R.I.P. Sheva Middlebrooks

Sheva was one special girl!!! She was an honorary receptionist for over a decade due to having severe separation anxiety.  Many of our clients loved to ask her if she wanted a cookie.  Sheva would place her front paws onto the countertop and never disappointed anyone by nodding her head “yes” and enjoying her special treat.  One of the receptionists would say, “Sheva, mailman” and would run up to the reception door to get her daily treat from our mail delivery person.  Sheva knew that the treatment area was where all the medical action took place.  Thoughts of one of the doctors placing a thermometer in her rear or giving an injection was so unpleasant that she would turn her head to avoid looking at the area when passing it to go out to potty. However, when she didn’t feel well, she would willingly go up to a doctor to let them know.  She had an uncanny ability to tell time because she knew when her family was driving into the parking lot and waited for them at the reception door.  She has jumped the gate into her granddaddy’s arms when he arrived.  We would watch her choose the correct Hello Kitty leash, leave with her family, and drive in the convertible into the sunset.   We will eternally have a special place in our hearts for Sheva Middlebrooks. Rest in peace sweet girl.  We will love you FOREVER.

Meet Roxie!!!!

IMG_0288IMG_0295Say hello to Roxie. This beautiful bird is a cockatoo. Roxie comes to see us every few months to get her nails and wings trimmed. Although, they are not her favorite things to have done while here. She does like all the attention she gets before and after. She will gladly lift a wing to have you give her a scratch. Her owners tell us she is very silly at home. She does say a few things too such as I love you. She will bark like a dog and she likes to ask herself what she’s doing.  We enjoy seeing Roxie whether it’s for a trim or to just say hi. She will make you smile when you see her.

Featured Pet: George Miller

FB_IMG_1428156218812Oh how curious the AHAH team was about George!! This month’s pet spotlight is a 9yr old coonhound named George (Miller). George came to us with blood in his urine and straining to urinate. His owners were very worried about him. After examining George extensively and performing various diagnostic tests, our doctors discovered a stone lodged in his urethra preventing him to pass any urine. Poor George was experiencing great pain and discomfort. Our doctors surgically removed the large stone and alsoFB_IMG_1429730576775 discovered many smaller stones that were removed as well.  Later that evening after George recovered from surgery, he was able to urinate normally again.  Now George’s owner reports that he is doing very well.  He is back to his old self loving life and sleeping on the couch.

Featured Pet – Bailey

photo (3)Hello! My name is Bailey and I am in dire need of a forever home.    In May 2015, my previous owners brought me to AHAH because they forgot that I was tied to a trailer of a pickup truck.  Unfortunately, I was dragged down the street several feet before they realized it.  As a result of this terrible mishap, I suffered multiple lacerations and road burns.   I underwent several bandage changes and laser treatments to heal my wounds. Once my wounds were able to be sutured, they started to heal very nicely.  I am now a very happy and loving dog who enjoys playing with the AHAH staff members who give me treats on a photo (4)regular basis.  I am looking for a forever home that will spoil me rotten.  I am heartworm negative and am up to date on all of my vaccinations.  I know that I would be a great addition to a loving family.  Although I carry the scars of that awful day, no one would know by my spirit and enjoyment of life.

Featured Pet: Nahla

NahlaThis darling little princess is Nahla. Nahla came to us as a sweet 10 week old puppy that immediately stole the hearts of the entire staff. With those sweet blue eyes and unlimited abundance of kisses, she could do no wrong in everyone’s eyes. We would soon be proven wrong as she reminded us that “toddlers” can always find trouble.  Shortly before her first birthday, she began vomiting and refusing to eat. Nahla had pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). A couple of days on IV fluids and medication to go home, she was as good as new. Then, 2 days later, she decided that a hairbrush would be a great midnight snack. That midnight snack caused Miss Nahla to be admitted to our hospital again and this time, have a tedious surgical procedure to remove plastic and hair from her intestines. This is an extremely difficult surgery for larger animals, and even more so for tiny 3 Nahla 2pound Nahla. Her very worried parents were by her side several times each and every day as our doctors were at this point unsure of what her outcome would be. Several days after her first surgery, Nahla developed a very aggressive infection that was causing her intestines to fuse.  This would result in her having to undergo another surgery. She was already in critical condition, but this would be her only chance of survival. After her surgery, a catheter was placed directly into her abdomen for antibiotics to be directly administered daily. As the staff and her parents held their breath, she began showing signs of improvement.
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Knowing she had each of us wrapped around her sweet little paw, Nahla decided she only wanted to eat her food directly from the can and drink her water only from the running faucet. And of course, that’s exactly how the spoiled little princess got treated. Not to mention her cuddle time with staff on the couch on lunch breaks as well. Today, Nahla is a happy and healthy 16 month old ball of energy that beat all odds. We look forward to our visits from her and her mommy and daddy.