Austin veterinarian gives Turbo second chance
Member name Stephen Jones
Company Emergency Animal Hospital
Category Austin Veterinarians
Was work done? Yes
Hire again? Yes
Approximate cost $3,500
Description of work "They treated my dog for poison or other toxic substances over a period of multiple days."
Member comments "It couldn't have gone better. I found my dog Turbo collapsed and unresponsive in my backyard. I immediately rushed her to the emergency hospital, where the staff revived her and stabilized her for continued care. For the next four days, I shuttled Turbo back and forth from one clinic to the next in a desperate attempt to keep her alive. It wasn't clear that she was getting better or ever would, regardless of the vets' best efforts. In fact, she was getting worse: She was unable to remain off life support for more than a few minutes, was rapidly losing weight and was vomiting up any force-fed food. She was dying. So, after careful consultation with the medical staff, I signed her euthanasia order. Then, a miracle occurred: Dr. Scott Johnson of the Emergency Animal Hospital offered to continue treating Turbo for as long as it took for her to recover. At no charge. Free. Dr. Johnson explained to me that he felt that Turbo was just around the corner from recovery and he wanted to give her that chance. Of course I accepted, and four days later, after more heroics, my dog walked out of the hospital as if she had never been ill. He has my eternal gratitude, as the costs must have been stratospheric."
Jones frequently fosters dogs from the Humane Society. His current pack includes Jordan, Booters, Max, Lexy, Cassy, Sammy and the resilient Turbo. Exactly what Turbo got into remains a mystery. "They were guessing she ingested something toxic or it was an allergic reaction," Jones says.