Nikkos is our thirteen and a half year old, beloved, Coton de Tulear. Between my mother and I we have four Cotons, each with a unique personality and each is very special to us. In the fall of 2013, Nikkos began to display some fairly significant signs that he was in severe pain; he had been diagnosed by his veterinarian Dr. Erin Corrigan from Fairmount Animal Hospital a few years earlier with degenerative disk disease, however, he was never in this much discomfort. He could barely use his hind legs at all. They would shake, cross with one another or give out on him continually. He sat to go to the bathroom, could no longer use his steps to get on and off the furniture and would shake throughout the days with pain. It was truly heartbreaking to watch. After bringing him to Dr. Corrigan they suggested that we bring him to the Veterinary Medical Center for an evaluation by The Pain Management Service. We visited both Dr. Burnett and Dr. Fleckenstein every other day for about two weeks, trying various medications, but still to no avail. I was now staying up throughout the nights, sitting, while holding Nikkos tightly wound in a baby blanket, on his back, which gave him little relief. I was feeding him baby food from my fingertip and propping a pillow under his head whenever he would try to “relax” to give him some relief from whatever was occurring with his spine/disks in his back. We rushed Nikkos into the emergency room, with all his comforting possessions, with the idea of having him stay for a 48-hour “pain holiday” with hopes that with him being still at the hospital would bring some lasting relief to the spine. Every time we did so he appeared slightly better so it never came to this. A couple of times when we brought him in we weren’t sure if we would be bringing him home after talking about his quality of life with the doctors. To our surprise, Nikkos did eventually turn a corner; he began eating, wagging his tail, sleeping through the night, and walking upright. The doctors were more than persistent with finding just the right combination of medications for him, which was a significant factor. We also had acupuncture sessions, and physical therapy with Lis Conarton. This past summer we purchased a dog stroller for him which he enjoys greatly and he continues to see Lis about once a month. I cannot say enough about how exceptional everyone at the Veterinary Medical Center has been to Nikkos in our desperate time of need. Without them, it is very likely that Nikkos would not have recovered as he did and there would be a huge hole in our family. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, Veterinary Medical Center for all you have done to restore our pup’s quality of life and give us more time with him. We will be forever grateful. ~The Brundin Family
We had so much fun on Sunday at the Canine Carnival! We helped dozens of doggies cool off in our doggy pool and with some tasty (to dogs!) sno-cones. We heard lots of dogs were adopted thanks to the record-breaking crowd.
Thank you to everyone who came out.
Check out the photos from the event on our Facebook page
And don’t forget to LIKE us while you’re there!
Smiles and sno-cones aside, we did have to put on our Emergency hats for some not-so-fun business: the business of helping our pets feel better. We were lucky to have some of our best emergency folks right there to help a couple dogs who had a hard time with the heat. They knew just what to do!
We hope you’re all feeling better!
3nd Annual Canine Carnival
New location, Live concert, Red Cross Blood Drive and more…
Canine Carnival 2012 is on the way with even more animals and fun things to do including a live concert. The date is Saturday August 4th 10am to 4pm at a new location, Longbranch Park in Liverpool.
Admission is FREE. It will be held rain or shine. We encourage everyone to bring your pets.
Last years Canine Carnival event was another incredible success with more than 50 vendors and animal rescues represented, food, music, 6000 people attending and best of all, more than 100 dogs finding good homes. Our new location features much greater parking capacity with many additional vendors and rescues being represented.
Along with the live concert at 2pm, other new features this year include a Red Cross Blood Drive on site, dog washing & grooming, a Kids Play area and Sports Zone featuring local sports teams. Horse carriage rides around the park will be available. Spay & Neuter Syracuse (SANS) will offer micro- chipping for your pet. Veterinary Medical Center of CNY will have an emergency triage center on site for your pets.
Proceeds from the Canine Carnival go to the Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation who has donated nearly $30,000 to animal welfares and rescues in central NY.
VMCCNY is proud to sponsor this event and look forward to seeing you there!
“Thank you all for taking such wonderful care of our “little guy” Bently over the past few days while he got back on his feet again! Your knowledge, kindness and compassionate nature helped to make our medical emergency much easier to bear. We truly appreciate all that you did to help Bently enjoy the rest of his summer!”