Category Archives: Pets

Meet the NorthStar VETS Team: Shiara Arulpragasam, DVM, CCRP


Dr. Shiara Arulpragasam is a Veterinary Surgeon at NorthStar VETS. In this blog post and video below, she talks about how she got into veterinary medicine, her love of Great Danes, and what she looks for in a great veterinary specialty hospital. Continue reading

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Meet the NorthStar VETS team: Tammy Anderson, DVM, DACVIM


Dr. Tammy Anderson is a Veterinary Internist at NorthStar VETS. In this video, she talks about how she got into veterinary medicine, the types of things she does for pets, and the words her mother said to her that changed her life. Continue reading

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How to Shop for Pet Insurance


Good pet insurance gives you peace of mind. Yet, there are so many types of pet insurance, how do you choose? Continue reading

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How to Say Goodbye


Euthanasia is one of the hardest decisions we have to make as a pet owner. The question I get asked often is: How will I know when it’s time? I have 3 different approaches to answering this question. Continue reading

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NorthStar VETS Buddy Pet Oxygen Mask Initiative


Buddy’s Story Dr. Steven Berkowitz, Emergency and Critical Veterinarian at NorthStar VETS, recently visited the Florence and Chesterfield Fire Companies. The brave firefighters from these townships rescued a service dog named Buddy from a condo fire back on February 21. … Continue reading

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Advice from Pet Owners Who Have Been There


If you’re like us, you look to reviews and input from others to help you make decisions. Here’s Johanna Dickinson from NYC. She tells the story of her spaniel mix, Molly, who seemed a little “off” one Saturday.If you’re like us, you look to reviews and input from others to help you make decisions. Here’s Johanna Dickinson from NYC. She tells the story of her spaniel mix, Molly, who seemed a little “off” one Saturday. Continue reading

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From the Client Perspective: My Dog was Diagnosed with Kidney Disease


Butterscotch was bleeding from his mouth one day, so I called my family veterinarian. The technician suggested that maybe he had a broken tooth, but the bleeding continued, so I brought him in. One of the associate veterinarians immediately looked at him. There was concern about cancer, but after some tests it turned out to be chronic kidney failure. Continue reading

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How Rehabilitation Improves Quality of Life for Patients


Sheila, and the team an NorthStar VETS, will continue to provide the best in veterinary medicine for you and your pets. “Every single day I love seeing the patients and we get to see a lot of them on a regular basis so we become very attached to them. They’re just a joy! And it’s wonderful when you see a patient completely paralyzed and unable to walk transform over six to eight weeks and get back to normal. They’re playing and having a normal life again which is very rewarding.” Continue reading

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Gabriel is the Luckiest Dog


Gabriel is a Basset Hound that was diagnosed with an arrhythmia called third degree A-V block. Basically, that causes the heart to beat too slow which can make animals feel weak, lethargic, and they can even have passing-out episodes. The only way to fix that kind of arrhythmia is by placing a pacemaker which allows the heart to beat at a faster rate that’s more compatible with everyday activity and life. Continue reading

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What Pet Owners Should Expect When They Arrive at the Pet Hospital in an Emergency


We recommend putting this information together as well as visiting your nearest emergency pet hospital before you need it. If you do need emergency medical care for your pet, it’ll be a little easier knowing you know how to get to the hospital. Continue reading

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