July 2016 Patient of the Month

Oliver Abbey

Oliver's Story

This handsome boy is Oliver, the love of my life. He is a Maltese/Shih Tzu who will be 17 on July 22nd, 2016. Happy Birthday to my boy! Oliver’s first visit to the Veterinary Medical Center of CNY was in July 2004 with corneal ulceration and corneal edema of the right eye. We were referred to Doctor Burgesser who began treating Oliver for dry eye with ophthalmic drops. Doctor Burgesser continued to be his Ophthalmologist until his retirement from VMC in January 2016.

Oliver started having back issues the beginning of 2012. His veterinarian, Doctor Stokes-Cowley at Lyncourt Veterinary Hospital took radiographs and diagnosed the beginning of disk disease. He was given NSAID, pain and antispasmodic medication. Oliver was also seen at VMC in 2012 and 2013 for recurrent episodes.

Oliver Abbey 2

In November 2013 when the spasms became severe, he was seen by Doctor Fleckenstein, who diagnosed Oliver with Intervertebral Disc Disease. After her assessment , Doctor Fleckenstein prescribed laser acupuncture along with medication and supplements. I was also given exercises for Oliver at home. Without her present regimen, I do not believe Oliver’s quality of life would be what it is now. Thank you to Doctor Fleckenstein and Sue for the love and treats you spoil Oliver with.

Thank you, VMC staff!

Kathy & Oliver


  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Corneal Edema (Right Eye)


  • Laser Acupuncture
  • Lateral Flexion Exercises
  • Warm Compress
  • Massage
  • Pain Medications & Supplements