I was devastated when I found out my German Shorthaired Pointer tore her CCL in her knee. She is show champion and has huge potential in the field. She is also a beloved pet and an important part of our family. Dr. Drygas examined her and took the time to explain the 3 types of procedures that could be done to restore my girl's knee and mobility. I consulted with two other orthopedic surgeons, one in AL and one in GA... view moreLike this review?Yes|Flag Abuse
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My cat was suspected of having lymphoma. I took him to see Dr. Walker. We decided on chemo. My cat had lost a lot of weight before starting chemo but his eyes was still clear, he still had energy and he would still eat by himself but just not as much as normal. Well after starting chemo I explained to Dr. Walker that his quality of life went down and he was throwing up more and wasn't eating. He would groan and he... view moreLike this review?Yes|Flag Abuse
Thank you for your comment. We certainly look closely at all communications whether positive or negative. We would like to start off by echoing our concerns for the loss of your cat Dewey. We know how special he was to you and how much he is missed. Dewey was an exceptionally challenging case for three reasons. First, Dewey’s disease was very advanced and severe. He had been sick for 5 months prior to the evaluation and diagnosis by Dr. Walker. This meant that for 5 months the cancer was allowed to grow and develop into a large tumor burden. Second, chemotherapy is less effective at shrinking large tumor burdens because fewer cells are in the dividing cell cycle where cells are susceptible to chemotherapeutic drugs. Nevertheless, chemotherapy was Dewey’s best chance at life and, at that point, it was the only therapy option we had available – surgery and radiation therapy are ineffective with disseminated diseases. Third, limitations imposed on our care (refusal to pursue recommended diagnostic tests and timely follow up/repeat visits) compromised Dewey’s management because these were declined. Regarding the anti-nausea medication, although licensed for dogs it is commonly used in cats. In fact, most medications used in veterinary medicine are ‘off label’ and specifically labeled for human use. The reason for this is because the veterinary market for most of the drugs (besides anti-arthritic medications, heartworm etc.) is small. We apologize for any confusion that may have resulted from our communications. Factually, the instructions provided were correct; however, they were obviously not conveyed clearly. If there is confusion with written instructions, we are always available for phone consultation. Our technicians are all experienced and have worked in specialty medicine for a long time and can answer the concerns our pet owners have. Otherwise, they will ask a Board Certified specialist for clarification. Again, our deepest sympathy goes out to you for your loss. Please feel free to contact Dr. Walker to discuss any questions or remaining concerns you have.