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Penn Vet Patients Star On Philadelphia Billboards


Toby, Lukas, Tristan and Humphrey were successfully treated at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital.

Two dogs, a cat and a rabbit successfully treated at the University of Pennsylvania veterinary hospital are being introduced to Philadelphia commuters this week through a billboard campaign.

Ryan Hospital’s Happy Tails Facebook contest invited clients to post their pet’s photo along with a story of how Penn Vet veterinarians and staff helped the animal. The contest drew more than 140 entries, from which Toby, Tristen, Lukas and Humphrey were selected to share their survival tales through both a billboard and the Penn Vet website.

Appearing on billboards this week are Toby the Labradoodle, Tristan the Shetland sheepdog, Lukas the Ragdoll cat and Humphrey the Holland Mini Lop rabbit.

Diagnosed with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma at 8 years old, Toby had a mass removed at Ryan Hospital and today is cancer-free. "The staff at Penn Vet gave Toby the best care possible and never stopped researching his case,” said owner Kim Dugan. "I am so grateful for everyone at Penn Vet. Their knowledge, care and compassion made a potentially heartbreaking situation bearable.”

Diagnosed with melanoma, Tristan was seen by Penn Vet’s Comprehensive Cancer Care team, which prepared a successful treatment plan that included a melanoma vaccination and radiation therapy. "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 owner Sue Anderson.

Lukas was just over a year old when he suddenly had difficulty jumping and going up and down steps. He eventually had to lie down to use the litterbox and eat. University veterinarians diagnosed a lower motor neuron disease that affects the nerves and muscles. Lukas recovered after being treated with steroids. "The staff at Penn Vet are truly amazing, caring and talented,” said owner Jenny Togias.

Humphrey, a rescue rabbit, spent several days in the exotics department at Ryan Hospital for treatment of gastrointestinal stasis, which is often linked to a poor diet. "Not only did the team explore every avenue possible until they found and treated the cause of Humphrey’s illness, they also cared for him with compassion and affection,” said owner Victoria Boaz. "In addition, the team stayed in contact with me daily and even checked in following Humphrey’s release.”

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, or Penn Vet, operates small- and large-animal hospitals. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia sees nearly 33,000 dogs, cats and other companion animals a year. New Bolton Center, in Kennett Square, Pa., treats horses, livestock and farm animals.


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