News from Our Florida Veterinary Hospital

Abandoned puppy recovering from life-threatening injuries after dog attack

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Murphy, a 3-month-old mixed breed puppy, is recovering inside the intensive care unit at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, after being attacked by another dog.

On July 10, a man claiming to be Murphy’s owner rushed into VCA Imperial Point Animal Hospital with the critically injured puppy in his arms. According to those involved with the rescue, the man hurriedly explained that his puppy had been attacked by another one of his dogs, turned over the badly injured puppy and ran out, leaving little personal information.

An X-ray revealed Murphy had suffered numerous puncture wounds to his thorax and chest, a broken left front leg, broken ribs causing a deformed chest, a collapsed left lung, as well as significant lacerations to his front left leg. After numerous unanswered calls to the suspected owner by the hospital staff, Amy Roman, the founder of local animal rescue 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida, happened to be in the hospital and jumped into action.

“I just happened to be at Imperial Point Animal Hospital when Murphy came in. He was screaming from the pain and was not going to survive unless he made it to a specialty emergency veterinary hospital. I couldn’t watch him die, so I rushed him to Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists,” said Amy Roman, founder of 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida.

Upon arrival to LVS, Murphy was treated for his external wounds, administered blood, multiple medications for pain and infection, and provided oxygen to facilitate his troubled breathing. After receiving stabilizing care in LVS, critical care doctors realized surgery was his best chance for survival.

On July 17, Murphy underwent open chest surgery to repair the extensive internal damage caused by the attack. Dr. Jennifer Bibevski, DVM, DACVS performed the procedure, mending the puppy’s broken ribs, creating a chest splint to fix his deformed chest wall and draining fluid surrounding his lungs, while Dr. Lynell Tocci used LVS’s new high-frequency ventilator to re-inflate Murphy’s collapsed left lung.

“Upon arrival, our critical care team did everything possible to stabilize Murphy’s condition. The trauma to his chest was extensive, and we knew the only way to save him was to perform this challenging surgery,” said Bibevski, a board-certified veterinary surgeon at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists. “Fortunately, Murphy has responded well to the surgery and with additional care, we are hopeful that he will make a full recovery. His left lungs are working appropriately and he has regained a happy attitude since surgery.”

“We have already received a massive outpouring of support about Murphy and we want to thank our supporters and the doctors at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists. The lifesaving care Murphy received does have significant costs, and we ask that the community help us through donations, if possible,” said Roman.

The 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the [mission] of dogs across South Florida. For more information about this charity, please visit http://100plusabandoneddogsofevergladesflorida.org.

About Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists
Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists is a 24-hour veterinary emergency, critical care, referral hospital and imaging center serving Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties. Their services include: emergency, critical care, internal medicine, neurosurgery, neurology, ultrasound, CT-scan, digital radiography, bereavement counseling, physical therapy, rehabilitation, as well as, soft tissue, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery. LVS can be reached at 954.641.1100 and is located at 3217 NW 10th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.

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LVS team members tee up to help at risk youth

Left to right: Dr. Lynel Tocci, Robert Bello, Megan Bello, Carolyn Zaslow, Bob Arcaro, Dr. Kristen Cometto.

On Monday, team members from Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists traded in their stethoscopes for golf clubs to compete in the inaugural Conscious Kids Charity Golf Tournament, at Fort

Lauderdale Country Club. Team LVS was represented by Carolyn Zaslow (co-owner of LVS), Megan Bello (LVS Nurse Coordinator), Dr. Lynel Tocci (LVS Criticalist), Dr. Kristen Cometto (friend and DVM at Heroes Veterinary Hospital), Robert Bello and Bob Arcaro.

Team LVS, ready to tee off for the Miami Bridge Foster Home!

Team LVS’ all-star lineup came out swinging, driving fairways, draining putts and mostly avoiding water hazards! Most importantly, proceeds from the tournament benefited the Miami Bridge Emergency Shelters for At-Risk Youth. The organization has helped thousands across the Miami-Dade community by providing a safe space and counseling kids in crisis.

In addition to playing in the tournament, LVS also participated as VIP sponsor for the event.

For more information about the Miami Bridge Foster Home or the event organizer, the La Luchi Foundation, please visit their linked websites!

Veterinarians caution Florida dog owners of increasing canine influenza threat

Last month marks first time the H3N2 canine influenza virus or canine flu has been officially identified in Florida. However, the virus has infected thousands of pets in Eastern and Midwestern states since 2015. Canine flu can spread rapidly between pets, commonly causing fever, coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge and life-threatening respiratory infections.  

The virus strain is not believed to be transferable to humans, however, it has also been reported in felines. Similar to other forms of influenza, canine flu is spread via aerosolized respiratory secretions, like coughing, sneezing and barking, and also via surface contamination.

“The recent outbreak of canine influenza should be a cause for concern for pet owners throughout Florida, especially those who frequently visit high-risk areas with their pet,” said Dr. Ira Zaslow, a board-certified specialist in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine and medical director of Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists. “I encourage pet owners to contact their primary care veterinarian to discuss having their dog vaccinated. Dogs who receive vaccinations are not immune to the virus, but should recover more quickly and with less complications if they do contract canine flu.”

High-risk areas include, dog parks, pet-friendly stores, animal boarding facilities, grooming salons, animal shelters, dog shows and similar locations. 

There is currently no available H3N2 vaccine for felines. The best way to prevent cats from the pathogen is limiting their exposure to high-risk settings and infected dogs.

“Most importantly, if you believe your pet is suffering from canine flu, call your primary care veterinarian immediately. Calling, rather than visiting can help limit the spread of the virus,” said Zaslow.

For more information about Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, visit http://www.lauderdalevets.com or call 954.641.1100.

About Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists
Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists is a 24-hour veterinary emergency, critical care, referral hospital and imaging center serving Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties. Their services include: emergency, critical care, internal medicine, neurosurgery, neurology, ultrasound, CT-scan, digital radiography, bereavement counseling, physical therapy, rehabilitation, as well as, soft tissue, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery. LVS can be reached at 954.641.1100 and is located at 3217 NW 10th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.

For media-related interview requests or inquiries, please contact our Miami PR Firm at news@judgepr.com or by telephone at 305.742.0783.

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VIDEO Update: Frank, the puppy with tetanus fully recovers after treatment, rehab

Frank, a four-month-old German shorthaired pointer puppy, is fully recovered after a two-week hospitalization in the intensive care unit at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, due to a rare infection called tetanus toxemia. NBC 6 WTVJ has the story below: 

VIDEO Update: Maggie gets her prosthetic leg

CBS 4 WFOR Covered Maggie’s recovery in the video below: 

UPDATE: Navy Seal’s service dog walks again thanks to new prosthetic

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Maggie, an eight year old Labrador retriever that was hit and dragged by a truck on Nov. 22, is walking again with the help of a new prosthetic and care from doctors at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, a specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Fort Lauderdale.

Maggie walks with her new Tarsus prosthetic at LVS

Maggie, a former service dog, has spent months recovering since the accident, which resulted in the loss of her left hind leg and nearly ended her life. During her road to recovery Maggie required multiple surgical procedures, intensive wound care and daily rounds of pain and antibiotic medications.

With her wounds completely healed Maggie was recently fitted with a custom Tarsus prosthetic from Orthopets and is beginning to resume a normal life with her owner, retired Navy Seal, John Brophy.

“We are so pleased with the strides Maggie has made through this long recovery process,” said Dr. Jennifer Bibevski, a board-certified veterinary surgeon at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists. “With more time, care and regular checkups we are optimistic that she will resume a very normal and happy life.”

The balance of Maggie’s treatment was paid for by The Pet’s Tree of Hope fund, which was created by LVS last year and helps pay for lifesaving treatment for pets when their owners cannot afford the entire cost.

To view a copy of the original news release about Maggie or view photos from her treatment, please visit http://www.lauderdalevets.com/navy-seals-service-dog-recovers-in-icu-thanks-to-neighbors-doctors-charity.

For more information about Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists or to help support The Pet’s Tree of Hope, visit www.lauderdalevets.com or contact Kim at 954-641-1100 or kspalt@lauderdalevets.com.

About Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists

Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists is a 24-hour veterinary emergency, critical care, referral hospital and imaging center serving Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties. Their services include: emergency, critical care, internal medicine, neurosurgery, neurology, ultrasound, CT-scan, digital radiography, bereavement counseling, physical therapy, rehabilitation, as well as, soft tissue, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery. LVS can be reached at 954.641.1100 and is located at 3217 NW 10th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.

For media-related interview requests or inquiries, please contact our Miami PR Firm at news@judgepr.com or by telephone at 305.742.0783.

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A FAREWELL TO A COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND

We at LVS want to wish Dr. Cook the very best in his new endeavors.  Jim has been a constant staple in the growth of LVS during its formative years.  We will miss both his humor and medical and surgical expertise in the field of neurology which was ever so present.  Good luck and thank you Dr. Cook.

 

Puppy recovering from rare life threatening tetanus

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Frank, a four-month-old German shorthaired pointer puppy, is recovering at home after a two-week hospitalization in the intensive care unit at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, due to a rare infection called tetanus toxemia.

Frank’s owner, Alan Bowman, first noticed something wrong with his beloved pet earlier this month when Frank’s appetite suddenly disappeared and he began displaying signs of stiffness with his head. After a visit to his primary care veterinarian, Frank was referred to LVS on Apr. 5.  

“Upon arrival, the patient was displaying symptoms of severe muscle tension throughout his head and limbs,” said Dr. Lynel J. Tocci, a board-certified specialist in veterinary emergency and critical care. “Canines typically have a high resistance to clostridium tetani bacteria, which emits toxins that cause tetanus, making it extremely rare. The disease can cause long-term muscular issues and even death if not properly treated.”

To treat Frank’s worsening infection, doctors from LVS administered a special equine anti-toxin, daily doses of muscle relaxants and provided him with around-the-clock nursing care to treat his symptoms.

“Frank would have died if his general practitioner hadn’t suspected the disease and recommended immediate emergency care,” said Tocci. “This just goes to show how important it is for pet owners to schedule regular checkups with their primary care veterinarian and notify them if they believe their pet has any sign of illness.”

As part of the recovery process Frank will undergo an additional three weeks of physical therapy sessions and is on a special diet. Fortunately, Frank will be able to receive his rehab treatment at LVS’s state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility for pets.  

“Frank is feeling much better and I am so thankful to have him home,” said Bowman. “Everybody at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists is knowledgeable and very kind. It is amazing resource if you have a sick dog or sick animal.”

About Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists
Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists is a 24-hour veterinary emergency, critical care, referral hospital and imaging center serving Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties. Their services include: emergency, critical care, internal medicine, neurosurgery, neurology, ultrasound, CT-scan, digital radiography, bereavement counseling, physical therapy, rehabilitation, as well as, soft tissue, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery. LVS can be reached at 954.641.1100 and is located at 3217 NW 10th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.

For media-related interview requests or inquiries, please contact our Miami PR Firm at news@judgepr.com or by telephone at 305.742.0783.

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Veterinarians working to save life of severely neglected dog

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Doctors from Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, a specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Fort Lauderdale, are treating a mixed-breed puppy for severe mange and emaciation, after he was rescued by team members from 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida Rescue.

The dog, named Patterson by rescuers, was found on Miramar Parkway on Saturday after several tips were reported via social media. Rescuers rushed Patterson to Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, where he immediately began receiving emergency care.

Upon arrival, doctors assessed that Patterson was suffering from severe mange, which is covering approximately 90 percent of his body, and has left him covered with sores, scabs and sloughing skin. Patterson’s condition is so severe that he is unable to normally regulate his body temperature and blood sugar levels.

“This is truly the definition of total abandonment and neglect,” said Amy Roman, president and founder of 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida Rescue. “We’re just thankful some people took notice, contacted us and that we were able to get him the help he needs.”

Patterson is currently in Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists’ intensive care unit. Doctors are treating him with IV fluids, antibiotics, canine albumin, which is a special blood product carried by limited specialty practices for the treatment of severe wounds, and also providing treatment for pain management.

As Patterson’s story has spread, people have donated to help with his care, and Jazz Medical, a specialty veterinary medical supply company, reached out to Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists on Monday to let them know they are sending a care package with a supply of their advanced wound care products to help Patterson.

“At this time, Patterson’s prognosis is guarded, however we are hopeful that he will make a full recovery,” said Dr. Lynel J. Tocci, a board-certified specialist in veterinary emergency and critical care. “Additionally, we are moved by the generosity of the community and their assistance in helping Patterson take these first steps towards recovery.                                                                              

According to their website, the 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has helped to rescue more than 3,300 animals in South Florida. 

People interested in donating to Patterson’s care can do so by visiting: http://100plusabandoneddogsofevergladesflorida.org/

About Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists
Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists is a 24-hour veterinary emergency, critical care, referral hospital and imaging center serving Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties. Their services include: emergency, critical care, internal medicine, neurosurgery, neurology, ultrasound, CT-scan, digital radiography, bereavement counseling, physical therapy, rehabilitation, as well as, soft tissue, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery. LVS can be reached at 954.641.1100 and is located at 3217 NW 10th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.

For media-related interview requests or inquiries, please contact our Miami PR Firm at news@judgepr.com or by telephone at 305.742.0783. 

Don’t forget your pet’s heart health this Valentine’s Day

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – With Valentine’s Day happening Tuesday, and February dedicated as American Heart Month, doctors from Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, a specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Fort Lauderdale, are helping to spread awareness about heart health for our furry friends.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. for people, accounting for more than 30 percent of deaths. Additionally, many pet owners are unaware of the risks their pets face for developing heart disease and how to identify it.

An estimated 10 percent of dogs will develop some form of cardiovascular disease, while the number of cats developing heart disease is unknown. Symptoms of heart disease in dogs typically include trouble breathing, lagging energy, discomfort, chronic cough and collapse. Cats suffering from cardiovascular disease may become abnormally lethargic, have difficulty breathing or suddenly lose mobility in their hind legs.

If a cat or dog begins to exhibit symptoms like these, it is critical to immediately consult a veterinarian as soon as possible. 

“Scheduling regular checkups with your pet’s veterinarian is the best way to identify cardiovascular diseases before conditions worsen or become fatal,” said Dr. Ira Zaslow, a board-certified specialist in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine and medical director of LVS. “While exercise and proper diet are essential for overall pet health, these lifestyle choices do not necessarily prevent heart disease. If your pet does develop heart disease, your veterinarian can refer you to a veterinary internal medicine specialist or cardiologist that can help to treat the problems your pet may be experiencing.”

Additionally, while many people celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving chocolate as a gift to their loved ones, veterinarians from LVS are reminding pet owners that chocolate is toxic to dogs and cats. Chocolate should always be kept far out of reach from pets.

For more information about Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, visit http://www.lauderdalevets.com or call 954.641.1100.

About Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists

Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists is a 24-hour veterinary emergency, critical care, referral hospital and imaging center serving Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties. Their services include: emergency, critical care, internal medicine, neurosurgery, neurology, ultrasound, CT-scan, digital radiography, bereavement counseling, physical therapy, rehabilitation, as well as, soft tissue, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery. LVS can be reached at 954.641.1100 and is located at 3217 NW 10th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.