowing down and scuffing her hind feet a lot as she walked. Soon after that Violet had a difficult time getting comfortable and began yelping. Her owner’s didn’t know what was causing it and got concerned.
They reached out to their pals at One Tail at a Time Rescue to see if they had any recommendations for Violet. They suggested IPC and later got confirmation from their vet that IPC was the place to go.
Violet is just the sweetest. She is so great and easy to work with. I have such a fun time working with her and she brightens my day every time I see her. How can you not love that face!
Rika, Violet’s Therapist
Violet’s first appointment at IPC was on August 3rd, 2019 and has been coming to her regular appointments since then. She was diagnosed with lumbarsacral disease, spondylosis, IVDD, and osteoarthritis. It seems like a lot, but she is still the happy, excited dog that she is. The team at IPC decided that she does a combination of therapies including: Underwater treadmill, exercise, laser, and massage. Although she loves all the therapies she gets, she seems to get the most excited when she gets into the gym.
Violet is a hoot! She’s fun and always a good time. She gets so excited just to come into the building. Sometimes even gets a little too excited that we have to calm her down so she doesn’t hurt herself. Haha.
Emma, Violet’s Therapist
“Violet did not read the book on being a greyhound. She is not remotely nervous and she knows how to sit! She is seriously the biggest social butterfly and she loves to lean on anyone who is nearby. She loves rehabilitation; she is so focused and attentive to what her therapists are asking her to do. We like to playfully joke that she always makes sure to be just slightly worse for my recheck exams so that she can keep coming to IPC forever. She is the best girl, incredibly smart, and we love her long snoot!”
Dr. Martin, Violet’s Vet at IPC
Violet has been an IPC regular since her first day and has been loving coming here ever since. Her owners are grateful to the IPC team and we love Violet’s fun and spunky spirit every time she walks through the doors. The team here is so proud of all her hard work and looks forward to working with her every time she comes in.
Sam and I would like to thank everyone at IPC, especially Rika, Emma & Dr. Martin, for taking such good care of her and keeping her back issues from getting worse! She’s going to be able to do her quick 45 second sprints forever now!
Patrick, Violet’s Owner
Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Violet’s owner asked us to feature two organizations that have impacted Violet’s life: REGAP of Illinois and One Tail at a Time Rescue. These two organizations have helped Violet and her owner in so many ways to make sure Violet is comfortable and taken care of when needed. Please learn more about them in the links below:
Lili is a patient of Dr. Amber Ihrke and rehab nurse, Michelle, at IPC HG, referred by Dr. Finan at Finan Animal Hospital for a front limb lameness. Lili’s IPC therapy plan includes laser therapy, massage, therapeutic exercises, acupuncture, and chiropractic care. Lili’s parents knew that IPC was the right choice for Lili, because they had another dog, Buerle, who had been a rehab patient of ours in the past. Lili’s parents report that “Lili’s mobility and demeanor have greatly improved.”
Our daughter Devyn begged us to get a dog. She was 10, played travel softball and we were frequently out of town so we didn’t feel it was a good idea. She kept badgering us. We decided to appease her and told her if she hit a home run, a legitimate out of the park home run (the odds at that time were not in Devyn’s favor, it was virtually impossible) we would get a dog. On Mother’s Day, 2010, Devyn hit a legit out of the park home run … we adopted Lili (age 2) on September 13, 2010 Lili was gregarious, eager to please but needed a lot of work in the manners department. We worked with MidAmerica Service Dogs who offered a training program for dogs outside of their service dog program. Lili did so well she became a candidate for CGC.
Lili is the sweetest Collie. She came to us with a front limb lameness and we started Acupuncture, therapeutic exercises, and massage. Her limping has improved and she really enjoys her massages. We always look forward to our visits with Lili.
Dr. Ihrke, Lili’s IPC Veterinarian
We absolutely love working with Lili! She is one of the sweetest dogs out there and will usually do just about anything for her salmon treats, although she does like to be stubborn sometimes. Through massage, exercises, and occasionally laser therapy (in addition to the acupuncture and chiropractic work Dr. Amber does with her), her right front limb lameness improved, and we have helped keep her agile in her older years. It’s always a good day when Lili comes walking through the door!
Michelle, Lili’s Rehab Therapist
Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Lili‘s mom asked us to feature Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois. Please learn more about them on their website: http://www.collierescue.org/
Liza came into her owner’s life at only 8 weeks old and changed her life. From the moment she was brought home, she has been the sweetest girl with a ton of sass and comedy. Her owner says it was love at first sight and even 4 years later, that feeling has never changed.
Liza came to me and healed my broken heart…
….. It is impossible to pick my favorite things about her – she is just perfect. She is more than a dog, there is something magical behind her eyes. Liza and love at first sight go hand in hand for everyone that meets her.
Jamie, Liza’s Owner
A few fun facts about Liza is that she is sucker for peanut butter and her favorite toy is a pink flying pig that she uses as a pacifier when she is extremely excited and during bed time. How much cuter can she get!
Liza ended up a member of the IPC family when her owner picked her up from daycare one day and noticed she wasn’t walking with as much spunk as she usually did and in pain. Later that night she was having a hard time sleeping and her neck seemed to be stuck in an awkward and bizarre position. She also had a hard time moving her hind legs. Obviously, her owner became very concerned and Liza was taken to the ER that night where the vet suspected something called Intervertebral Disc Disease, or IVDD. This type of disease is also referred to as a ruptured or slipped disc and is actually very common in small and longer-bodied breeds, like French Bulldogs. Liza was put on a low amount of steroids and pain medications to help, but after a set back an MRI was done to reveal she in fact had IVDD.
Liza had her first appointment at IPC on August 6, 2019 and the IPC team has fallen in love her just like her owner did when she first met her. Since then, she has come twice a week to receive a variety of therapies; however, we found out quickly that she was not a fan of the underwater treadmill, so it was taken off of her program. Now, she sticks to more fun therapies, like acupuncture, exercise, massage, and laser.
Liza is always ready for a challenge and loves when I try to come up with new things for her to master. She has gotten so strong I do believe her core is significantly better than mine! She’s a delightful girl and brightens my week each time she’s here.
Tami, Liza’s Therapist
I cannot say enough about the team. Dr. Martin and Tami are incredible – just incredible. They not only have helped my sweet girl get better and help to manage her IVDD, but they make sure to take care of the human as well, 🙂 They are just both so kind.
Jamie, Liza’s Owner
Some of our favorite things about Liza is her incredible ability to be so sweet and so sassy at the same time. She knows her routine and loves it. She is sucker for peanut butter and is known to have the best style in the place with her fun and vibrant harnesses. Her vet, therapists, and owner have seen a dramatic improvement with Liza’s disc issues and plans to continue coming for her bi-weekly appointments. She absolutely loves coming to IPC and we love having her. Every appointment with her is such a blast and we always look forward to seeing her big personality every week.
Liza is such a lovely, social girl and everything she does is 100%. She is so easy for us all to bond with, especially given her ability to devote her entire focus to whomever is in front of her (though it doesn’t hurt if you have a peanut butter cup). She is lucky enough to have a caring, wonderful, sweet, and attentive owner who can pick out any changes and tell us immediately. I am so happy to have met them both and honored to be entrusted with Liza’s care.
Dr. Kelli Martin, Veterinarian at IPC
Liza always puts a smile on the IPC staff’s face!!!! I look forward to all my assists with her because I know I will get plenty of peanut butter kisses and love! She is for sure the peanut butter queen around here…and the queen in general.
Brooklyn, TA at IPC
Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Liza’s owner asked us to feature two organizations that have impacted Liza’s life: Blum Animal Hospital in Lakeview and Pooch Hotel in Lincoln Park. These two organizations have helped Liza and her owner in so many ways to make sure Liza is comfortable and taken care of when needed. Please learn more about them in the links below:
Dexter joined the Aufrecht family as a puppy about 8 years ago after their previous dog, another Golden Retriever named Spencer, passed away. He is a sweet and fun dog that can be a little shy and timid sometimes, but that is what his family loves about him.
We knew we had to fill the void in our heart. We looked at several Golden Retriever’s, but Dexter’s sad eyes drew us in. From the moment we picked him up, we couldn’t put him back down.
Susie, Dexter’s Owner
Some of Dexter’s favorite activities include chasing tennis balls and running around with his human siblings. A fun fact about Dexter that makes him pretty unique is that he is allergic to latex, which is not as commonly seen in dogs as it is seen in humans. Dexter has a little bit of a temper when it comes to certain dogs and people. He suffers from anxiety and can be very protective of his home and family. After hearing this, it came to quite a shock to the team at Integrative Pet Care when he came in and was the most affectionate and cuddly dog.
I had worked with the owner’s previous dog, Spencer, in the past, so I wasn’t too sure what to expect from Dexter. He started off so shy, but after a few sessions he was like a brand new dog. All can say is that he loves to cuddle and can’t wait to get to work. He’ll drag me down the hall because he is so excited to see everyone and get started. He is so fun to work with!
Doris, Dexter’s Therapist
Dexter started his journey at IPC after his owner noticed him limping occasionally when he walked, usually after he has been laying down . His owner did not want to have to limit him with all the physical things he loves to do, so they took him to the vet where they suspected arthritis might be causing the limping. After about a year of on and off again limping, his vet recommended physical therapy to help with his lameness and discomfort. Luckily for Dexter, his owner knew just the place to go: IPC!
“Dexter is the happiest, sweetest, most snuggly boy in the world! He was so shy when he first came to IPC, he would cower in the corner behind the chair with his head almost touching the ground in effort to hide from us. It sure didn’t take him long to come out of his shell and decide that we were his best friends! We quickly discovered that his favorite treat of choice is attention rather than food. He is often sprawled out in someone’s lap or jumping from person to person to get maximum attention. We love Dexter!”
Dr. Martin, Veterinarian at IPC
His owners had been a client at IPC before with their previous dog, Spencer. They were thrilled to be back and said it felt like a home-coming. After his initial consult, he was diagnosed with mild lameness, arthritis, and crepitus, as well as, overall muscle tension and some muscle atrophy mostly present in his shoulders. To help with all these things, he comes to IPC once a week for a combination of therapeutic exercise, massage therapy, laser therapy, hydrotherapy, and acupuncture, and he loves coming every week.
Dexter loves visiting his Integrative friends every week and his therapy has paid off. Dexter’s limping used to be a daily occurrence and now we rarely see it. Dexter is able to enjoy the activities he loves pain-free, thanks to the therapy he receives!
Susie, Dexter’s Owner
Dexter has been coming to IPC since January of 2020 and we have seen a huge improvement in his lameness and muscle tension. His family says they rarely see him limping anymore and plan to continue with his therapy program to ensure his lameness and discomfort stays away. The team at IPC love Dexter’s goofy and cuddly personality and are always thrilled to see him every week!
I love working with Dexter during his appointments. All he wants is to be as close to you as possible and most of the time will actually sit on top of you. I am convinced he thinks he is about the size of a Yorkie and can sit in your lap at all times. Of course we don’t mind though. The more snuggles the merrier!
Katie, Therapy Assistant
Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Dexter’s owner asked us to feature Rex’s Place in Evanston, a doggie daycare where Dexter visits multiple times a week. This organization has been very accommodating with Dexter’s latex allergy and ensuring he didn’t come in contact with any rubber objects while he was there. Please learn more about them at the link below:
Hank joined the Wolfson family in April of 2019 at only 3 months old. Little did Hank or his family know that he would be spending most of his puppy-hood at the vet with consistent infections from his ears to his toenails.
It was not until right before Hank’s 1st birthday, that he escaped from his sitter’s home while his owners were on vacation and was hit by a car. Luckily, he dodged a lot of high speed traffic on the highway and did not break any bones during the accident. He did; however, end up with nerve damage in his front left leg.
He crossed a six lane highway and managed to get hit in a school zone, likely saving his life. He didn’t break a single bone, but did incur some nerve damage.
…At the start of his visits, he couldn’t place his left leg on the ground. He constantly knuckled and had a severe limp.
Mark W, Hank’s Owner
That’s when Hank began his adventure at Integrative Pet Care. During his initial exam, he was very lame on his left front paw and would constantly knuckle on his foot when taking steps. He started his program in January of 2020 and has been coming to his sessions every week since then. These sessions consist of a combination of therapies, which include: Hydrotherapy, Acupuncture, massage, therapeutic exercise, ultrasound, and laser therapy. His vet, therapists, and family have seen such a dramatic improvement with him.
Hank has made a remarkable recovery. He loves his exercise time in the gym and is such a good boy sitting for his ultrasound and laser therapies. It’s been such a joy to work with him and see him thrive gaining so much of his confidence back.
Tami, Hank’s therapist
It was a little difficult for Hank to adjust to his new routine. Due to his long recovery, he was not able to play and socialize with other dogs like puppies usually do, so often times he is quite shy and it took some time for Hank to get to know and trust his therapists and vet. After so many months of therapy, you could say he is best friends with everyone at IPC.
He is like a brand new dog from the first time we saw him so many months ago. He was so shy and would bark every time someone he didn’t know walked in the room. Now he runs straight in to the gym and will lay all over you during his treatments. He is such a goofball!
Katie, Therapy Assistant
His owners have even noticed his confident boost at home. He now has weekly play dates with his best friend, Eeyore and says he is always so excited in the car on his way to his therapy sessions.
He loves to play with his toys, and get chased around the apartment. Weekly appointments with IPC and playdates with his best friend, Eeyore, are what he looks forward to most. He shakes with excitement during the car ride, and can’t wait to get inside! In his down time, he loves to watch golf, soccer, and hockey. But, no horse racing allowed! Any animal on TV gets Hank riled up.
Even with everything Hank has gone through in the past year, he has never lost his sweet spirit. He has shown so much improvement since coming to IPC and his owners are grateful for the work the staff has done to help Hank. They say most people cannot even tell anymore that he was even hit by a car. He really is a miracle puppy!
Hank is a survivor! He had such a traumatic experience so early in his life, he had a little anxiety as a result of his injury. He would bark and was anxious around new people. Through rehabilitation and medical management, he has not only regained the use of his left front leg, he also has gained so much confidence! He never once complained about any of his therapies and he loves to snuggle with his therapists now. He has always been such a big personality and it has been a real pleasure to watch him progress. I have been so impressed with how far he’s come. He’s such an amazing boy and we really adore both he and his owners.
In golf, birdie is one short of par. Our Beloved Birdie, has three legs, one short of par. She has the coloring of a boxer, a light brown coat with a black face that has turned gray over the years. She weighs 60 lbs and has the half bent ears and the body of a German Shepherd. She is a sweet and gentle dog with some fear toward men in baseball caps, and the quick unpredictable movements of small children. She came to us because she was reactive to a toddler in her adoptive home. We took her “temporarily” in 2013 after she was moved around to a few foster homes. She is a valued member of our pack and a staunch guardian of her home and her human caregivers.
Birdie was found as a stray in Danville, Illinois in December of 2008. While she was in the shelter in Danville, at her estimated age of 7 months, she fractured her left hind leg at the growth plate. The shelter decided amputation was indicated and authorized the surgery. Birdie has lived almost her entire life with three legs and has done quite well. In her prime, she learned to use her body to move with unbelievable speed and agility.
In 2019, Birdie injured her tail and a partial amputation became necessary despite many efforts to save her tail. Later that year, she strained her back chasing squirrels – a favorite past time. She recovered from the back strain, but later showed signs she was reluctant to move beyond eating, drinking, and going potty. Her regular vet recommended physical therapy to help improve her mobility. They identified IPC as an option because IPC was 10 minutes from home, and they knew she would need frequent therapy
Birdie responded almost immediately to the interventions including the Assisi loop, massage, laser therapy, acupuncture, and hydrotherapy. She continues to receive maintenance therapy and her quality of life has improved. She is a wonderful patient and loves her therapists, including Michelle, who has treated her most frequently. Our goal continues to be to keep her comfortable for the remaining years of her life.
Birdie is one of the best patients we have, by far! She came in initially for having more trouble getting around from compensating due to having 3 legs most of her life, but Birdie never let missing a leg stop her from living life to the fullest. After a few weeks of laser therapy, hydrotherapy, and massage, there was noticeable difference in her posture and behavior. Birdie started to play again and move around much better at home! She has been nothing but sweet, calm, and cooperative for all her appointments. I absolutely love working with her! Birdie has a strong spirit, so I hope she will continue to keep going strong for years to come!
Michelle, Birdie’s Rehab Therapist
Birdie started her journey at Integrative Pet Care after her owner’s noticed that she was slowing down a little. Birdie is a tri-pawd and has been for a majority of her life. She was getting around, but her owner’s wanted a better quality of life for her and thought that she could make some progress with rehabilitation therapy. When Birdie first started, she had poor posture due to compensation from walking on 3 legs. This is common for 3 legged dogs because they just figure out the easiest way to get around. After 8 weeks of therapy there was a noticeable change in her posture when standing, sitting and in down position. She started to play more with the other pets in the house and her endurance improved. Birdie has been a complete sweetheart for every session and gives it her all. It has been a pleasure working with her and helping her to progress into a more comfortable and functional girl.
Birdie’s IPC Veterinarian
Each month we ask our Patient of the Month to select an organization that is special to them. This month we are promoting Bark from the Heart rescue on behalf of Birdie! Please check them out to learn more: http://thebarkershop.com/rescue/
On June 21st, 2018, Milton arrived at Chicago Animal Care and Control as a euthanasia request – the same day his future mama moved to Chicago. His life didn’t end that day because CRISP Chicago was there and Milton was instead surrendered to a rescue. Soon after, ALIVE Rescue scooped him up as a foster dog and started to get him the medical care he desperately needed.
Milton was a mess of infections, pain, and anxiety. He didn’t have full use of his back legs, and he cried all the time. He was mostly blind and deaf, and completely toothless; however, that did not stop his foster parents who adopted Milton on October 7, 2018.
Of course, he was the exact dog we wanted to foster. We’re suckers for special needs animals and impossible cases, which is how he ended up in our family.
…The first time I saw a dog beneath all that anxiety was the day he let me rub his face with a blanket. He leaned into that touch. That was it for me – I was all in, ready to do all I could to help this little guy find his way back to health and happiness.
Justus J, Milton’s mom
Milton quickly became a regular at the vet, who saved his life more than once, as they began to untangle his complicated medical mysteries and eventually removed both of his eyes in an emergency surgery.
Milton has been at Integrative Pet Care since September of last year. Dr. Kelli Martin and his therapist, Emma have been his regular care team to work on his comfort and mobility. After just a few appointments, Milton went from anxious and uncomfortable, to snoozing and relaxed during every appointment.
When we first met Milton, he was full of tiny, grumpy complaints about my exam because he wanted to move all around the room instead. I could tell that he had a huge personality; that was obvious from the video of him running down the sidewalk, trusting his owners implicitly to steer him clear of trouble. He came in because he had trouble settling at night and I was, honestly, a little worried that he wouldn’t like any therapies that required him to stay still. Within a very short time, he was sleeping through his acupuncture, laser, and massage about 95% of the time! He is all about self-care, these days, and will sometimes wake up to do some exercise with his beloved Emma. His owners and I feel as if rehabilitation helps him to maintain a high quality of life. He is the biggest joy in the smallest package. We love Milton!
Dr. Martin, Integrative Pet Care of Chicago
Milton is definitely a favorite at IPC and is loved by so many. It is only fitting that Milton is our June patient of the month since he is celebrating his 15th birthday on June 21st. Happy early birthday, Milton!
What can I say about Milton? He is a really special guy with a bundle of personality! You never really know what Milton you’re going to get each session. Most days he knows how to really sink in to his therapies and falls asleep during his massage and laser sessions. Other days, he really wants to move around and be active. His appointments are always fun and interesting because you have to go with whatever he wants to go with that day.
Emma, Milton’s therapist
We love Milton here at IPC! He should win an award for most relaxed during his therapy sessions. We always set up a Milton station for his acupuncture appointments, which usually includes a cozy bed and full body blanket burrito wrap. It seems to be his happy place.
…it’s funny because some days he is so relaxed and other days, he wants to be so active and run around. He may be small, but don’t be fooled by his powerful bark. It spooks us every single time!
Brooklyn and Katie, Milton’s Therapy Assistants
Each month we ask our POTM to select an organization for us to feature. This month, Milton’s mom asked us to feature ALIVE Rescue of Chicago, where Milton was placed in foster care. Please learn more about them at the link below: