MACOMB, Mich. – In a 6,000-square-foot specialty and emergency hospital in Macomb, Michigan, without Secret Service protection, sirens, fanfare or a motorcade, Obama sat patiently as internal medicine specialists diagnosed his ailment.
His salt-and-pepper hair is a tad more salt than pepper these days and is a reflection of the past six years.
A press pool wasn’t gathered and Hail to the Chief wasn’t played as he was rushed into the emergency room on Super Bowl Sunday. He had been experiencing dehydration, lethargy and a general lack of appetite.
Doctors got to work and after an examination, bloodwork and an ultrasound, Dr. Sean Teichner with BluePearl’s internal medicine service, had diagnosed the problem. In addition to the newly discovered diabetes his primary doctor had diagnosed, Obama had also developed pancreatitis.
While he may be used to being leader of the pack, he’s not exactly the leader of the Free World. This Obama isn’t POTUS; he’s a 6-year-old miniature schnauzer who is taking part in an increasing trend – specialty medicine for pets.
BluePearl’s specialty and emergency hospitals for pets are a testament to that growing trend. Since 2012, BluePearl has nearly doubled in size and has grown from 24 hospitals to more than 40 hospitals throughout the U.S.
The specialty services they offer vary by hospital, but include acupuncture, avian and exotics medicine, cardiology, critical care, dentistry and oral surgery, dermatology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, rehabilitation and surgery.
“Over the last 50 years, there has been a significant shift in the way people look at their pets,” said Darryl Shaw, chief executive officer of BluePearl. “Pets are more a part of the family than ever before, and there is an increasing demand to have advanced treatment options available to help treat our furry family members.”
Obama’s owner, Kimberly Anderson agrees. “I think specialty medicine is a much-needed and required field for our pets,” Anderson said.
Fortunately for Obama, that was the case. After a few days of hospitalization, some IV fluids, pain medication and adjusting the medication to treat his diabetes, he’s doing much better and is scheduled to be seen for a recheck appointment on Monday.
About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs 2,400 team members including more than 500 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa, FL.