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Meet Our Newest Criticalist!

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Jennifer Savini is the newest criticalist at VRC. She joins John Anastasio, DVM, DACVECC, Karen D’Lauro, DVM, Sara Fatula, VMD, Paul McGough, DVM, Elaine Perez, DVM, Christina Rotoloni, DVM, and Jennifer West, VMD as a member of our Emergency & Critical Care Department.

Her services include:
• Blood transfusion therapy
• Central line placement
• Monitoring of blood gases
• Targeted fluid therapy & balanced electrolyte management
• Cardiac resuscitation, defibrillation, post-resuscitation care
• Continuous cardiac monitoring
• Respiratory case management
• Drainage of chest fluids
• Nutrition via feeding tube
• Management of critical post-op patients

More about Dr. Savini:

Dr. Jennifer Savini, DVM, Practice Limited to Critical Care grew up in Malvern. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from NYU in 2006. She then went on to veterinary school at the University of Missouri where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a rotating internship, emergency and critical care internship, and emergency and critical care residency at the University of Pennsylvania, finishing in 2015. Since 2015, she worked in a private practice specialty hospital in Mount Laurel, NJ.

Dr. Savini’s clinical interests include trauma, respiratory disorders, and toxicities. She enjoys traveling, and plays videogames and reads in her spare time.

New Rehab Space & Expanded Availability

 

Our rehab department has changed rooms (still in the same building) and now has a new and improved space! Take a tour with our rehab technician Ashley as she shows off the new digs!

Avoid Pet Surgery This Winter

The holidays are a joyous and warm time, that is until your pet gets into something he or she shouldn’t and needs to see a veterinarian. Some injuries and accidental ingestions may be a minor issue that a little bandaging or fluids can remedy, but some can be more severe and require emergency surgery. One of our surgeons, Dr. Dietrich Franczuszki has some tips on avoiding pet surgery this winter.

Winter Wonderland Mishaps

Many pets get very excited by the snow, especially if they rarely see or have never seen it. The squishy, white fluff coating the world can be incredibly enticing until dogs lose their balance on ice or overexert themselves with rough play. This can lead to injuries like torn cruciate ligaments or dislocated kneecaps, all of which might require surgery. Consider getting special snow booties for your pet that help them maintain their balance and if your pet gets excitable in the snow, try to keep him or her in a smaller enclosed area or on a leash when outside to avoid too much running and jumping.

Osteoarthritis can also flare up more in cold weather, resulting in joint swelling and pain for your pet. If your pet has a history of osteoarthritis, do what you can to keep him or her warm inside as much as possible and consider buying doggie outerwear for short trips outside. Warm compresses to the affected joints may also ease the pain.

Biting Off More Than They Can Chew

Certain holiday and winter-related objects can cause internal obstruction or even toxicity if ingested. Antifreeze is extremely toxic for pets, so much so that for cats, even just a lick at the bottom of someone’s shoe after stepping in antifreeze can be fatal.  Keep this product far away from pets and wash hands well after use.

Holiday decorations like balloons, tinsel, and ornaments, as well as small toys, wrapping paper, and batteries, can be an issue if ingested. Even less considered holiday items like kebab skewers, toothpicks, sewing and knitting needles (anyone embroidering a stocking?), etc. can cause piercing or blockage of essential organs.

Many of these items require minimally invasive or invasive surgical removal as they can cause an obstruction that may not resolve on its own, and in some cases, like batteries, toxic leakage. It’s also very important to remember that if you see something hanging out of your pet’s mouth or behind (such as tinsel or string), DO NOT attempt to pull it out. This string might be wrapped around something internally that could cause extreme damage if pulled. If you see this, bring your pet to a veterinarian right away for professional removal.

At VRC, we offer both minimally invasive and traditional surgical solutions for your pet, as well as a variety of on-site diagnostic capabilities like X-ray, ultrasound, and CT should your pet ingest something they shouldn’t. We are open 24/7, 365 days a year for emergency care and also offer 24/7 emergency surgery if needed.

Meet Our Newest Orthopedic & Soft Tissue Surgeon,   Michaela Gruenheid, DVM, MS

DR. GRUENHEID BRINGS THE FOLLOWING SERVICES TO VRC

 

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DR. GRUENHEID JOINS OUR SURGERY DEPARTMENT

DIETRICH FRANCZUSZKI, DVM, MS 

GAYLE JAEGER, DVM, MSPVM, DACVS

KENNETH K. SADANAGA, VMD, DACVS