Few years ago, I was getting ready to start my day when my 11.5 year old dog, Dakota, came running into the dining room with a bloody nose. Never seeing a dog with a bloody nose or experiencing any medical issues with Dakota, I immediately transported him to his vet. Dakota was diagnosed with nasal tumors. Dakota’s vet told me that my pup had only a few months to live and to focus on making him comfortable because there is no cure for these tumors but expensive options like chemo and radiation. They sent us to an expensive center in another state where the reception felt cold and financially calculated.
Not willing to accept this devastating news or to put my dog through expensive, damaging and potentially painful radiation treatments, I began asking friends about holistic medicine and recommendations of places to go. A co-worker told me the story of his experience with Smith Ridge. I scheduled a visit with Dr. Ruskin and was concerned about hearing more about making my dog happy or comfortable, that there was nothing else to do. I wasn’t going to accept this again, Dakota was a therapy dog for so many and spent his life putting smiles and wet kisses on everyone’s face. Dakota lived his life to the fullest and then some. He acted more like a large cat as he was best known for sitting all 100 pounds of fur across our laps and expected the belly or backside scratches while on the couch. He was devoted to his family and waited patiently by the window watching for our cars to pull in the driveway every day. He was so loyal to us for so many years, how could we not do something for him in return that would not hurt him or cause him any distress. He always trusted that we would do the right thing for him so how could I let him down after all the years of unconditional love and trust he gave us!
I scheduled an appointment at Smith Ridge Vet. My husband, Dakota and I sat in a room and began talking to Dr. Ruskin about Dakota’s cancer diagnosis. Feeling emotional and somewhat defeated with what was told to me by the vet I went to and trusted, Dr. Ruskin began working magic not only with the state of mind I entered with, but on my dear dog, Dakota. She introduced us to animal nutrition and transformed our entire way of thinking in regards to nutrition and animals. I grew up believing that whatever said dog food was everything our four legged companions needed in regards to nutrition. Dr. Ruskin started Dakota on raw dog food, some basic nutritional vitamins, recommended IV Vitamin C and cryosurgery for Dakota. After starting the nutritional recommendations, we immediately saw overall improvements with his bloodwork within first few weeks. We had the cryosurgery performed on his nose which ended all the nose bleeds and obstructed nasal breathing sounds. Dakota was originally diagnosed with terminal cancer and after pursuing this nutritional approach and cryosurgery, Dakota looked more healthy and better than ever. His appearance and overall wellness wasn’t just obvious to us but everyone that would meet Dakota!
Dakota lived a few extra YEARS, not months as originally suggested. He lived a very happy, healthier 4 legged life and quality was never an issues or question. Unfortunately, the nasal tumor did return a couple years later. One week prior to passing, Dakota still walked close to mile and half per day with energy and vigor. Dakota did cross over the Rainbow Bridge on May 15th, 2015, but did so with so much more life thanks to Dr. Ruskin! I will always recommend Dr. Ruskin and Smith Ridge! Taking on the responsibility of pet ownership needs to begin with proper health and nutrition. Dr. Ruskin will forever be a part of our four legged family’s health and wellness!
This testimonial is long overdue! Thank you Smith Ridge for having the best Doctors, most knowledgeable staff on board and for being a part of our extended family during this emotional journey! Thank you for supporting us through the entire process and for being so kind and thoughtful during the most difficult time! Dakota loved coming to see each and every single one of you guys as it was evident every time we pulled into the parking lot and walked into the waiting room! He enjoyed choosing his acupuncture and magna wave treatment rooms every week. Thank you for giving him the best Golden Years and giving him quality care all the way up to when he crossed over the Bridge!