Category Archives: Pets

Welcome Shady to the NorthStar VETS Family


“Shady” is the newest member of our NorthStar VETS family. Considering he would be the hospital cat for our Maple Shade facility and the fact that he is a lovely smokey grey color, the client service representatives at the Maple Shade facility thought “Shady” would be perfect! All of us at NorthStar VETS who have had the chance to meet Shady have fallen in love with his fluffy fur and his sweet heart. When Shady is full-grown, he will join our blood donor program to help cats in need. Continue reading

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Winston the Westie battles Craniomandibular Osteopathy


Radiographs showed changes consistent with craniomandubular osteopathy, a congenital disorder common in the Westie breed, that is an excessive and abnormal bone growth on the skull (cranium) and lower jaw (mandible) causing pain and discomfort. Continue reading

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The Story of Oliver


After being here for more than a month, he started becoming a part of the family with his sweet temperament and affectionate nature. Many of us got attached to this adorable cat with an amazing personality, so we decided to treat him extensively for the problems he had. After much pleading from the entire staff, our Chief of Staff, Dr. Stobie, agreed to let us keep Oliver as a hospital cat and become the new mascot for NorthStar VETS. Continue reading

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Ask the NorthStar VETS Vet: Heart Murmurs in Dogs and Cats


My pet has a heart murmur – what does this mean? A heart murmur is one of several types of abnormal sounds your veterinarian can hear when listening to your pet’s heart with a stethoscope. Normally, two distinct sounds are … Continue reading

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Dogs and Children Bond at Best Friends Bash


Last week marked the third annual Best Friends Bash. The magic continues to be palpable and the dogs continue to brighten the room! And it looks like the Best Friends Bash will go national in the near future. Another example of the healing power of pets! Continue reading

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4 Oncology cases that make this veterinarian love her job


I often get asked why I practice Oncology, and there are two reasons. One is that I can often extend good quality of life for longer than most clients realize. And the second reason is that I get to know my clients well and develop a relationship with them. These four cases show how creative thinking can help me do both for my patients. Continue reading

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Breathing Issues in Cats


We often get questions from our clients about how to tell if your cat is breathing alright or not. On this blog, I have attached two videos of my cats having trouble breathing (dyspnea) for two different reasons. Continue reading

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Like a Needle in a Haystack


She initially presented to her family veterinarian two weeks prior when the swelling was first noticed by her owner. Her family veterinarian took X-rays of her neck where the swelling was most prominent. The X-rays revealed evidence of a needle foreign body located deep within the structures of the cervical neck. Continue reading

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National Dog Bite Prevention Week is Now


National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 17-23) is now, and it is a good time to remind ourselves about the common triggers of biting. Continue reading

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Breaking News: Canine Influenza Virus


Canine Influenza Virus has been diagnosed in the Chicago area and has spread to Wisconsin and Indiana. For additional information on this disease, visit the website for the Center for Disease Control. Continue reading

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