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2 Welcome Letter<br />

Dr. Daniel Stobie, Founder and<br />

Chief Medical Officer, NorthStar VETS®<br />

12<br />

3 Real <strong>Pets</strong>, Real People<br />

Explore the wild world of exotics pets; Following<br />

their noses; NorthStar VETS® success stories;<br />

meet the New Jerseyan who walked around the<br />

world with his dog; and more.<br />

12 35 Fun Things to Do With Your Pet in NJ<br />

Explore the Garden State this season—and bring<br />

your pet along for the journey.<br />

20 Holiday Gifts for <strong>Pets</strong> and Pet Lovers<br />

Holiday shopping just got a whole lot more fun.<br />

22 A Path Toward Healing<br />

<strong>Pets</strong> can benefit immensely from physical<br />

rehabilitation.<br />

Happy, Healthy <strong>Pets</strong><br />

24 Spotlight on Specialty Medicine<br />

Innovative treatments and techniques at<br />

NorthStar VETS®.<br />

26 <strong>Pets</strong> Can Make You Happier<br />

Reduce stress, improve your well-being—and gain<br />

one very sweet cuddle buddy.<br />

27 Comprehensive Cancer Care<br />

NorthStar VETS® offers treatment plans to suit<br />

every type of animal and diagnosis.<br />

30<br />

22<br />

Nibbles & Bits<br />

28 Holiday Meals: What You Need to Know<br />

Having a dog in the house can complicate the<br />

festivities—and requires planning on your part.<br />


30 Bakeries Worth Barking About<br />

Trust us when we say your pet will thank you.<br />

32 NorthStar VETS ® Client Testimonials<br />

Clients share their experiences and express their<br />

gratitude to NorthStar VETS®.<br />

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Pet Perspective 1


Dr. Daniel Stobie<br />

Veterinary Emergency Trauma & Specialty Centers<br />

Veterinary Emergency Trauma & Specialty Centers<br />

315 Robbinsville-Allentown Road<br />

Robbinsville, NJ 08691<br />

2834 Route 73N, Maple Shade, NJ 08052<br />

507 Route 70, Brick, NJ 08723<br />

609-259-8300<br />

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Download at northstarvets.com/ebook<br />

I<br />

was recently asked why I chose to become a doctor. The truth is,<br />

I’ve always wanted to be a veterinarian; I can’t remember wanting<br />

to do anything else. Since I was a child, I’ve had a deep love<br />

and affinity for animals (constantly bringing home stray kittens,<br />

injured birds and, even once, a snake). I loved biology and science and<br />

had a strong fascination with medicine and how the body works—veterinary<br />

medicine just seemed to meld all of my interests and passions<br />

into one perfect career.<br />

I started my first practice in 2000, Veterinary Surgical and Diagnostic<br />

Specialists (VSDS), as a mobile veterinarian performing surgeries<br />

and ultrasounds at local hospitals. In 2003, our Clarksburg, NJ<br />

hospital was established, offering 24/7 emergency veterinary care. Staff<br />

and additional services with board-certified specialists were added over<br />

the years to help sick pets. In 2009, a book titled Finding Your Own<br />

North Star by Martha Beck inspired my veterinary journey and marked<br />

the beginning of a new era. In 2010, VSDS officially became NorthStar<br />

VETS®—VETS is an acronym for Veterinary Emergency and Trauma<br />

Specialty Center.<br />

I envisioned NorthStar VETS® hosptial as a facility where patients<br />

could receive comprehensive veteriary care all under one roof. In 2011,<br />

a state-of-the-art, 33,000-square-foot hospital was built in Robbinsville,<br />

NJ (Mercer County). In 2015, we opened our first satellite location<br />

in Maple Shade, NJ to meet the growing needs of sick animals in<br />

Burlington County. To service pet parents at the Jersey Shore, a second<br />

satellite location expanded our reach in Brick, NJ in 2020.<br />

The NorthStar VETS® team understands and promotes the human-animal<br />

bond, doing everything in their power to give pets<br />

and their parents as much time together as possible. Revolutionary<br />

procedures, innovative therapies and improved techniques allow us to<br />

elevate the standard of care for our patients. I enjoy helping sick animals,<br />

getting them well and reuniting them with their family. The most<br />

rewarding part of my day is interacting with pets and their people. I<br />

wouldn’t be able to do any of this without our exceptional staff. We are<br />

so grateful to be able to do what we love every day—working together<br />

to create something that I think is truly special.<br />

For over 20 years, NorthStar VETS® has been your trusted source<br />

for keeping pets happy and healthy. We hope you enjoy this issue of Pet<br />

Perspective magazine and its amazing true client stories, interesting pet<br />

parent articles and expert advice from our veterinary team. We thank<br />

you for the trust you place in us each and every day—as it truly is a pleasure<br />

to serve you.<br />

Daniel Stobie<br />

DVM, MS, DACVS<br />

Founder and Chief Medical Officer<br />

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Real<strong>Pets</strong>,<br />

RealPeople<br />

■ Amazing real pet stories ■ Adorable photos ■ Tips & tricks<br />

The Wild World of Exotic <strong>Pets</strong><br />



A PET SKUNK THAT escaped from<br />

home and was badly attacked by another<br />

animal, requiring stitches and a drain.<br />

A chinchilla that became insulin-resistant<br />

and would not eat, requiring a<br />

two-week stay in the hospital.<br />

Cases like these are all in a day’s<br />

work for Dr. Matthew Grootenboer, a<br />

veterinarian in the Exotics Department<br />

at NorthStar VETS®.<br />

Dr. Grootenboer works with all types<br />

of exotic pets, from small mammals—including<br />

ferrets, rabbits and rodents—to<br />

those as unique as kinkajous, skunks<br />

and sloths, plus a variety of birds and<br />

reptiles, from bearded<br />

dragons to<br />

150-pound sulcata tortoises.<br />

“Exotic pets are fantastic companions.<br />

They are fun and rewarding and<br />

full of more personality than some<br />

people give them credit for,” says Dr.<br />

Grootenboer. “They aren’t really all that<br />

hard to care for, but you need to get the<br />

right information early.”<br />

The first thing to remember: Conduct<br />

research, but don’t trust everything you<br />

read on the Internet. “You’ll read conflicting<br />

ideas and become confused,”<br />

says Dr. Grootenboer.<br />

Once you decide which pet to bring<br />

into your life, make sure to purchase<br />

all supplies (environment, food, toys)<br />

prior to taking your new pal home.<br />

Set up an appointment with a<br />

veterinarian who specializes in<br />

exotics to discuss your pet’s<br />

future care.<br />

“I’m not joking when I<br />

say most of the diseases<br />

Mathew<br />

Grootenboer,<br />

VMD<br />

we see are very preventable<br />

and caused<br />

by a lack of some<br />

essential nutrient or<br />

aspect of husbandry<br />

(animal care),” he says.<br />

“For example, a very<br />

common problem in<br />

reptiles is metabolic<br />

bone disease caused by a deficiency<br />

in calcium and/or vitamin D. Reptiles<br />

require exposure to UVB light from the<br />

sun or the correct type of UV lamp in<br />

order to produce vitamin D precursors<br />

in their skin. ...People find it cute to let<br />

their reptiles free roam their house, but<br />

then those reptiles wouldn’t be getting<br />

enough light!”<br />

For children, some good beginner<br />

exotic pets include rabbits, ferrets,<br />

rats, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils,<br />

mice, smaller parrots, bearded<br />

dragons, leopard geckos and turtles.<br />

“I say this because, in general, these<br />

animals would be more handleable,<br />

tamer, and less likely to injure a child,”<br />

explains Dr. Grootenboer.<br />

He notes that parents or caregivers<br />

should always discuss proper care with<br />

a child before allowing the young person<br />

to be in charge of an exotic pet.<br />

“Thinking a rabbit is somehow easier<br />

to care for than a dog or cat just because<br />

it is smaller is the kind of mistake<br />

that leads to disaster, so parents should<br />

still supervise their children and help<br />

them care for their exotic pets,” he says.<br />

As for animals that should not be<br />

kept as pets, Dr. Grootenboer emphasizes<br />

that people should never adopt<br />

wildlife, noting strict laws protecting<br />

species, as well as dangers such as<br />

disease.<br />

Pet Perspective 3



Clockwise: (From left)<br />

Fagen, a Belgian malinois,<br />

Dia and Peat, both American<br />

field labradors; Peat<br />

works with handler Arden<br />

Blumenthal; Dia points<br />

out a spotted lanternfly<br />

egg mass on a pine tree<br />

to handler Joshua Beese.<br />

Following Their Noses<br />



using their sense of smell to help find<br />

missing people, to detect drugs or even<br />

bombs. But dogs can also be used to sniff<br />

out certain plants, animals and fungi, which<br />

is a big help to conservation experts and<br />

ecologists right here in New Jersey.<br />

Meet Dia, Fagen, and Peat. The three<br />

dogs, along with their handlers, Arden<br />

Blumenthal and Joshua Beese, make up the<br />

New York-New Jersey Trail Conference’s<br />

(NYNJTC) Conservation Dogs Program.<br />

The dogs’ noses help keep forests in New<br />

Jersey and New York safe by sniffing out<br />

invasive species like oak wilt, kudzu, Scotch<br />

broom and the spotted lanternfly.<br />

But it’s not just invasive plant and insect<br />

species the dogs can find. With the dogs’<br />

help, the program keeps tabs on the small<br />

whorled pogonia (New Jersey’s rarest<br />

orchid species), some protected turtle<br />

species, and the movements of bobcats in<br />

the region.<br />

Dia, an American field labrador, proved<br />

herself in a big way on a project to identify<br />

slender false brome in the Lower Hudson<br />

Valley. “To sum it up, Dia found more plants<br />

than we knew about,” Blumenthal says.<br />

Fagen, a Belgian malinois, is a trained<br />

search and rescue dog and “the most handsome<br />

doggo in the Northeast,” according to<br />

his official bio. Fagen joined the team in<br />

2019.<br />

Peat, also an American field labrador, is<br />

the newest sniffer. A Christmas puppy born<br />

on December 25, 2020, he primarily works<br />

with Blumenthal. “He’s goofy; he’s still figuring<br />

out where his limbs are,” she says. “He’s a<br />

big cuddler, he loves food and he loves toys.”<br />

Peat’s first project, at 9 months old, was to<br />

sniff out growths of Scotch broom.<br />

Training a dog to detect a plant or insect<br />

involves much the same process as training<br />

a dog for other scenarios, like finding missing<br />

people. Plants and insects have distinctive<br />

scents, often undetectable to human<br />

noses. The dogs are rewarded with toys and<br />

interactions—or, as Blumenthal describes<br />

it, the game of “I smell X, I get toy.”<br />

Dogs are not subject to the same inherent<br />

biases that humans might be, Blumenthal<br />

says. Humans might end up relying<br />

on what maps and data have already told<br />

them, “whereas dogs are more unbiased<br />

searchers; they’re going to follow their<br />

noses,” she says.<br />

Until May of this year, the team concentrated<br />

on finding egg masses of spotted lanternflies,<br />

an invasive insect species that has<br />

troubled New Jersey’s trees and agriculture<br />

in the last few years.<br />

To learn more about the program, visit<br />

nynjtc.org. —Erin Roll<br />


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Meet Some Truly<br />

Amazing <strong>Pets</strong> and Vets<br />

Rusty<br />

Ducky<br />


DOR RETRIEVER, was diagnosed<br />

with bilateral hip dysplasia and<br />

osteoarthritis (OA). Back in 2019,<br />

he had a left total hip replacement<br />

performed by the NorthStar VETS®<br />

Surgery team, as part of the BFX<br />

Centerline® total hip replacement<br />

clinical trial in conjunction with<br />

BioMedtrix. Recently, Ducky came<br />

back to have his right hip replaced<br />

with a BioMedtrix hybrid system.<br />

We’re happy to report that little<br />

Ducky was walking pain free one<br />

week after surgery. He had to put<br />

in some extra hours of physical<br />

therapy and rehab so that he could<br />

serve as best man (or should we say<br />

best dog) in his parents’ wedding<br />

ceremony in August.<br />

Way to go, Ducky!<br />

FIVE-MONTH-OLD RUSTY had a very<br />

loud heart murmur, the result of severe<br />

valvular pulmonic stenosis. Pulmonic<br />

stenosis is one of the most common<br />

congenital heart diseases in dogs, where<br />

the pulmonic valve (the valve between the<br />

right ventricle and the main artery leading<br />

to the lungs) fails to open completely. This<br />

causes narrowing (stenosis), which can<br />

lead to fatal consequences if the disease is<br />

severe and untreated.<br />

Cardiologist Hyeon Woo Jeong determined<br />

that Rusty would require a balloon<br />

valvuloplasty. This minimally invasive<br />

procedure involves inserting a balloon<br />

catheter through the jugular vein, feeding<br />

it down into the heart across the pulmonic<br />

valve, and inflating the balloon to open the<br />

fused valve.<br />

Through the excellent and careful<br />

teamwork of the NorthStar VETS® Cardiac<br />

Intervention team, Rusty’s procedure<br />

was successful. The<br />

reduction of pressure<br />

gradient was about 50<br />

percent, which is the<br />

general target (meaning<br />

that his right ventricle<br />

only has to work half as<br />

hard as it used to in order<br />

to maintain normal<br />

lung blood pressure).<br />

After an overnight stay, Rusty was his<br />

Hyeon Woo<br />

Jeong, DVM,<br />

DACVIM<br />

playful and affectionate self the next day.<br />

His pulmonic stenosis is now considered<br />

moderate. As long as his valve stays open<br />

by a three-month recheck, this lovable<br />

boy is expected to live a happy life!<br />

Jett<br />


rescued from a shelter in Texas<br />

as a pup. He was found at just 3<br />

months old, emaciated and with a<br />

badly infected right rear leg. A local<br />

veterinarian amputated the infected<br />

leg and gave Jett the proper medical<br />

care he needed. When Jett was<br />

healthy enough for transport, he was<br />

fostered and eventually adopted here<br />

in New Jersey.<br />

Recently, Jett’s remaining rear leg<br />

became painful and weak—he couldn’t<br />

stand or run and play normally. His<br />

mom took him to an orthopedic<br />

veterinarian, who determined that Jett<br />

needed more advanced surgery and<br />

referred them to NorthStar VETS®.<br />

Since Jett is a three-legged dog, the<br />

veterinarian highly recommended Dr.<br />

Daniel Stobie for his skill and expertise<br />

with delicate cases.<br />

The NorthStar VETS® Orthopedic<br />

team performed radiographs and a CT<br />

scan. Jett needed a total hip replacement.<br />

A 3D-printed bone model of<br />

Jett’s pelvis aided in the planning of<br />

the surgery, and Dr. Stobie and the<br />

Total Hip team used a BioMedtrix<br />

BFX lateral bolt system to replace the<br />

hip joint.<br />

After surgery, Jett recovered in the<br />

hospital and was cleared for take-off a<br />

few days later. We are happy to report<br />

that this cuddly, loving boy can now<br />

enjoy a pain-free life with his family!<br />

Pet Perspective 5


A WALK<br />

AROUND<br />


New Jerseyan Tom Turcich and his four-legged companion,<br />

Savannah, spent seven years walking 25 miles a day in their<br />

record-breaking journey around the globe.<br />


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A<br />

dream come true—that’s<br />

how a young, healthy<br />

dog might feel about the<br />

prospect of taking an eighthour,<br />

25-mile walk each<br />

day for seven years.<br />

In the case of a buff-colored beauty<br />

named Savannah, she not only got to fulfill<br />

that dream, but, in doing so, set a world<br />

record as the first known canine to complete<br />

a trot around the globe—which she<br />

did with Haddon Township resident Tom<br />

Turcich, who had adopted Savannah.<br />

Savannah might also be considered one<br />

of the luckiest dogs ever. Found abandoned<br />

in puppyhood in a Texas ditch, she was<br />

taken to a nearby animal shelter where she<br />

was promptly placed on a euthanasia list<br />

due to her imperfect health.<br />

But the Lone Star State happens to be<br />

home to a no-kill shelter called Austin <strong>Pets</strong><br />

Alive! (APA!), which routinely takes in<br />

unwanted animals from overcrowded rescue<br />

organizations and finds them loving homes.<br />

Soon after Savannah’s arrival at APA!,<br />

Tom, a 26-year-old adventurer from<br />

Camden County, showed up miles from<br />

his native Garden State, seeking a dog for<br />

companionship and protection as he continued<br />

his long-planned worldwide trek.<br />

He’d walked for about five months before<br />

reaching Austin, where he immediately<br />

bonded with this easygoing, affectionate,<br />

highly intelligent rescue pup.<br />

No one, of course, knew her background,<br />

but Tom says she’s “just a mutt with all<br />

sorts of breeds.”<br />

He says he named her Savannah for<br />

three reasons: his love for that Southern<br />

city, her color (like that of an African<br />

savanna), and because he “just liked the<br />

sound of it!”<br />

APA! had already spayed her, but she<br />

and Tom spent about three more weeks in<br />

Austin so he could have her vaccinated and<br />

treated by a veterinarian for her mange,<br />

cough and upper respiratory infection.<br />

When Tom and Savannah embarked on<br />

their walk together, he pushed the pooch<br />

in a baby carriage until she was old enough<br />

to keep up with him. The carriage also included<br />

essentials for the duo such as a tent,<br />

camera, laptop, water and food.<br />

Tom Turcich became the tenth person<br />

on record to circle the globe on foot. His<br />

25,000-mile adventure with Savannah<br />

covered six continents and 38 countries.<br />

His motivation? Tragic accidents had<br />

claimed the lives of two dear friends, Ann<br />

Marie Lynch and Shannon Newell, both from<br />

his Haddon Township hometown. Their<br />

untimely deaths when the three were teens<br />

drove home to Tom the realization that “I<br />

could die at any moment myself, and I want<br />

to experience the world before leaving it.”<br />

Setting out with a positive outlook on<br />

humanity, Tom discovered that the vast<br />

majority of people around the world are<br />

loving and compassionate, quick to lend a<br />

hand and slow to anger.<br />

“Thousands of people worldwide helped<br />

Savannah and me,” he says. “We were<br />

offered places to sleep, meals, interesting<br />

conversation, encouragement and moral<br />

support, among many other kindnesses. I<br />

always kept in mind that I was a guest in<br />

other people’s countries. For that, I was<br />

repaid many times over.”<br />

This is not to imply that Tom and<br />

Savannah didn’t encounter their fair share<br />

of challenges. He says they were held up at<br />

knifepoint in Panama, and they nearly froze<br />

RESTING FEET (& PAWS) Tom Turcich and Savannah in<br />

Angoulême, France, during their walk around the world.<br />

while camping in South America.<br />

Both man and dog also nearly lost their<br />

lives to illnesses developed during their<br />

travels. In Scotland, Tom began suffering<br />

from severe abdominal pain that required<br />

hospitalization in London and forced him<br />

to return home for a month to recover<br />

from what turned out to be a bacterial<br />

infection.<br />

“My doctors never figured out what it<br />

was,” he notes. “I was close to death before<br />

the right antibiotics were found to treat<br />

the infection.”<br />

For Savannah, a bite from a Peruvian<br />

tick resulted in a bleeding disorder. “We<br />

were a five-hour cab drive away from<br />

a veterinarian when her nose started<br />

bleeding,” Tom recalls. “We had to cross<br />

a desert and finally reached the vet<br />

hospital in northern Chile. They knew<br />

right away what it was, something called<br />

canine ehrlichiosis, a common reaction<br />

to a certain type of tick. The vet put Savannah<br />

on an antibiotic and B vitamins<br />

to get her platelets back up.”<br />

But nothing stopped Tom and Savannah<br />

from completing their travels.<br />

“I never seriously considered ending the<br />

walk,” he says.<br />

Over the seven-year journey, Tom<br />

wore out 45 pairs of Brooks Cascadia<br />

trail shoes donated by the company,<br />

which mailed the shoes to predetermined<br />

sites. Bob Mehmet, president and CEO<br />

of Philadelphia Signs, headquartered in<br />

Palmyra, Burlington County, was Tom’s<br />

primary sponsor for the trip.<br />

Surrounded by family, friends and<br />

other supporters, Tom and Savannah<br />

triumphantly crossed the Benjamin<br />

Franklin Bridge from Philly to New<br />

Jersey in May of 2022, arriving home.<br />

An enthusiastic crowd greeted them at<br />

an outdoors welcome-home celebration<br />

at the Tap Room & Grill in Tom’s<br />

hometown.<br />

After a couple of months together<br />

with relieved family and friends, the duo<br />

moved to Seattle to be with Tom’s girlfriend,<br />

Bonnie Snyder, a medical student<br />

Tom had met there in September 2021<br />

on his way home from Kyrgyzstan.<br />

Meeting Bonnie was another dream<br />

come true for Tom. “The effects of denying<br />

myself close bonds for six years was<br />

beginning to warp me,” he wrote in his<br />

journal.<br />

The trio, plus Bonnie’s dog Cleo (a<br />

black version of Savannah, Tom points<br />

out) currently live in Cincinnati, where<br />

she is a medical resident planning a<br />

career as a physician in a hospital emergency<br />

room.<br />

As Tom works on a book and gives<br />

public talks arranged by his agent, a<br />

documentary television series on his<br />

walk around the world is also in the<br />

works.<br />

Tom is content to forgo 25-mile-a-day<br />

walks from now on, but Savannah would<br />

“still love to walk that far,” her human<br />

bestie says. “But our limit these days<br />

is about four miles. Savannah is eight<br />

now, 56 in human years, so maybe she’s<br />

enjoying slowing down.”<br />

<br />

—Barbara Leap<br />

Pet Perspective 7


Become Part of an<br />

Orthopedic Clinical Trial<br />


Help your own pet—and<br />

contribute to research<br />

that could find cures and<br />

solutions for other animals,<br />

too—by getting involved in<br />

a veterinary clinical trial.<br />

A clinical trial is a research study that<br />

investigates whether a new medical<br />

treatment offers effective therapy for<br />

certain conditions—including whether the<br />

new treatment is better than the current<br />

standard therapy. Studies can help experts<br />

in the field find better ways to diagnose,<br />

prevent and treat diseases.<br />

When participating in a clinical trial,<br />

treatments are often available at a<br />

reduced cost.<br />

NorthStar VETS® is working with 12-<br />

24 dogs for a clinical trial to evaluate the<br />

effectiveness of an innovative surgical<br />

procedure called BFX Centerline®—a<br />

total hip replacement technique. North-<br />

Star VETS® Founder and Chief Medical<br />

Officer Dr. Daniel Stobie has successfully<br />

performed this procedure on eight dogs<br />

and is ready to study it further.<br />

Traditionally, a total hip replacement<br />

involves reaming the femoral canal and<br />

using implants that are impacted or<br />

cemented into the femur. While these<br />

procedures are successful, there is an<br />

increased risk of femur fracture with<br />

reaming.<br />

The new Centerline® total hip replacement<br />

system replaces the femoral<br />

head, and the implant is placed without<br />

reaming or the use of bone cement. It<br />

uses biological fixation (BFX), which is<br />

biologically compatible (minimizing adverse<br />

reactions), and encourages bone<br />

growth into the implant for stability. It<br />

also avoids complications related to<br />

the use of cement, such as loosening<br />

or infection. Participation in this study<br />

includes anesthesia, surgery, post-op<br />

rehabilitation, inpatient hospitalization,<br />

around-the-clock nursing care and routine<br />

follow-up visits.<br />

Another clinical trial in the works<br />

is studying surgery to correct canine<br />

patellar luxation, a common orthopedic<br />

condition in dogs affecting the knees,<br />

usually in smaller dog breeds.<br />

NorthStar VETS® is working with 12-24<br />

small-breed dogs in this clinical trial to<br />

evaluate the effectiveness of an innovative<br />

surgical procedure called dome<br />

trochleoplasty which corrects canine<br />

patellar luxation.<br />

If you are interested in having your pet<br />

evaluated for participation in a study, or<br />

to learn more, call 609-259-8300 or email<br />

info@northstarvets.com.<br />

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Veterinary oncologist<br />

Dr. Renee<br />

Alsarraf battled<br />

cancer at the<br />

same time as her<br />

boxer, Newton.<br />

Healing Power<br />




Montclair-based veterinary<br />

oncologist Dr.<br />

Renee Alsarraf has<br />

been in practice since<br />

1991, treating pets with<br />

cancer. But when she was diagnosed<br />

with metastatic cancer herself in 2018,<br />

she realized how much her own patients<br />

could help her.<br />

In her book, Sit, Stay, Heal: What Dogs<br />

Can Teach Us About Living Well, Alsarraf<br />

writes about the dogs she has treated in her<br />

career and what she’s learned from them to<br />

help her on her own journey. Her own dog,<br />

Newton, was diagnosed with cancer only<br />

months after her own diagnosis.<br />

What made you want to become a<br />

veterinarian?<br />

I have wanted to be a veterinarian since<br />

age 7, and I have never wavered. But even<br />

looking back at photos of myself when I<br />

was a little younger, I always gravitated<br />

toward animals. I felt that not only did I<br />

understand them, but that they understood<br />

me, and they made me feel whole.<br />

They made me feel happy.<br />

You knew when you were a child what<br />

career path you wanted to follow?<br />

Yes, and people would try to talk me<br />

out of becoming a veterinarian. I would<br />

hear that it was easier to get into medical<br />

school than veterinary school, or a horrible<br />

one—that I would make more money as a<br />

human doctor. But I never wavered. It was<br />

really a calling.<br />

How did you end up specializing in<br />

veterinary oncology?<br />

Oddly, I have always been drawn to it. In<br />

part, I wondered if it was sort of a genetic<br />

thing, since my father was a human<br />

medical oncologist. I always thought<br />

perhaps there was a link there, except that<br />

he never brought his work home with him,<br />

meaning he never talked about it. Then,<br />

the summer after my sophomore year of<br />

veterinary school, I did an externship for<br />

six weeks in New York City at the Animal<br />

Medical Center. I applied for oncology. I<br />

was incredibly fortunate to get it. And that<br />

externship changed my life. I knew then<br />

that I wanted to treat cancer patients. Even<br />

though the topic seems so sad, and it is a<br />

very trying and draining job, I absolutely<br />

love it. It fills me right back up to be able to<br />

give a pet family another holiday or maybe<br />

a few more summers, and to really get to<br />

know that family.<br />

Which animals do you treat?<br />

I treat dogs, cats, birds, bunny rabbits,<br />

ferrets. They can all have cancer. You don’t<br />

really hear much about this, but even dinosaurs<br />

had a fair amount of cancer. They<br />

had a type of bone cancer called osteosarcoma.<br />

They also got leukemia. Cancer has<br />

truly been around since the dawn of time.<br />

I read that when you were at Michigan<br />

State, you organized a pet-loss<br />

support group. Can you talk about the<br />

loss people experience when they<br />

have a pet that dies? I’m not sure people<br />

realize how great that loss can be.<br />

Oh my gosh, not at all. I was a senior veterinary<br />

student following around a senior clinician,<br />

and I would see these families who<br />

were so sad (about their pets), and it wasn’t<br />

necessarily cancer. It could have been old age<br />

or kidney disease or heart disease. And they<br />

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had nowhere to go with that. And especially<br />

at that time, it really wasn’t socially acceptable<br />

to take days off for this, even though<br />

you’re saying goodbye to your beloved fourlegged<br />

friend or mourning the loss of your<br />

pet. Thankfully, as society has progressed,<br />

it’s more understood and it’s more supported.<br />

And that is why I wanted to start a petloss<br />

support group. We met twice a month.<br />

I was able to get enough donations to hire<br />

a therapist who specialized in bereavement.<br />

Before I left at the end of my<br />

senior year, I was able to get a<br />

lot more donations to keep it<br />

going, because I feared that,<br />

once I left the university, it<br />

would fold. And I am told<br />

that it is still in existence today.<br />

One of the things I<br />

always try to think about,<br />

or at least acknowledge, is<br />

that we all want our pets<br />

to live a whole lot longer<br />

than they do, but that’s<br />

just not their natural life<br />

span. But I firmly, firmly<br />

believe that dogs, and<br />

this could apply to other<br />

animals as well, but my book is about<br />

dogs—that dogs are placed in our lives at<br />

just the right moment, when we perhaps<br />

need to learn a lesson or perhaps need help.<br />

And a lot of times we maybe don’t even<br />

realize that there is something missing. I<br />

believe that dogs have this magical quality,<br />

and I know that I have been blessed by<br />

having a few or many dogs in my life that<br />

have all taught me different things.<br />

What lessons have you learned about<br />

life and loss from your dog?<br />

I believe the overriding lesson of the entire<br />

book is that dogs are not just incredible<br />

support or companions, but I think that<br />

they are fantastic guides for when we<br />

struggle. And we all struggle at times with<br />

so many different things. ...One of the<br />

things I learned about dogs is that they are<br />

pack animals, and that’s how they survive<br />

in the wild. They do better because they’re<br />

together. They need each other to help<br />

hunt for food, and they rely on each other<br />

for security. They even lay on each other<br />

for warmth. If you remember a couple of<br />

Christmases ago, the gift was the weighted<br />

blanket. So everyone rushed to the mall<br />

to get the weighted blanket—but dogs are<br />

their own weighted blanket. And if you’ve<br />

ever had a really hard day and come home,<br />

maybe you’re sitting on the sofa and your<br />

dog is lying alongside you or, even better,<br />

is lying on you—it is just the best feeling.<br />

And I think if we take that viewpoint<br />

even a step further, it’s that we as people<br />

are better off as pack animals rather than<br />

“…dogs are placed in our lives at just the<br />

right moment when we perhaps need to<br />

learn a lesson or perhaps need help.”<br />

trying to exist<br />

just individually<br />

or alone. And that<br />

we truly are better<br />

together.<br />

Other lessons:<br />

Dogs are not judgmental...and<br />

dogs<br />

live in the moment.<br />

They mirror for us<br />

what mindfulness<br />

should be. Dogs<br />

show us the sanctity<br />

of self-care. ...You<br />

know, the proverbial,<br />

'Dogs lick their own<br />

wounds.' Clearly, we<br />

shouldn’t do that<br />

for ourselves, but we<br />

should tend to ourselves if we have sore<br />

muscles, or—I know for me, when I was<br />

going through chemotherapy, I still tried<br />

to do things instead of resting and letting<br />

my body heal.<br />

How did your dog and the other dogs<br />

that you’ve treated help you deal with<br />

your own diagnosis of cancer?<br />

They set the bar higher for me. They were<br />

actually my recovery role models. I think<br />

that, a lot of times, animals, especially<br />

dogs and cats, are better patients than we<br />

are. What I’ve tried to allow dogs to show<br />

me, and cats as well, is that because they<br />

live in the moment, they don’t fret. Before<br />

I would go to the cancer treatment center,<br />

I would fret about the what ifs. Am I going<br />

to get sick? How sick is sick? Will I lose<br />

my hair? Will the nurse be able to put a<br />

catheter in me? And when a dog is going<br />

into the veterinary clinic, they’re pulling<br />

on the edge of the leash. They are eager to<br />

sniff anything or look for a biscuit. I know<br />

that when we treat dogs with chemotherapy,<br />

after they’re done, they hop right up<br />

and they’re looking for a treat or to be<br />

scratched behind the ear. But not me. I<br />

would lament that it took the nurse two<br />

tries to get the catheter in me and worry<br />

about what was going to happen the next<br />

time. And I believe that all that negative<br />

energy just circled in my head, and circles<br />

in all of our heads, but it only serves to<br />

bring us down. Dogs and other animals<br />

don’t have that. They use their energy for<br />

positive thoughts, and I think that’s so<br />

much healthier.<br />

Can pets help with healing?<br />

Absolutely! Just take a look at how dogs<br />

are used for people with PTSD after<br />

they have come back from being in the<br />

military service. Just the act of having a<br />

dog or a cat, something warm who loves<br />

you right back, that you take care of, is so<br />

helpful. Because even though we feel we’re<br />

responsible for them, they feel they’re<br />

100 percent responsible for us. We know<br />

that people who have fish tanks and look<br />

at fish in the tank have an increased level<br />

of endorphins. And this goes for having<br />

any pet, not just having a fish tank—they<br />

have decreased levels of cortisol, which is<br />

a stress hormone. They have warmer skin<br />

temperatures because it helps dilate their<br />

blood vessels. They tend to be happier.<br />

Dogs have been shown to help people and<br />

children with autism and ADHD. There<br />

was even a study where children with<br />

diabetes that had a pet and helped take<br />

care of the pet then took better care of<br />

themselves. Dogs and pets in general just<br />

make us happier. And they have therapy<br />

dogs on college campuses to help students<br />

experiencing stress during exam time.<br />

How did your dog help you get better?<br />

I’d been battling cancer, and then, one day,<br />

I was on the sofa convalescing from my<br />

treatment and feeling lousy, and I reached<br />

out for my dog, Newton, a boxer who was<br />

my diligent nurse mate. He never left my<br />

side. He didn’t care if I was in my pajamas<br />

from four days ago or had chicken soup<br />

stains on the front. He always saw me for<br />

me. I reached down one day to pet him, and<br />

I felt an enlarged lymph node. It turned out<br />

that he had lymphoma, which is the most<br />

common cancer that we see in dogs. We<br />

get pets because we want a companion...<br />

but we never think that our four-legged<br />

companion is going to be going through<br />

chemotherapy simultaneously. And that’s<br />

what happened. But in the beginning, he<br />

just kicked cancer’s rear end. He would<br />

come home after his treatment and race to<br />

his food bowl, eager. He was a role model<br />

for my recovery. —Jacqueline Mroz<br />

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Sure, it’s cute to dress up<br />

your pet on Halloween, but<br />

is it safe? Here are five tips<br />

for making sure your pooch<br />

not only looks great, but<br />

has a great time with you on<br />

Halloween.<br />

1. Tune into your pet’s body<br />

language. You know your pet<br />

best, and if their head is down,<br />

they’re pawing at their costume,<br />

or are exhibiting other signs of<br />

discomfort or distress, they are<br />

likely uncomfortable.<br />

2. Put comfort first. A pet costume<br />

should be lightweight<br />

and comfortable. It should not<br />

constrict the head or neck, or<br />

restrict movement, hearing,<br />

eyesight or breathing.<br />

3. Prevent choking. Inspect the<br />

costume prior to wearing for<br />

any small parts or pieces that<br />

could be a choking hazard for<br />

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4. Do a test run. Don’t make Halloween<br />

the first time your pet<br />

wears their costume. Try on the<br />

costume in the days leading up<br />

to Halloween to make sure your<br />

pet is comfortable, happy, and<br />

ready to have a barkin’ good<br />

time.<br />

5. If all else fails, accessorize.<br />

If you determine that a full<br />

costume isn’t right for your pet,<br />

pick out a festive bandanna or<br />

a collar charm to get into the<br />

Halloween spirit.<br />


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T S G N I H T N U FF F<br />

D O O O<br />

Explore the<br />

Garden State<br />

this season—and bring<br />

your pet along for<br />

the journey.<br />


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Apple and pumpkin picking are favorite fall<br />

activities for humans and—if you choose one of<br />

these places to visit—dogs, too. Pooches are permitted<br />

at farms including Ort Farms in Long Valley,<br />

Hacklebarney Farm in Chester, Red Wagon<br />

Farm in Manalapan and Ward’s Pumpkin Patch<br />

in Ridgewood. Most of these spots restrict where<br />

dogs are allowed on their property, so check each<br />

farm’s website or give them a call before visiting.<br />

Ort Farms: 25 Bartley Road, Long Valley, 908-876-3351,<br />

ortfarms.com; Hacklebarney Farm: 104 State Park Road,<br />

Chester, 908-879-6593, hacklebarneyfarm.com; Red<br />

Wagon Farm: 437 State Route 33, Manalapan, redwagonfarmnj.com;<br />

Ward’s Pumpkin Patch: 552 Route 17 N.,<br />

Ridgewood, 201-523-0918, wardspumpkinpatch.com<br />

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If you’re going on a humans-only trip, why not<br />

also give your dog or cat a vacation while you’re<br />

away? Morris Animal Inn is any pet’s ultimate<br />

home away from home, with top-notch accommodations<br />

and care, plus activities and features like<br />

kitty-chaser games, a dog-grooming salon and<br />

spa, group play for pups, one-on-one playtime<br />

with staff, and splish-splash sessions.<br />

120 Sand Springs Road, Morristown, 973-241-7412;<br />

117 Boonton Avenue, Montville, 973-263-9060; 75 Stirling<br />

Road, Warren, 908-755-0227; morrisanimalinn.com<br />

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Take your dog on a safe, structured, weekly<br />

pack walk around the New Brunswick area with<br />

NB Pack Walks. Among the group’s past outings<br />

are the Rutgers University Ecological Preserve,<br />

Cheesequake State Park and Davidson Mill Pond<br />

County Park. For the monthly schedule, join the<br />

group’s Facebook page, and for a peek at previous<br />

walks, head to Instagram. —Monica Cardoza<br />

facebook.com/groups/nbpackwalks;<br />

instagram.com/nbpackwalks<br />

MORRIS<br />


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New Jersey is rich in history. Free, downloadable,<br />

self-guided walking tours are a great<br />

way to discover the state with your pet. In Hoboken,<br />

a 32-stop tour takes two to three hours.<br />

Morristown’s 1.5-mile walk includes 27 stops.<br />

Mountain Lakes’ 2-mile audio tour conveniently<br />

starts at the train station. Too cold to walk? Choose<br />

a driving tour from eight scenic byways. —MC<br />

Hoboken, hobokenmuseum.com; Moristown,<br />

morristourism.org; Mountain Lakes, mtnlakes.org;<br />

Scenic byways, njscenicbyways.com)<br />

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If you like happy hour, you’ll love Yappy<br />

Hour at Wonder Bar in Asbury Park. The regular<br />

event, which runs through fall, features a large,<br />

fenced-in space, activities and water for the canine<br />

guests, and cocktails and socializing for the<br />

human ones. $10 per person.<br />

1213 Ocean Avenue N., Asbury Park, 732-455-3767;<br />

wonderbarasburypark.com<br />

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A glassblowing studio might not be the first<br />

place that comes to mind as a pet-friendly space,<br />

but the folks at Hot Sand in Asbury Park are a<br />

dog-loving bunch. Bring Fido in for the studio’s Hot<br />

Paws activity, where you’ll capture your dog’s paw<br />

print in a mold that artists will turn into a glass keepsake.<br />

At-home kits are also available. —Shelby Vittek<br />

550 Cookman Avenue #103, Asbury Park,<br />

732-927-5475; hotsandap.com<br />

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There are dog parks, and then there is<br />

Timber Creek Dog Park. Covering an expansive<br />

9 acres, this off-leash, fenced-in park in Blackwood<br />

has it all: wooded and hilly nature trails,<br />

shaded areas and a dog fountain for cooling off,<br />

and a pond where pups can swim. It’s a great<br />

place to practice off-leash training or to just let<br />

your pooch run off their endless supply of energy<br />

among friends. —SV<br />

236 Taylor Avenue and Chews Landing Road,<br />

Blackwood; camdencounty.com<br />


ART AT HOT<br />

SAND<br />

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Have a professional “pawtrait” taken of your<br />

pet at your home or favorite outdoor spot. These<br />

pet photographers creatively celebrate the bond<br />

between you and your four-legged family member.<br />

Bundle of Paws Photography in Robbinsville<br />

specializes in dogs, cats and horses. Good Doggy<br />

Photography in Holmdel is a dog photographer<br />

specializing in studio portraits. With Best New<br />

Jersey Pet Photography in Rochelle Park, pets are<br />

photographed in local parks or at your home. With<br />

Wooftastic Portraits, dog portraits are taken at a<br />

designated location. —MC<br />

Bundle of Paws Photography, bundleofpawsphotography.com;<br />

Good Doggy Photography, gooddoggyphotography.com;<br />

Best New Jersey Pet Photography,<br />

pets.davideric.com; Wooftastic Portraits,<br />

wooftasticportraits.com<br />

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Can you and your dog overcome obstacles?<br />

Find out at Kim Seiter Dog Agility. Agility<br />

involves directing your dog to negotiate a series of<br />

obstacles while running. It’s a fun and active way to<br />

bond with your pet. One important guideline: Your<br />

pooch must be dog- and people-friendly. —MC<br />

209 Oak Ridge Road, Newfoundland;<br />

kimseiterdogagility.com<br />


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There will be no muddy prints on your<br />

car seats when you stop at a car wash featuring<br />

a climate-controlled, self-serve, indoor pet wash<br />

kiosk, like Rise and Shine Car Wash or White<br />

Horse Car Wash & Pet Wash. Shampoo and conditioner<br />

provided. No appointment needed. —MC<br />

Rise and Shine: 131 Cross Keys Road, Berlin, 856-767-<br />

7757, riseandshinecarwash.com; White Horse Car<br />

Wash & Pet Wash: 18 White Horse Road, Voorhees,<br />

856-627-2722, whitehorsecarwash.com<br />

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If you're planning an excursion on the<br />

Cape May-Lewes Ferry, take the ride between<br />

Cape May and Lewes, Delaware, with your pet!<br />

They are allowed on exterior decks, provided<br />

they are leashed.<br />

cmlf.com<br />

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Put your dog or horse in the capable<br />

hands of Animal Bodywork & Aromatherapy’s<br />

Heather Wallace, a certified equine and canine<br />

sports massage therapist. Small animals are seen<br />

in Keyport, while visits to barns 30-plus miles from<br />

central Jersey may be subject to a travel fee and a<br />

minimum number of horses. —MC<br />

732-784-7195; animalbodywork.com<br />

ANIMAL<br />

BODYWORK &<br />


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Want to adopt a cat? Get a feel for life<br />

with a feline at a cat lounge. Rahway Kitty Hall<br />

features cats ready for adoption from Angel Paws,<br />

and Catsbury Park is an adoption center where<br />

visitors can play with cats. Both charge admission<br />

and require reservations. —R.C. Staab<br />

Rahway Kitty Hall: 209 W. Main Street, Rahway,<br />

732-208-4184, rahwaykittyhall.com; Catsbury Park:<br />

901 3rd Avenue, Asbury Park, catsburypark.com<br />

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No matter the season, ice cream is a treat<br />

(for humans and dogs!). At Salty Paws, buy your<br />

pooch a cool one in flavors like maple bacon or<br />

pumpkin. Salty Paws also sells doggie baked goods.<br />

276 96th Street, Stone Harbor, 609-961-3598;<br />

saltypawsstoneharbor.com<br />

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In the summer, pets are not allowed on<br />

the six major Jersey Shore boardwalks—but that<br />

changes in the fall. After October 1, take your pet to<br />

Atlantic City to stroll the oldest, longest (at 4 miles)<br />

and most famous boardwalk in the United States.<br />

You can also hang out at a restaurant on the boards<br />

in Asbury Park, or enjoy the tranquil off-season at<br />

the Ocean City boardwalk. —RCS<br />

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17<br />


Self-proclaimed “dog daddies” Brant<br />

Shih and Dearrick Knupp know how special it can<br />

be to travel with your pups. So when they opened<br />

Fox & Bear Lodge in July 2021, making it a<br />

pet-friendly place was a top priority. Well-behaved<br />

dogs under 85 pounds are welcome (max<br />

two per reservation) and receive a puffy bed to<br />

sleep on, feeding bowls, a chewing toy, organic<br />

dog treats and eco-friendly clean-up bags. —SV<br />

967 McAfee Glenwood Road, Glenwood,<br />

917-267-8184; foxandbearlodge.com<br />


DOG PARK<br />

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By October 1, almost every town<br />

along the Jersey Shore loosens its restrictions,<br />

and leashed dogs are welcome on the beach.<br />

For a tranquil walk with dogs unaccustomed<br />

to the ocean, seek out the bayside<br />

beaches of Sandy Hook in the Gateway National<br />

Recreation Area, with coves, walkways<br />

and an occasional kite surfer. On either side of<br />

the Barnegat Inlet, dogs are welcome.<br />

Island Beach State Park has a particularly<br />

wide peninsula at the southern tip, and Barnegat<br />

Light State Park on Long Beach Island<br />

welcomes dogs along their long jetty and<br />

beach. A truly wonderful, scenic place in South<br />

Jersey is Longport Dog Beach, a long stretch of<br />

uninhabited beach with great views.<br />

Looking for beaches with lots of other pets?<br />

In Asbury Park, the North Beach area has a designated<br />

beach where dogs may roam off leash,<br />

and it’s often a fun scene. In the northern part of<br />

Brigantine beyond the town’s boardwalk, dogs<br />

are permitted year-round.<br />

Just off the Wildwood boardwalk at Maple<br />

Avenue, a giant fire hydrant is the centerpiece<br />

of a fenced dog park. Fresh water and clean-up<br />

bags are available. Leashed dogs are welcome<br />

at the beach a few hundred feet from the park.<br />

In Cape May, hit the beach, and then, with<br />

your pet, enjoy sunset at Sunset Beach.<br />

Contact each beach or check online for dates<br />

and hours that dogs are allowed on the beach<br />

and any other restrictions. —RCS<br />

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Dog sledding in New Jersey? Yes,<br />

it’s true! The Jersey Sands Sled Dog Racing<br />

Association meets regularly in Brendan T. Byrne<br />

State Forest to train and have fun. The best part?<br />

Anyone with an interest can bring their dog and<br />

is welcome to join. Equipment is available to borrow,<br />

and meet-up dates are posted on Facebook.<br />

facebook.com/jssdra<br />

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No need to leave your pet outside at<br />

historic Hangar #1 at the Cape May Airport. The<br />

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum<br />

welcomes pets on leash as their owners marvel<br />

at more than 26 aircraft, from a Russian MiG-15<br />

jet fighter to helicopters and World War II aircraft.<br />

There’s even a Coast Guard patrol boat.<br />

500 Forrestal Road, Cape May, 609-886-8787;<br />

usnasw.org<br />

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With more than 50 stores, the poochfriendly<br />

West End Garage in Cape May has an<br />

incredible variety of artwork, jewelry and gifts,<br />

including Bully Bows, which sells funky collars for<br />

your pet. —RCS<br />

484 W. Perry Street, Cape May, 609-770-8261;<br />

caperesorts.com<br />



COLLARS.<br />

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Jersey Shore Whale Watch invites<br />

well-behaved dogs accustomed to ocean boat rides<br />

to join their parents on weekdays aboard the Jersey<br />

Girl as it sails out to sea looking for humpback<br />

whales and dolphins. Through December, the boat<br />

leaves from Belmar Marina on a three-hour trip with<br />

commentary from a naturalist. Passengers are guaranteed<br />

to see a whale or they return for free. —RCS<br />

jerseyshorewhalewatchingtour.com<br />

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With more than 60 restaurants and<br />

shops surrounding a beautiful lake, Historic<br />

Smithville is a charming yet bustling spot that is<br />

perfect for people with pets to explore. Each fall<br />

weekend features themed events, including the<br />

Costume Pet Parade on October 21. The holidays<br />

begin in earnest on Saturday, November 25, and<br />

include a plethora of events. —RCS<br />

historicsmithville.com<br />




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Holmdel Park, a 664-acre park in the<br />

heart of central Jersey, is home to more than 10<br />

miles of trails, ranging from easy to challenging.<br />

Hit the paved half-mile loop connecting the Pond<br />

View and Forest Edge sectors for a relaxed walk.<br />

Another must-visit spot is the lovely David C.<br />

Shaw Arboretum, with 22 acres of ornamental<br />

trees and shrubs. Afterward, enjoy lunch in a picnic<br />

area. Leashes required. —Olivia Beach<br />

44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel;<br />

monmouthcountyparks.com<br />

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Henry Hudson Trail has something<br />

for everyone. A former railroad right-of-way, this<br />

paved, flat trail spans 24 miles. The southern<br />

portion takes people and pooches from Marlboro<br />

to Freehold through woods and fields, while<br />





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the northern part spreads from Aberdeen to the<br />

Atlantic Highlands, with 14 miles of shoreline views.<br />

Dogs must be leashed. —OB<br />

monmouthcountyparks.com<br />

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What's better than visiting a winery on<br />

a crisp fall day? Bringing your dog along for the<br />

fun. As the name suggests, Working Dog Winery<br />

is pooch friendly, as long as dogs stay outside in<br />

the lawn area. Water is provided for canine visitors,<br />

while people, of course, have a variety of delicious<br />

wines from which to choose.<br />

610 Perrineville Road, Hightstown, 609-371-6000;<br />

workingdogwinerynj.com<br />

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Have you been itching to try one of<br />

celebrity chef David Burke’s restaurants, but<br />

don't want to leave your dog at home? Burke’s<br />

Red Horse, Fox & Falcon and the GOAT now offer<br />

Yappy Hour, a dog-friendly happy hour, on their<br />

patios. <strong>Pets</strong> can enjoy water bowls while pet parents<br />

lap up happy-hour food and drink specials.<br />

The event is set to take place through the end of<br />

fall, weather permitting. —Olivia Bardo<br />

Red Horse: 26 Ridge Road, Rumson, 732-576-3400,<br />

redhorsebydb.com; Fox & Falcon: 19 Valley Street,<br />

South Orange, 973-419-6773, thefoxandfalconbydb.<br />

com; The GOAT: 1411 Route 36, Union Beach,<br />

732-264-5222, thegoatbydb.com<br />

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Departed Soles Brewery in Jersey City<br />

not only has great beer (many of which are gluten<br />

free), but it welcomes dogs. Their only caveat?<br />

“We just hold them to the same standards as our<br />

human friends (clean, don't make a mess and not<br />

too loud).” Leashes required.<br />

150 Bay Street, #2A Jersey City, 201-479-8578;<br />

departedsoles.com<br />

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A number of New Jersey state parks<br />

welcome pets to select campgrounds, with an<br />

additional $5 fee per night. Cheesequake State<br />

Park, Bass River State Forest and Round Valley Recreational<br />

Area allow pets (with restrictions) and are<br />

open year-round. Domestic dogs and cats are the<br />

only animals allowed outdoors on park grounds,<br />

with a maximum of two pets per camping permit.<br />

njportal.com/dep/njoutdoors<br />

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K9 Resorts, an award-winning, luxury dog boarding<br />

and daycare featuring state-of-the-art facilities,<br />

a loving staff, cage-free boarding and top-notch<br />

customer service. There are locations all over the<br />

state, including in Madison, Fanwood, Hamilton<br />

and Middletown, so wherever you live, there is a<br />

K9 Resort for your pooch.<br />

k9resorts.com<br />


Give your pooch a taste of the luxe life at<br />

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When it's just too cold to venture outside,<br />

host a movie marathon at home featuring<br />

dog-centric movies (think Benji, A Dog’s Journey,<br />

A Dog’s Purpose, Lady and the Tramp, Homeward<br />

Bound and As Good as it Gets). Invite your friends<br />

and family to come with their pups. Offer treats<br />

and bowls of water for the dogs and popcorn for<br />

the humans. —Barbara Leap<br />




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As the St. Hubert’s Training and Behavior<br />

Center puts it, “A good education may be<br />

the most valuable gift you can ever give your canine<br />

companion.” So take a class with your dog to<br />

improve their behavior and strengthen communication.<br />

Group classes and private sessions are<br />

available. A virtual class for cats is also offered.<br />

575 Woodland Avenue, Madison, 973-377-2295;<br />

sthuberts.org<br />

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Spend a day in Jersey City. Dog parks<br />

along River Drive in Newport, including Newport<br />

Pier Dog Run and River Drive Dog Run, offer waterfront<br />

city-skyline views. Liberty State Park is one<br />

of Jersey’s top destinations for people and pets to<br />

spend time outdoors. The views of the Statue of<br />

Liberty are stunning. End your day at the nearby<br />

dog-inspired distillery Corgi Spirits, which donates<br />

to local rescue organizations. —Falyn Stempler<br />

Newport Pier Dog Run: 25 Park Lane S., newportnj.com;<br />

River Drive Dog Run: 54 River Drive S., newportnj.com;<br />

Liberty State Park: 1 Audrey Zapp Drive, nj.gov; Corgi<br />

Spirits: 150 Pacific Avenue, Building P, 201-448-4184,<br />

corgispirits.com<br />

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The Rusty Nail doesn’t just welcome<br />

dogs—it cooks for them. The beloved eatery has an<br />

entire menu devoted to pooches, featuring items<br />



like the Doggie Bowl (grilled chicken or steamed<br />

veggies) and the Hot Diggity Dog (a plain, all-beef<br />

hot dog without the bun). For dessert, the Rusty<br />

Nail serves all-natural pup treats.<br />

205 Beach Avenue, Cape May, 609-884-0017;<br />

caperesorts.com<br />

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Between all the fun you’re having this<br />

season, make sure to keep your pet protected, too.<br />

First on your list? Checking that your pet’s lepto<br />

and lyme disease vaccines are up to date. Call your<br />

veterinarian with questions. When venturing out in<br />

cold weather, keep your pup’s delicate paws protected.<br />

Massage a protectant like petroleum jelly<br />

into paw pads to create a barrier. Want even more<br />

protection? Buy booties. Then, after an outdoor<br />

walk, wash and dry your dog’s feet and stomach<br />

to get rid of any ice melt, rock salt or chemicals.<br />

When in doubt about whether it’s too cold to go<br />

outside with your pet, stay indoors.<br />

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Keeping your pet healthy is any pet<br />

parent’s number 1 priority, so when your animal’s<br />

individual health concerns are top of mind, take<br />

them to Stokes Pharmacy. Stokes’ prepared medications<br />

are compounded with the highest degree<br />

of quality for safe, reliable prescriptions—making it<br />

a place you can count on every time you visit.<br />

6000 Commerce Parkway, Suite A, Mt. Laurel,<br />

800-754-5222; stokespharmacy.com<br />

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Gift<br />

Guide<br />

Holiday shopping just got<br />

a whole lot more fun.<br />

Here are our gift picks for the<br />

pets and pet lovers in your life.<br />



2<br />

1<br />

3<br />

1 The Cat’s Meow<br />

This sweet pinch-bowl set is the purrfect<br />

gift for any cat lover. The six small<br />

stoneware bowls are great for snacks<br />

and condiments, or as trinket dishes.<br />

• $22 at Harmony Brookside Gift<br />

Shop & Art Gallery (Brookside) or<br />

harmonybrooksidegifts.com<br />

2 Comfy and Cozy<br />

Each one of these soft microfleece<br />

robes is custom embroidered with the<br />

dog breed of your choice. Color choices<br />

include deep smoke (seen here),<br />

marshmallow and pink raspberry.<br />

• $59.99 at Cherrybrook Showroom<br />

(Phillipsburg) or cherrybrook.com<br />

3 Pillow Pals<br />

Dog lovers can add a pop of fun to<br />

any sofa, living-room chair or bed<br />

with this delightful embroidered pillow<br />

from Rifle Paper Co. x Loloi. Each<br />

pillow measures 22 by 22 inches and<br />

is available with down or polyester<br />

fill. The best part of this gift? No<br />

muddy paw prints on furniture!<br />

• $110 at riflepaperco.com<br />

4 Style in the Bag<br />

This sleek carrier, which holds dogs up<br />

to 13 pounds, is a must for the stylish<br />

pet parent. Features include a memory<br />

cushion pillow and safety leash.<br />

• $279 at thevipupcollection.com<br />

4<br />

5<br />

5 Cheers!<br />

This oak whiskey box set comes with<br />

two lowball glasses, six sandstone<br />

coasters and two soapstone whiskey<br />

stones—and is laser-engraved with<br />

your dog breed of choice.<br />

• $183.99 at Cherrybrook Showroom<br />

(Phillipsburg) or cherrybrook.com<br />

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PETS<br />

6 The Name Game<br />

House Dogge’s wool binky toy is a<br />

great gift for the pooch who likes to<br />

carry toys around or enjoys a friendly<br />

toss-and-tug game. The binkies come<br />

in a variety of colors and can be customized<br />

with a dog’s name or a word.<br />

Available in 5-inch (small dog) and<br />

7-inch (medium/large dog) sizes.<br />

• $20-$25 each at housedogge.com<br />

6<br />

7 Philanthropic Fun<br />

Purchasing this dog-treat puzzle at<br />

Buddy’s Boutique will not only keep<br />

your dog mentally stimulated, it will<br />

help other animals, too. Proceeds<br />

from the store benefit shelter pets<br />

at the adjacent St. Hubert’s Animal<br />

Wellness Center.<br />

• $15.99 at Buddy’s Boutique (Madison)<br />

or sthuberts.org<br />

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8<br />

8 Cool Digs<br />

Cat accomodations get an upgrade<br />

with EveryYay’s fun, three-level cat<br />

tree with condo. Felines will love<br />

climbing up and down, playing with<br />

the dangling toy, and resting inside.<br />

• $129.99 at Petco stores or<br />

petco.com<br />

9<br />

9 Fabulous Finds<br />

Jersey-based brand Fabdog has<br />

winter dog gear that is just—well, fab!<br />

The infinity scarf, chunky sweater and<br />

pack-’n-go reversible puffer come in<br />

a variety of sizes for all breeds.<br />

• $20-$62 at fabdog.com<br />

10 Rest Your Head<br />

Lay Lo’s terrazzo dog bed is not only<br />

a cozy spot for Fido, it will add style<br />

to any home. Available in four sizes.<br />

• $149 at laylopets.com<br />

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Support your local<br />

merchants while<br />

holiday shopping<br />

this year.<br />

Pet Perspective 21

Sure, people<br />

often undergo<br />

rehab after an injury<br />

or surgery, but what<br />

about pets?<br />

They, too, can<br />

benefit immensely<br />

from physical<br />

rehabilitation.<br />

A PATH<br />

TOWARD<br />


P<br />

ets are like humans in so many<br />

ways. They can show emotion,<br />

give and receive comfort, and,<br />

in difficult times, find they<br />

need to rely on the support<br />

of family members and doctors to help<br />

improve their health.<br />

Just like people, when a pet undergoes<br />

surgery or is recovering from an injury, an<br />

important part of the healing process may<br />

be physical rehabilitation.<br />

<strong>Pets</strong> in rehab typically undergo a combination<br />

of in-office treatment sessions and<br />

at-home exercises, both of which require<br />

the attentive support of pet parents.<br />

“Clients are encouraged to actively<br />

participate in their pet’s rehab plan and<br />

are given at-home exercises and activities<br />

that augment the therapies provided at<br />

the office,” says Dr. Rosalie M. LoScrudato,<br />

who specializes in Physical Rehabilitation<br />

at NorthStar VETS® and is certified in<br />

Companion Animal Pain Management.<br />

A variety of therapeutic modalities are<br />

used during treatment sessions in the<br />

office. They include massage and stretches,<br />

laser therapy, electrical stimulation,<br />

exercises, thermotherapy with heat and ice,<br />

and hydrotherapy tools such as an underwater<br />

treadmill.<br />

In addition to physical rehabilitation,<br />

NorthStar VETS® offers complementary<br />

rehabilitative and pain-management<br />

services that include acupuncture, stem<br />

cell therapy, platelet-rich plasma therapy,<br />

wheelchair or cart fitting, and assistive<br />

devices such as harnesses or slings.<br />

So how do you know if your pet needs<br />

rehabilitation?<br />

Treatments can help pets who have recently<br />

undergone orthopedic or neurologic<br />

surgery, or those who have experienced<br />

soft tissue injuries.<br />

Sessions can aid with osteoarthritis-related<br />

issues as well as weakness related to<br />

age or metabolic conditions. Treatment<br />


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can also help improve symptoms of a neurological<br />

condition (such as intervertebral<br />

disc disease, fibrocartilagenous embolism<br />

or degenerative myelopathy).<br />

Physical rehabilitation can also be used<br />

to balance weight management, or as a<br />

form of conditioning for working dogs or<br />

canine athletes.<br />

“Rehabilitation is used to address and<br />

improve musculoskeletal and neurologic<br />

issues that impede a pet’s ability to perform<br />

their activities of daily living or that<br />

negatively impact a pet’s quality of life,”<br />

says Dr. LoScrudato.<br />

Before the experts at NorthStar VETS®<br />

begin a treatment plan, dogs undergo a full<br />

pain management,” says Dr. LoScrudato.<br />

“It is also important to discuss client<br />

expectations and create individualized<br />

goals for clients and pets,” Dr. LoScrudato<br />

explains.<br />

The overall duration of a treatment plan<br />

varies from patient to patient and takes<br />

into account various factors. On average,<br />

individual in-office session times run<br />

between 45 and 60 minutes.<br />

Once a treatment plan is put in place,<br />

that doesn’t mean things are set in stone.<br />

“Reassessing pets and adjusting the therapeutic<br />

plan is also very important,” says Dr.<br />

LoScrudato.<br />

The benefits of rehabilitation are many.<br />

Rosalie LoScrudato,<br />

DVM, CVA, CCRP<br />

physical examination and an evaluation of<br />

their gait and movement. Pet parents also<br />

fill out a comprehensive questionnaire.<br />

Plans are individualized for each patient,<br />

making the care at NorthStar VETS® a<br />

truly personal experience. “It is imperative<br />

to review the patient’s full history, take into<br />

account client limitations, evaluate the<br />

patient’s environment, provide recommendations<br />

on modifications that can assist<br />

the pet, and provide recommendations for<br />

[We are] returning our pets to<br />

enjoying their normal daily<br />

activities without pain or discomfort,<br />

whether they are young,<br />

old, athletes or sofa buddies.<br />

Dogs can see improved joint range of<br />

motion, improved muscular strength and<br />

coordination, prevention of further muscle<br />

atrophy, improved mobility, decreased<br />

pain, improved physical and mental<br />

well-being, and improved quality of life.<br />

“[We are] returning our pets to enjoying<br />

their normal daily activities without pain<br />

or discomfort,” says Dr. LoScrudato,<br />

“whether they are young, old, athletes or<br />

sofa buddies.”<br />




❑ Improve mobility and quality<br />

of life<br />

❑ Decrease pain<br />

❑ Promote physical and mental<br />

well-being<br />

❑ Facilitate healing and return<br />

to function<br />

❑ Improve joint range of motion<br />

❑ Improve muscular strength<br />

and coordination<br />

❑ Prevent further muscle atrophy<br />



Does your dog have trouble climbing stairs?<br />

Need help in and out of cars?<br />

As one of the only licensed clinics in NJ, NorthStar VETS® is pleased to<br />

offer Synovetin OA® to provide safe, long-lasting relief for canine elbow<br />

osteoarthritis (OA). With just 1 simple treatment of Synovetin OA® , it can<br />

provide up to 1 full year of targeted pain relief.<br />

❑ Hydrotherapy (also called<br />

aquatic therapy)<br />

❑ Manual therapy (massage,<br />

stretching, joint and/or softtissue<br />

mobilization)<br />

❑ Therapeutic exercise<br />

❑ Therapeutic laser therapy<br />

❑ Multimodal pain management<br />

❑ Synovetin OA® for<br />

elbow osteoarthritis<br />

❑ Electrical stimulation<br />

modalities (NMES)<br />

❑ Thermotherapy (heat and ice)<br />

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HAPPY,<br />



PETS<br />


Spotlight on<br />

Specialty Medicine<br />

A look at innovative pet treatments and techniques<br />

Deck taht supports the headline about pets making you<br />


Gum disease (gingivitis<br />

and the more severe<br />

periodontitis) is the<br />

most diagnosed disease<br />

in dogs and cats. In fact,<br />

by the age of four, 80<br />

Kirk Herrmann,<br />

DVM, DAVDC<br />

percent of dogs and 70<br />

percent of cats will show<br />

signs of dental disease.<br />

If left untreated, gum disease not only<br />

can cause bad breath, tooth decay and<br />

tooth loss, but once the bacteria gains<br />

access to internal organs through diseased<br />

gums, more serious health problems like<br />

heart, liver and kidney disease may follow.<br />

A growing number of studies suggest<br />

that the healthier the mouth, the healthier<br />

the pet. That's why seeing your veterinarian<br />

for routine dental cleanings and checkups<br />

is an important part of good pet care.<br />

The NorthStar VETS® Animal Dentistry<br />

and Oral Surgery team provides these<br />

advanced services:<br />

Oral Surgery<br />

• Surgical extractions, including ful mouth<br />

extractions for stomatitis patients<br />

• Minimally invasive jaw fracture repair<br />

• Oral surgical oncology, including oral<br />

tumor biopsy, mandibulectomy and<br />

maxillectomy<br />

• Repair of cleft palate defects and oronasal<br />

fistulas<br />

• Muscle biopsy for suspected masticatory<br />

myositis cases<br />

Periodontal treatment<br />

• Professional dental cleaning<br />

• Closed and open root planing<br />

• Advanced periodontal surgery<br />

• Crown lengthening procedures for<br />

tooth fractures that extend below the<br />

gingival margin<br />

Endodontic treatment<br />

• Root canal therapy<br />

• Vital pulp therapy<br />

• Surgical root canal therapy<br />

Prosthodontics<br />

• Full metal crowns for fractured teeth<br />

• Three-quarter crowns for cage-biter's<br />

wear<br />

• Radiography (X-rays) and CT scan<br />

Teleradiology<br />


Like humans, dogs and cats commonly<br />

experience skin disorders. In fact, there are<br />

hundreds of different skin disorders recognized<br />

in pets. Because<br />

the signs often appear<br />

the same—itchy skin and<br />

digestive problems are<br />

common—accurately determining<br />

the cause and<br />

Gregory C.<br />

Griffeth,<br />

DVM, DACVD<br />

the appropriate treatment<br />

requires specialized<br />

testing and in-depth<br />

diagnostic expertise.<br />

At NorthStar VETS®, the Dermatology<br />

department provides a variety of diagnostic<br />

tests that can help determine the cause<br />

of your pet's skin disorder. And veterinarians<br />

are specially trained to recognize, diagnose<br />

and treat skin diseases, so your pet<br />

can go back to living life symptom-free.<br />

The goal at NorthStar VETS® is to<br />

identify the clinical problems, understand<br />

the underlying pathologic process<br />

and to find the best way to keep your<br />

pet comfortable and as free of skin<br />

problems as possible. In order to do<br />

this, the team has you fill out a questionnaire<br />

to identify the problem, get an<br />

idea of how long the problem has been<br />

ongoing, and how it has affected your<br />

pet. NorthStar VETS® also examines<br />

records from your family veterinarian<br />

to see what therapies have been tried in<br />

the past, and what medications your pet<br />

has been given.<br />

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To try and identify possible diagnosis,<br />

multiple modalities may be employed.<br />

The results of some will be available right<br />

away, and some may be sent to a lab.<br />

NorthStar VETS® may consider:<br />

• Skin scraping for parasites<br />

• Flea combing for fleas<br />

• Cytology (cell analysis) of lesions in the<br />

skin and hair coat that may show us different<br />

bacteria and/or fungal elements<br />

• Bacterial and/or fungal cultures for<br />

severe skin or ear disease to identify<br />

particular bacteria/fungal organisms<br />

and target the most useful systemic<br />

medication<br />

• Blood work to rule out any underlying<br />

systemic illness<br />

• Skin biopsies if indicated<br />

• Aspirates of masses/tumors found in skin<br />

• Video-otoscopy (a miniaturized camera<br />

that allows us to view and photograph<br />

the ear canal and eardrum)<br />

• CT scans/ MRI for evaluation of middle<br />

and inner ear disease if indicated<br />

Once NorthStar VETS® has identified<br />

the cause of your pet 's skin disorder, the<br />

team will have a differential diagnosis, if<br />

not a definitive diagnosis, and work with<br />

you and your primary care veterinarian<br />

to develop a treatment plan. This might<br />

include:<br />

• Systemic and topical therapies to clear<br />

infections in the skin<br />

• Allergy vaccines for immunotherapy in<br />

dogs with certain allergic diseases<br />

• Dietary changes for dogs with different<br />

allergic disease<br />

• Long-term management of chronic<br />

skin or ear diseases, which may require<br />

ongoing treatment using the most<br />

up-to-date medications and treatment<br />

regimens<br />

Conditions NorthStar VETS® diagnoses<br />

and treats:<br />

• Allergies, the most common cause of<br />

skin problems in pets; allergies are<br />

usually food-related, environmental, or<br />

contact-related.<br />

• Cutaneous and subcutaneous infection<br />

of the skin, commonly caused by bacteria<br />

and fungi<br />

• Parasitic infestations due to fleas, ticks<br />

and other parasites<br />

• Immune-mediated disease, occurs when<br />

the body's own immune system attacks<br />

the healthy skin<br />

• Ear infections, often breed-related (dogs<br />

with flopped ears are more susceptible)<br />

but can be caused by allergies<br />

• Middle and inner-ear diseases<br />

• Skin tumors<br />

• Haircoat abnormalities<br />

• Genetic abnormalities of skin and coat<br />

• Endocrine and metabolic disease affecting<br />

skin and coat<br />


Just like humans, companion animals can<br />

have heart (cardiac) and lung (pulmonary)<br />

problems. These conditions<br />

fall into two categories:<br />

congenital (present<br />

from birth) or acquired<br />

(developed over time).<br />

Hyeon Woo<br />

Jeong, DVM,<br />

DACVIM<br />

Seeing a doctor who<br />

specializes in cardiac conditions<br />

can help your pet<br />

achieve the best possible<br />

heart and lung health—and that’s exactly<br />

what you’ll find at NorthStar VETS®. The<br />

Cardiology Department is staffed by highly<br />

trained veterinarians who specialize in<br />

diseases that affect the heart and lungs of<br />

companion animals.<br />

NorthStar VETS® provides a full range of<br />

cardiopulmonary diagnostic and treatment<br />

services to ensure the best-possible<br />

quality of life for your companion:<br />

• Cardiac consultation<br />

• Heart murmur evaluation<br />

• Breed screens for congenital and acquired<br />

heart disease<br />

• Thoracic and cardiac echocardiography<br />

(ultrasounds)<br />

• Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) interpretation<br />

• Diagnosis of thoracic and pericardial<br />

neoplasia (abnormal tissue growth)<br />

• Removal of fluid from the thorax (pleurocentesis),<br />

the abdomen (abdominocentesis)<br />

and the pericardium (pericardicentesis)<br />

• Pre-doxorubicin (brand name: Adriamycin)<br />

treatment evaluation to determine<br />

if your pet’s heart is healthy enough to<br />

withstand this cancer treatment<br />

• Pre-Radioiodine (I-131) treatment evaluation<br />

to determine if your pet’s heart is<br />

healthy enough to withstand this hyperthyroid<br />

treatment<br />

• Pre-anesthetic evaluation<br />

• Pacemaker implantation<br />

• Valvuloplasty<br />

Among the most common conditions that<br />

NorthStar VETS®’ veterinary cardiologists<br />

treat area:<br />

• Congestive heart failure<br />

• Pericardial and pleural space disease and<br />

neoplasia<br />

• Pulmonary (lung) disease<br />

• Congenital cardiac disease (patent ductus<br />

arteriosus, pulmonic stenosis, aortic<br />

stenosis, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy)<br />

• Acquired cardiac disease (valvular insufficiency,<br />

dilated cardiomyopathy, muscle<br />

disorders, pericardial disease)<br />

• Arrhythmias<br />

Tackling Your<br />

HEALTH<br />


Our experts take your pet<br />

health questions head-on<br />

and provide important insight.<br />

the concern<br />

My pet appears<br />

to be<br />

having an allergic<br />

reaction.<br />

What should<br />

I do?<br />

If you witness<br />

Ross Taylor, DVM<br />

itching, redness,<br />

facial swelling, hives, vomiting or<br />

sneezing, have your pet examined<br />

by a veterinarian. Some allergic<br />

reactions can progress to severe<br />

swelling, vomiting and troubled<br />

breathing. Do not give your pet<br />

medication at home without speaking<br />

to your doctor. If you cannot<br />

get immediate veterinary care, give<br />

your pet a 1 mg per pound oral<br />

dose of Benedryl if the animal is not<br />

vomiting.<br />

the concern<br />

We were outside in the cold<br />

for an extended period of<br />

time, and my dog seems very<br />

cold. What should I do?<br />

Once inside, check your dog's axillary<br />

(armpit) or ear temperature,<br />

says Dr. Ross Taylor, a veterinarian<br />

in the NorthStar VETS® Emergency/Critical<br />

Care department.<br />

A normal temperature for a cat/<br />

dog is 99-102.5 degrees. If the<br />

temperature is below 98 degrees,<br />

your pet should be seen by a<br />

veterinarian for supportive care<br />

and/or diagnostics (bloodwork,<br />

radiographs, etc.).<br />

the concern<br />

My dog got bitten by another<br />

animal. What are my next<br />

steps?<br />

If there are visible wounds, have<br />

your pet examined by a veterinarian<br />

to see if they need stitches,<br />

drains and/or surgery, says Dr.<br />

Taylor. “It is also advised, if there<br />

are wounds, to booster the rabies<br />

vaccine to help prevent possibly<br />

contracting rabies,” Dr. Taylor says.<br />

Pet Perspective 25


<strong>Pets</strong> Can Make<br />

You Happier<br />

Bring a pet into your life and reduce stress, improve<br />

your well-being—and gain one very sweet cuddle buddy.<br />

Now here’s something to smile<br />

about! Having a pet in your<br />

life can make you happier.<br />

Studies show that pets<br />

can reduce stress in people<br />

and improve their physical and mental<br />

well-being.<br />

“When we see, touch, hear or talk to<br />

our companion animals, we feel goodwill,<br />

joy, nurturing and happiness,” according<br />

to the American Heart Association<br />

(AHA). “At the same time, stress hormones<br />

are suppressed.”<br />

Watching fish swim in a tank, for example,<br />

has been shown to reduce feelings of<br />

stress in observers.<br />

The simple act of petting a dog can<br />

lower a person’s blood pressure, according<br />

to the AHA, and reduce the stress<br />

hormone cortisol.<br />

Interacting with a dog can also increase<br />

levels of the “love hormone” oxytocin,<br />

according to Johns Hopkins Medicine,<br />

bringing feelings of joy and happiness to<br />

the human in an animal’s life.<br />

Take the story of Montclair-based<br />

veterinary oncologist Dr. Renee Alsarraf.<br />

Her book Sit, Stay, Heal: What Dogs Can<br />

Teach Us About Living Well chronicles how<br />

the dogs in her life helped her heal during<br />

her own battle with cancer.<br />

Dr. Alsarraf lists countless benefits of<br />

having an animal in your life, and says that<br />

pets can “absolutely” help people during the<br />

healing process.<br />

“Just the act of having a dog or a cat,<br />

something warm who loves you right<br />

back, that you take care of, is so helpful,”<br />

she says.<br />

She notes that pets are often used to<br />

help people suffering from post-traumatic<br />

stress disorder (PTSD), and that therapy<br />

dogs have been used to help children with<br />

attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder<br />

(ADHD). Some schools utilize therapy<br />

dogs to provide emotional support to<br />

students following a traumatic event or<br />

on a regular basis.<br />

Therapy dogs are also used across New<br />

Jersey in hospitals, nursing homes and<br />

other facilities to provide comfort and to<br />

reduce anxiety and stress in the people<br />

there.<br />

Atlantic Health System’s Soothing<br />

Paws Pet Therapy Program facilitates<br />

visits between patients and trained dogs<br />

(who are accompanied by hospital volunteers).<br />

The program runs at Chilton Medical<br />

Center in Pompton Plains, Goryeb<br />

Children’s Hospital in Morristown, Hackettstown<br />

Medical Center, Morristown<br />

Medical Center, Newton Medical Center,<br />

Overlook Medical Center in Summit and<br />

Atlantic Rehabilitation in Cedar Knolls.<br />

The therapy dogs, who all receive<br />

intense training, travel to emergency departments,<br />

the intensive care unit, cancer<br />

units and other departments with the<br />

mission of helping patients in need.<br />

As Atlantic Health System notes on<br />

its website: “Pet therapy can have many<br />

physical and emotional benefits for<br />

hospital patients, including reduced blood<br />

pressure and stress.”<br />

Notably, pets also provide companionship.<br />

Studies have found that pets can<br />

reduce loneliness, boost a person’s mood<br />

and increase a person’s “feelings of social<br />

support,” according to the National Institutes<br />

of Health.<br />

Those factors have never more important<br />

than during the Covid-19 pandemic<br />

and in its wake, as people are still readjusting<br />

to interacting in social settings.<br />

A great way to enjoy time with your<br />

dog and reap additional physical and<br />

mental health benefits is to get active and<br />

exercise together.<br />

Take a hike, or go for a brisk walk<br />

around your neighborhood. A dual<br />

exercise session not only strengthens<br />

the human-animal bond, but it provides<br />

a multitude of physical benefits (from<br />

cardiovascular health to weight management<br />

to help with joints and movement)<br />

and mental benefits for both humans and<br />

dogs. Exercise can even increase happiness<br />

in pets and humans through the<br />

release of endorphins.<br />

<strong>Pets</strong> can also give people a great excuse<br />

to get out there and be social with other<br />

pet parents. While out for a walk around<br />

your neighborhood, strike up a conversation<br />

with a fellow pet parent or two.<br />

Grab a coffee at a pet-friendly joint<br />

and chat with the dogs and pet parents<br />

around you. Several bars and restaurants<br />

in New Jersey, including Wonder Bar in<br />

Asbury Park and a number of chef David<br />

Burke’s restaurants, even host dog-friendly<br />

happy hour events, where both dogs<br />

and pet parents can socialize and have a<br />

night out that is, hopefully, filled with lots<br />

of happy vibes.<br />


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Comprehensive Cancer Care<br />

NorthStar VETS supports pets and pet parents throughout treatment.<br />

From dogs to cats to rabbits, all<br />

types of animals can get cancer.<br />

Such a diagnosis can be overwhelming<br />

for pet parents, and<br />

the veterinarians at NorthStar<br />

VETS® understand the importance of<br />

both expert medical treatment and compassionate<br />

care.<br />

When a pet is diagnosed with cancer,<br />

radiation, chemotherapy and/or surgery<br />

may be used in their treatment plan—<br />

which specialists at NorthStar VETS®<br />

carefully map out.<br />

Stereotactic radiation (which is also<br />

known as SRS/SRT/SBRT) is a type of therapeutic<br />

radiation that is a new option for<br />

pets being treated at NorthStar VETS®. It is<br />

a least-invasive and nonsurgical option.<br />

SRT is used in one of two ways—in<br />

patients with localized cancer that has not<br />

spread significantly, or instead of a complex<br />

surgery in an important area of the<br />

body such as the spine or brain—to either<br />

shrink a tumor or slow its growth.<br />

In addition to the brain and spine, SRT<br />

can be used to treat tumors in the head<br />

and neck, kidneys, liver, lungs, pancreas,<br />

pelvic canal, thyroid and other areas of<br />

the body.<br />

Treatment typically requires just 1-3<br />

sessions, compared to conventional<br />

radiation, which can take 15-21 sessions<br />

for patients to receive similar results.<br />

While radiation can be known to<br />

cause side effects including redness<br />

and irritation, the side effects are often<br />

minimal for a pet using SRT.<br />

Part of a pet’s cancer treatment plan<br />

at NorthStar VETS® can also include<br />

services from the Integrative Medicine<br />

department, a specialty that blends treatments<br />

from both holistic and conventional<br />

medicine, and utilizes Eastern medicine<br />

practices such as herbs, acupuncture, and<br />

dietary and lifestyle planning.<br />

“This is the oldest form of medicine in<br />

the world, and it's been around for this long<br />

for a reason,” says Dr. Christopher W. Shapley,<br />

a specialist in the Integrative Medicine<br />

department at NorthStar VETS®.<br />

Integrative Medicine treatments can<br />

offer relief for pets from pain, nausea<br />

and gastric distress, and typically work in<br />

conjunction with other aspects of cancer<br />

treatment.<br />

Dr. Shapley says herbal formulations<br />

can also help treat cancers.<br />

“We really have the full package<br />

at NorthStar,” Dr. Shapley says. “You<br />

have board- certified surgeons that are<br />

excellent at removing the tumors. Our<br />

boarded oncologist is fantastic at identifying<br />

and treating tumors and metastatic<br />

cancers. Our Radiation Oncology and<br />

Integrative Medicine departments offer<br />

every modality to help<br />

pets.”<br />

Dr. Shapley also<br />

thinks about his patients<br />

and their families<br />

on a personal level.<br />

He says: “I’m giving<br />

pet parents hope and<br />

Christopher W.<br />

Shapley,<br />

DVM, CVA, CVCH<br />

I’m giving pets an increased<br />

quality of life.”<br />

—Olivia Bardo<br />

Pet Perspective 27



& BITS<br />


P<br />

et parents—like<br />

most people—<br />

look forward to<br />

the holidays all year.<br />

But having a dog in the<br />

house during a holiday<br />

meal can complicate<br />

the festivities—and<br />

requires some planning<br />

on your part. Luckily,<br />

we have some expert<br />

advice to make the<br />

holiday season that<br />

much sweeter.<br />

Holiday Meals:<br />

What You Need to Know<br />

The holiday season is all about food,<br />

fun, and spending time with family<br />

and friends—furry or otherwise.<br />

As much as we love our pets, preparing<br />

for and hosting a big Thanksgiving,<br />

Christmas or Hanukkah dinner with<br />

a dog in the house can be a challenge.<br />

Whether it’s a pooch you know will<br />

start begging for table scraps as soon as<br />

you sit down, or guests who just cannot<br />

resist giving Fido pieces of food from<br />

their plates, some pre-holiday planning<br />

is definitely in order.<br />

So what should you do when it<br />

comes to mealtime? If your main concern<br />

is a dog who will bark for food or<br />

otherwise disturb your dinner, give the<br />

pooch an activity or food of their own<br />

to keep them busy.<br />

Try a Kong toy or puzzle toy filled<br />

with a pet-safe recipe. Rubber Kong<br />

toys have a special space for food<br />

to keep pets distracted while they<br />

search for their treat—and give them<br />

much-needed mental and physical<br />

stimulation.<br />

To keep the begging minimal to<br />

nonexistent, keep your dog or dogs in<br />

an isolated area during dinner—away<br />

from the dining room or wherever you<br />

are eating. You can even use a crate.<br />

Before or after dinner, a fun activity<br />

to get dogs—and little ones—involved<br />

is making a paw-print ornament,<br />

which can become a keepsake for years<br />

to come. All you need is 1 cup of flour,<br />

half a cup of salt, and half a cup of<br />

water—plus a a few craft supplies.<br />

Combine all ingredients in a bowl<br />

and mix until dough forms. Roll the<br />

dough on a floured surface and cut<br />

shapes with a cookie cutter. Gently<br />

press your pet's paw in the center, and<br />

poke a hole at the top of the shape, and<br />

add a straw for hanging. Bake at 200<br />

degrees for two hours. Let cool, paint if<br />

you’d like, and thread with ribbon.<br />

Despite your best efforts at keeping<br />


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your dog away from the table, Fido<br />

may inevitably gobble up some table<br />

scraps. Keep in mind that table scraps<br />

and treats should not comprise more<br />

than 10 percent of a dog’s daily caloric<br />

intake. If a dog is on a special diet, a<br />

veterinarian should be consulted before<br />

any special treats are introduced.<br />

Is there anything safe for dogs to<br />

enjoy from your plate? In general, most<br />

fruits—including apples, bananas,<br />

pears and strawberries—and vegetables<br />

are safe in moderation for dogs. Plain<br />

turkey—without trimmings like stuffing<br />

and gravy—is also typically safe, although<br />

turkey skin, bones and drippings<br />

can be a choking hazard, so be careful.<br />

If an emergency situation does arise<br />

and your pet begins to choke, examine<br />

your pet’s mouth, if you can do it safely.<br />

If a foreign object is visible in your pet’s<br />

mouth or the back of their throat, use<br />

something like kitchen tongs to try to<br />

dislodge it.<br />

You can perform abdonimal thrusts if,<br />

and only if, you can see the object in the<br />

back of your pet’s throat and you can’t<br />

dislodge it any other way.<br />

First, grasp your pet around the<br />

waist and place your hands or fists just<br />

behind and under the ribs. Then, compress<br />

your hands upward and inward in<br />

a few short, quick bursts. Next, check<br />

your pet’s mouth to see if the object<br />

has been dislodged. Even if the object<br />

is dislodged, have your veterinarian<br />

examine your pet.<br />


Chocolate<br />

Chocolate can cause agitation,<br />

hyperactivity and varying<br />

degrees of gastrointestinal<br />

signs. Heart arrhythmias,<br />

neurologic disturbances and<br />

death are also possible if<br />

a dog eats too much.<br />

Meat skin, bones<br />

and drippings<br />

They are choking hazards.<br />

Foods with<br />

grapes and raisins<br />

While the toxic dose of grapes/<br />

raisins remains unknown and<br />

seems to vary widely between<br />

pets, a single grape has been<br />

known to cause kidney failure<br />

in susceptible animals.<br />

Definitely not worth the risk!<br />

Macadamia nuts<br />

Macadamia nuts are toxic.<br />

Winter<br />

and Holiday<br />



Christmas trees can be very<br />

hazardous to pets. Trees are often<br />

sprayed with numerous harmful<br />

pesticides, leak sap that can cause<br />

stomach upset, and shed needles<br />

that can cause vomiting and<br />

intestinal blockages. Of course,<br />

drinking the water from the tree<br />

stand can also cause serious<br />

illness. Glass and other types of<br />

decorative ornaments can be<br />

hazardous as well.<br />


Tinsel can pose significant danger<br />

to pets if ingested, resulting in an<br />

intestinal obstruction called a linear<br />

foreign body. A linear foreign<br />

body occurs when something<br />

stringy wraps around the base<br />

of the tongue or anchors itself<br />

in the stomach so that it cannot<br />

pass through, potentially slicing<br />

through the rest of the intestines.<br />


Electrocution can happen when<br />

pets chew on electrical cords. This<br />

can cause pain, burns, irregular<br />

heart beat, respiratory distress,<br />

impaired consciousness and<br />

death. Unplug decorations when<br />

not in use and when pets aren’t<br />

supervised.<br />



ASPCA<br />

Poison Control<br />

If your pet has a microchip, you<br />

can enroll it with Home Again—<br />

even if the device isn’t a Home<br />

Again-brand microchip. In addition<br />

to all the benefits that come with<br />

the annual membership, you get<br />

free consultations with the<br />

ASPCA Poison Hotline<br />

for as long as the<br />

membership is active.<br />

Call the hotline at 888-426-4435.<br />

aspca.org<br />

Baked goods<br />

Sugar isn’t good for<br />

your pets, so avoid pies,<br />

desserts and baked goods.<br />

Foods with seeds and pits<br />

Fruit pits can cause<br />

gastrointestinal obstructions<br />

requiring emergency surgery.<br />

Onions and garlic<br />

These can cause damage to<br />

the red blood cells, resulting in<br />

hemolytic anemia in animals.<br />

For a full list, visit aspca.org<br />


Salt-based walkway deicers can<br />

be harsh on pets’ paws, leading<br />

to irritation and burns. Wipe<br />

your pets’ paws when they come<br />

indoors. Additionally, eating these<br />

chemicals can be highly toxic.<br />

Consider using pet-friendly deicers<br />

on your walkway.<br />



Antifreeze is extremely poisonous<br />

and can cause severe damage if<br />

your pet ingests it. Clean up any<br />

leaks or spills with products containing<br />

propylene glycol to keep<br />

your pet from getting sick.<br />

Pet Perspective 29


Bakeries<br />

Worth<br />

Barking<br />

About<br />

Visit one of these<br />

“barkeries,” and trust<br />

us when we say your<br />

pet will thank you.<br />

By Shelby Vittek<br />

As any dog owner knows, there’s no better<br />

way to spoil your pup than with a tasty<br />

treat. Whether you’re looking for healthy<br />

alternatives to big pet-store food brands<br />

or want a special canine cake to celebrate a pooch’s<br />

birthday or “adoptaversary,” these Jersey “barkeries”<br />

have you covered.<br />


Somerville<br />

the hungry hound opened its doors in downtown Somerville in the fall of<br />

2003. “People thought I was crazy. This store was way ahead of its time,” says<br />

owner Penny Milligan, who started baking treats for her two Labrador retrievers<br />

as a way to pass time after getting laid off. She soon realized there was a strong<br />

demand for dog snacks beyond Milk-Bones. Twenty years later, dog owners are<br />

still flocking to the shop for Milligan’s house-made dog treats, cookies, birthday<br />

cakes and ice cream.<br />

93 W. Main Street, 908-927-9663; thehungryhound.com<br />

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FETCH<br />


Mullica Hill<br />

forensic scientist<br />

Lyn Jackson started a<br />

pet bakery almost by<br />

accident. “I’m a crime<br />

fighter by day and a<br />

baker by night,” she<br />

says. It all started at<br />

a cheerleading fundraiser<br />

for her daughters,<br />

to which parents<br />

were asked to bring<br />

baked goods. Jackson<br />

brought a batch<br />

of her home-baked<br />

doggy doughnuts,<br />

and they were a hit.<br />

She launched Fetch<br />

Pet Bakery in <strong>2023</strong>,<br />

selling all-natural doggy<br />

doughnuts, cookies,<br />

cakes and waffles<br />

in peanut butter banana,<br />

cheddar bacon,<br />

and pumpkin flavors<br />

that you can order by<br />

texting or calling her.<br />

302-494-0937;<br />

@fetchpetbakery on Instagram<br />

K-9 KAKES<br />


Sicklerville<br />

pamper your pet with an all-natural<br />

cookie, muffin or cake from this<br />

family-owned pet bakery, which<br />

opened in March 2013. Mother-daughter<br />

team Dee Dee Huffman<br />

and Chelsea Gosson bake everything<br />

on-site. With more than 20 different<br />

flavors of dog treats to choose from—<br />

including peanut butter pumpkin,<br />

strawberry banana, apple cinnamon,<br />

vanilla and pear, and various chicken<br />

and veggie blends—there’s something<br />

for pups of all sizes.<br />

649 Cross Keys Road, Suite 14,<br />

856-885-4145; k-9kakes.com<br />

Pumpkin<br />

Dog Waffles<br />

From<br />


in Mullica Hill<br />


1 cup of wheat flour<br />

1 egg<br />

1 cup of pumpkin purée<br />

1 cup of unsweetened<br />

apple sauce<br />

1/2 tsp of baking powder<br />


Use any waffle maker to cook.<br />


Hamilton Township<br />

after adopting their first dog, a golden retriever named Chloe, high school<br />

sweethearts Gregg and Melissa Bernhardt began searching for natural, nutritious<br />

food and treats to feed her. “We were having such a hard time finding<br />

what we wanted,” says Gregg. “So we thought, You know what? There are so<br />

many other pet owners in our same situation. Why not us?” In 2005, the couple<br />

began selling home-baked treats at local street fairs, opening a brick-and-mortar<br />

spot in 2007. Bag of Bones uses human-grade ingredients<br />

to make a variety of biscuits, cakes, popsicles and<br />

jerky for pups.<br />



Galloway<br />

located in the historic smithville<br />

village, Paw Dazzle carries an array<br />

of cookies, chews, bones, jerky and<br />

other treats for dogs of all shapes and<br />

sizes. For pups with sensitive stomachs,<br />

there’s a line of gourmet buffet treats<br />

free of wheat, corn and soy. Paw Dazzle<br />

also hosts an annual pet parade and<br />

costume contest that benefits local<br />

rescue Atlantic County Canines.<br />

615 E. Moss Mill Road, 609-748-7110;<br />

pawdazzle.com<br />

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“We had to bring our 1.5-year-old boxer/<br />

pit in as he suddenly collapsed in our<br />

backyard. NorthStar took him in right<br />

away and were very compassionate<br />

throughout the entire worrisome process<br />

of figuring out what was wrong with our<br />

guy! The doctor was great, thorough, and<br />

transparent. She talked to my husband<br />

and me with sincerity and gave us all of<br />

our options. I’ve had my fair share of vet<br />

visits and this was by far the best. I think in<br />

an urgent situation, there is always a wait,<br />

but we didn’t care as we were just wanting<br />

our dog to be ok! I would be interested in<br />

now bringing my pup back for regular vet<br />

services because of my experiences. The<br />

cost was affordable compared to some<br />

other urgent pet services that I have been<br />

to in the area. Our dog is thriving just a<br />

couple of days later and is back to himself<br />

thankfully! NorthStar VETS® gave us<br />

peace of mind with all of the testing that is<br />

offered. Thank you again!!!!!!”<br />

—Bryana B<br />

★★★★★ google review<br />


“I drove 45 minutes from Staten Island to<br />

see Dr. Vygantas with my 14½-year-old<br />

dog, Dusty. He had a bad reaction from<br />

ear medicine prescribed by my primary<br />

care veterinarian. My vet kept telling me<br />

that Dusty’s reactions were not related to<br />

the medicine (although they all started<br />

immediately after administering it). After<br />

many visits back and forth to resolve<br />

lingering side effects (red eye, eye discharge,<br />

and a clogged nostril) and being<br />

told that Dusty most likely had a brain<br />

tumor that would need an MRI, blood<br />

work and an echocardiogram, I reached<br />

out to NorthStar VETS®.<br />

I had previously used NorthStar VETS®<br />

for my dog’s CCL and meniscus tear and<br />

was extremely happy with the results.<br />

After speaking with a client liaison, I had<br />

an ophthalmologist appointment within<br />

a week. Dr. Vygantas knew immediately<br />

what was wrong with Dusty and started<br />

him on eye and antibiotic medication.<br />

While my pet has a long way to go to<br />

recover, I walked out of the office visit<br />

feeling optimistic and so much better<br />

knowing what was wrong. Dr. Vygantas<br />

and her vet techs are very caring, compassionate<br />

and truly professional.”<br />

—D. Lemmiti<br />

★★★★★ google review<br />


“We’ve used NorthStar VETS® numerous<br />

times over the past 10-plus years, for<br />

three different dogs, all with excellent<br />

outcomes. We’ve found Dr. Anderson,<br />

Dr. LoScrudato and Dr. Shapley all to be<br />

AMAZING doctors and GREAT people.<br />

(Dr. Shapley and Dr. Lo have treated two<br />

of our dogs on numerous occasions.)<br />

Always very kind and compassionate with<br />

both us and our pets. They are excellent at<br />

communicating what our options are and<br />

providing us open and honest feedback.<br />

In numerous cases, they have all gone out<br />

of their way to keep our cost as reasonable<br />

as possible, when they could have<br />

sold us on more testing, supplements,<br />

medications or procedures. For those reasons,<br />

we trust them 100% with our dogs’<br />

care. We’ve also found the support team<br />

to be kind, caring and very capable.”<br />

—Tom S.<br />

★★★★★ google review<br />


“My appointment was met on time, and<br />

the tech and doctor were absolutely<br />

awesome. Tully is only a year old but has<br />

had two hospital stays and many blood<br />

draws in his young life, so he can be a<br />

little scared at vets. Bridget, the tech, and<br />

Dr. Griffeth were amazing. Their bedside<br />

manner was the best—both of them sat<br />

on the floor and put Tully completely at<br />

ease. He didn’t even realize he was at the<br />

vet. On top of the great treatment on-site,<br />

today, Tully is doing amazing and his skin<br />

condition showed progress the very next<br />

day. Thanks to all! Bridget and Dr. Griffeth<br />

are both great assets in your organization.”<br />

—Joe S.<br />

★★★★★ yelp review<br />

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They’re a little bit of a lot of things, but they’re all pure love.<br />


Revolutionizing<br />

Patient Care.<br />

We understand the special bond you share with your pet and that’s why we’ve<br />

dedicated our practice to providing the most comprehensive and advanced<br />

veterinary services for all types of companion animals — from cats and<br />

dogs to exotics, pocket pets, reptiles and birds.<br />

As an emergency, specialty, and referral practice, we collaborate with<br />

primary care veterinarians throughout the region. With over 50 doctors<br />

and 20 veterinary disciplines, our AAHA® accredited facilities offer the<br />

most progressive medical, dental, diagnostic, and surgical care. Through<br />

state-of-the-art technology and cutting-edge treatment options, our<br />

only focus is to keep your pet healthy and happy. What’s more, we’re<br />

available 24/7 365 days a year in Robbinsville so we’re always here<br />

when you need us.<br />


Central NJ<br />

315 Robbinsville-Allentown Rd., Robbinsville, NJ 08691<br />

Southern NJ<br />

2834 Route 73 N., Maple Shade, NJ 08052<br />

Jersey Shore<br />

507 Route 70, Brick, NJ 08723<br />

• Acupuncture<br />

• Anesthesia<br />

• Avian & Exotics<br />

• Cardiology<br />

• Clinical Pathology<br />

• Dentistry/Oral Surgery<br />

• Dermatology<br />

• Emergency/Critical Care<br />

• Internal Medicine<br />

• Interventional Radiology<br />

• Neurology<br />

• Oncology<br />

• Ophthalmology<br />

• Radiation Oncology<br />

• Radioiodine (I-131)<br />

• Radiology<br />

• Rehabilitation and<br />

Pain Management<br />

• Sports Medicine<br />

• Stem Cell Therapy<br />

• Surgery<br />

• Theriogenology<br />

(609) 259-8300<br />

www.northstarvets.com<br />




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