Oradell Animal Hospital Leads NJ Search and Rescue Dog To Complete Recovery

Posted by d2030476 on May 14, 2012  /   Posted in Community, Featured Articles, General Information, Hot News

On September 5th, 2011 around 8 PM, NJ Search and Rescue received a police request to search for a lost hiker in Norvin Green State Forest.  Chris Kempey, Operational K9 Handler arrived on the scene with his search and rescue dog Moosie, around 11 PM.  At approximately 12:30 AM and in torrential rain, Moosie and Chris found the lost hiker in a hypothermic state, wandering the trails of the park with no map, compass, rain jacket or flashlight.

Not more than two weeks later, Moosie was in need of having her own life saved.  After multiple examinations and much testing at Allendale Animal Hospital and Oradell Animal Hospital, she was admitted to Oradell Animal Hospital with what the doctors in both hospitals believed to be acute Lyme Disease with multiple organ involvement.

After being treated and released from Oradell Animal Hospital three days later, Moosie went back to the hospital every two to four weeks for blood and urine testing.  Chris was cautioned many times that Moosie may never live a normal life again, let alone return to search and rescue work!  This was heartbreaking to him and his family.

Six months and many examinations, tests, and much special care later, Dr. Mary Ann Crawford at Oradell Animal Hospital (internal medicine department) called to inform Chris that Moosie’s results had all come back within normal ranges and that she had completely recovered.  Not to mention that Moosie would be able to return to search and rescue work!  “I was, and still am, beyond words”, says Chris.

As written by Chris Kempey, ” I wanted to take a moment to thank you and your staff at Oradell Animal Hospital for not only saving Moosie’s life, but for providing her with exceptional treatment that allowed her to recover completely.  I am beyond grateful she is healed and can continue to make a positive contribution to this world as a search and rescue dog (and to be the most wonderful pet I have ever had).  I simply cannot thank you enough or tell you how amazed I was by Moosie’s complete recovery (which I attribute in large part to your work).  Thank you is simply an understatement.  I have made a donation to the NJ Search and Rescue K9 Team in your name”

                    Moosie on her first day back at work after six months of rest and recuperation


Oradell Animal Hospital Offers Care For Life For Canine Companion

Posted by d2030476 on August 09, 2011  /   Posted in Community, Featured Articles, Hot News

Oradell Animal Hospital, located in Paramus, NJ, has graciously donated lifetime veterinary care for K.D. Lang, the service dog obtained for 9 year old Danny Garofalo who has Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy and is wheelchair dependent. 

Danny received K.D. thanks to the combined efforts of the Mickey’s Kids Foundation, a charity run by Hasbrouck Heights residents Tom and Michelle Meli who raised the money for K.D. to come to New Jersey.  They work with Canine Assistants, a Georgia-based charity that breeds, trains and places service dogs across the country.

How does K.D. help Danny? On a daily basis K.D. performs tasks that range from retrieving his shoes and clothes, to opening cabinets and doors to even making his bed.

Mickey’s Kids is having a fundraiser event scheduled for March 16, 2012.  For more information and photos on Mickeys Kids Foundation, please visit their Facebook page at “Mickeys Kids Charitable Foundation”.

Valuable Clients Donate Bronze Statue to Oradell Animal Hospital

Posted by d2030476 on August 03, 2011  /   Posted in Community, Hot News

The beautiful statue in the photo below of a Basset Hound and child was donated to Oradell Animal Hospital by our dedicated client of many years, Jerry Mandel.  Norman and Bongo, who the statue is dedicated to were Jerry’s first two Basset Hounds who were cared for by several doctors here at our hospital.  Dr Carol Carberry was Norman’s surgeon, Dr. Kerry Bailey, Norman’s nuerologist and Dr. Dennis Bailey, Norman’s oncologist. Dr. Stephen Brenn was Bongo’s oncologist.

The relationship of owner, pet and animal hospital was limitless.  Jerry continues to visit Oradell Animal Hospital for the healthcare of his six remaining Basset Hounds, Max, Lilly, Claudia, Bernice, Debra and Julia.

Here at our hospital Jerry knows he will receive the clinical excellence, compassionate care and exceptional service that he deserves.

Norman and Bongo will always remain in our hearts.


From left to right: Dr. Paul Gambardella, Dr. Anthony Palminteri,

Dr. William Stockman, Jerry Mandel

Special Care For Your Senior Dog at Oradell Animal Hospital

Posted by d2030476 on May 26, 2011  /   Posted in Community, General Information

Why does my senior dog not recognize or understand me anymore?

When dogs age and become seniors, there are a number of conditions which can reduce their responsiveness to you.

   Partial hearing loss or even deafness can occur. These dogs may not greet you immediately when you come home. They continue to sleep and do not respond until they feel the vibration from your feet on the floor or from the door closing. Older dogs appear to experience a much deeper stage of sleep and cannot be aroused as easily.

   Impaired vision or blindness may occur. Usually, this is first noted in the evening when the lighting is poor. The cause is sclerosis in the lenses of the eyes (a cloudiness) or cataracts which are more dense and reduce vision severely. These conditions gradually develop during the senior years. Your pet may see shadows but have difficulty recognizing you.

   Occasionally, older dogs develop a form of mental disorientation which is called cognitive dysfunction. They may be very restless and wander aimlessly around the house. Some will go into a corner and will not know how to get out. Other dogs will bark repeatedly at nothing.

    Some dogs that are experiencing hearing loss will respond to hand signals. Speaking to them slowly with a louder voice will be helpful. Dogs with vision loss will do better if the lighting in the room is increased. These dogs should be slowly walked and kept close to your body so that they can feel your presence. Cataract surgery can be done if indicated.

     The sense of smell usually remains good in senior dogs. If you hold out your hand for them to sniff, they will usually recognize you by your own scent.

      A dog with cognitive dysfunction needs to be watched more closely and not allowed to have access to all areas of the house. Stairs and rooms with small corners or restricted spaces should be avoided. You may need to repeat yourself when talking to these animals. Medications are availabe that may help some pets.

      Your senior dog should be evaluated by your veterinarian every six months who will monitor its condition and prescribe the proper treatment. Remember to be patient with your senior pet and always supply plenty of tender loving care.

[doctor name = “William Lucker”]

Oradell Animal Hospital Veterinarian Dr. Laura Lee Sartor diagnoses irritable bowel in feline

Posted by d2030476 on May 03, 2011  /   Posted in Community, General Information, Patient Highlights

Hi Dr. Sartor, 

Mia & I just wanted to give you a little update about our cat Bailey, who was at Oradell Animal Hospital one year ago this month.  He is doing fantastic and it is just amazing.  When we brought him to you, we truly believed you were his last hope.  Especially after our regular veterinarian told us she thought he needed to be put down with what she believed was a lymphoma in his lower intestine.   You took such good care of him when we brought him to you.  He was very sick.  When he had a relapse two weeks later and we called you (you gave us your cell number because you were on vacation) after our veterinarian gave us that news, you gave us hope.  You told us not to do anything  except to bring in him “for a follow up” so you and your associates could look at him.  You took care of him again, gave him a script for prednosone (which he still takes 1/2 pill a day), and he has slowly gotten better ever since.  It turned out that his colitis or irritable bowel syndrome was brought on by the stress of the loss of his 12 year old sister Brieanna the month before, and the addition of his two new playmates, Blue & Berri.  

Bailey will be turning 10 next month and he is as happy and playful as he has ever been.  He has adjusted to his new brother & sister, and we believe now that they are actually good for him and keep him younger.  He sleeps with them, plays with them, eats with them, and brawls with them.  Ok, so it is not always peaches & cream with the 3 of them, but for the most part it is a very loving household.  Bailey is more friendly with us, and he sleeps and eats better and very consistantly.  He also wants attention from us more then ever and he purrs so much when you sit with him and talk to him and stroke him. 

So, we just wanted to let you know how well he is doing and to say thanks again to you and all the great people at Oradell Animal Hospital that took such good care of him. 


Mia, Mike Smith, and Bailey


[doctor name = “Laura Sartor”]

Guttenberg, NJ Police and Oradell Animal Hospital Reunite Roxy With Owner

Posted by d2030476 on April 04, 2011  /   Posted in Community, General Information, Hot News

While on patrol on March 4, 2011, PO Anderson recovered a stray dog.  He transported the animal to Guttenberg, NJ Police Headquarters and attempted to locate the owner.  When it seemed that the animal did not hae an owner, Animal Control was called and advised that they did not have any room and would have to euthanize the dog.  Being an animal lover, he did not want to see this happen.  He took the dog to his home, fed and washed it.  He then brought it to Oradell Animal Hospital to see if the dog had a chip with its information.  The dog did have one and it was a lost dog for six months from Staten Island, New York.  The owner was contacted and was reunited with the dog.

It is only through the professionalism, diligence and concern for life of the officer and Oradell Animal Hospital that we were able to have such a great conclusion for this lost dog.

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Mealtime important for diabetic dogs

Posted by d2030476 on March 07, 2011  /   Posted in Community, General Information, Questions and Answers

My dog Shelly, a 5 year old female Schnauzer was recently diagnosed with diabetes and is getting twice daily insulin injections.  She is doing better but I am confused about her mealtimes, specifically what and when she should be eating.  I heard that high protein food was the way to go.   Do you have some suggestions?

A lot of information has been published about the use of high protein diets in managing diabetes mellitus in cats, not dogs. The feeding of diabetic dogs is quite different. Canine diabetes mellitus is more like Type I or insulin-dependent diabetes, where there is no insulin being produced within the body.  Feline diabetes is more like Type II diabetes, in which the pancreas is producing some insulin, but not enough. Type II diabetes is the most common type of diabetes in people, and is often complicated by obesity.  The dietary approaches of Type 1 and Type II diabetes in dogs and cats are very different.

For dogs, high fiber diets may be ideal to keep blood sugars more stable throughout the day.   Fiber blunts the increase in blood sugar levels that occur after eating, delays the emptying of food from the stomach, and slows the digestion of carbohydrates (glucose sources).  If the diabetic dog is overweight – and many are – fiber also helps the patient feel full after eating, thus encouraging weight loss.  

A common issue that accompanies diabetes mellitus is elevated triglycerides (fats) in the bloodstream.  Schnauzers have a genetic predisposition for elevations in serum triglycerides. In humans, high triglycerides may lead to heart disease and strokes. Dogs do not usually have these issues, thank goodness, but the elevated fat levels in the blood may result in pancreatitis, which can be quite serious. This is another reason we may want to use a low fat diet that is higher in fiber.

Although the low fat high fiber foods may be ideal, some patients do well on a balanced maintenance diet.  Canned and dry forms of whatever diet is chosen are equally acceptable; however, soft-moist foods should be avoided as they include sugary preservatives.   Feeding times should center on the lifestyle of the family, but must be consistent on a day to day basis.  Ideally Shelly should eat twice daily at approximately 10 to12 hour intervals, and most pet owners feed at the time of the insulin administration. 

Remember to speak to your veterinarian about the best type of food to feed, and especially if she has any additional medical problems.  Best of luck with Shelly!

[doctor name=”Mary Crawford”]

Oradell Receives Outstanding Community Service Award

Posted by d2030476 on February 29, 2008  /   Posted in Community

The Bergen County law enforcement division of the NJSPCA presented Oradell Animal Hospital with an award for their efforts in providing outstanding medical care for abused, malnourished or animals in need of immediate care.

Chief James LaGrosa of the Bergen County Police Department heads a team of 18 volunteer officers who are members of a task force associated with the NJSPCA who in the course of duty protect and recover sick, injured or lost animals throughout Bergen County. Members of the task force are on call 24 hours a day.

Chief LaGrosa states “Oradell Animal Hospital is wonderful to us. They are known throughout the state as a facility where animals can go and get the best in emergency care. All employees that work with us truly go above and beyond. They are responsive, quick and provide quality service. We are pleased to have Oradell as a working partner.”

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