Community Involvement

Zeke The K-9 Officer

On March 15, 2013, a Harrisburg K-9 officer by the name of Zeke was injured in the line of duty and needed life-saving veterinary care. Zeke pursued a suspect and in the process of pinning the suspect, was shot in the neck. Even though he sustained a torn jugular vein, Zeke held the suspect until the threat was neutralized before being airlifted by helicopter to Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center. Dr. Mark Meyerhoff operated for two hours to successfully remove the bullet and repair the tissue damage. As a result of Dr. Meyerhoff’s expertise in Zeke’s time of crisis, Zeke made a full recovery and moved on to continue his distinguished career as a K-9 officer.

Local K-9 Unit Care

Police DogRossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center is honored to provide the K-9 units of the Harrisburg, Adams County Sheriff, South Londonderry, Mechanicsburg, Westshore, and Lower Paxton police departments with all of their veterinary care. These police officers and their canine partners work around the clock to keep us safe. To show our deep gratitude, we feel that we should do the same for them. These working dogs have to remain in top physical and mental condition to stay safe and do their jobs. Our doctors, technicians and client service representatives, collaborate with the police officers to meet the very specific needs of these highly trained working dogs. We are grateful for the opportunity to treat these important working dogs and we are proud to call the K-9 police officers family.

Turbo The Cat

Turbo The CatThis little wonder hitched a ride across the Susquehanna River in the engine compartment of a VW Turbo Diesel on Thursday, February 28, 2013. The 7 1/2 month old black kitty was removed from the engine compartment by Lower Allen Township Police and Dr. Mark Meyerhoff. He had his ear reconstructed, 3 claws removed and several additional sutures to repair the damage at the Rossmoyne Animal Emergency & Traumer Center in Mechanicsburg, Pa. “Turbo” went home with his new adoptive family on Wednesday, March 6.

Thor the K-9 Officer

Thor the K-9 OfficerHe was injured in a multi-vehicle accident on Saturday, April 19, 2013. Thor, a Harrisburg K-9 officer, was brought to the Rossmoyne Animal Emergency & Trauma Center in Mechanicsburg, PA by West Shore EMS. He sustained a concussion and a bruised spleen, received intravenous fluids and got plenty of rest. Thor went home on Monday, April 22 and is expected to make a full recovery.

Cody’s Story

On Saturday March 1, 2014, Cody, a 7 year old Chihuahua mix male dog was trapped in a house while it burned to the ground. He was found alive 2 hours later while the fireman were searching through the rubble. He wisely crawled under a bed and was hiding among shoes. Sadly his littermate brother perished in the fire.

Fireman at the scene immediately administered oxygen to Cody. Relatives transported Cody to the Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center (RAETC). Because of the smoke and heat, he had severe damage to his entire respiratory system. His mouth, nasal passages, trachea and lungs were harmed. He also had a large burn covering the entire right side of this body. His eyes (corneas) were cloudy and dry. He was in severe pain.

At RAETC, Cody was started on IV fluids, pain medication, antibiotics, bronchodilators and eye medications. He then was immediately placed in the oxygen cage with humidification. Once he was comfortable, his burns were cleaned and treated. He was also given nebulizer treatment to humidify his airway and dispense medication directly to the airway.

Currently, Cody is still hospitalized at RAETC. His lungs and airway are improving, but his burn wounds and eyes are worsening. After 4 days in the oxygen cage, Cody was moved to a padded cage in room air. His current treatments include continued IV fluids, pain medications, antibiotics and bronchodilators.

His burn wounds require hydrotherapy and special ointment every 4 hours. He receives nebulizer treatments and coupage every 6 hours to keep his airways moist and open. His eyes are being medicated every hour with drops and serum from his own blood. Blood tests and xrays are done daily to monitor Cody’s conditions. Cody’s prognosis is guarded to fair. He still has a long road to a fully recovery.

Cody has been a wonderful patient. He is very tolerant of all the treatments and tests. He is trying very hard to get better and has a great will to survive. He is full of love and life.

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“I’m so grateful for Rossmoye ER. My dogs are frequent flyers here, and thankfully each of their visits have been for less serious issues. Knowing rossmoyne is 10 minutes away, I never hesitate to pile my mischievous furbabes in the car and take them to get checked out. I always think to myself “well, it’s probably nothing...but what if it is serious and I did nothing to help them?” I hope our visits to Rossmoyne are always for my peace of mind. But I know that regardless of the severity or reasons for our visits, my pups will always get great care here. Thank you for all that you do!”
Erika Brunelle