Avian and Special Species Dr. Gerstenfeld and his staff have over 35 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 30 years ago. He is also the author of THE BIRD CARE BOOK.
Behavior Problems Behavior problems may be very simple to correct or may require an integrative approach including positive encouragement, re-training, diet change (food proteins and additives can affect behavior), nutrients, acupuncture, herbs, and flower essences. An important part of the young animal exam is to ensure that their emotional health is good and that their environment is humane and loving. Boarding We board cats in our Cat Country Inn with platforms for viewing outside wildlife. We also board birds and special species with individual attention to their unique needs. Cardiology The heart and vessels are monitored at each veterinary visit even if your companion animal comes in with a minor skin problem. A complete physical exam is done at each visit including auscultation of the heart and lungs (listening with a stethoscope), checking the blood vessels in the back of the eyes, and feeling the pulse. We perform electrocardiograms and blood pressure in our hospital and have the services of two cardiologists Dr. Michael Miller and Dr. Cecelia Helenski who 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. Here are some sources for clinical trials: http://research.vet.upenn.edu/vcic/AbouttheVCIC/tabid/92/Default.aspx You will find current clinical trials available at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital on this site. www.animalci.com This site has current clinical trials available in other states.
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 diagnostic and therapeutic services including on-site radiology, electrocardiograms, blood pressure, hematology, blood chemistry, urinalysis, parasite testing, ultrasound, and echocardiograms. Conventional and holistic treatment options are always discussed with the animal’s human companions. Our surgeons can perform a wide variety of surgical procedures using the latest equipment and techniques. Doctors and technicians monitor your companion animal’s heartbeat, oxygen level, blood pressure, and temperature. Surgical water blankets are used to maintain body temperature and intravenous fluids are given and monitored. Dr. David Puerto and Dr. Guy DeNardo are available to perform more complicated surgical procedures. A technician is present during the entire recovery process to ensure the safety and comfort of your companion animal. Pain medications are administered before, during and after the surgical procedure. A modern multi-modal pain management approach is frequently used combining two or three pain medications for safety and for your companion animal’s comfort. Dentistry and Oral Surgery Oral health affects your companion animal’s entire body. Most disease begins in the mouth! Oral health is dependent on many factors including a body in balance by eating a proper diet, supplements, and exercise. Even cats can be leash-walked! Dr. Gerstenfeld has completed continuing education courses including oral surgery at the Animal Dental Center in Baltimore, Maryland. We are dedicated to maintaining the oral health of your dog, cat, rabbit, ferret, guinea pig and other animals. Dr. Carlos Rice is our Board Certified veterinary dentist. Treatments include: dental cleaning, therapy for oral inflammation, such as stomatitis and gingivitis, destructive periodontal disease, and resorption of teeth in cats, root canal therapy for fractured or infected teeth, extraction of impacted or diseased teeth and restoration for caries (cavities) and enamel defects. Diagnostic tests include a special dental X-Ray machine to evaluate 70% of the tooth that cannot be seen and probing each tooth for periodontal disease and caries (cavities). Lesions that may be seen using radiographs include root abscess, root fracture, root and crown resorption, dental anomalies, bone lysis associated with oral tumors and jaw fractures. MRI and CT Scans are available on referral to assess invasiveness of oral and facial tumors. All dogs’ and cats’ teeth should be brushed when they are puppies and kittens. We will show you how to brush and check the mouth for problems. Dr. Gerstenfeld and his staff will inform you when dental cleanings and radiographs should be done. Generally, dental pathology begins at 2 to 3 years of age. Yearly cleanings are recommended to avoid very serious oral and systemic problems.
Dermatology Dr. Gerstenfeld and his staff 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“Chronic Arthritis” Degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis) is the most common source of chronic pain in dogs and cats. Dr. Gerstenfeld and his staff offer many solutions for chronic pain and stiffness. Combining acupuncture with appropriate herbs, neutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, massage, and physical therapy can renew your companion animal’s zest for life. Diagnostic Imaging We offer rapid processing radiographs (X-rays) at our hospital. We also have a Board Certified Veterinary Radiologist Dr. Lisa Suslak Brown who 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. You are welcome to watch your companion animal’s ultrasound or echocardiogram at our hospital. MRI and CAT Scans are referred to a referral facility. Dietary Medicine Diet is the cornerstone of your companion animal’s health. Many chronic diseases and even emotional issues are related to feeding commercial foods that are not good for long-term health. All the information on the best way to feed your companion animal can be found in Animal Wellness Magazine’s Pet Food Report at: http://www.animalwellnessmagazine.com/recall/preorder.php The digital download costs $3.95. 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 Pre-Packaged Foods and Treats We have a large selection of healthy natural diets including the frozen raw meat diets: Steve’s Real Food and Country Pet. Your dog will love our all-natural Sweet Potato Chews that are much healthier than rawhide. For your companion birds, we carry Lafeber, Harrison, and Zupreem diets and treats. Rabbits and guinea pigs can dine on Oxbow’s top-of-the-line, fresh, healthy hays (Timothy, Orchard Grass, and Oat Straw) and Timothy hay pellets. Holistic Therapies 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.
See how electroacupuncture performed at Chestnut Hill Veterinary Hospital and supplements helped Greta walk again after being paralyzed for 8 months. Greta had a disc prolapse and underwent spinal surgery perviously which was unsuccessful. An MRI showed severe damage to her spinal cord:
Alternative Cancer Therapies- We offer a variety of alternative cancer treatments to help improve the management of your companion animal’s health. Botanicals, diet, neutraceuticals, and acupuncture are supportive. 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. Flower Essences- Flower essences are energetic imprints of the life force of plants that interact with the life energy of your companion animal for healing. Flower essences don’t work biochemically like aspirin does for pain. It is the vibrations of the plants’ essences that heal your companion animal emotionally and physically. 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 9:30 AM-5:30 PM Monday-Friday. Thursday and Saturday visitation hours are 10AM-Noon. Pain Management Your companion animal’s pain management is very important to Dr. Gerstenfeld and his staff. Pain is managed with state-of-the art pharmaceuticals and/or natural therapies such as acupuncture, herbs, massage and natural anti-inflammatories. If your companion animal needs surgery or dentistry, we administer pain medicine before, during and after the surgical procedure for your animal companion’s comfort. Local anesthetics may also be injected along the surgical incision, intra-abdominally or nerve blocks are performed to provide extra analgesia. Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Acupuncture and other holistic modalities are important but we will refer you to state-of-the art physical therapy and rehabilitation centers that have veterinary physical therapists that have taken intensive courses at the University of Tennessee Veterinary School. These centers also have very special rehabilitation equipment including water pools and water treadmills.
Ultrasound Dr. Lisa Suslak-Brown and Dr. Jennifer Babineaux provide ultrasound services at our hospital.
Vaccinations The puppy and kitten vaccination series is needed. The Rabies vaccination and scheduled boosters are required by law 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. In the holistic veterinary community we feel that over-vaccination may be contributing to an increase in many problems including autoimmune diseases, allergic reactions, behavioral changes, ear and skin conditions, injection-site tumors, liver failure, seizures, susceptibility to infections and chronic diseases. 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.
University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Working Dog Center
Dr. Gerstenfeld volunteers at the Center and provides acupuncture and cold laser therapy when necessary to support working dogs.