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The Good Samaritan Fund


The Good Samaritan Gift Fund provides financial assistance to qualifying families of companion animals seeking veterinary services at Ryan Hospital. Through your gift to the Good Samaritan Fund, you can make a life-saving difference to the pet(s) of a family in need.

Benji, Good Samaritan Fund 

Benji

Benji, a five-month-old mixed breed, presented to the Emergency Service for intermittent nasal bleeding and lethargy. His blood work revealed severely low red blood cell, white blood cell, and platelet counts, consistent with chronic infection. Benji was given a blood transfusion and IV fluids and was transferred to the Internal Medicine Service. In Internal Medicine, he received antibiotic therapy to address his infection and additional medication for supportive care. Benji was then discharged to continue his recovery at home.

Chester Jack, Good Samaritan Fund

Chester Jack

Chester Jack, a two year old domestic shorthair, presented to the Emergency Service with cervical swelling, inappetence, and lethargy. A physical exam and bloodwork suggested that he had an infected lymph node on his neck, and he was transferred to the Internal Medicine Service. In Internal Medicine, Chester Jack didn’t respond to antibiotics and was then taken to surgery to evaluate the lymph node. A large amount of pus was drained, and a firm capsule was found and debrided. Chester Jack recovered well from anesthesia and was later discharged.

Max, Good Samaritan Fund

Max

Max, a five month old German shepherd, presented to the Emergency Service after a suspected hit and run accident that left him unable to bear weight on his left hind leg. A physical examination and x-rays revealed abrasions on both hind legs and a fracture of the left leg. Max was then transferred to the Orthopedic Surgery Service and the fracture was repaired. He was discharged with pain medications the next day to recover at home.

Bruno, Good Samaritan Fund

Bruno

Bruno, a nine year old German shepherd, presented to the Oncology Service for the removal of a rare, usually benign tumor that develops in the adrenal gland. During his post-surgical stay in the ICU, a large amount of fluid gathered in his abdomen, and his protein levels were low enough to warrant a transfusion of human serum albumin, the protein found in plasma. Bruno also developed aspiration pneumonia, and his antibiotics were changed and supportive care continued. Despite the adjustments, Bruno’s fever persisted, and thoracic radiographs revealed that his right middle lung lobe was full of fluid as well. The lung lobe was removed, and Bruno recovered smoothly, improving enough to be discharged for continued monitoring at home.

Mary Anne, Good Samaritan Fund

Mary Anne

Mary Anne, a one year old domestic shorthair, presented to the Soft Tissue Surgery Service for surgical correction of a congenital absence of an anal opening, and an abnormal connection between the rectum and the vagina, both with which she was previously diagnosed. During the procedure, her rectum and vagina were separated and surgically reconstructed. Mary Anne recovered uneventfully from anesthesia and was discharged to recover at home.

Gypsy, Good Samaritan Fund

Gypsy

Gypsy, a six year old mixed breed, presented to the Soft Tissue Surgery Service for a chronic, non-healing wound and excessive scar tissue from a previous injury between both hips, extending down the tail. Her excess scar tissue was removed and a flap of tissue was created to cover the open wound. During her hospital stay, a small region became necrotic, and a second surgery was performed to remove the dead tissue. She recovered well from the second surgery and was discharged to continue her recovery at home.

Darby, Good Samaritan Fund

Darby

Darby, a seven year old mixed breed, presented to the Emergency Service for a urethral obstruction due to bladder stones. After a physical exam, she was given fluids and a urinary catheter was inserted. She was moved to the Soft Tissue Surgery Service the next morning. The stone in her bladder was removed, and Darby recovered well from anesthesia. She was monitored overnight and discharged the next day with medication to recover at home.

Gandolf, Good Samaritan Fund

Gandolf

Gandolf, a three month old domestic medium hair, presented to the Soft Tissue Surgery Service to repair a hole in the aorta. In addition, thoracic radiographs revealed an enlarged heart and fluid in the lungs, indicating congestive heart failure. The Cardiology Service provided a consult and recommended a Lasix trial prior to surgery to lessen the amount of fluid in his lungs. Five doses of the medication were administered before Gandolf’s surgery the next day, and the hole in his aorta was repaired. He recovered well from anesthesia, and after an overnight stay in the ICU, he was discharged home with medication.

Honey Bee, Good Samaritan

Honey Bee

Honey Bee, a three month old mixed breed, presented to the Emergency Service for respiratory distress and vomiting. Her history, clinical signs, and thoracic x-ray suggested infectious pneumonia, and she responded well to antibiotic therapy. She was discharged with antibiotics for further monitoring.

Blue, Good Samaritan Fund

Blue

Blue, a three year old American Staffordshire terrier, presented to the Soft Tissue Surgery Service for a right middle lung lobectomy, likely caused by recurrent pneumonia. Given its appearance on CT scans, antibiotics would unlikely be able to penetrate the affected area to clear any infection. Thus the consolidated and fibrosed area was removed, and Blue recovered uneventfully from surgery. He was discharged for further monitoring at home.

Sisi, Good Samaritan Fund

Sisi

Sisi, a five year old domestic shorthair, presented to the Emergency Service for a urethral obstruction diagnosed by his primary veterinarian. The blockage was removed with minimal difficulty, but when his bladder was flushed, a large amount of grit and debris exited. Sisi spent the night in the hospital with IV fluids and pain medication to relax the urethra. Evaluation of Sisi’s urine revealed a urinary tract infection, so clinicians administered IV antibiotics. When his infection cleared, and he could urinate without straining, he was discharged home for further care.

Kodi, Good Samaritan Fund

Kodi

Kodi, a four year old Shih Tzu, presented to the Emergency Service after being hit by a car. X-rays revealed right tibial, ischial, and pubic fractures, and he was transferred to the Orthopedic Surgery Service. The right tibial fracture was stabilized with a pin, a plate, and screws. Kodi recovered well from anesthesia, and he was later discharged to recover at home.

Dollar, Good Samaritan Fund

Dollar

Dollar, a seven year old German shepherd, presented to the Orthopedic Service for a left elbow arthroscopy after two months of decreased weight-bearing on the limb. During the procedure, clinicians found severe damage to the cartilage. Dollar recovered smoothly from anesthesia, and he was discharged home with instructions for specific medical management, as his joint disease is chronic.

Troy, Good Samaritan Fund

Troy

Troy, a nine year old domestic shorthair, presented to the Emergency Service for a three day history of lethargy, vomiting, and inappetence. An abdominal ultrasound revealed a foreign body in the small intestines, which was surgically removed and found to be an almond. Troy was also treated with fluids and medication for pancreatitis, likely caused by ingesting the almond. After a stay in the ICU, he regained his appetite and was discharged home for further care.

Kobe, Good Samaritan Fund

Kobe

Kobe, a six month old Rottweiler, presented to the Emergency Service for the evaluation of a right femoral fracture that was diagnosed by his primary veterinarian after a fall. He was transferred to the Orthopedic Service for surgical repair of the fracture. During the procedure, the callus surrounding the fracture site was removed, and clinicians used a bone plate and screws to repair the femur. Kobe recovered uneventfully from surgery and he was discharged with medication.

Chico, Good Samaritan Fund

Chico

Chico, a two year old mixed breed, presented to the Emergency Service after suddenly losing function of his hind limbs. After a physical examination and bloodwork, he was transferred to the Neurology Service. An MRI revealed spinal cord compression caused by a mild disc protrusion. Chico then had surgery to decompress the disc herniation, and he recovered from anesthesia without complication. He was discharged a few days later after regaining mild movement in both hind limbs with an 85- 90% chance of regaining full movement.

Frodo, Good Samaritan Fund

Frodo

Frodo, an eleven year old domestic shorthair, presented to the Emergency Service after being attacked by a dog. A referring emergency veterinarian treated him with nausea and pain medications, and suggested Penn Vet address possible mandibular fractures. Emergency Service clinicians continued the pain medication, antibiotics, and fluid therapy, and transferred Frodo to the Dentistry & Oral Surgery Service the next morning. During surgery, his left mandible was removed and left maxilla stabilized. An esophageal feeding tube was placed for Frodo’s stay in the ICU until he could eat on his own. When he could, the feeding tube was removed, and Frodo was discharged home.

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Jake, Good Samaritan Fund

Jake

Jake, an eleven year old mixed breed, presented to the Emergency Service after a few days of lethargy, depression, and oral bleeding. He’d previously been diagnosed with diabetes and initial bloodwork revealed high blood glucose levels. Despite fluids and insulin, Jake’s blood sugar levels continued to rise, and he was transferred to the ICU. An abdominal ultrasound revealed acute pancreatitis, which likely caused diabetic ketoacidosis. In addition to his fluid therapy and insulin supplementation, Jake was treated with antibiotics and GI protectants. Over time, he recovered enough to be discharged to continue healing at home.