PHILADELPHIA – The experts at Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center, a BluePearl hospital, see all kinds of patients, but it’s not every day a puppy comes through the door with a car tire stuck on her head.
But that’s what happened this weekend after a pit bull puppy named Jade playfully poked her head through the rim of a car tire. She couldn’t pull her head back out, no matter how hard she tried.
Her owners called 911, the fire department and animal rescue groups, but they couldn’t find anyone to solve Jade’s problem until they phoned VSEC’s Philadelphia hospital.
“We told them to come right in,” said Jenny Davis, advanced veterinary technician at VSEC.
“Jade was bright and alert but she was extremely exhausted,” Davis said. “She was just so worked up and anxious from being stuck in there.”
To calm her, Jade was sedated and treated by a team that included Davis, Dr. Arielle Camp and others. Once she relaxed, they were able to slip the tire right off. They gave her some steroids to help the swelling around her neck, but within an hour she was happy and wagging her tail again.
“Thanks to you that tragic story had a happy ending,” owner Jasmine Williams said.
This isn’t the only time Davis has seen a case like this. In fact, it’s more common than you might think. That’s why she tells pet owners not to leave puppies unsupervised in an area where there’s a lot of stuff lying around.
“They tend to get themselves stuck in just about anything,” she said.
VSEC is well-equipped for emergencies, no matter how unusual. The VSEC hospitals in Philadelphia and Levittown are open 24/7 every day of the year, with veterinarians always on hand. Together, the hospitals were named U.S. “Practice of the Year,” by Petplan pet insurance. A third VSEC hospital is set to open this year in Conshohocken.
In addition to round-the-clock emergency treatment, VSEC employs many veterinarians who have received years of additional training to become board-certified in such veterinary specialties as cardiology, ophthalmology, oncology surgery and many others.