Amazing Tails


At our hospital, we hear some incredible animal stories and we believe that these should be shared with you, too. Our goal is to open up the floor to anyone who wants to share their uplifting and inspiring pet tales, so we can help spread a little joy. Thank you to all of our wonderful clients, teammates and community members who take the time to write and submit their stories. We hope that you all enjoy them as much as we do!

Do you have a pet story that you would like to share? If so, please email us at [email protected] If you would like to share your story, but remain anonymous please make sure to note this in the subject line.

March 2018: Missy


Missy is a wonderful Shar-pei/Shepherd mix. She was born in the Verde Valley Humane Society and was adopted and returned as a puppy. She stayed there for another several months before being adopted again and brought to us to establish care. As she grew it became apparent that there was something wrong with her digestive system. She loves to eat and is always hungry, but if she eats too much or too quickly she is unable to keep the food down. Her owners were unable to meet the demands of her special needs and in April of 2017 brought her to us for euthanasia. At that time she weighed just over 28 pounds, had infections in both eyes, was dehydrated, and could barely walk on her own power. During the exam our Hospital Manager looked into her barely-open eyes and fell in love. The initial prognosis was that she had a 50/50 chance of pulling through and making it another week. She was immediately hospitalized and put on IV fluids. Every hour and a half the Hospital Manager would climb into the hospitalization cage with her to feed her and love her. She was incredibly fearful and hard to approach, but she always let him in to cuddle with her. At the end of the first week with us she had gained four pounds and was able to stand and go for potty walks outside on her own power. We ran blood work and x-rays and were unable to determine exactly what the problem with her digestion was so we contacted specialists in Phoenix who agreed to perform an ultrasound, which was also normal. At this point we have identified that the problem is in her esophagus. The most likely diagnosis is a condition called mega-esophagus that causes her esophagus to not function correctly. Through trial and error we have established that small amounts of food every hour and a half is effective at helping her keep the food down. Royal Canin offered a trial of a new product that has been immense help. Today she is strong and healthy. Her weight is over 50 pounds and she has limitless energy. She loves to run and jump and play with anyone willing to get on the ground and play with her. She is much more confident and loves to greet patients and clients alike when they come in the building. She and the Hospital Manager are now inseparable; if he is in the hospital she is either right next to him or asleep in her bed under his desk. Thank you all for your kind words of support and encouragement. Writing her story is very hard; she’s such a sweet girl and had such a rough start. It has been inspiring watching our entire team rally around her and the support from our clients has been amazing. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful, caring people as our clients!

April 2017: The Rescue of Shortie and Deeley, Jr.


Meet Shortie and Deeley, Jr. These two cats have travelled further than the average person to settle into a new home - all the way from Beirut, Lebanon! They have found their forever home here in Cottonwood, with our very own Verde Vet client, Karen. Their first rescuer, Alyaa Fouani, cares for a colony of feral cats near her home and she has worked relentlessly to get them all spayed/neutered and up-to-date on their vaccinations.

Shortie joined the pack one day and it was presumed that she was a three year old house cat, had gone into heat, and was then thrown out to the street. Alyaa fed her and kept an eye on her, but two days later, Shortie disappeared. Within a week, she had returned limping and not doing well. Alyaa got her into a carrier and cared for her in a garage, but could see she needed the help of a veterinarian. It was found that she was pregnant, and that her injuries were most likely due to being kicked. She was knocking at death’s door and unfortunately the only chance of survival was to end the pregnancy. After close medical attention, Shortie healed in the foster home of Nadine, a friend of Alyaa’s.

Deeley, Jr. was named after a cat that Karen had in the past, who he closely resembles. He was left at the colony by some children, who had been feeding him sardines. He was only about one month old and was very skinny. Alyaa began caring for him, but despite trying to eat, he was unable to. When his condition wasn’t improving, Alyaa took him to the veterinarian, where it was found that he had a chicken bone caught in his throat! After being treated for dehydration and removing the chicken bone, he was able to eat and drink normally.

Karen had discussed the possibility of adopting cats from Alyaa for years, but it just never ended up happening. But, now finally seemed to be the right time. As the cats were being shipped from Beirut, to Dubai, and then on to Los Angeles, Karen and a mutual friend made their way to Los Angeles to pick them up. The trip to L.A. took about 7 hours, and then it was another 3 before they were able to pick up the cats….not to mention a trip to the customs office, unexpected costs, and lots of paperwork! Then, finally, the cats were loaded into the car and on their way to their new home in Cottonwood. With the 7 hour trip back to Cottonwood, it was around a 36 hour ordeal for the cats, but well worth it! They were well behaved, looked healthy, and recovered from their “adventure” just fine.

We are so happy that Shortie and Deeley, Jr. found a loving home with Karen and we are thrilled to have them be a part of our Verde Vet family!