Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Just returned from a house call for Grizzly: an American Pit Bull Terrier. Grizzly is sweet & loving & has severe back pain that makes it difficult for him to lift his head.

Grizzly waits for me at the door for his twice a week injection and it helps him greatly.

After my customary greeting and chatting with Grizzly—and of course with his owner too—I examine Grizzly, and when he notices that I’m ready to give him his injection he comes and lays by me; I can see in his eyes that he knows it helps him.

It gives me such joy to see that my visits make his quality of life better and that I can help him.

I like doing house calls as I can see the patient at their home environment and in Grizzly’s case the car ride will be difficult for him as it might aggravate his pain.

The house call visit is concluded with Grizzly’s favorite treat—it’s actually a vitamin—but we don’t tell him that and he chews it with delight.

Dr. Ehud Sela

The Gentle Vet

Phone: 954-972-5900

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Dr. Ehud Sela: When Adopting A New Pet

Adopting a new pet is a wonderful act of love.

Often, and sadly, these pets come from difficult circumstances and need an adjustment period.

I often see new adopted pets that are shy at the beginning and at times do not have the greatest appetite or interact slowly with their new family.

If the physical exam is normal I often advise patience rather than performing multiple tests that can be stressful to the new pet and at times unnecessary.

Plenty of love and reassurance and perhaps offering a very palatable pet food can improve appetite.

I always advise a followup within a week, and of course if any signs of illness develop to return immediately.

Often: "The tincture of time" and being patient is very important.

Tests should be done wisely and correctly, only if needed.

It is a wonderful act of kindness and love to bring a new pet to the household, and like every new relationship it takes time to develop.

Dr. Ehud Sela

The Gentle Vet

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital

Margate, Florida


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