We’re Seeking Participants for a “Fitbit for Dogs” Study

Our own Dr. Hanlin Song is heading a very interesting case study using the latest in wearable technology – for dogs! – and we currently are recruiting participants.

If your dog is a bit older, is not currently taking RIMADYL ® (an anti-inflammatory) OR has been taking it on an as-needed basis, has some degree of arthritis/pain and, because of this, may have some mobility issues ... then please keep reading!

Most of you probably have a Fitbit or have heard of one. (If not, it’s a “tracker” that monitors activity levels such as steps and other wellness data.) This study basically uses a Fitbit for your dog! The device is called the Voyce Pro Health Monitor

The 12-week case study focuses on individual dosing for Rimadyl ® (an anti-inflammatory) in dogs to see how Rimadyl ® can improve overall quality of life. The study's goal is to answer the question: “Does utilizing the Voyce Health Monitor assist with individual dosing for Rimadyl in dogs?”

With the assistance of Voyce Pro collar, we will monitor our canine participants’ activity levels and accordingly adjust the Rimadyl ® dosing over time.

If I sign up, what am I responsible for?

The owner participant is simply required to make sure the Voyce Pro device is charged. Reminders will be sent if the device is not collecting any data, and we will help troubleshoot (determine if it’s a battery issue, out-of-network problem, etc.). Your dog? He or she just has to wear Voyce like a regular collar.

What are the pros for participating in the study?

  • Finding out your dog's daily heart rate and activity level for the duration of the study (12 weeks)
  • Helping fellow canine patients!

The cons?

  • Some expenses, including medication and lab work to ensure organ functions are maintained
  • During the course of this study, Rimadyl must be purchased through PVH and not an online pharmacy. Dr. Song’s initial exam will be at no charge.


If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please reach out to Dr. Song via Becky Peterson at bpeterson@pilchuckvet.net as soon as possible. We can assist you with getting more information and setting up an appointment.

Thank you!
Dr. Hanlin Song & Becky Peterson

Dr. April Tolle Joins Our Small-Animal Department!

We're very happy to announce that Dr. April Tolle has joined our small-animal team! Her professional interests include veterinary dentistry, internal medicine and radiology, and we are thrilled to welcome her to PVH. Read a little more about Dr. Tolle below:

April Tolle, DVM
Dr. April Tolle knew at an early age she wanted to be a veterinarian. She grew up near Houston, Texas, and relocated to Dayton, Ohio, her senior year of high school. In Dayton, she shadowed local veterinarians and worked in the kennel of a local clinic.

She attended The Ohio State University in Columbus and graduated with her DVM in 2007. After veterinary school, she worked at small-animal practices in Cleveland before relocating to the Seattle area in 2012. Dr. Tolle’s professional interests include dentistry, internal medicine and radiology.

During her downtime, she enjoys drawing, climbing, and getting outside to hike and camp with her dog, Cooper. She also has a cat, Mr. Stigglesworth.

Dr. James Bryant Earns ACVSMR-Equine Certification

The time has come to add a few more letters after Dr. James Bryant’s name! Dr. Bryant recently traveled to Orlando to take his exams for certification by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. And (surprise, surprise) ... he passed! So we’ll be updating Dr. Bryant’s business cards to: James Bryant, DVM, DACVS, DACVSMR.

We want to give BIG congratulations to Dr. Bryant for his new ACVSMR-Equine diplomate status. (There are separate specialties for equine and canine.) It is quite a lot of time and work to prepare for and take these exams and meet the other certifying requirements. Dr. Bryant is now “double-boarded,” adding this certification to his existing one from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. [2.17.16 update: As of this update, Dr. Bryant is the only ACVSMR-Equine diplomate in the state of Washington.]

What exactly is the ACVSMR?

An AVMA-recognized specialty organization, this group promotes “expertise in the structural, physiological, medical and surgical needs of athletic animals and the restoration of normal form and function after injury or illness.” You can read more at vsmr.org.

At Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarians and staff are passionate about providing the best possible care to our patients. Certifications such as this, along with continuing education, strong working relationships with our clients, and collaboration among colleagues, allow us to do just that. Thank you for entrusting us with your animal friends’ veterinary care needs!

Congratulations, Dr. Bryant!