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Ode to Wraith

As some of you may remember Wraith came to us out of the woods, covered with tics and fleas and about seven pounds underweight. After weeks of gaining his trust we finally got him into a carrier and to an appointment with John (Dr. Bates). John's initial assessment was a five to seven year old who was dumped, as testified by his lack of hunting skills. Further blood work determined FIV with John stating he could put him down that day. I started a search for a no kill facility but no one would take an FIV cat.

2018-07-31T21:45:25+00:00July 31, 2018|Our Blog|

A broken heart: Risk of heart disease in boutique or grainfree diets and exotic ingredients

Earlier this year, Peanut, a 4-year-old male Beagle/Lab mix was diagnosed with a lifethreatening heart disease at our hospital. Peanut had been lethargic, not eating well, and occasionally coughing. The veterinary cardiologist seeing him asked what he was eating and found that his owner, in a desire to do the best thing for Peanut, was feeding a boutique, grainfree diet containing kangaroo and chickpeas. Peanut required several medications to treat his heart failure but the owner also changed his diet. And today, now 5 months later, Peanut’s heart is nearly normal!

2018-07-23T22:12:36+00:00July 23, 2018|Our Blog|


Today I put my dog to sleep. It is March 8, 1976. I got her when I was 5 years old in 1961. She was so small and cute. The first time, when I brought her home mom was sick and lying in my bed. I set Spot down in my room and she ran over and licked mom in the face.

2017-11-22T20:33:19+00:00November 22, 2017|Our Blog|

Life After a Diabetes Diagnoses

At 14 years old, Yum Yum was still very healthy. Except for routine vaccinations and check-ups she seldom had to visit Dr. Turner. Earlier this year, though, that all changed.

2017-11-13T19:46:21+00:00November 13, 2017|Our Blog|

Dr. Bates, a U.S. Marshal??

dr-b-marshalDr. Bates had the very special privilege last week of a visit from, Ted, a US Marshal and a medic. Ted is a long time client of ours and asked Dr. Bates if he could come in to observe medical and surgical procedures for dogs.

2017-01-11T07:17:22+00:00January 11, 2017|Our Blog|
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