Featured Patients

Otter 2019

(...)  According to owner Samantha Sroczyk, “Otter,” a 3-year-old male Labrador retriever, is absolutely obsessed with playing fetch. READ MORE

Hank 2018

(...)  Some still ask, and many may not know, that 11-year-old chocolate Labrador, Hank, has been living with a brain tumor (a meningioma) which was diagnosed almost three years ago after a significant and almost fatal seizure. READ MORE

Zoe 2018

(...)  It was common for Mark and Deb Thorne to go on evening rides on their two geldings and leave “Zoe,” their 17-year-old mare in the pasture. However, their routine evening ride over Memorial Day weekend turned into something they could not have predicted. READ MORE

Sugar 2017

(...)  Shortly after returning from a business trip in the fall of 2015, Lauren Grabelle found her dog, “Sugar,” dragging herself across the floor. Her hind limbs were lifeless. Lauren became alarmed. READ MORE

Sugar 2015

(...)  in 2013 while Sugar was taking some time off to heal a strained tendon, she developed severe sand colic. Horses can become ill with sand colic when they ingest sand or gravel while eating hay or feed on the ground, says Fairfield Bain, WSU clinical professor of equine internal medicine. Horses with sand colic have abdominal pain and may have diarrhea, lose weight, or have other gastrointestinal distress. READ MORE

Kenya and Zig Zag
Kenya & Zig Zag 2014

Two male Grant zebras, Kenya (6 years old) and Zig Zag (3 years old) owned by Mr. Don Miller of Spanaway, Wash., were recent patients in Washington State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Zig Zag was castrated by Dr. Lisa Pearson, and both Kenya and Zig Zag had their hooves trimmed. READ MORE

Gamera 2011

A 12-year-old, African spur-thighed tortoise recently had its left front leg amputated at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and is doing well with a swiveling wheel attached to his shell. The tortoise was relinquished by its owner on April 20 because the animal's leg had suffered a severe thermal injury and tissue damage from an unknown source. READ MORE

Patch 2010

In September 2010 when he was only 8 months old, "Patch," a black and white Coton-de-Tulear, tangled with a car while his owners were visiting friends in Walla Walla, Washington. After a local veterinarian examined Patch and saw the extent of his injuries, she immediately referred Dan and Kathy Schwartz of Seattle, Washington, to the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. READ MORE

Cash 2009

Martha Love had a lot to be thankful for Thanksgiving 2009. Her 1-year-old Miniature Australian Shepherd, "Cash," walked out of the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital on November 17 after being hospitalized for 26 days. Eight of those days Cash was in a coma on a mechanical breathing ventilator. READ MORE

Chocolate 2008

It has been more than 3 years since Chocolate first came to the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 2008.  But when he returned in November 2011, no one had forgotten this very special dog.  Everyone at the teaching hospital was happy to see him again and how well he's doing today.  And Chocolate seemed excited to see them, too! READ MORE

Oncology (Cancer) Patients

Mia 2012

"Mia," a bassador (Basset/Labrador mix) and therapy dog, was diagnosed with lymphoma in February 2012, just 5 months before her 10th birthday.  She received several rounds of chemotherapy and is currently in remission.  In July, Mia with her canine family members celebrated her birthday by feasting on meat and cream cheese cupcakes. READ MORE

Cassie 2008

In the summer of 2008, while fishing near Juneau, Alaska, Dave and Eddylee Scott found a lump on the top of their 7-year old Golden Retriever’s head. They made a quick call back home to their veterinarian, Dr. Lance Campbell (’99 DVM), who advised them to take "Cassie" to a clinic in Juneau and have the lump removed. The Southeast Alaska Animal Medical Center removed the tumor—a benign multilobular tumor of the bone—but within 3 weeks the tumor returned. READ MORE

Kodiak 2008

"Kodiak," a malamute mix came to WSU and was diagnosed with lymphoma. After being treated with chemotherapy, Kodiak was able to return to his family for nearly two more years. "He had a special spirit," said Kodiak's owner, Johanna Jordon. "The cancer he had was a treatable cancer and it will be, I think, a curable cancer." READ MORE

Jack 2007

In early 2007, Corporal Tim Baulkham of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or RCMP, knew something wasn't right with his partner. Police Service Dog "Jack," a black lab and 7-year veteran on the force, had been losing weight and fur, and was not his usual energetic self. After a visit to a local veterinarian, Jack was referred to the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. An MRI revealed what appeared to be a very large pituitary tumor. READ MORE

Tuco 2005

After "Tuco" started having seizure, she was diagnosed with a meningioma brain tumor. She received surgery and radiation treatment at WSU and was still healthy and strong 4 years later. READ MORE

Neurology Patients

Scout 2013

When "Scout," a 9-year-old German Shepherd mix, walked into the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, he went to work right away. Calm and obedient with friendly eyes and a large scar across the top of his head, he lies down on the mat his owner, Anne Hensley, puts down for him. She kisses his head, and he watches her as she sits down. Scout is an assistance dog.

Mr Bear
Mr. Bear 2013

In the spring of 2013, Joel Greenhalgh of British Columbia, Canada noticed an odd lump on the top of his dog's head. He took "Mr. Bear," a then 11-year-old Australian Shepherd-Rottweiler mix, to his local veterinarian. At first the advice was to watch and see, but when it didn't go away, his veterinarian took a biopsy. Mr. Bear had cancer. READ MORE

Dexter 2012

A 6-year-old dachshund name “Dexter,” was referred to WSU by his local veterinarian after he stopped using his hind legs and began dragging them as he walked with his front legs. Dexter was having back pain and an MRI revealed one of his discs was pressing on his spinal cord causing the paralysis in his hind legs, a fairly common condition in dachshunds. READ MORE

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