Archive for March, 2016

old black cat


Target is a 17 years old spayed female cat that reaching this senior age, developed a few health issues.

Target is very particular about her privacy, so I will protect her name by calling her Patient T. Oops… I just realized I have already called her Target, oh well, I’m sure she will be OK with it, I will send her a nice email apologizing, but we’ll continue calling her Patient T, as it sounds so much more mysterious.

Patient T hasn’t been feeling very well lately. She was losing weight, was vomiting and was hiding a lot at home. Also, Patient T, is very vocal and expects her owners to wake up at a certain time in the morning and freshen up her food; giving her the well-deserved attention she needs and expect.

Her owners noticed that she was much more silent and hardly complained to them. Mind you, when she complained she was always right, she has been on this planet for 17 years and she knows what to expect.

Her concerned owners brought her to my office and we brought her back to her usual vocal self with reasonable appetite and enjoyment of life: watching the birds and lizards, and those so very dangerous squirrels….

Patient T sees me often, she was coming twice a week, but now we are on a once a week schedule and her health needs are addressed and treatments added and modified if needed.

I treat her as an outpatient as I think more often than not pets do much better treated like this, staying at their home environment; that they know and feel secure.

Last but not least, if you come across Target, please call her Patient T, as she thinks, and I agree, it adds a certain level of sophistication to her.

Dr. Ehud Sela-The Gentle Vet.

Phone: 954-972-5900

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Standard Poodle


Sweet Rosie, an eight weeks old Standard Poodle puppy has reached her loving new family.

Rosie is an amazing dog, tender, loving, intelligent and within the first few hours bonded with her new family.

Rosie’s owners called me very concerned the day following her arrival because Rosie has developed what they thought were severe orthopedic and possible neurological problems. Rosie every few steps would pull one of her hind legs forward, trying, and at times reaching her body with her paws. “The owners conducted extensive research consulting Dr. Google,” and it was clear and obvious that poor Rosie had something severely wrong with her.

Upon presentation Rosie appeared happy and content and an amazing Puppy. Rosie whispered in my ears as I was examining her, that she thinks her new family thinks there is something wrong with her, but she senses that she is doing very well, and with a lick on my face asked me to tell her family that she is just fine, and that she would love to be a member of the family for many years to come.

Rosie was right! Her physical exam revealed no abnormalities at all, but when we went to the lobby and let her run with her owners, she definitely would stop every now and then and presented the above mentioned symptoms. As Rosie is still a little puppy, and a little klutzy, she would sometimes trip over and it was a little humorous, but not to offend Rosie, I kept a stoic expression.

It appeared that Rosie was trying to itch her body, but no skin lesions were seen. Why Rosie would be itchy? I asked myself, and mainly while running and playing? I further pondered, then, like in all great mysteries, the truth become apparent to me: it was her collar. Rosie received her new collar yesterday evening, and she was trying to remove it, as it was mainly bothering her while running and playing.

I removed Rosie’s collar, and all symptoms were resolved, no more neurological, orthopedic, or skin problems.

As good old Sherlock Holmes would have concluded the case, he would have called it not the “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” but The Case of Rosie’s Collar.

One final note: upon leaving the office content with all her problems resolved, Rosie told me that if the collar had diamonds, she might consider it in a much more positive light.

Dr. Ehud Sela, the Gentle Vet

Margate, Florida


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What does proper health care in veterinary medicine consist of? Seems like a simple rhetorical question, doesn’t it? Of course, you would say, and me too: Good and loving and caring health care; first and utmost.

Sadly, as over the years big nationwide corporations—publicly held, or privately held—infiltrated the profession, the answer is far from obvious for these companies.

It seems that financial gains come first! Like so called wellness plans with so much fine print and such difficult escape clauses that would make even a lawyer blush—and I do have great respect for the law professionals, the majority does their job diligently and ethically.

Examples in my profession that disappoint me, to say the least:

Why does a sick pet needs to be vaccinated? Why does a pet need all vaccines available regardless of health status and regardless of the pet’s life style? The answer, sadly, is financial again.

Why do simple procedures such as vaccines or blood draw need to be done away from the owner? What is there to hide? I actually find that pets are so much more comfortable with their owners present.

Why to have incentive programs that reward the selling of products and services? The answer is, sadly, financial gain. A reward should be given for excellent care that makes a pet feel better. That’s it!

Veterinarians should have only one guideline and goal: make our patients feel better, help and improve the bond of pets and people, and comfort and help at times of severe illness that cannot be helped.

Trust is the key word. Trust in our true love as veterinarians for pets and their wellbeing.

And if we do offer wellness preventive plans—as I do and believe in—make them transparent, make them a good value—and value that goes beyond monetary value—make them flexible, make them common sense and not a contract replete with smoking mirrors.


Dr. Ehud Sela-The Gentle Vet

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital, Margate Florida

Phone: 954-972-5900.


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