Bonnie Bee is a heartworm survivor! She is also sweet as can be. Lucky for Bonnie, her heartworm infection was detected with a routine heartworm test screening, before she developed symptoms.
This handsome boy is a miracle! About 3 years ago, Guy became very ill. He was running a high fever, his liver values were elevated, and all his blood cell lines were depressed much below normal (red cells, white cells, and platelets, which are all made in the bone marrow). He also had some other abnormalities. After further testing, which included a small sample of his bone marrow for analysis, it was found that Guy had Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). While the books say that many dogs with CLL can live a year or more with chemotherapy, Guy was so sick that we were not sure how he would respond. In addition, Guy's owners were initially very hesitant to try chemotherapy, worried it might make him suffer more. After further discussion, a limited chemo plan was attempted, consisting of an oral chemo drug called chlorambucil, and an oral steroid called prednisone . Guy takes both meds every other day. He immediately started to feel better and... Well....that was 3 years ago! Guy lives a pretty normal and happy life despite his meds, which he tolerates very well. Although we know that at some point the leukemia will return, there is currently no sign of it. Guy has reached a happy old age and is certainly setting some records in the meantime. He is such a happy reminder of how sometimes pets just don't read the books!
Kermit came to us a few weeks ago because he was restless at night and just didn't seem to quite be himself. Some screening diagnostics ended up identifying a tumor the size of an apple on his spleen. Untreated, these tumors can rupture and bleed, leading to a crisis. We removed it, along with his spleen, and it was sent for biopsy. Thankfully, it came back benign and he should live a normal life again! Kermit is feeling great now, thanks to his owner who noticed that something wasn't quite right before symptoms became severe.
Mabel came in after her owners saw her eat some coffee plant leaves. We immediately induced vomiting. Then...we noticed...Mabel had apparently been dining on quite a few other things as well. In addition to the coffee leaves, dog food, and grass, we recovered a sunflower seed package, a screw, a gommet from her owners wallet, and a USB cord case complete with USB cord inside. Good thing we made her vomit!
This handsome boy was diagnosed with a heart murmur as a pup. Using ultrasound, we were able to determine the cause and also whether anesthesia for his neuter would be safe. Thankfully his heart was still functioning well and his neuter was uneventful. He will have periodic ultrasounds to monitor progression. Happily, he runs and plays like a normal happy dog and at this time there is no cause for concern. We really enjoyed seeing him for his annual exam and vaccines.