How To Series: Dental Cleaning with Honey

Pet dental health starts at home! Just like in humans, the easiest way to improve and maintain healthy teeth and gums for your kitty or pup is daily brushing. If the idea of brushing your pets’ teeth is a little intimidating, no worries! Check out this video from Dr. Timberlake for a demonstration. With the right tools and technique (spoiler: it’s easier than you think!), at-home dental care for your pet can be a quick—and tasty!–addition to your daily routine.

(Thank you to our friends at HH Films for the video!)

How To Series: Ear Cleaning with Stevie

Did you know that you can help prevent your pets from developing ear infections at home? Clean ears are ears that bacteria and yeast have trouble growing in, and with a few simple steps you can stop an infection before it starts! Check out this video for a step-by-step how to from Dr. Timberlake and Stevie.


Those of you who have been following Franklin’s journey know that our little doxie has come a long way:

  • Losing the use of his back legs to intervertebral disc disease
  • Owner opted to surrender rather than pay for treatment
  • Scooped up by Dr. Timberlake from the ER to get the surgery, treatment, and rehabilitation he needed to survive thanks to our AVMF Charitable Fund
  • Learning to walk again and blossoming into the feisty, healthy little man we all know and love

But Franklin has been keeping an extra surprise secret for awhile now…and it’s time to let the cat out of the bag!

Early in Franklin’s recovery journey he received a visit at the hospital from our good friend and client Ms. Englmann. She had seen his first posts on the blog and wanted to come meet him for herself. And when she and her sons, Liam and Logan, approached little Franklin in his recovery pen–Franklin, remember, who was still scared, skinny, and just a mere week post-op—not only did he perk up, he gave the boys two great big kisses!

From that moment on, the family made weekly visits to check in on Franklin, eventually bringing her husband Michael McDermott and their sweet hound Marble to meet Franklin, too.

As time passed and Franklin regained some strength and confidence through physical therapy, snuggle time turned to playtime in SEVH’s Josephine Memorial Dog Park. And playtime turned into a sleepover at the Englmann/McDermott home. And the sleepover became a trial run with weekly physical therapy appointments. And weekly PT became Ms. Englmann going above and beyond to incorporate daily exercises and therapy at home.

And then Franklin was standing on his own.

And then Franklin walked.

And then they wanted to make it official: Franklin had found his forever home!

A more perfect happy ending simply isn’t possible for our incredible little man and his amazing new family. He has a mom, a dad, the sweetest big doggie sister, and two of the kindest, most gentle little boys in the world to call his very own. Franklin’s physical and emotional recovery is due in no small part to their unconditional dedication, generosity, and love. He still has a fair bit of road left before his journey is complete, but with the love of his forever family, the future is brighter than ever for our boy!

With love and thanks to our friends, the Englmann/McDermott family: Daniela, Michael, Logan, Liam, Marble…and Franklin!

Would you like to contribute to Franklin’s recovery, PT, and medical expenses? Donate to our AVMF Charitable Fund today!

Who’s got four legs and is using every single one of them?


YOUR DONATIONS have helped make this possible! Would you like to be a part of Franklin’s continued recovery? Donate to our Veterinary Care Charitable Fund today!

One small step for doxie kind; one giant leap for Franklin!

Franklin’s first week of regular physical therapy appointments is complete, and he’s already making big progress! The first appointment was all about adjustment: the range of motion therapy he was used to, but being lowered into a big tub of water that forced him to stand? Kind of weird!

By the end of the week, though, not only did Franklin get the hang of it– he took his very first independent steps!

One small step for doxie kind; one giant leap for our strong little man!

Would you like to be a part of Franklin’s recovery? Donate to our Veterinary Care Charitable Fund today!


Splish splash, doxie in the bath!

Franklin’s ending his big week of progress with a nice bubble bath, relaxing and getting squeaky clean before his next physical therapy appointment Monday morning. His new therapy schedule will be 30 minutes, twice a week.

(And you better believe we’ll have photos from Monday’s session!)

From Franklin and all of us at Southeast Veterinary Hospital–have a great weekend!

Would you like to be a part of Franklin’s recovery? Donate to our Veterinary Care Charitable Fund today!


Franklin’s Big Announcement!

What’s Franklin’s big news? Not only is he starting to try and put weight on his back legs, he’s able to wag his tail again! This is excellent news for our sweet little doxie’s recovery!

A big part of Franklin’s physical therapy is walking in his therapy sling. Check it out below (and keep an eye out for that happy tail wag at the end of the clip!)

Would you like to be a part of Franklin’s recovery? Donate to our Veterinary Care Charitable Fund today!

Update on Franklin

A big week for a little dachshund! Today Dr. Timberlake helped Franklin get ready by removing his surgery staples.

9 staples and lots of doctor-prescribed snuggles later, Franklin’s ready to share some big news. Keep an eye out Wednesday for his next update!

Would you like to be a part of Franklin’s recovery? Donate to our Veterinary Care Charitable Fund today!



Meet Franklin!

Franklin is a bright, affectionate, 3 year old dachshund that lost the use of his back legs due to a condition known as thoracolumbar intervertebral disk disease (IVDD). Franklin needed surgery to survive, but his owners were unable to afford the cost and opted to surrender him to a good samaritan’s care instead.

Thanks to our partnership with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation and Southeast Veterinary Hospital’s very own AVMF Veterinary Care Charitable Fund, Dr. Timberlake was able to coordinate with a specialist to get Franklin’s surgery. And now, just over a week later, he’s finally on the road to recovery! Keep your eyes on this space for updates on Franklin as he heals, goes through physical therapy, learns to use his legs again, and finds his forever home!

Would you like to be a part of Franklin’s recovery? Donate to our Veterinary Care Charitable Fund today!


Meet The Trio Tails!

We are Frankie, Stevie, and Honey. Our parents own and run Southeast Veterinary Hospital in St. Augustine, FL. We get to see what a great job our people do everyday. We also get to see the sick pets that we take care of at the hospital and we hear our people talking about how some of this stuff could have been prevented….if only their people knew. So, we thought why not let them know!!!

Frankie: I am a 2.5 year old German Shepherd Dog. My full name Is Francine – but all of my friends call me Frankie. I LOVE chasing my Frisbee and going on morning runs with my mom and dad – Britany and Chad Timberlake. They own Southeast Veterinary Hospital. I have 2 other small people at home that I help take care of – Charlotte and Nora. The more I can kiss them and get them to play with me the better my life!

I am an almost 9 year old Pug / Beagle mix (mostly pug). I am affectionately called “The Puggle” by my people. I am named after Stevie Knicks because I love to howl and make a “vroom, vroom” sound when I get really excited. I live with Frankie and the rest of my family. I love sleeping – anywhere, all the time. I love getting petted – all the time, by anything (like feet) or by anyone. Even if I am sleeping. That is really all that I do….

Honey: I am an 11-year-old mixed breed. My mom, Chelsea Gross is the Director of Hospital Relations at the SEVH. She likes to make people guess what type of mix I am, everyone says something different! I love snuggling, sleeping under the covers, and walking in the park every day. Getting muddy in the creek is the BEST, even if I have to get a bath afterwards. Mom takes me everywhere but my favorite places are the beach and grandma & grandpas house (treats!).


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