Congratulations to Toby Hamilton, our April 2015 Pet of the Month! He was taken to the emergency clinic for treatment earlier this month after being hit by a car. At a recheck appointment, Dr. Wheeler had to sedate him to clean and examine his wounds. While he was sedated, Dr. Wheeler carefully felt his abdomen for any injuries. Instead, she felt a grapefruit-sized mass. Follow-up x-rays confirmed the presence of a tumor, most likely in his spleen. Toby had surgery with Drs. Wheeler and Lundberg just a few days later to remove his spleen and the associated tumor. Today, he has made a full recovery and we were thrilled to get good news back on his biopsy report. Toby’s owners wrote this about him:
This is Toby! he is named after the country singer Toby Keith. He was adopted into our family 7 years ago from the shelter after he wandered onto a construction site and got in everyone’s way because he loves to run up to vehicles and wait for you to get out! He loves car rides, even just to the end of the driveway. Baths are never fun until they’re over, because then he rubs his wet body all over everything! He lives for butt scratches and will find his dog brush on command to help you out. He is scared of laundry baskets and his kitty sister Zoey! His favorite person in the world is his Daddy Rick and he is very upset when he tells him he’s leaving. We all love him very much!
Congratulations to Allie-Gator Jones, our March 2015 pet of the month! Allie-Gator is an awesome girl with a genuine gator smile. That’s right, she actually smiles and shows us her pearly whites every month when she comes in for her shots to control Addison’s disease. In addition to these monthly visits, we have recently seen her weekly to follow up after surgery correct a hematoma, or large blood pocket, in her ear flap. Regardless of the reason for her visit, we always look forward to seeing Allie-Gator because she makes us feel like family. We are greeted with kisses, the gator smile, and complete head-to-tail wagging each and every time!
At home, Allie-Gator loves to chase and bark at the lizards and squirrels. She goes about her daily life happy and loving, always with a smile. Congratulations again to this sweet, loving girl!
Congratulations to our February Pets of the Month, Chunk and Maximus Moore. These two handsome cats were just too good-looking to pick one! Chunk (orange) is 10 years old and has hyperthyroidism and kidney disease. He receives daily thyroid medication and weekly fluids to manage his co-existing conditions. Usually, his dedicated owners give him fluids at home but occasionally he comes in for us to help with a treatment and check his weight. Maximus (white) has severe allergies and breaks out in full-body crusts every few months. He is managed with oral medications at home and steroid shots for more severe breakouts.
Often, the boys come in for a visit together. We have really enjoyed seeing them regularly and they are both always so sweet to work with. Their owner has been coming to Sheeler Road since 1991 and has had 8 pets with us since then. We are very fortunate to have their trust as we care for their pets into their senior years.
Congratulations to our January 2015 pet of the month, Dakota Albanese! Dakota is a 14 year-old Cocker Spaniel that we have been fortunate to have had as a patient since he was only 2 months old. Dakota has had a long battle with allergies causing chronic skin and ear infections so we have gotten to know him well over the years and his visits are like a reunion with an old friend. More recently, we had a scare with a small tumor that popped up in one of his ears necessitating surgical removal. With his age and a heart murmur we had to be especially cautious with his anesthesia but we are pleased to say the procedure went very smoothly and Dakota has made an excellent recovery. Our doctors and staff were thrilled to unanimously nominate this handsome guy as our first 2015 pet of the month!
His owners shared with us Dakota's special Christmas tradition:
Christmas is an exciting time for Dakota as he can hardly wait to see what's inside his Scooby Do stocking. He gets to open it when the family gets together on Christmas Eve and seems to be the center of attraction.
Congratulations to Gizmo Muckler, our December 2014 pet of the month! Gizmo is an 11 year-old Shih Tzu. He started coughing in August and improved initially with only symptomatic treatment, but then the cough worsened when he finished his medication. Chest radiographs revealed pneumonia and an enlarged esophagus. Gizmo was hospitalized for a few days and treated with IV fluids and antibiotics. Later, he was prescribed a nebulizer and additional antibiotics were added to help clear the pneumonia. In addition to treating his pneumonia, his owners have to manage his feedings very cautiously because his enlarged esophagus doesn’t move food from his mouth to his stomach like it is supposed to. His feedings occur three times a day and require his owners to slowly feed him by hand then hold him upright for 30 minutes after each meal.
Gizmo has been been through so much this year and has had a wonderful attitude throughout his ordeal. Only time will tell if his esophagus will regain normal function but he is incredibly lucky to have such a loving, dedicated family willing to meet his special needs regardless.
Congratulations to Princess Brooks, our November pet of the month! Princess is a 10 year-old Bulldog we met for the first time last year. She had been pretty healthy most of her life but had some recent bladder infections with her previous veterinarian and was showing some signs of arthritis. Well, it turned out Princess has some pretty significant arthritis and her bladder infection was actually a very severe, resistant kidney infection. After some radiographs, an ultrasound and a LOT of urine testing, Princess was treated with monthly Adequan injections for her arthritis and twice-daily antibiotic injections for 6 weeks for her kidney infection. We are very proud to say her kidney infection has resolved and Princess is back to acting like a young pup again on her Adequan injections and as-needed pain medication. Princess is one tough pup with very dedicated owners. Congratulations Princess, you earned our recognition this month!
Congratulations to Princess Emily McNees, our
October pet of the month! We met Princess Emily in August when she had
been vomiting frequently for the past 2 days. Her x-rays were
suspicious for a string-like material stuck in her intestines
causing the intestines to bunch up. Dr. Lindman took her to surgery
and had to make 4 separate incisions in her intestines to remove the
linear object. Her surgery was curative and Princess Emily is now back
to her normal, happy self! Her owners had this to say about her:
"Princess Emily is definitely our unique kitty. She is tiny but fierce .
She loves playing with her sister and brother as well as our other cat.
Although she comes off as shy, don't be fooled. She will talk your ear
off! She is a strange one as well as she loves to lay in the tub or
sink. We are so blessed to have her in our life."
Congratulations to Quincy Richards, our September 2014 pet of the month! This is one awesome dog! Quincy is a 11 year old Vizsla with the appetite and mischief that would rival any two year old! That appetite finally got him into trouble when he ate a sock he couldn't pass. Part of the sock had lodged in his stomach while part of it moved into the intestines with a thin string of the sock connecting the two parts. The string acted like a saw and cut into the intestine in several places necessitating the removal of over one foot of intestine. He had a slow recovery and scare with a post-operative infection but has finally bounced back and is now 100% back to himself! Please enjoy this bio written by his owner. You can just feel the love for him in these words:
I knew when I had Quincy flown in from Iowa that he was going to be a very unique and special friend. The airport kept calling me, ''are you coming to get this dog yet???'', and I could hear him barking in the background. From that day on, he became my best friend. He was a cute little wrinkled headed, 11 pound dog that people kept mistaking for a bloodhound.
During his early years he became a counter surfer and by this I mean he would jump up on the kitchen counters to get whatever he wanted to eat until he became tall enough to just reach whatever he wanted with his paws. Needless to say, this practice has gotten him into plenty of trouble over the past 11 years, a bottle of vioxx arthritis meds, handi wipes, dish clothes, paper towels, a wallet with $100, pizza along with the box, I could go on and on. No matter how careful I tried to be, he still managed to find what had slipped past me. And, it wasn’t just the kitchen that was his target, he soon learned how to open every door in my house, including the front door.
During the year we had the 3 hurricanes I went outside to feel what a real hurricane feels like and he managed to jump at the door with his paw and lock me outside. Luckily,, the back door was unlocked. But all in all, he is still my best friend, I wouldn’t trade him for anything. He is a loving, cuddly, sleep buddy that has to be under the covers at night and on your lap in the day. He truly is a ''Velcro dog''. I think he is the smartest dog in the world, he certainly outthinks me. He knows when it is time to get up but I can’t get him out of the bed, puts himself to bed when it is time (even if I don’t go) and takes full advantage of me not being there. He still barks like crazy when someone comes to the door and then hides behind me when I open it. What a great watch dog! I could write book about his antics, he keeps me entertained differently every day. His entire life he has been under the care of the wonderful doctors at Sheeler Road Animal Hospital and I wouldn’t go anywhere else.
My animals have been part of this office for almost 20 years and I can honestly say, if they moved to anywhere else, I would follow them. They are by far the best in the business, I can’t praise them enough, they took excellent care of Quincy and comforted me when we thought he wasn’t going to live. Don’t know what I would do without the staff at this hospital.
Congratulations to Billy Wicoff, our August 2014 pet of the month! Billy is a 12 year-old handsome cat with a history of heart disease and asthma. He has been well maintained on medications for his heart and asthma for several years, but in March of 2014 he began vomiting and had lost a little weight. After some x-rays and blood work he was diagnosed with kidney failure, a small left kidney and kidney stones. He was hospitalized for three days on IV fluids and medications. At the end of his stay, his kidney values had all significantly improved and he was feeling much better. Now, five months later, his kidney values are all normal and he is doing really well at home.
Billy has been an awesome cat to work with throughout his entire ordeal. We always enjoy his recheck visits and he doesn't seem to mind visiting us, either!
His owners had this to say about him:
Billy, originally named Hoot, was turned into the SPCA of Central Florida when he was 1 year old. Because of his ''anti-social behavior'' he was placed into foster care with us. After nearly 3 months in foster care, he was returned to the shelter and put up for adoption. Unfortunately, his ''anti-social behavior'' quickly returned upon being placed into the cage at the shelter and was therefore scheduled for euthanasia. Thankfully, I was notified and brought "Hoot" home on April 19, 2003. First order of business....name change. In honor of my favorite rock star, Billy Squier, his named was changed to Billy. He has since adopted several nicknames....Buddy, Budster, B-Bud McStud....just to name a few. He was the most social cat in the house and routinely welcomed new foster kittens despite his apparent ''anti-social'' behavior. In 2006, he was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (thickened heart muscle) and was placed on medication. 8 years later, his heart condition remains stable. Then, in March 2014, I noticed subtle changes in his coat and his behavior. Not really convinced that anything was wrong, we took him to see Dr. Niedfeldt. He was diagnosed with acute renal failure and was hospitalized for 3 days. Thanks to Dr. Niedfeldt and the awesome staff at Sheeler Road, Billy has made a full recovery. He continues to enjoy chasing lizards, sunning himself by the pool (and falling in occasionally), playing peek a boo between the shower curtains, making muffins and cuddling with his humans. He is a very special cat and we are honored that he has been chosen Pet of the Month.
Congratulations to our July 2014 pet of the month, Polly Banks! Polly is a 9 year-old Miniature Schnauzer with a heart of gold. In April, she underwent her FOURTH surgery since 2007 to remove bladder stones. Despite being afflicted with bladder problems, Polly maintains a happy-go-lucky personality and plants happy kisses on all of our faces each time she is in. We were thrilled to have a chance to celebrate this sweet girl!
''Big Mac''. Now this is a puppy that grew into his name! At eight weeks old, the Doberman/Mastiff mix saw us for his first puppy visit and weighed only 11.8 pounds. But he grew, and he grew, and he grew! Now at just over a year old he weighs a lean 121 pounds! A few months ago he began limping on his back leg. Dr. Lindman took some x-rays and referred him to a surgeon at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists for evaluation of an abnormal hip. He had suffered a fracture to the head of his femur and it had healed abnormally, causing pain in his hip. His hip would never heal properly and without surgery he would always be lame on that leg. Dr. Lundberg performed a FHO, a surgery to remove the abnormal femoral head, at the end of March. Despite being a major orthopedic surgery, Big Mac maintained only the happiest of spirits. Every visit we were greeted with a tail and tongue wag (and check out the size of that tongue)! Two thumbs up to this giant tough guy for handling his recovery with a positive attitude!
Chance is a 9 year-old big, sweet, laid-back boy. He came in last month unable to urinate due to several bladder stones which had lodged in his urethra. He spent a week in the hospital, ultimately having two surgeries to enlarge his urethral opening and to remove the stones and a large blood clot from his bladder. Throughout his entire ordeal, Chance remained calm, friendly and affectionate whenever he was examined or treated. We were all happy to see Chance go home feeling better but a little sad to lose his company.
Chance's owners had this funny story about him to share:
We adopted him from the humane society when he was three months old and fell in love with him right away! Kind of a funny story, when we adopted him they required that he was fixed before going home so we had to wait a few days to pick him up. When I did, I was so excited to get him when I got the call, I left work and brought none of the paperwork with me. When I got there, they had a bunch of kitties there, all gray. I saw ''chance'' and said ''that's him!'' So I put him and the carrier and left. I took him to petsmart for toys, food and a litter box. When we got home, I opened the carrier and he took off and hid under the bed! I thought where is my sweet cat and who is this? About an hour later I received a call from the humane society and the cat I had apparently was not chance! The owners were there (with their paperwork) and I had the wrong cat! I quickly went back (embarrassed!) and picked up my chance. From the moment I let him out of the carrier he purred and rubbed all over , he is just such a sweet boy. We are so lucky to have him, truly the most laid back, sweet cat. Everyone who meets him wants to take him home with them when they leave. Thank you so much for taking excellent care of him.
Congratulations to Dottie Fults, our April 2014 Pet of the Month! Dottie is an absolute sweetheart with a kind and gentle nature about her. She is a 7 year-old Great Dane that we met for the first time in February when she came in very sick. Dottie had been feeling under the weather for a few days. A physical exam, radiographs and some blood tests led us to to diagnose a life-threatening uterine infection called pyometra. Without surgery, Dottie would not survive the infection. She had surgery that day. Drs. Niedfeldt and Lindman spent their lunch break in surgery together to remove the infected uterus. Dottie was kept on IV fluids and IV antibiotics for the day but was recovering well enough to go home the next day. Within a week or two, Dottie had made a full recovery, regained the weight she lost and was back to her normal self. We couldn't be more excited to see such a sweet girl recover and feel good again. Way to go, Dottie!
Congratulations to Malcolm Johnston, our March 2014 Pet of the Month! Malcolm is a tail-wagging, cuddly and affectionate Labrador with an easy-going personality. Malcolm's owners brought him in because he was having trouble with his back legs, occasionally losing balance momentarily. During his exam with Dr. Niedfeldt, she felt a large abnormal mass in his abdomen. Although it was not related to his troubles with his back legs, finding this mass before it caused a heart arrhythmia or fatal bleeding meant that we could investigate and remove it before it became life-threatening problem. Follow-up testing revealed a volleyball-sized tumor in his spleen. An ultrasound of his heart and abdomen did not show any evidence that the tumor had spread to any other organs. Still, tumors in the spleen have a malignancy rate (the bad kind that spread to other organs) of about 66% and Labradors have a higher incidence of the bad type of splenic tumors than other breeds. His owners elected top pursue surgery to remove his spleen and biopsy the tumor. Drs. Niedfeldt and Lundberg performed the surgery together while his owner waited nearby for word that surgery was completed. Malcolm did as well as we could have hoped throughout the surgery and recovered 100%. It was a nail-biting wait for the biopsy results but they finally came in and the tumor was BENIGN! There were lots of smiles here that afternoon!
We asked his owners to share a favorite story with us:
We picked Malcolm out from an adorable litter of 7 when he was barely 2 days old. He has always been a sweet and well mannered boy with few exceptions. But once when he was still fairly young ~ we had reheated half a chicken for our dinner & we placed it on the counter when the doorbell rang. We ended up standing in the front yard visiting with our friend, maybe 20 minutes had passed when we went back to the kitchen to find an empty plate & a fat and happy Malcolm licking his chops. We ordered Pizza that night! :)
His mama can be quoted saying ''He's the BEST puppy in the world!''...and we wouldn't trade him for anything! He is certainly a very special dog and we are blessed for having him in our lives!
Congratulations to Eddie Mason, our February 2014 Pet of the Month! At 13 years young, Eddie is full of energy! That is how his owners knew something was really wrong a few weeks ago when he went into congestive heart failure and didn't greet them at the door on a Saturday afternoon. He was struggling just to breathe. Eddie was rushed to the emergency clinic where he spent a day on oxygen and medications to pull the excess fluid out of his lungs. He spent the following week with us, slowly regaining his strength and appetite. Finally, two weeks later, he is starting to act more like his usual self - active, energetic, and full of spunk!
When we asked his owner to share some stories with us about Eddie, they provided us with this poem. It was written by a friend and co-worker (a fellow Jack Russell Terrier fan) when Eddie was just a puppy. He had been chosen for adoption by the Masons but was too young to go home with them yet. The poem captures the excitement of adopting a new puppy and all of the excitement that accompanies that adoption.
My name's Eddie, and I need to think- New people to train, well, it's swim or sink! Carol and Wayne, with a last name of Mason? Boy oh boy, what am I facin'?
Lookin' around at my new home full of toys, I must be one of the litter's luckiest boys!! They seem like a pair I maybe should keep… Guess I'll settle in and have a little sleep.
So, stand back, brace yourself and watch me grow! Fast Eddie's home and all the neighbors should know! Ain't nothin' flying' low around here anymore.. Fast Eddie and family are ready to soar!
Congratulations to Noah Rogers, our January 2014 pet of the month! Noah is a really special dog. He was born in 2006 with a deformity of his left front leg. He has happily gotten around on his three good legs until May when he developed severe arthritis in his right hip then tore the cranial cruciate ligament in his left knee in October. Smaller dogs will often heal fairly well from a cruciate ligament tear without surgery but the recovery often takes up to six months and Noah is also sore on his right hip and can't use his left front leg. We spent a few weeks tweaking his pain medications and seem to have found a way to keep him happy and comfortable while we wait for him to build up some scar tissue around his left knee and get back up and moving around well again.
It has been a pleasure for all of us to watch the bond between Noah and his owner. The two of them are happiest when they are together and they take such good care of each other. We are proud of this tough guy and how brave he has been! Congratulations Noah!
Congratulations to Biffle Pearce, our December 2013 Pet of the Month! We first met Biffle in May 2012 when he was adopted as an adult from a Boxer rescue group. Over the past year, he has been in to see us frequently for treatment for his allergies and for regular bathing. On every visit we are showered with kisses by a wiggling Boxer unable to contain his excitement at seeing us. Needless to say, we all love seeing him walk through the door. In October, Biffle stopped eating, started laying around and began drinking a lot of water. Tests showed he had a type of cancer called Thymic Lymphoma in his chest. By the end of October, Biffle was being treated with chemotherapy at AVS (our local specialty hospital) and we are so happy to say that he is in remission and is feeling great. We are back to seeing him for regular baths and he is back to eating and feeling like his old self again!
Congratulations to Brewster on being chosen our November 2013 Pet of the Month! He was chosen for his handsome looks, sweet demeanor and his true heroism. We have recently seen a lot of Brewster as he has developed a heart arrhythmia that is common in Boxers and we are working closely with a veterinary cardiologist in Gainesville to try to normalize his heart rhythm. This guy has been a real trooper for repeated exams, and EKG, and even a 24 hour EKG he wore at home! We have been truly very lucky to have such a wonderful dog to work with. As fond of him as we are, Brewster's family is crazy about him! He has a truly heroic story, told best by his owner below:
''Brewster loves to play with balls, but he doesn't play fetch, he would rather you chase him for it. He loves to go for car rides especially to go see his grandma, Robyn Cook. If you even say the word Grandma or ride, he runs right to the door. He loves belly rubs and giving kisses, just ask him!
When any of us, including Lady (his Boxer sister), is sick he turns in to ''nurse Brewster'' constantly checking on us, curling up in bed with us and giving extra kisses to make us feel better.
In April of 2009 I was asleep early on a Saturday morning, when I woke up with him standing over me, nudging me with his nose, that is when I realized I couldn't speak or move. Brewster jumped to Chris' side of the bed, pawed at his chest until he woke up to call 911. I was having a Brain Stem stroke and Brewster saved my life!''
Please help us congratulate this hero and celebrate him this month!
Oreo Budd is Sheeler Road's October Pet of the Month! Oreo has suffered from a painful oral condition know as Feline Tooth Resorption. He reached a point where he was coming in for regular steroid shots to control the pain and allow him to eat when his owners decided to have all of his back teeth extracted. He gained 0.3 pounds in the first week after his extractions! It took several weekly rechecks to follow his progress but now Oreo is back to enjoying a good meal. We enjoyed his weekly visits as he was always such a gentleman and sweetheart to examine. His owners had this to say about him ''He is a sweet boy. Late at night you'll find him playing with his favorite rubber ball. He swats it all over the floor and sometimes hides it wanting us to find it for him. In the morning that ball may be in the dry kibble bowl or floating in the water bowl. Sometimes we'll find a few pieces of kibble on the counter top or the canned food bowls pulled away from the wall. Oreo wants to eat!''
Dixie Chandler is our September 2013 Pet of the Month. Despite just turning a year old, she has had more than her share of vet visits lately. She was recently hospitalized for a bout of vomiting and diarrhea but was then transferred to AVS for more specialized testing when she didn't improve. A week later, she was finally sent home a happy, healthy girl. Even when she was sick, Dixie's tail never stopped wagging and she was always so sweet and affectionate. Dixie shares her home with two other Jack Russell Terriers, Sissy and Jinx, and a Chihuahua named Tinkerbell. Her owners had this to say about her: ''Dixie is our Duck Dynasty Dog because she is always Happy, Happy, Happy. She has brought so much joy to our family. We were unable to celebrate her one year birthday because she was extremely sick. But thanks to Sheeler Road Animal Hospital and Affliated Veterinary Specialists, she is back to normal. As you can tell from the pictures she loves to swim. Everybody loves Dixie.''
Baby Face Gizmo Snyder is a 12 year-old Shih Tzu that has been a part of the Sheeler Road family for over 10 years. Over the years, he has been seen for several different reasons but thanks to his loving and dedicated pet parents he continues to bounce back each time. His owners had this to say about him:
Baby Face Gizmo AKA - The Booster or Boo Born Jan. 6, 2001
He was born into a family of show dogs. Instead of showing him we just show him our unconditional love. His daddy, Buck, taught him to count. Yes, I said Boo can count. While I worked a job 3-11, he and his dad worked diligently on this task. Dad took his favorite toy, a squeeker, and pressed it multiple times and all of a sudden Boo started doing the same. He can count up to 10 and not in any special sequence. I think this deserves a special applause ''Clap, Clap, Clap'' and of course a few of his special treats. The Booster gives us all his love daily. Oh, so much happiness and joy. We love him like crazy. He is our Baby, he is the heart of us.
P.S. The Booster says he has some very special parents.
Thanks, Brenda and Buck Snyder
''Moose'' Mead is the most handsome moose you will ever meet! He may be one of the most unique dogs you have ever seen, with his terrier haircoat on a very large body. This gentle giant brightens our day every time he comes in. He is so sweet that we have been able to clean and staple his wounds without a single complaint. Moose used to suffer from allergies but has made it the entire spring and summer so far this year without a single symptom since starting allergy shots last year. Congratulations to Moose on becoming our July 2013 Pet of the Month!
We first met Madison in early April and instantly fell in love with
her. She had been vomiting for several days and had lost her appetite.
Dr. Lundberg performed a series of radiographs known as a barium
series. Liquid barium ''glows'' on a radiograph and is given orally then
serial radiographs are taken as it passes through the gastrointestinal
tract. Four hours later, there was still a large amount of the barium
in the early intestines, indicating a possible intestinal blockage. She
was given fluids overnight and the next morning repeat radiographs
showed a large amount of the barium still in the early intestines. She
was taken to surgery and it turns out she had a bunch of toy stuffing
stuck in her stomach and in two places in the intestines. She had to
have 3 cm of her intestines removed and separate incisions in the
intestines and stomach, totaling three different procedures. Two days
later she was feeling better and was able to go home.
Madison's parents had this to say about her:
are so proud of Madison and what a sweet girl she has become in spite
of everything she has gone through as a crazy one-year-old lab. She
fractured her leg at four months after landing on it wrong jumping off
the couch onto the tile floor and had to wear a cast for a few weeks.
Then of course there was the surgery she had at your office which was so
scary but thanks to everyone there she is as good as new. Anyone who
has ever had a Lab knows what a joy they are to have in the family but
each day is a new adventure. Since her full recovery from the stuffing
that was removed from her intestines, we have limited the toys she gets
and the bedding in her crate, but she somehow still manages to get
things here and there that she isn't allowed to have. Her most recent
was the mouthful of drywall she somehow got from the dining room wall
while she was in her cage, while mommy and daddy were at work. She never
ceases to amaze us, but we love her and her brother Gizmo more than
anything. They are our world!! Life just wouldn't be the same without
our lil' goofball Madison.
Thanks again for everything you all have done for us!!''
Noodles Secard is an 8-year-old Schnoodle (Schnauzer and Poodle mix) with Diabetes and an immune mediated disorder that causes spontaneous bleeding. Noodles has had a rough 2013, but remains a happy little girl. She spent a week in the hospital on IV fluids earlier last month and now visits us weekly to have her blood counts checked. In addition, her owner has been diligent about checking her blood sugar levels several times a day to make sure she is on the right track to recovery. We look forward to every visit, many of which she is accompanied by her sister, Spaghetti. Noodles will sing along with you and gives very sweet kisses (although you have to earn them). Even when she was really sick, she was always very sweet and seemed to really enjoy the affection of our staff when her hourly treatments were due. Although her year has started out a little rough, we are optimistic that things will turn around for her.
Pepsi Rossi has been unanimously voted our April 2013 Pet of the Month after we all bonded with her during a life-threatening crisis last month. She has been a patient with us for years and is frequently boarded and bathed here so when she came in as an emergency last month we were all in a state of heartbreak. Her owner was in the hospital herself and her caretaker noticed Pepsi hadn't been feeling well for a few days then suddenly was unable to even get up or walk and was breathing heavily. At over 90 pounds, Pepsi had to be driven to our hospital and carried by several people back to the triage area. Dr. Niedfeldt determined that she was bleeding heavily into her abdomen. The red blood cell count in her abdominal fluid was greater than that in her circulating blood. A few initial tests were run and a severe clotting disorder, very high liver values and high kidney values were found. Our office manager, Mary, drove to Dr. Niedfeldt's house to get Charlie for a blood donation while Dr. Niedfeldt tended to Pepsi. Charlie donated a full unit of blood (450 ml) to Pepsi, giving her life-saving clotting factors and red blood cells. She was also treated with Vitamin K to help her to produce her own clotting factors, IV antibiotics and medications to help her eroded stomach lining heal. By the time the blood transfusion was finished (approximately 4 hours), Pepsi was able to get up and stand and even take a few steps but she was not out of the woods yet. She wasn't able to hold any food down and was dehydrated. The following day we were hopeful but still very concerned as she showed little bits of improvement but her test results continued to show signs that her body was working hard to try to control the bleeding and we were working on narrowing down the list of possible causes for the bleeding in the first place.
At this point, Dr. Lundberg had taken over Pepsi's primary care while Dr. Niedfeldt was out of the office but the two veterinarians talked several times throughout the next few days to discuss Pepsi's test results and collaborate on her treatment plan. By the third day she was starting to act a little brighter and hold food down. She was now able to take short walks outside and around the treatment room. Dr. Lundberg made several trips to the hospital over the weekend to check on her and administer her medications. By Monday, many of her abnormal test results had improved and the bleeding in her abdomen had stopped. She was now feeling great and was ready to go home. She returned later that week for an ultrasound and repeated tests - all of which came back with extremely favorable results. She was cured and we were all thrilled! After all of the test results were in, we concluded that her bleeding had been secondary to rat poison. Her owner did not have any rat poison in the house so she must have caught a rat or squirrel (or any other animal) that had already been poisoned and ingested the rat poison second-hand. She is still taking Vitamin K to combat the effects of the rat poison but is expected to make a full and complete recovery.
After five full days in the hospital and such a miraculous recovery, Pepsi has found herself a very special place in each of our hearts. She is treated like a celebrity when she walks through our doors, and believe us - she enjoys every little bit of it!
Abby Lazarus is our tiny, little, 6-pound March Pet of the Month. That little girl packs a lot of energy into a tiny little body! Abby is treated with injections for Addison's disease every 25 days and has to stay on a special diet to control her lipid levels but we are happy to say that with the right medications and diet, she now enjoys a very healthy and happy lifestyle. Each month, Abby dresses up a cute little sweater, sundress or t-shirt and comes in for her regular visits. Her ''parents'' usually both accompany her for her visits even her ''dad'' doesn't like to watch her get her shot. We enjoy visiting with them as much as we enjoy seeing Abby every month. Congratulations to Miss Abby Lazarus this month!
Our February 2013 Pet of the Month is Caesar Miller! He is truly a dog that you can't help but love once you meet him. He stands taller than our exam tables and weighs more than some of our staff but is a true gentle giant! Caesar is happiest laying on the floor with one of our technicians or resting his head on our laps (from a standing position) and begging for a treat with his big brown eyes. Ceasar had a large painful growth on one of his back toes ultimately leading to amputation of that toe. Throughout all of his exams and surgeries, Caesar maintained his usual affectionate demeanor. His intimidating size and gentle disposition make him a a true heart-breaker! His owner had this to say about him '' Caesar has been my big lug-a-lug for over 8 years (came home at 8 weeks). He is truly a big fat baby. He absolutely hates to be by himself (even more than baths). Loves his walks (not that you can tell). Never says a word unless something is wrong. He even lets his lil' sister beat him up! A lot of people are startled by his size, but he is truly a gentle giant. (I do keep his big babyness a lil bit of a secret around the neighborhood). He's the best a mom could ever ask for!!!!''
Our January pet of the month is Loki Stone, an almost 17 year-old Shepherd mix. Loki was diagnosed with Atypical Addison's disease 5 years ago but recently progressed to the typical form of the disease requiring monthly injections as well as daily medication - meaning we get to see a lot of him! Despite his age, Loki doesn't lack any enthusiasm for our treats, gobbling them up from our hands or catching them on a toss. At home, Loki enjoys being spoiled as an ''only pet'' with owners dedicated to meet his every need and desire. In his younger days, we would hear stories of him waiting patiently at the popcorn maker for a few pieces (or maybe even a small bowl) of freshly popped popcorn. Once, he came in to the hospital for an appointment after a staff member had popped a bag of popcorn and he was so obsessed with the smell we had to share with him, too! Our entire staff looks forward to Loki's visits because we enjoy his sweet and sometimes funny personality and his passion for dog treats.
Little Lulu Lamanna is a small cat with a big personality! Here is what her owner had to say about her: While a resident of Ohio and vacationing in Altamonte Springs, I met Little Lulu in the parking lot of the hotel I was staying in. She belonged to a colony of cats who were living there and being fed by the staff of the hotel. I was surprised to see Lulu, at the time a tiny six-week-old kitten, pushing herself forward for the food and standing up to and chasing off the other cats. She was unbelievably plucky! I lured her into a carrier and took her home to Ohio, where she immediately appointed herself CEO of the household. Four years later, we moved to Altamonte Springs, Lulu’s original home town, though her environment is definitely more comfortable now than the parking lot. Little Lulu has strabismus, a condition that causes her to look cross-eyed. She always looks like she has a bee on her nose, and struts through the house ordering all of us around. She talks a lot and gives head-butts of approval when she is happy with our performance. Lulu assumes that we are here simply to serve her, and she’s quite right. She has always been small, around 6 lbs, and looks like a kitten, but she has no idea of her diminutive size and has a huge personality. She suffers from chronic upper-respiratory infection and sneezes a lot. She was also recently diagnosed with renal failure, but with medications and treatment for both conditions provided by the wonderful and caring doctors and staff of Sheeler Road Animal Hospital, Lulu is thriving and chasing through the house like a cheetah. She is the beloved light of our lives, benign but demanding monarch and confident ruler of her kingdom and our hearts. We are so glad that serendipity brought us together. Our lives are so enriched by Little Lulu, small but mighty, and a constant delight. Thank you so much for choosing her for December Pet of the Month.
Chyna Vose is our November 2012 Pet of the Month! Between her urinary tract infections and diabetes, we see a lot of Chyna and always enjoy her visits. She is a lucky girl to have dedicated owners, because as you will read, she has had more than her share of problems. Chyna's dad wrote this about her:
''Chyna joined the family when I was in college in 2000. I found her at a local pet store in Tallahassee and could not resist getting her. I'm not a fan of a ''puppy mill'' type of store, but the Local Humane Society did not allow college students to adopt dogs unless they were permanent residents and lived in a house. I, like most college students, lived in an apartment so I was out of luck. On my way home, feeling disappointed, I stopped at the local pet store and instantly fell in love with a little Pug that I later named Chyna (because she was a Chinese Pug).
Like most Pugs, when she was a puppy, she was very hyper and loved to play all day. She would love to jump on my bed, jump on the couch and jump on me whenever she had the chance. But over time, all of the jumping slowly damaged her spine and she is now paralyzed on the bottom half of her body. I built her a dog wheelchair to help her get around, but the pressure it put on her made her a walking pee machine... so... We don't use it that often. I then built her a bed on wheels so I could easily push her to the door to let her out. I also need to ''express'' her multiple times a day, so that she doesn't lay in her own urine when I am not home. I also use a baby stroller, that I bought from a neighbor, to take her on walks around the neighborhood. Because of Chyna's disability, she is constantly fighting urinary tract infections. She also recently had multiple cancerous growths removed. On top of that, she was diagnosed with diabetes and I give her two shots of insulin a day as well as needing to closely monitor her blood glucose levels... So basically she has had her share (and 5 other dogs share) of health problems throughout her 12 years. But despite all of that, her spirits couldn't be higher and I am so appreciative of everything she does for me... And I'm sure she appreciates everything I do for her.''
Boots Bell is a 19 year old cat who recently underwent a cystotomy, a surgery to remove bladder stones. He spent over a week with us recovering from surgery while his bladder healed and regained strength. Even when Boots was weak and sore, he was affectionate and loving, and as he felt better he began giving the technicians ''High Five's'' when they would tend to him. He has an uncanny ability to communicate with us without ever being able to say a word. His owner, Sharon, said this about him: ''Randy found Boots 19+ years ago stuck in fresh concrete on a job-site in Georgia. He was an itty bitty kitten that fit in the palm of Randy’s hand. Randy later learned that he had ridden on a tractor trailer from the SW side of Atlanta across to the NE side, where he found him. He loves to give High Five’s and steal the dogs toys making funny noises. He is strictly an indoor kitty for the past 5 years, but when he used to go out, he would go visiting houses and steal whatever he could find (i.e. stuffed animals, yellow plastic raincoats, towels, gloves, socks, artificial flowers) and drag them back home to us. Problem: We lived on a dirt road so he left a trail of his thievery. He is the sweetest, kindest, gentlest kitty ever. Thanks to all of you at Sheeler Road who have done so much for Boots to still be with us to receive this award.''
Hamish first came to Sheeler Road Animal Hospital in September of 2004 as an adorable three month old Welsh Terrier puppy. It seems that it doesn't matter if he is feeling well or not, Hamish is always a complete sweetheart and an absolute pleasure to examine and work with. He has been battling an immune system disorder, but thanks to his owner's diligence with his medications, he is feeling great and rapidly improving. Hamish wanted to speak on his own behalf and had this to say:
''I’m a Welsh Terrier whose name, Hamish, comes from a character in a mystery series my mom loves to read. Though I shiver and shake when I realize that I’m going to the vet instead of the ice cream parlor, I really do like my doctors—Dr. Niedfeldt and Dr. Lindman—and techs. They also took great care of my sister Shawnee. I did too. She was always trying to jump into the big scary swimming pool, so I’d grab her tail or back leg and save her! When I’m not on squirrel patrol or playing ''Hamish the Lifeguard'' I love to take rides in the car, walks in the park, and field trips to visit my friends at the horse farm. I especially love playing with my stuffed animals. My favorite is the lamb I got from my cousin Sassy. Wait, it’s my elephant. No, it’s my penguin. My giraffe . . . ''
This month, we couldn't decide between two friendly felines so we nominated our first double ''Pets of the Month''! Eclipse (black, pictured on the left) and Ashen (gray, pictured on the right) have been patients at Sheeler Road Animal Hospital for over 14 years. Ashen undergoes regular treatments for feline stomatitis and Eclipse has been treated for hyperthyroidism, feline resorptive lesions, and most recently, has had some growths removed. Both cats are always affectionate and our vets and staff thoroughly enjoy their visits.
Although it wasn't easy, Ruth (Ashen and Eclipse's owner), was able to get them both to pose for a picture. She interpreted their expressions for us:
ECLIPSE: ''I wasn't thrilled having to share my space with my brother just to take a picture. Finally, I held him down with my paw just so we could get it done and over with so i could back to my sleeping.''
ASHEN: ''Yes, when eclipse did that I wasn't too thrilled because I was trying to stand for my right not to do this. Who would have thought he was stronger than me? And then with just one paw!!!''
Congratulations to both Eclipse and Ashen on becoming August's Pets of the Month!
My name is Shadow. I howled in excitement when I found out I was chosen to be the pet of the month. I am a 9 ½ year old basset hound lab mix. My parents found me abandoned at an apartment complex when I was six weeks old. I love to follow my Mommy and Daddy around the house which is why they named me Shadow. When the weather is nice I enjoy playing ball with my little sister, Bella and going for a walk around the neighborhood with my Mommy and Daddy. Just last month I was diagnosed with having diabetes. With the help of Dr. Niedfeldt and Dr. Lundberg I am now happy, healthy and playful again!
Gator Musser is a Labrador and Shepherd mix that was found by his owners as a stray puppy on the side of the road 17 years ago. Although he was named ''Gator'' because his owners are University of Florida fans, he added a new meaning to his name by ''smiling'' and showing his teeth during times of excitement or anxiety.
Gator boards with us frequently and our entire staff knows him well and loves him. His owner had this to say about him:
''Although his hearing is not what it used to be, and he sheds about 3 pounds of hair a day, Gator Musser is still going strong with a spring in his step and able to bark for hours at the delivery people and show his famous ''Gator'' toothy grin after 17 years.''
Hello. My name is Miss Tiffany. I am jumping and spinning with joy to have been awarded Pet of the Month! Woof! Woof!
I am a 13 year old Bichon Frise and can you believe I was born on my mommy and daddy’s wedding anniversary?
When I was 8 weeks old, my mommy and daddy picked me out of many other puppies. They said, as soon as they saw my cute little, white face, they immediately fell in love with me. I think they knew I was going to be their little princess. Little did they know, I would not only live up to their expectations, but I would exceed them by becoming a survivor and their $$ million $$ dollar pup!
Unfortunately, when I was 4 years old, I tore my ACL playing ball with my daddy, resulting in surgery. Not long after, I got bit by a poisonous spider! Ouchy!
I enjoy so many things and I am certain I have my mommy wrapped around my little paw! People love when I tilt my head and perk my ears when they are talking.
I am a pretty smart pup if I do say so myself. I bet not many doggies have a favorite type of music. If I am having a rough day and itching from skin allergies, my mommy turns on jazz music. As soon as I hear it, I calm down and go to sleep.
Despite what my ‘Dr. Becky’ believes, I do take walks, although, I would rather ride in my stroller. I love stopping to smell every pretty flower and I try sneak in a drop and roll. Who wouldn’t want a doggie that smells like flowers?
I am overcome with joy when I get to ride in my pink stroller! When it arrived in the mail, I was so excited that I jumped inside of it before it was out of the box and assembled! I just knew it was for me. Of course, I am the first to check out every bag and package that mommy and daddy brings into the house.
When the refrigerator door opens, I start spinning in circles! My favorite treats are apples and carrots. Although, I only like carrots if they are frozen and crinkle cut and I only like red apples. If they try to sneak green apples into my snack, I will find them and spit them out.
When I was a puppy, my daddy thought it was fun to play flashlight tag with me until he found out I was frightened by the light. I can recognize a flashlight before it is turned on and I will I run and hide. I am also afraid of lawnmowers! If I disappear, you can find me hiding in the back of the closet!
When Dr. Becky is leaning over me and trying to listen to my lungs, I wait until she is least expecting it and I tilt my head back and give her a big kiss on her face!!! I think that is pretty funny!
My other superior qualities are I am a great swimmer and traveler.
Thank you for choosing me and four paws up to all of the Sheeler Road Animal Hospital doctors and staff!
Miss Kitty Phillips, better known as Missy, is 16 years old! She is an amazing cat and, unless you saw her in action, you would never believe the things she does!
Missy was given to her owners by a county court judge in Kissimmee who called Pat to her chambers after a hearing. Pat had no idea why he needed to see her but when he got there, she opened a box and asked him to please give one of the four kittens a good home. Pat chose this tiny little gray ball of fur that fit in the palm of his hand. All the way home to Orlando, she tried to get out of the box! Needless to say, Barbara was quite surprised when Pat and the cat walked in the house!
Missy was a jumper. She would jump from the sofa to a tall bookcase to the mantle over the fireplace. When Pat tried to read the paper, she would jump through it! If he sat at a table trying to read and pet her at the same time, she would stretch across the page so he couldn’t see it. She does not like to share his attention with anyone or anything!
For the past 16 years, it has continued to be 'Pat and the Cat' as Missy follows him everywhere and continually trains him on her wants and needs. She demands that she be given drinks from the kitchen or bathroom sink where the water runs at just the right speed from the faucet. When she was younger, she jumped up on the counter herself. Now that she's older, she tugs on Pat's sock and leads him to the sink of her choice. He lifts her up and she drinks for several minutes. Of course she wants him to stand and watch her drink and talk to her while she enjoys the water!
Missy loves to eat. In fact, she had to be put on diet food a few years ago because she gained weight and was up to 15 pounds! People teased about having a ''fat cat.'' That didn't last long, though, as once the vets put her on diet food, she returned to her normal weight.
Missy enjoys sitting on a chair near the front door and waiting for Pat to get home. When he and Barbara are late, she goes to Pat's mother and ''tells'' her what she wants. She leads her to the refrigerator, stands in front of the door, looks up and meows. You can just hear her saying ''food, please.'' She is very conversational!
All of a sudden, when Missy turned 15, she decided to become a lap cat. After all those years of never wanting to be held, she hopped up on the desk one evening and carefully stepped onto Pat’s lap. Now she insists on sitting on his lap each evening, getting petted and talked to. If anyone interrupts, she jumps down and tugs his sock to get him to focus on her! Yes, at the Phillips’ house, it's all about Missy! She is constant entertainment!
Pearl McLeod is a 7 month old Boxer puppy that is full of spunk! She is a rare beauty with her typical Boxer markings but in black and white coloring. Although very young, Pearl has already had her share of veterinary visits at Sheeler Road Animal Hospital and Affiliated Veterinary Specialists. We are all very pleased to say that she has made a miraculous recovery and now lives the life of a normal, healthy puppy. Her owners tell her story below:
About a month after moving into our new home, Pearl became very sick - vomiting, diarrhea, lethargic. We took her to the emergency vet, who felt she was dehydrated and gave her fluids.
She was scheduled to be neutered the following week. Optional pre-surgery testing disclosed that her kidneys were failing. We were afraid she had congenital kidney disease. Maybe she had ingested something that was destroying her kidneys. After more testing at the specialist’s office, she was diagnosed with suspected Diabetes Insipidus, and placed on medication.
When talking with Dr. Niedfeldt about Pearl’s problems, we learned that Sago palms are highly toxic to dogs. We had no idea. The symptoms of Diabetes Insipidus and Sago poisoning are similar. Pearl loved pulling and chewing on Sago Palm fronds. The Sago was moved the next morning. In time, we began to wean her off the Diabetes medicine. She now is fine.
Pearl has been given a clean bill of health, no Diabetes, no congenital kidney disease. She likes to watch the birds, soak up rays, play with sea shells and play with her brother Bogart.
The Doctors and staff at Sheeler Road Animal Hospital are wonderful. They are kind, concerned, informative and patient. Their hard work and the prayers of friends and family, helped save Pearl. Thank you. She is a sweet blessing.
Please, let everyone know that sago palms are toxic to dogs, and can be fatal. We did not know.
Rasmus Owen, a 10 year old Siberian Husky, has been a patient at Sheeler Road Animal Hospital since 2005. A frequent boarder and diabetic patient, Rasmus is adored by our entire staff and is truly a part of our family here. When he comes to stay with us or leaves to go home, he can be heard howling with excitement throughout the entire hospital! Although considered a senior pet, he enjoys playing like a puppy in the yard while boarding and often wants to be chased by one of our staff before he will come back in! Rasmus' owner had the following things to say about him: Rasmus was rescued from a shelter in Polk County, having had 2 previous owners. He was estimated to be 1 1/2 years old at the time. He has been in our family now for 9 years.
He is crazy, funny, very talkative, and very loving. He loves to walk twice a day in our neighborhood and becomes delirious with joy when we take him to Wekiva Springs for a run in the woods, where he knows better than to chase when he discovers a bear. He loves to swim in our pool, and loves to play in the ocean, too. He loves all people but especially loves children. His best doggie friends are Reef, a golden retriever, and Daisy, a jack russell terrier. (He and Katie, a great pyrenees, were deeply in love but she moved away.)
He gets really silly after eating and throws himself around with his feet in the air. He loves to be chased around the house, loves to play hide and seek both with humans and with his rawhide bone. He likes to get on to the furniture when no one is home. The only time he barks, rather than talks, is when he finds a snake or a tick.
There is never a dull moment with him at home.
Simba Pittman is an 11 year old Maine Coon cat. He has been undergoing treatment at Sheeler Road Animal Hospital for weakness and anemia. Simba is a really big cat with a really big personality! He is overly affectionate to everyone here and is ALWAYS a complete pleasure to work with. His family sent us this information to share:
We got Simba in 2003 from the Bay HIll Cat Hospital. Simba was 4 years old at the time, and to this day we don't know why his former family gave him away. Simba is a pure breed Maine Coon cat who was neutered and declawed. He weighed 26 pounds when he came home. Simba was our first pet together as a couple--I brought a rescued Basset Hound to the relationship, Wally, who Ben (husband) referred to as my 'special needs child.' My husband had always been adamant about ''no pets in the bedroom.'' So, when we brought Simba home, Ben said, ''No pets in the bedroom, right, Dana.'' I said, ''Sure, whatever you say,'' figuring that a cat would make his wishes clear. Well, that night, we closed our bedroom doors, and in 10 minutes we heard pawing at the door. I turned to my husband and said, ''He can get in those doors.'' Ben replied, ''No he can't, he'll lose interest and go sleep on the couch.'' This went on for about 5 minutes, then, BOOM, Simba opened the double doors, jumped on the bed, snuggled in between us, and hasn't left since--unless he feels like it.
Simba has no fear of any other animal--certainly not dogs. When our hound, Wally, used to chase Simba, Simba would head straight for the closed sliding glass door. At the last second he would turn and Wally would run head first into the door. It was like watching a cartoon. Wally soon lost interest in chasing Simba. Now, he controls our new dog, a 70 pound ''Goof-a-saurus'' mutt by force of personality. Simba will sleep in the dog's crate, and the dog will just whine at the door rather than try and evict Simba himself.
When we brought my parents' cat home with us, a large (chubby) Maine Coon mix, we wondered how they would behave together. Simba asserted his authority, and Tyson waits patiently until Simba finishes eating--I wish Tyson treated us with as much respect.
Simba also enjoys when his ''little friends'' come over to visit. Lizards and the occasional mouse don't seem to have much fun, though. I read that Maine Coon's are champion mousers, and he is definitely true to the breed.
Simba is a fantastic family pet, and is the true ''gentle giant,'' as they say of the breed. He loves to sit in our lap, snuggle, and is wonderful with our two children. When my son was smaller, he used to try and pull kitty's tail, and it was as if Simba understood that Quinn didn't know any better. Simba would just get up and walk away. Now, Simba often sleeps in Quinn's bed, and Quinn never pulls kitty's tail.
Our family is one that will always have and has always had pets. We now have two cats and a dog (Wally died 2 years ago) who are precious members of the family, all with their own personality and lovable traits. I feel certain though, that there will never be another cat quite like Simba. He is a once in a lifetime treasure.
Brandi Wilder has been chosen as our Pet Of The Month for December because she turns 20 years old this month! Her owner had this to say for her: Brandi has been the light of my life, my companion, guard dog and constant source of laughter for the past 15+ years. I never imagined we would be celebrating her 20th birthday together, but am so thankful that we are! How would I describe Brandi? Tenacious, comical, smart, joyful, fearless and a lover of life. We've had many adventures over the years, including vacations to the Appalachian mountains, boat rides, trips to beaches and dog parks. She loves the outdoors, loves to roll around on fresh cut grass, loves the water and to feel the wind in her face. I believe if you were to ask Brandi what the secret to her longevity is, she would answer ''To keep moving and enjoy nature every day''. And that she does. Despite her arthritis and decreasing mobility, Brandi still loves to ''patrol'' the yard by sniffing around to see what animals have passed through as well as finding random treasures. One time she wandered into the neighbor's yard and brought back a rack of burnt BBQ ribs! Another time she found an opossum skull from the woods next to our house. Brandi has also been a good ''teacher'' for our other dogs. She's passed along what we call the ''Brandi plate trick'' where she puts a paw on the edge of a paper plate to flip it up and lick any remaining food off of it without the plate sliding away. Brandi is very loyal and devoted to her family. She likes to be in the same room as I am, and if she wakes up and doesn't know where I'm at she will go find me. She also looks out for others. We often let her out front with our other senior dog, Megan (who is now completely blind), and when we walk towards the door to go in, she will turn and look to make sure Megan finds her way back and won't be left behind.
Brandi has had her challenges over the years, but otherwise has been a pretty healthy dog. Just the fact that she can still see, hear (somewhat) and walk is amazing to me. She had both knees operated on by Dr. Lundberg (torn knee ligaments) when she was 13 and 14yrs old. Before I adopted her, previous records indicated that she had been hit by a car and suffered a back injury. And then a few years ago she was diagnosed with a heart murmur and compromised kidneys. But it's only been in the past 6-8 months or so that any of those things have slowed her down much! We feed her high quality wet and dry foods, give her various supplements, encourage her to stay active and keep her weight down. I believe these things have made a huge difference in her health and well-being as her latest lab work was VERY good. We're so thankful for the care and attention of the doctors and staff and Sheeler Road Animal Hospital over the past 7.5 years we have lived here.
And to anyone who has a senior pet - don't ever give up on them or stop taking them in for vet visits. By being aware of problems early, you can do a lot to ensure your pet will continue to lead a happy and healthy life. Brandi is living proof of that! We love her so much and are very grateful to have had so many wonderful years together. Thanks for choosing her as your Pet of the Month, it means a lot to us!
Saylor Tucker was diagnosed with pneumonia in September and was hospitalized for treatment with IV fluids and antibiotics. She has since recovered and is thoroughly enjoying her puppy-hood! Her owner had this to say for her:
Saylor is so excited to have been chosen for November Pet of the Month :)) She loves drama (but you probably know that from the Rocky start she has had)!! She also loves the entire staff at Sheeler Road Animal Hospital. Without your loving care, she would not be with us , giving us all of the enjoyment , unconditional love , and the best wet puppy kisses ever. A million Thank You's !!! She loves to take long walks, go to the lake, the dog park ,listen to good music in the car ,visit Petco to pick out new toys, and bring all kinds of prizes in to us after playing outside. She is such a love!!
One Saturday morning every month, Corky Morley comes bouncing into our hospital, wagging his tail in excitement to see all of his friends again. He receives monthly Adequan injections to treat his knee and hip arthritis. Although his favorite part of each visit is the rub-down he gets from Dr. Niedfeldt and the staff, he also enjoys our treats! His owner wanted us to pass on this message from Corky:
Hi, I am Corky the Welsh Pembroke Corgi. My Mom and Dad named me this because they thought it was cute. Little did they know that I would live up to it. I do not play well with other dogs so I cannot go to the dog park. What I really love is going for a ride to McDonalds ''hamburger with no onion is my favorite''. I also love to play with my rubber squeak toys; I cannot have the cloth ones because I wreck them too quickly. My mom has given them all names but at 9 years old it is hard to remember them all; I do get them right most of the time. I can even put my toys away on my own! My Mom thinks I am a genius. A few years ago I found out I have arthritis so I have to go frequently for a shot that keeps me moving. I love my visits to Sheeler Road Animal Hospital. They are the best! I am usually at the door before my Mom can put her shoes on. Well… I have never had a chance to be a super hero but I can put on a mean bark when I need to. I mostly like playing & laughing (yes I can laugh) and just being the ''Corkster''.
Minino Martin is a 16 year old Siamese-mix cat with the biggest blue eyes you have ever seen! He is currently undergoing treatment for chronic kidney disease. Minino stole the hearts of our entire staff in July when he was hospitalized for a week. He would follow us around the treatment room and talk back when we called his name!
At home, Minino is known as the ''Guard Cat'' after a scary night when an intruder tried to invade his owner's home. The Greyhound hid under the bed while Minino intimidated the would-be intruder by hissing and swatting at the window he was trying to enter through. This alerted the owner to turn the lights on, scaring off the intruder!
Congratulations to Chloe Caracciolo, our May 2015 pet of the month!
Chloe recently started insulin injections for diabetes and has been
spending a lot of time with us lately. We are happy to say that she has
responded well to the insulin and has gained weight and is feeling