Pepper, a 10 month female spayed mixed breed dog, presented to the Animal Care Center of Polaris for a few days duration of a slightly reduced appetite. Given her non-specific signs, blood work was performed. Initial lab work (complete blood count, chemistry profile, and urinalysis) showed a mild elevation in SDMA (early biomarker of kidney disease) and a very mild amount of crystals (calcium [...]
Wendy, a six month old Bernese Mountain Dog, was presented after a long weekend with the babysitter. On Wendy’s first day back home with her family, she defecated two socks. Her owner’s were startled but she was still playful and happy. A few days later, though, she also vomited up two more socks (none of which matched the previously vomited socks) and started to have watery diarrhea. Wendy's [...]
Fiona, a 3 year old Greyhound, presented on emergency after a frightening encounter with a truck – this sweet girl was hit by a car. While she was in shock from the event, this lucky dog did not have any major damage to her internal organs – her right front leg was another story. Hanging limply from the middle of her forearm, radiographs confirmed a complete fracture of her radius and [...]
PRAA is a congenital abnormality of the blood vessels of the heart. It can constrict the esophagus and cause dysfunction. It is more common in dogs than cats. The earlier it is diagnosed and treated (surgically) the better the prognosis. Unfortuantely for Ellie, with poor prognosis differentials and financial constraints, this abnormality lead to her demise.
Ellie , a 6 month [...]
Abigail, a 7 month old female poodle, was presented late one evening with a bone sticking out of her right arm. Her arm had been wrapped with nylon gloves and packing tape to cover the exposed bone. The owners had noted that Abigail had originally fallen down the stairs about a week and a half earlier. Abigail had soon began self-mutilating her arm and was rushed to the hospital.
Abigail was [...]
Many pets suffer from allergies, and it can be a real battle to find the cause. If you have never seen a flea, believing your veterinarians when they suspect flea allergy dermatitis can be difficult. However, flea allergy dermatitis is one of the most common reasons dogs and cats itch. Even in the absence of fleas, these critters could still be responsible for an itchy pet!
Cloud, a 2 year, indoor-outdoor intact male cat, was presented to us for a large laceration on his left forearm. He went outside for several hours, when he returned was bleeding profusely from his arm. His owners are unsure how he acquired the wound. On presentation, Cloud had a very large laceration on his forearm that extend past the skin and through the underlying musculature. The remainder of [...]
Betsy, a two year old mixed breed dog, was presented for a one day history of vomiting and unwillingness to eat. The owners note that Betsy had one episode of vomiting her dinner last night and was unwilling to eat her breakfast that morning. Since breakfast, Betsy had five episodes of vomiting progressing from undigested food to bile. Owners noted on two occasions, she vomited water ten minutes [...]
Leah, a 1 1⁄2 year old female spayed Labrador mix, presented for a sudden episode of collapse and bloody diarrhea. Leah is a very active dog who loves to eat anything she can manage to pick up in her mouth. Despite her owner’s best efforts, she will still get a hold of unknown items while out on walks and occasionally in the house. When Leah arrived, she was started on supportive care and [...]
Sammy, a 2 year old male neutered dog, was enjoying a normal afternoon playing out in his backyard. Suddenly his owners noted he completely stopped bearing weight on his right front leg, and was reluctant to move at all. On brief examination they noted a metallic foreign body protruding from his front paw. He was brought immediately to Oswego Animal Hospital for assessment and treatment.
Help Save Pets was originally founded as the Humane Society of Plainfield in 2000. Since then, we have placed more than 11,000 animals into loving homes. Each one of these animals was given shelter, food, and medical aid and vaccinations and time to find the right home. We have grown and now operate out of 6 locations, not all of them in Plainfield. In 2008, we changed our name from the Humane Society of Plainfield to Help Save Pets, still HSP.
Dr. Tony Kremer owns 6 veterinary hospitals in the Chicagoland area and one in Ohio. He is the founder of Help Save Pets, an animal shelter which has saved more than 11,000 pets since 2000. Dr. Tony’s knowledge, insight, and advice are shared regularly with major media outlets across the nation and in the third largest market. Dr. Tony is also a member of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association Public Education Committee that routinely gets the word out about responsible pet ownership.