Tampa FL, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 – Late this afternoon, Jack the Cat was transferred from BluePearl Veterinary Partner’s emergency and specialty hospital in Forest Hills, Queens and arrived safely at the company’s state-of-the art Manhattan hospital by pet ambulance.
“Jack’s still critical, but he’s stable so transferring him is the right decision at this point,” says board-certified criticalist Benjamin Davidson, BVSc, MACVSc, DACVECC, who will oversee Jack the Cat’s care moving forward. “The Manhattan hospital has an expansive intensive care unit where Jack will continue to be monitored around-the-clock by BluePearl’s broad complement of specialists, including cardiologists, critical care specialists, internists and dermatologists.”
Jack was rushed to BluePearl after his 61-day ordeal wandering lost in the JFK International Airport. He fell through a ceiling tile into an airport customs room last week. The elusive cat had been bound for California with his owner, Karen Pascoe, when he got loose and disappeared.
“Because Jack was so ill from malnourishment, the timing of his fall was fortunate,” says board-certified specialist Christian Eriksson, DVM, MS, who has been taking care of Jack at BluePearl’s Queens location. “He probably wouldn’t have survived much longer without intensive care.”
On the pet ambulance ride, Jack was accompanied by a licensed veterinary technician and support staff in a vehicle equipped with a specially modified rear compartment that includes localized climate control, padding, stretchers and ramps to ensure comfort during the trip.
All the cards and gifts from well wishes were moved with Jack. “With nearly 23,000 people liking Jack and almost 18,000 talking about him on Facebook, Jack has become quite the celebrity,” says BluePearl spokeswoman Joanne Lynch.
About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners has 21 emergency and specialty hospitals in 10 states dedicated to providing a superior level of patient and client care through close cooperation with family veterinarians. For more information, please visit www.bluepearlvet.com.
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