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      Cloudy to Clear: Cataract Surgery Gives Diabetic Puppy New Sight

      Like many puppies, Tucker loves a good chase. But the 9-month-old chocolate Labrador wasn’t always able to see a squirrel dart across his path or a ball thrown in his direction. Until recently, cataracts caused by juvenile onset diabetes limited the puppy’s vision in both eyes.

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      Spirited Chevy Keeps Her Sight

      Thoroughbred mare Set Chivalry, known to all who love her as Chevy, is a large personality. “She’s so smart and has such a spicy attitude,” said owner Susan Lax of the 21-year-old retired dressage horse. “She’s just really the apple of my eye and so exhilarating to ride. I have had her since she was four, and she is a member of our family. I would do whatever is necessary to keep her healthy.”

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      Itchy Izzu

      At age seven, Izzu had already been an itchy dog for a few years. His chronic skin disease had been treated with antibiotics, antifungals, and steroids. He was frequently bathed with an anti-microbial shampoo. He was even placed on multiple diet trials to determine if he suffered from a food allergy.

       

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      Foal Meets World – Tackling a True Equine Emergency

      It’s been 11 months in the making. Your mare has been carefully bred, appropriately vaccinated, and closely monitored. As her due date approaches, anticipation of the new arrival begins to soar, with a twinge of anxiousness closing in.

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      Dingus Revisited - Comprehensive Cancer Care at Ryan Hospital

      Dingus, a 17-year-old cat, was already being treated at Ryan Hospital for small cell gastrointestinal (GI) lymphoma. Diagnosed in November 2016, he had responded well to medication, but through the following summer Dingus was slowly losing weight. He came back to Ryan for an examination where an abdominal ultrasound showed his intestinal tract was normal, but revealed something else.

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      Tough Girl Genes

      Dr. Mike Chovanes’s phone rang, piercing through the quiet morning. It was 6:15 am. The 1980 Penn Vet alumnus answered, his stomach twisting at the news trickling from the other end of the line. His homebred two-year-old Thoroughbred filly, Bucks Some, was down and unable to rise, trapped in her stall.

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      Rocky's Jaw

      When Rocky, was only one year old, he got into a scuffle with a colt and was kicked in the head. When taken to the local vet, he was diagnosed with a dislocated jaw and it was reset. But as the days passed, it was clear something else was wrong.

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      Blue, Our Amazing Aussie

      No words can describe the horror my wife and I felt when our beautiful, healthy, athletic Australian Shepherd, Blue (a once-in-a-lifetime dog) collapsed just before Labor Day 2016. He nearly died three times that afternoon and evening, and it was only through the amazing skill of multiple vets and techs at our family vet and the emergency hospital that he lived to see another day.

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      Athena's Armor

      Michael Crisp is used to taking in strays. For years, he and his family have fed cats living on the street, given them new homes, and provided them with medical care at the vet. Most of his rescues have just needed a meal and a basic checkup—but one kitten, who he quickly named Athena, seemed different.

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      An Affair of the Heart

      It had been several weeks since Tiffany, a seven-year-old Percheron draft horse mare, had been able to go back to work. A wheel horse for a six-horse-hitch driving team, Tiffany helps to move a three-and-a-half-ton hitch wagon in tandem with her teammates – a job that takes a lot of strength and stamina. But a previous surgery from January had left the mare on stall rest until she was able to be returned to work.

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      In Memoriam: Brett Cooper V 18

      Brett Matthew Cooper, beloved son, brother and friend, passed away on September 13, 2017, taken too soon at the age of 30. He had an infectious smile, was quick to make friends, free with a laugh and an "I love you." His compassion knew no bounds. And he had the biggest heart.

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      Helping Owners and Their Pets in Times of Crisis

      A proud member of the class of V’94, Dr. Kenton Rexford is a lifelong Pennsylvanian and a Penn State graduate. As a founding partner with the Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center, a practice he first joined in 1998, Kenton leads the emergency team, helping owners and their pets in times of crisis.

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      New Bolton Center Pigs Star in International Competition

      The giant sows came up close, curious, some poking their snouts through the railings, as the eight elementary school students walked down the aisle, making their way through the enclosed barn.

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      Aspen’s Tale: A Winding Road to Recovery

      Dr. Kate Backel was concerned. In fact, the first-year Penn Vet resident was losing sleep. Her patient Aspen, a six-year-old male Labrador Retriever, was in the midst of fighting a severe case of dermatophytosis (ringworm), complicated by the onset of a bacterial skin infection. His journey to recovery was proving to be a winding and particularly arduous one.

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      Hero Dog

      Having one’s home broken into is bad enough, but imagine the fear aroused by having an armed assailant invade your house while you’re there.

      One February morning at the home of Nina Teller and Leroy Buchanan in West Philadelphia, Teller answered a knock at the door. As she spoke with the man, another man pushed past them into the house.

      Thankfully they had Blue, their loyal eight-year-old pit bull, to defend them.

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      Prosthetic for Pete

      Benjamin Spalding was working late when he heard the screams.

      He ran outside to investigate and saw that a fox had startled Pete, his 34-year-old Mealy Amazon parrot. As Pete climbed up the side of the backyard aviary, the fox grabbed his foot and tore it off.

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      Training the Next Generation

      Penn Vet has long been recognized for its pursuit of excellence in education and training. While Exotics medicine is highly specialized, Ryan Hospital’s Exotics service is busy and robust, providing important exposure to students during their clinical rotations. Fourth-year students with a strong interest in Exotics medicine can take additional Exotics rotations as electives.

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      The Story of Omya

      Nine months ago, when Omya was about 10 years old, my husband and I noticed that she was starting to slow down a little, panted even when she was resting, and didn't have her old stamina when she was playing. Initially we chalked this up to her getting older, but when she skipped a few meals we knew something really bad was happening. 

    • Sasha, first dog to receive cancer vaccine
      Sasha - First Dog to Receive Cancer Vaccine

      Sasha was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a highly aggressive bone cancer in March of 2012. The prognosis for this disease is guarded at best and dogs that undergo amputation followed by chemotherapy, the standard of care for this disease, have a median survival of only one year. Most dogs die as a result of cancer metastases (spread) to their lungs or other bones.

      Sasha finally succumbed to this disease in March 2014, adding another year to her life than expected.

    • A True Star: Starlet Shines in Her Fight Against Cancer

      In 1998, while on vacation in the Virgin Islands, Margaret DeSimone spotted a beautiful tortoiseshell cat roaming Morning Star Beach. At that moment, she knew she had to bring the cat home. With the help of the Humane Society, Margaret flew Starlet, as she would later be named, to Philadelphia to begin her new life. Unbeknownst to Margaret, Starlet’s journey was only just beginning.