In the Community

Angel Fund Story: Bruno’s Life Saving PDA Surgery

Bruno is a three-month-old Chihuahua who came into our Emergency Room for coughing and difficulty breathing and transferred to our Cardiology team. Bruno saw Dr. Kent, who diagnosed him with a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). The ductus arteriosus is a normal fetal vessel that allows blood to bypass the lungs and go to the rest of the body. Shortly after birth, this vessel should naturally close as newborns begin to breathe air. However, Bruno’s vessel did not close. When this…

Angel Fund Story: Klaus’ Emergency Surgery

Klaus is a 4-year old terrier mix who presented to our emergency service earlier this month for progressive anorexia, vomiting, and lethargy. Klaus was scheduled for an outpatient ultrasound the following Monday but rapidly declined over the weekend. Our emergency team moved up his abdominal ultrasound, and upon their findings, Klaus was transferred to the UVS surgery service for suspect GI foreign body obstruction and emergency explore laparotomy. Dr. Palamara, DVM, DACVS-SA confirmed an intestinal foreign body causing an obstruction. Klaus…

UVS Awarded Excellence in Technician Advancement Award

UVS has won the 2020 New York State Association of Veterinary Technician’s Dr. James Zgoda Excellence in Technician Advancement Award!  This recognition is awarded to a hospital or individual practice that demonstrates support for licensed veterinary technicians in their practice by encouraging professional development, supporting involvement with NYSAVT, and advocating for LVTs in New York State. We’re honored to be nominated and even more proud to be recognized with such achievement. The hospital’s core values are dedication, compassion, and knowledge…

News Channel 10 Interview

Dr. Cassidy Sedacca was interviewed by News Channel 10 in March to talk about diet-associated dilated cardiomyopathy and the effects of grain-free food on your dog’s heart health. The story highlighted Mae, a 12-year-old Shih Tzu, and her recovery story and aired on March 18th. If you missed it, the video is available for viewing on their website. Click the link below to watch! A huge thanks to Trishna Begam and her team at News Channel 10 for allowing us…

Dr. Sedacca Presents to CDVMS

Last week, Dr. Cassidy Sedacca, presented “It’s Not Just Grain-Free: An Update on Diet Associated Canine Cardiomyopathy” to a full house for the Capital District Veterinary Medical Society. Dr. Sedacca obtained his board certification as a Diplomate of the College of Cardiology within the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2010 and been with Upstate Veterinary Specialties for nine years. An important and popular topic, Dr. Sedcca spoke to the condition, it’s history and the effects of grain-free diets in dogs.

Dr. Wey Present’s DCM in Dogs

On April, 11 Dr. Aaron Wey presented to the Central New York Golden Retriever Club regarding diet-associated dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs. The presentation reviewed the history of diet-associated cardiac disease, and DCM in relation to diet, including taurine levels and the “grain free” phenomenon. Recent events have Cardiologists recognizing the increased frequency of DCM in breeds that are not considered high-risk, such as Golden Retrievers.

Dr. Scott Presents to Daisy Troop!

Upstate Veterinary Specialties’ Emergency Doctor, Dr. Ellen Scott presented at Albany Shaker High School last week to a local Daisy Troop. The girls are earned their Animal Journey badge and learned the similarities between taking care of yourself and taking care of your pet. Dr. Scott did a hands-on presentation with Chase, the French Bulldog; showing them general care and gave them each a chance to listen to Chase’s heartbeat with her stethoscope. She also taught them about the importance…

UVS Does Bark in the Park!

A group of the UVS team enjoyed a BBQ buffet and good old fashion baseball last night at the Tri-City Valley Cat’s Bark in the Park night! The game was a fun-filled night with lots of pups and great company!

Dr. Kent Presents on Feline Cardiomyopathy

Dr.  Agnieszka Kent, one of our Board-Certified Cardiologists presented “The Ins and Outs of Feline Cardiomyopathy” at a Continuing Education event hosted by the Capital District Veterinary Medical Society last week. Her two-hour presentation was attended by over 100 members of the veterinary community and spoke to the different types of feline cardiomyopathy; what diagnostics are used for detection; and managing the client’s expectations and prognosis.