When Mollie Sue was brought to the Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital Emergency Unit, she was experiencing rapid breathing. Both her hind legs were swollen and she had fluid on her chest. Three weeks later, the four-month-old Labrador Retriever walked out of the hospital to the applause of dozens of the College of Veterinary Medicine clinicians, technicians and fourth-year students who worked together to treat Mollie. “Mollie’s care was a collaborate effort,” said fourth-year student Katie Willoughby who was the initial student to triage the puppy when she was first presented to the hospital. “Many people spent many hours with her over her days in the ICU. Mollie is a special dog, maybe the most perfect patient. Her love for people and her resilience touched the hearts of everyone who had the pleasure of being a part of her journey."
Hello from the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University.
There may never be the perfect time to start a new job, but Dr. Marc Kinsley is certainly facing challenges as the new executive director of Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center (LVMC) that his predecessors didn’t have. “There are definitely many challenges facing veterinary medicine,” Kinsley said, “and the significance of those challenges are maybe as high as we have seen in quite some time.” Kinsley and the LVMC aren’t unique. Studies have indicated that one in five U.S. households acquired a cat or dog since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those increased adoptions have translated into additional visits to their local veterinarian including appointments made at Iowa State.
If Toad was a human being, he would be featured on one of those weight loss commercials. But Toad isn’t a human being. He’s a nine-year-old dachshund and like his human counterparts he also has an amazing weight loss story. Toad, whose real name is Oscar, came to Liz Wunsch’s household two years ago. At the time he weighed 34 pounds. “We knew when we got him, his weight was impacting his health,” said Wunsch, who is a veterinary technician in the Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital. Wunsch had experience with overweight companion animals through her work in Iowa State’s small animal Intensive Care Unit (ICU. She consulted with Dr. April Blong, clinical assistant professor. The plan included eliminating all human food from Toad’s diet and feeding him on a constant timeframe. Remember, Toad weighed 34 pounds when he came to his new home in August 2020. Less than a year later, Toad had dropped more than half his body weight and for the past 12 months has maintained a weight of 15 pounds. He’s a totally different dog.
If you’ve never noticed the Companion Animal Fund tribute station in the reception area of the Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital, you’re not alone. Donations of all sizes to support animal care have been documented and “displayed” weekly in a three-ring binder for years, but few in our community would stop and inspect the materials within a modest bookcase at the back of the public space.
Congratulations! You are about to become a new companion animal parent. Few things in life are as rewarding as adopting and caring for a dog or cat.
But before you take the plunge, here are a few things you should consider before bringing a cat or dog into your household.