Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My name is Crystal and I'm 2 1/2 years old. I went outside over the weekend and got into some mischief. When I got home, my owners noticed that I was limping and brought me to the vet immediately! As you can see from the x-ray below, my leg was badly fractured and, unfortunately, unable to be saved. Judging by the severity of my injury, it was suspected that I was hit by a car. I wish I could talk so I could tell them what happened to me!

On Tuesday afternoon, the amazing Dr. Labdon took me to surgery and removed my leg. As horrible as this may sound, I'm feeling much better. It feels a little funny to be missing my leg, but I'm getting around pretty well. It is now Wednesday and I will be going home this afternoon! Thank you to everyone at VACC for taking such good care of me!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

This is a lovely golden retriever named Petunia. Petunia came to us approximately two weeks ago for lethargy, labored breathing, and generally not feeling well. After a thorough examination, radiographs, and bloodwork Dr. Burns summized that Petunia was suffering from heart failure.
Heart failure is defined as the inability of the heart to maintain sufficient blood circulation to meet the body's needs. Heart failure usually describes a failure of the heart muscle, (mycoardial failure) or heart valve (mitral valve insufficiency or MVI and can affect the right or the left ventricle. MVI is the most common cause of heart failure in dogs. Although it is more common in small dogs, it can occur in large breeds as well, like Petunia.

The top is an xray of Petunia's chest when she first came to us, on the bottom is her chest xray after one week of treatment. There are marked improvements seen in her lungs, and Petunia seems to be doing better. While there is no cure for heart failure, with the right medication and monitoring it can be medically managed.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Take us home please......

Hi! Our names are Ricky and Lucy. We are 9 years old. This will be the second time that VACC has tried to find us homes. We were born at here VACC and given a great home almost immediately. However, our owner recently passed away and we found ourselves here once again. We love each other very much and hope to be able to stay together. If you or anyone you know are interested please call 508-394-3566 for more information.