Southtown vet named favorite in US

Dr. Bob Sullivan holds a cat whose collar became embedded in the cat's neck and needed to be removed. STAFF PHOTO/PAT FARNELLI

Dr. Bob Sullivan holds a cat whose collar became embedded in the cat’s neck and needed to be removed. STAFF PHOTO/PAT FARNELLI

BY PAT FARNELLI

A South Montrose veterinarian was voted one of America’s favorite vets, after a Susquehanna County client sent in a nomination to a contest sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.

Dr. Robert Sullivan was nominated by pet owner Becca Zewisky of Forest City.
The founder of Southtown Veterinarian Hospital, Dr. Sullivan was one of 12 doctors out of 1,100 to be a finalist in the contest.

In addition to providing routine vet care for pets Candy, Bianca, Cubby Panda, Jewels, Lucy and Mia, Zewisky credits Sullivan for saving the life of her dog from the effects of eating tainted dog food imported from China, which was later subject to a recall.

From the moment her dog became desperately ill until after it received a clean bill of health, Sullivan showed great concern and competence, Zewisky said.

“I will be forever grateful for that,” she said.

“He continually keeps me updated on any of my ‘children’s’ health. Over the years, he always strives to become better and better, always providing us with the most up to date technology and service a veterinarian could possibly offer.”

To this end, Sullivan moved his practice recently to a larger new building near the intersection of Rt. 29 and Ridge Road in South Montrose. The new building has enabled the staff to work in a hospital atmosphere and escape the crowded quarters at his former office.

In the new building, there is a larger foyer area, examination rooms, an x-ray department, and a separate operating room, as well as a rehabilitation center, complete with advanced physical therapy equipment, including a warm water treadmill and TENS therapy to stimulate and relax muscles. There are oxygen ports in every station.

There is also a special room for clients who bring in pets to be euthanized, with a rocking chair for comforting terminally ill patients, and a separate exit leading to a memorial garden area outside.
Pet patients can benefit from IV therapy, laser wound treatments, and ultrasound diagnostic techniques.

Sullivan says that in the future, he may be able to provide CAT scans and MRIs, but that awaits the raising of about $35,000 in additional funding.
One of the patients recently in the hospital was a large dog with a six by 20 inch wound on his back with raw, red tissue exposed. Sullivan said that the wound was responding well to laser therapy.

“I was thinking, at about two in the morning, that if the dog’s wound does not look better after the laser therapy, I would use sugar therapy on it next,” he said.

Ordinary white table sugar has been proven to aid in healing wounds, overwhelming the bacteria with an antibiotic effect while stimulating normal skin and hair regrowth.

However, the wound looks remarkably better, so Sullivan decided to continue with the laser therapy.

He said that lasers can aid in healing wounds as long as no cancer is present: they will promote cancer growth if it exists, he explained.
The vet encourages pet owners to keep their pets current with immunizations, and Sullivan has spoken at several local events on this topic.

Sullivan said that he was honored to be selected to the top 12, even if he didn’t win. He pointed out that in the top 12 vets, there are three from Pennsylvania.

He said that a major outbreak of disease could easily happen in the region, with the number of unprotected animals. This could, of course, be prevented by keeping up with pet immunizations.

Zewisky’s testimonial reads: “Dr. Bob has been the most caring and compassionate veterinarian I have ever met. We moved about an hour away five years ago, and I still travel to South Montrose just to see him when there are 20 vets from here to there. He is a “big city doctor” in a small rural town. He makes us feel like family rather than just a client. I continually recommend him to friends and family. He has a natural bond with the animals and unquestionably cares for each and every one he treats.”