The Buck Stops Here: A cautionary tale about a run in with a rock!
Dogs can get themselves injured when you least expect it…
Buck is a 5-year-old neutered male German Shepherd. He presented as a walk-in emergency the morning of February 11th. Buck has always loved to chase the car up the driveway when his owners come home and today was no different. However on this day something happened during his run. When the owner parked the car at the garage, she noticed Buck wasn’t there to greet her. Instead, he was laying in the middle of the driveway, unable to get up right away. When he finally rose, he was limping and bleeding. (It is suspected that Buck was so excited and focused on the car that he may have accidentally run straight into a large rock while chasing the car.)
When they got to the house, Buck’s owner noticed severe swelling around the right side of Buck’s head and right eye and significant bleeding from his wounds.
Buck arrived at Leesburg Veterinary Hospital alert but painful – he had moderate trouble walking and severe swelling over the right side of his face—particularly around his eye.
Buck was in pain and doesn’t particularly love for veterinarians to examine him even when he isn’t feeling so uncomfortable, so his condition was assessed. Once Dr. Boyle determined he was stable, we gave him a combination of a strong analgesic (pain medication) and sedative to facilitate placing an IV catheter and to further evaluate his injuries. This included a full oral/pharyngeal exam and radiographs of his skull.
The oral exam and radiographs revealed there was not any damage to his teeth or jaw and there were no large skull fractures. Due to the severity of the swelling and bleeding, it was highly suspected that he had some smaller skull fractures, but further imaging with a CT scan was financially out of reach.
This is the finest animal treatment facility I have EVER dealt with, EVER. I am writing this review from Afghanistan. My wife is located back in Leesburg, and our German Shepherd “Buck” owes his life to the ladies at Leesburg Veterinary Hospital. I have not had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Strickland. However, I personally spoke with Dr. Kloer and Dr. Boyle, and I will tell you that these ladies CARE. My wife spent the better part of the day there yesterday, and the staff made her feel at home.
Buck went in after a horrific accident. He was immediately treated for his trauma. After he was stabilized, the staff took superb care of him, and when he required care overnight, they did every bit of the coordination for him to be transferred to an overnight facility, and then back to their office in the morning. This may have been one of the most traumatic events of my wife and my life, exacerbated further by the fact I am deployed. However, the Leesburg Veterinary family took every ounce of worry and fear out of the entire process.
Both Dr. Kloer and Dr. Boyle took time out of their incredibly busy schedules to personally speak with me on the phone, despite telling my wife all the same information. The tech staff is also beyond phenomenal! They too took time to make sure my wife was informed and comfortable, despite the horrible circumstances.
The front office staff was also very supportive and helpful. I want to personally recognize Ms. Tegler, the office manager. She was so concerned with the proper care of our furry guy that the LAST thing she was concerned about was finances. She personally cares so very much about her patients, that she cried with me on the phone with me and made a personal effort to ensure I had all the information as if I was there, despite being over 7,000 miles away.
I am so grateful for all the staff here – they care for their patients as if they were their own animals. Their non-emergency service is just as phenomenal. As a military family, we have gone through a NUMBER of vets, and I can honestly tell you, there is not a better vet in the US, let alone in Leesburg. If you are looking for a great vet and you live within 100 miles of Leesburg, look no further!”
Update – July 2016