40 years into a successful career, Dr. Siegle looks forward to the next chapter
Dr. Richard Siegle examines Lola.

40 years into a successful career, Dr. Siegle looks forward to the next chapter

Looking back on more than 40 years as a veterinarian, Dr. Richard Siegle has seen a lot of change. Since he joined the practice in 1978, Cascade Hospital for Animals has grown from a small family veterinary practice to two clinics with 92 full- and part-time employees, and boarding, daycare, grooming, and training services. And now, with the Breton Village Animal Clinic relocating to a bigger facility soon and his son in his last year of veterinary school, Dr. Siegle has much to look forward to as well.

After a pacifier sent her to emergency surgery, Annie the boxer mix is on the mend
A post-surgery Annie on the road to recovery.

After a pacifier sent her to emergency surgery, Annie the boxer mix is on the mend

At first, it wasn’t clear what was wrong with Annie. According to her owner, Danielle, the trouble started when the normally healthy six-month-old puppy was suddenly unable to keep food down.

Worried, Danielle brought Annie to the hospital, where staff suspected the she had eaten something she shouldn’t have. An X-ray revealed a mysterious obstruction in Annie’s intestines. No one who examined the X-ray could figure out what Annie had swallowed. Then Dr. Becky Schafer took one look and said, “That’s a pacifier!”

New Associate Veterinarian Becky Schaffer Shares Her Animal Stories
Dr. Becky Schaffer examines her next patient in one of the new exam rooms at Cascade Hospital for Animals.

New Associate Veterinarian Becky Schaffer Shares Her Animal Stories

Ask Dr. Becky Schaffer about her favorite animal story, and the conversation quickly turns to cats – BIG cats.

Dr. Schaffer, the newest veterinarian at Cascade Hospital for Animals, once had the opportunity to care for a circus lion that had fallen ill while the troupe was touring West Michigan.

“I had to remind myself that despite his size, he was a lot like any other cat” said Dr. Schaffer, 34, a graduate of South Christian High School who received her bachelor’s degree from Calvin College and her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Michigan State University.

Holiday dangers for cats
Unfortunately, many of the things that people love about Christmas can be potentially dangerous to cats.

Holiday Dangers for Your Cat

Christmas time can be a very exciting time for people and cats alike. After all, we put actual trees in the
house, cover them with things that move and roll if knocked down, put a new fancy blanket that is devoid
of cat hair under it and then circle it with stringy, shiny stuff. Christmas is a fantastically fun time if you are a cat.
Unfortunately, many of the things that people love about Christmas can be potentially dangerous to cats. 

Grand Rapids native Dr. Kyle Fuller Joins Staff at Cascade Hospital For Animals
Dr. Kyle Fuller enjoys surfing when the weather is right in West Michigan.

Grand Rapids native Dr. Kyle Fuller Joins Staff at Cascade Hospital For Animals

When Dr. Kyle Fuller joined the staff of Cascade Hospital for Animals recently as an Associate Veterinarian, it was a homecoming for her in more ways than one.

Kyle has returned to her hometown after stints as a graduate of Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C., a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, an intern at an animal hospital in Washington state and associate veterinarian in Mississippi.

Could your cat’s mouth be painful like this?
Dental disease is one of the primary issues that we can find on those exams

Could your cat’s mouth be painful like this?

It is often difficult and stressful to bring your cat into the clinic for an annual exam, but dental disease is one of the primary issues that we can find on those exams. It is a common misnomer that cats with a painful tooth or bad dental disease will stop eating. In fact, eating is an instinctual part of survival and that instinct overrides the pain and keeps them eating. Therefore, this is a not a good way to know if your cat’s mouth is painful.

Like humans, cats can also get their blood pressure checked for hypertension
Like humans, cats can also get their blood pressure checked

Could my cat have hypertension (high blood pressure)?

We as people, are very used to getting our blood pressure taken. It is done at any and all doctor visits and is considered vital information. Should cats have their blood pressure measured too?

Young cats generally do not have problems with high blood pressure, much like young people. As they age however, high blood pressure can and does occur in cats. It can cause kidney damage, heart damage and blindness in cats.

Are All Feline Vaccines Created Equally?
Each vaccine has its own location

Are All Feline Vaccines Created Equally?

Are all feline vaccines created equally?

Years ago, veterinarians started to see, infrequently but consistently, cats with cancerous tumors in the area that vaccinations were being administered. These tumors, called fibrosarcomas, are very invasive tumors that are nearly impossible to completely remove surgically.

Myths and Truths About Feline Nutrition
" My Low Carb Diet Starts Tomorrow"

Myths and Truths About Feline Nutrition

Myth #1: “Canned food makes my cat fat.”


Truth #1: Dry food is actually more likely to make cats fat. Cats are true carnivores meaning they only utilize protein and fat from the diet. They lack enzymes needed to break carbohydrates down into absorbable energy. Fat and protein are the moistest part of a dry food. There is only so much that can be put in and still have a dry kibble. Protein is also the most expensive component to making pet food. Thus, most dry food has a lot of carbohydrates and fiber and less protein and fat making it exactly the opposite
of what a cat would feed itself in the wild.

What do you mean my cat has Herpes???
Herpesvirus in cats causes excessive sneezing, swelling/congestion in nasal passages, increased clear nasal fluid production.

What do you mean my cat has Herpes???

Before you sit your cat down for a serious discussion or ground them by taking away catnip toys…Herpesvirus in cats is primarily a respiratory disease.

Herpesvirus is an extremely common virus in the feline population (both domestic and wild). The majority of kittens already test positive for exposure by 8 weeks of age. Infected mothers can pass it on to their kittens as young as 3-4 weeks of age. Kittens are the most likely to have severe clinical signs and it can cause death in them.