This is Raiden!

February 27, 2014

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!


How can you resist this face?

This is Yango, who had to have some bladder stones removed in an emergency surgery, as they were preventing him from urinating normally. We got to see him during his recovery the other day, and he is doing great!



This is Buddy!

February 10, 2014

He was outside yesterday minding his own business when he was cornered by a couple of other dogs, who gave him some pretty deep wounds on his neck and front leg. He was a trooper, though-such a great patient! He got the award for the day!


Visits From Old Friends

January 23, 2014

We had two visits this week from some old friends who are vastly healthier and happier than when we first met them.  The first is our beloved kitty Tigger, who spent 8 whole days here just about a year ago as a very sick little kitten.  The second is the sweet Olive, who was picked up on the streets of Torrington in terrible shape, but our nurse Jen saw the incredible dog she could be and adopted her into her home.  Aren’t these “then” and “now” pictures amazing?

Tigger- Then

Tigger- Then

Tigger- Now

Tigger- Now

Olive- Then

Olive- Then


Olive- Now

Olive- Now

This is Moose

January 22, 2014

This little guy (we named him Moose) came to us just before Christmas, rejected by his mother, very underweight, and critically ill. We were able to successfully revive him, but his family couldn’t afford the cost of his ongoing care and monitoring, and therefore surrendered him to us. He has been fostered by one of our staff members since then, and even though he is still so small, he is doing great! He was able to go to his permanent home this week. Good luck Moose! You are a survivor!


Our special holiday patient

December 26, 2013

We’ve had a lot of them this week, but this boy reminded us all that age is not a disease, and older pets can amaze us too.  This is Charlie, a 17-year-old (yes, 17!) dachshund who spent several days with us this week. He had surgery for a foreign body and has made a remarkable recovery! Here he is yesterday just starting to feel better. You are incredible Charlie- we wish you the best!


The things cats will do!

This guy tried to swallow a needle, but we were able to retrieve it before it went too far! Warning to all cat owners out there: it is not uncommon for them to try eat a strand of thread with needle attached!


Beware, ’tis the season!

December 13, 2013

There’s chocolate everywhere, and dogs love it, although it is so bad for them. We have had several chocolate toxicity cases this week, and Stormy here is the latest. She is doing well so far and we are wishing her a speedy recovery. But remember to keep all the holiday chocolate goodies out of reach of your pets!


Get well Bella!

November 5, 2013

This adorable little girl is Bella. She came to us Sunday night after ingesting 40 pieces of Ice Breakers gum with xylitol! This artificial sweetener is safe for people but can be deadly to dogs, causing low blood sugar and sometimes liver failure. Bella has experienced the toxic effects of the compound, but received a plasma transfusion this morning to counteract the effects on the liver, and is so far showing signs of recovery. We wish her the best of luck in getting well!!!


Update on Jackson

October 22, 2013

Jackson recovered so well from his hernia repair, it was amazing!  Last night, it became time to perform the second surgery he desperately needed- a rear limb amputation to remove the irreparably fractured leg.  Jackson tolerated the anesthesia well, despite now having only about 2/3 lung function, and now, 12 hours after surgery, has eaten three meals and is walking around!  What an astounding boy- he has a true survival instinct!

Click the link below to see him eating just 2 hours after his surgery this morning


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