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Southtown Star Features Chicago Animal Rehab-Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Underwater Treadmill Success Stories

*Acupuncture and Chiropractic Helps 6 Year Old Chow Mix Walk Again

*Underwater Treadmill, Chiropractic and Acupuncture Work to Revives Mastiff’s Muscles

Acupuncture and chiropractic, performed by Dr. Whalen, helps Chow mix, Bogart, walk again after a recent accident in December that resulted in a slipped disc in the spine. Lady Bender, a Mastiff, came to Dr. Whalen to be treated for severe arthritis in the hips.  In addition to surgery, Lady receives underwater treadmill, chiropractic and acupuncture treatments. Her mobility has greatly improved. Read these success stories in the February 5, 2012 edition http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/photos/galleries/10420277-417/local-vet-offers-acupuncture-chiropractic-care-for-pets.html





Watch Dr. Whalen perform Stem Cell Surgery on Lady Bender


Watch Dr. Whalen perform surgery and Stem Cell Therapy on Lady Bender, a 5 year old Mastiff with severe arthritis in the hips.  Dr. Whalen has been treating her for severe arthritis since June of 2011.   Lady’s condition was acute-she was not able to get up on her own.   Lady was also overweight and gradually lost 20 lbs under Dr. Whalen’s care.  The video also shows the process for Stem Cell Therapy, the collection and re-injection phase.  Stem cells are harvested using the dog’s own fat tissue, then processed in-hospital and then re-injected into the joints that need it most.  Concurrently to the Stem Cell treatment, Lady also undergoes cruciate ligament repair. Lady’s rehab treatment  includes underwater treadmill and monthly chiropractic and acupuncture treatments.  Lady’s underwater treadmill treatments are 20 minutes/session and she continues to alternate her chiropractic and acupuncture each month.  She’s making excellent progress. Dr. Whalen is the first veterinarian in Illinois to perform stem cell therapy in-house.

LePar Animal Hospital Offers New Arthritis Treatment for Dogs and Cats

Pentosan is an injectable, natural product derived from Beechwood. This product has been used for several years in Europe, Australia, and Canada and is now available in the USA.

Pentosan works by building up cartilage, improving the quality of the joint fluid and reducing inflammation.  In many ways, it acts similarly to Adequan, another injectable supplement.  One advantage of Pentosan is that it requires fewer initial injections and is less expensive than Adequan.  Pentosan can be used with any other therapies including Adequan and has a low incidence of side-effects.

If your pet has had knee or joint surgery, has arthritis, limps or even has slowness rising, Pentosan may help.  If you have any of the above concerns, please schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.

Pet Insurance Covers Alternative Therapies

Let’s face it… Pets are like members of our family and we want to provide them the same level of health care we would want for ourselves!   As a result, the nation is seeing an upward trend in buying insurance for pets.

While we don’t endorse any one insurance company, it’s important for LePar Animal Hospital and Chicago Animal Rehab clients to know that Embrace is currently the only pet insurance that covers alternative treatments including rehabilitation, underwater treadmill, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage and holistic.   This is good news for those owners that want and need alternative therapy for their pet and require the financial safety-net to cover these procedures.

Is Pet Insurance the Right Option?
With the current economy, in addition to covering alternative therapies, pet insurance could be a viable solution to those that don’t have the disposable income to cover non-routine or emergency situations.  No one plans for these emergencies, but we see it happen every day.

Best Time to Enroll
It pays to get pet insurance when your pets are younger because there are few or no pre-existing conditions. But, healthy, older pets can also get pet insurance.

Shop and Compare
Pet owners should compare policies and coverage before purchasing pet insurance. Find out if the policy covers a pre-existing condition.  What is the deductible amount?  Does the policy offer a multiple pet discount or coverage purchase through your employer?  Check out the customer ratings and make sure to read the fine print.  Do your homework- Trupanion, Embrace, VPI Pet, ASPCA are the best-known insurance providers.

EmbracePetInsurance.com or 800-511-9172
Trupanionpetinsurance.com or 800-569-7913
PetInsurance.com or 888-899-4VPI
ASPCAPetinsurance.com or 866-861-9092

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