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Vet Eats in Cage to Heal Scared, Emaciated Rescue Dog

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In this heartwarming footage, veterinarian Dr. Andy Mathis of Granite Hills Animal Care in Elberton, Georgia had a feeling about what would help heal Graycie, a pit bull rescue who came into his care in terrible condition. 

In a situation in which some facilities might have euthanized Graycie, Dr. Mathis sat with the terrified dog in her cage and ate his breakfast. Eventually this sort of quiet companionship gave Graycie the courage to begin eating and accepting compassionate touch once again. Dr. Mathis explained his philosophy via his website,

"I think of my pets as my children. They just happen to have 4 legs and fur. And whether your “kids” have fur, hooves, feathers, fins, or scales, I hope you do the same. They are members of your family. It is that underlying philosophy that guides my veterinary practice here at Granite Hills Animal Care. As a pet parent, I expect a high level of quality care for my pet. Whether it be routine medical care, emergency care, or surgery. Even something as mundane as a bath, or boarding if I happen to be out of town. It’s what we strive to provide to our patients in a kind, caring, and compassionate way. As if they were our own pet."

Bravo to Dr. Mathis and all of the heroic vets and techs who give so much of their time and effort to heal the sick animals of the world. Follow Graycie's story and that of other lucky rescue dogs on the Granite Hills Animal Care Facebook page.

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