Archive for January, 2014

Helping a pet feel better is the greatest joy in veterinary medicine for a true
pet lover.

Seeing the silent and deep felt look of gratitude in my
patients’ eyes is the greatest joy I can achieve and the reason I became a

Like the Doberman–Baby Girl–that couldn’t walk due to
neurological disease, and now is able to walk and be self sufficient; a delight
to her and her owners. Yesterday she came for a follow-up exam and rested her
head on my lap in gratitude and confidence, and my heart, it melted with

Like the cat–Dusty–that due to severe inflammatory bowel
disease couldn’t keep any food down, was losing weight and withdrawing. Now the
vomiting has stopped and weight is gained and Dusty is purring

These are the true reasons, and only reasons to become a
veterinarian, and one should always remember that and cherish that and strive
for that.

Dr. Ehud Sela
Gentle Vet Animal  Hospital
Margate, Florida.


Good anesthesia is essential in the good outcome of a procedure that requires general anesthesia.

Today we performed a dentistry on a ten years old Dachshund. In my practice a complete physical exam is done by me before premedication with a sedative, and then about 15 minutes later another physical exam is done before the administration of the inducing anesthetic.

Once the induction is achieved, the patient is intubated and inhalation anesthesia begins. In my practice, all of the above are done by me the veterinarian. Monitoring devices are placed on the patient and the veterinary technician starts the dentistry.

 I’m there at all times during the procedure monitoring the patient under anesthesia and the dentistry.

When the procedure is completed I extubate the patient and stay with him in the surgical suite until fully awake and all parameters are normal.

Furthermore, my vet tech stays with the patient in recovery observing him until the patient stands up and can walk.

I use very short acting inducing agents so the patient usually is home within an hour of the procedure fully awake and wagging its tail in happiness when the owner picks him up.

In conclusion: attention to details and close monitoring of a patient during anesthesia and during recovery is essential for a good outcome.

 Dr. Ehud Sela

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital

Margate, Florida.

Phone: 954-972-5900 

As cats get older, they too, just like us can suffer from debilitating osteoarthritis.

The symptoms may be vague at times, and at other times they can be specific to the areas affected.

Often these cats are reluctant to jump, have trouble getting into the litter box, thus voiding outside the box, and can exhibit pain with reduced appetite and weight loss.

These cats can and should be helped in order to have a much more comfortable and enjoyable life.

In my office  I use a non painful injection treatment with Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan (PSGAG) Solution that often reduces inflammation, pain, and increase mobility and appetite.

I also often prescribe oral medication in conjunction with the injections treatment.

Our Feline friends deserve a long and enjoyable life well into their geriatric age.

Dr Ehud Sela

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital

Margate, Florida.

Phone: 954-972-5900.


Osteoarthritis is a common disease process in aging dogs just like in people.

The disease causes discomfort, pain, and significant reduction in quality of life in our canine friends. But the good news is that now we can greatly help our furry friends in mitigating and greatly improving their quality of life.

In my practice we use a combined approach: both with an intramuscular injection, and oral medication, thus achieving a synergistic effect.

After a comprehensive physical exam, and blood work, the pet will start on a regimen of twice a week injections with Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan (PSGAG), and, also, a canine approved oral non steroidal anti-inflammatory. The injections will be for a period of four weeks, then they are slowly tapered down.

The response to treatment is usually remarkable, and greatly pleases both dogs and owners.

Dr. Ehud Sela

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital

Margate, Florida.

Phone: 954-972-5900.


Medicine is an art: good medicine that is, both in Veterinary medicine and human medicine.

In Veterinary medicine this art is more difficult as the patients can’t tell the doctor what is bothering them.

Therefore, a complete physical exam, and a detailed history is imperative in order to achieve a diagnosis.

Of course, an experienced eye with many years in practice is an essential element.

Unfortunately medicine has become in some instances not an art, but a blanket approach in which based upon algorithms–and not critical thinking–a myriad of tests are done, and these tests can be costly.

I believe in diagnostic tests; they are essential, but I also believe in a logical approach and fine tuning the tests to the case in front of me.

I regard in many cases the art of medicine to be like a detective work in which a methodical and logical approach is applied.

Yet, always remembering that the first rule of medicine is do no harm.

And, always remembering that in front of me is a pet that feels and is a member of the family.

The Art of Medicine is not just a cliche but something to strive for and always practice.

And like any form of art: there are good artists, not so good artist, and exceptional artists. In medicine the exceptional doctor has that additional spark of compassion and wisdom that sets him apart.

Dr. Ehud Sela

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital

Margate, Florida


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