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Dr. Phil Zeltzman’s Blog

Real stories about actual HRVSS patients.

When Everybody is Convinced it’s Cancer

When Everybody is Convinced it’s Cancer

At HRVSS, we certainly remove many masses. Often, patients are referred by their family vet to remove a “cancerous” mass, in the belly, under the skin, or in a number of other areas. Unless a biopsy has been performed, I always call these “masses” more objectively:...

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Double Whammy and Double Success for Majic

Double Whammy and Double Success for Majic

Majic, a 9 year old Beagle, had a very swollen and firm right thigh. Long story short, this was a classic case of an unusual type of fatty tumor, aka lipoma. It’s called an inter-muscular lipoma, which means that it lives under a muscle, or between muscles. In Majic’s...

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Stanley: From Out of Breath to Running Top Speed

Stanley: From Out of Breath to Running Top Speed

Stanley, a 9 month old Pug, was struggling to breathe.Because of his flat face, he had all the signs of dogs (and cats) with “brachycephalic syndrome,” such as bulldogs, Pekingese, and Boston terriers: difficulty breathing or catching his breath by day. some snoring...

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A Look Back at 2021 at HRVSS…

A Look Back at 2021 at HRVSS…

The beginning of a new year is a great time to think about all the patients we helped, and which surgeries they required to get better.This will give you a feel for which surgeries are most common.So here are the top 10 surgeries at Harrisburg Regional...

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Why do pets mutilate themselves?

Why do pets mutilate themselves?

We recently treated a cat and a dog who kept compulsively chewing a body part. This blog about self-mutilation is not for the faint of heart, so I will try to keep it PG 13 and will not share pictures of the damage...I will describe how we “cured” both pets, and then...

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Max & the Evil Stomach Cancer

Max & the Evil Stomach Cancer

"My dog needs surgery to remove a tumor in his stomach," said the voicemail.Max, an 11-year-old Maltese mix, had been lethargic and in pain. He was vomiting. He had no appetite. His stools were dark ("dark tarry stools"), which was compatible with a bleeding ulcer in...

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You did surgery on Jane’s WHAT ???

You did surgery on Jane’s WHAT ???

Jane, a 1-year-old Golden, kept having bladder infections. Antibiotics only gave temporary relief. She also kept licking her backend. An emergency vet then realized that Jane had an excessive amount of skin covering her private parts. Get ready for a very sensitive...

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Abbey came from Baltimore to have open chest surgery

Abbey came from Baltimore to have open chest surgery

Right after being adopted, Abbey started coughing. A little bit at first. Then more and more often. Various diagnoses were offered, including mega-esophagus and a vitamin B12 deficiency. Several chest X-rays didn’t reveal much... until they did. To everyone surprise,...

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How Luke Handled Radical Jaw Surgery

How Luke Handled Radical Jaw Surgery

"My dog is my life, and I just want to make him better." Luke's owner was pretty desperate when she called. Her dog, a very handsome eight-year-old Weimaraner, had a large tumor in the upper jaw (aka the maxilla), centered around the canine (the big "Dracula" tooth)....

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What are signs that my pet is in pain?

What are signs that my pet is in pain?

Pain is a very common question, and an entire book could be written about pain in pets! Instead of a book, here are some general, practical guidelines from Dr. Phil Zeltzman. We specialize in helping relieve your pet's pain because we believe “pain is not acceptable.”...

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