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Our pets need to be buckled up too!

Posted by d2030476 on June 01, 2012  /   Posted in Featured Articles, General Information, Hot News

Now that the beautiful weather is upon us, more families are inclined to travel with their pets.  But beware: keeping your dog(s) unrestrained in the car can cause serious damage to your pocketbook and these consequences can be more severe than pet owners realize.

Fines for this offense can run anywhere from $250 to $1,000 per pet.

To read more about this subject click here to North’s article:

Road Warrior: Not buckling up your pet in the car can mean big fines

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


Tibial tuberosity advancement for the treatment of tearing of the cranial cruciate ligament in dogs.

Posted by d2030476 on February 15, 2012  /   Posted in General Information, Hot News

Jonathan Miller, DVM, MS, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons

             Tearing of the cranial (or anterior) cruciate ligament (CrCL) in dogs commonly occurs in middle aged, overweight dogs, but we have seen it in dogs as young as 10 months old.  The limp or lameness can happen suddenly or it can wax and wane for months.  Anti-inflammatory medications will help the patient to feel better, but in dogs over 15 to 20 pounds, surgery is required to achieve the best possible outcome.  In medium to large breed dogs the treatment of choice at Oradell Animal Hospital is tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA).  At the time of surgery, the “knee joint” (in dogs called the stifle joint) is examined either in the traditional open method or with arthroscopy to assess the integrity of the CrCL and remove any damaged portion.  The joint is also inspected for degree of arthritis and the medial meniscus (cartilage) is examined because 1/3 of dogs with a CrCL tear will also tear the meniscus.  Then, instead of trying to replace the ligament, the forces around the knee are adjusted by moving the front of the lower bone (tibia) forward to stabilize the joint.  This action eliminates the force pushing the tibia forward when the CrCL is not functioning properly (See Figures 1 and 2).  This involves cutting the bone and placing a titanium spacer in order to keep the bone in its new position.  Additionally, a plate is applied to reinforce the repair.  

            Following surgery, the knee needs to be protected from overuse by restricting the dog from running, jumping, rough play, or fast stairs.  Walking is encouraged as part of a detailed postoperative rehabilitation plan.  Pain medications and antibiotics are routinely used following orthopedic surgery.  Typically, the patient is seen at 2 weeks for staple or suture removal and again at 2 months for recheck x-rays of the stifle to assess bone healing (See Figure 3).  At this time an increase in activity back to a normal level is expected.  Many dogs will eventually tear their other CrCL, so keeping them lean and active to improve muscle strength is important.

Figure 1 showing a force vector diagram of instability caused by CrCL tear.

Figure 2 showing the balancing of the stifle’s forces following TTA surgery.

Figure 3 demonstrating typical bone healing seen at two months after TTA surgery.

 Dr. Miller has successfully performed TTA surgery in hundreds of dogs.  He received his master’s degree evaluating the biomechanics of TTA in dogs which he presented at a national surgery conference and has published two scientific articles on the subject:

 Miller JM, Shires PK, Lanz OI, Martin RA, Grant JW. Effect of 9mm tibial tuberosity advancement on the canine cranial cruciate deficient stifle. Vet Surg 2007;36:335-340.

 Hoffmann DE, Miller JM, Ober CP, Lanz OI, Martin RA, Shires PK. Tibial tuberosity advancement in 65 canine stifles. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol 2006;19:219-227.

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

Treatments For A Dog’s Hair Loss

Posted by d2030476 on May 24, 2011  /   Posted in General Information, Hot News

Q:  My 9 year old Newfoundland and Lab(115lbs) mix is losing fur on his back, I give him the best food, my vet said to give him flaxseed oil instead of omega oil which I have been giving him also 3mg of melatonin 2 capsules (sleep aid?) plus vitamin pill once per day.  While looking on the Internet I suspect Alopecia I am at wits end and nothing is helping, what do you recommend?  If it is alopecia, is there a cure, I also have been rubbing his skin with vitamin E

A:  Hair loss in our pets can be very frustrating and be caused by many things.  Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss or baldness.  Hair loss can be a sign of primary skin disease or may be secondary to other disease processes.  The pattern, degree of hair loss, and appearance of the skin in these areas is important for establishing a list of likely causes.  For instance multiple areas of hair loss with red irritated itchy skin could indicate a bacterial, fungal, or parasitic infection of the skin.  However, hair loss that shows a symmetrical pattern can be a sign of underlying endocrine diseases.  Some common endocrine diseases that can cause hair loss include hyperadrenocorticism, hypothyroidism, and sex hormone imbalance.  Fatty acids, melatonin, and vitamins sometimes help hair loss.  It does not sound like this has helped your dog so I would recommend a full physical examination and some blood work to try to determine the possible cause of your dog’s alopecia.  If the skin appears abnormal to your veterinarian he or she may want to perform special skin tests.  These tests might include a skin scraping to look for mites, an impression smear to look for bacteria or yeast, and a skin biopsy to look at the cells of the skin.  Not all cases of alopecia can be cured, but if your dog has an infection or underlying endocrine disease hair loss can improve with treatment.

[doctor name = “Erica Swanke”]

Cliff Swallows Spring Home to Oradell Animal Hospital, Paramus, NJ

Posted by d2030476 on May 18, 2011  /   Posted in Hot News

Oradell Animal Hospital is privileged to be the spring home of cliff swallows (a species of special concern in NJ). There are only a few breeding nests in the state.  They have returned from their winter home in South America, for the third straight year, to build their gourd shaped mud nests by the main entrance and side exit doors.  They are colorful small acrobatic insectivores. So on your next visit to Oradell Animal Hospital, look up and enjoy these special birds.


                                                               Photographs by Joli McCue Susman

Internal Medicine Veterinary Specialists at Oradell Animal Hospital

Posted by d2030476 on May 12, 2011  /   Posted in General Information, Hot News

Oradell Animal Hospital is a unique facility in that it not only has a general practice, but also specialty practices under the same roof.   Just as in human medicine, veterinary medicine includes many different types of specialties. Specialists bring a specific understanding to the areas of internal medicine, cardiology, oncology, surgery, neurology, radiology, dermatology,ophthalmology, and nutrition.  They possess a greater knowledge of the unusual, the uncommon, or rare in both large and small animals.   To see a complete list of recognized specialist organizations, go to the web page

For major, complicated problems, pet owners are often referred to a board-certified veterinary specialist.  Veterinary specialists complete undergraduate training, four years of veterinary school, an internship and three to four years of residency training in their  field.  In addition to this extensive training, a board-certified veterinary specialist must pass rigorous examinations and fulfill the specific requirements for certification set by each specialty college. 

Our internal medicine department at the Oradell Animal Hospital consists of four veterinarians trained in the specialty of internal medicine who delve into the complex medical management of disorders in dogs and cats seven days a week along with a specialized technical support staff.  Some of the main areas of focus include immune-mediated, hematologic, kidney/urinary, hormonal/endocrine, respiratory, liver and gastrointestinal diseases.  Some of the common presenting complaints of pet owners include poorly managed diabetes mellitus, anemia, chronic coughing, inappropriate urination, and unexplained weight loss.  

The internist will perform a complete and thorough physical examination of your pet, and based on these initial findings, additional tests will be discussed.  Diagnostics available include: radiology, ultrasonography, aspiration/biopsy, bronchoscopy, endoscopy, rhinoscopy, colonoscopy, cystoscopy, and nutritional support such as feeding tube placement.  Any diagnostic and therapeutic decisions will be discussed at the time of your appointment with the individual specialist , who will be in consultation with your family veterinarian.  The specialist, technical staff, and your family veterinarian will all work together to ensure the very best care for your pet.

Top left to right: Laura Lee Sartor, DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM (Internal Medicine)

Mary Ann Crawford, DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM (Internal Medicine)

Bottom left to right: Deborah Hall, DVM (Diplomate pending)

Dara Zerrenner, VMD, Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine)


Canine Laparoscopy Surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital

Posted by d2030476 on April 25, 2011  /   Posted in General Information, Hot News, Questions and Answers

My dog was recently sick with a liver problem and my vet said she might need a liver biopsy.  I had liver problems caused by gallstones and needed my gall bladder removed.  The surgery was done with tiny incisions and a camera.  Is this done in dogs?

Laparoscopy, also known as minimally invasive surgery, has been performed in people for decades.  Veterinarians are becoming much more proficient at this in the last decade.  Currently, more and more surgeries can be done in dogs and cats with small (1/4 inch) incisions.  Usually these procedures are performed by a specially trained veterinary surgeon.  A small (5 millimeter) camera is placed into the belly to see the organs, and then one or more small incisions are made to allow access for instruments.  The advantages of laparoscopic surgery include smaller incisions, less pain, quicker recovery, and shorter time spent in the hospital.

For liver problems, your veterinarian will need to perform some blood tests to check on liver values and will likely want to do an ultrasound of the belly to get a picture of what is going on with the liver before a biopsy is recommended.  Liver biopsies have been performed in dogs with laparoscopy since the 1970s.  The patient must have general anesthesia for this procedure.  The whole process takes about 20 minutes in which tiny pieces of the liver are taken to arrive at a diagnosis.  The dog or cat can often go home the same day with two little incisions in the belly.  Oftentimes, the surgeon can get pictures or video of the procedure if you ask.  Other surgeries, such as removing gall bladders, removing small tumors, getting stomach or intestinal samples, or spaying are possible nowadays with animal laparoscopy.  Please speak to your veterinarian about your pet and ask where the nearest small animal laparoscopic surgeon is located.

            [doctor name = “Jonathan Miller”]

Dogs can have epilepsy, too

Posted by d2030476 on April 18, 2011  /   Posted in General Information, Hot News, Questions and Answers

Q:  Our 3-year-old poodle, Missy, collapsed several days ago and had a horrible seizure. We rushed her to our veterinarian, but before we could even get to his office, she appeared fine. Missy, her tail wagging, walked into the vet’s office, as if nothing had happened.  The veterinarian said Missy most likely had epilepsy and that we should monitor her seizures. If they become problematic, he said Missy may have to take medication.  We’re terribly worried about her and have spent hours researching epilepsy in dogs. But much of the information seems confusing.  What can you tell us about the epilepsy and what recommendations would you have for us.

A:  Seizures are the most common neurologic problem seen in dogs and cats.  However, regardless of how common they are, seizures are very upsetting to witness.  There are several types of seizures.  The most common type of seizure is a generalized seizure (formerly called grand mal seizures).  During this type of seizure, the animal suddenly loses consciousness and falls, often with the limbs extended.  The dog (or cat) often salivates, urinates or defecates.  They then progress to paddling or jerking of the limbs, and often display chewing movements.  The average seizure of this type lasts 30 seconds to 2 minutes.  There is another large class of seizures, called partial seizures, which vary greatly in appearance.  They may involve movement of one limb or one part of the body (i.e. the face), may be manifested as “fly-biting” or chewing, and the animal may or may not lose consciousness.  These often last seconds, but can last longer.  After a seizure, dogs and cats usually display what are called postictal signs.  They are temporary and may include disorientation, restlessness, wobbliness, blindness, or deafness.  These abnormal behaviors may resolve after several minutes, but may last for days, especially after prolonged/severe seizures.

 There are several causes for seizures and it is important to identify any underlying cause of a seizure such low blood sugar, a brain tumor, or inflammation in the brain, so that treatment for the underlying cause can be started.  The most common cause of seizures in dogs is idiopathic epilepsy, meaning there is no underlying disease process causing the seizures.  The typical dog (there are some exceptions) diagnosed with epilepsy begins to have seizures between 1 and 5 years of age, often seizures at night or when the dog is resting or sleeping, and has normal behavior in between the seizures.  Epilepsy can be seen in any breed or mixed breed, but it is known to be inherited in the following breeds:  Beagle, Belgian Tervuren, Bernese Mountain Dog, Collie, Dachshund, English Springer Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Irish Wolfhound, Keeshound, Labrador Retriever, Poodle, Shetland Sheepdog and Vizsla. 

If you witness your dog (or cat) having a seizure, it is advised you bring him to a veterinarian who will perform thorough physical and neurological examinations.  In the typical epileptic dog who has recovered from the seizure, these examinations are normal  whereas a dog that is seizuring due to a brain tumor, for example, typically has an abnormal neurological exam.  Next, blood work is usually performed, and again is normal in the typical epileptic dog.  MRI or CT scan of the brain and analysis of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) may be indicated in patients where an underlying disease process is suspected.  These tests are normal in dogs with epilepsy.  It is important to note that epilepsy is a “diagnosis of exclusion” meaning that there is no test that comes back “positive” for epilepsy – all other disease processes must be ruled out.  However, often times, if a dog fits the classic description of an epileptic, these advanced tests are not needed.

Fortunately, the average short seizure is not life threatening.  However, multiple seizures that occur within a 24 hour period of time (called cluster seizures) or a single seizure that lasts more than 5 minutes (called status epilepticus) are life threatening events and need to be treated as emergencies.  If your pet ever experiences one of these situations, you must bring him to a veterinarian/emergency clinic immediately.  It is believed that patients treated early in the course of epilepsy may have better long-term control of their seizures, as untreated seizure activity may lead to increased seizure frequency over time.  The decision to treat seizures varies among veterinarians and owners.  One way to look at it is therapy is started once the risks of additional seizures outweigh the risks of treatment.  The risks of seizures include the seizures themselves as well as the emotional effects on the family.  The risks of therapy include drug side effects and the cost and effort of daily medication and monitoring.   The goal of therapy is to decrease the frequency and severity of seizures.  Ideally it would be to eliminate seizures completely, but less than one third of dogs treated for epilepsy become seizure-free.  Therefore, therapy is typically life-long.  If therapy is ever stopped, it must be done slowly, under the careful guidance of your veterinarian.  Seizure medication must never be stopped abruptly.  Several drugs are available to help control seizures and fortunately some of the newer drugs carry few side effects.  The cost of some of these newer drugs may be significant depending on the drug chosen and the size of your dog.  Treatment options are numerous and must be tailored to the individual dog and owner.  Because each patient responds to drugs differently, it is very much trial and error in the beginning to establish the best treatment protocol.  In some cases more than one drug is needed to control epilepsy.  It is important to have a good relationship with your veterinarian and discuss all drug options available.  Once medication is begun, future trips to the veterinarian are necessary to monitor how your pet is responding to the drug.  It is always a good idea to keep a log of your pet’s seizures to help your veterinarian determine if changes need to be made to the treatment protocol to better help your pet.

[doctor name = “Kerry Bailey”]

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