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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. 

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      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.

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      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.

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      A Legacy Continues

      Last February, Lisa Gaudio and her husband Jim Kazanjian had to say goodbye to their beloved half-Arabian, Kyrie Eleison. The dark bay mare had fought a long battle with laminitis, spending many weeks at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center under the care of a dedicated team that included Dr. James Orsini, Associate Professor of Surgery, and Patrick Reilly, Chief of Farrier Services.

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      The Mystery of the Barrel Racer

      The barrel-racer’s bone scan showed a hot spot right where the spine attaches to the base of the skull, indicating an injury. But the radiographs were inconclusive.

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      No Prince Here

      Julie Harris’ family has a variety of household pets – a dog named Jaxx, two cats named Army and Navy, and a two-year-old female bearded dragon named Chip.

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      Special Paint’s Eyes Saved by Laser Treatment

      In the first collaboration of its kind between Penn Vet and Penn Med, clinicians used a laser treatment for humans to treat cancerous tumors in the delicate area around both eyes of a horse.

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      Nursing Marvin Back to Health

      Particularly in tune with animals’ needs, veterinary technicians at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital consistently go above and beyond to provide the best in nursing care. Marvin’s case was no exception.

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      Trouble with Toodles

      In what may be the first procedure of its kind, New Bolton Center ophthalmologists have performed cataract surgery on both eyes of a goat, and implanted artificial lenses, making it possible for her to see.

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      Radioactive Cats!

      Church wasn’t acting like herself. The 13-year-old gray cat, named for her doppelgänger in the film Pet Sematary, was drinking more water than usual and was abnormally excitable. Her devoted owners, Lauren Catullo and Rianna Taylor, noticed the changes immediately. Thankfully, Church’s yearly veterinary exam was right around the corner.

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      Medical Mystery: Big Thoroughbred Has a Big Infection

      The racetrack was not the place for this sweet Thoroughbred gelding, fighting to come in second-to-last in his best race. Flying over open hills and jumps, that’s what this athlete was clearly born to do. 

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      Nine Lives

      Since birth, Brianna has fought against the odds. Born in an abandoned car on a farm in upstate New York, the dauntless calico was discovered by neighbors who bottle-fed her after learning that her mother had been hit by a car. Years later Brianna went missing for five days, only to be discovered behind a feed bin in a barn. Part of her tail had been stripped to the bone, evidence that she had survived an attack.

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      Dr. Dean Richardson: Fixing Broken Horses

      Advances in technology and experience have greatly improved orthopedic surgery techniques for equine fracture repair, said Dr. Dean W. Richardson, the Charles W. Raker Professor of Equine Surgery and Chief of Large Animal Surgery at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center.

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      A Tale of Two Palates

      When Jenn Clayton met Ruby Sue, a special-needs rescue dog, she had no idea she would be starting a long-term relationship with Penn Vet that would span 18 months and almost 9,000 miles.

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      It Takes a Team

      At only eight months of age, Max was fighting for his life. When he was surrendered to Adopt A Boxer Rescue (AABR) in late May, he could not walk, was in extreme pain, and had a high fever.

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      Penn Vet Affiliates Program: Bringing World-Class Care to Your Community

      At first, Shawn Polukord thought Blaine had kennel cough. The eight-year-old Labradoodle had started coughing at night and, unfortunately, he was getting worse. Concerned, Polukord took him to a local veterinarian who noticed that, in addition to the cough, Blaine had an irregular heartbeat that sounded like “tennis shoes in a dryer.”