My name is Joan Kelly and I have a wonderful companion
named Henry who is a black and tan Doberman. He will be five
years old in a few months but about two years ago he had trouble
walking and jumping up and down from the car and bed. I took him
to our regular veterinarian who referred us to a specialist. He
was diagnosed with Wobblers Syndrome which is a problem with spinal
cord compression. Putting it simply, his brain can't send
messages to his back legs so he "wobbles".
Surgery was suggested and then acupuncture and I found
Dr. Scerba. She and her staff have made Henry alive again and as
playful as a puppy. He gets treatments once a month and also
takes herbal medicines that he thinks are treats. He never minds
the needles and enjoys going there. The change is fantastic for
him and comforting for me that I have found a way to relieve his pain
Thank you Dr. Scerba and all of your staff for always
being there and welcoming us every month to make Henry's life better.
Joan Kelly and Henry!
brought my cat to Dr. Scerba for the first time in July 2009 after
three months of Western medical treatment for intestinal giardia.
My cat, Skunk Belly, did not show any improvement after repeated rounds
of treatment with the commonly prescribed anti-parasitic drugs in
addition to single treatments of drugs less frequently used to treat
his medical condition.
soon as I walked into the treatment room, the dim lights and calming
music gave me a feeling of relaxation and optimism I had not had in the
months since his illness started. This was my first introduction
to Chinese medicine and Eastern philosophies; I was always skeptical
about non-Western treatments.
meeting with and speaking with Dr. Scerba, I felt that this was going
to be the place and veterinarian who would successfully treat and cure
Skunk Belly. I was right.
five acupuncture treatments, herbs and other supportive medications,
the little guy turned the corner. His diarrhea stopped!! In addition to
that, he has the shiniest coat of (shedless) fur and an activity level
that is off the charts (he’s only 18 months old now); he seems to be
making up for much of his lost kittenhood. It’s great to have him
back! Thanks Dr. Scerba and Sue!!!
Trina B. Bassoff, PhD
"Finnegan, my 19-
male cat, is shown receiving his first acupuncture treatment for litter
box aversion and low-vitality. I was amazed at how calmly he accepted
the needles. He rested in his bed during the 15 minutes of treatment.
He even nibbled on some treats! Since his treatments began, he has
started playing again with his younger buddy, Dave. His litter box
habits have also improved, much to our family's relief."
Peggi Perrone, Clifton Park, NY
Resting & Nibbling
Cooper while still very sick
Cooper out for a walk this past weekend with his sister
Maggie (far left) and friends (in the middle).
Cooper this weekend
Let me start by saying that
Cooper our 16 month old male Rottweiler has to be tranquilized (either
via pills at home or a shot at the office) and muzzled before ANY and
EVERY regular or emergency vet appointment per the vets request. This
has become a living hell for us and we have been through 2 local vets
for this reason. Cooper is a good boy but he sometimes can be difficult
and most people are afraid of him solely because he is a 120 lb
Rottweiler. Actually, he is not a dog to be feared and is actually very
About 2 weeks ago we noticed he had a lack of appetite. He would still
eat and drink some and he was going to the bathroom as normal. Cooper
has a habit of eating EVERYTHING and ANYTHING he can get his mouth on.
Early on Monday morning he regained a slight appetite and ate breakfast
and shortly thereafter started projectile vomiting, thinking he had a
possible obstruction we rushed him to the vet. The vet suggested an
x-ray of his stomach to rule out an obstruction, the x-ray came back
with no obstruction and the only finding being that the lining on his
stomach wall was slightly thickened. At that time the vet suggested
performing an exploratory laparotomy. The surgery was completed, no
blockage was found and Cooper remained overnight for IV fluids.
Subsequent to the surgery Cooper continued declining and his blood work
showed that liver enzymes were elevated. His projectile vomiting
continued along with the decreased appetite and he refused to eat all
week. By this time Cooper had lost a total of 12 lbs, we were bringing
him home nightly and driving him back to the vet each morning in order
to administer IV fluids to keep him hydrated, along with his multiple
injectable medications daily. By this time Cooper was becoming quite
depressed. We had tried EVERYTHING to get him to eat and drink and he
continued to refuse all food and water. He continued vomiting a mix
between bile and saliva. We had him tested for Addison disease, Lyme
and heartworm (he has been vaccinated and is on Heartworm preventative)
all testing was negative. My vet recommended a specialist to see
Cooper, additional bloodwork was completed along with an abdominal
ultrasound and x-rays of the esophagus, lungs and chest, all of which
were normal. By now it was Friday and Cooper was no better and we were
preparing ourselves to spend the weekend at the Emergency Clinic with
medical records in hand.
I was referred to Dr. Scerba by a rescue associate and frantically
called at 7:00 am on Friday morning crying and begging for someone to
help me and help my dog. I received a call back from Sue and then Dr.
Scerba and was immediately seen that day. Cooper vomited repeatedly in
the waiting room and also her treatment room. Dr Scerba completed a
very detailed exam and reviewed what medical records I provided. Dr
Scerba then performed acupuncture on Cooper and started him on Stomach
Harmonizing Formula and told us to let him rest and start him on
Slippery Elm Cocktail. The vomiting stopped, he slept well until the
next afternoon and the turn around started (within 12 hours). There was
no going back, he started drinking small amounts of water and eating
small amounts of baby food. We went back on the following Monday with a
dog with a ferocious appetite who was eating and drinking and holding
everything down. The treatment has continued and he is well and back to
normal. Now we are working on centering him and what a change in
Cooper! Also of note NO TRANQUILIZER or MUZZLE! Yes, this wonderful
Holistic Vet is putting needles in my dog and he loves it and her. Our
only problem is keeping him sitting up and not rolling onto his back
because he is so happy to be there and absolutely loves the
Acupuncture. I have learned a lot about this treatment and medicine.
Dr. Scerba was very thorough and explained who Cooper is overall and
what organs effect him and also provided fascinating information about
his personality and various herbs and treatment's that can help further
him become a very well rounded dog. Dr. Scerba has also taught us about
diet and what foods to feed to maintain a physically and mentally
healthy dog. For some this story may be very hard to believe and
honestly unless we had experienced it personally we would have doubt
Dr. Scerba saved our dog's life and we will forever be grateful to her.
We also commend her on the care from her practice. We received follow
up calls over the weekend from Sue and Dr. Scerba both. That truly
meant the world to us because somebody understood how much we loved
this dog and how critical his situation was. If you have an animal who
is suffering for any reason, this is the place you should immediately
head for treatment. We are believer's. It really works! Thanks Ladies!
Forever grateful, Tina Hudson and John
Cummings from Clifton Park.