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October 2020 – Tails from the Field

Oct 29, 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. Each, and every, day the talented and dedicated Compassion-First veterinary teams make a profound difference for pets and people in each of the communities they love and serve. Our focus always remains on what’s important—the meaningful relationships we have with pet owners and our referring veterinary partners to provide exemplary specialty and emergency care for the pets we cherish most!

Here are just some of those stories…


Animal Emergency & Referral Associates (AERA): Standing up for a sweet patient

Fairfield, NJ

There is nothing sinister about Lord Vader, an adorable 2-year-old Scottish terrier, except his name. Unfortunately, Lord Vader suffers from myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disease that interferes with his digestion by weakening the esophagus so it cannot properly propel food to the stomach. The disease is treated with medications and special feedings in an upright position. Lord Vader recently experienced complications from the disease, and spent a few days at AERA getting extra TLC from our nursing team. After each feeding, Lord Vader spent time in a “Bailey Chair” that comfortably keeps him in an upright position. Check out this photo of sweet Lord Vader standing up to help food travel down his esophagus into his stomach. He is now doing well and is back home with his loving family!

Red Bank Veterinary Hospitals: Celebrating veterinary technicians and assistants

Tinton Falls, NJ

Every October is a month dedicated to celebrating our tireless veterinary technicians and assistants who are irreplaceable members of our veterinary teams. National Veterinary Technician Week is a time we They are the heart of our hospitals. From comforting pets during procedures, to evaluating lab samples, to taking X-rays, to assisting during surgeries, our techs and assistants are the glue that holds each Compassion-First hospital together. We appreciate our devoted team every day, but our hospitals celebrate them in a variety of ways each October during National Veterinary Technician Week. Take a look at one of the ways RBVH showed their amazing team their appreciation here.

Care Center: Strides toward a better future for Sassey

Cincinnati, OH

Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is a devastating condition that causes spinal cord damage and paralysis, and often affects dogs with short legs and a long body, such as dachshunds. Sassey developed IVDD in February 2013 and had a left hemilaminectomy to her T12-T13 vertebrae to relieve spinal cord compression.  Surgery was just the first step in getting Sassy back on her feet again and she began physical therapy at Care Center. During her first session, she was unable to stand, although she had some movement in her rear legs when supported with a sling. Sassey, however, was determined to walk again. She made steady improvement during her weekly sessions and took her first steps on March 3, 2013. The Care Center rehabilitation team celebrated this victory and continued working with Sassey until she could walk well on her own. Now, at almost 14 years of age, Sassey continues living life to the fullest, and visits the Care Center team every six months for an evaluation and exercise session. See Sassey’s sweet face while she enjoys underwater treadmill therapy here.

Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC): New technology gives Ned a seizure-free future

Charleston, SC

Ned is a sweet, 12-year-old Labrador retriever who recently started having seizures. An MRI detected a mass on his brain’s right olfactory lobe, and a biopsy revealed a meningioma, a tumor arising from the membranes surrounding the brain. After considering all treatment options, Ned’s family elected to have the mass surgically removed. Dr. Klopp of CVRC’s neurology and neurosurgery department performed the procedure using a cavitronic ultrasonic surgical aspirator (CUSA), the latest technology used by human hospitals to perform delicate neurosurgery. The instrument reduces bleeding and anesthesia time, minimally affects surrounding brain tissue, and improves patient outcomes. We are happy to report that Ned recovered from surgery like a champ, and was feeling great the next morning. See the special “welcome home” meal his family made him here. Compassion-First exists to improve pets’ lives and give them and their owners more time together, and we are proud to be part of Ned’s story.


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