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Dogs Injured in Middletown kennel fire recovering at CARE Veterinary Center

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Date: Jan. 2, 2019
Media Contact: Justin Mayfield

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Dogs injured in Middletown kennel fire discharged from CARE Veterinary Center following hyperbaric oxygen therapy 

FREDERICK, Md. – Five dogs rescued from a devastating fire at Middletown Valley Beagles Kennel on Christmas Eve, which claimed the lives of 15 beagles and several other animals, were provided life-saving medical care by doctors from CARE Veterinary Center, a part of Pathway Vet Alliance, and released on Tuesday.

Five of the 21 dogs rescued from the fire suffered from severe burns and smoke inhalation. The injured dogs were taken to CARE Veterinary Center on Thursday for evaluation and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) treatments.

Upon arrival at CARE, the five beagles were immediately examined by veterinarian Brenda Austin, MS, DACVS- SA. “As soon as the patients arrived at CARE, our team began determining the extent of their injuries and administering emergency treatment,” said Austin.

Veterinarian Kelly L. Gellasch, DACVS, DAIPM joined their care after they were initially examined and receiving HBOT treatments. “They are lucky to be alive and will continue their recovery under the supervision of their primary care veterinarian. Burns can be very dynamic and need significant care throughout the healing process”

“By utilizing hyperbaric oxygen therapy, we were able to accelerate the recovery process while limiting their risk of infection. This advanced therapy option is a painless and non-invasive treatment, which greatly improves their chance at survival,” said Austin. “Currently, the prognosis for the dogs is good to guarded. They have a long way to go, however we’re glad to be able to provide specialized treatment and care that gives them the best possible chance at a full-recovery.”  

CARE is the only veterinary hospital in Maryland equipped with a hyperbaric oxygen chamber specifically designed for small animals, which can be used to treat a wide array of conditions including smoke inhalation, severe trauma, thermal burns, and extensive wounds.

About CARE Emergency Center

CARE Veterinary Center (CARE) is a multispecialty and emergency practice in the city and county of Frederick, Maryland. Our team of board-certified specialists and experienced veterinarians work in collaboration with the region’s primary care veterinarians, delivering advanced care to diagnose and treat complex medical, surgical, or emergency conditions in companion animals. CARE currently offers specialty and advanced care in emergency, intensive care, pain management, radiology, sports medicine, rehabilitation, surgery and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT the only one in Maryland specifically designed for small animals).

CARE actively supports the Frederick community through ongoing participation in, and sponsorship of, numerous pet-related events and programs to raise funds for pet owners who cannot afford medical services for their pets.

About Pathway Vet Alliance

Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Pathway Vet Alliance has grown from a single veterinary practice to over 150 locations across the U.S. Pathway’s mission is for its team members to be change agents for good, who support people doing what they love so, together, they can transform the veterinary industry and the world – for the better. Pathway looks for practices and doctors seeking opportunities to grow and provides personalized management support to help them focus on providing the best possible care to their patients. Pathway has differentiated itself by focusing on the unique needs of each practice and partnering with the local team to implement their vision and work with their values. Learn more at