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As the caretaker of cat with Feline Asthma, I first learned of Dr. Welborn from the FAIM! Feline Asthma Inhaled Medication Users Group from their veterinarian list. Dr Welborn is described as follows:

“…He is very knowledgeable about inhaled meds and has a big heart for all animals.”


I found FAIM user group description to be accurate about Dr. Welborn  and I am also impressed Dr. Welborn’s staff. Temple Terrace Animal And Bird Hospitals’ veterinary technicians are very friendly and capable. Also the receptionist, Kathleen’s multitasking capability is amazing.

Recently during the Labor day holiday weekend I experienced a crisis with my cat Honey Bear.

Dr. Welborn was going out of town that week and called the on the holiday with lab test results for my other cat MeMe.  I told Dr. Welborn that Honey Bear was at the Polk county emergency vet clinic with a urinary blockage. After talking to Dr. Welborn I decided to bring Honey Bear to the Cat Doctors when they opened the next morning.

Immediately after examining Honey Bear, Dr. Simon determined Honey Bear was fitted with an undersized catheter. Dr Simon fitted Honey bear with a larger catheter that functioned better and made him more comfortable. During Honey Bears hospitalization the staff was caring and supportive, accommodating my visits and phone calls. Dr Simon and staff provided expert care and treatment however, it was determined that Honey Bear required a “PU” operation. With Dr. Welborn out of town, Dr Habran came from the Pebble Creek office to preform the operation. I am grateful to Dr. Welborn for assembling a expert caring staff at all tampabayvets  offices.  I believe their expert care saved Honey Bears life.

Randolph Clarke

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  1. Patricia Yarnot says:

    To curious clients who might be considering acupuncture for their animals;

    I wanted to attest to the amazing affects of acupuncture treatment and it’s affect on my dear sweet Airedale. Nonnie, my 11 1/2 year old Airedale has been taking acupuncture treatments from Dr. Teske for two years. I brought her to Pebble Creek when it was obvious that standard pain treatments would not work on her. Nonnie has severe hip dysplasia in her hip and arthritis in her spine. I had tried the usual pain medications but Nonnie’s system is delicate and she began to suffer severely with violent bloody diarrhea . I was faced with the decision to either put her down or find another alternative treatment as Nonnie couldn’t walk without help. I was referred to Dr. Teske by my vet at Temple Terrace.

    Nonnie’s first appointment was a long one. Dr. Teske took the time to talk with me and examine Nonnie both with her hands and her eyes. Dr, Teske asked for a full history of my dog and we discussed what acupuncture could and couldn’t do. A treatment plan was proposed and Nonnie was ready for her first treatment. I didn’t know what to expect but quickly relaxed when Dr. Teske and her assistant began to soothingly talk and massage Nonnie. She received what we now call her ‘margarita’, one needle in her sagital crest area to relax her and the treatment began. Nonnie did so well with her treatments that first month that she is now getting acupressure treatments – injections of B12 jelly into her pressure points. We have been able over the past two years to extend the time between Nonnie’s treatments to an average of six to eight weeks.

    As far as the treatment and care we receive from Dr. Teske and her assistants during treatments, I couldn’t ask for a more caring and loving vet and assistants. They coo and softly talk to and gently handle my dog. Care is taken to not cause any more pain or discomfort than is necessary. Everyone is calm, reassuring and constantly stroking and massaging Nonnie. I feel she is getting a spa treatment rather than a pain treatment.

    How do I know that acupuncture works for Nonnie? She has always been a grumpy girl and not what you would call the life of the party. Since I have been taking her for treatments, she has transformed into a really sweet, loving and outgoing girl. She is so happy to get into the car to go to Pebble Creek for treatments and I cherish this time we have alone (I have two other dogs). When we get out of the car she takes me into the office and greets the clients and office staff and her tail never stops wagging. Through these treatments we have been able to manage Nonnie’s pain and she is back to her half mile daily walks and is a part of our family again. I know that Nonnie’s senior years are as pain free as is possible and she is comfortable and enjoying life.

    I would highly recommend any clients whose companion animals are suffering to work with Dr. Teske to see if acupuncture or acupressure is an option. Both my skeptical husband and myself have been very pleased with Nonnie’s results.

    Patricia and Henry

    As a side note: Nonnie was also incontinent and with some Chinese herbs and a couple of needles each treatment, Nonnie is no longer incontinent.

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