June 24, 2024

24-Hour Emergency Team and Board-Certified Veterinary Specialists Work Together to Save Golden Retriever


“They totally saved my dog’s life 100%,” recalls Tammy Robinson of her experience with the 24-hour emergency and specialty team at Advanced Veterinary Care Center (AVCC). “Doctors and nurses rushed out and they saw her gums were pale, as she was losing blood. They rushed her in and she crashed on the table. The whole team was working on my dog.”
Ms. Robinson’s 10-year-old Golden Retriever, Puppers, had a ruptured tumor on her spleen, resulting in severe internal bleeding. Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon, Dr. Shiara Arulpragasam operated on Puppers to remove her spleen and stop the bleeding. “She was amazing,” recalls Ms. Robinson, who chose Advanced Veterinary Care Center over other emergency hospitals closer to her home because of her prior experiences at AVCC and other emergency facilities in our community.

With a full staff of experienced doctors and nurses, a state-of-the-art facility and 24/7 support from a dedicated team of board-certified veterinary specialists, Advanced Veterinary Care Center was Ms. Robinson’s preferred veterinary emergency hospital. “I went…to Advanced,” she adds, “because I knew Puppers would get better care there, even though it was further for me.”

Once Puppers made it through the emergency surgery, the concern was whether the tumor was cancerous. Ms. Robinson had been down this road before with other dogs. “My first dog, I lost him to this. It had already spread to all his organs and it was too late. Another one had trouble breathing and by then it was also too late. They call this the silent killer of dogs.”

So, when Puppers test results came back that her tumor was non-cancerous, Ms. Robinson was overcome with emotion. “I asked Dr. A. what’s next? She told me Puppers goes home and lives her best life and I started to cry!”

Puppers at Home Today

Puppers is feeling great at this time and Ms. Robinson is so grateful for the care she received! “It’s like it never happened,” she says. “She is 100% back to herself.  She loves to swim in the pool and play ball. I have been to a lot of veterinary hospitals, and I tell you that Advanced Veterinary Care Center always has a doctor on staff and I have never been turned away. A lot of other hospitals don’t have surgeons on site and you are paying all this money for other staff members. Best of all, everyone at Advanced is so nice and you can tell that they are pet people. They really do care about the animals and the people who own them. They were perfection!”

About Advanced Veterinary Care Center – South Florida’s Premier Veterinary Emergency Hospital

A Collaborative Approach to Veterinary Care –
Our emergency doctors are supported 24/7 by our team of board-certified veterinary specialists. We work as a team to provide the best possible outcomes for pets and their people.  Great veterinary medical care is a team sport – our collaborative approach and the quality of our team give patients the best chances for the best possible outcomes. We have earned a reputation for handling the most challenging cases because of our team and our approach.

We Have a Fully Staffed Veterinary Emergency Hospital. We have the largest team of veterinary emergency doctors and nurses within driving distance. Our emergency doctors are internship trained and have years of experience in emergency medicine. Every person on our ER team is RECOVER certified (basic and advanced life support/CPR training).

Board-Certification. It Matters! Board certification in an accredited veterinary specialty is the only accepted standard for expertise in veterinary medicine. Our experts are all board certified in their specialties and they have collectively published over 30 peer-reviewed publications in veterinary medical journals.

We Have a State-Of-The-Art Facility including a full in-house lab, canine and feline blood products, a brand new 32-slice Fuji CT unit, surgical suites, minimally invasive surgical equipment, flexible and rigid endoscopy, mechanical ventilator, blood products and all equipment and services necessary for state-of-the-art care.

We are Centrally Located, Easily Accessible, and Worth the Drive. We are 20 minutes from most of Broward County and 45-60 minutes from much of Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties.

We are Privately Owned and Operated. The owners of AVCC are full-time veterinarians and active members of our community.

Advanced Veterinary Care Center in Davie (Broward County) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.If you have any questions regarding our services, please feel free to call us anytime at 954-500-8387 or visit us online here!

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