Meet Turk! An amazing 6yr old English Springer Spaniel who spent almost a total of 3 weeks hospitalized at VEC! Yes 3 weeks!!
Turk, a talented hunting dog that will also fetch a tennis ball until he collapses, presented to VEC in mid October with symptoms of heatstroke though it was beautiful fall weather. The heatstroke symptoms were due to kidney injury which led to multiple organ dysfunction (failure). Turk required extensive supportive care. While his liver values improved his kidney function worsened – which was not surprising but concerning.
Turk’s family visited almost every day and would bring home cooked meals to try to entice him to eat. He had good days, bad days and some really bad days. His family was determined and had faith that Turk would recover. Turk was always an ideal patient during his stay.
After almost 3 weeks of hospitalization and supportive care at VEC which included countless medications and labwork, a blood transfusion, ultrasound, radiographs, IV fluids and catheters and the unconditional love and support of his family Turk greatly improved and went home! His recovery has been slow but steady – he is eating, gaining weight and becoming more active day by day!
We are expecting he will back out in the great outdoors and chasing down tennis balls soon! Best wishes to Turk and his amazing family!
She is only 4 years old, but her owner came to us this week planning to euthanize her. Sadly, she developed a life-threatening infection of the uterus and needed emergency surgery. Her owner didn’t think he could afford it. Our staff guided him in coming up with some of the funds for the procedure, and Dr. Azagrar donated his time to do the surgery. She went home happy on Wednesday!
Some kind words from a very dear family who loved this little guy so much. We didn’t get to know you in these “younger days” but you still captured our hearts instantly! R.I.P. Papi:
On behalf of the Kinzer family, I would like to thank all the doctors and staff at the Veterinary Emergency Center for providing Papi with the best care possible. From the medical attention he required and the love he received from everyone, we knew he had his best chance in your care.
Since everyone expressed their fondness of Papi, we would like to send a few photos of him in his younger days!
Well wishes for Dante! He showed up at our door on Christmas morning after suddenly losing the ability to use his legs (while opening his presents!). It was shocking how quickly this happened- tick paralysis may be what caused it. He spent a few days here with supportive care, and has slowly begun to regain function in his legs. He can’t walk yet, but his family is committed to getting him well, and took him home to continue his nursing care there. We so wish him continued recovery and hope he has a GREAT New Year!!! He is such a great boy- we fell in love with him!
Whippy here survived a serious altercation this week with at least one and possibly two coyotes!! He had many wounds, but incredibly, no serious internal injuries. He went home the day after surgery and as you can see here is healing marvelously, thanks to his devoted family! Go Whippy!
Awesome news from an amazing patient and family- Justice spent quite a while with us in August after severe heatstroke.September 21, 2016
Here he is after a full recovery and some very kind words from his family:
It has taken me this long to give you an update because I wanted to be able to give you the most accurate information. He just had his blood tested today and all of his levels are back to normal. His BUN and his creatinine spiked after we took him home from you and he ended up in the local vet for another week, with an IV and with a feeding tube as he still had no appetite. We brought him home on August 23 and were giving him one-liter sub-q drips twice a day and a whole retinue of antibiotics and appetite stimulants. Eventually it went down to one liter a day and for the past week, he has had no sub-q fluids, no meds, nothing. His BUN today is 22 and his creatinine is 1.8. Our local vet pronounced him “a completely normal dog”. Needless to say, we are thrilled and we are deeply indebted to you. The care you took of him — and of us — was extraordinary. You were always there to answer our questions; we know that you loved Justice and were routing for him; and we know you went out of your way to help him heal. You, literally, saved his life and we cannot thank you enough. We took a video of him running after this ball yesterday but it is too big to send. Once I edit it, I will send it, but in the meantime, I thought this photo of him — looking so happy, so healthy, and so relaxed — would make you smile.
Better known as Mac, she spent some time with us in January while battling a terrible pneumonia. Her dedicated owner had to give her injections three times daily for weeks, but she overcame the infection. Unfortunately, she was back with us this week and last for another bout of pneumonia, but this girl is STRONG. She seems to be again on the path to recovery, and we are wishing her the best!! By the way, can you believe she is 12 and a half years old?
“Cash here. I just celebrated my 12th birthday and it was awesome. In the morning, I had my birthday photos taken. I did not want to get brushed for the pics and I certainly was not going to put my ears up. Didn’t want anyone thinking I was too cooperative, right? Old guys are supposed to be a little cranky. I asked for 2 of my very favorite things for my birthday- pizza and ice cream! Who doesn’t love that? Well, anyway, Mom and Dad were very cooperative (not like me in the morning, remember?) and I had wonderful thin crust with pepperoni and sausage and then, oh boy, a Carvel ice cream cake.
Do you like my blue mustache?
Anyhoo, I’m doing great and I can’t believe that you took out that gross old spleen over 18 months ago!!
Love you all,
Just got some great updates from a couple of past patients of ours- glad they are doing so well!! This is Coal:
“I just wanted to say hello and give you a quick update on our miracle puppy. Coals is now 7 months old. She is happy and healthy and growing like crazy. She went swimming for the very first time today.
I can not thank you all enough for everything you did to save her. She is truly a blessing to our family.”
Moose came to us last December as a teeny little kitten (6 weeks old and only 7 ounces) whose mother had rejected him days before. He was comatose with a very low heart rate and severe hypothermia. He began to respond to immediate resuscitation, but his original family wasn’t sure they could provide the critical care he needed, so they surrendered him to us. He recovered incredibly well and got adopted by another family. His “sister” Catherine recently painted this awesome picture of him in all his glory. We are so proud of you Moose!