Happy New Year from ARCC!


Erasing the Past

Happy New Year from ARCC — Animal Rehab & Conditioning Center! We are excited about this coming year because we are finally going to be opening our doors — woohoo! It has been a long journey and I am ready to begin.

My husband, Eddie, and I were discussing how past events — even if terrible at the time — can shape the future. I have been a general practice veterinarian for quite a few years and like most veterinarians at about the 5 year mark I got the itch to have my own practice. Now I went into corporate medicine when I first graduated vet school and it was all I had known so when I found a corporate practice here in Greenville for sale — I jumped on it. It was good for a few years but then the corporation became more corporate and I decided to leave and see how “regular” veterinarians worked.

As my corporate practice was closing, I saw another door opening with rehabilitation and complementary medicine. Leaving my corporate practice was hard and the stress of ending that relationship, even though at the time it was terrible, was difficult; so I packed all my equipment up and stored it – out of sight and out of mind.

I worked in quite a few hospitals since I closed my practice and I must say that they have all taught me a thing or two but my head and heart were always thinking of the rehabilitation clinic I wanted to open. My husband and I have looked at practices all over the United States, interviewed, examined, made offers but it never came to fruition until I found this place in Simpsonville.

I found the place and it has taken a lot of time, money and effort but we are getting it ready. The funny part was that I now had to open the storage unit and get my equipment out of the boxes; it brought up a lot of the old memories — some good, some bad, and some painful. As I was unpacking the boxes, I kept thinking about past people, pets, problems — and it made me feel sad.

I had so much equipment but it all had the corporate name on it — I couldn’t just throw it away, I needed to use it somehow but didn’t know how. My husband came up with various ideas such as popping off the metal tags on the sundry jars, covering up the logos with stickers, and sanding away the name on the models. I got to thinking that it would be nice if we could all just erase part of our past like that; making it clean, new and useable — we can, we each get that opportunity every December 31st.

We get to sit down and face the past year; see our mistakes, find our joys, think about our tears and marvel that we made it through the year — it is a blessing. January 1st is when we get to sand the past off of ourselves and we get to start out new, fresh, and clean.

I can’t wait to see what the New Year brings and I wish happiness, health, love and prosperity for all of you.  Happy New Year!

Clean slate for the future

Merry Christmas to All!

Not finding this very fun

Eddie and Cassidy wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

ARCC — Animal Rehab & Conditioning Center wants to wish Merry Christmas to everyone! This time of year gets so hectic — with family, gift giving, food and running around that we forget that it is a time for reflection. We get caught up in the flurry of activity and without meaning to we sometimes forget that our pets may not be as receptive to the holiday.

Our pets suddenly see a lot of hustle, bustle, family, food, and friends that they commonly don’t see during the year. Because of the stress of the holidays our pets may not get their meals at scheduled times, may get food they shouldn’t (who doesn’t want to give a small bite of that fabulous meal to them), access to strings, ribbons, lights, and just so many people.

One of my technician’s pets in Atlanta ate a string of Christmas lights one year — Chelsea’s teeth were gorgeous and white but the waiting for the glass bulbs to pass was excruciating. Pancreatitis and foreign bodies (especially ribbons in cats) tend to be high on the list for holiday hazards.

Poinsettias can be toxic to your pet and we always worry about the water under the tree having toxins in it. Icicles and ribbons make for bad foreign bodies. Sweets and chocolates can be toxic also so no treats for the pets would be best.

We don’t have to leave our pets out of the celebrations but be careful.

I will tell you a tradition at my household — I grew up in Alaska, just 12 miles from North Pole, Alaska. So every year on Christmas Eve, Santa would show up at our house on a snow mobile. We would talk to him and then we would go to the neighbor’s house for cookies and visiting. When we returned home, Santa would have already come and we opened all our presents on Christmas Eve. We would always get something in our stockings the next morning but we were always first on Santa’s trip. This tradition continues even to this day — so in all holiday tradition I have to go now — my presents are waiting.

So from the Kennedy family and from ARCC — Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!