What is mindfulness anyway?

Mindfull vs Mindfulness

With increasing frequency over the past decade, mindfulness has crept into our vernacular in a way that may feel difficult to ignore. With so many people pushing mindfulness as an effective coping mechanism, mindfulness has a lot of pressure to be the “it” solution to stress and symptoms of burnout and/or empathy fatigue. In order to avoid thinking of mindfulness … Read More

Elbow Dysplasia

Elbow dysplasia is the most common cause of thoracic limb lameness in young, large and giant breed dogs, although small dogs are also affected. Elbow dysplasia is caused by the abnormal association between the humerus, radius and ulna. In many cases, the radius and ulna may not be growing at exactly the same speed, resulting in excessive pressure in certain areas of … Read More

Dr. Clarence Sitzman Retires — Dr. MJ Redman To Provide Dentistry Services

Retirement may seem like a long way off for most of us, but Dr. Clarence Sitzman, who has provided dentistry services at Four Seasons for the past five years, is about to find out what it’s all about. It’s going to be pretty tame around Four Seasons without him here, without the “dad jokes,” the Areosmith playlist, the dancing and singing, … Read More

Four Seasons Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

    It’s hard to imagine, but Four Seasons opened our doors to patients five years ago on March 17, 2014, and just as in our early days, we remain an independent, woman-owned and operated specialty practice.  At that time, we had emergency, surgery, radiology, dentistry and cardiology services, but it took a while longer to add medicine and even … Read More

Hill’s Pet Nutrition Dog Food Recall

Hill’s Pet Nutrition has issued a recall of select canned dog food due to a possible contamination of Vitamin D.  If you feed your dog Hill’s canned dog food, please read the article linked here (LINK: Public Notice of Hill’s Pet Nutrition recall) for specific lot numbers. Dry food, cat food and treats are not affected by this voluntary recall.  We have … Read More

A Day in the Life of a Chemo Patient

What is Chemotherapy Like from a Dog’s Perspective?  Read on! By Jessica Bisgaard, LVT Hi, my name is Cooper. I’m a 7 year old Labador Retriever. I was diagnosed with a type of cancer called hemangiosarcoma and I’m being treated at Four Seasons Veterinary Specialists. My people have just dropped me off for my next chemo treatment. I come here … Read More

Olive, the Little Dog With a Big Heart

Chemotherapy in Pets Might Not Be What You Think By Jocelyn Axelson, CVT Olive, a nine-year-old mixed-breed rat terrier, first came with her family to our oncology department in September 2016 looking for options to treat her recently diagnosed lymphoma. Olive wasn’t really showing any signs of illness other than some swelling. Olive’s family had taken her to their family veterinarian to investigate the cause … Read More

Ayla Preston, Our Critical Care Specialist, Provides Excellence in Care With Love

By Jane Snyder, Hospital Operations Coordinator Acute respiratory distress syndrome. Poly-trauma. Acute kidney injury. These are the thorny cases that criticalists feast upon. For Ayla Preston, a board-certified emergency and critical care specialist and ER/ICU director at Four Seasons Veterinary Specialists, critical patients are her bailiwick. “I thoroughly enjoy critically thinking through complicated cases that are on numerous constant rate ... Read More

It Takes More Than a Mint to Fix Bad Breath

It’s can be easy to overlook the importance of a healthy mouth, to not even think about it until a problem arises with a pet in the form of a broken tooth or stinky breath, known as halitosis.  But, for the overall health of their pets, dental care is something every owner would be wise to consider before problems become evident. Periodontal disease … Read More