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Dog died after heartworm treatment
The owner of a dachshund died several days after her veterinarian treated her for heartworm.
On Tuesday, December 9, 2007 at 4:27 p.m., emergency personnel from the Sibley Veterinary Hospital in Winthrop, Massachusetts received a 911 call regarding a dog who had been attacked by a cat. The Sibley Veterinary Hospital is located on the corner of Sibley and St. Charles.
When EMTs arrived, they found a black and tan female Dachshund, approximately 14-18 months old, that was having difficulty breathing. The Dachshund was bleeding from the mouth and tongue and had difficulty eating or drinking.
Upon performing a quick-exam and noting the dog was unable to stand, the EMTs immediately transported the dog by ground to Sibley Veterinary Hospital.
The receptionist was notified by emergency personnel of the animal and the case. The receptionist called the veterinarian on duty and confirmed it was the animal and asked for assistance. The receptionist and the veterinarian were able to confirm that the animal was brought in and bleeding from the mouth, and that the dog was in severe distress.
The veterinarian saw the dog and confirmed she was suffering from a severe amount of bleeding that was caused by her jaw being broken. It was also possible she had broken her skull. The veterinarian immediately performed emergency surgery on the animal and treated her for a puncture wound to her abdomen. She also treated the dog for severe heat stroke.
The veterinarian immediately went to an isolation room and contacted Sibley Veterinary Hospital's clinical laboratory to have a blood sample taken for a complete blood count and the presence of heartworm.
The veterinarian did not use an anesthetic.
While in the isolation room, a technician checked the dog's vitals and took a temperature. The temperature was 103.2 degrees Fahrenheit. The blood work results came back and were not as they were expected. The results showed signs of internal bleeding.
The technician called the vet on duty, who confirmed the blood work and gave the staff instructions about what to do next. The technician went to a room next to the isolation room and placed the blood bag with the lab sample into a refrigerator. She then administered intravenous fluids and medications.
The dog was transported by ground ambulance to Sibley Veterinary Hospital.
The dog was admitted and, within an hour, was having an intravenous fluid drip. The owner of the dog signed the vet's record as having been with the dog.
The dog was later admitted to the intensive care unit for further treatment. The dog was kept in an isolation room and was monitored closely. The dog was placed on continuous oxygen and had intravenous fluids.
A day later, when the dog's temperature was 99.2 degrees Fahrenheit and she was alert, her vitals were stabilized. The dog's temperature was allowed to fall to 97.6 degrees Fahrenheit and was then transferred to the general care ward.
Three days after the dog was admitted to the hospital, the test results returned and were negative for heartworm. The temperature reading was taken twice. The first reading was 97.2 degrees Fahrenheit and the second reading was 99.2 degrees Fahrenheit.
A veterinarian is a person who is licensed to practice medicine and surgery. The term also applies to one who is licensed to practice veterinary medicine and surgery.
Dr. Brian E. Scholten, owner and director of Sibley Veterinary Hospital in Sibley, Iowa, has an extensive medical background and completed the program in veterinary hospital management at the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine in Minneapolis, Minn.
Sibley Veterinary Hospital specializes in internal medicine, surgery and surgery combined with internal medicine. They have a broad array of services for dogs, cats, birds, pocket pets, fish and reptiles.
Dr. Scholten always wanted to be a veterinarian. "I started in dental practice and fell in love with it and felt like this was my calling. I started in one practice and then went to another for a year," he said. "Then I saw a vet who had worked in intensive care and it looked like a fascinating field. I knew at that point that I wanted to be a veterinarian."
To become a veterinarian, Dr. Scholten went back to school and enrolled in the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated from the University in 1989.
While at the University, he also attended the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics, where he worked as a technician for three years. After that, he started his own veterinary practice.
THE ROAD TO SIBLEY
Three years after graduating from the University, he decided to pursue his career in a different direction. Dr. Scholten became an assistant professor at the University and began to teach clinical rotations and clinical rotations and basic research.
After his academic career, Dr. Scholten returned to the practice of veterinary medicine. His clinic in Sibley, which was started in 1990, grew into one of the best-equipped veterinary clinics in the area. Sibley Veterinary Hospital specializes in internal medicine, surgery, surgery combined with internal medicine and medical treatment.
"Our goal is to take care of the whole animal," said Dr. Scholten. "We take care of everything from head to toe. A dog with a sore throat needs to have a veterinarian look at that as well as a veterinarian to treat the head problem. We take the care of everything."
Dr. Scholten has been the director of the clinic since 2005. He also holds a faculty position at the University of Minnesota, and he continues to teach there. Dr. Scholten has been with Sibley Veterinary Hospital for more than 20 years.
One of the unique things about Dr. Scholten is that he can treat dogs that have a wide variety of medical issues. He can treat dogs that have had open-heart surgery. "They have been with us for a very long time, and many of them are still around today," he said. "They enjoy the time they get to spend with us."
THE LIFE OF A DOCTOR
When he is not treating animals at the clinic, Dr. Scholten also holds a job in the community. He is a member of the Sibley Rotary Club, and he has served as an officer in that organization.
"The community loves the fact that I am a veterinarian, but they don't know I am also a medical student," Dr. Scholten said.
Dr. Scholten also does some fundraising for the society. The Rotary club, which meets every other week, also sponsors fundraising events such as the Turkey Trot.
He will be a "doctor," of course, until he is a veterinarian. That means that even when he is a medical student, he is still in the hospital. "You can't say that we live in the community," he said. "We live in the hospital."
Dr. Scholten said that when he first got to the clinic, it was just the two of them, but now there are five or six people working there. "There is a great team here," he said.
His work in the community is a passion that began when he was a boy. His dad had a veterinary clinic that he worked in.
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