Skater, a 13 year old short haired calico came into the clinic because she had stopped eating and started to vomit. After a physical exam and blood work, Dr. Janes diagnosed Skater with acute renal failure. Skater had a very small chance she would pull through from this extent of kidney damage. Her owners decided they wanted to try treatment and Skater was kept in hospital on IV fluids and medications. Skater was very feisty, and provided quite the challenge to work with initially. Once Skater had been on fluids and medications for about a day and started to feel better, her personality completely changed and now was a love bug to everyone. She continued to improve and start eating on her own. After 3 days in hospital Scooter went home. With extensive TLC, pampering from her loving owners, several rechecks and blood panels, Scooter has beaten the odds and recovered!
Aurora, a 7 year old golden retriever cross presented to the clinic for a laceration from an unknown cause. Aurora’s owner brought her in right away and her wound was repaired by Dr. Hanak. Two weeks later the sutures were removed and everything looked great. A few weeks later Aurora’s owners noticed a lump behind where the initial injury was. After trying medications with no success the lump was ultrasounded and radiographed. It was determined surgery was needed to explore the mass. Dr. Smith took Aurora to surgery and discovered two stick pieces! It was concluded the initial injury most likely was caused by a stick, and it had penetrated far beyond the wound, and unfortunately two pieces broke off inside. Aurora has healed from surgery and is doing great!
Shilo, a 5.5 year old shih tzu/poodle cross was having fun at home and ended up with a roll of packing tape stuck around her neck. Her owners were unable to remove it, so they brought her into the clinic right away. Dr. Janes was able to remove the roll without complication. Shilo escaped unharmed!
Billy came to the clinic to see Dr.Hanak as she was not eating, had crusty eyes and nose, and raspy breathing. After a thourough examination, Dr. Hanak determined Billy suffered from respiratory disease. X-rays were taken to evalaute Billy’s organs. The x-rays revealed no significant changes in her organs which was good news. Billy’s very caring owner was then taught how to administer fluids under the skin to keep her hydrated. She was also sent home with antibiotics. Three weeks later, Billy is doing much better! She is eating, and her crusty nose and eyes have cleared up!
Radar, a 4 month kitten got himself into trouble by getting to close to his owner’s car tire. His owner accidentally ran him over. His very concerned owner brought him to the clinic right away. Upon examination it appeared that he had broken his left hind leg. Radar then underwent x-rays and they confirmed the suspected diagnosis. Luckily for Radar his leg could be fixed. A splint was placed on his leg, and he was sent home to have lots of TLC. Radar returned to the clinic every 2 weeks for splint changes and x-rays to monitor the healing process. Roughly 7 weeks later Radar returned for his final check up. With the fantastic home care by his owners he received the green light from Dr. Janes and deemed healed, and no longer in need of the splint!
Lucky, a 7 year old short haired cat came to the clinic because she didn’t want to eat. Dr. Hanak examined her, and found multiple feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions also known as FORLS. FORLS occur when cells called odontoclasts destroy the tooth root surfaces by causing the enamel to be resorbed. As the disease progresses, the different layers of the tooth are resorbed and the pulp cavity becomes exposed, causing pain and sensitivity. The resorption continues until the tooth is weakened and ultimately fractures. The cause for them is still unknown. FORLS are very painful, and often cause cats not to eat. Dr. Hanak provided multiple pain medications for Lucky, and surgery was scheduled to remove these nasty teeth. Dr. Janes performed the extractions a few days later. A total of 6 teeth were removed! Lucky went home to recover. Even after her extractions, her mouth was very sensitive, and she was unable to take her oral medications. Being very diligent, Lucky’s owners brought her back for injections to ensure she got the medication she needed. After lots of love, time, and slight spoiling, Lucky is doing great, and eating like her old self!
One evening, a three year old tabby named Tiger dragged himself into his home using only his front legs. His owners also noticed that he had blood in his urine. There was no indication as to what had happened. He was brought into Uncas the very next day. Dr. Janes, who performed the assessment was worried about internal injuries as well as a possible broken pelvis or spine. With these in mind, Tiger underwent both x-rays and an abdominal ultrasound. To everyone’s relief, the ultrasound revealed the good news that there was no damage to his internal organs. The x-rays had more interesting things to show. As our veterinarians are fond of saying, “it is not always a good thing when a veterinarian says she has found something interesting”! In this case, Tiger had a broken pelvis and sacrum, which is to say his tail-bone. They also observed an old spinal fracture which had apparently healed on its own, unnoticed. Cats are very stoic. Upon discussing these finding with the owners, they suspected that Tiger may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time and got caught under the garage door. Whatever the cause, Tiger is not telling. The good news is that cats have great healing abilities and aften require less intervention than dogs would in the same situation. Some may argue that cats are just smarter and are more careful until they are healed. Tiger was confined to a small area to heal, given pain management and lots of love. Four weeks later, his owners report he is doing great and is able to walk without a problem!
Arthur, a very sweet 3 year old rabbit came into the clinic because her owners were worried she was constipated. Dr. Hanak examined Arthur and concluded she suffered from GI stasis, meaning her stomach and intestines were no longer moving food/feces as they should. This can be a very serious condition in rabbits, and left untreated death is often the result. X-rays were performed to ensure there wasn’t a blockage in her intestines. The results revealed good news as there was no evidence of a blockage or another cause of abdominal pain. With this new found information, Dr. Hanak administered fluids under the skin to help hydrate Arthur, and multiple medications to help get things moving again and help control her pain. The next day she was already showing great improvement, and did eat and have a few small bowel movements! She continued her improvement and now is back to her regular self with great care from her owners!
Zoey a 2.5 year old Shepard mix was at home relaxing enjoying a bone when somehow it slipped over her lower jaw! Zoey’s owners brought her in right away. Dr. Janes evaluated the situation and determined the bone had to be cut off. Zoey was sedated and the bone was incised with a power saw. Zoey recovered quickly from her sedation. Much to Zoey’s dismay she was unable to take her prize home, as we didn’t want to see her back and have it stuck inside of her this time!
Sallie, a young stray was lucky enough to wonder onto a property with excellent humans as the owners. Sallie was quickly provided with food, water and lots of love. Sallie worked her way into the hearts of her new owners. Her new owners brought her into the clinic for a health exam and vaccines. Dr. Smith thought she may have felt babies inside of Sallie. It was decided to hold off on the vaccines, as they dangerous for pregnant cats. Sallie had a follow up ultrasound and pregnancy was confirmed! Sallie’s owners quickly found homes for the unborn kittens (Ashleigh, one of our animal health technicians was one of them). When her expected due date became close, Sallie returned to the clinic for an x-ray to determine how many kittens were to be expected. Three kittens were seen. A few days later, Sallie’s owner called and noted a discharge but no kittens, Dr. Smith advised for her to come in right away. An ultrasound was performed and the fetal heart rates very low, indicating they were in distress and needed to be delivered ASAP. It was deemed that she needed a c-section. Dr. Smith delivered the three kittens. They were difficult to revive, but they did come around thanks to Jill, one of our skilled animal health technicians. After Sallie recovered from surgery she went home to care for her 2 boys and 1 girl. We had the pleasure of watching the kittens daily from the online “kitten cam” Sallie’s owners set up.