An amazing dog with an amazing family

December 18, 2014

Cash here has beat all the odds- he was diagnosed with a tumor on his spleen in August, and unfortunately, the vast majority of splenic tumors in Golden Retrievers are malignant and aggressive. However, after 4 months of Cash remaining asymptomatic, his family decided to pursue surgery to remove the spleen. His ultrasound and bloodwork revealed no evidence of systemic disease, so he had surgery last weekend. He is recovering remarkably well, and his biopsy came back today- it is a type of lymphoma that may be localized to just his spleen, in which case, his prognosis is good! Congratulations Cash and family! You deserved the good news!

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Lola

November 6, 2014

This is Lola, a Japanese Chin who spent the last 2 nights with us after having ingested what we suspect was a toxin from outside. She went into severe shock and had a rough first night, but is doing much better now! Good luck on your continued recovery Lola!

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A LONG-awaited homecoming

October 18, 2014

Smokey has been living with us for about 3 weeks. He had a urinary obstruction and ended up needing surgery to fully correct the problem. It has been a long road, but he has the BEST family and they never gave up on him! Smokey, we are going to miss you terribly, but are so glad you are finally back with your family!

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Nina

September 24, 2014

This little miracle is Nina, aka Puppy. She was run over by a car this weekend and came in with a very large abdominal wall hernia and a couple of fractured ribs. After repairing her hernia in surgery, we found that air was leaking dangerously into her chest cavity causing her lungs to collapse. It was a harrowing few hours of correcting THAT problem, but by the next day she posed for this picture looking so much better! Continue to get well Nina!

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Check out Mace!

September 9, 2014

He is a 7-week-old German Shepherd who came to visit us this week after eating some rocks! He is as adorable in person as in this picture- stay out of trouble little guy!

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Chloe

August 14, 2014

We couldn’t resist taking a picture of Chloe here. She was here early this week for surgery to remove a tumor from her spleen. She is recovering well, and we are wishing for a good biopsy report here in a day or two! We are keeping our fingers crossed for you Chloe!
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This sweet girl is Clovie

July 31, 2014

She ate the squeaker out of one of her toys and had to have surgery to get it removed. She has been a great patient, and we are sending her lots of get well wishes!
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This is Bella!

May 30, 2014

She is an 11-year-old greyhound who has spent a lot of time with us this past week, but seems to finally be on the mend. We want to extend her lots of continued get well wishes! She is the sweetest greyhound!

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Fun with kittens!

April 17, 2014

We had a litter of 5 (healthy!) kittens visit us the other day, and it was so much fun!   Our mascot and my pooch, Devon, LOVES the little ones, as you can see if you click on the link below!

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Sharing Some Thoughts

I wanted to take a moment to address some of the most difficult decisions an emergency clinician faces, every single shift he/she works. How do we provide the best, yet most cost-efficient care we can to patients for whom we have just met? How do we instantly imbue trust into the strangers who bring them to us seeking help? In human emergency medicine, a battery of tests are often performed in an effort to reach a diagnosis quickly (x-rays, full blood work, and possible advanced imaging such as a CT scan). Any idea how much those tests cost? Well into the thousands, if not tens of thousands, in a human emergency hospital.
Veterinarians clearly do not have that luxury. I would say that at least 80% of the patients we see in an emergency setting have gastrointestinal signs (vomiting, diarrhea, refusal to eat, abdominal pain), and each and every time I have to decide just on the basis of my physical exam whether to treat their signs alone or perform additional tests to be sure this “one out of ten case” doesn’t have just an upset stomach, but a life-threatening condition. Sometimes I’m right in encouraging owners to pursue additional tests or hospitalization, and yes, sometimes I’m wrong. Maybe some particular patient would have gotten better if I’d just treated the signs and the owners took them home. But I’ll tell you, what keeps us up at night isn’t questioning the times we did run a test, but the times we didn’t, and because we didn’t, we sent a critical patient home and did not provide the care that may have shortened a hospital stay or saved a life.
When I opened this hospital, I made a point of ensuring that owners didn’t feel like “money comes first” here. (I have been told some veterinary emergency hospitals require a credit card upon entry to their facility before they even see the doctor!) Yet if we don’t get paid, we can’t stay open to help the next patient that walks in the door. It is a difficult balance, and one that I doubt we will ever be able to circumvent. But I want you to know we try, and we think about it, every time.

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