Breaking News: Canine Influenza Virus


Canine Influenza Virus has been diagnosed in the Chicago area and has spread to Wisconsin and Indiana.

A release made by the New Jersey Department of Health indicates that “A canine influenza vaccine is available and persons who board their dogs (including daycare), visit dog parks, or whose dogs are exposed to other dogs should discuss vaccination with their veterinarians.”

The release also stated that, “Dog owners should be aware that any situation where dogs come into contact with other dogs increases the risk of spread of communicable diseases, including CIV. Good infection control in kennels and other places where dogs congregate will reduce that risk.”

For additional information on this disease, visit the website for the Center for Disease Control.

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Don’t fool around with Pet First Aid – Happy Pet First Aid Awareness Month!


Let me help you prepare in the event of a pet emergency!

As a pet parent, one of the first things that happen when we see one of our little ones (or big ones) in an emergency situation is PANIC! So, before you decide to run around in the back yard screaming and flailing your arms, RELAX. Just like with people, animals can also sense when we are panicked and worried. So stay calm and all will go MUCH smoother!

Pet First Aid Awareness MonthIt’s important to start out by knowing where your nearest veterinary emergency hospital is located. Even when we are traveling, we should be aware of where we should go in case of a crisis. Remember that our pets, even though we see them as our kids, are not little furry people. We should NEVER give them any human drugs without consulting a veterinarian. Most of us do not understand the harm even one small dose of an human medication can cause them.

While many households have first aid kits, many do not have one for their pets. Every pet owner should have a first aid kit at home available just in case one should ever need it. I’ve created a simple checklist for you of the items to include in yours:

  • Phone numbers
    • Your family veterinarian
    • Your local veterinary emergency clinic, like NorthStar VETS at 609.259.8300
    • Animal Poison Control at 888.426.4435
  • Digital thermometer
  • Gauze of different sizes
  • Non-adhesive bandaging material
  • Adhesive tape
  • Sterile saline
  • Hydrogen peroxide (never give prior to consulting a veterinary medical professional)
  • Leash
  • Towel and/or blanket
  • Any other item you feel you may need

Note: Always remember that when our pets are hurt and injured, they are painful! Painful pets can bite, even if they have never bitten in their lives. So be cautious when handling them. A muzzle, even one made out of roll gauze may not be a bad idea to use when handling them. Use caution when using the muzzle, making sure your pet can breathe well.

Please REMEMBER, Dr. GOOGLE is NOT always correct; do not believe everything you find on the internet. There are many reliable resources out there to help you. Good options include your family veterinarian, the American Veterinary Medical Association website, the American Animal Hospital Association website and the American Red Cross Pet First Aid app. If you are interested in educating yourself further on Pet First Aid you should consider attending an American Red Cross Pet First Aid & CPR course.

Several times a year, NorthStar VETS partners with a non-profit charity called VET I CARE to host a Pet First Aid lecture. Keep an eye out for the next one coming up!

Know that other than human medications there are many other common household items that can be toxic to pets. Some examples include:

  • Chocolate
  • Some plants/flowers
  • Household cleaners
  • Cigarettes
  • Some nuts
  • Some chewing gums
  • And many many more!

For a full list of different toxins you can visit the ASPCA Animal Poison Control website.
Every season brings a new concern for our pets. Be educated and prepared and you may one day end up saving your furry family member’s life!

Alexander Munoz, CVTAlexander Munoz, CVT
Alexander Munoz, CVT is the Director of Learning & Development for NorthStar VETS in Robbinsville, NJ. Alex has worked in the field of veterinary medicine for more than 10 years. He has worked in general practice, specialty medicine including emergency and critical care as well as in academia. He has a special interest in critical care medicine and teaching.

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When it’s your own pet


RoccoOn January 1st of this year, I lost my beautiful boy. Rocco initially presented as a euthanasia patient during my internship (first year as a veterinarian). He was the dumpster diver tomcat at an Italian restaurant in Brooklyn, according to legend. He would have been the 10th euthanasia that night, and none of us had the heart, it had already been a tough night for us young doctors. Instead of euthanizing, he was saved to become a blood donor because he was so sweet. After failing to be a blood donor due to health reasons, he became mine. Rocco did hit double digits with me, we had 11 great years together. He was so special to me because I converted him from a feral cat to the ultimate lap cat. If he could live with his arms around my neck, I think he would have.

It has taken me this long to be able to write this without crying. Anyone here can tell you, that in those moments when my cat was sick, that I was no longer a veterinarian, but a scared cat mom. You would think, as a veterinarian, we would be better prepared to emotionally handle a sick pet, but really we go through the same emotions as anyone else. As an Oncologist, I negotiate end-of-life care all too often. And truly, I feel, that losing Rocco has made me a better doctor for my clients and patients. I can empathize better with my clients, after just having gone through the process myself.

I often tell my clients, that I want pictures of my patients, because I like knowing what their lives are like outside of the room in which I treat them. I want the stories to help them understand their relationship with their beloved pet. Rocco was a pro at stealing food. If anyone ate slowly or wasn’t paying attention, he would watch closely, run and whack his paw on their fork in such a way that he knew the trajectory to get his prize of food. Since he lived in the dumpster of an Italian restaurant, he loved red sauce, cheese and pasta. So in homage to my old man, after he died, I made his favorite food, lasagna, for all those that helped me say goodbye.

For some of us, saying goodbye becomes tough enough to impact our ability to move forward. If you are in that position, consider getting involved with the Bereavement service here at NorthStar VETS.

Jennifer Kim, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)Jennifer Kim, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Dr. Kim grew up in New York and received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998. After spending two years at the National Cancer Institute performing cancer genetic research, she attended veterinary school at Tufts University, graduating in 2003. Dr. Kim completed a rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan, New York and then an oncology internship at Cornell University. She initially began at NorthStar VETS as an emergency clinician in 2005 and returned in January 2010 to treat oncology patients after completing a residency in medical oncology at Michigan State University.

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Pet behavior considerations during the holidays


While preparing for the holidays, consider the impact of your events on your pet. Here are five things that can impact your pet’s experience during this hectic time.

  1. Unfamiliar people may be coming in droves. If your dog is worried around strangers, keep him separated until you’re able to really watch him and monitor interactions with others (or just keep him separated throughout, with a tasty food toy). Remember that dogs don’t feel comfortable with strangers reaching to pet them at first introduction – or, for some, ever.
  2. With all the food comes the potential for resource-guarding. Dogs who are otherwise oblivious may growl or bite when a guest reaches for something they put down. They may also lie under tables and, again, bite if a guest reaches to pick up a dropped drumstick.
  3. Traveling with your dog to a relative’s house may include a long car ride; consider acclimating your dog to a crate for the car (which will also be handy at the destination). If a baby is traveling along, consider separating the dog and baby in the car. Also important, be cautious about introductions to the host’s dog, who might herself be anxious and guard her belongings.
  4. If you travel without your dog, there are considerations about boarding or hiring a house-sitter. If your dog is prone to anxiety, be sure to introduce the sitter in advance and insist that s/he sticks with the dog’s usual schedule and any cautions – for example to avoid pulling the dog off furniture. Boarding kennels should be advised of any behavioral special needs – for example the dog might need to be called out of a kennel, rather than being cornered by someone entering.
  5. Fights can erupt between pets when treats, toys, or food are involved. Separate pets to avoid competition.

Simple behavioral considerations can help make the holiday smooth and trauma-free for your dog.

Ilana Reisner, DVM, PhD, DACVBIlana Reisner, DVM, PhD, DACVB
Dr. Reisner has been a board-certified veterinary behaviorist since the specialty of veterinary behavior was established in 1995. She has expertise in both normal (though often undesirable) and abnormal behaviors of all companion animals. She graduated from Oregon State University and completed her Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Michigan State University. After completing her residency in Behavioral Medicine at Cornell University, she stayed on to earn her PhD in Behavioral Physiology. Dr. Reisner joined NorthStar VETS in October 2012.

Previously a member of the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine where she headed the behavior service at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Reisner provided clinical services to pet owners, served as mentor in a clinical residency program, and taught both clinical and undergraduate veterinary students. She has published and spoken extensively on all aspects of behavior problems in dogs and cats and has an ongoing research interest in dog bites and public health.

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A tiger with a toothache


Dante is a 16-year-old male Tiger living at the Popcorn Park Zoo. He has been a patient of Jennifer Kim, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology) here at NorthStar VETS to treat his cancer. You can find out more about how we’ve been helping Dante on that health front at the Popcorn Park Zoo website.

His caretakers noticed that he had some swelling of the jaw recently, and decided to bring him in to NorthStar VETS to get some scans done and receive an evaluation from John Lewis, VMD, FAVD, DAVDC in our Dentistry department. Dr. Jonathan Bergmann put Dante into his new transportation crate and made the journey in to see us.

Upon arrival, our team checked him out and got him a CT scan of his head and chest. The scan of his head was to check out the swelling of his jaw, and the scan of his chest was to check on his cancer. After the scan, the team reviewed the images and moved Dante to the Dental lab.

Once in the Dental lab, Dr. Lewis took X-rays of Dante’s teeth and reviewed those. With the rest of his time at NorthStar VETS, Dr. Lewis drained the cyst that was causing the swelling so that Dante could find some relief, and spoke with Dr. Bergmann about a return visit to have Dante’s lower canine tooth extracted. Until next time, Dante is back home at the Popcorn Park Zoo relaxing and enjoying his days.

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John Lewis, VMD, FAVD, DAVDC
John Lewis, VMD, FAVD, DAVDC
Dr. John Lewis is the veterinary dentist at NorthStar VETS. He was Assistant Professor of Dentistry and Oral Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 and spent 5 years in general practice prior to returning for a residency in dentistry and oral surgery. Dr. Lewis became a fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry (AVD) in 2004 and a diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) in 2005. At the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Lewis has served as Associate Director of the Mari Lowe Center for Comparative Oncology, and more recently, as Chief of Surgery. Dr. Lewis’ research interests include oral surgical oncology, maxillofacial fracture repair, maxillofacial reconstruction, new therapies for treatment of feline oral squamous cell carcinoma, and lasers in oral surgery and dentistry. Dr. Lewis is a past President of the American Veterinary Dental Society, and has served as Examination Chair of the AVDC and Credentials Chair of the AVD. Prior to joining NorthStar VETS full-time, Dr. Lewis was the residency director of the world’s first academic residency in Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery at Penn Vet.

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Pay it forward


I treat animals with cancer. This is a job that you would think is a lot of sadness. However, we are able to give hope to people that did not realize we could. And most of our patients can live a very good quality of life for longer than they would have without treatment.

Almost 2 years ago, a client was given a financial gift by an anonymous donor for a treatment of chemotherapy. This patient did well for many more months. On the 1 year anniversary of this dog’s death, the owner came back in. He had since gotten another dog and was so grateful for the care he had received here he wanted to pay it forward to another patient. So he left a credit for a dog to get a treatment of chemotherapy, as someone had done for him. Then, the recipient of this gift was so grateful and touched by this gift that he has since given us a check to pay it forward to another deserving patient. I hope that this is a trend that continues. To be able to give that surprise financial gift to a deserving client and patient is priceless. Tears of joy in their eyes and in ours, it’s an amazing feeling to pay it forward.

Jennifer Kim, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)Jennifer Kim, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Dr. Kim grew up in New York and received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998. After spending two years at the National Cancer Institute performing cancer genetic research, she attended veterinary school at Tufts University, graduating in 2003. Dr. Kim completed a rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan, New York and then an oncology internship at Cornell University. She initially began at NorthStar VETS as an emergency clinician in 2005 and returned to us in January 2010 to treat oncology patients after completing a residency in medical oncology at Michigan State University, sponsored by NorthStar VETS.

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Gizmo is fighting for his life, and needs your help


Gizmo2On the evening of Thursday April 24, 2014, a house caught fire in Cranbury NJ. This family not only lost their home and much of what they had, but they also lost 2 of their beloved pets. Thankfully, they were able to rescue 2 of their dogs on their own and with the help of a kind-hearted Good Samaritan, they were able to save their beloved kitty, Gizmo.

Gizmo was saved, though not without injuries. Gizmo was rushed to Cranbury Animal Hospital where he was subsequently transferred to NorthStar VETS by the Cranbury First Aid Squad. They held him close, and gave him oxygen during his ride to NorthStar VETS. The Emergency / Trauma / Critical Care Department at NorthStar VETS worked hard to stabilize him and manage his burns. Gizmo is only 3 years old.

Gizmo has a little more than 20% of his body burned. Even with all these burns and in need oxygen, he still finds a way to head-butt our technicians when they enter his cage, demonstrating his fighting spirit. He is in critical condition, but the Critical Care Department is hopeful he will pull through. This will be a long road for him including numerous surgeries. This will also be a long and expensive journey for his family.

Gizmo1Thankfully, Vet I Care has donated some funds for Gizmo and is currently taking donations for his medical care. NorthStar VETS will be hosting a fundraiser together with Vet I Care in the days to come to help Gizmo and his family. Stay tuned for updates on Gizmo and the fundraiser.

To donate for Gizmo, please contact Eileen Schuck at 609-259-8300 x1153, email eschuck@northstarvets.com or visit the donation page at www.vet-i-care.org.

Alexander Munoz, CVTAlexander Munoz, CVT
Director of Learning and Development

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Sandy’s long journey to health


Sandy dogWe received this note from a grateful pet owner whose dog has been through a lot and today is doing great!

“Sandy has been through so much in the last year and a half, but he is still a happy dog who enjoys life. Sandy was diagnosed with diabetes and during the week we began his insulin with his family vet, he progressively got sicker. He was severely dehydrated and his blood sugar was in the 800’s. ‘He,’ to quote the emergency vet that we saw, ‘was on a slippery slope.’ I think he was in the ICU for 3 days. I am very grateful for the care he got, because he is with us today. Several months after that, Sandy started having strokes. He had three mini-strokes and a big one. He was admitted for supportive care after the big one by Dr. Logan, since he couldn’t eat or drink or walk. Gradually, he got better. His walks were his therapy. We did not know if it would keep happening, and each time the strokes got a little worse. Dr. Logan told us that his thyroid wasn’t working well, so we began to give him a supplementary hormone. He had another mini-stroke and he started taking medication to stop the strokes. Thanks to Dr.Guinan and Dr. Logan and all of the vet techs that cleaned him and cared for him, he pulled through again.

“Now he is getting laser therapy to help with his arthritic back. Dr. Pam Levin has been so kind to us and supportive when there was a problem or I had a question. It is great that Sandy walks into NorthStar VETS so confidently after all that has endured; on some level he knows that everyone is there to help.

“Dr. Hammer is managing his chronic diseases and checks to make sure he is as healthy as he can be. I know that she is always available via email and appreciates some of the silly photos or videos I send her.

“Dr. Logan has been a positive force during all of this. She has such a wonderful attitude and has said several times “Let’s just give him a chance and see what happens.” When it seemed hopeless, all of the vets involved in Sandy’s care were supportive and caring and gave him a chance to live and still enjoy his life.

“We are very grateful for the care the veterinarians at NorthStar VETS have given Sandy. Each time I bring him, the front desk staff and even the pharmacist marvel at how he looks.”

-Sue

Justin Guinan, DVM, DACVIMJustin Guinan, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. Guinan is a native of Westchester County in New York. He obtained his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology from Syracuse University in 2000. He then ventured to Prince Edward Island, Canada, where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2005. In 2006, Dr. Guinan returned to New York for a one year general internship followed by an additional one year specialty internship in internal medicine and neurology at Long Island Veterinary Specialists which was completed in 2007. From Long Island he moved to the Animal Medical Center in New York City to complete his residency in internal medicine in July of 2009. He joined our team in August 2009. Dr. Guinan has particular interests in hematology, kidney diseases and all forms of diagnostic endoscopy procedures. Outside of work he enjoys baseball, football, hiking and striving to fill his iPod with music.

Kimberly Hammer, VMD, DACVIMKimberly Hammer, VMD, DACVIM
Dr. Hammer graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. She then spent a year at Mississippi State University for a small animal internship and then returned to UPENN for a 2-year residency in small animal internal medicine. She earned board certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2004. Dr. Hammer’s professional interests include endocrinology, hepatic and gastrointestinal disease, renal disease, and critical care medicine to name a few. Deeply committed to her patients, Dr. Hammer’s primary goal is to provide the very best patient care, both diagnostically and therapeutically. She joined the NorthStar VETS team in September 2007.

Melissa A. Logan, Ph.D, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)Melissa A. Logan, Ph.D, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Dr. Logan was born and raised in nearby Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University. After graduating, she spent a few years working as a veterinary assistant before applying to graduate school. Dr. Logan earned a Ph.D in Neurophysiology in 2003, where she studied mechanisms and treatment of acute spinal cord injury. After graduate school she attended Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with her DVM in 2006. She stayed on at Purdue and completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery in 2007 and then completed her residency in Neurology in 2011. She is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology). Her areas of interest include nerve and muscle disorders, spinal cord injury, as well as epilepsy. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Pamela Levin, DVM, CVA, CCRTPamela Levin, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Dr. Pam Levin is originally from New Hampshire. Pam earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of New Hampshire in 1992. She graduated from Ross University, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 after completing her senior clinical rotations at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Levin has practiced as a small animal general practitioner and emergency and critical care veterinarian in New York, New Jersey, California, and Massachusetts. Pam has served as Director of Emergency Medicine at a small animal referral and emergency hospital in Massachusetts. Dr. Levin received her Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2009 through The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and her Certification in Canine Rehabilitation Therapy in 2011 through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Prior to joining NorthStar VETS in 2011, Dr. Levin served as staff acupuncturist at a small animal referral and emergency hospital in New Jersey. Dr. Levin’s areas of interest include improving patient’s quality of life though pain management, therapeutic exercise, and noninvasive alternative therapies. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians, and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.

The information presented on this web site is not intended to take the place of your family veterinarian’s advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Discuss this information with your own veterinarian to determine what is right for your pet. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. We can not and do not give you medical advice via this blog. The information contained in this online site and emails is presented in summary form only and intended to provide broad understanding and knowledge. The information should not be considered complete and should not be used in place of a visit, call, consultation or advice of your veterinarian. We do not recommend the self-management of your pet’s health problems.

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K-9 Cop, Nero, gets tooth repaired


“Nero” is a police dog for Mercer County Sheriff’s Office. His handler is Officer Pat Papero. While doing bite work one day in late September, Nero suffered a bad fracture of his right upper canine tooth. The fracture extended well beneath the gum line. When a police dog loses a canine, it’s like a an officer losing a hand. Therefore, Nero underwent a periodontal surgery called an apically repositioned flap to explore the fracture and to reposition the gum line to allow a portion of the root to act as crown. After the periodontal surgery was determined to be successful, a root canal therapy was done on the pulp-exposed tooth. A crown preparation was done and detailed impressions were sent to a special laboratory in California to create a full metal jacket. Nero’s crown was cemented in place today and he will be apprehending perpetrators very soon!

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The fracture extended quite a ways under the gum line so a periodontal surgery called an apically repositioned flap was performed to allow part of the root to act as the new crown. Then a root canal therapy, crown preparation, detailed impressions, temporary crown, and finally cementation of the metal crown. It was a total of three anesthesias.

John Lewis, VMD, FAVD, DAVDCJohn Lewis, VMD, FAVD, DAVDC
Dr. John Lewis is the veterinary dentist at NorthStar VETS. He was Assistant Professor of Dentistry and Oral Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 and spent 5 years in general practice prior to returning for a residency in dentistry and oral surgery. Dr. Lewis became a fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry (AVD) in 2004 and a diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) in 2005. At the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Lewis has served as Associate Director of the Mari Lowe Center for Comparative Oncology, and more recently, as Chief of Surgery. Dr. Lewis’ research interests include oral surgical oncology, maxillofacial fracture repair, maxillofacial reconstruction, new therapies for treatment of feline oral squamous cell carcinoma, and lasers in oral surgery and dentistry. Dr. Lewis is a past President of the American Veterinary Dental Society, and has served as Examination Chair of the AVDC and Credentials Chair of the AVD. Prior to joining NorthStar VETS full-time, Dr. Lewis was the residency director of the world’s first academic residency in Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery at Penn Vet.

The information presented on this web site is not intended to take the place of your family veterinarian’s advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Discuss this information with your own veterinarian to determine what is right for your pet. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. We can not and do not give you medical advice via this blog. The information contained in this online site and emails is presented in summary form only and intended to provide broad understanding and knowledge. The information should not be considered complete and should not be used in place of a visit, call, consultation or advice of your veterinarian. We do not recommend the self-management of your pet’s health problems.

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Surf makes amazing recovery from abdominal surgery


We love getting feedback like this from clients! Here is the story of Surf, who made an incredible recovery from intestinal surgery!

“I just wanted to give you a quick update on how my Sheltie, Surf, is doing since his intestinal surgery 30 days ago. Surf continues to do well and is gradually getting his energy back. He is eating normal food and having regular, mostly normal stool. Prior to the surgery Surf was an extremely fit, athletic dog that I did herding and agility with. After the surgery when 75% of his small intestine was removed, I was just hoping for survival and a good quality of life. Surf continues to amaze me. We have done a couple of short herding sessions to help build up his endurance. Tonight he did some agility training at a lower level than normal and skipped some obstacles that might be difficult due to the abdominal muscles required; however, he did fabulous. Here is a YouTube link to a video of part of his agility training session tonight. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnVtsHfQvDo

“Many thanks to you and the entire team that worked on Surf so he was able to come home.”

Thanks!
Karin

We think Surf looks great out there on the agility course! Take a look for yourself!

Garrett Levin, DVM, DACVSGarrett Levin, DVM, DACVS
Originally from California, Dr. Levin earned his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of California at Davis in 1994. He received his veterinary degree from Ross University, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. Dr. Levin completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship in 2000 and a three-year comprehensive residency in small animal orthopedics, soft tissue, and neurosurgery in 2003 at The Animal Medical Center in New York. He was a Staff Surgeon at a small animal referral and emergency hospital in California and Medical Director and Chief of Surgery at a referral and emergency hospital in Massachusetts prior to joining NorthStar VETS in April 2009. Dr. Levin’s areas of special interest include cardiothoracic surgery, orthopedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, neurosurgery, stem cell therapy and emergency and trauma surgery. He has extensive training in Interventional Radiology (IR) and Interventional Endoscopy (IE) and is an integral member of the IR/IE Department at NorthStar VETS. Dr. Levin is trained in the Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgical procedure for the treatment of cranial cruciate ligament rupture. He performs a wide range of minimally invasive surgeries including arthroscopy, thoracoscopy, and laparoscopy, as well as minimally invasive fracture repair.

The information presented on this web site is not intended to take the place of your family veterinarian’s advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Discuss this information with your own veterinarian to determine what is right for your pet. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. We can not and do not give you medical advice via this blog. The information contained in this online site and emails is presented in summary form only and intended to provide broad understanding and knowledge. The information should not be considered complete and should not be used in place of a visit, call, consultation or advice of your veterinarian. We do not recommend the self-management of your pet’s health problems.

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