Sunrise Veterinary Clinic

What's even better than a really cool lifesaving surgery?  A really cool lifesaving surgery on a really nice pet owned and loved by a veteran. 

This is Hercules.

He was rescued by a veteran who was in a dark place several years ago until rescuing and bonding with Hercules, whom he credits with turning his life around.

A few weeks back, Hercules became distressed. Dr. Teri Schroeck, Hercules' regular vet at Cocoa Veterinary Hospital and one of my best referring vets,  diagnosed him with a pneumothorax (free air in the chest, surrounding and compressing his lungs) and sent him to me at Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital.

After confirming he didn't have cancer or bad disease via CT (Computed Tomography/CATscan), we felt a ruptured pulmonary bulla or bleb (a large, accumulated "air bubble") was most likely and recommended a thoracotomy.

Sunrise Veterinary Clinic

Surgery confirmed the diagnosis, and the affected lung lobe was removed. The picture's a little blurry (those lungs keep moving!), but you can see the bubble on the affected lobe). Despite having his sternum split for the surgery, Hercules was trotting and trying to chase lizards on his walk the next morning. Tough guy!

All the techs were giving Hercules extra love, and Cocoa was kind enough to board Hercules for the week while his owners enjoyed some long-planned vacation time.

Sunrise Veterinary Clinic

Sunrise Veterinary Clinic


Superior Veterinary Surgical Solutions

Animal Specialty and Emergency Hospital - (321) 752-7600

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  • "My Labradoodle, LuLu, needed knee surgery. Her health is my top priority, so I researched Veterinary Surgeons, and Dr. Christiansen was highly recommended to me. My experience with him has been wonderful, and Lulu loves him. His demeanor with her was so compassionate, you could really see how much he cares about animals.

    Lulu is fully recovered from her surgery, yet I still look to Dr. Christiansen as a source of advice and expertise regarding Lulu's well being."
    Debbie Arluck - Palm Bay, Florida