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Dr. Waters is still here and taking appointments through Friday, October 26th. Please give us a call if you would like to schedule an appointment. If you have any loose ends or extended cases that you would like to tie up with her, such as bloodwork or ultrasounds please make an appointment before she departs.

The staff at Martin Downs Animal Hospital want to wish Dr. Waters the best of luck in her retirement! We will greatly miss her!
Dear Friends of Martin Downs Animal Hospital,

A message from Dr. Robin Waters:

For over 28 years it has been my privilege to play a role in the health care of your pets and I am honored that you trusted me with that care. In many cases I have tended to generations of your family’s pets. It has been a fantastic journey. Practicing veterinary medicine is not only my passion but my calling. I am fortunate that I love what I do for a living!

In the coming months I will start a new chapter. It is a bittersweet moment. I will be retiring from Martin Downs Animal Hospital. I will be joining my husband, Dr. Karol Poderski, in his retirement. He has a “bucket list” and I am going to help him check off items on his list! We will also be spending time with family. You always hear “life is short”. We re taking that advice.

Martin Downs Animal Hospital is our legacy. We are leaving MDAH’s care in the trusted hands of Drs. Clinton Campbell (Medical Director), Stacy Wapner, and our hospital manager, Christine Kaminski. They and the staff can help with any of your needs during this transition. I am still here in the short term to help in any way I can.

Thank you. You have been more than clients. You have been friends and family. It has been an honor.

Respectfully yours,

Robin Waters-Poderski, DVM

Out2News.comAs sad as we are to see Dr. Waters retire, we are excited to announce a doctor who will be filling her shoes. We would like to introduce to Dr. Annette Sysel who will be here and available for appointments starting Wednesday, October 31st.

She graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College (the oldest veterinary school in North America and ranked as one of the top 10 veterinary schools in the world) with Honors in 1991. She completed a one year internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College, followed by a 3 year surgical residency at Virginia Tech.

In 2015, the American Humane Association presented Dr. Sysel with the Hero Veterinarian Award during a red carpet gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. That same year, Dr. Sysel was invited to speak before the United States Congress to encourage continued funding for cancer research.

In 2016, Dr. Sysel was presented with the Woman of Excellence Award in Science, Medicine and Technology by Canada’s May Court Society.

Dr. Sysel’s special interests include oncology, senior pet care and pain management, and she is certified in stem cell therapy.

In her spare time, Dr. Sysel volunteers with the Bauer Research Foundation to advance the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other diseases in pets. She is a Founding Member of the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, and she is always expanding her own plant collection.

She has 2 rescued pets:
Buddy – a 19.5 year old Lynx Point Snowshoe Siamese cat
Chloe – a 4 year old Seal Point Snowshoe Siamese cat
Pet Poison Helpline – 855-764-7661
($49 per incident fee applies)

ASPCA Pet Poison Control – 888-426-4435
($65 consultation fee may be applied)

Pet Emergency of Martin County – 772-781-3302
2239 S. Kanner Hwy Stuart FL

Veterinary Medical Center of St. Lucie County – 772-337-8570
7790 S. US Hwy 1 Port Saint Lucie FL

Refer a friends and you will both receive at $25 credit on your account!

HSTC Pets of the Week


Boy came to the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast not too long ago via Martin County Animal Services when his owners needed to surrender him. Boy is an active, playful, slightly rambunctious guy and his boisterous personality was scaring the grandkids. Boy is good with kids, just a little too playful sometimes. He is looking for a home where he can be the only fur-kid in the home; Boy is very picky about his dog friends. As for his name, we don’t know why he is named Boy but he seems to like it and knows his name. In a place where nothing is familiar, having a familiar name seems to bring him some comfort.

Boy is one of HSTC’s newest Dolly’s Dream Dogs! This means his adoption fee has been sponsored AND he comes with a bunch of extra goodies to help him adjust to his new home. Some of these bonus goodies include a crate and a FREE 6 week training class! To learn more about Dolly’s Dream, please visit


At over 13 years old, Evan has had plenty of time to perfect is lovey-dovey nature. We are almost positive that Evan is the most affectionate cat you will ever meet. How did a 13 year old love-bug like Evan wind up here at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast? His owners had to make the heartbreaking decision to surrender Evan to us after he was diagnosed with diabetes and they could no longer afford to provide Evan with the proper care. Evan has been in the care of HSTC since the beginning of December 2017. His diabetes is now regulated with insulin injections and a special diet. With his diabetes under control, Evan is now ready to find his new family to shower with love and affection. He is accepting visitors at the HSTC main shelter in Palm City. You can view Evan and all of his adoptable friends online at


8 Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Article by: Robin Hall – Out2News/

Halloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families. But for pets? Let’s face it, it can be a nightmare. Skip the stress and keep your pets safe this year by following these 8 easy tips.

Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets.

All forms of chocolate—especially baking or dark chocolate—can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar and subsequent loss of coordination and seizures. Xylitol ingestion can also cause liver failure in dogs, even if they don’t develop symptoms associated with low blood sugar. And while xylitol toxicity in cats has yet to be established, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Don’t leave pets out in the yard on Halloween.

Vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night. Inexcusable? Yes! But preventable nonetheless. Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents. In fact, many shelters do not adopt out black cats during the month of October as a safety precaution. Make sure your black cats are safely housed indoors around Halloween.

Keep pets confined and away from the door.

Indoors is certainly better than outdoors on Halloween, but your door will be constantly opening and closing, and strangers will be on your doorstep dressed in unusual costumes. This, of course, can be scary for our furry friends, which can result in escape attempts or unexpected aggression. Putting your dog or cat in a secure crate or room away from the front door will reduce stress and prevent them from darting outside into the night…a night when no one wants to be searching for a lost loved one.

Keep glow sticks away from pets.

While glow sticks can help keep people safe on Halloween night, they can add some unwanted drama to the holiday if a pet chews one open. “The liquid inside glow sticks is non-toxic, so it won’t actually make pets sick,” “but it does taste awful.” Pets who get into a glow stick may drool, paw at their mouth, become agitated, and sometimes even vomit. If your pet does chew on a glow stick, “offer some fresh water or a small meal to help clear the material out of the mouth.”

Keep Halloween plants such as pumpkins and corn out of reach.

While small amounts of corn and pumpkin can be fed safely to many pets, ingesting uncooked, potentially moldy Halloween pumpkins or corn displays can cause big problems. Gastrointestinal upset is a possibility whenever pets eat something they aren’t used to, and intestinal blockage can occur if large pieces are swallowed.  “Some types of mold produce mycotoxins that can cause neurologic problems in dogs and cats.” So, keep the pumpkins and corn stalks away from your pets. And speaking of pumpkins…

Try on pet costumes before the big night.

Don’t wait until Halloween night to put your pet in a costume for the first time. “Any time you want to introduce your pet to something new, it’s best to go slowly.”  Get your pet costumes early, and put them on for short periods of time (and piece by piece, if possible). “Make it a positive experience by offering lots of praise and treats.”  If at any time, your pet seems distressed or develops skin problems from contact with a costume, consider letting him go in his “birthday suit.” A festive bandana may be a good compromise.

IDs, please!

If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chances that he or she will be returned. Collars and tags are ideal if a Good Samaritan is able to collect your wayward pet, but microchips offer permanent identification should the collar or tag fall off. Just make sure the information is up-to-date. Use Halloween as a yearly reminder to double check your address and phone number on tags and with the company who supports pet microchips.

Don’t dress your pet in a costume unless you know they’ll love it.

If you do decide that Fido or Kitty needs a costume, make sure it isn’t dangerous or simply annoying to your pet. Costumes should not restrict movement, hearing, eyesight, or the ability to breathe. Pets who are wearing a costume should always be supervised by a responsible adult so that if something goes wrong, it can be addressed right away.

Be safe and have a great Halloween whatever you and fido wear!

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Avoiding “Forever” Home Failure Should Be A Priority

Article by: Shannon Borrego

Photos by: Donna Loew
Maurice: A young cat recently returned to CFF due to adopter’s allergies

Finding a “forever” home sounds like the perfect outcome for a homeless cat, doesn’t it? And, for many cats it is. An adopter meets the cat, falls in love, and the pair goes on to spend many rewarding years together.

But what about those cases in which the adoption doesn’t work out? What happens when the home isn’t “forever” after all? Perhaps a family member develops allergies, or an unexpected move makes it difficult to take the cat, or the adopter just decides he doesn’t want a cat after all.

For those of us who work with rescue animals, the thought of relinquishing a pet seems almost unimaginable. We see our pets as family members, for better or for worse. But it doesn’t always work that way. At Caring Fields Felines, we recognize that when an adoption fails, the cat needs to be assured of safe sanctuary and the opportunity to find another home. That’s why we ask adopters to sign a document agreeing to return the cat to us should they need to relinquish it. Of course, we see that as a last resort. There are often solutions that enable the adopter to keep the cat when some modifications are made in the home.

The best way to avoid the sad dilemma of an unwanted cat is proper planning beforehand. Adopting a pet should never be an impulse decision, nor should a pet be given as a surprise to an unsuspecting recipient. The responsibility to provide a lifetime of care to any animal should not be taken lightly.

One of the common reasons for returning a cat is a family member’s development of allergies. This problem can sometimes be avoided by spending time with cats before adopting. An afternoon spent at CFF’s sanctuary playing with the cats is a great way to determine if one is allergic.

Timing is another important factor in deciding whether to adopt. If you face a move in the near future, it probably isn’t the best time to adopt. Some apartment complexes or rental homes have policies prohibiting pets, thus necessitating a choice between the home or the pet. Better to wait and adopt later!

Adopting a new cat should be an exciting beginning to a lifetime of rewarding companionship. Before taking the plunge, please consider the long-term commitment needed, and take steps to avoid the possibility of relinquishing the cat later. is a photo journal featuring people, “Who they are, what they do and where they do it”.

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All Pets Go To Heaven

Article by: Robin Hall – Out2News/

There is a very special place where beloved pets go after they die. This is only a temporary location. But there are trees and grass and lakes, and everything they love. Here they can play and eat and sleep, even better than they did, before they died. Now, there are no aches or worries or dangers of any kind to trouble or threaten them. The only joy missing is their beloved human companion, you.

All health is restored completely, and all injuries are healed. Dogs and cats play with each other like youngsters, and they do not have time to feel lonely for you. They miss you, and with the special wisdom that animals have, they trust that this condition will get better. And they confidently wait as they frolic.

A wonderful day will come for each of them, when in the middle of playing they will suddenly feel something is different. And all their senses will be at the height of excitement and exuberance. They will sniff the air and look off in the distance where they recognize that dearly loved special presence. Then they will call out in elation, and with eyes shining and tail going wild, tear off at a full gallop, almost flying over the green grass.

The bond that we form with animals can be very deep and fulfilling, and the loss of a beloved animal can have an impact on us that is as great, or even greater, than the loss of a family member or friend. This bond is what makes our interactions with animals rich and rewarding, but also what makes the grief process so complicated. The grief can seem to come in waves, may be brought on more intensely by a sight or sound that sparks your memory, and may seem overwhelming at times.

After your pet has died or been lost, it is natural and normal to feel grief and sorrow. The amount of time a person grieves for the loss of their pet may be very different for different people. Although grief is an internal and private response, there are certain stages of grief that most people experience, and not everyone experiences them all or in the same order.Anger and guilt often follow denial.

Your anger may be directed toward people you normally love and respect, including your family, friends or your veterinarian. People coping with death will often say things that they do not really mean, unintentionally hurting those whom they do not mean to hurt.

Depression is a common experience after the death of a special pet. The tears flow, there are knots in your stomach, and you feel drained of all your energy. Day-to-day tasks can seem impossible to perform and you may feel is isolated and alone. Many depressed people will avoid the company of friends and family.

You will come to terms with your feelings. You begin to accept your pet’s death. Resolution has occurred when you can remember your pet and your time with them without feeling the intense grief and emotional pain you previously felt. Acceptance and resolution are normal and do not mean that you no longer feel a sense of loss, just that you have come to terms with the fact that your pet has died. Everyone experiences the stages of grief, grieving is always a very personal process. Allow yourself time to grieve and heal, and be thankful that your life was made that much better by sharing it with your beloved pet.

Memorializing a pet can be a healthy part of the grieving process. A framed photo or a photo album can help remind a pet parent of their pet. Some people keep the ashes of their pets and bury them in a spot favored by their pet. Creating a journal that includes stories about the things your dog did will help you focus on the good times you spent together.   Photographs record those special moments and lock them forever in time. Have a professional portrait painted as a memorial to your dog companion. If you enjoy gardening, plant a tree, perennial, bush or shrub in memory of your dog. Donate to an animal organization in your dog’s name.  Some pet lovers place a brick or stone with their pet’s name painted on it in their gardens or they buy specially designed and inscribed grave markers if their pet is buried on their property.

Realizing that a seemingly trifle, yet possibly most-significant part of pet ownership is doing the right thing for our pets at the end of their lives. Sometimes the hardest things to do are the best things we can do. Loving animals teaches us something about ourselves and so does letting them go…

Out2 Bark Byte is dedicated to Robin Hall’s – Owner of Out2News best friend “Teddy”. RIP 8/4/2015