I purchased Bella from a local pet store when she was 8 weeks old. She is a West Highland Terrier, all white and just the sweetest thing. While she was so very playful in the little viewing pens, when I picked her up, she nestled in my arm like she was meant to be there. Needless to say, I didn’t need any convincing. I immediately took her home along with my three young children…who really wanted a puppy.
That was in 2001. Bella is now 15 years young.
When she was a puppy, she had ears bigger than her head and it made her look even cuter!! She was a very energetic puppy and when I asked Dr. Selmer when she would mellow, he said “Annie, she is a Terrier. She will never mellow out.” He was right, but her energy was the perfect fit for my three young kids at the time, so we all benefited from her enthusiasm.
When Bella was just 1 year old, she was bitten by a pit bull, who was just a pup himself. She suffered a deep wound nearly puncturing a lung. Dr. Selmer met me at his office at 1 AM and we immediately rushed her to the veterinary hospital. He took very good care of her following her surgeries, and — as a result — she came out of the whole thing healed, but scarred when it came to socializing with other dogs. She became very fearful.
After a breakup with an ex boyfriend — who had adopted a Puggle from one of my friends — I kept the Puggle, got rid of the ex boyfriend, and with Dr. Selmer’s great advice along the way, Bella learned to socialize again!!!!
When Bella was five years old, she hit another snag health-wise. She became very thin and lethargic. After arriving home from work, I noticed the weight loss and — of course — rushed her to see Dr. Selmer. They call him the Caring Vet, and this is exactly what he is to me.
Quick History: Dr. Selmer has been my doggie vet for several prior dogs of mine, who were older, but Bella was the first Pup that me and my kids picked out after much research and looking for the dog that would fit our lifestyle. When Bella came into our lives, I was newly divorced and working 4 jobs. Dr. Selmer was always very conscientious of the fact that I worked so much to feed my family. He was never one to say “Lets try this test.” for the sake of the large bill!! While he’s Bella’s doctor, he’s very in-tune to my emotional state when it comes to Bella. He gets it. She is my baby and my very best friend. He’s not only great to her, he’s also sensitive and caring about the humans who own the pets that come to him.
Okay, back to Bella. When I rushed her into his clinic, Dr. Selmer took the basic blood tests looking for disease, and said to keep a very keen eye on her over night. Eventually, she was diagnosed with Addison’s disease, which is characterized by a decrease in function of the adrenal gland, resulting in the decreased production of certain hormones. Addison’s disease can severely affect the kidneys, so Dr. Selmer immediately started her on medications and — of course — completely changed her diet and food type.
It was a scary time, but we had The Caring Vet on our side. Now Bella’s 15 and relatively healthy, still playful and still — of course — the sweetest dog I’ve ever known. She sees Dr. Selmer once a week and receives acupuncture for her joints and stability and herbal remedies for her overall health.
Time is not her friend these days and eventually — I know– she’ll cross that bridge. But I also know that Dr. Selmer will do his best not only to ease her pain, but also to console me, as he has over her lifetime.
Anyone who has a pet they love and care for should seek Dr. Selmer’s care. He is not an alarmist, he does not take unnecessary steps for the sake of a fee, he is very considerate of we humans and he is by far the best Vet on Long Island….
Besides Bella I have three other adopted dogs..the Puggle and two Bichon/ poodles that I adopted 2 years ago. He has his hands full with just my pack!!!!