Layla – Seizure Dog
Layla is a Golden Retriever mix I rescued in May of 2010. When I adopted her I knew that she had come from a very harsh environment, most likely malnourished and neglected. She was a very nervous and timid dog that I was unable to pet for a very long time. I was aware that she had been having seizures but was unaware of their impact on her.
Initially I worked with a traditional western veterinarian. Some testing was done to see if we could determine the cause. Unable to do that we medicated Layla in an attempt to try to mange her symptoms. She was taking 3 anti seizure drugs multiple times a day.
In December of 2012 after two and a half years with Layla still suffering from clusters of 3 to 5 grand mal seizures monthly, I knew I had to do something. My thought was to put her down or to try something totally different. She is such a sweet and loving dog, I chose to do something different. That difference is Dr Caroline O’Sullivan.
When I went to see Dr O for that initial consult it seems I took a ream of paper that were Layla’s records. In reviewing those and her annual blood work one of the first things she recommend was for Layla to have a full thyroid panel done, including Free T4. When this was completed we found that her thyroid levels were low and thyroid medicine was prescribed.
Dr O’s treatment for Layla also included the eastern medicine philosophy of holistic support of Layla’s food and supplements. In her examination and consultation she determined that Layla was “hot” and “wet”. In knowing this we could then adjust her food and supplements in an effort to “cool” her down and “dry” her out. This was a long process that I still support to this day. She was also given acupuncture treatments in support of these findings, as heat was a big cause of her seizures.
For the first nine months Layla saw Dr O weekly. For the next 4 months it was every 2 weeks. Since then we see Dr O every six weeks for maintenance of her overall health. For me it is a commitment to Layla’s I am willing to make.
Layla has now been seizure free since July of 2013. I owe Layla’s happy dance to Dr O and her untiring dedication to providing Layla with the best and most complete care possible. If I had to, I would do it all again.
Thanks Dr O.
Dr. O changed the life and vitality of my beautiful dog, Princess! Thank you so much for your brilliance and the care you have for my baby girl.
One of the most profound shifts happened when I started taking Princess to Dr. O. I didn’t have expectations as I changed over my dogs diet with crock pot cooking and a warehouse of nutritional advice from Dr. O. Nor did I realize at the time that some profound healing changes were in progress with supplements and herbals for Princess. Within weeks of changing her diet and starting her regiment (which included great food, probiotics, herbals, supplements and acupuncture treatments), Princess acted four years younger. She started playing and frolicking and running around! And for anyone who is familiar with Boxer behavior, you will know this is keystone to their funny temperament. She was her crazy self again. I hadn’t realized that she hadn’t felt her best. I just assumed it was “old age.” Dr. O’Sullivan is a genius at educating us about the right foods, including foods that support her constitution and aid with her cancer. Princess had developed mass cell tumors. One had been removed and another had started growing. Remarkably through her healing process, the second tumor is no longer there! In addition to her cancer, Princess had an irregular heartbeat during one of her follow up visits with Dr. O. During that following week, I had also noticed a few times where she looked like she was having a hard time. It is hard to describe, but she would just stand there and look weird for a moment and then be on her merry way. Dr. O wasted no time in contacting another veterinarian that specializes as a cardiologist. We immediately went to see the cardiologist and she was diagnosed with Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy, which basically means she could keel over at any time because her heart wouldn’t be able to beat properly. Within twenty minutes of being at the specialist, she was diagnosed and on medication for her heart condition. What a blessing to have Dr. O know all the right people to contact who have dedicated their practice to specialized medicine. We followed up with a series of acupuncture treatments with Dr. O and she is doing fantastic! She is turning 11 next month and she looks amazing and plays every morning with her “brother” and tosses her toys around a few times a day! You would never know that anything is wrong with her. Even though she has some “scary labels”, Dr. O has found a way to help her manage, pain free and happy! And as a final note, Princess is growing hair on her belly where she never had hair before and her coat is gorgeous!
My husband and I adopted Oden, an 18 year old cat 2 years ago. We didn’t know much about him other than he lived under a bed or under his house for pretty much all of his life. He was very much scared of another cat that constantly beat him up. Oden came to us in poor condition with severe arthritis, high blood pressure and kidney issues. He would leak urine and was not able to jump or climb and was having a hard time walking around. We figured he would be with us for maybe 6 months at the most. Our goal was to keep him comfy as much as we could and love up on him as much as we could.
Oden was put on a bunch of meds to help with his leaky bladder issues, high blood pressure and pain meds for his arthritis. We also started him on some laser treatments to see if it would help his arthritis. The meds did help his leaky bladder issues but I also think taking him out of a stressful home was more of a help to him. After about a year of doing the laser treatment Oden was getting worse and someone had suggested trying acupuncture. I started doing some research and found Dr. O’Sullivan. She got us in right away and started educating us on how to help Oden. Just a few days after Oden’s first acupuncture treatment we could already see a difference. Something we never saw with the laser treatments. We also started Oden on some supplements to help with his kidneys and with some trial and error we have found the right supplements. Within 6 months Oden was taken off all of his other meds. Oden has now been seeing Dr. O’Sullivan for a year now and he is doing wonderful. His fur is thick and soft, before it was brittle. His eyes are bright and he is happy curious cat. He has a self confidence that he did not have before. He loves to explore the house and has learned to climb up on boxes or steps to get up higher and look out the windows. He has become a serious lap cat and loves to be massaged and petted.
We are so grateful to Dr. O’Sullivan for helping Oden and teaching us how to care for a senior cat.
Hi Dr. O, Wanted to thank you for all the great council you have given me to help Riki. She would not be getting better without you. The last conventional vet had no plan of action or guidance for us. I was so desperate for some help. You reinforced the wisdom that we are what we eat. Never would have translated that principle from human to animals without you. How ignorant of me to think that a bag of processed food could properly feed my dogs. You are the best! - Mona
We started taking our beloved German Shepherd/Lab mix, Reyna, to Dr. Caroline O’Sullivan after it seemed like nobody else could help us when we noticed that she was losing weight quickly. At the time, Reyna had been on a raw meat diet for years, which she loved and devoured at each meal. We had heavily researched this type of diet as we wanted to provide her with the most biologically appropriate and nutritious food that we could, and she did fine for quite a while with it. However, Dr. O’Sullivan made a life-changing observation: Reyna was unable to fully digest the raw meat. Her pancreas did not agree with the diet that we were certain was perfect for her.
We were scared, but Dr. O ensured us that Reyna would be okay as long as we started making some diet changes. We started lightly braising her meat instead of giving it to her completely raw, which made the food easier to digest. This, of course, took more preparation, but after a little while, Reyna began putting weight back on! No matter how beneficial the raw food diet sounded, it simply was not the right long-term diet for Reyna.
This is, however, not the end of the story. Although Reyna was slowly getting better, she started suffering from hot spots and dry skin, so back to Dr. O’s office we went. After discussing Reyna’s symptoms in depth, Dr. O suggested that we do a food allergy test. The results were shocking and seemingly impossible: Reyna is allergic to almost everything you can imagine other than pheasant, rabbit, kangaroo, and some fish. We were stunned! How were we supposed to get (and afford) that type of food? Thankfully, Dr. O made the impossible seem possible. Once again, we had to change Reyna’s diet, and Dr. O helped us find companies that sold food appropriate for Reyna, whose diet today consists primarily of pheasant, beans, rabbit, and blueberries.
Now, at eleven years old, Reyna is a healthy, happy dog. She is known around our neighborhood as “The Prancer” because she doesn’t walk: she prances!
Dr. O’s consultations define the word “holistic:” she is more thorough than any veterinarian we have ever met, and she considers all aspects of our pet to get the best possible understanding of the treatment necessary for Reyna. We will forever be grateful to Dr. O for changing the course of Reyna’s life, as well as our own. Dr. O helped us realize how unique our dog is, and that one diet does not fit all.
West meets East in Prescott Valley, AZ!
One evening several months ago, we discovered that our small mixed breed dog, Apollo had developed sudden paralysis in his hindquarters including inability to control bladder and bowl function. We rushed him to the vet and they immediately took x-rays and said that he had a spinal injury, a bulging disc and put him on intravenous steroids and pain killers. He was sent home with a bag full of drugs and we watched him suffer with no improvement for several weeks. The vet suggested another mechanical therapy, so we did that and still saw little noticeable improvement and to further exacerbate the situation he had developed a bladder infection. He was painful and urinating blood. The vet prescribed antibiotics which seemed to help for a while. Still no noticeable improvement and we were watching our little dog suffer. It so happened that this occurred just before Thanksgiving and my sister who had studied Chinese medicine and acupuncture was visiting us and after seeing Apollo still paralyzed and in pain, she suggested we try to find an acupuncturist who worked on dogs. She said it was “powerful medicine” and what did we have to lose.
The traditional vet clinic we used had basically thrown up their hands and suggested we take him to Phoenix for an MRI (which costs several thousand dollars) and surgery that statistically only has a 20% success rate on dogs that have gone 24 hours before surgery and is also incredibly expensive. I found Dr. O’Sullivan’s website and called her straight away. She made us an appointment the next day. I walked in carrying a sad little paralyzed dog in a laundry basket. Dr O’Sullivan spent two hours working on Apollo and educating us about his condition and came up with a treatment plan for Apollo. She put him back on steroids. She prescribed Chinese herbs and supplements. She did a urinalysis and discovered that the antibiotics he had been given were not specific to the infection that he had and gave him antibiotics that did clear up the bladder infection that had returned.
Dr. O’Sullivan was very concerned that Apollo could not feel deep pain in his hind legs and feet. She warned us that if he didn’t improve we might have to take him to an Orthopedic Specialist in Las Vegas. To make a long story short- A week later, Apollo was feeling deep pain. He was receiving acupuncture treatments twice a week and began to steadily improve. 6 weeks after we began treatment with Dr. O’Sullivan, Apollo was walking, and even running! He wasn’t depressed any more. He could wag his tail again! We had ordered him a custom wheel chair and he never had to use it. He used to be terrified of going to the vet. Would shake and tremble. Not so with Dr.O! He loves going to see her and enjoys his acupuncture treatments. So much so that he falls asleep in the table while his needles are “cooking”.
Moral of the story is to never give up hope. Western Medicine has its place, but we have learned that used in conjunction with Eastern Medicine- miracles happen. Today, Apollo is a happy little dog who is walking again and well on his way to a complete recovery. I would urge anyone whose dog or cat has health issues to seek the care and advice of Dr. O’Sullivan.
Thank God we were led to Dr. Caroline O'Sullivan. She saved our 2 year old dog, Lacey. The vet we were taking Lacey to would not give her an allergy test. She said they were not accurate, and tried to solve the digestive problem by changing her food. This continue for three months. Lacey continued to get much worse. She lost weight, had bloody stools and vomit containing blood.
On our first visit to see Dr. O, she looked at Lacey and said "she needs an allergy test"! We were shocked and so happy that a vet had some common sense. The allergy test showed that Lacey was very allergic to all of the foods that the other vet had prescribed.
After one month of being on the correct foods that Lacey could eat, she has gained weight, has no bloody stools, no vomiting and is finally a healthy, happy dog. Thank you Dr. O.
"My name is Sissy and I am a 11 yr. old chocolate labrador retriever. I was diagnosed with spondylosis, which is osteoarthritis of the joints between the spinal vertebrae, almost 2 years ago. My owner met Dr. O'Sullivan at an education lecture shortly before my diagnosis. We decided to get a consultation with the doctor to see if there was more that could be done for my discomfort. I began receiving acupuncture treatments and herbal medication to compliment my western medicine regimen. I could not be happier with the results. I am able to enjoy walks with my family and trips to the lake. Dr. O'Sullivan takes time to make sure that I am comfortable and is always bringing books and literature to help my owner understand and further improve my health and well being." - Alina B.
"I have absolutely been amazed! I raise and rescue Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Two of my rescues were really having trouble with their backs and their hips. Nothing we tried really helped the dogs be comfortable or gave them the freedom of movement I thought they should have. Then Dr. Caroline O'Sullivan prescribed some herbs for both dogs. With in days I saw a marked improvement in both dogs. They did not seem to be in distress when they moved and instead of the "sagging back" that they both had developed, it was gone! Thank you to Dr. Caroline O'Sullivan for helping me give a greater quality of life to my pack!" - Jim C.
"Dr. O'Sullivan has been our vet for two years now. On the recommendation of a co-worker, she saw our miniature schnauzer Toby for a euthanasia consult. Our dog was listless, had a sad look on his face and was obviously suffering. All treatments in the past had failed and I was afraid his days were numbered. He had lost a lot of his hair and his skin was black, tough and wrinkled like elephant hide. He had seen other vets, had allergy testing, had even seen a doggie dermatologist and had taken multiple courses of antibiotics and steroid injections over a number of years. Improvements were always short lived and after each improvement he would decline to worse shape than before. Plus, we had been cautioned that repeated use of steroid injections would shorten his life. He often had a very strong odor like yeast. Dr. O'Sullivan examined him, listened to his history and concluded, "This dog does not need a euthanasia consult!" After some routine lab work, she started a course of treatment that included acupuncture, chinese herbs and a carefully developed nutrition regimen with certain supplements and carefully selected skin care products. It took time and several adjustments over the course of his treatment--as one symptom would subside, she would focus her attention on something else, working to get everything back in balance. Gradually Toby improved. She seemed determined to get him well! She invested a lot of time and energy and research into his multiple challenges, explaining all of her recommendations all along the way. She never gave up hope and she did not let us give up hope. Toby's skin became increasingly supple and pink. His ears were no longer dark and crusty or sensitive when touched. His hair finally started to grow back. The bad odor was gone. He got his energy back and began to act like a young pup again. I had never heard of a holistic approach to a pet's health so some of the treatments sounded unconventional in the beginning. But the results speak for themselves. I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. O'Sullivan as a competent, caring and compassionate veterinarian. I appreciate everything she has done for us." - Paula R.
"It was in April of 2010 that I first stumbled upon Dr. Caroline O’Sullivan. That was a very lucky day for me, and an especially lucky day for my aging, titanium hipped Labrador, Mr. Bojangles.
I was taking Mr. B for a very short walk when I came across a neighbor walking his energetic Labrador. We chatted and I discovered that his dog was the exact same age as Mr. Bojangles! I was stunned. My new friend gave full credit to his vet, Caroline O’Sullivan. He was so passionate about the kind of care his dog was receiving that he insisted on going to his car so he could write down her phone number and give it to me. I held on to the phone number for a couple of weeks, while my dog seemed to decline every day.
I felt that Mr. B did not have that much time left here with us, because it had become extremely difficult for him to even get up from his dog bed. Finally, I called Dr. O’Sullivan.
Dr. O’Sullivan was at my house the next day. Before she arrived she asked extensive questions – wanting to know everything possible about my dog. She spent almost 2 hours talking to me, evaluating Mr. B, and administered his first session of acupuncture.
You would not believe the kind of greeting she got from Mr. Bojangles the next time he saw her about a week later. He had already figured out that Dr. O’Sullivan = less pain! She changed his food, his medicine, his exercise, well – everything! And she assured me that Mr. Bojangles was not leaving here any time soon.
One year later my dog has twice the energy that he had a year ago. Sure, his legs aren’t great, but he moves without the terrible pain that he endured for most of his life, and he has terrific energy.
Dr. O’Sullivan combines her voluminous veterinary training and homeopathic knowledge to provide the absolute best care for your animal that anyone could ask for. There is not enough praise or enough thanks that I could give her!" - Judy M.
It is a breath of fresh air to find a vet like Dr. O'Sullivan. She was really thorough with my 5 pound chihauhau who was suffering from the after affects of an injury made worse by conventional veterinary medicine. She told me to put him back on well water and his Organic food and gave me some vitamins and minerals and a teeth cleaning spray and now my dog has gained back the weight that he lost and is happy again. He is doing very well. I needed to see a veterinarian who understood that the narcotics the traditional vet gave really harmed my dog. And she did. I am very grateful that she helped me get my dog back to health without giving him anything that would make him sick. We are both very happy now.