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Specialty Spotlight: Heat Stroke

Heat Stoke Danielle Berube, DVM, DACVECC As we head into the warm summer months, we need to be prepared for an influx of patients suffering from heat stroke. It is important to remember that although brachycephalic breeds and dogs with laryngeal paralysis have an increased risk, any patient can suffer from heat stroke in the right conditions. It is also important to keep in mind that patients can present with a normal body temperature, especially if the owners have started…

2022 CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge

We’re so excited the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge was back in person this year! Every year, UVS joins the 3. 5 mile road race through downtown Albany and encourages staff to join the fun. We also design and provide yearly t-shirts for those that participate. This year, we won 1st place in the humorous category!  

Angel Fund Story: Tiffany’s Emergent Pyometra Diagnosis

Meet 7-year-old Tiffany the Pug! Tiffany was a recent patient at UVS through our emergency service. Her family was concerned that she had a decreased appetite and was lethargic for several days and now had a purulent discharge from her vulva. After the emergency room staff examined her and ran diagnostics, it was determined that she was suffering from a life-threatening illness called a pyometra and needed emergency surgery. A pyometra is when the uterus of an intact female dog…

Dr. Kent Interviews with Real Life, Real Estate

Last week, Dr. Agnieszka Kent, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology), interviewed with Suzanne Prezio’s radio program, Real Life, Real Estate. The Real Life, Real Estate podcast focuses not on real estate but on professionals in our community. In the interview, Dr. Kent discusses her journey to becoming a board-certified cardiologist and what brought her to Upstate Veterinary Specialties. The segment discusses what to expect during an appointment with a cardiologist, including signs and symptoms of a cardiology patient, types of procedures performed, and…

Specialty Spotlight: Infected Corneal Ulcers

Specialty Spotlight: Infected Corneal Ulcers Keith Montgomery, DVM, DACVO As the summer weather heats up, our canine and feline patients are more active outdoors, and we see an increase in the number of traumatic corneal ulcers as well as other traumatic eye injuries.  Bacterial corneal infections also become more prevalent with increasing temperatures and humidity.  Common bacteria that infect the cornea include Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, and Pseudomonas spp.  Clinical signs of a bacterial corneal infection include cellular infiltrate, delayed corneal healing,…

Dr. Sedacca Virtually Presents to NYSVMS

Dr. Cassidy Sedacca presented “It’s Not Just Grain-Free: An Update on Diet-Associated Canine Cardiomyopathy” to the Hudson Valley Chapter of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, via zoom on Wednesday, April 14. The lecture provided participants with a comprehensive update on diet-associated dilated cardiomyopathy in the dog, the postulated causes of diet-associated canine cardiomyopathy, and the role of taurine in causing the disease. The session also gave participants a management protocol to follow when a dog is diagnosed with…

A Day in the Life of an Emergency Veterinarian

One of our Emergency Veterinarians, Dr. Amanda Little virtually presented, A Day in the Life of An Emergency Veterinarian to Saratoga County’s Cornell Cooperative Extensions 4-H program. The students are a part of the Veterinary Science’s “Doc-in-a-Box” program where they are offered a unique educational opportunity regarding the veterinary industry and receive a box filled with veterinary materials they use during each session. Dr. Little discussed her career, the reason she chose this path, and what it’s like working in…

Dr. Corbett Interviews with Real Life, Real Estate

Dr. Christa Corbett, DVM, MS, DACVO, interviewed with Suzanne Prezio, a local real estate broker, for her radio program, Real Life, Real Estate. The Real Life, Real Estate podcast features industry experts in various areas, such as attorneys, food brokers, insurance agents, and more. In her interview, Dr. Corbett speaks to her journey to becoming a Board Certified Ophthalmologist and why she chose this path. The segment discusses a day in the life of an Ophthalmologist at Upstate Veterinary Specialties,…

Specialty Spotlight: Meningoencephalitis of Unknown Origin

Specialty Spotlight: Meningoencephalitis of Unknown Origin Laura Krzykowski, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology) There are a variety of infectious and autoimmune diseases that can lead to encephalopathy in our canine patients. In this region of the country, we see autoimmune disease far more commonly than infectious diseases.  The subtypes of autoimmune encephalitis are named according to the type and distribution of inflammation seen on histopathology (Granulomatous Meningoencephalitis, Necrotizing Meningoencephalitis, Necrotizing Leukoencephalitis). Clinically, MRI and spinal tap results can overlap between these categories,…

Specialty Spotlight: Classifications of Shock

Specialty Spotlight: Classifications of Shock Madeline Libin, DVM, DACVECC There are several types of shock, but ultimately the definition of shock is consistent. Shock is the result of any condition in which the metabolic demand for oxygen exceeds uptake and utilization of oxygen. Most cases of shock are due to decreased delivery of blood to tissues. Shock is typically divided into categories that help explain why oxygen delivery is not matching demand. The box below outlines five broad categories of shock (Silverstein and Hopper 2015)….