This is my favorite picture of Casey, my “muttagree,” even though it doesn’t show what first captured my heart about this mixed breed: his marble eyes. These beautiful half blue / half brown eyes are what drew me to him. Just before meeting Casey, I had to put down my chocolate lab and not having a wagging tail greeting me when I got home from work was the hardest part. The day before we were hit by Hurricane Sandy, I went and picked up this amazing mixed breed. He was just six months old.
Our first six months together were great and incident-free, but then he started snapping. It looked like he was snapping at flies and sure enough he had what they call “fly snapping seizures.” Casey was having them multiple times a day, lasting sometimes as long as 20 minutes. It was miserable and all I could do was hold him, while trying to distract him out of it.
Dr. Selmer gave us options.
Now, with the help of Chinese herbs and acupuncture, Casey may have a tiny seizure about once a week. Instead of 20 minute seizures, he may snap two times and then it’s over. A major improvement and I don’t have to worry about his liver and kidneys being affected by western meds. Plus, Casey loves the acupuncture. Look at these pictures:
He even loves the people there. How many dogs do you know that love going to the vet? Casey gets so excited when I tell him we are going to see The Caring Vet and his team.
He’s four years old now and every once in a while — mostly in the spring– he’ll relapse. His seizures are never close to what he had in the beginning, but Dr. Selmer always has new ideas or treatments to get him back on track. In fact, we just added Endocannabinoid System Support (Hemp or cannibus) to his meds, trying to get him down to zero snaps.
Every pet parent in Long Island should know that Dr. Selmer cares. I mean he really cares, not just about the patient, but the whole family…it’s a package deal. He never stops learning, so he always has new and innovative ideas to help the pets that are fortunate enough to depend on him.
As told by Casey’s mom, Rose Collaro