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Veterinary Emergency Care

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Albuterol toxicity in Pets: Where’s your inhaler?

Millions of people in the United States suffer from asthma.  Many of these people have inhalers to use during an attack.   These inhalers are composed of a small pressurized canister that contains a solution of asthma medicine fitted into a plastic casing that releases a precise dose of the medicine in an aerosol form.  The medicine contained in … Continue reading

Safety Nets

Through some unusual circumstances, this sweet, homeless, and very broken little guy ended up in our care. We knew right away that we loved him, but such an extensive injury in a stray cat doesn’t often point toward a happy ending. We, like so many other veterinary hospitals in our area, provide pro bono care … Continue reading

Dobby’s Story

Dobby’s Story Dobby was rescued by Officer Becky Thompson of the Syracuse Police Department.  She was found tied to a toilet in absolutely horrible conditions.  She was dangerously emaciated and terrified of everything.   Her arrival at VMC sent shock waves through the staff, and through one of our veterinarians in particular. One of our … Continue reading

Jada’s Story

This month in Syracuse, NY, a Good Samaritan reported seeing an emaciated dog in a cage, in her own filth, with no access to food or water. Syracuse Police Department Animal Cruelty Investigator, Officer Rebecca Thompson, and Syracuse Dog Control Officer, Jason Driscoll, promptly removed two dogs from the household and charged the owners with … Continue reading

Christmas Pet Safety Tips

No one wants to end up in our emergency room over the holidays!  Consider these risks to reduce the likelihood that we will need to see you! Holiday Ornaments: Consider any new decoration you put out! This is especially important with young dogs and cats who are typically more boisterous and curious, and also with … Continue reading

VMC’s November Patient of the Month

Simba’s Story Simba had no history of any physical ailments. He was on a routine walk one afternoon when another dog got away from its owner and ran toward Simba. Simba turned his body and his neck quickly to move away from the other dog, and suddenly dropped to the ground. All four legs were … Continue reading

September 2015 VMC Pain Management Patient of the Month

Daffodil’s Story This little gem is Daffodil. Where do I begin? She is a 5 year old Peke-a-Poo and also the love of my life. Two years ago, I noticed that my very crazy and feisty baby was weepy and cowering. When I went to pick up her 10 pound little self, she bit me … Continue reading

VMC’s April 2015 Patient of the Month

Conoco spent some time with our Emergency and Surgery services, and we all loved him! Conoco’s Story: Conoco developed lower urinary tract signs in January, which prompted evaluation and treatment at another clinic. At that time he was hospitalized and treated with a urinary catheter, IV fluids and medications. He has since been monitored and … Continue reading

Handling a Pet Toxin or Poisoning Emergency

My pet just got into something he shouldn’t have. What should I do?   This could be the shortest blog post ever.  The answer: 1) Call your veterinarian or the nearest emergency veterinary hospital. 2) If #1 is not possible, call Poison Control.     ASPCA Animal Poison Control (888) 426-4435 Perhaps you’ve been through a … Continue reading

Is Your Pet’s Condition an Emergency?

Typically, if you’re asking yourself this question, the answer is “yes”. We understand that it can be terrifying to worry about your pet. Just like a child, a pet can’t tell you what’s wrong – you’re not being silly to be concerned, and we understand what it’s like to worry about your pet. Don’t ever … Continue reading