Bella is a husky with some serious issues. At 7-years-old, she was surrendered to Kansas Humane Society with several health risks. The most obvious health factor was her weight. Additionally, she was in dire need of dental care and had a least one mammary tumor.Bella’s consultation with Dr. Winter revealed she had been a cage chewer, which in excess wears the back of her canine teeth down until they lose their strength causing breakage. She also had painful fractures in a molar and premolar, requiring several extractions.Dr. Holly Smith gave Bella a full exam, affirming her mammary tumor and noticing several more nodes along her mammary channel, requiring surgery. The doctors determined is best to tackle the mammary surgery first and run the pathology to determine if the tumors were malignant before her extensive dental procedure.

On June 6th, Bella underwent surgery and her pathology came back malignant, locally. Dr. Smith was able to remove all of the cancerous tissue!

On August 9th, Bella returned for her final round of treatment, tackling her complicated oral health issues with Dr. Winter. With 60% of the tooth being below the gingival margin, radiographs were necessary to evaluate the anatomy of the root structure and health for an appropriate treatment plan. Dr Winter found: a complicated crown fracture on two teeth, four non-vital teeth with pulpitis and periapica, five missing teeth, and all of Bella’s teeth had a varying degree of abrasion, attrition, and uncomplicated crown fractures. Her surgical extractions went great and she’s on her way to a happy pain-free life!

Dr. Douglas Winter and Dr. Holly Smith are hero’s, taking on this complicated case in order to give Bella a second chance.




Animal lovers, especially pet owners, understand all too well that having four legged friends around the house can be a blessing. Though when it comes to pet health and emergency situations, animal parents, just want good care for their fur babies no matter the cost. That’s why Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital of Wichita (VESHW) created Paw It Forward, a non-profit charitable fund, for the purpose of providing financial assistance to in-hospital patients. Established in 2015, the Paw It Forward Foundation has granted over $50,000 toward veterinary care for pets in crisis.

Which is why pet owners, like Brandi, and her 7-month-old husky were so grateful when they came to VESHW last month after an accident at home.

Jax, a friendly blue eyed husky, came to the VESHW emergency hospital in pain and in need of immediate care. Jax’s “mom” knew right away that her pup had suffered a serious injury to his front leg. Jax got caught in a bed frame while running around the house with the other family dog.

“He [Jax] was scared and crying,” said Brandi. “I had to talk to him and calm him down so I could pull his leg out without damaging or hurting him further. It was so scary and sad for all of us. I immediately called the emergency veterinary hospital and took him in.”

Jax was x-rayed that night and confirmed that he suffered a fracture of his left radius/ulna. Doctors at VESHW said that Jax would need surgery under general anesthesia to secure the fracture using a locking plate and that he would have to wear a cast for 4-6 weeks while the bones set in place and healed. Brandi knew what she had to do no matter the monetary cost.

“They [staff and doctors at VESHW] were caring, understanding and patient,” said Brandi. “The surgeon was especially amazing. She explained the procedure and what could happen without the procedure. She was very considerate and recognized my fears and reassured me that Jax’s outcome would be positive.”

And positive it was. Jax is not only in full recovery, taking it slow and following postoperative care, but because of Paw It Forward his emergency and medical bills were made affordable. While Jax is taking it easy his “mom” is grateful for the care he received and the help that she received in making sure he would be able to walk and play again.

“Being a single mom, raising 3 kids and 2 fur babies I was really stressing on how I would be able to pay for the surgery that had to be done,” said Brandi. “I couldn’t just walk away from Jax and not get him the appropriate care he needed. I am so thankful for the Paw It Forward Foundation for stepping in and helping me with Jax’s care.”

Hospital Director, Brock Lofgreen, DVM, believes that nobody should lose their best friend because of financial hardship.

100 percent of every dollar donated to the Paw It Forward Foundation is used to treat sick or injured animals. Paw It Forward donated funds are available to patients being treated at VESHW and are used solely toward funding for Good Samaritan cases, assistance for pet owners in demonstrated financial crisis and/or funding for pets harmed or displaced due to local disasters.

The Paw It Forward Foundation relies solely on donations to help those in need. If you would like to make a donation you can by visiting the hospital website, Or you can help in other ways; consider corporate sponsorship, volunteering for an event, or setting up a memorial fund. You can also spread the joy by hosting a birthday fundraiser. To find out more about all of these ways you can help, please reach out to us at or visit our Facebook Page @vetwichita.




Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital of Wichita offers a range of exceptional continuing education (CE) programs to help our technicians and veterinarians expand their knowledge, hone their skills and continuously improve the quality of care they offer their patients. 

Our most recent presenter, a regular consultant of ours from Sterling, Virginia, is highly regarded in the veterinary industry. Julie Antonellis, LVT, VTS (ECC) has nearly two decades of experience in emergency and critical care. She provides detailed assessments and training for veterinary practices looking to elevate the level of nursing care they are providing their patients.

Julie presented to our hospital technician staff and current students of WATC pursuing a veterinary technician license. She gave an in-depth lecture on capnography and pre and post-operative care of critically ill patients.

Capnography is the monitoring of the concentration or partial pressure of carbon dioxide. CO2 is a crucial compound to monitor during anesthesia and patients on a ventilator. This training session provided an intensive refresh in addition to learning better methods of patient care and quality medicine. Our hospital prides itself on taking a progressive approach to medicine. We are dedicated to providing the best possible care to your pets, that’s our promise to you.

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We’re thrilled to announce our resumption of surgery services lead by Dr. Holly Smith, DVM.

Dr. Smith graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1995 and has been with VESHW three years. Her areas of focus will include orthopedic and soft tissue surgery as well as post-surgical rehabilitation. Dr. Smith is a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, carrying the designation of Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner, CVPP. She is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, CCRT.  She is certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture, cVMA, and is also a DOC instructor at the Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians course. Dr. Smith integrates the modalities of traditional medicine and pharmacology, acupuncture, massage, laser, rehabilitation, and surgery-both soft tissue and orthopedic, as indicated with a caring touch, to aid each individual patient along the journey of achieving the best level of comfort and mobility possible.
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“The one thing that makes or breaks surgery is the aftercare. We specialize in that." 

We have highly trained staff on duty 24 hours/day so and this allows us to provide the very best patient care post-operatively. Our pain management protocols ensure that our patients are as comfortable as possible while our rehabilitation works hard to get our patients back on their feet.



Get excited pooch parents!! For 1 day only dogs can enter Old Cowtown from 1-5pm Saturday November 4th! Photo sessions by RedRock Photography of Wichita to capture your whole family just in time for holiday cards! It all benefits Paw It Forward!

The Paw It Forward Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund that provides financial support to pets who present at Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital via Good Samaritan, natural disaster, or family financial crisis. 

Join us for a fun filled family day at Old Cowtown Museum to benefit Paw It Forward! Family admission $15 (immediate family).

• Bring your dog and come explore Cowtown!
• Contests, Prizes and Popcorn!
• Mini Photo Sessions ($10 donation) by RedRock Photography
::Perfect for holiday cards!:: 
• Much More - Stay tuned!!

Dogs must remain on leash, retractable leashes must be locked on a short setting. Dogs must be current on vaccines. Check back here or on on Facebook in the event of inclement weather.

Special thanks to our sponsors!
Old Cowtown Museum, RedRock Photography, Scooper Hero's, Aloft Hotel, All Paws Pet Center, Hill's Science Diet, Idexx, American Fun Food, Ambrose Team Inc, Local Founders of Keller Williams Realty.