Somehow, February got by us and we forgot to post our Patient of the Month! Mickey has been a happy and welcome “fixture” at VMC for many years (as his family describes below), and we would certainly be remiss if we didn’t get his story out there!
Mickey (who is named after Mickey Mantle) started his Acupuncture journey when he was only 6 months old after his right ankle was fractured when he was flipped in the air by an older dog. Dr. Jan Mac Donald, DVM, ACVS, from Stack Veterinary Hospital, treated him conservatively and his right ankle was casted. He did not have surgery. He was started on acupuncture at 6 months of age for pain control at Clear Lakes Animal Wellness in Brewerton where he saw Dr. Young and Dr. Polly Fleckenstein. Dr. Young left the clinic to go to Watertown and Dr. Polly went to the Emergency Clinic on Erie Blvd. then to the VMC where we followed her. Mickey had started agility training before he was injured and resumed when around 2 ½ years old only to have his good side break down when 3 years old. He was then started on rehab with Lis Conarton in 2008 for quality of life. At that time his physical rehabilitation included underwater treadmill therapy, an extensive exercise program and acupuncture once a month. Mickey wouldn’t stay away from the agility equipment in my yard so he was brought back to Dr. Jan Mac Donald who cleared him to do agility competition because of how his ankle restructured with the rehabilitation. So, after about 4-5 years of being away from agility at the age of 8, he started showing in preferred agility which is the same as regular agility but at a lower jump height. Mickey went on to earn his PAX (Preferred Agility Excellent) title on 3/20/11, one year, one month after he started showing in the Excellent B classes. He then met the requirements for his PACH (Preferred Agility Champion) one month later on 4/22/11 when he turned 10 years old. He qualified for the 2011 National Agility Championships in Virginia and came out # 6 overall out of an entry of 30 in his Preferred 16 inch division beating Border Collies. Even though he only trialed for 6 months in 2011, being retired in July, he was listed as the #1 Dalmatian in the AKC PACH Stats for 2011. He has never been given pain meds for his ankle to this day but has received acupuncture monthly throughout his life. Mickey has a zest for life, a lot of heart, and loved the sport of agility. I am so grateful and thankful he was able to do agility and accomplished this fantastic lifetime achievement for both of us. He is my Heart dog. I want to thank Dr. Polly Fleckenstein and Lis Conarton of the VMC for being such a huge part of Team Mickey. Without them he would not have achieved all he did. He is now retired from showing and continues his laser and acupuncture treatments on a monthly basis to maintain his quality of life. He has experienced the power of acupuncture for 13 years.
We had so much fun on Sunday at the Canine Carnival! We helped dozens of doggies cool off in our doggy pool and with some tasty (to dogs!) sno-cones. We heard lots of dogs were adopted thanks to the record-breaking crowd.
Thank you to everyone who came out.
Check out the photos from the event on our Facebook page
And don’t forget to LIKE us while you’re there!
Smiles and sno-cones aside, we did have to put on our Emergency hats for some not-so-fun business: the business of helping our pets feel better. We were lucky to have some of our best emergency folks right there to help a couple dogs who had a hard time with the heat. They knew just what to do!
We hope you’re all feeling better!
3nd Annual Canine Carnival
New location, Live concert, Red Cross Blood Drive and more…
Canine Carnival 2012 is on the way with even more animals and fun things to do including a live concert. The date is Saturday August 4th 10am to 4pm at a new location, Longbranch Park in Liverpool.
Admission is FREE. It will be held rain or shine. We encourage everyone to bring your pets.
Last years Canine Carnival event was another incredible success with more than 50 vendors and animal rescues represented, food, music, 6000 people attending and best of all, more than 100 dogs finding good homes. Our new location features much greater parking capacity with many additional vendors and rescues being represented.
Along with the live concert at 2pm, other new features this year include a Red Cross Blood Drive on site, dog washing & grooming, a Kids Play area and Sports Zone featuring local sports teams. Horse carriage rides around the park will be available. Spay & Neuter Syracuse (SANS) will offer micro- chipping for your pet. Veterinary Medical Center of CNY will have an emergency triage center on site for your pets.
Proceeds from the Canine Carnival go to the Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation who has donated nearly $30,000 to animal welfares and rescues in central NY.
VMCCNY is proud to sponsor this event and look forward to seeing you there!
“Thank you all for taking such wonderful care of our “little guy” Bently over the past few days while he got back on his feet again! Your knowledge, kindness and compassionate nature helped to make our medical emergency much easier to bear. We truly appreciate all that you did to help Bently enjoy the rest of his summer!”