BigbyBigby is a recent patient of Dr. Seigneur at Dogwood Internal Medicine, a BluePearl Veterinary Partners Hospital. He came to Dogwood in November 2016 for intermittent vomiting and diarrhea, as well as elevated liver values. Ultrasound evaluation revealed a gallbladder stone. Surgery was performed by Dr. Barnes of Virginia Veterinary Surgical Associates, located at Dogwood, to remove the stone and Bigby’s liver values are now normal. He is doing great and happy to be back with his dad!


scooterThis little nugget is Scooter! At only 3 months old, Scooter came to Dogwood Emergency, a BluePearl Veterinary Partners Hospital, for evaluation after he had an accident at home, which resulted in minor head trauma. He was also experiencing diarrhea and his mom suspected that he might possibly have parvo virus. After a few days in our care, testing ruled out the virus and Scooter was ruled healthy enough to go home!



14691090_1560071844006786_5868601321556523082_nLucy came to Bush Veterinary Neurology Service, located within Dogwood, in October 2016 following a spinal cord injury that rendered her unable to move, sit up, or walk. An MRI showed that surgery was needed to remove a broken bone in her neck that was pressing on her spinal cord, causing right sided paralysis.  After a few months of physical therapy and patience, she has made amazing progress during her recovery.

We received an update from Lucy’s mom in January 2017:
“Thanks to you, she is still here to enjoy life!! Almost 4 months after her accident…these pictures show pure happiness! Trey and I will never stop being thankful for all you did for her and neither will she!”








img_4028-1Balet, a handsome St. Bernard, came to our Dogwood emergency room in November 2016 suffering from bloat, a dangerous condition that occurs when a dog’s stomach fills with gas, food, or fluid, causing it to expand and put pressure on other organs. It occurs commonly in larger breeds and if not treated quickly, can be deadly. His family noticed trouble when Balet would not eat or drink.

Doctors and staff from both Dogwood Veterinary Emergency, a BluePearl Veterinary Partners Hospital, and Virginia Veterinary Surgical Associates came together to help Balet. After being rushed into life saving surgery, he began the process of recovering. He was back to eating and drinking water again the day after his surgery and went home with his family shortly after. Balet’s family is extremely grateful for the care that their beloved companion received during his time with Dogwood.

Click here to read more about bloat and how to prevent it.


Tan tanThe Oncology Service, located at Dogwood, received this sweet note from Tanner’s mom in January 2017: “Two years ago today Tanner completed his lymphoma chemo protocol in the Richmond office. He has been in remission for almost 2 1/2 years and enjoys playing with his 3 dachshund siblings (and lazing on the couch with his people). He celebrated his 4th birthday in August and is already planning for his big 5 party. Thanks to Dr. Waite and TOS staff!!” He is a shining example of how beneficial chemotherapy can be for our little furry friends! Go Tan-Tan!


15230833_10210238652619390_7353170215744710534_nBabydoll’s mom arrived home on a typical Monday evening to find her beloved basset hound unable to use his rear legs. A veterinarian in Suffolk, VA radiographed him (luckily ruling out cancer) but was unable to perform an MRI or diagnose the neurological problem. Babydoll was referred to Bush Veterinary Neurology Service at Dogwood.

After an MRI located the problem, doctors performed a laminectomy, or decompression surgery, to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerves to correct his paralysis of the hind legs. Through a little time and physical therapy, Babydoll is expected to regain his full mobility. He was home in time to to enjoy the holiday season with his family and he’s currently enjoying his regular therapy sessions!


DesmondDesmond is feeling like a new dog thanks to the acupuncture treatments that he received from Four Paws Veterinary Holistic Service located at Dogwood patient. 

Using very fine, stainless steel needles, acupuncture can be used to rebalance Qi, and facilitate health and healing.For thousands of years acupuncture has been used to re-balance the total energy system of animals’ bodies to facilitate health and healing. It effectively treats many varied conditions such as arthritis, disc disease, nerve pain, kidney failure, liver failure, cancer, and heart disease to name a few. Acupuncture effects every major system of the body, including the cardiac, gastrointestinal, circulatory, cerebral, genitourinary, endocrine and immune systems.


KiwiMeet Kiwi who came to Virginia Veterinary Surgical Associates located within Dogwood. We are happy to have such a fantastic update on her progress.

A note from her mom: “Kiwi is recovering well from her 2nd TPLO surgery. Still doesn’t understand why she’s made to be stationery when the kitties can run around, but we’re very happy with her healing a few days out none-the-less. Thank you for helping her get back to the active life she should have as a 3-yr-old princess!”