By: shamalee
Acupuncture & Holistic Veterinary Service of Northwest Florida
I began taking my German shepherd, Kirra, to Dr. Fowler in Dec 2012 when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, hemangiosarcoma. Dr. Fowler was highly recommended by a friend who had taken her dog who has cancer as well. Dr. Fowler began with an assessment with all Kirra's current records, xrays, lab reports, etc from conventional vets. She began with creating a diet based around her cancer known as the "cancer diet". It was made of foods that would aid her condition and I that I could make easily at home. Next, she put my dog on certain Chinese herbs that were based around her cancer and what she was lacking (she had become anemic). Kirra was a fussy eater and could sniff out any medicine but Dr. Fowler always had a solution for this! She was always on hand for any questions (and trust me I had MANY). Along with the diet and herbs we did acupuncture and B12 shots on Kirra. Her office was warm and welcoming. The acupuncture treatments would take 30 minutes to an hour and as Kirra would lie there relaxed, Dr. Fowler and I would chat and she would calm me and reassure me with Kirra's treatment, condition and overall health.Kirra was given weeks to months by Auburn Veterinary Hospital. I feel that with Dr. Fowler's diet, herbs, and acupuncture Kirra had a happy and lively 3 months. She was given a grime diagnosis by conventional vets and treated with chemotherapy. Dr Fowler helped treat Kirra's side effects from chemo with acupuncture and it worked, instantly. Kirra once walked in to her office and she had not eaten in 2 days. Dr Fowler tried giving her treats. No go. After hitting appetite stimulant points on Kirra with acupuncture, right after she ate up all the treats and her appetite came back.Unfortunately with all the treatment with conventional and holistic medicine, the inevitable happened and Kirra began to hemorrhage. All I wanted was for my baby to be comfortable and home when the time came. Dr. Fowler drove an hour and a half to my house and ended my baby's suffering. She made it as peaceful as it could have been. I held her the whole time. Dr. Fowler then made all the arrangements for me and I had to do nothing which was so helpful at such a devastating time.I can not say enough good things about Dr. Fowler. I HIGHLY recommend her and her wonderful services. Since I had started seeing her for Kirra I have recommended her to all my friends and coworkers who have loved animals from cats to horses. She has the BEST bedside manner and truly wants the best for you and your beloved pet. She will be honest with you and that is sometimes hard to hear but it is in the best interest of your beloved pet.Thank you Dr Fowler for making a devastating event peaceful, calm and comforting. She was able to end my baby's suffering so compassionately. Words can not express my gratitude and I am forever grateful. Kirra fell asleep peaceful in my arms at our home where she was most comfortable. I felt her last breath and was able to tell her how much I loved her the whole time. That is all I could ever wish for at that time and Dr. Fowler made that possible.
By: dirtysouthtv
Callaway Animal Hospital
We called quite a few vets in the Panama City area (we live on the Fountain/Marianna line), we decided to trust Callaway Animal Hospital with Peanut Butter's care, and here's why: From the initial phone call, to the special arrangements for his entry into the Callaway Animal Hospital (in a large kennel) and to his two treatments (one the afternoon we brought him in and the other the next morning)--it was all "First Class." The place was immaculate, and EVERYONE there had a smile and knowledgeable and encouraging words. We had an unfortunate occurrence happen to our beloved Peanut Butter. To us, he is not a dog--but a member of our family. After trying to heal him at home for two weeks--Peanut Butter had a setback from playing and was in serious pain--which is what led us to our vet search. The Doctor: Doctor Korda systematically worked her way from his head to his tail and found the problem in less than five minutes. She confirmed her diagnosis with x-rays the next morning. It would be next to impossible to find a better vet anywhere.
By: Libby F.
Acupuncture & Holistic Veterinary Service of Northwest Florida
We were very fortunate to find Dr. Fowler when our 6 year old Australian Shepherd began losing control of her hind legs. After a thorough exam and background of Daisy's condition, Dr. Fowler started Daisy on acupuncture, Chinese herbs to relieve pain and inflammation and a home cooked diet. She referred us to UofFl to confirm Daisy's diagnosis of IVDD. Basically, arthritis in her vertebrae. We chose not to have surgery as there was little assurance the condition would be better or not return. Dr. Fowler was an important part of keeping Daisy pain-free and comfortable for the next year and a half. When the time came, Dr. Fowler came to our house to euthanize Daisy so she could be at home with us when she crossed over. I can't say enough good things about Dr. Fowler and her tech Jen. They treat their patients like their own animals, and are very gentle and loving in their care.
By: Kimberly F.
Acupuncture & Holistic Veterinary Service of Northwest Florida
Dr Fowler has made me a true believer in Alternative medicine. My labrador (age 10 at the time) was diagnosed with nasal cancer 22 months ago and is still alive and well and cancer FREE. The combination of western medicine (radiation and chemo) combined with acupuncture for his immune system and anti-cancer herbs has saved his life. He is the only dog in the COUNTRY still in a Pfizer Palladia study for nasal cancer. All other dogs in the study have passed on or their cancer did not respond to treatment. The difference with Boz (now 12) is that he did acupuncture and herbs with Dr Fowler. Auburn Veterinary Clinic calls Boz their poster dog. Dr. Fowler's treatment has made a huge impact in our lives.
By: Karl J.
Callaway Animal Hospital
I have used a couple veterinarians in Panama City and this one is my favorite. The doctor knows her stuff and the prices are fair. I know my animals are in good hands.
Tips & Advices
Most 24-hour clinics do not allow owners to stay with their pets overnight. However, many do have specific visiting hours or will let owners see their pets at any point during the day. In addition, owners can call most clinics at any time for an update on their pet's well being.
  • Important phone numbers, especially those of the the veterinary clinic, the animal hospital or emergency clinic, and the poison control center
  • A book detailing pet first-aid steps
  • Copy of medical records
  • Nylon leash
  • Muzzle (only use if pet is not vomiting and has no difficulty breathing)
  • Absorbent gauze
  • Nonlatex disposable gloves
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Digital thermometer
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting only at the recommendation of a veterinarian
  • Milk of magnesia (to absorb poison only at the recommendation of a veterinarian)
Find a 24-hour animal hospital that provides emergency services within your area. Keep the facility's contact information in a place that's easy to locate, such as the refrigerator, address book, or smartphone. Most veterinary clinics operate on standard business hours and are not equipped to handle emergencies.
Veterinary clinics operate on a smaller scale than animal hospitals. The latter are more likely open 24 hours and provide emergency services. The former generally operate on typical office hours and only perform wellness exams and minor surgeries. Veterinary clinics also do not generally perform laboratory tests on site.
The specifics vary depending on the type of visit. For a wellness exam, bring:
  • Medical records
  • The type or brand of food the pet eats
  • Medication (including flea, tick, and heartworm medication).
If the animal needs medical treatment, the following may be helpful depending on the situation:
  • Fresh stool sample
  • Vomit sample
  • Video of the pet engaging in abnormal behavior
  • Substance the pet may have ingested

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