Dr. Joel Beth Mitchell-Navratik

Bootsy is almost 17 years old and I have been treating her since she was an 8-week-old kitten. In July 2014 Bootsy came in for not feeling well and she had labored breathing. Chest radiographs showed a large pulmonary mass.

Bootsy also has well controlled hyperthyroidism, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and chronic renal disease. At the time of diagnosis, Bootsy was almost 15 years old. Based on additional diagnostics including, and abdominal ultrasound, and other laboratory tests, the tumor appeared to only be in the lung lobe and had not yet spread. I had given her a few months to live. Needless to say, Ms. Blessing was devastated. All of the current treatment options which included a thoracotomy to remove the lung lobe, chemo or radiation were all more than what the owner wanted. Ms. Blessing did not want to pursue surgery due to her advanced age and multiple health issues, and did not want to do chemotherapy due to the possible side effects.

She inquired about alternative treatment and an associate of mine prescribed some Chinese herbs, but she did not tolerate them well. A few days later she had an episode of heavy breathing again and Flovent was initiated. In late August, she was not eating well and displayed signs of nausea and she was started on nausea medicine and appetite stimulants. The owner was considering euthanasia.

In Mid-September, I learned about Vitalzul™ and offered for her to be a part of our anecdotal clinical trial. We repeated radiographs that week and the tumor size had not changed. Radiographs were repeated on November 2nd and the masses appeared smaller radiographically, which was only 7 weeks after starting Vitalzul™. We repeated radiographs again on 11/26/15 to make sure the previous radiograph was not distorted due to positioning. Again, the radiographs showed the tumor was smaller. Radiographs were taken 12/9/14 and 10/15/16 and 10/26/15 and all show the tumor to be smaller.

The tumor was not gone but smaller. Bootsy has been on Vitalzul™ twice daily for over 2 years and has serial exams and chest radiographs. She has a good quality of life and is doing well today. Bootsy is also taking multiple other medications without apparent drug interactions which include Methimazole, Atenolol, Flovent, Cerenia, Zoran and k/d diet and she has not suffered the typical side effects of chemotherapy.

We will be continuing her VitalZul for Pets™ and following her progress. Aventura Animal Hospital & Pet Resort is a full-service veterinary medical facility located in Aventura, Florida.

Before Treatment with Vitalzul™ for Pets Noticeable soft tissue pulmonary infiltrate

One Week After Treatment with Vitalzul™ for Pets Soft tissue pulmonary infiltrate has begun to show signs of reduction

Seven Weeks After Treatment with Vitalzul™ for Pets Dramatic decrease in soft tissue pulmonary infiltrate


Dr. Mitchell-Navratik holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida. After university, she undertook an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at The Animal Medical Center and Bobst Hospital in New York City in 1994. That same years, she joined the Aventura Animal Hospital and was soon promoted to the position of Chief of Staff within the facility. This is a position she has held ever since.

One of her biggest achievements at the facility has been to expand Aventura Animal Hospital to a full-service hospital with an emergency care unit that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since 2001, Dr. Joel Beth Mitchell-Navratik has served as the Corporate Medical Director for Pet Medical Centers, LLC. in South Florida. Pet Medical Centers is comprised of 8 state of the art small animal veterinary hospitals employing 27 veterinarians and 162 staff members. Pet Medical Centers offers a comprehensive approach to Veterinary Care, which includes internal medicine, surgery, radiology, ultrasound, CT imaging, boarding, grooming, preventive medicine, and a fully stocked pharmacy. Pet Medical Centers is the largest privately held group of veterinary hospitals in the Unites States.