Skyler, this handsome 14 1/2 year old Sheltie, joined our family after we did quite a bit of research on what kind of dog may be the best fit for our family. We looked at temperament, shedding level and size… and decided on this energetic and bright breed.
We adopted Skyler as a young puppy and knew he was ours the moment my daughter (11 at the time) and I laid eyes on him. He was just the sweetest, most beautiful, affectionate puppy… and Dr. Selmer has been his holistic veterinarian for his entire life. From our first visit with Dr. Michael Selmer, we went and fell in love with the level of care.
Skyler spent most of his growing up years herding the kids and their friends into small orderly groups when they would get too crazy in the yard. To this day — depending on who is at home — he will position himself equidistant between wherever his family members are sleeping in the house before settling down himself for the night.
Our first major health issue with Skyler was when he was ~ 6 years old. Dr. Selmer determined from a slight limp — and the fact that he liked leaning against our cool fireplace bricks — that Skyler was in a lot of pain. Xrays and exams later confirmed a necrosis in his right rear hip and the need for a hip replacement. While we had to go to a surgical center for the surgery, Dr. Selmer got us through his recovery and the ulcer that he got from the pain killers.
Over the years we saw Dr. Selmer once or twice a year for check ups and vaccinations. Skyler’s gotten older now and because he’s developed arthritis and Cushing’s disease just this year, Dr. Selmer has added herbs and supplements as needed to keep Skyler as comfortable and healthy as possible. We also added acupuncture to the list of things making him more comfortable.
In February of this year, I woke for no good reason at 3 am, and — also for no reason– started looking for the dog. We have had a doggie door for most of Skyler’s life, so where I found him was the middle of our back yard laying down in the snow. I ran to get shoes and by the time I got back he had made his way to the patio but wasn’t headed for the door. I went out and carried him in, warmed him up and didn’t realize until morning that he was limping.
His titanium hip had broken lose and there were chips of cement floating around causing him quite a lot of pain. Poor guy! Dr. Selmer sent us to Dr. Lesser, who removed the artificial hip. Ten days later I took Skyler back to have the stitches removed only to find out that his leg, below the surgery, was broken. Back to surgery to repair the broken leg.
Dr. Selmer began acupuncture again a short time after we had Skyler home again. He has done acupuncture, Aqua acupuncture, electric acupuncture and laser treatments on Skyler’s “bad leg” – the one with no hip now – and I can’t even believe the difference in my dog.
He climbs the stairs to our second floor (when HE feels like it) and I even found him on the couch yesterday, for the first time, when I came home. EVERYONE in Dr. Selmer’s office is caring and goes above and beyond to take care of my dog AND me. I went through so many emotions and fears and questions during this past year with Skyler. I was afraid we’d lose him, not sure I could rationalize all of this surgery on a 14-year old dog. I was worried he couldn’t take the anesthesia and recovery at his age. Tears were shed in and out of the office. Advanced Animal Care Center is kind, loving and knowledgeable of all things traditional and nontraditional when it comes to the animals (and animal parents) in their care.