Archive for February, 2013

This is the case of a sweet and loving cat that during routine exam and screening x-rays multiple lung tumors were found.

The cat was asymptomatic but after extensive conversations with the owner the decision was taken not to intervene surgically.

The disease has spread to multiple lung lobes and surgery would be extensive, not without significant risks, and not curative–as chemo would be needed afterwards.

The cat had enjoyed a few months of good health to his delight and his owner’s delight.

Sadly, as we knew all along, the moment came when the disease spread and affected his ability to walk on his back legs.

It wasn’t a painful event, but in conversation with the owner we decided that the time has arrived for euthanasia as he had no quality of life.

We preformed the euthanasia humanely, with the owner present–at her request–and it was a peaceful procedure.

Sadly in life at times we face situations that are not fixable, but I always strive to reduce the negative impacts and improve quality of life.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding your pets’ health.

Dr. Ehud Sela,

Phone: 954-972-5900

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital.


Lipomas in dogs.

Lipomas are relatively common tumors in dogs. Lipomas usually involve the subcutaneous tissue. Lipomas are considered benign tumors. Rarely a lipoma can convert or begin as a Liposarcoma which is a very aggressive tumor.

It is advisable that all lesions should be evaluated by a veterinarian. In my office I advise doing a fine needle biopsy of all suspicious lesions. It is done as an outpatient procedure and most pets tolerate it very well with no discomfort at all. The patient does not need to be hospitalized and the procedure is done in the exam room with the owner present.

If the biopsy confirms a lipoma then often there is no need to intervene surgically unless the tumor is located in a place that disturbs the patient–such as limbs, for instance.

Of course, monitoring the lesion at regular intervals is always advisable.

Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions regarding your pets’ health.


Dr. Ehud Sela

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital,


I believe that a pet’s quality of life–age and owner’s expectation–should be discussed in detail with the owner–the advantages and risks–before extensive surgery is performed.

As we can’t discuss with our patients the possible outcome of certain procedures, it’s imperative to have an open and frank line of communication with the owner.

A recent case that comes to my mind is of an older cat–14 years old–with a large fluid cyst in the neck area. Fine needle biopsies as an out patient, and fluid drainage analysis were inconclusive.  The cat is feeling great and not bothered by the cyst–we do drain it if needed. Given that surgery we’ll be exploratory in nature and involve the vicinity of large blood vessels and the thyroid and parathyroid glands area–with possible severe complications–I have decided, after extensive and continuous conversations with the owner, not to operate. We do many and extensive surgeries in our hospital, but in this case, given the cat’s advanced age, possible complications of the surgery and excellent quality of life that the cat has, we decided not to intervene surgically.

It is not a risk free approach, but nothing in life is risk free and each patient is an individual case and all aspects of the pet’s well being should always be considered.

Please feel free to contact us with any pet health questions that you might have.

Dr. Ehud Sela,

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital,

Phone: 954-972-5900.

In Veterinary Medicine, like in human medicine, early diagnosis is often life saving.

During a routine six months physical exam on an eight years old Standard Poodle, an abdominal screening ultrasound was done. During the exam a very small mass was found in the patient’s spleen, which was highly suggestive of early splenic tumor. The patient otherwise was completely healthy. Splenic tumors can be life threatening and often are diagnosed when the spleen is significantly enlarged and poses a significant health risk. In this case the mass was diagnosed at a very early stage giving us the possibility of intervening surgically at an early stage before complications arise.

We strongly advise at least a six months physical exam in our facility and screening tests, such as ultrasound, among others, for early diagnosis and prevention.

Please do not hesitate contacting us if you have any health questions regarding your pets.

Dr. Ehud Sela

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital,


Hyperthyroidism in cats.

Hyperthyroid disease in cats is a common and insidious disease of our feline friends that if goes undiagnosed and untreated can become life threatening.

The disease usually affects older cats and is manifested mainly with severe weight loss despite the presence of a good appetite.

The disease can have many other clinical manifestations including but not limited to vomiting and diarrhea among many others.

The disease affects multiple organ systems among  these the liver and kidneys. And if goes undiagnosed and untreated can cause severe damage to these organs.

Luckily hyperthyroid disease can be easily diagnosed with comprehensive blood work that include thyroid tests.

The good news for our feline friends is that currently the disease can be managed with a prescription diet that in many cases avoids the need of the use of medications and or radioactive iodine treatment.

Weight loss in our feline friends is in many cases an indication of health problems and it’s advisable to seek Veterinary help as soon as it’s noted.

Please do not hesitate contacting us if you have any further questions about hyperthyroid disease in cats, or any other health questions  you have regarding your pets.

Dr. Ehud Sela

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital

Margate, Florida.

Office number: 954-972-5900.

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