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Sneezing dog makes news nationwide

Newspapers and television stations all over the country carried the story of Rex, a beagle who kept sneezing for months. His owner never gave up trying to find the reason why. Fortunately, he called on a BluePearl veterinarian who was able to solve the mystery. Here’s the story as told by CBS News.

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The dog who couldn’t resist eating seven corncobs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Roxie the boxer wasn’t planning to get herself in the newspaper and on television, she was just having a snack — of seven corncob halves. Unfortunately one of them got lodged in her intestine. Sounds like a grim story, but it has a sweet ending thanks to a national charity which raised funds to pay for Roxie’s surgery at BluePearl in Virginia Beach. Read the The Virginian-Pilot’s coverage here.

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Houston’s only veterinary blood bank is making the news

BluePearl-affiliated hospitals have opened the first veterinary blood bank in the Houston area. Dog and cat owners bring in their pets to donate blood, because they know they are helping to save the lives of other pets. This has been attracting a lot of attention, including this television news report from Fox 26.  

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People Magazine quotes BluePearl for article on July 4 safety

People Magazine quoted BluePearl’s Dr. Jennifer Holm for an online article titled “5 ways to keep your pet safe on July 4.” Holm, a BluePearl group medical director who is board-certified in emergency and critical care, said this is a holiday where it’s best to play it safe. Keep a close watch on your pets so they don’t escape the house in the confusion of a large gathering, watch what they eat, and be there to comfort especially nervous animals during fireworks.

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Good Morning America films from BluePearl in Tampa

Go here to find the Good Morning America report on Haus, the dog treated at BluePearl for multiple rattlesnake bites. A crew from Good Morning America arrived at BluePearl’s Tampa hospital to film Dr. Jennifer Holm and the DeLuca family about Haus, the German shepherd bitten three times by a rattlesnake. They were interviewed remotely by ABC’s Michael Strahan. Haus suffered for days  from the venomous snakebites, He was given several vials of anti-venom and given round-the-clock care until he could be safely returned home to the DeLuca family. The story received widespread media attention.

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After their dog is saved, Arizona family makes a viral video

You can watch a report here from KNXV-TV in Phoenix about the dog Dancer. You can find Dancer’s Facebook page here. Jeni Connor’s Labrador retriever was slowly recovering at the BluePearl hospital in Gilbert, Ariz., after ingesting xylitol, a sweetener that is toxic to dogs. That’s when Connor decided she had to act. She and her daughters made a Facebook video warning people about xylitol, a sweetener used in human foods which is very dangerous to dogs. The video went viral — nearly 200,000 have viewed it! Television stations and newspapers began picking up the story as well.

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Minnesota media covers the kitten who fell 13 stories

Read the report from KARE-11 in Minneapolis here. Brennan the seven-month-old kitten fell an astonishing 13 stories from a Minneapolis high-rise — and lived.  Dr. Andrew Jackson, a board-certified veterinary surgeon, treated Brennan at BluePearl and afterward said the kitten was recuperating nicely. As BluePearl veterinarians explained to local media, it’s not the first time cats have survived such incredible falls. In fact, it happens frequently enough in urban settings that veterinarians have a term for the phenomenon – “high-rise syndrome.” Brennan is actually lucky that he fell from such a great height. Studies show that cats suffer more severe injuries from falls between the second and seventh floor than from falls above seven stories. That’s because when they stop accelerating, cats no longer sense they are falling and relax, which allows them to better absorb the impact.

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Chicago Tribune quotes BluePearl expert on winter pet dangers

Click here to read the Chicago Tribune’s report on winter safety for pets. The Chicago Tribune wanted to let readers know how to keep their pets safe during winter and Dr. Megan Kaplan was happy to help. She’s a BluePearl veterinarian who is board-certified in emergency and critical care. Kaplan recommended taking dogs outside for no more than 5 to 10 minutes when the temperature drops below freezing. She also offered tips on how to keep pets safe from chemicals used in wintertime, such as de-icers and antifreeze. The newspaper added: Kaplan says the No. 1 rule for dog owners is to err on the safe side: “Treat them like a baby or a small child,” she says. “You wouldn’t leave those guys outside unattended.” 

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Tampa media cover airman’s three dogs who were saved from house fire

Click here to view the report from WFLA-TV, Tampa airman reunited with 3 dogs injured in fire. U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Alexander Rodriguez came home one day in December  to discover his house in flames. His three dogs suffered from smoke inhalation and were taken to BluePearl’s Tampa, Fla. hospital for treatment. The dogs received around-the-clock care and happily, they all improved remarkably and went home safely. Not only that, but the Tampa Bay community rallied around the senior airman and raised $15,000 for the care of his dogs.  

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KARE11 features BluePearl’s Dr. Donnell Hansen on pet insurance report

Click here to view the original report Pet Insurance: To buy or not to buy? GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.– Pet owners across the nation will spend an estimated $15.73 billion dollars on veterinary care by the end of 2015, according to the American Pet Products Association. The number of pet insurance companies competing for a piece of that business has grown from just a handful to dozens. But is it worth the cost? Which policy should you go with? Do you really need it? Dog owner Angela Reker of Golden Valley swears by it. Reker purchased pet insurance for Boss, her English bulldog when he was a puppy. She pays $57 a month for coverage from VPI, a product of Nationwide. It came in handy this summer when Boss, now four-years-old, got sick. Angela Reker and dog (Photo: KARE) “We went to the ER at 12:30 at night because he was crying. He was lying in bed and just making these terrible noises and he couldn’t get comfortable. He kept re-adjusting himself and it was just so scary,” Reker said. Boss ate something he wasn’t supposed. Two doctor visits and $800 later he was okay and so was Angela’s bank account. “I

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BluePearl’s Dr. Boaz Levitin interviewed by CBS NY on dangers of xylitol

Click here to view the original report Sweetener ‘Xylitol’ Growing In Popularity, Could Be Harmful To Pets « CBS New York // // // // // // // // As CBS2’s Emily Smith reported, a natural sweetener called xylitol could be deadly for pets. Most dog owners know how harmful chocolate can be to their pets, now xylitol has been added to the list. It’s a type of no calorie sweetener extracted from plants, and found in a variety of food products. It’s sold in bags for baking, and is fine for humans, but in dogs the substance can cause brain damage, seizures, and liver damage. “We are seeing more and more. The main thing it is causing is hypoglycemia,” Dr. Boaz Levitin said. A dog eating even half a gram of xylitol can suffer some illness, but ingesting a pack of gum or a tray of treats containing xylitol can be deadly, Dr. Levitin said. Xylitol is primarily found in sugar free gum, but is becoming more popular as a sugar substitute in baked goods and candy, especially brands touting less sugar. If you have given your dog peanut butter or use it to help the medicine go down,

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USA Today features rescued baby squirrel who has eye surgery at BluePearl

Click here to read the original story. Rescued baby squirrel with glaucoma has eye removed DETROIT — The options were limited when Thelma and Louise — 4-week-old squirrels found in a yard — were brought to a veterinary hospital in Birmingham. “It was euthanize them or try to raise them,” said Dr. Laura Witherell. The veterinarian at Gasow Veterinary Hospital hadn’t raised squirrels before, but agreed to give it a shot. “I just wanted to give them a chance,” Witherell said. She had the animals for about a week when they first opened their eyes. It didn’t take long before Witherell, who works at a clinic specializing in cats and dogs, realized there was a problem with Thelma’s right eye and sought additional help for the squirrel.  “She had glaucoma,” said Dr. Michael West, a veterinary ophthalmology resident at BluePearl Veterinary Partners, adding that Thelma couldn’t see out of the eye. “It’s a painful condition.” He has performed surgery on dogs and cats, even zoo penguins, but never on a squirrel — until last week. On Tuesday, Thelma, who weighed less than a pound, had her right eye removed during surgery in Southfield. The surgery took less than a half-hour and three others participated, including Veterinary

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Good Morning America – Dog survives gunshot during burglary of owner’s home

Click here to read the original report A five-year-old dog recently survived being shot in the head during a burglary at his owner’s home in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Rhodesian Ridgeback named Anubis had the bullet — which went through his skin, grazed his skull and lodged in his neck — removed today by Dr. Andrea Smith, a veterinarian with a BluePearl emergency veterinary clinic in Clearwater, according to a BluePearl spokeswoman. . “It’s incredible, he’s very fortunate,” the spokeswoman said. “The bullet nearly missed major arteries and blood vessels.” The 150-pound dog’s owner, Chris Watson, told ABC News that “Anubis has been in unusually high spirits” despite all the trauma’s gone through in the past 24 hours. “Anubis has been handling the whole situation better than I am,” Watson, 39, told ABC News. “He’s the most friendly dog you can meet. He’s like a little boy. He loves people, and he’s been the highlight of the clinic here. That’s what makes this all the more painful. I don’t understand why anyone would want to shoot a dog like him in the head.” The St. Petersburg Police Department wrote on Facebook that Watson’s home had been broken into and ransacked

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USA Today: X-ray shows spoon Gilbert puppy swallowed

Click here to read the original report. A Gilbert family’s pet dog, Tank, swallowed a metal spoon while he was eating mashed potatoes. The 8-month-old puppy was rushed to the Emergency Animal Clinic, a BluePearl Veterinary Hospital, where veterinarians determined he did not need surgery to remove the silverware. The family was instead referred to Desert Veterinary Medical Specialists where they removed the spoon by endoscopy. Tank is now recovering well. Foreign body ingestion is very common for dogs and is the second most common claim among dog owners for pet insurance providers. Here are some tips on how to keep your furry loved ones safe from wallowing potentially deadly objects (from Katherine Smith, DVM, DACVECC, a board certified emergency and critical care specialist at Emergency Animal Clinic in Gilbert): Regularly monitor and pet-proof your home: anything they can get their paws on is considered a potential hazard. Pay close attention to any changes in your pet’s appetite or behavior: they may experience depression, vomiting, diarrhea, or show signs of not eating or drinking. When in doubt, take your pet to the veterinarian: it can take anywhere from 10 to 12 hours for something to pass through a pet’s digestive

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KCTV features kitten treated at BluePearl after being rescued from baseball stadium

Click here to read the original report. Injured kitten found at The K receives “royal” treatment   KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) – An injured 5-month-old kitten found wandering around Kauffman Stadium picked a good night to catch a Royals game.Moose, named after Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, was spotted at the ballpark during last Tuesday’s game during Bark in the Park night. The stray kitten had lost all mobility in his left front leg, which had a large open sore filled with maggots. Despite his injury, he eluded attempts to be captured until he was scooped up by a security guard. Volunteers brought the kitten to BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Lee’s Summit where a surgeon amputated his injured leg at no cost. “He’s doing quite well,” Dr. Kara Forsee said. “Cats tend to do just fine with three limbs. It’s just nice to see so many people come together to help this little kitten.” Moose is now is recuperating, and Wayside Waifs has stepped in to find the kitten a new home. “The KC community is so genuine and animal-loving,” said Casey Waugh, communications manager for Wayside Waifs. “With the great partnership between Blue Pearl and Wayside Waifs, we’re able to find Moose a forever home.” Several people have already

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Washington Post features emaciated dog treated at BluePearl hospital in Atlanta

Click here to read the original report. Dog starved to ‘brink of death’ rescued in Atlanta When authorities found a 2-year-old Boxer, he was tied outside a church, each of his ribs poking out from his side, his spine protruding from his back. He was starving and “seemingly on the brink of death,” a rescue worker said. Animal rescue workers said the dog, which they named Odysseus, weighed just 26 pounds when he was found Sunday in northern Atlanta. He should have weighed between 55 and 65 pounds, according to veterinarians. “He is an absolute skeleton,” Angels Among Us Pet Rescue wrote online. “Ody could barely walk because there is no muscle or fat on this dog,” Angels Among Us spokeswoman Anne Clarke told The Washington Post. Authorities responding to a call about the dog transported him to Fulton County Animal Services, which enlisted Angels Among Us Pet Rescue to care for the dog and help him find a forever home. Odysseus is now recovering at Blue Pearl Georgia Veterinary Specialists in Sandy Springs. He is expected to be released to his foster home Tuesday afternoon. It’s still unclear where the dog came from, how he got to the church

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ABC News – NYC woman’s dog survives being shot in the mouth by ex-boyfriend

// Click here to view the original report. // // // // // A year-old pit bull named Honey survived being shot point blank in the mouth by her owner’s ex-boyfriend during an argument at her Brooklyn apartment in New York City, according to Honey’s owner and a criminal court complaint. Honey’s owner, Asha Stringfield, 24, told ABC News today that she has a restraining order against her 47-year-old ex-boyfriend, Kenneth White, who she said attacked her after he got annoyed about the food she had at her house and jealous about another male friend of hers. The restraining order was confirmed by court documents obtained by ABC News. White “repeatedly punched” Stringfield in her head and face, grabbed her by the throat, pulled her off the bed by her hair and pointed a gun to her face, asking her to give him “two reasons not to shoot” her, according to a criminal court complaint filed in Brooklyn Criminal Court. “He kept repeating, ‘You don’t love me like I love you,’ and telling me that I thought he was stupid and disrespectful,” Stringfield said. “After hitting me and making me bleed, he said he was going to take my dog,

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Pioneer Press features veterinarian whose dog swallowed a 7-inch skewer

Pet dog Crickett ate something bad and taught her family a lesson By Molly Guthrey mguthrey@pioneerpress.com After lifesaving surgery to remove a wood skewer that pierced her stomach, intestines and spleen, Crickett is back home and doing well. tt. “Last Saturday, she just wasn’t quite right,” says Donnell Hansen of her family’s 2-year-old rescue mutt. “She didn’t have her normal joy. She seemed a little down.” Crickett was in good hands, though. Hansen and her husband are both veterinarians. Hansen is a specialist in dentistry and oral surgery at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Blaine and Eden Prairie; husband Brian Hansen is in private practice at Rice Creek Animal Hospital in Lino Lakes. “My husband took her into work for an X-ray,” Hansen says. “Everything was pretty fine, although her spleen seemed kind of big. Nothing dramatic, though. We decided to give her time.” Crickett, thought to be a cross between a pitbull and a French bulldog and weighing about 25 pounds, is the smallest member of the Hansen menagerie. The vets and their children, 4-year-old Duvall and 6-year-old Eli, also share their home with two Labs, Cody and Scout. “About a year and a half ago, after my coonhound had passed

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Once abandoned, kitten born without eyelids now has bright future

Click here to read original article. A kitten born without upper eyelids and without a home now is on track to have both, thanks to the efforts of a local veterinary practice and the Humane Society of Huron Valley. Butterfly the kitten was found alone on busy Washtenaw Avenue near U.S. 23 several months ago when she was only 8 weeks old. A good Samaritan brought her to the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV). Butterfly has been in foster care under medical treatment since April. “Her condition, technically, is called “bilateral eyelid agenesis,” said Tanya Hilgendorf, president and CEO at HSHV. “It’s a congenital condition that causes pain and, over time, damage and blindness.” The Humane Society treats many of the 5,000 dogs and cats it takes in each year for a variety of medical conditions. But Butterfly needed special care, which she got from local veterinarian practice BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Ann Arbor. “Although we have really great vets here a HSHV and treat many conditions ourselves, we sometimes need help with more specialized treatment,” said Hilgendorf. “We reached out to BluePearl because they are a partner of ours and they had a surgeon who could do this

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