Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Reeses Torn to Pieces! **Graphic Images**

Reeses Torn to Pieces - Dr Hurley and his Mom put him back together again. A story of time, TLC and healing.

Meet sweet Reeses....

He came to us on January 23 after he had been attacked by some other dogs...he snuck out of the fence and went to try to mate with a nice lady dog down the street.  Unfortunately, when he arrived, so had 2 other much larger male dogs.  The female and both males attacked sweet Reeses who came running home with very severe injuries.

Dr. Hurley placed him under sedation and gave lots of pain medications.  She placed drain tubes to keep the infection out and keep the pus/blood draining and started him on hydrotherapy, where we run warm water over the wounds and then bandage with honey to promote skin growth.  The following pictures are after the surgery and after he had been cleaned up from his wounds.

Reeses came back to the clinic for rechecks after his mommy did hydrotherapy at home.  His wounds had already started closing up and he looked great.  He is such a happy little guy...tail wagging all the time, even when he was hurt.  He licked up during hydrotherapy.  He is a doll.  We removed the drain tubes and let the wounds continue to heal.  They were actually looking great.

Reese's mommy sent us some new pictures of him after just 4 weeks from his original treatment.  His wounds are healing and the skin has grown over them so much already!  The huge open wounds from his leg are almost completely healed and the neck no longer has any open skin showing.  He is doing amazing and making a wonderful recovery.

Caring for Pets Foundation helped to cover the costs of rechecks, bandaging and a portion of the initial surgery so that Reeses could heal and be back to normal. We are happy his mommy brought him to us and that we were able to help him get back to a healthy pup!  He does not know it yet, but he is coming in for a neuter he doesn't try to roam and sneak off again to find a lady friend.  Yay Reeses!  We are so proud of you!


Your AHR family

Here's more on the Caring for Pets Foundation and how you can help another pet receive critical care

Sheldon loves acupuncture

Look how much Shelly loves it! So relaxed.

Here's more on the Veterinary Medical Acupuncture services offered by Animal Hospital of Rowlett

Friday, February 6, 2015

Continuing Education

Dr. D and I are at a continuing education meeting, learning about the human animal bond.  Always looking for ways to advocate for the bond...some ways AHR does this:
  • Weekly visits to Christian Care Assisted Living Center where we bring Stone, Maggie, Sheldon, and other pets to visit the people who live there.  They love to hop up in the beds and kiss on the residents.
  • Annual visits to elementary schools to promote pet care and the animal bond.  LOVE hearing the responses from the kiddos about their pets and how much they love them.  We want to be a part of teaching the up and coming "pet owners" to treat animals with respect and love.
  • Clinic visitors - we are always open to hosting Girl Scout troops, Boy Scout troops, and classrooms to come see surgeries and tour our facility.
Love hearing from other industry leaders who share the same passions...Zoetis just told us about several programs they are launching to help police dogs/retired miliary dogs, children with cancer, etc.  So cool.

Caring For Pets Booster Campaign SUCCESS!

Caring for Pets recently ran a booster campaign selling t-shirts for our foundation.  With the support of our amazing clients, we were able to raise over $350 to help animals in need.  We have already used a portion of these proceeds to help Reese, a sweet little boy who was viciously attacked by 3 other dogs when he got out one evening.

He came to us with large, necrotic wounds on his neck and legs...those doggies definitely didn't like Reese and he is a lucky boy to be alive.  Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to perform surgery.  Dr. Hurley sedated and cleaned the wounds, placed drains to keep the wounds from filling with pus and infection, and applied bandages with honey and medication to help them heal over.  

Reese came to us for hydrotherapy a few days after his surgery and his wounds were already looking better.  Mommy has been following up with hydrotherapy and bandage changes at home, and we look forward to seeing him completely healed.  Emergency treatment would not have been possible without your generous donations.  

Thank you for always providing us with support for our foundation so that we can help as many pets as possible.  Animal Hospital of Rowlett really does have the BEST clients.  <3

Learn more about our Caring for Pets Foundation and how you can help sick pets in need: