Tails from the Clinic: Maple Smith

Tails from the Clinic: Maple Smith

by Tasha Phillips, M.S.

Maple is a female Australian Shepherd who suffers from a genetic retinal degeneration disease. Although she receives consistent and effective treatment for her disease, it cannot be completely cured. Due to this fact, her eyesight continues to deteriorate as she ages.

Maple ran into a fence while playing fetch and injured her face approximate ½ inch below the left eye. Her owner noticed Maple squinting her eye, and upon further examination, found the cut. The area was cleaned, and her owner began applying Lavengel twice daily.

Maple would rub her eye with her paw after application for a few moments and then stop. After 5 days, her eye had completely healed, and she was back to normal. Maple was not seen by a veterinarian or her eye specialist for this injury. Her owner elected to treat the injury with Lavengel that she had on hand.

Her owner went on to say, “I love that once it is applied, it continues working even when licked or rubbed off. That is a rare find with ointments, though it should be more common, especially in animal medicine. I enjoyed the smell, which is an added bonus. The results speak for themselves. This is the first time I have used Lavengel, and I am now a believer in its efficacy.“

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Tasha Nelson, M.S., Researcher and Veterinary Assistant

Tasha Nelson Phillips is a veterinary assistant and researcher. She began her work in veterinary medicine in 2014 at a small practice in East Tennessee. She has a B.S. in Biology as well as a Master’s degree in Microbiology from East Tennessee State University. Her undergraduate and graduate research focused on Lavengel®, exploring its efficacy and mechanism of action against common bacterial species.

Tasha’s interests focus on natural antimicrobial options and exploring novel compounds to combat antibiotic resistance. She continues to work in small animal emergency and critical care medicine. She spends her free time with her husband and three furry babies in their East Tennessee home.

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