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10 MayAll That We Love Deeply

by Katie Berlin, DVM (original version published for DrAndyRoark.com on May 7, 2016) “What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” –Helen Keller I read a beautiful post today by Dr. Jessica Vogelsang (pawcurious.com) about the relationship between her terminally ill mother and her Golden Retriever during the last months of her mother’s life. Her words brought the first of the tears that threaten me daily this time of year. My mother would have turned 72 this past January. She died on May 18, 1993, nine days after my 15th birthday. Every spring, when May hovers close, its sweet green smell, hay fever, dogwood blossoms, and bird songs signal the imminence of Mother’s Day, and the anniversary of her death. The hardest euthanasia I’ve had to perform was for a client whose beautiful little cat had nursed her…

12 AprOur Legacy: Strong Healthy Bonds

by Katie Berlin, DVM Change can be hard. SVH has evolved quite a bit over the past 39 years. We now have two locations staffed with nine doctors and about 50 team members, and sometimes that probably seems like a long way from the small family practice Dr. Schaeberle started in Dover in 1979. Dr. Schaeberle opened his practice with the unwritten goal of providing excellent care with a core of compassion and empathy for the people who trusted him with their pets. We might be more spread out now, and we might look a bit different, but under the external changes, our heart is the same. We come to work every day to nourish strong, healthy bonds; to heal; to connect; to love. All of us, no matter our role at SVH, agree upon six core values that unite our two hospitals and our many team members: Best Medicine…

21 MarFear Free Visits: Why Should You Give Those Pills, Anyway?

by Katie Berlin, DVM If your dog or cat gets anxious when they come to see us, there’s a good chance we’ve recommended you try giving them some anti-anxiety medication before visits. Our focus on working toward a Fear Free experience for every patient means these recommendations are increasingly frequent. Where veterinarians traditionally have used these drugs for patients who were too fractious or aggressive to handle, we have begun, as part of our Fear Free initiative, to use them in pets who don’t necessarily show any aggression but who show clear signs of distress during a visit – such as panicking during restraint, hiding in the carrier, under a chair, or in the sink and refusing to come out, being reactive to needles or to the doctor’s hands or diagnostic tools, or frantically trying to escape from the exam room. These are extremely common reactions to stress, and we…

13 FebPhysical Therapy Strengthens Muscles, Spirits, and The Bond We Share

by Kelly L. Pyott, CVT The hardest thing about writing a blog about canine physical therapy is where on Earth to start. Should I capture your attention by describing the fun exercises we do in this program? Maybe be more academic and give you statistics and explanations as to how and why this program works? Interest you with the history and future of physical therapy in small/companion animal medicine? Or maybe dive right in with the success stories of individual patients I’ve helped over the years in the program? I think I’ll do a little bit of each. But first, to officially start, what exactly is canine physical therapy? Canine physical therapy is extremely similar to “human” physical therapy. Various methods and modalities are employed to help our canine patients regain and maintain physical strength, range of motion, and overall comfort. This might be a dog who just had orthopedic…

15 JanWhat Now? The Aftermath of Loss

by Kimberley Saylor I’ve been working in the veterinary field since I was 15 years old. I witnessed my first euthanasia just 2 hours into the job.  It struck me in that moment, even at my tender age, that this would be the most important aspect of my job.  And it is.  Saving lives is wonderfully satisfying, and new puppy kisses are amazing, but helping a pet transition through this world is a sacred thing.  At least in my books.  I’ve cried alongside pet parents, I’ve laughed at their funny stories, I’ve stood solemnly in the corner out of the way, and I’ve been thankful I was able to lighten the burden of their loss, even if just a little.  Despite the countless euthanasias I’ve witnessed and performed, I was ill prepared for the death of my own pet. Your first dog as an adult holds a special place; mine…

31 DecA Thank You Note to Our Clients

by Katie Berlin, DVM **Originally published on DrAndyRoark.com** I wrote this a year ago, before I was a part of the Shiloh family. This year has brought a lot of changes for me personally and professionally, and I’m very grateful to be where I am – but through that change and personal growth, my feelings toward the wonderful pet families I see every day remain as I described last year, and also continue to grow and grow. Veterinarians, like anyone else, tend to fall into a routine at work. We see a variety of pets and people, but we also spend a lot of each day the same way – returning messages and calls, doing charts, discussing preventive care, and treating the same ailments. On busy days, when I’m sleep-deprived, or when life outside work isn’t going well, it’s easier than I care to admit to forget for a moment…

14 DecWhat is Fear Free?

by Autumn Myers, CVT The Fear Free Initiative started with Dr. Marty Becker and his unending and steadfast love of animals and the human-animal bond. Since beginning the initiative, over 13,000 individuals have become certified Fear Free professionals, including every single member of our staff. The focus of the Fear Free initiative is not only to strengthen the human-animal bond but also to look after the pet’s physical and emotional well-being.  At Shiloh Veterinary Hospital we want to help your pet have the best visit with as little stress as possible. We don’t want to just take care of your pet physically but emotionally as well. We at SVH have taken many steps to help our patients on an emotional level. You may have noticed recently that we changed our uniform colors to grey for the staff. The doctors are no longer wearing white coats either. Research has shown that…

22 AugWhy I’m So Glad to Be Here

By Katie Berlin, DVM After a great first few weeks at SVH, I wanted to take a moment and express my gratitude. There are LOTS of veterinary hospitals out there. There are so many to choose from, so many people trying hard to take good care of animals and their families, that it’s hard even for a great one to stand out. Shiloh is a special place – an exceptional place. Sometimes it takes a new set of eyes to remind the familiar ones what lies in front of them. I want to share with you what I see when I come to work every day. – I see a team that works well together because they allow one another to be who they are and to do what they do. Vets, myself included, are often perfectionists, which sometimes leads to micromanaging. There’s no need to micromanage when surrounded by tremendously capable,…

10 JanShiloh Veterinary gets to the Root of the problem!!!

Shiloh Veterinary Hospital is installing a new state-of-the-art digital x-ray machine at its Dover office to complement similar equipment at our Manchester office. This new device will allow us to better diagnosis dental problems below the gum line by providing us with high-definition digital images and striking contrast. Call to schedule a dental evaluation at 717-767-0180.