Gina Stancel and her two neighbors patrol the streets where they live on the river side of McGregor Boulevard, scanning with small, powerful LED lights. The group checks out drainage ditches, strolling along the street and sidewalk. They take long, slow steps into front yards, pushing around in the bushes. They’ve got weapons and they’re ready to kill. Their prey is bufo marinus, also known as the marine toad and most recently renamed by biologists as the cane toad.
Another specialty niche has made its home in Naples, this time in the veterinary field. Licensed Veterinarian Technician Kelsey Boomer of the Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida recently announced her newest certification in Canine Rehabilitation, a medical service that is rarely offered at most pet hospitals. According to Boomer, she is one of a handful of practitioners licensed to perform rehab services to four-legged pets in the Southwest Florida area.
What is the Ebola virus?
Ebola virus disease, formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans
Where does Ebola come from?
It is though that fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are natural Ebola virus hosts.
Can Dogs get the Ebola virus?
Dogs have been reported to have developed antibodies, indicating an exposure to the virus, but dogs have not been reported to show signs or develop disease from the Ebola virus.
A North Fort Myers couple's dog - paralyzed after what's believed to be a vicious attack - is walking again.
The dog, Bugatti, received an MRI scan and physical therapy from veterinary neurologist Michelle Carnes and the staff of the Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida in Naples.
Bugatti was barely able to move after her injury in May.
At the time, her owners, Dustin and Christina Lehan, were heartbroken that their active dog was suddenly so helpless. Carnes reached out to the couple and offered to help after seeing our initial story on Fox 4. Just weeks later, Bugatti is back on her feet. "She's actually getting better," said Christina Lehan. "She had deep bruising of her spine, she suffered a blunt force trauma to her the head." "She'll be normal again, but it's going to take a lot of time," she added.
The Lehans are grateful to Michelle Carnes, MS, DVM, DACVIM and the Animal Specialty Hospital, and will continue to work with them to get Bugatti even stronger.
An update on a dog that had a lot of animal lovers heart-broken when we first told you about it. The dog, named Bugatti, was paralyzed after a devastating blow to the neck.
But Bugatti got some help after a veterinary neurologist saw our initial story.
Three weeks ago, Bugatti could barely move after her owners Dustin and Christina Lehan believe she was struck by a hard object.
At the time she was unable to do much more than lick her owner's faces.
Then some encouraging news came their way after veterinary neurologist Michelle Carnes of the Animal Specialty Hospital in Naples.She saw our story and offered to give Bugatti a free MRI scan.
Bugatti, a Southwest Florida dog paralyzed from the neck down, is gaining mobility thanks to local board-certified veterinary neurologist Dr. Michelle Carnes and the C.A.R.N.E.S. (Companion Animal Relief for Neurological Veterinary Emergency Services) Fund.
After hearing Bugatti's story, Carnes, of the Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida in Naples, knew she wanted to help. As one of only 200 board-certified veterinary neurologists in the country, she had the expertise and type of equipment Bugatti needed, including a magnetic resonance imaging machine. In fact, ASH is the only hospital in Collier/Lee County to have MRI and CT availability 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The dog's owners, who say they believe a neighbor caused the injury by hitting Bugatti over the head with a heavy object, brought her to the animal hospital for an MRI and treatment.
Mission: To provide financial assistance to pet owners in need of neurological veterinary care for their companion animal.
How to help: When you donate to the C.A.R.N.E.S Fund, 100% of your tax-deductible donation will support the care of pets with neurological disease. Donate here
NAPLES, Fla - A Southwest Florida dog paralyzed from the neck down is getting some help, after her owners say they think a neighbor hit her over the head with a heavy object. When we first aired the story of Bugatti's heart-breaking injury earlier this week, one viewer decided she wanted to help, and she just happens to be Veterinary Neurologist with an MRI machine ... View Video And Read Full Article
The event, sponsored by Animal Specialty Hospital, brought more than 115 dogs that filled up the more than 200 entries into the race in the puppy, adult, wanna-be and masters divisions for the opportunity to win prizes and the coveted "Wien jacket." Read more...
Wiener dogs from across Florida race each other at the Florida Wiener Dog Derby in North Fort Myers.
After 2 delays, state wildlife officials release Florida panther rehabilitated after car crash
LABELLE, Florida — Wildlife officials on Monday finally released an ... Rescuers took her to the Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida, where she ... Read Full Article
Officials release rehabilitated panther
Rescuers took her to the Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida, where she received surgery for injuries that included a broken leg, rib fractures and ... Read Full Article
Dr. Ashley Ayoob and the Specialists at ASHFL save an Endangered Panther Kitten
After emergency rescue by FWC Research Scientist Dr. Dave Onorato, the Internal Medicine Team, lead by Dr. Ashley Ayoob, was able to save the endangered panther kitten. View Video
Naples-based Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida, has announced the addition of Christina Restrepo, DVM, DACVD (Dermatology). Dr. Christina Restrepo, a board-certified dermatologist, is available for appointments Tuesday through Friday in Naples... View full article
Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida expands to Fort Myers
Specialty Referral and Emergency Hospital, Animal Specialty Hospital (ASH), Naples, Florida
Orphaned Panther Recovering After Vehicle Accident
Injured Florida Panther Kitten Rescued by FWC, Partners
FWC, Partners Rescue Injured Florida Panther Kitten
Panther kitten injured in Collier in April dies at Tampa zoo
Endangered Florida Panther Kitten Recovers At Zoo
Permanent captivity likely for injured Florida panther kitten, will ...
Arthrex's Vet Systems division gives dogs, horses surgical hope for better life
Tampa vets examine injured panther kitten found along Collier road
AnimalSpecialty Hospital Co-Sponsored "Pets on Third" Sunday, January 22nd, 2012.
First annual pet and people look alike parade and third annual petfest. Pets look like people they love. People look like pets they adore.
"Dr. Michelle Carnes Performs Rare Brain Surgery on Service Dog "
Naples News, February 29, 2012
"Peace of Mind for Animal Lovers in the Naples Area
Naples Area Real Estate Guild, May 27, 2011
"Animal Specialty Hospital to provide emergency, specialized pet care"
NaplesNews.com, April 13, 2011
“Specialized Veterinary Critical Care Center to Open in Naples”
Economic Development Council of Collier County, Florida, March 15, 2011
“Naples Dog Park, New Animal Hospital Important to Naples Pet Owners”
Naples Journal, February 2011, Mayor Bill Barnett
“Specialty Veterinary Hospital Coming Soon”
Naples Florida Weekly, February 10, 2011
“Specialized Veterinary Critical Care Center to Open in Naples”
Naplesnews.com, February 2, 2011
One of the goals of ASH is to be very active in the community through philanthropy and volunteerism all for the greater good of animals. We have several great ideas and plans in the works and this page will continually be updated. If you have ideas on how ASH can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Eric, our Hospital Administrator at 239-263-0480.