VERG veterinarians save stabbed Morkie


Brooklyn-based emergency services and specialty medicine center saved this dog's life



Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group (VERG) in Brooklyn, New York, saved the life of Benji, a Maltese Yorkie (Morkie) after he arrived at VERG in critical condition due to a stab wound.

“Benji came to us in rough shape with a large stab wound,” said Matthew Morgan, DVM, DACVS-SA, chief of surgery at VERG.1 “Fortunately, we were able to use Vetigel to stop the traumatic bleeding and ultimately save Benji’s life.”

According to the release,1 Vetigel is a product exclusively for veterinarians to help stop internal bleeding by clotting the blood, stopping the bleeding in a matter of seconds. The product then heals the wounds within minutes. Morgan accredits saving Benji's life to this product, and he is now resting comfortably at home, recovering from the surgery and the traumatic event.

As for the incident, the exact details of the stabbing remain unclear and no suspect has been identified. With this incident, Morgan reminds pet parents of the dangers out there that can harm domestic animals.

“Pets that escape, especially in a city as large as New York, are in immediate danger,” concluded Morgan. “This is why it’s so important to have your pet microchipped so that it can be returned to you if it ends up in a shelter or in the possession of Animal Control. Pet owners with animals that are prone to escape also might consider using a collar with a GPS tracker, so they can know the animal’s location in real-time.”


Emergency veterinarian hospital saves escaped Morkie stabbed in streets of New York. News release. The Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group. March 1, 2023. Accessed March 1, 2023.

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