Looking at the beautiful Kisa Sowers’ picture now belies the allergy trouble she had in the past. Being a Maine Coon mix, and obviously quite proud of her gorgeous fur, Kisa was probably embarrassed about the terrible breakouts caused by her allergies (not to mention her struggle with the discomfort). But dermatologist Rob Schick, DVM, ACVD was able to get her allergies under control. And now? Well, just look at her. Miss Photogenic!
Beasley just begs you to look at him. With his black facial markings, he almost looks like a pirate with an eye patch because as you look closer, you see that Beasley only has one eye. That doesn’t stop this lively Jack Russell/Beagle mix. On the contrary, you might say he’s also got a pirate’s swagger.
Beasley’s story is somewhat long and complicated. He had cataract surgery and did well for 2 years, then developed glaucoma in one eye. Beasley’s veterinary ophthalmologist Stacy Andrew, DVM, ACVO, along with his owner, determined that the optimal treatment for him was the remove the right eye. “This eliminated his pain and eliminated his needs for medications,” explains Connie Day, Beasley’s “mom.”
However, one year later, Beasley suddenly lost sight in his remaining eye and needed a procedure to reattach his retina. Dr. Andrew knew of only three veterinary ophthalmologists in the country that could perform such a procedure – the closest was in Virginia. Beasley’s owner didn’t hesitate, and the quick decision was instrumental in a successful procedure, ultimately saving the sight in his left eye. “Not only do you have a level of expertise and specialty care at GVS, you also have doctors who know where to refer for the really rare procedure,” says Day. “You know the doctors at GVS really care.”
This is Jack Rush, or as his family describes him, “the epitome of happiness.” Jack thrives on giving love to his family, so when he developed a mast cell tumor in his shoulder, his family decided to pursue radiation therapy so that Jack could have every opportunity for more happy days. True to his nature, Jack took his treatments in stride, never showing nervousness or apprehension, which made the process more emotionally manageable for his owners. Jack has recovered beautifully and is enjoying life to the fullest. “GVS is who we trust for specialized veterinary care,” says Kate Rush. “I know we have several great years left with him, and it’s all because of GVS.”
Stevie C. had a way of making his “mom” Pat laugh every day. So when Pat noticed this social kitty suddenly began hiding, losing muscle control and showing little interest in food, she knew something was terribly wrong. Stevie’s vet, Dr. Michael Ray of The Cat Clinic of Roswell, suspected a neurological problem and referred him to the Neurology service at GVS. Through several diagnostic procedures, Ron Johnson, DVM, ACVIM (Neurology) determined that Stevie had a large brain mass. Pat elected to proceed with surgery to remove the mass. Stevie recovered well and is now living a normal life again, playing with his other feline companion and taking every chance he can get to make Pat laugh, just like he used to.