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Lola and Emily celebrated Lola's birthday one day during their rehab session.

This is part three in a three part series about the veterinary rehab program at Cascade Hospital for Animals and the benefits it brings to pets. In part two, we explored the two primary types of patients rehabilitation nurse Emily Harkness sees and the best courses of treatment for them. In part one, Emily talked about how she and Dr. Greg Paplawsky view veterinary rehab for seniors as age management to ease the transition to their golden years and how she works with owners to make home life as comfortable as possible.

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Dr. Solnik examines a cat in a veterinary exam room.

Cascade Hospital for Animals and Breton Village Animal Clinic are happy to welcome Dr. Ashley Sonik to our team! Dr. Solnik joins us from C-Snip in Grand Rapids where she worked for two years. 

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Crate Escape Doggie Daycare Motto: Biscuits, Balls, and Bellyrubs

We're so excited to be able to restart one of our most popular services: daycare! Starting in September, we'll once again be taking reservations for spots at the Crate Escape Doggie Daycare. 

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Laser therapy in veterinary rehab

This is part two of a three-part series diving into the veterinary rehabilitation program at Cascade Hospital for Animals and the benefits it brings to senior pets. In part one, rehabilitation nurse Emily Harkness talked about how she and Dr. Greg Paplawsky view rehab for seniors as age management to ease the transition to their golden years and how she works with owners to make home life as comfortable as possible. 

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So you’ve decided to welcome a puppy into your life! You’ll soon know boundless joy, excitement, and laughter…and many sleepless nights, housebreaking missteps, and missing shoes. Puppies are not for everyone, but for the brave souls who open their hearts and homes to them, they can be rewarding life-long members of the family.

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Dr. Schaffer and Jax pose with cancer-detecting blood test OncoK9.

Veterinary medicine has its share of unknowns. When a pet isn’t feeling well, the answer isn’t always obvious and sometimes there are many possible culprits to eliminate or pinpoint. For our dedicated veterinary staff, one relatively new product is making their job just a little bit easier.

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Veterinary rehabilitation nurse Emily Harkness with loyal client, Colby, age 10.

Whether we are prepared for it or not, it’s a fact that in the best-case scenario, our pets are going to get old. And just like humans, pets’ needs and abilities evolve in their golden years. CHFA’s certified canine rehabilitation nurse, Emily Harkness, has seen these changes happen with many pets through her work in our veterinary rehabilitation facility. Emily and Dr. Greg Paplawsky, director of rehabilitation, describe their work with aging pets as “age management,” and she tailors her sessions and recommendations not only to the particular medical issues of the pet, but also to what is most comfortable to the pet.

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Veterinary care is seldom predictable and rarely goes exactly by the book, but there are some issues that are especially out-of-the-ordinary. In one such recent case, our own Dr. Clayton Siegle resolved a challenging situation with the help of his fellow team members and a trusted mentor.

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Diagnostic imaging opens up answers to our veterinary staff that they’d never find with the naked eye. Your pet might have received life-saving interventions from us because of something revealed in an x-ray, for example. For Dr. Leslie Veneman, the insights that come from ultrasound technology in particular are fascinating. “Every week there is something exciting to see. I just think it’s amazing,” she says.

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When Kathy Tomczak told her older granddaughter she’d be retiring from CHFA to spend more time with her grandkids, the response she got was unexpected. “The first thing she said was, ‘But Nana, we want to come visit you at the animal hospital!’” It’s a bittersweet time for Kathy, who is retiring from CHFA after almost 29 years. “I will miss everyone, but I’m happy to have the free time, especially with my grandkids,” she says.

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