A blue heeler puppy, hung limply in her owner’s arms, panting heavily. On exam, she had pale gums, was working hard to breathe and had quiet lung sounds. A quick ultrasound showed free fluid in her chest and abdomen. Blood work showed a severe anemia (low red blood cells). These signs, in a young dog, are most consistent with ingestion of rat bait causing severe internal bleeding. We placed an IV catheter and started transfusing packed red blood cells and plasma.
Bailey, a four-year-old Shiba Inu, was brought to her family veterinarian on January 12, 2014 after being hit by a car. Her family veterinarian recommended she be transferred to ACCES’ 24-hour critical care and emergency facility for care.
A year ago I quit my full time job at ACCES as an emergency veterinarian to explore the world with my wife and to do some volunteer work as part of those travels. I hoped that the time spent working would allow me to help animals and people that would otherwise not have access to those resources, to gain a deeper connection with the communities we were traveling through, and to gain some perspective on my work as a veterinarian in the United States. We have toured some shelters and recently just finished a week of volunteer work at the Care For DogsFoundation in Chiang Mai, Thailand and those goals were both met and exceeded.
Nila, aka Her Highness, is a smokey grey tabby with the biggest, roundest golden eyes. Her name means Moon in honor of her big grey head. Nila enjoys only the best cat kibble. None of that filthy human food, well, except for Parmesan cheese and tuna, sweet glorious tuna. She also loves sleeping, preferably on the warm cable box or on top of a warm human. Nila is quiet, calm, and cuddly. No mischief or misbehavior, she's too good for that. (She thinks VERY highly of herself!) Nila has mastered the art of communicating her needs to her humans.
Russ, aka, Mischief on Legs is a gorgeous pale grey tabby, and he knows it. His favorite food is bread crust. No Joke. Russ spends his free time trying to figure out how to open cat-proofed cabinets to get in and eat the bread. In fact, he will open and slam drawers at 2:00 am to protest the locked cabinets keeping him away from the bread. He gets along with absolutely everyone (except the grumpy other cat Nila who hates everyone) and loves to play and just spend time hanging around people or dogs, which he thinks he is.
Jameson is a Blue Great Dane and is 160 lbs of happiness. He loves a good game of chase at the dog park, rough housing with his sister, and meeting new people to drool on. When he is not busy developing new and exotic napping positions, he enjoys spending time researching how many tennis balls he can fit in his mouth at one time (three is apparently the max).
January is National Blood Donor Month. While most people are aware of the need for human blood transfusions, many people are UNAWARE of the need for transfusions in dogs and cats. Transfusions are needed for many of the same reasons that people need transfusions. Trauma, surgical blood loss, cancer and many other disease processes could cause a cat or a dog (or a person) to require a blood transfusion. The ACCES Blood bank, as the only animal blood bank in Seattle, provides blood products to both ACCES hospitals (Seattle and Renton) as well as many of the other veterinary hospitals in the Greater Puget Sound Area (and beyond!).
Max is a handsome Shepherd, Greyhound, Doberman mix. He is very calm and a great watchdog who sings with sirens and the piano! Max loves bacon treats, playing Frisbee and tug-o-war. Max also loves to run up and down the fence line trying to race the UPS and FedEx trucks. Max is a fantastic lap dog (from the Greyhound in him) and an excellent protector of the household (that’s the Shepherd and Doberman talking). Max is a well-loved rescue dog and wanted to be a blood donor to give back.
Lexie, AKA Lexifur, is a sweet black lab mix. She loves anything that is food, trail running with mom and chasing critters out of the yard. Lexie likes to give kisses and sit on your lap, despite the fact that she is not a traditional “lap dog” size. She also likes to lick eyeballs (yuck), chase cats and hogs the couch. Lexie is a blood donor because she is so spoiled at home, she feels like she needs to give back somehow.
Dagney, AKA Dino, is an approximately 120-pound Great Dane Mix with a short brindle coat. She loves chewing on pig ears, playing at the dog park, chasing tennis balls and sleeping. Dagney never chews on shoes or furniture, she does not bark at fireworks, she has not taken food from the counter since a very expensive incident in 2009 involving six pork steaks and an x-ray. She can always make you smile after a long day. She does, however, enjoy dumping over her food dish and always wants to be the center of attention. Dagney makes people smile everywhere she goes.