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We are happy to welcome board-certified veterinary neurologist Tracy Sutton to our hospital, with her first day of appointments set for September 8! Dr. Sutton joins neurologist Dr. Lisa Klopp, who has been with SFVS since 2012, to offer 7-day-a-week neurology services starting this month. Dr. Sutton looks forward to meeting and working with primary care veterinarians, clients and patients.

Welcome to the team, Dr. Sutton!

“My passion for neurology stems from its inherent integration of emergency medicine, internal medicine and surgery, which translates into the complexities that surround the neurological patient.” – Dr. Sutton

Tracy Bridge

More About Tracy Sutton, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

Dr. Tracy Sutton joins VCA SFVS following a neurology and neurosurgery residency at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, where she also earned her DVM. Originally from the Chicago area, Dr. Sutton looks forward to joining the San Francisco veterinary community. She is particularly interested in spinal neurosurgery, the pathophysiology and monitoring of intracranial pressure, and neurologic manifestations of systemic diseases. When not listening to the Blind Pilot radio station on Pandora or perfecting her Spotify playlists, she spends her free time outside hiking, reading books in the sun, or just driving around with the windows down. Transitioning from life in her native Chicago, and more recently Boston, Tracy looks forward to taking full advantage of California’s year-round sunshine.

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Today’s patient story features the amazing … Gus!

bird-watching!

bird-watching!

This affectionate kitty came to SFVS with an obstructed, fluid-filled space in his brain, which resulted in fluid backing up and compressing his brain tissue. This caused Gus to have seizures and undergo a behavioral change.

SFVS veterinary neurologist Dr. Lisa Klopp used our onsite MRI to diagnose this condition. She then treated Gus by making a burr hole into his brain and letting the fluid drip out to equilibrate pressure.

We are so happy to report that Gus is now doing well!

Shannon, his human companion, shares a little more about this special guy:

Gus (or Gussie or even Guster if you prefer) is just a good-natured fellow. Never one to hiss and always one to cuddle, he is a vital part of our family.

ready for work

lookin’ sharp, gus!

Gus loves to chase his feather toy and will carry the pole up and down the stairs meowing at a rather high volume until we put down what we are doing and play. He also loves to watch the birds out the window and loves to partake in each and every tuna-flavored meal.

cuddles, please.

cuddles, please.

At only 2.5 years old, he has had all the pampering and love a kitty deserves, but unfortunately also a rough medical journey. With the care and skill of Dr. Lisa Klopp, we are lucky to be able to spend more precious years with Gus. We are so thankful for her and the rest of the VCA team that have taken such good care of Gus.

Thanks to Shannon for sharing these photos and background on Gus. We are very grateful for our clients and patients! Have fun with that feather toy, Gus.

Would you like your dog or cat to be featured in our Patient Stories series? Please email us for information. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Today on the blog, we have a special tribute to a special little guy named Leo. Leo was a Muttville dog who was fostered and then adopted by human companion Mara. She shares his story below.

Thank you, Mara, for writing so beautifully about Leo! We are very sorry for your loss; it was our honor to be on Leo’s veterinary care team.

leo!

leo!

It was to honor the memory of my former dog that I reached out to Muttville to foster another “pup” who needed me. On the day I met Leo, I had gone to Muttville to pick up a foster who had actually not yet arrived, but instead of going home empty-handed, I was introduced to Leo. Sherri (founder of Muttville) said Leo “needed a break” for a few days from the other dogs.

When I first laid eyes on him, he was standing outside the kitchen door, alone, and it took some coaxing (with treats) to get him to come inside. While by no means sold on the idea, in fifteen minutes or so, Leo seemed resigned to the fact that he was leaving Muttville with me. Admittedly, on the drive back to my apartment in Burlingame, we were both apprehensive. In just a few days, however, Leo was transferred from “foster” to “adopted” as it became more and more clear how much we needed each other.

Leo was very skittish and nearly intolerant of hands getting near his head (which, we learned many months later, was likely due to some incredible neck pain that [VCA SFVS neurologist] Dr. Klopp thankfully diagnosed and relieved). He was underweight and his skin was raw and sore with yeast and stress.

A fortuitous trip to a Pet Food Express and a conversation with the employee there who had been the volunteer who had actually taken possession of Leo when he was surrendered filled in a bit of his story for me. He had been surrendered by the family of his owner, who had died. Leo had clearly been this woman’s love and yet upon her death, the family had taken him to an adoption fair and handed him over. The employee told me that she had been on the receiving end of many surrenders and never had a family been so cold about it. She said that they handed him over, told her to “have a nice day” and walked away as he simply sat, shaking …

My boyfriend and I were moving in together just a few weeks after we met Leo, so it worked out that everything was new to all of us, all at once, and we were on a big adventure together. Leo became extremely well known in our neighborhood, for both his distinct trot (woozy from the back problems but highly energized) and his “voice” as he made it known to everyone when he was displeased with a perceived invasion of space – or with simply being left alone a minute too long.

All walks – whether down the block or down the hall – were glorious opportunities to scrounge for snacks, and Leo’s pig-like snorts became part of our home, like the rumble of the washing machine. He also completely took over many spaces in the house, but most importantly the armchair in my office, which he had to be lifted to and from, and from which he would stand watch over our sidewalk, “yelling” at anyone who could maybe possibly set foot on our staircase.

Now that Leo is gone, my boyfriend and I realize how much he defined our home and created for us a true “family.” We still take an occasional morning loop around our block and our talks inevitably end up in reminiscing about him. I still stop at patches of sun on the floor and remember him snoozing there. I can’t wash kale (his favorite!) without thinking of him. My boyfriend, who works at home, still finds it far too quiet …

leo in a favorite patch of sun

leo in a favorite patch of sun

Muttville saved Leo and Leo – in so many ways – saved us. And thanks to the amazing staff at VCA SFVS, we were able to hang on to our little guy a little longer, and give him the comfort and care that doggies deserve.

leo and mara

leo and mara

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Lisa Klopp, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Neurology Services Now Available 7 Days a Week

Lisa Klopp, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology), has teamed up with Dr. David Geiger at VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists. She looks forward to working with the referring veterinarians, clients and patients she already knows, and to building relationships with those she has yet to meet. Welcome to the team, Dr. Klopp!

Neurology Department Services at VCA SFVS

  • Complete neurological exams, including gait analysis
  • Diagnostic imaging: CT, MRI, myelography, transcranial ultrasound (coming soon – in-house MRI)
  • Spinal and brain surgery
  • Medical neurology
  • Electromyography (EMG)/ nerve conduction studies

More About Dr. Lisa Klopp

Lisa Klopp, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology), has published articles on veterinary and human neurological problems and has advanced the technology and treatment outcomes for brain tumors in dogs and cats. She advocates the use of minimally invasive endoscope-assisted neurosurgical procedures and is a proponent of interventional pain management and physical therapy for the neurological patient.

After graduating from Colorado State University’s veterinary school in 1992, Dr. Klopp completed a yearlong internship working with small animals at North Carolina State University, followed by a year of training in anatomic pathology at the University of Arizona. In 1997, she completed her residency in neurology and neurosurgery at Auburn University, earning a master’s degree studying surgical approaches to the brain stem in dogs. After teaching at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Colorado State University, Dr. Klopp began working in private practice in 2009.

Referral Info & Phone Consults: (415) 401-9200

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Remy Lind, West Wind / Photo Credit: Sara Shoemaker Lind

Meet Remy, a beautiful, red, smooth-haired mini dachshund who is cared for by proud parents Sara and Kevin Lind.

Remy first came to VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists in June 2010, suffering from back pain and having difficulty walking. Our neurologist, David Geiger, DVM, performed two successful disc surgeries and still works with Remy’s guardians on a supervised schedule of anti-epilepsy medication.

We’re thrilled that Remy’s treatment has allowed her to enjoy her two favorite activities: playing and eating (more on these pursuits below).

From Remy’s loving parents:

Remy’s name was inspired by her coat, which is the color of Cognac. She is 6 years old and a very snuggly, loving pup. She is a classic dachshund in that she loves to burrow and create a warm den for napping, whether under covers, in a pile of hot laundry or in a lap.

Remy Lounging // Photo Credit: Sara Shoemaker Lind

She is a fan of San Francisco Giants baseball and also loves football. Her love of football is mainly because that means people will be sitting still, watching the television and providing hours of companionship at home – we think. When it is time for her to be sporting, she likes to play with “Hedgie,” her plush hedgehog, and she occasionally brings other little stuffed animals into the mix (penguin, wombat, pheasant, monkey).

Her other favorite activity is eating: chewing a tasty bone, the sacred morning and evening kibble time, or a special treat of steamed broccoli. Yes, she honestly loves broccoli. We work hard to keep her a mini despite her love of food. She works hard to teach us a daily lesson in love and patience and good humor. 

The VCA SFVS staff has been terrific with care and follow-up, and we trust them completely with our “fur baby,” as we call Remy.

We’re honored to count Remy as a patient, and we appreciate the trust Sara and Kevin have placed in us to care for their beloved Remy.

Remy With Daffodils // Photo Credit: Sara Shoemaker Lind

P.S. If you’re wondering why the photos of Remy are so fantastic, it is because her mom is a professional photographer. To see more of her work, visit: http://www.sarashoemakerlind.com/.

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david a. geiger, dvm

VCA SFVS neurologist David A. Geiger, DVM, recently answered a San Francisco Chronicle reader’s question about a kitty who’s suddenly become a middle-of-the-night nuisance.

The Ask the Vet question: Recently, our 16-year-old cat has begun waking us up every couple of hours. She stands on me, meowing loudly, and if I don’t get up right away she knocks over objects until I get up. She and her two sisters have lived with us since they were 8 days old, and she lost one sister in May. We’ve taken her to the vet multiple times, and she’s had some teeth pulled, but she’s eating and drinking and doesn’t seem to be in pain. I love her, but this schedule is exhausting. What can we do?

For Dr. Geiger’s answer, read: Cat becomes a middle-of-the-night nuisance (SF Gate)

 

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Today’s Ask the Vet column in the San Francisco Chronicle is about a senior kitty’s changing (and exhausting) nighttime behavior. SFVS’s David Geiger, DVM, a veterinary neurologist, answers the reader’s question:

Our 16-year-old cat has begun waking us up every couple of hours. She stands on me, meowing loudly, and if I don’t get up right away, she knocks over objects until I get up. She and her two sisters have lived with us since they were 8 days old, and she lost one sister recently. We’ve taken her to the vet, and she’s had teeth pulled for resorption syndrome, but she’s eating and drinking and doesn’t seem to be in pain. I love her, but this schedule is exhausting.

For Dr. Geiger’s answer, read: Aging cat interrupts family’s sleep (SF Gate)

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