Archive for February, 2014

petting a dogIt is essential that the decision making as regards to a patient’s well being is firmly founded in Ethical and Compassionate approach.

In my mind the role of  a Veterinary Doctor is first and utmost  to try and make the pet feel better. Quality of life is essential to all of us: humans and pets.

Yes, medicine has costs—inevitable costs—associated with it. But good communication with the owner, tailoring only the needed tests—not a blanket approach that runs every possible test available—should be practiced.

Also, it’s essential that there will be a good level of trust between the doctor and the pet’s owner, so when treatment decisions are being made, they are being made with consultation and explanation of the possible outcomes.

In conclusion: The love of pets—and all animals in our beautiful planet— should be the guiding light as to how a Veterinary Doctor should approach his patients.

Dr. Ehud Sela

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital

Margate, Florida.

Phone: 954-972-5900


At times in my practice I encounter a pet that needs multiple tests and
treatments, but his owner, and best friend, has some financial

The most recent case that comes to my mind is of Joey the sweet
geriatric cat. Joey is a 14 years old cat that has been losing weight very fast
and has severe intestinal issues, with very loose and explosive stools, and with
accidents around the house. Joey is his owner’s best friend and companion.
Joey’s owner is a retired senior citizen with a limited budget.

In this case, instead of doing every possible test in the book, I have concentrated on
the most important tests, so Joey can get better, and his owner can keep him and
enjoy his company.

Gladly, the tests revealed that Joey doesn’t suffer from severe systemic disease, and

symptomatic treatment is already helping him.

This case illustrates the importance of balancing good medicine with
patient’s needs and owner’s financial ability.

Joey is the sole companion of his senior citizen owner and

has a great importance in her well being as a senior citizen.

Dr. Ehud Sela

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital

Margate, Florida

Phone: 954-972-5900

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