Ryan Hospital: Client Stories
The best way to learn about the difference a Ryan Hospital specialty care veterinarian and clinical team can make in your animal's life is to read the stories our clients have told.
Humphrey's mysterious illness
- When Humphrey, a rescue bunny with an unknown health history, became seriously ill with GI stasis, veterinarians at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital saved his life. Humphrey spent several days in the Exotics department.
- “The team stayed in contact with me daily and even checked in following Humphrey’s release,” said Humphrey’s owner, Victoria Boaz. “I simply can’t say enough about the wonderful team of vets and students at Penn Vet! Not only did they explore every avenue possible until they found and treated the cause of Humphrey’s illness, they also cared for him with compassion and affection.”
Lukas walks again
- Lukas, a Ragdoll cat, was just over a year old when he suddenly had difficulty jumping and going up and down steps. His condition rapidly worsened to the point where he was only able to take a few weak steps before lying down to rest. He even had to lie down to use the litter box and to eat his food.
- Another vet delivered the devastating news that Lukas’ happy life would have to come to an early end, as he would never recover.
- Lukas’ owners brought him to Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital for a second opinion, and he was given hope that recovery was possible.
- The vets at Penn Vet diagnosed Lukas with a lower motor neuron disease, a polyneuropathy affecting the nerves and muscles. After treatment with steroids, Lukas was back to his normal self.
- “The staff at Penn Vet are truly amazing, caring, and talented,” said Lukas’ owner, Jenny Togias.
Toby's battle with lymphoma
- Toby, a Labradoodle, was diagnosed with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma when he was eight years old. At Ryan Hospital, he underwent a series of tests and ultimately had a mass removed.
- Today Toby is cancer-free.
- “The clinical team at Ryan Hospital gave Toby the best care possible and never stopped researching his case. Once they discovered that he was cancer-free, they called immediately to relay the happy news. We were always kept well informed,” said Toby’s owner, Kim Dugan.
- “I am so grateful for everyone at Penn Vet. Thanks to them, Toby can play again. Their knowledge, care, and compassion made a potentially heartbreaking situation bearable.”
Tristan meets the Comprehensive Cancer Care team
- After being diagnosed with melanoma on July 30 of this year, Tristan, a Shetland Sheepdog, was seen by Penn Vet’s Comprehensive Cancer Care team.
- During Tristan’s first visit, the team mapped out a complete treatment plan, Tristan received his first melanoma vaccination, and he was scheduled for his initial radiation treatment the following day.
- His successful treatment concluded on September 1.
- “I only wish that my human friends suffering with cancer could have the same quality, compassionate, timely, and coordinated care that Tristan received at Penn Vet,” said Tristan’s owner, Sue Anderson.