I am an experienced small animal veterinarian with more than 26 years in the veterinary profession and close to 20 years in practice, both in general practice and in emergency/critical care medicine.
My professional interests include fostering the human-animal bond through helping my clients and patients manage both health and behavioral issues, including initial puppy/kitten stages through end of life care.
Feline/canine fear and anxiety can become a huge roadblock to a happy home and ease of veterinary care. Helping clients find the best way to manage common behavioral problems both at home and at the veterinary office reduces the stress of all involved. This starts with early puppy/kitten visits and continues through all stages of life. While no visit can be completely fear free, as a team we can minimize anxiety. Help in handling the anxiety from the first moment of getting into a vehicle/carrier to the visit itself is paramount in keeping your pet healthy and keeping the care team and your family effective at performing medical care.
During my time working with a double boarded neurologist and behaviorist, I was privileged to work along side of one of the pioneers in the field of veterinary behavior. I have personal experience with the difficulty of managing fear based aggression in my one of my own dogs, barrier reactivity/leash reactivity in my current dog, and house soiling with my own cats. While I certainly believe in better living through chemistry, behavioral modification coupled with selective medication is my preferred method of handling many cases.
For those pet owners with noise reactive/phobic animals, now is the time to prepare for the upcoming spring/summer storm season as well as the inevitable fireworks that will mark several holidays. If your dog has issues with these types of stimuli, practicing desensitization and strategic medication choices should be address now, while we can control the level of stimulation. While certain celebrity animal "trainers" employ flooding, I find that the hard work of desensitization is both healthier and safer for your beloved pets and your family.
Using my experience, I enjoy complex pain management/hospice care to help those in great need of comfort and quality of life. Frank and compassionate end of life discussions became a skill honed during emotionally charged emergency hospital visits. I find that helping clients through these difficult times to be an honor and privilege.
Complex multi-modal pain management and balanced anesthesia are rewarding for the pets, their guardians, and the veterinary team. In day to day practice, we avoid cookbook solutions, employ western medicine coupled with complimentary care such as nutriceuticals, laser therapy, physical therapy, therapeutic ultrasound, and e-stim machines. While I am not comfortable prescribing controlled medications without a hands on exam, I help create a multimodal plan that includes certain prescription drugs, labwork that may be helpful, plus assist finding a local veterinary hospital that can perform any complimentary therapies.