White Glove Service

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To check in ONLY: 717-599-4259

For everyone’s safety, we are currently operating 100% curbside. Our White Glove service provides the same excellent care to your pets. We are not allowing clients inside our building at this time. When you arrive at our practice, please call us at 717-599-4259 and our team will provide instructions for the next steps.

Dr. Phil Zeltzman’s Blog

Real stories about actual HRVSS patients.

Why did you remove Thor’s penis???

Why did you remove Thor’s penis???

Thor, a 2-year-old, 100 lb Great Dane, was in a tough and strange situation. He had a condition called paraphimosis. This means that being intact (i.e. not neutered), he got a bit excited with his female Great Dane buddy, and could not get his penis back in his...

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Gibbs, My Biggest Surgical & Ethical Challenge In 2022

Gibbs, My Biggest Surgical & Ethical Challenge In 2022

Gibbs, an 11 year old Samoyed, used to be a Grand Champion show dog. 5 years ago, he was adopted by his furever family. His owner recalls: “About a year ago, Gibbs started to have some irritation, swelling & bleeding in his back end. A number of treatments were...

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Extreme Makeover – Baby Girl’s Ear Mass

Extreme Makeover – Baby Girl’s Ear Mass

Baby Girl, a 10 year old kitty, had a small mass on the inside of her left ear. It grew larger, and seemed to find it’s way through the cartilage and started to grow on the outside of the ear. It was diagnosed as a “cyst.” This is word that is unfortunately often used...

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Why Would a Pet Need a Toe Amputation?

Why Would a Pet Need a Toe Amputation?

We amputate a significant number of toes in our patients. Did that ever cross your mind? We’ve performed a huge number of toe amputation, aka digit amputation, both in cats and dogs, and for a variety of reasons. When is a toe amputation needed? There are several...

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5 Ways We Decrease Stress in Our Patients

5 Ways We Decrease Stress in Our Patients

It’s hard to deny that anesthesia and surgery are stressful. So we take it very seriously, and we do everything we can to decrease stress in our patients. Here are 5 ways we reduce stress.   1. We recommend preop medications Our canine patients receive a pain...

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Miracle Link, or Christmas in July

Miracle Link, or Christmas in July

Link, an 8 year old Doxie, was in trouble. Externally, he was bright yellow (jaundiced), had been vomiting, and hadn’t eaten for a few days. Fortunately, instead of procrastinating, Link’s owner took him to his family vet, who ran blood work. It showed elevated liver...

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10 Ways We Keep Patients Comfortable Around Surgery

10 Ways We Keep Patients Comfortable Around Surgery

At Harrisburg Regional, we spend an insane amount of time and effort to prevent and treat pain in our patients. Let’s take the example of Tucker, a 9-year-old Lab, who had major knee surgery today – a TPLO - to address a torn ACL. And let’s count the ways we used to...

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Is My Pet Too Old for Surgery?

Is My Pet Too Old for Surgery?

One very common question I hear from clients is "Is (s)he too old for this surgery?" or "Do you think surgery is worth it in a pet that old?" Mind you, the dog could be a 6-year-old Great Dane or a 10-year-old kitty. Invariably, and with a smile, my answer is "Age is...

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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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