Avian and Special Species Our team has over 50 years experience in caring for birds and special species. Dr. Gerstenfeld was one of 50 veterinarians to attend the first Association of Avian Veterinarians meeting over 30 years ago. He is also the author of The Bird Care Book.
Behavior challenges may be simple to correct or may require a more advanced, integrative approach, including positive encouragement, re-training, diet change, nutrients, acupuncture, and herbal therapy. Boarding We board cats, birds, and special species with individualized attention to their unique needs. Cardiology We perform electrocardiograms and blood pressure measurement in our hospital. Dr. Michael Miller and Dr. Cecelia Helenski perform echocardiograms (ultrasound of the heart) at our hospital. An integrative approach is taken to keep the heart healthy throughout your companion animal’s life. Clinical Studies To help our patients, we keep up-to-date on clinical studies designed to evaluate new or promising therapies or diagnostics for existing or rare diseases or to answer questions about existing therapies. Ask us about current clinical studies.
Cold Laser Therapy Our hospital is equipped with cold laser therapy technology and it is used to relieve pain and inflammation for a diverse array of conditions in companion dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, and other companion animals.
Conventional Medicine and Surgery Our hospital is equipped to provide advanced diagnostic and therapeutic services including on-site radiology, electrocardiograms, blood pressure, hematology, blood chemistry, urinalysis, parasite testing, ultrasound, and echocardiograms.
Our surgeons can perform a wide variety of surgical procedures using the latest equipment and techniques. Doctors and veterinary nurses monitor your companion animal throughout the procedure. A veterinary nurse is present during the entire recovery process to ensure the safety and comfort of your animal companion. Pain medications are administered before, during, and after the surgical procedure.
Dermatology We use conventional and holistic modalities in the diagnosis and management of diseases and imbalances affecting your companion animal’s skin, ears, paws, hair coat, as well as allergies.
Degenerative Joint Disease Degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis) is the most common source of chronic pain in dogs and cats. We offer many solutions for chronic pain and stiffness. Combining acupuncture with appropriate herbs, neutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, massage, and rehabilitation can renew your companion animal’s zest for life. Diagnostic Imaging We offer rapid digital radiology at our hospital. Dr. Lisa Suslak, a Board Certified Veterinary Radiologist, performs ultrasounds with guided aspiration or biopsy at our hospital. Two cardiologists, Dr. Michael Miller and Dr. Cecelia Helenski, provide echocardiogram services at our hospital that use Color Doppler Ultrasound to evaluate the heart in real-time. MRI and CAT Scans are referred to a specialty hospital. Emergency Service We are well-prepared for emergencies during our regular hospital hours. After- hour and holiday emergencies are referred to the excellent specialty and emergency hospitals listed on our site. Your companion animal will be referred back to our hospital after the initial care. Healthy Packaged Foods and Treats We offer a large selection, at our hospital, of healthy, natural diets and treats for dogs and cats including frozen raw meat diets and healthy foods for birds and other special species. Holistic and Complementary Medicine Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture has been used for healing humans and animals for thousands of years. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are very effective in treating a variety of conditions and imbalances including pain, arthritis, kidney failure, skin problems, epilepsy, paralysis, the immune system, heart, respiratory, liver, urinary problems, vomiting, diarrhea, incontinence, and lick granulomas. Alternative Cancer Therapies: We are advocates of an integrative approach using the best of conventional and complementary modalities for the treatment of cancer. We work closely with the excellent oncology services available in the Philadelphia area.
Diet and Nutritional Supplements: Diet and nutritional supplements are the foundation for long-term wellness and will be discussed frequently whether your companion animal is well or has health imbalances. Herbal Medicine: Herbal medicine has been used for over 6,000 years to successfully treat humans and animals. We use Western, Traditional Chinese, and Ayurvedic Herbs in our health maintenance and healing programs. Herbs can improve digestion, strengthen the heart, liver, kidneys, and the immune system, resolve urinary tract and respiratory infections, reduce inflammation and enhance healing. Massage: There are different forms of massage that can help your companion animal. Massage can offer healing from acute or chronic pain and stress, release toxins, promote balance between the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Older companion animals benefit greatly from massage especially when combined with other holistic therapies. Hospitalization If your animal companion requires hospitalization, we encourage you to visit. Visiting hours are any time between 9:30am - 5:30pm Monday - Friday. Thursday and Saturday visitation hours are 10am-12pm. Rehabilitation, Fitness, and Pain Management
We offer on-site rehabilitation, fitness, and pain management in a dedicated, comfortable, and quiet facility with special flooring and the expert care of our certified professionals. Michelle Lazarski, PT, CCRP and Dr. Sheldon Gerstenfeld work as an integrative team to help optimize your animal companion's healing, recovery, and return to improved function.
Ultrasound Dr. Lisa Suslak provides ultrasound services at our hospital.
Vaccinations The puppy and kitten vaccination series is needed. The Rabies vaccination and scheduled boosters are required in dogs, cats and there is a special Rabies vaccine approved for ferrets. Boosters are needed at one year of age. Thereafter, we encourage vaccination titers for dogs and cats for Distemper and Parvovirus (dogs), Distemper and Respiratory Viruses (cats) to ensure the strength of your companion animal’s immune defenses to a disease.
Wellness Exams We recommend examinations for your companion animal every 6 months unless they have a problem that requires more frequent visits. Companion animals age much faster than humans.