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Dog and Man in the Rain

Quivering stood the dog in rain

At street’s end

Watching people walk in haste

Ignoring a few extended hands

And some girls:

Called him by what they

Thought his name

But he refrained, unfazed

Waited in the rain

Then wagged his tail

Leaped content

Looking at the other end

Where just across the bend

Drenched his owner came

Not knowing

It was Argos waiting there.

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Molly, a 14 yrs old boxer was diagnosed with a Mast Cell tumor on her ear. Because of the location on the ear, surgical approach would have required the removal of the entire ear pinna, a very invasive surgery, for any patient, and especially in a senior dog like Molly.

Molly was given antihistamines and prednisone before the surgery, as mast cell tumors can release histamine and inflammatory substances. Large mast cell tumors are not good candidates for the procedure, but smaller ones, can be frozen.

The procedure was done as an outpatient with the owner present and with local anesthetic. Molly was very busy eating doggy treats and didn’t even know the procedure was being done.

Using an appropriate size cryo-chamber, that covered the entire tumor and surrounding area, the procedure was done with 3 cycles of quick freeze and slow thaw.

The procedure was a successes and the tumor has been frozen off, without any damage to the ear cartilage.

Although, tumor freezing–cryosurgery–is not the first choice for mast cell tumors, in this case it was, due to the location of the tumor, requiring the complete removal of the ear, and the age of the patient.

Molly is doing great and is very happy with the surgery and that her ear was preserved, and she didn’t need to go under general anesthesia.

Dr. Ehud Sela

The GentleVet

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital

Margate, Florida.

Phone: 954-972-5900.



Kali, an eleven years white Boxer was presented for two small cutaneous masses that seem to be growing lately. Biopsy revealed benign growths. Kali has a history of malignant cutaneous tumors that required surgical removal under anesthesia. Due to her history it was decided in abundance of caution to cryo-freeze the growths.

The procedure was done in the exam room as an outpatient with local anesthesia. During the procedure Kali was given doggy treats and was very busy enjoying them.

Using the appropriate small size cryo-chamber the growths were frozen using 3 cycles of quick freeze, slow thaw.

The growths should recede and vanish within a few weeks.

Gentle vet Animal Hospital, Margate, Florida.

Dr. Ehud Sela, The Gentle Vet.




Charcoal, a thirteen years old large Labrador was presented for a an ulcerating mass that was growing and disturbing him on his skin. Fine needle biopsy confirmed a tumor which was not malignant, but was growing fast and could transform into a malignancy.

In the exam room with local anesthetic and with Charcoal very busy eating doggy cookies,  the tumor was frozen using a small cryo-chamber that fit snugly on the mass. A few cycles of quick freeze and slow thaw were applied with no notable discomfort for Charcoal, who was pleasantly eating his favorite treats all along.

The mass fell off with 14 days and both Charcoal and his owner are delighted that general anesthesia surgery was avoided.

Dr. Ehud Sela

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital, Margate, Florida

Phone: 954-972-5900


LOVE AFTER LOVE by Derek Walcott

Such a beautiful poem. Says so much with clarity and simplicity of words. Words that veil great depths of life experience.

Dr. Ehud Sela.

The Gentle Vet.

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Sick Dog

I have been encountering over the last years more more the use of words that tend to convey to the pet owner a sense of guilt and fear.

The following statement with some variations is used: You have declined diagnostics and treatment at this time, as well as humane euthanasia. It is very likely that your pet will continue to decline without treatment and may die at home.

Wow! What a statement; how frightening.

So, are there cases when a pet is so critical that the above is true? Of course there are. But I have encountered cases—and too often—in which the statement is used to scare and create a feeling of guilt.

A true assessment needs to be done, and if true financial hardships are present, then a less costly venue can and should be pursued. In my practice I explain in detail the possible differentials of the illness, being frank and open. Often, with the understanding and acceptance of the owner, a course of treatment will be ensued, and if feasible, and most time it is, I send the patient home, where they are more comfortable. Usually a follow up visit is set for the next day. I explain that this approach has significant limitations, as at this point we do not have a diagnosis, but we can try and see how we are doing with treatment that addresses the symptoms. Of course some medications cannot be started without diagnosis—as they can do harm in certain situations—but at least we are trying to help the pet and the family.

If the patient improves, then, gradually and judiciously we’ll do tests to further define the illness, continue or modify the treatment, and try and get a prognosis.

The bottom line has to be compassionate veterinary care with good communication with the owner, and a relationship of mutual trust.

Dr. Ehud Sela

The Gentle Vet

Margate, Florida.



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