Category Archives: Pets

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


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. Continue reading

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When it’s your own pet


On January 1st of this year, I lost my beautiful boy. He was the dumpster diver tomcat at an Italian restaurant in Brooklyn, according to legend. 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. Continue reading

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Pet behavior considerations during the holidays


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

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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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