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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
She spent the night with us this week for monitoring after surgery to remove stones from her bladder. As you can see, her pain medication was making her feel very goooood! She did great overnight- she was very affectionate and adorable. Best wishes to her on a speedy recovery!
He is a 10-year-old Akita who came in Monday morning with that much-feared condition known as “bloat”. Fortunately, he was stable upon arrival and got to surgery right away. He was home in 24 hours and recovering wonderfully! He was a really good patient! All large-breed dog owners, be aware of the signs of bloat (unproductive retching, distended abdomen), as quick intervention is a key component to survival!