Bob and I can’t say enough good things about yet another experience at University. We found a pregnant stray (which we eventually named Abby) on a Sunday night. Less than 12 hours later she delivered the first of what would be 12 stillborn puppies (over the course of 24 hours). That was sad enough, but a day later Abby was listless and had little color in her gums or her tongue. Tests revealed she was very anemic. She was put on medication, but 24 hours later the number went even lower to 8%. Our vet in Laveen advised a blood transfusion immediately. As they were closing in a few hours, they said they were unable to assist us. Bob and I immediately thought of University, our vet for so many years before we moved to Laveen. University agreed immediately to do a blood transfusion as soon as we could get to the clinic.
Once there, Abby saw Dr. Tascon who would oversee the transfusion. Eventually, after a few weeks, Abby’s red count went up, but so did her white count, in fact, it went through the roof. She was put on another antibiotic, she was still a very sick little girl. Through all of this, Dr. Tascon was there for Abby. He was so good with her we made a point of making appointments only when he was working. Most dogs are not excited about going to the vet, Abby wasn’t like that with Dr. Tascon and we wanted to ensure that she continued to look forward to car rides and visits to the office.
Eventually, after many appointments and tests, the numbers adjusted and both fell within the normal range. Today, Abby is a healthy, happy, spayed little girl who is full of energy and love, typical lab personality traits. While we worried constantly about Abby’s health, we never worried about her care at University. All of the staff, from the front desk to the techs to Dr. Tascon were wonderful and caring, exactly what a scared, sick stray needed at that time. We can’t thank everyone enough for taking such wonderful care of Abby.