Monday, January 28, 2013

January-Team Member of the Month- Roosevelt

We have many team members who stand out at the HAH and this month we would like to recognize Roosevelt Guerrier as one of them. Roosevelt began working with us in March, 2003 and since then has become an important member of our team. He is always available –with a smile- to help in any area of the hospital, inside or out. As team leader in the Annex kennel he plays an important role in the care of our boarding patients and has been responsible for saving the lives of more then one pet in crisis while boarding. Roosevelt is a person we can count on and a genuine value to our mission. We are pleased to honor him as our January Team Member of the Month.

Monday, January 14, 2013

January- Patient of the Month "Sarah"

Sarah, a 10year old, collie mix has been a patient of the HAH since 2006. From annual exams to a mass removal in 2009 her history of care was typical.
However, in 2011, Sarah collapsed and was brought to the HAH for evaluation. Blood work showed abnormalities only in her PCV (packed cell volume). The nature of her presentation and this abnormal blood level alarmed Dr. Diamant and she discussed the possible of a Polycythemia Vera diagnosis. To confirm, Dr. Diamant ordered an ultrasound and bone marrow biopsy.
Polycythemia vera is a bone marrow cancer mainly causing the production of too many red blood cells.  Some of the changes associated with Polycythemia vera are abnormal motor skills, brick red gums, pale gums, nose bleeds and an enlarged spleen.

Once the diagnosis was confirmed, Sarah’s owners were faced with treatment options. This kind of blood cancer is treated in primarily two ways; chemotherapy and phlebotomy.

The chemotherapy for polycythemia versa is costly and Sarah’s owners opted for phlebotomy first. Phlebotomy is used to decrease blood thickness. One unit of blood (about 1 pint) is removed weekly until the hematocrit level (PCV) is less than 45. Therapy is continued as needed.

Currently, Sarah is under the care of Dr. Carlos and comes in approximately every three weeks and has blood drawn two times. Each time about 300mls is removed and her PCV is checked. Sarah is a wonderful patient. She seems unaffected by the blood draws and loves the extra attention she gets.

Sarah is regular at the HAH and always receives a regulars welcome. We are so pleased with her progress and anticipate continued success. We are pleased to honor her as patient of the month!

Race day!!

Join us in supporting our team member- Isabel in her race to fight cancer!

South Florida K9 Cancer Walk!!!

Come out and support Morris Animal Foundation's
South Florida K9 Cancer Walk
 at Tradewinds park
Jan 26th!!!

Morris Animal Foundation is a nonprofit organization that invests in science that advances veterinary care for companion animals, horses and wildlife. They are the global leader in animal health science, and their funding helps more species in more places than any other organization in the world.
Since their founding in 1948, Morris Animal Foundation has invested more than $70 million toward 2,000+ studies, and these studies have led to significant breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatments, preventions and cures for animals. Some of the breakthroughs funded through the Foundation have become gold standards in veterinary care.

See you there!!!!