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August 2020 – Tails from the Field

Aug 26, 2020

We are guided by our mission of giving pets and their families more happy moments together.

It’s at the heart of what we do.


Tails from the Field is a glimpse into that very heart- our family of hospitals. Despite continued challenging and uncertain times, the talented and dedicated veterinary teams in each of our hospitals continue to make a profound difference for pets and people in each of the communities we love and serve. Because in times like these, we focus on what’s important—the cherished relationships we have with our pet owners and referring veterinary partners to care for the pets we cherish most! Here are just some of those heartwarming stories of care from our family to yours.


Animal Emergency Referral Associates: A massive recovery

Fairfield, NJ

When Honey, a 9-year-old golden retriever, stopped eating, her owners took her to their family veterinarian, who diagnosed an abdominal mass, and referred her to AERA. There, the surgeons, discovered a mass that weighed a whopping 12 pounds! More surprising—the hemangiosarcoma originated from one of Honey’s ovaries, although this tumor type typically affects the spleen or liver, and often ruptures, causing life-threatening abdominal hemorrhage. Honey is fortunate her owners acted quickly, and that AERA’s dedicated team provided their usual top-notch care.

Check out Honey’s entire story here.

Red Bank Veterinary Hospitals: Dancing into the weekend

Tinton Falls, NJ

Our teams never pass up the opportunity to stop for a minute of fun, especially when that involves one of our favorite patients. Sydney the umbrella cockatoo is a “frequent flyer” in the RBVH Avian & Exotics department, and his friends there encourage plenty of socialization when he is boarding—sometimes in unique ways.

Watch Sydney’s dance party here—turn up the volume and dance along- it will make your heart smile!

VRC: Leading the way toward spinal health

Malvern, PA

Intervertebral disc disease can cause devastating pain and paralysis if a diseased disc ruptures and puts pressure on a dog’s spinal cord. As one of only four hospitals in the U.S. to perform percutaneous laser disc ablation (PLDA), VRC is proud to offer this advanced, preemptive procedure to prevent this painful condition in predisposed breeds, such as dachshunds and basset hounds. The minimally invasive procedure is performed in high-risk dogs to offset the risk of future spinal issues, and ensure a long, active life. Find out more here.

Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists: A shot at life

Houston, TX

Ruby, one of the sweetest, most affectionate dogs GCVS has treated, presented to the emergency service with multiple gunshot wounds to her face and head. An indoor dog, Ruby had snuck out and approached a neighbor, presumably seeking attention and was shot in the face. Ruby’s extensive injuries meant that the fight of her life was ahead, but her family and the entire GCVS team believed she could survive. After surgery to remove Ruby’s damaged eye and several days in the ICU, Ruby was on the road to recovery.

See the shocking photos of this unforgettable patient here, and the FOX26 interview with GCVS and Ruby’s family here.

Avets: The heat is on

Monroeville, PA

Gus, a 3-year-old German shorthaired pointer, presented to Avets emergency service with heatstroke signs. He had been working in the field with his owner for only 45 minutes when he became sick, and his condition deteriorated rapidly. Shortly after admission to Avets, he developed disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), an often-fatal consequence of heatstroke characterized by simultaneous blood clotting and hemorrhage, as well as kidney failure, liver dysfunction, and sloughing of the intestinal lining. Most cases like Gus’s end in tragedy, but the Avets team acted quickly, and after eight plasma transfusions, round-the-clock care from our dedicated team, and endless family support, he made a complete recovery.

Read more about Gus’s story, and see photos of his journey, here and read the full blog here.


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