Veterinary Surgery and Rehabilitation
Chloe’s owners knew when she was diagnosed with a mast cell tumor on the inside of her ear flap that they wanted it removed ASAP, but they still wanted to preserve her ear. The problem was that in order to get adequate margins around the tumor, a significant amount of tissue would need to be removed, making it virtually impossible to preserve the external or visible portion of her ear.
During the surgical consultation with Dr. Russ Patterson, they expressed this desire to preserve as much of Chloe’s ear flap as possible and he came up with a surgical option that has not, to our knowledge, been utilized in a private veterinary setting in the Pacific Northwest, as yet. The procedure is a common one in human medicine and entails evaluation of the pathology specimen in real time, during the actual surgical procedure, through a technique called Frozen Section.
When Aniak, a 12 year old female sea otter at the Seattle Aquarium was given a yearly routine physical exam, an ultrasound revealed that her uterus was abnormally enlarged. Fearing that this condition could have a detrimental impact on her health, the decision was made to have her spayed. Staff veterinarian, Dr. Lessana Lahner brought her to our clinic to have the procedure performed by Dr. Alex Aguila.
Dr. Aguila has become the “go-to” surgeon for anything otter it seems, as he has performed more than a few procedures on these playful mammals, but this is believed to be the first North American Sea Otter spay on record. Prior to the surgery Aniak had been a prolific breeder at the Seattle Aquarium, having had several pups.
At last check, Aniak is doing very well and continues to be quite a draw with her antics at the Seattle Aquarium.
Total Knee Replacement
Fred, an older Aussie mix presented to our clinic about a year ago, with severe osteoarthritis in both of his knees. He had a complete cruciate tear of his right knee, a 50% tear in his left knee and both knees were externally rotated. He had been treated with various joint supplements, both oral and injectable, placed on anti-inflammatories, analgesics, a restricted diet and an exercise routine, but he was still unable to go on walks of any length without significant pain. His dedicated owners, who had recently adopted him, decided to seek a more permanent solution for him. They elected a total knee replacement surgery.
Cutting Edge Science
Recently, Sam, a 10year old Lab with an aggressive form of soft tissue sarcoma became part of a clinic trial conducted by Presage Bioscience. This Seattle based company has developed and patented a device called CIVO which offers an entirely new way to deliver and study the efficacy of various cancer drugs on tumors in a living environment, such as Sam’s tumor. The tumor was injected 72 hours prior to surgery with various chemotherapy drugs in a specific area. After the tumor was excised by Dr. Russell Bennett ...
Otterly Adorable!On October 14, 2013, ASCS surgeon Alexander Aguila, DVM, DACVS, teamed up with the animal health team of Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ) to repair a jaw fracture in a 4-month-old Asian small-clawed otter pup. The pup is one of four born on June 11 to father Guntur and mother Teratai, the first offspring between the pair.
On the previous day, the otter was injured during a vaccination procedure, and Zoo staff immediately transported him from the off-exhibit holding pen to the Zoo's hospital for radiographs and treatment. WPZ veterinarians administered fluids and pain medications and stabilized him overnight while they consulted with Dr. Aguila to form a surgical plan.
Bears, yes! String, no!
[Note: The Karelian Bear Dog (KBD) program at Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife is funded solely through private outside sources, and monies are handled and maintained in a separate account specifically for the care, upkeep and training of the KBDs. If enough funds are generated, the agency hopes to expand their program throughout the state to assist officers in each of their six Regions. If you would like to make a donation to this excellent program, please visit their website for more information.]
Who would have thought that a little piece of string could bring Indy down? After all, he is strong and tough, bred and trained to face down a bear in the wild! But any puppy's curiosity can get the better of him, right? And that string looks like it could be tasty...
What is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons?
All surgeons at Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle are ACVS Diplomates.
Only veterinarians who have successfully completed the certification requirements of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) are Diplomates and have earned "board certification" or the right to be called specialists in veterinary surgery. An ACVS Diplomate will list "DACVS" in the credentials after his or her name, e.g. Allen Johnson, DVM, DACVS.
Please note that there are other US organizations that credential veterinarians in veterinary surgery. These organizations may require varying amounts of experience, education, and training in surgery, but do not fulfill American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) standards for recognition. Clients considering pursuing surgical services from veterinarians credentialled by other organizations are encouraged to take the additional step of comparing credentialling requirements, so they may make their own informed decisions. The Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Surgeons is the only surgical specialty credential recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Xxandy, Port of Seattle
Like any dog who loves his work, Port of Seattle explosives detection dog, Xxandy, would have continued to happily work on only three legs! But when he started displaying brief episodes of rear limb lameness, cooler heads prevailed and his handler, GeorgeAnn, brought him to board-certified surgeon, Dr. Allen Johnson, for an orthopedic workup to determine the specific source of the lameness.
2013 Top Vets!
We are so honored to have been selected for the 2013 list of Top Vets in Seattle Met magazine! Ballots were sent to veterinarians in our four local counties, asking them which specialists they would be most likely to refer cases to, and to rate them on various attributes of professional veterinary care. Our four board-certified surgeons, Drs. Allen Johnson, Alex Aguila, Russell Patterson and Russell Bennett were chosen for their high ratings, as was our certified physical rehabilitation vet, Dr. Kari M. Johnson. /p>
Kyle, Patas Monkey
(Update 03/13/13: While Kyle had a couple great years back at Woodland Park Zoo after his surgery, he recently sustained a severe fracture in his leg and Zoo personnel had to make the difficult decision to euthanize him. Our thoughts go out to his caretakers and the vet staff at the Zoo.)
When Woodland Park Zoo’s 6-year-old, male Patas monkey, Kyle, was suffering from an uncontrollable infection in the bones around his right shoulder, zoo veterinarian Dr. Kelly Helmick worked together with Dr. Alex Aguila of Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle to determine the best course of action.
On August 24th, doctors from Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle (ASCS) and Animal Medical Center of Seattle (AMCS) performed a successful intravenous pyelogram (IVP), bone marrow aspirate and core biopsy, and surgical removal of a left kidney (with an associated tumor) on Brazil, a 15-year-old male Ocelot from Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ). It was great to see specialists from five different veterinary fields collaborating together to provide the best possible care for Brazil!
Pooka, Pelvic Fractures
Dear Dr. Aguila and Staff - Rarely a day goes by that I'm not reminded of all you did for my dear Pooka-dog! She is in top form, running hard and playing harder, and showing no signs of slowing any time soon. I hope you and your families and animals all can celebrate the holidays with such joyful abandon! All the best, Jessica
Dear Dr. Patterson and Staff,
Thank you so much for making possible Albus's best summer, ever! We had hoped for marked improvement following his surgeries, but didn't dare believe he could truly be a "whole" dog again. Boy, we were wrong. This spring and summer have been a thrill for us all.
It's been truly a delight to see Albus run the stairs, enjoy our long walks, to watch him "swim" (that is, dabble; he still doesn't believe he's a water dog), play on the beach, chase critters into the woods, and goof with his brother. With the exception of his walks, he's spent the whole summer off leash. Wa-hoo! What a joy!
Thank you for making our boy "real" again! None of us could be happier with his progress and the surgical outcome.
Dane, Lisa, Tristan, Em and Albus (8/25/09)
(Albus had a Right TPLO in 9/08 and Left TPLO in 12/08)