Category Archives: Pets

Pay it forward


To be able to give that surprise financial gift to a deserving client and patient is priceless. Continue reading

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Gizmo is fighting for his life, and needs your help


On 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. Continue reading

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Sandy’s long journey to health


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. Continue reading

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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! Continue reading

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Why Miko needs your help today


Miko is a handsome young German Shepherd owned by a 4th year college student from Rutgers University. When Miko was very young, about 2 months of age, he sustained a right radius and ulna fracture that was managed conservatively in a splint bandage by his local veterinarian. The fracture healed, but the growth plates were damaged and closed down prematurely, leaving Miko with an obvious and painful angular limb deformity. Continue reading

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Ask the NorthStar VETS Vet: Transitioning from phenobarbital to Keppra for seizures


Luckily, Keppra (a.k.a. leveteriacetam) is a drug that does not require a loading period to reach therapeutic levels like some other anti-seizure drugs such as phenobarbital and potassium bromide. Consequently, therapeutic benefits can be seen immediately upon dosing the drug and there is generally no need to “transition” your dog onto this drug. Continue reading

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Ask the NorthStar VETS Vet: Living with an anxious cat and long-term use of Prozac (fluoxetine)


There are many strategies that can be employed to try to manage these problems and what is ultimately effective will vary from pet to pet and be dependent upon a variety of factors (i.e. presence of underlying medical conditions, underlying cause of the anxiety, the patient’s unique environment, the presence of other household pets, etc.). Continue reading

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Ask the NorthStar VETS Vet: Avoiding back problems in Dachshunds


“Back problems” in Dachshunds can be more accurately described as “spinal problems.” While the most common site for a dachshund to develop a spinal problem is in the back or thoracolumbar spine, they can also suffer from problems in the neck, or cervical spine. To clarify further, when we talk about spinal problems in Dachshunds, we are almost always talking about issues associated with intervertebral disc disease. This is a condition in which an intervertebral disc is protruding to some degree, or completely prolapsing, causing some level of compression of the spinal cord, and resulting in pain and/or neurologic dysfunction. Dachshunds are frequently associated with this disease and are likely more susceptible to it than any other breed. Continue reading

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Are you prepared for a pet emergency?


At NorthStar VETS we are here to make you at ease during any type of medical emergency. From a broken toe nail that won’t stop bleeding to more critical emergencies such as respiratory distress, we are here to handle any type of situation. But before you walk in our door, here are some ways to prepare yourself and your pet to allow for a smooth transition to our facility. Continue reading

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Rehabilitation after orthopedic or neurologic surgery


If you had a knee surgery or a hip replacement, your surgeon would be sending you for post-operative physical therapy. We in the veterinary world are starting to catch up to our human counterparts…and this is a great thing for our pets! The success of a surgical procedure can be dependent on what we do for physical therapy in the post-operative period. Continue reading

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