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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.

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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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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