When Shyla came to us in March 2011, the 10-year-old spayed female Lab mix had severe pain in her front right leg and she was knuckling her hind end. When she began limping, her owner took her to their original vet, where she spent several days undergoing steroid therapy, pain management, and preliminary diagnostics. During her stay there, she got progressively worse, becoming lethargic and unable to walk or sit up. The doctors recommended euthanasia, but Shyla's family was not ready to give up on her yet. A family friend recommended Dr. Dusza, and they set up a holistic consult with her right away.

It's been a long, hard journey for this now 7-month-old kitten. For those of you not familiar with her story, here is a quick recap:

On June 4, 2013 little Hope, just 5-6 weeks old at the time, was found in the middle of the road having been hit by a car. She was trying desperately to get out of the road, but the car had shattered her pelvis leaving her unable to walk. Two young women found her army-crawling, trying to drag her broken body out of the street. She was brought to us, awake, painful, and terrified. Our doctors evaluated her and determined that due to her broken pelvis she needed a procedure called a Femoral Head Osteotomy. The procedure involved removing the head of the femur and creating a new hip joint so Hope could walk. While the procedure was very successful, little Hope still had a lot of healing to do. We used veterinary laser therapy to help her heal and relieve her pain. Her pelvis was still crooked, and likely would be for life due to the severity of the trauma, but she was walking on her own the day after the procedure! She stayed with us for several months while we used range of motion exercises and laser therapy to help her heal, regain strength in her hind end, and relieve her pain. She grew stronger with each passing day, and soon she was free to roam the hospital with the rest of our cats.

A Courageous Little Kitten Gives New Meaning to the Word Hope

Sweet little Hope was brought to us on Tuesday, June 4th, by two kind young women who found her in the middle of Central Avenue, right across from Lancaster High School. This tiny 5-6 week old kitten, who wasn't even old enough to leave her mom, had been hit by a car and the driver didn't even bother to stop. This poor little baby was struggling to army-crawl her way to safety, her tiny front legs dragging her broken hind end. The two young women stopped their car, picked her up, and brought her to us.

Peepers came to us in late January 2012. The 13-year-old spayed female cat had a neurologic condition that resulted in urinary incontinence in addition to difficulty walking and maintaining her balance. When relaxing, she would often leak a small puddle of urine without even realizing it. Peepers had been incontinent for approximately two years. Besides a previous diagnosis of hyperthyroidism, Peepers had no other health concerns.

Cogswell is a 7-year-old neutered male Shar-Pei mix who came to us in August of 2012 with a history of hind end paralysis. When he first came to us, he had been seen for the same condition at another vet who was unable to determine the cause of his recurring paralysis. He had been treated with western medicine for this condition several times since 2009, with short-term improvement seen, yet the condition kept recurring. His owners came to us to see if holistic and Traditional Chinese Medicine could provide some relief and help him to regain quality of life.