Peter

This is Peter. Two years ago he was rescued by a wonderful lady who gave him all kinds of hope. He was basically eeyore, hanging his head low. He came to our clinic in the beginning with heartworm disease and tapeworms. Pete made it through treatment, only to come back with chronic ear infections. He always makes us smile, especially when we hear his beagle voice across the clinic.

This old hound had even started to play at home. In November 2017, the owner found a bump on his mouth, and through surgery and sending in the mass, we learned it was cancer. Things went well for a while, until April, when a very large mass seemed to grow overnight. But he was still so happy! So we took the risk, and this lucky dog persevered. He had more time. Again. A few weeks later we were thrilled to see him for just another ear infection.

Today we say goodbye to “Pete the Beagle.” His cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Despite his willing and loving spirit, we can see in his face that he is tired, and its time to give him peace.

See you on the other side Peter!

–6/23/2018

Max

Max has always been a very good boy, but concerned his owners for a long time. He was never very playful, didn’t like running around too much, and even at a younger age just liked to take it easy. Sure, he had some allergies, but those didn’t seem to answer the question of why.  In September of 2018, we got our answer. Max came in to the clinic depressed, vomiting, and refusing to even get in the trash at home! Bloodwork showed moderate kidney disease, in a three year old dog. So we worked hard to get the kidney values back where they should, with IV fluids and antibiotics, and more time at the clinic that he would have liked. With the kidney values back within normal range, it was easier to see the reason behind all of this. Max was having what is called an Addisonian crisis. 

Addison’s disease, or hypoadrenocorticism, is the result of decreased hormone production from the adrenal gland.  An Addisonian crisis occurs when there is a sudden drop in cortisol within the body. Oftentimes, this crisis is the only way the disease is initially diagnosed. 

In a sense, this was good news for Max. We had an answer! Now, with the appropriate injections at regular intervals, he is living his best dog life. Even so much as enjoying regular exercise!

Nestle

It’s hard to get a picture of a wiggly dog. But this is Nestle. He came in wobbly and confused, unable to hold his bladder, and very scared. With no known ingestion of a toxin, and no obvious signs of a stroke, we treated the best we could.

IV fluids, steroids, activated charcoal, and pain management, we were treating for either possibility. He went home that night and we all hoped for the best, waiting to see what the morning recheck would bring.

At the next appointment, Nestle was wagging his tail, panting, and fully aware. He could hold his bladder, he knew where he was, was happy to see everybody, and yet still ready to get out of the clinic as fast as possible. Can’t blame him there. But these are the stories that make our day. At his recheck we were unable to get a not wiggly picture, so the owners sent us this one. Congrats Nestle. We’re so happy to see you doing better.

Foo

This is Foo, a six year old shih tzu mix. In December 2016, he was brought into the clinic depressed, very painful, and had lost use of his back legs. Once his pain was under control, his spirits picked up. If only his back legs would work!

His owners made him a cart with wheels to support his back end and there was no stopping him. He continued to show improvement through chiropractic care and acoustic compression. Throughout 2017 things were only looking up.

These pictures are recent, only April 2018, happy and walking into the clinic for a routine vaccination appointment!