I have definitely been blessed by being able to have my poodles recive acupuncture treatments from Dr. Bartholomew. It made a world of difference for all of them. The immediate effects that I have found with each of them have all been consistent:
Increased Energy Level
Reduction or complete elimination of the pain they were experiencing
Unfortunately, this year I lost 3 of my 3 poodles. Fortunately, I was referred to Dr. B a little over a year ago and Dr. B managed their care until the end of their lives. I know that the quality of their last days was made so much better by not only the other medicines/etc. Dr. B had them on but the Acupuncture was a key in them being able to maintain quality of life right up until the end. I've been through cancer with my previous dogs so I can tell you without a doubt, the acupuncture was key in keeping them going strong until the end. My surviving poodle has a cruciate tear - partial but bordering complete tear in each of her knees. I've not been able to afford the surgery due to the high cost. For several months now, Dr. B has been giving her weekly or bi-weekly acupuncture treatments and it has made such a difference in her life. She goes in limping-in bovious pain and comes out walking without a limp and will at times be jumping up and down. The acupuncture has without a doubt given her back her quality of life. I am so grateful for this amazing treatment and so glad it is available. And surprisingly - it is very affordable. Anyone who has a dog in pain or diminished quality of life should definitely give acupuncture a try. I really works.
Just wanted to thank you Dr. Hafner for all your extra efforts, care and attention you have always given to Austin. Since he has vestibular syndrome along with deafness, and senility his quality of life has been steadily declining. Knowing there is no cure for the syndrome, I had given up any hope of helping him with these other issues. But as always you look to making his life better and more fulfilling for us both !! You said you could give him a better quality of life and you have again done that. His head no longer tilts, he is alert, he knows who I am, he no longer sleeps all the time (only slept during the day, so WE stayed up at night and paced and was totally confused), and he even has started playing with his babies again. It’s been at least six months since he would eat dog food and ate, yes I know human food, bad, by hand of course. But now he is eating on his own, not being hand fed ACTUAL dog food. Tried many kinds and all failed, but he now eats out of the bowl. Truly amazing turn around for him at 14 1/2 years of age. So good to have my funny, lovable mini Aussie back again, and what a wonderful change in him. He is so alert and not in what I called “Austin World ” somedays. Again thank you and of course your great staff for the wonderful care you give. P.S. You also can never retire. Joyce & Austin
Dr. Hafner and staff, My family wishes to thank you all for all your kindness and special touches when our toy poodle passed away at age 14 yrs. You know when you have a special place when there is so much compassion that is shown to your family. Thank you for all your tender loving care!
Dear Pat (Hafner), I wanted to let you know that we appreciate the time you took with us on Sunday. You have a great compassion for your patients and their owners. There are not many doctors out there like you who would take their time to explain with great detail to help us understand. I hope my son turns out like you! Thanks for taking care of my precious (hope she didn't leave any scars!), and I appreciate all that you have done for us. Please let Dr. Tucker know how much it meant to me that she took the time to talk with me when I was so upset. She seems to be a great asset to your team.
Dear Dr. Todd, I just wanted to thank you so very much for the care you gave over the years. Your kindness and compassionate ways turned a very timid girl into what she was. Without you, I know that she would not have had near as many good years as she did. Again thank you for all you have done.
Dr. Todd, Thank you so much for all the ways you are an outstanding vet and kind soul. The way that you treat me and my pet is above and beyond great compassion. We are forever grateful for you and your kind ways.
AHD Staff, My doggie is so much better, thanks to all - she's happy again!!
Dr. Hafner, Thank you so much for the generous donation to Japanese Chin Rescue. This is a huge help to our rescue.
Dear Dr. Todd, You are always so cheerful, no wonder everyone likes you. Handling the animal is a talent. I do thank you for all you did for my previous pet and now know that my new dog is in good hands with you. I appreciate all you have done.
Dr. Hafner, Thank you for supporting the 2007 Dunedin High School Grad Night Party! Over 200 graduates attended this year making it the largest in the eighteen year history of this event. Without our donors, this important night would not be possible. Again, thank you for caring for the youth of our community! The 2007 Grad Party Committee.
Thank you all so much for your care and concern, for the beautiful plaque and the card! You provide a very noble service to so many! Your efforts are much appreciated.
... The feelings shared by you and your staff, are a sign of caring for the animals that you nurse back to good health. As I started with "Lieb's" first visit in the beginning, I was convinced that liebling would receive good care, which she did. ... So, I am sending my gratitude to you Dr. Todd, along with your staff. ...Thank you for all your care for "Lieb".
Thank you Dr. Matthews. We appreciate what you have done for "Coco Puffs" and I know she appreciates it too. She was at least "2 gallons lighter!"
I wanted to express my appreciation for the many times you helped "Vivian". Your dedicated care made a difference in the quality of her life. Her years far exceeded expectations due to your expertise and compassion. This allowed me to enjoy her so much longer. Thank you for caring.
Hi, my name is Kati F. I had never been to your establishment until yesterday when I had an emergency with my new cat. I came in the door with the kitten and your staff took the kitten right away. She was having a seizure and tremors that would not stop. Dr. Matthews looked over the cat and told me my options of helping her. He was very knowledgeable and caring. After some penicilin and diazepam, my cat is finally back to normal. She had tremors that whole afternoon, but by the night time she was doing better and this morning she was kissing my face to wake me up. My cat had stopped breathing once yesterday and with Dr. Matthews help he saved this little kitten that I had found on the Pinellas Trail 2 weeks ago. I will now be bringing my Dogue De Bordeaux and my dachshund to your establishment when they are in need of something. The ladies at the front desk are wonderful as well. They never treated me like I needed an appointment or wasted time asking questions. They immediately took the kitten and were so sweet. They also called me later and told me they had two toys that my 3 year old left in the office.
I learned so much over the many years Dr. Hafner and his associates cared for my dogs. I always said I wanted to work in the veterinary field and pursued the opportunity recently, when I moved to Vermont. We had several pets who received their care at AHofD, but our special one was "Rocky." HIs heart defect could have taken him away within his first few days of life, but Dr. Hafner helped to diagnose the problem and provided supportive care. His "Eisenmonger Syndrome" is so rare, a vet might see one case in their entire career, and "Rocky" was the one! Knowing the long-range effects of the disease, Dr. Hafner followed his blood counts and eventually needed to remove some of his blood, because Rocky's became too thick. Sick and injured animals treated at AHofD and others in the Tampa area were able to benefit from his need to donate blood. Over his 4 1/2 year life, he donated GALLONS! When his time came to cross the "rainbow bridge" all the doctors and staff tearfully bid him farewell. We continue to be grateful for the care and compassion shown by AHofD and for the blessing we were given to spend time with this wonderful dog! He touched many lives in his short life! We are...Forever thankful!! Dr. Hafner is awesome! He helped my puppy, Cody, who is a beagle, so much. Dr. Hafner and the whole staff went above and beyond to help Cody and make him better. Thank you so much!
In January of this year, we brought our little Yorkie to Dr. Todd to inquire about acupuncture and herbs due to her CRF. We had been told in late Dec. that we "maybe" had two weeks with Abby because she was so ill. Dr. Todd started acupuncture and herbs along with his daily compassionate treatment and suggestions on Abby and the rest is history. We have had major ups and downs with Abby because of a disease that we know we won't win, however, almost one year later, she is still with us because of the compassion, experience and knowledge of Dr. Todd. He is truly amazing in all ways. Along with him also comes a group of amazing and caring staff members. Never do we go into his office that the girls don't make over our little Abby and hence the reason she is so comfortable going there. It breaks our heart every day that our baby has to suffer through this terrible disease but we are so very thankful that we have Dr. Todd taking care of not only Abby and her ups and downs but also our emotions. Thank you Dr. Todd and your staff. You are truly guardian angels here on Earth.
We would like to take this time to express our sincere gratitude for the exceptional care you gave BJ. It is our heartfelt belief that without your care BJ would not have made it through 5,708 days and 15 hours. You treated BJ with love and compassion - you gave us honest answers and helped us make the decisions that kept BJ alive and comfortable for all of his days. You especially helped us in making the most difficult decision we had to make. We agonized over this decision many times. You provided us the knowledge and insight we lacked to make the decision to end BJ's pain. You handled our wishes to have him medicated and asleep when the time came on June 1st. You were with us, physically and emotionally, when you administered BJ's last IV. More importantly, you were there for BJ at this time. If we ever own another dog you will be his/her veterinarian. We hope all your patient's owner's realize what a special gift you have for only competently treating animals but for posessing the rare ability to convey your compassion to the animal and to the owners. Parts of our hearts are gone forever. Our days will never be the same without BJ. As difficult as it is waking up today without BJ we both thank you for being with the three of us for almost 16 years.
- Rocki had a rough beginning, moved from a kill shelter to another that would allow him to stay until adopted. Lucky for him that didn’t take long and at about 4 months old he was in a home with his new family. Unfortunately for him that rough beginning was too much for his underdeveloped immune system. Rocki became very ill with an upper respiratory infection. He was lethargic, stopped eating, wouldn’t drink, and had a snotty nose, discharge from his eyes, terrible sneezing, and fleas. His new family, who was very concerned about how sick their new kitten was, brought him in to Dr. Morris for treatment. In addition to the outward signs the owner could see, Dr. Morris also discovered that he was dehydrated, anemic, had intestinal parasites (coccidia), ulcers in his mouth and even bloody nasal discharge as well. Based upon his clinical signs it was suspected that Calicivirus is most likely the cause of what was making Rocki so sick. Calicivirus is a virus that causes a severe upper respiratory infection and is highly contagious to other cats. Proper isolation techniques (separating cats, hand washing, disinfecting towels, bowls, litter boxes and cages) are required both at home and in the hospital to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. Aggressive treatment was started right away. Rocki spent 6 days in the hospital on I.V. fluids and antibiotics, eye medications, nose drops, anti-viral medications, nebulization treatments, deworming, force feeding a high calorie liquid diet and flea treatment. It was a rough week for the little guy (only 3.2 lbs.) and he was doing better but not 100%. Dr. Morris decided it was time to get him back home with his family and continue treatment with oral medications. After returning home he began to eat on his own, gain weight and play like a normal kitten. Over the next 2 weeks Rocki came back to the office for checkups and was improving each time and had even gained 1 lb. since his first visit. Dr. Morris and all the staff from kennel to the technicians that cared for him are so thrilled to have such a successful outcome. This was an extremely emotional and financially challenging time for the Gahles family and we are honored to have had the opportunity to take care of them and Rocki. Please remember that Calicivirus is one that cats and kittens should be vaccinated for and that when in a shelter or cattery (especially as kittens) the risk of exposure and infection is much greater. Don’t hesitate to call the office to check on the status of your cats vaccines or if you have any questions about our vaccine protocol for cats and kittens. Rocki before