BEEVET Animal Hospital provides quality healthcare and exceptional customer service by building and maintaining relationships using our core values of trust, respect, and communication. One of the many ways we maintain relationships is by giving back to the community through our Christina Ho Good Samaritan Fund and by providing complicated pro bono surgeries for our local animal shelters.
Sam is a 9 year old Domestic Shorthair that arrived at Austin Pet's Alive! with a variety of health issues. He was diagnosed with ringworm, skin allergies, polyps in his right ear, and severe stomatitis. The team at APA! worked together to treat his ringworm and with the assistance of Dr. Allman and the team at Mobile Veterinary Specialist, they were able to remove all of the polyps from his ear. Although he was treated for most of his aliments, Sam was still suffering from stomatitis. Stomatitis is severe, painful inflammation of the mouth and gums. There is no single cause of feline stomatitis. Dental disease (particularly periodontal disease) is commonly cited as a cause of stomatitis in cats. Periodontal disease occurs from the accumulation of plaque on and around the teeth, which causes inflammation involving the gums and tooth support structures. Due to the severity of his condition, the team at APA! decided that the best plan for Sam would be the removal of all of his teeth. This is a common treatment option, based on evidence which shows that if the teeth are removed, there will be a significant decrease in plaque, thus curing the stomatitis. Austin Pets Alive contacted BEEVET to perform the surgery. The surgery, performed by Dr. Dustin Zimmer was smooth and without complication. Dr. Zimmer was able to safely remove all of Sam's teeth, and said, "Sam will be much more comfortable and pain free after having full mouth extractions. Most cats do really well without their teeth, and will enjoy a delicious lifelong diet of soft food!" Sam's foster and Austin Pets Alive! Cat Program Manager, Monica Frenden, said that Sam is recovering well!
"Thanks so much to Dr. Zimmer and everyone at the clinic for helping Sam and Austin Pets Alive! We really appreciate your support!"
Dutch is a 13 month old Shepard Mix puppy that arrived at Austin Pets Alive!, where the veterinary technicians and doctor noticed that he was standing at a very abnormal position. He was bearing almost all of his weight on his right side. The doctor also noticed that the stifle and metatarsals on his left rear leg were extremely swollen. The stifle is a complex joint in the hind limbs of quadruped mammals such as sheep, horse or dogs. It is the equivalent of the human knee and is often the largest synovial joint in the animal's body. In addition to this swelling, it was discovered that his rear left leg was completely non-weight bearing, and was causing him intense pain. The team at APA! took radiographs and found that Dutch had a greenstick fracture in his tibia. A greenstick fracture is a fracture where the involved bone is still intact but has a crack, and is also known as an incomplete fracture because there is a crack involved that may or may not progress into a complete broken bone. He also had a broken femur and a broken digit on his left hind leg. This kind of injury is most commonly associated with being hit by a car, or some other form of severe trauma. The trauma that he sustained was so extensive that it was unable to be surgically repaired, so amputation was the best option.
APA reached out to Dr. Zimmer at BEEVET Animal Hospital to perform the surgery. The amputation was smooth and went without complications. Dutch won over the hearts of the entire staff at and was taken home to be fostered by Laura Pierson, the Veterinary Service Coordinator at BEEVET. Laura said, “Dutch is doing great! His incision is completely healed and he is pain free, loving life, playing with other dogs and is ready for his forever home!” We really enjoy working with Austin Pets Alive and look forward to many more opportunities to help pets in need.
Sally is a nine-year old Border-Collie that arrived at Austin Animal Center after being picked up as a stray. When she first arrived the shelter, she was very stiff and was having trouble eliminating. Upon examination by a doctor, several masses were noted throughout her body, including masses on her neck, abdomen, mammary chain, and perineal area. The large perineal mass was not in a position that would allow it to be surgically be removed. It caused difficulty for her in urination and defecation, and because of this, euthanasia was recommended if no owner came to claim her. During the 72 hour holding period, the caring doctors at the Austin Animal Center provided Sally with antibiotics and pain medication.
She was making great improvements during this time and was transferred to Austin Pets Alive! APA joined forces with Dr. Kerpsack and his team at CTVSH to do a full work up of Sally. It was recommended that she receive an episoplasty (which is a surgery done to correct a recessed or hooded vulva on a female dog), ovariohysterectomy (also known as a spay), and the removal of her mammary masses. CTVSH performed a histopathology of the masses on her body and removed as many as they could, but Sally had so many that our friends at Austin Pets Alive! reached out to us to see if we could help. Sally arrived at BEEVET, as sweet as ever! Dr. Zimmer performed her mammary masses removal, and was able to remove them quickly and efficiently.
Dr. Zimmer said about the surgery, “Sally had her last mammary glands removed to help prevent the spread of potential mammary gland tumors. This is a procedure similar to when women have a mastectomy, and can be very uncomfortable. However, Sally was a major trooper during her procedure, and woke up wagging her tail. She's doing great two weeks after her surgery, and her foster mom reports she's happily chasing after squirrels again! “
We are ecstatic that we could be a part of her recovery!
Lou Lou is a sweet 2-year old Chinese Shar-Pei Mix, who came to Austin Pets Alive! with multiple injuries. She was found with abrasions on her head, swelling on her front leg, and open lacerations on her head and rear legs. Her rear legs caused her pain and she was unable to comfortably bear weight on them.
Her front left leg was swollen and bent slightly behind her. After examination by Dr. Kelly Might, he suspected Lou Lou was experiencing a brachial plexus avulsion. This is an injury in which the nerve roots under the armpit region have been torn away from their origin by trauma. The type of trauma that usually produces a brachial plexus avulsion is when the leg is pulled away from the body or a direct blow to the shoulder occurs.
Her rear leg required a femoral head osteotomy surgery, also known as a FHO. This is the surgical removal of the head and neck of the femur. More simply put, it is the removal of the “ball” part of the ball-and-socket that makes up the hip joint. By removing the head of the femur, the bones of the joint are no longer in contact. This eliminates the pain that is caused by the abnormal contact of the bones in a dog with hip dysplasia or severe osteoarthritis. This surgery was performed successfully, but after attempting laser therapy to heal the nerves of her front leg, amputation was recommended.
Our friends at APA! contacted us to assist with this surgery. Despite the pain in her leg, Lou Lou gave Dr. Dustin Zimmer the smallest kiss on his nose when they first met. The amputation of her front leg went very smoothly and without complication. Lou Lou was walking within 6 hours of the surgery, and walked out the door at the end of the day. Many dogs, like Lou Lou, need amputation, when saving a leg is no longer an option. Because dogs are quadrupeds (walk on 4 legs), they do very well as "tripods." In Lou Lou's case, we were able to eliminate the source of her pain through amputation. Lou Lou may have had a rough start to her life, but BEEVET was able to help improve her life. BEEVET is so excited for Lou Lou to take the next "steps" into her new life. We look forward to hearing about the many new adventures she will have with her new family!
Princess is an 11.5 year old Poodle mix who came to Austin Pets Alive! with some serious eye troubles amongst other ailments. She appeared have had a long life of neglect; she arrived with matted fur and was covered in fleas! When the APA! team cleaned her up they could see that she desperately needed to needed eye medications and an eye removal due to a mass on her inner eyelid. We volunteered to help our friends at APA!, and took this complicated case. Removing her eye increased Princess’ adoptability and she was adopted almost immediately. They were able to send her off to her forever home with not only a clean bill of health, but the start of a new happy life.
Bear is 5 year old, 85 pound, loveable Great Pyrenees, who was in severe need of a hind leg amputation. He spent most of his life as a herding dog on a farm, and was surrendered to the Austin Animal Center.
His story is that he was bitten by a rattlesnake on his rear leg when he was just a puppy. This caused his toes to die and fall off, causing a crippled and malformed club foot. Even sadder, he was hit by a car multiple times, and his owners attempted to "euthanize" him by shooting him with a BB gun. They were unsuccessful. Bear was transferred to Austin Pets Alive! where he finally got the care he needed.
BEEVET Animal hospital performed Bear’s much needed leg amputation in addition to neutering him. Due to the skill of Dr. Dustin Zimmer and the BEEVET staff, Bear is doing fantastically as a “tri-pod,” and is already getting prepared to go to his new home! Bear is such a trooper, and we are so thrilled to be part of his happy ending!
Punch is the sweetest Shepard mix you’ll ever meet. Punch is a calm, laid back boy who enjoys attention, treats and toys with squeaky sounds. His foster described him as the gentlest dog she’s ever met!
As sweet as Punch is, he hasn’t always lived pain free. An old injury to his front leg caused him pain. Due to the great pro-bono work of BEEVET Animal Hospital. Punch was able to get the surgery he needed to enjoy his retirement years pain free.
After ten years of living in a home, Punch was surrendered by his owner because of this leg issue. Unsure of what originally caused his injury, Punch was examined by several vets including a specialist. They concluded that his leg lost range of motion and was painful due to a suspected trauma.
Fortunately, BEEVET Animal Hospital was able to perform the amputation surgery for Punch and he is now recovered and doing well in his foster home. His coat has thickened and grown in, he has gained weight and he is an all-around happy pup enjoying his senior years!