Shiloh spent a week at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals before being reunited with her owners. (Provided photo)

ITHACA, N.Y. — A pneumonia-ridden puppy on the brink of death was saved by Cornell University veterinarians with the help of a ventilator.

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Shiloh, a 6-month-old Shar Pei puppy, was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals with labored breathing and a low body temperature, the university said on Thursday.

Shiloh spent a week at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals before being reunited with her owners. (Provided photo)

The dog was referred to the hospital from a different veterinarian.

Shiloh was hooked up to a ventilator after she did not respond well to initial breathing treatment.


The university said ventilators are rarely found in veterinary hospitals because they are expensive and require trained professionals to give the patient round-the-clock treatment.

The treatment paid off for the puppy, who was weaned off the machine on the fourth day. She was playing outside by the sixth day and sent home two days later.

Dr. Robert Goggs headed Shiloh’s medical team and said the puppy will not likely suffer long-term injuries.

“A little emphysema, a little scarring perhaps, but it’s unlikely and won’t be clinically significant,” he said. “It’s fortunate that she was a healthy young dog before this crisis. And we are fortunate to have a very capable ventilator and a fantastic team of people who always go the extra mile for their patients.”

Dr. Robert Goggs checks out Shiloh prior to discharging her eight days after she was admitted to the hospital. (Provided photo)

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