Benjamin, or Ben, is a German Shepherd/Husky mix, a gentle giant, who is shy but can be very brave. He enjoys food and for a special treat he occasionally gets a cow tail. He loves walking, playing with his best friend, Lucy Bean, and snuggling. He is gentle, sweet and loving. His only bad habits are cabinet surfing and getting into EVERYTHING. He is big, but gentle and loves everyone! Ben donates blood to be a HERO!
Morgan is a 9-year-old yellow Labrador who was attacked by several dogs in her own backyard. Her right shoulder area was badly damaged and required weeks of regular bandage changes. Unfortunately, in addition to the obvious injuries, her kidneys and liver were also affected when her damaged muscles released toxins into her blood stream. After being hospitalized for several days, her kidney values began returning to normal and she began to feel better. It took almost a week of daily bandage changes and supportive care before she was able to leave the hospital.
Toby, a 6-month-old husky puppy, came to BluePearl in Renton with one seizure after another. His owners said he had eaten a mushroom in his backyard earlier that day and then several hours later had begun seizing. Toby's seizures were controlled but he then became comatose. He had his stomach pumped to remove as many of the mushrooms as possible and was put on a ventilator to breathe for him as he would not breathe on his own. He woke up 12 hours later and went home within 24 hours of when he arrived.
Tater, a 1-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, presented to BluePearl after being found in his yard unable to walk. There were a lot of bees in his yard when he was found and it was suspected that Tater had an anaphylactic reaction from a bee sting. He was given antihistamines and steroids to help with the allergic reaction. Unfortunately, he was very ill with a dangerously low blood pressure, severely bloody diarrhea and vomit, and he was coagulopathic, which meant his blood wouldn’t clot properly.
Zorro, a 6-year-old Chihuahua who was rescued from a Northern California shelter as a puppy, transferred to BluePearl for ongoing bloody urine and anemia. He was admitted to the ICU for a transfusion and internal medicine consult. He was cross-matched to donor Raleigh and given a unit of packed red blood cells. Blood work revealed immune mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA), which occurs when the immune system no longer recognizes its red blood cells as its own and destroys them. Zorro was started on steroids and immunosuppressive medication.
Rufus, a 10-year-old Shih Tzu mix, presented to his veterinarian for episodes of agitation and abnormal behavior where he frantically tried to eat dirt and chewed on walls in the house. Within the previous week, his appetite had also waxed and waned and he was vomiting. Bloodwork showed severe non-regenerative anemia and he was transferred to BluePearl for further evaluation. He was blood typed and cross-matched to donor Lorenzo and received a transfusion of packed red blood cells. A bone marrow biopsy revealed an immune mediated disease that was targeting the bone marrow.
Whip, a 6-year-old Great Dane, presented to BluePearl for not being able to walk and ongoing diarrhea. He was cold, with an elevated heart rate and a decreased blood pressure. He was given intravenous fluids which helped to improve his blood pressure and he became ambulatory shortly after. An ultrasound showed a large splenic mass that appeared to be bleeding. He was taken to surgery and his spleen was removed. He was blood typed and cross-matched to donor Sully and received a double unit of packed red blood cells and plasma.
Emilia Francesca, a 2-year-old pug, transferred to BluePearl for continued evaluation and treatment of bloody urine, suspected immune mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) and potential immune mediated thrombocytopenia (ITP). These can occur when the immune system no longer recognizes its red blood cells and platelets and destroys them. Emilia travels to Ecuador and during her last visit, a tick was noted on her. She was very anemic and was blood typed and cross-matched to donor Jet and received packed red blood cells.
August (AKA, Auggy Doggy Puddin’ Pie) is a German shepherd Labrador mix with a black and tan coat, long hair and a sweet face. His favorite food is beef, cheese, cat food, milkbones, and Starbucks puppuccinos. He loves playing with the ball, car rides, and staring out at the mountains being a pensive puppy. He’s a great cuddler, from an early age he learned how to lean against Liz to help support her when she was weak or dizzy. He can be wound up and wild or sweet and gentle, but he’s always so expressive.