Guinea pig with bladder stone, Labrador limp and cat with shortness of breath: Posthausen Animal Clinic is a magnet for complex cases.
Doug Max hurts. It’s limp, nothing helps anymore. Therefore, the Labrador has an appointment for the procedure at the Posthausen Veterinary Clinic. Owner Sabine Diner is concerned about whether all is well. Max should get a new elbow joint. Vet Philip Schmerer will work on the male and discuss the complex procedure with Sabine Diener and her daughter Nicole. Then it’s time to say goodbye to the lady, and that’s where the surgeon takes over.
Hard case magnets
Clinic reception is very busy. Cardiologists, oncologists, hip prostheses, intensive care units, long-term ECGs and CT scans – everything can be found at the Posthausen Animal Clinic. More than 10,000 patients come here every year from all over northwest Germany. The clinic is a real magnet for difficult cases. Veterinarians refer their patients to Posthausen for difficult operations or complex examinations.
Meow is an emergency. The cat can hardly breathe. “We were here twelve days ago when she had a real fainting spell,” said owners Angelica and Frank Muller, “the water was in Monzi’s lungs.” You are so worried. Emergencies like Maunzi should not be kept in the waiting room unnecessarily. She is cared for by veterinarian Linus Rustemeyer. Monzi is already 16 years old and receiving a little oxygen before her examination. The doctor notes that breathing sounds become more intense and that heart sounds do not sound completely rhythmic. Maunzi’s chest will be x-rayed.
The clinic team gathers for a meeting. Internists, surgeons, and neurologists discuss each individual case together day in and day out. Tim Boonen opened the clinic seven years ago – with three colleagues and eight assistants. The team is now made up of 100 employees, and the team is constantly growing because new patients keep coming. According to Tim Boonen, each patient and owner should be treated individually.
We have about 120 patients a day, which is not a small number. Above all, it is not simple diseases that usually come here, but complex ones.
Tim Boonen is a veterinarian and founder of the Animal Clinic in Posthausen.
Without insurance it will be expensive
The clinic is also a point of contact for small pets. Daniela Gonchorek has been raising guinea pigs for 15 years. Now Josie is causing her problems: “She has a chronic bladder infection and it won’t heal anymore. We treat her so she can continue to be a happy piglet.” A Josie X-ray is taken – the image should show whether bladder stones are the cause of the pain.
Daniela Gonshorek explains that the easiest way is to get rid of bladder stones, but a more expensive procedure is also possible. The doctor must decide. Even if the treatment is expensive, it will be worth it for the owner, after all, animals are like family members.
Not all patient owners have the financial resources to provide the animal with the best medical care. In the end, one has to say that anyone who buys an animal is also responsible for paying for a sick animal.
Tim Boonen, veterinarian and founder of the Animal Clinic in Posthausen
Difficult treatments and complex operations come at a price. Many owners bear the costs to make sure their animals are healthy again. Premiums are a problem for about one in ten, only about five percent have health insurance for their pet. This can also affect treatment.
Everything went well
On the other hand, Doug Max survived his operation. But he has to stay one more night. The Labradors are back on their feet the day after the operation and can already go home. All is well. With lots of love and proper physical therapy, Max should be fine again in six months.
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