Welcome To Our Fall Newsletter
Our Fall Newsletter is filled with new and exciting topics!
Read our "What's Happening" to find the latest and the
greatest at your animal hospital. Go to the " Animal Heroes"
and I promise it will warm your heart and make you smile.
Don't miss the
article on "More Pets-Less Prozac" to make the most of you
and your day.
In this challenging economic time, please take advantage of our
money-saving coupons and learn how to earn a Free Visa Gift Card.
However, the "Complimentary Gourmet Snack Bar" may be the
best news of all!
You'll love our section on delicious and healthy recipes for your dog
or cat. They're easy to make and the purrs and kisses you'll
receive in return will be a terrific thank-you. And lastly, visit
"Client Photos" to spot someone you may know!
Read on and enjoy!!
Jonathan R. Wald, DVM
The Latest And The Greatest!
The biggest news is that we have a beautiful new Golden pup to join
Cody as a member of our front desk staff. Her name is Shea (which
means "admirable" in Gaelic) and she loves people! She was
born in August and is getting bigger by the day. Her favorite things to
do are chewing on Cody's ear and giving puppy kisses. If you are in
need of a puppy kiss, come by and pay her a
Computer Enhanced Digital
We have just
installed a Sound Technologies Digital X-ray System. This system
allows us to take a digital x-ray, which is then enhanced through an
advanced computer software system. We feel it is the best system
available and will allow us to take superior images more quickly and
with better diagnostic detail and lower radiation exposure.
Upgrades To Keep Your Pet Safer
We have installed seamless,
high-tech anti-microbial flooring throughout the hospital. And we
upgraded our air/ventilation system in the kennel to allow for better
exchange of fresh air. These improvements will help prevent the
spread of disease and further protect the health of your pet.
We're also refinishing our cabinets to give the hospital an even
brighter, fresher look. It is all about
"Comfort-Care-Convenience" at Central
Click on the Facebook link to see our exciting weekly photos of what's
happening at Central Broward
Animal Hospital. Maybe you will see someone you know! We
would love to have you as a Facebook friend and invite you to post a
picture of your pet. I
am not sure who enjoys looking at the photos more; our staff or our
proud pet owners!
on the Blog link to experience a behind-the-scenes,
up-close-and-personal view of Central
American Animal Hospital Accreditation
continues to be AAHA accredited. We are evaluated on almost 900
rigorous veterinary standards of excellence including patient safety
and comfort. Did you know that we are one of only 15% of animal
hospitals that are accredited by AAHA in the United States and Canada?
Our goal is to be the best!
Complimentary Gourmet Snack Bar
Expanded Courtesy Bar for Adults, Children and Pets
Our expanded courtesy bar is a big hit and the best courtesy bar in Plantation! Come taste the bagel chips,
biscotti, cookies, muffins and much more. Savor a fresh cup of
delicious Green Mountain coffee, tea, juice or soft drink and treat your
dog to some gourmet biscuits. Our goal is to make you and your pet's
visit as comfortable and pleasurable as possible.
Take the opportunity to chat with Genie, Sabrina and Linda at the front
desk and feel free to ask them any questions you may have. You
are welcome to bring the kids and introduce them to Shea, our new
puppy. Feel free to stop by for just a treat even if you don't
have an appointment. As a Plantation
animal hospital, it our way of saying thank-you for over 22 years of
business in the Plantation, Sunrise,
Davie, and Greater Ft. Lauderdale
area. Remember we are all family!
Sophie is a friendly,
one-and-a-half year old Bichon Frise who absolutely loves people, has a
big heart and a keen sense of duty. On June 27, 2008,
Mary-Ann Lazurko found out just how devoted her little dog was when
Sophie came to the rescue of her daughter, Belinda. Mary-Ann's
38-year-old daughter Belinda is a very severe diabetic. Due to
diabetes, she has had her right leg amputated just below the knee,
undergone a kidney transplant (which eventually failed) and now
requires blood dialysis three times a week. Belinda had been staying at
Mary-Ann's home since the month of May, while she waited for her own
home to be built.
particular morning during that stay, around 5 a.m.,
Mary-Ann awoke to Sophie vigorously tossing and turning about on her
bed. It was very strange behavior for Sophie who usually slept soundly
through the night. As Mary-Ann tried to calm Sophie down, she thought
she heard a noise coming from Belinda's room, down the hall. Mary-Ann
quickly disregarded the sound as both her husband and Belinda occasionally
talk in their sleep, but Sophie would not settle. She began to pace
peculiarly back and forth across the bed. Desperate, Mary-Ann could not
understand what was agitating Sophie and decided to take her outside.
However, just as Mary-Ann put her feet on the floor, Sophie bolted out
the open door of Mary-Ann's bedroom darting into Belinda's room.
Still confused by
Sophie's behavior, Mary-Ann rushed after her to discover that Belinda
was unresponsive and her blood sugars were at a dangerously low level.
Being a paramedic, Mary-Ann quickly tried to revive her daughter while
her husband called 911. Upon arrival, the ambulance crew started
Belinda on an IV and was thankfully able to help her regain
Nemo, the twenty-one pound / nine-and-a-half kilogram cat belonging to
Angela and Peter Papadimitriou, is best described as affectionate,
loving, caring, and even pleasantly plump. But due to this cat's
tenacity on September 1, 2008, new descriptors can now be added to the list:
life-saver, hero and best friend.
For years, Nemo has
routinely woken Peter up for his breakfast every morning. So it was
completely out of the ordinary when Nemo hopped up onto the bed in the
early morning of September 1, demanding Angela's attention. He started
meowing, swatting, and snuggling incessantly into Angela. While it was
no secret that Nemo loved his cuddles, it was obvious through the
urgency of his meowing and nudging that he wanted to be noticed. Even
after Angela woke up to see what was wrong and gave Nemo some attention
he seemingly desired, he did not settle down. Nemo kept on meowing and
nothing seemed to calm him.
Angela rolled over to
see if her husband, Peter, had an opinion regarding Nemo's odd behavior.
Angela was sure he also had to find the cat's ruckus as irritating as
she did. Angela turned to Peter and called his name a few times, but he
did not respond. Next, she rolled him over and shook him lightly to
wake him up, but he didn't move. Finally, Angela checked Peter's pulse
and felt his chest. That's when she realized he wasn't breathing and he
didn't have a heart beat.
jumped from the bed and tried to contact her neighbor. When they didn't
respond, she called 911 as quickly as she could. She told them about
the emergency and they dispatched an ambulance immediately, telling her
to begin CPR. Paramedics arrived at her home within minutes and were
quickly at Peter's side. Using a defibrillator and with several
attempts, the paramedics thankfully had Peter's heart beating again.
They then lifted him carefully onto a stretcher and brought him
immediately to the hospital.
Shortly after this
terrifying incident unfolded, Peter received heart surgery and has
since returned home to recuperate. Today he is in stable condition. Had
Nemo not sensed that something was wrong and been persistent in his
behavior to wake Angela when he did, she would not have noticed that
her husband's heart had stopped beating until perhaps it was too late. An
outcome that is unfathomable for Angela to even consider.
There's no question in
the Papadimitriou's mind that Nemo saved Peter's life that day. And
while always a very special cat, he now has an extra special place in
both of their hearts. In Angela's words, "not only is Nemo my best
buddy, he is also my hero!"
Dogs are our link to paradise.
They don't know evil or jealousy or
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a
afternoon is to be back in Eden,
where doing nothing
not boring-it was peace
Few of us realize that sometimes the things that
bring us the most happiness can be right before us--our pets! Did
you know studies show that simply stroking a dog or cat can lower your
blood pressure? That pet owners live longer and are healthier
than non-pet owners? Below are some simple exercises you can do
everyday with your dog or cat that will help maximize these benefits:
1) Stroke and talk to your cat or dog a full 10 minutes per day. Tell
them about your day and how you feel. They might not understand
everything you say but it does help to relieve your tension.
2) Take your dog for a long daily walk; the exercise is good for both
3) Watch TV together---tell them what is going on---it will help you
unwind and laugh. Laughter is medicine!
4) Go for a drive together. Take them to a place they would like to go
for a treat (our office has free treats for pets and people). It
will be fun for both of you.
5) Simply play with your pet. You both will have a wonderful
Lose Weight and Get High
Program That Both You and Your Dog Can Share
exercise, your brain releases natural chemicals called
endorphins. Endorphins give people a natural high feeling,
increasing one's sense of well-being. What better way to release
these endorphins than to exercise with your dog. You will also burn
calories - an extra benefit. Below is a simple walking program to
follow just 5 days/week for maximum results.
need to go out twice daily for exercise. Times may vary from 15-to-60
minutes, depending on your individual pet.
Make sure your
dog is in good shape before beginning lengthy or intense workouts. If
you want to do a longer distance walk, build your dog up gradually to
the greater mileage.
Dogs need to
get acclimated to hard surfaces such as concrete and pavement.
larger dogs have higher energy needs and smaller breeds need less
All dogs are
at risk for overheating. When it's hot, the heat, especially combined
with humidity, makes it easier for the dog to succumb to heat
exhaustion. Be especially cautious with dogs with short noses, like
Bulldogs and Boston Terriers, because they can't cool themselves as
effectively as other dogs due to the conformation of their noses.
Dark-haired and long-coated dogs also are at higher risk. If during
exercise your dog starts acting woozy, gets a dark red-colored tongue
or gets thick ropy saliva, you should stop immediately and get them in
a shaded area. Offer water slowly and hose them down with cool water if
necessary. For more severely effected dogs, wet them down with water
and then take them to a veterinarian immediately.
Give your dog
frequent water breaks while exercising, especially if it is hot. Limit
exercise times to early morning and later in the evenings, and be
cognizant of daytime temperatures and humidity.
particularly large breed growing puppies, shouldn't go on long walks
until around 12-to-15 months of age. Until then, their bones are still
growing and elongating. Prolonged, pounding exercise on hard surfaces
can potentially cause early damage to their joints.
your dog right before or after intense exercise. This may
predispose the dog's stomach to bloat or twist, especially for
large or deep-chested dogs. A general rule of thumb is not feed
dogs an hour before or after exercising.
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED
ABOUT YOUR DOG'S HEALTH CONSULT OUR OFFICE BEFORE EXERCISING.
THIS INFORMATION IS NOT MEANT TO SERVE AS MEDICAL ADVICE FOR
HUMANS. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE EXERCISING OR USING
ANY INFORMATION FROM THIS ARTICLE.
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Classic Canine Cookies
4 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
Juice from small orange
1 2/3 cups water
ingredients together well. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and
knead. Roll out dough to about 1/8 inch thickness and cut out desired
shapes... doggy bones, paws, balls, etc... have fun!
3 cups vanilla chips
1 Tbsp. spinach powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. vegetable oil
3 cups carob chips
1 tsp. vegetable oil
1 tsp. turmeric powder
Melt chips in a double boiler or microwave.
Add oils and seasonings. Dip tips of cookies, when cooled, into desired
sauce and place on a pan lined with wax paper until set.
Yield: about 12 pieces
Cat Crackers (warning-may excite your cat!)
6 ounces undrained tuna
1 Cup cornmeal
1/3 Cup water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Measure all the ingredients into
a bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands. Roll out to 1/4 inch
thickness and cut into treat sized pieces. Place on a greased
cookie sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden.
Let cool. Give to your cat and watch them gobble it up.
SOME PETS ARE ON RESTRICTED DIETS. CHECK WITH US IF YOU
HAVE ANY CONCERNS.
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If you live in the Plantation, Weston, Davie or Ft. Lauderdale area and are looking for the best veterinary care available, please call our hospital or drop by for a tour. We're here to serve you and your pet!
We hope you have enjoyed our newsletter.
Jonathan R. Wald, DVM
Central Broward Animal Hospital