Success Stories

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Izzy came to us late one night after a Good Samaritan picked her up off the road injured. Izzy had no immediately identifiable owner, no collar identification and no microchip. It was immediately clear that Izzy had severe pelvic fractures and abdominal bleeding. The presenting agent had no funds to care for her injuries. She was obviously in a lot of pain and very scared.

We gave her pain medication and stabilized her condition overnight. After a brief call out via Facebook, Izzy’s owner was found. Unfortunately, her owner was unable to care for her injuries either. Things were looking grim for Izzy’s future, but through extreme diligence and passionate dedication a rescue group took responsibility for Izzy’s care. AAE was able to donate the time, love, and energy to get Izzy pelvic surgery accomplished. She is currently in rehab every day and gaining strength. The final chapter has yet to be written on this success story, but Izzy is much too nice of a dog not to receive a wonderful life. God speed Izzy, we love you!

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Boogie – Hit By Car

Boogie is a mixed breed dog that was presented as an abandoned stray to Augusta Animal Emergency after being hit by a car.  He suffered multiple fractures to his left hind leg, several pelvic fractures, and a fracture of his right foreleg.  When the good Samaritan who rescued him could not afford the necessary care Boogie needed, a staff technician came forward with the finances and dedication to help Boogie through his recovery.  Multiple surgical pins were placed to secure all the fractures and their fragments in his rear leg and a long-term splint was necessary for his foreleg to heal.  Boogie has since developed into a healthy and active dog.

Rocky – Catch Of The Summer

Rocky was seen for a possible foreign body when the owner saw a fishing line hanging from his mouth. The owner cut away excess fishing line, leaving a small portion and presented Rocky to AAE. Radiographs (x-rays) confirmed a treble hook was in Rocky’s stomach. Using an endoscope, the hook was removed without the need for major surgery and Rocky made a full recovery. An endoscope is a special device used for various procedures and can be passed through the mouth, esophagus and into the stomach allowing visualization of stomach contents. It can be used to remove foreign objects or collect tissue samples for further evaluation.

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Sammy – Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Sammy presented to AAE due to respiratory distress and vomiting. Sammy had been diagnosed as a diabetic by his referring veterinarian but his response to the initial insulin treatment was poor. After a thorough evaluation it was determined that continued hyperglycemia had led to a condition called ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis occurs when an excessive production of ketone bodies, metabolic products usually derived from fatty acids within the liver, are excreted in the urine. This process often occurs in uncontrolled diabetic mellitus patients and can cause life-threatening illnesses. After several days of intensive critical care, Sammy recovered and is currently doing well on an alternative insulin more suitable for him. Sammy is a wonderful cat and a great patient. We are always happy to see him when his owner drops by for a visit!

Petey – Rat Poison Survivor

Petey is a small mixed-breed dog that came to AAE two weeks after accidental ingestion of rat poison. When he presented, he was nearly comatose and his body temperature was barely life-sustaining. The rat poison had caused a severe anemia and critical hypothermia (low body temperature) that required aggressive treatment to offer any chance of survival. Petey received oxygen, IV fluids, thermal support, and a life saving whole blood transfusion from a blood donor dog, belonging to an AAE technician, among other treatments.

“Petey has been one the greatest joys of my life and I would have missed out on the opportunity of a wonderful, loyal companion if Dr. Runnels and the wonderful staff at AAE had not been willing and able to try to save him. He and the staff of AAE worked to save Petey without question or hesitation, just as if he were one of their own. That’s what truly sets Augusta Animal Emergency apart from any other critical care facility.”

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Sassy – Pancreatitis Complications

Sassy was a 1 year old Chihuahua that first came to Augusta Animal Emergency with dystocia (difficult labor) and secondary sepsis (blood poisoning) from severe infection. During Sassy’s recovery from emergency caesarean section surgery, she developed pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), a serious gastrointestinal complication due to her severe illness. Standard medical treatments for pancreatitis were not completely successful and Sassy would not eat. A jejunostomy tube (a tube surgically placed in the jejunum, the middle section of the small intestines) was used for feedings to bypass the pancreas. After one month of j-tube feedings, Sassy began eating on her own and gaining weight and her recovery progressed without further complication.

Chico – Head Trauma

Chico is a 4 pound chihuahua that presented to AAE with a severe head injury. She had several seizures and was in a coma for 36 hours. After 72 hours in our ICU receiving oxygen therapy, IV fluids and medications, her dedicated owner was able to take her home. Several more days passed and eventually Chico was able to walk again, and her owner was ecstatic. Her recovery was inspirational to us all!

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Andy – Diaphragmatic Hernia

Andy was a 2-year-old cat that was treated at AAE after being hit by a car. When Andy presented, he was in severe respiratory distress and required immediate intensive care. He was placed in a warming incubator where he received oxygen therapy, IV fluids and various medications for treatment of shock. Radiographs showed the source of the respiratory distress to be a diaphragmatic hernia (a tear in the diaphragm, the diaphragm is the partition separating the contents of the chest from the contents of the abdomen and is vital in respiratory function). During attempts to stabilize Andy for surgery to repair his diaphragm, it became evident that his condition was deteriorating and emergency surgery was necessary.

The hernia was successfully repaired with surgery and careful anesthetic monitoring, but Andy still faced a long recovery. Over the course of his week long hospitalization, Andy required a whole blood transfusion, a chest tube, and continued oxygen therapy. Finally, after several days of 24 hour intensive nursing care, Andy improved and was discharged to his family’s care where he made a complete recovery.