Lui B: A Story of Critical Care and Teamwork

Lui B, a 14 year old schnauzer, has a family vet practice that she sees regularly for check-ups and preventative care.  Her trusted family veterinarian is generally the first place she goes when she doesn’t feel well.

This past weekend, Lui B got very sick.  She was vomiting, not eating, and had severe abdominal pain.  Her mom took her to her family veterinarian, and together they decided that she should come to VSH for specialized treatment and intensive care.  Her family veterinarian, who has sent patients to VSH in the past, promptly emailed over Lui B’s medical history, while her mom brought her in to VSH.  Mom even called in advance, just to let us know she was coming and what time she might arrive, so that our team could be ready.

Lui B: A Story of Critical Care and Teamwork

Lui B: A Story of Critical Care and Teamwork

Lui B, a 14 year old schnauzer, has a family vet practice that she sees regularly for check-ups and preventative care.  Her trusted family veterinarian is generally the first place she goes when she doesn’t feel well.

This past weekend, Lui B got very sick.  She was vomiting, not eating, and had severe abdominal pain.  Her mom took her to her family veterinarian, and together they decided that she should come to VSH for specialized treatment and intensive care.  Her family veterinarian, who has sent patients to VSH in the past, promptly emailed over Lui B’s medical history, while her mom brought her in to VSH.  Mom even called in advance, just to let us know she was coming and what time she might arrive, so that our team could be ready.

When Lui B arrived, her mom filled out some paperwork while Lui B got to meet Dr Erik Zager and his emergency team.  He assessed her condition and reviewed her medical history.  She was very sick, but her mom wanted to do everything she could to try and help her.  Dr Erik reviewed the costs that would be associated with critical care and communicated his initial plan to Lui B’s mom.  Once mom understood, Dr Erik started some treatments, like IV fluids and pain medications, and did some diagnostic testing to determine what the problem was.  Her mom waited patiently, understanding that these types of assessments take time. 

Within a few hours, it was determined that Lui B needed emergency surgery.  She made it through the surgery, and then… this 14 year old girl proceeded to recover like a champion!  Like many of our patients at VSH, her critical, post-operative care included intensive 24-hour evaluation of her heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure, gum colour, hydration, pain level, organ function, nutrition, and her body’s response to infection and surgery through other blood tests, ultrasound, and x-rays.  Dr Erik and his nurses kept Lui B’s mom (who visited as much as possible!) up-to-date on the recovery process, and on his expectations for Lui B’s prognosis.  Although there are still some tests pending, Lui B was able to go home to rest and recover with her family.

Lui B’s story is an important one to share because it shows how VSH and your family veterinarian work together – and how, while every pet needs a family vet as their first line of veterinary care, our specialists and referral hospital might fit into your pet’s treatment plan.  Dr Erik is a board-certified specialist in Emergency and Critical Care.  He only sees and treats the sickest of patients; you wouldn’t see him for your pet’s minor problems.  We don’t have general practice services at VSH.  But if your family veterinarian isn’t available, or when they recommend it, we are here for your pet’s urgent or complicated problems.

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Veterinary Specialty Hospital of Hong Kong
1/F Lucky Centre,
165-171 Wan Chai Road,
Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

 

EMERGENCY TEL: +852 2408 2588

Getting There

Below are some of the bus routes that have stops close by to VSH:

  • New World Bus:  15, 23, 66, 101
  • City Bus:  1, 5X, 6, 10, 75, 101, 111, 115, 182, 789

MTR : VSH is just 5 minutes walk from WAN CHAI MTR EXIT A3. When you walk out of exit A3, cross the pedestrian crossing then turn left. Walk along Johnston Road until you reach Wan Chai Road. Continue along Wan Chai Road until you reach Fubon Bank. We are right next to it.