Category Archives: Pets

Cool Case: Bruno


The team at NorthStar VETS opted for electrical cardioversion of atrial fibrillation. Delivery of an electrical current to the entire heart via patches placed on either side of the chest helps to break the irregular heart rhythm and allows the heart’s own pacemaker (the sinus node) to resume control of the heart rate and rhythm. Continue reading

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Pet Loss and Changing Seasons


The grieving process still needs to happen, all while taking care of ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually. Continue reading

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Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Frequently Asked Questions


Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) is a serious viral disease that may cause a high rate of infection and death in rabbits. Continue reading

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From the Client Perspective: Living with IMHA


Those who know Ethan know how difficult life was for him. We learned how to conquer his fears and be happy. That’s when we faced his next big battle – IMHA. Continue reading

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From the Client Perspective: Tucker


The surgeon called Heather and Adam a few hours later and explained that there was no mass or cancer, which was a huge relief. She said that it was blebs on his lungs and that they had to open Tucker’s chest to find and remove the source of the leak. Continue reading

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Cool Case Murray


At their first visit, Murray was treated for his Pancreatitis by Dr. Stacy Wylie of the NorthStar VETS Internal Medicine team. Dr. Wylie described the case. “Murray is an 8-year-old dog who presented to NorthStar VETS initially for vomiting, inappetence, and increased drinking and urination. He was diagnosed with pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) and diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which is a life-threatening complication of diabetes mellitus.” Continue reading

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NorthStar VETS Cool Case Zoey


Zoey is a 2-year-old, female, spayed, Belgian Malinois who came NorthstarVETS back on November 30 with a right forelimb lameness. She had a history of a right forelimb lameness over 7 weeks. Continue reading

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Honoring Shannon


Shannon is a dog that came to the NorthStar VETS Oncology service on Christmas Eve of 2012 with lymphoma. She was 7 years old at the time and we started the standard CHOP chemotherapy protocol for her. Shannon did quite well through treatment and remains in remission for her lymphoma, but would have a second battle to win. Continue reading

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NorthStar VETS Cool Case Fiona


Fiona presented to the Surgery team in Robbinsville in January as a 5-month-old female intact Boxer with a right forelimb angular limb deformity. She had an abnormal curvature of the right radius and ulna which was causing her limb to curve to the inside (carpal varus). She also had a shortened right forelimb due to the premature closure of her distal medial radial growth plate. Continue reading

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NorthStar VETS Cool Case Casey


Casey was an 8-year-old Labrador Retriever that presented to NorthStar VETS late one morning after her owner found her laying on her side and minimally responsive after consuming a bottle of medication. Dr. Berkowitz of the Emergency and Critical Care team, opted to try a novel therapy of giving her intravenous lipid emulsion. Continue reading

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