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.
Sweet Mary Lou is a 9 month old Boxer puppy that came to us a few weeks ago after being hit by a car and suffering severe head trauma and a fractured pelvis. After weeks of care and surgery to start to repair her pelvis, she is finally able to stand on her own and walk with some support from a sling. She will need additional surgeries as well as months of after care until she'll be able to walk on her own again.
Mary Lou is such a sweet girl. Even though she's been through so much, her tail never seems to stop wagging and she'll cover you with kisses at every opportunity. She will need a very loving home after her recovery. Her new family must be patient and be understanding that she may have some limitations even after she is released from the hospital. If you're interested in adopting Mary Lou, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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!
This sweet old kid decided to eat a few socks, and they unfortunately caused an obstruction. Obstructions from foreign objects tend to be rare in older dogs. But here's an example that you should never judge a book by its cover! Despite being an older dog, Smokey recovered well after surgery, which is often the case for elderly pets. Yay for Smokey! Now keep away from those socks!
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.
Don't you just want to kiss that cute little worried face? Marcel is a sweet Bichon who also happens to be an unusual and interesting case. Several months ago, Marcel's mom noticed something wasn't quite right. He seemed more restless, and he was drinking more. He had gained some weight and his belly looked more round. And he was trying to eat things he wouldn't normally be interested in. After some bloodwork, an ultrasound, and additional testing, it was found that Marcel had a small tumor on his adrenal gland. It was producing too much cortisol and causing his symptoms. In addition, the excess cortisol was causing his blood pressure to be dangerously high, which was probably responsible for his restlessness. After discussing medical versus surgical options, his owner decided to medicate. He was given a drug called Lysodren which shrinks and destroys adrenal glands, along with blood pressure medications . We had anticipated it would be hard to control. But the opposite occurred - it worked quickly and completely destroyed his adrenal glands, along with the tumor. At this point, there is no sign of the tumor! Marcel is off his blood pressure medications. He must be on medications that supplement the adrenal hormones that are now deficient. However, his mom reports he is back to his old self again at home and doing well. We are still having to make medication adjustments, and we will need to monitor long term for tumor recurrence. But if the tumor does not recur, his long term prognosis is good. We are happy for this sweet little guy, and for his amazing and dedicated owner.
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.