Why Upstate Veterinary Specialists

Patient Stories



Tinkerbelle is 2-year old, female spayed, Yorkshire terrier who presented to UVS with a radius / ulna fracture of her left leg. After the fracture was repaired with orthopedic surgery, Tinkerbelle’s tiny leg did not seem to heal properly. It was soon discovered that her body was reabsorbing the fractured bone instead of healing. Our surgery service performed additional surgeries, including the placement of rhBMP to stimulate bone healing. The bone is now re-growing and continues to develop. It has been a long road for little Tinkerbelle, but each time we see her she has continued to improve.

Princess Dolly

Princess Dolly, a 5-year old Malamute, came to UVS on emergency from her family veterinarian. Paralyzed on her right side, our Admissions department first assessed her condition and found that Dolly had a fracture and subluxation at her C3-C4 vertebrae. The neck fracture was initially diagnosed on radiographs and then a CT scan was performed to evaluate the true severity of the fracture. With surgery, Dolly was given a 60-70% chance of recovery. Her owners elected to pursue surgery, and she underwent a cervical vertebral fusion. The surgical repair went extremely well. Postoperatively, Dolly was placed in a neck brace for four weeks to protect the repair. She made a rapid recovery and was walking within two weeks. She is now almost back to normal and enjoying time in her backyard.


Discovered by strangers on the side of the road, Trooper, a mixed-breed puppy, was most likely hit by a car. He had suffered multiple abrasions, five fractures within his hindquarters, and even a broken tail! In repairing all of his fractures, our orthopedic surgeons performed an FHO (femoral head osteotomy) on his right leg. Trooper also had an inguinal hernia that had to be repaired as well. Now safely at home with his “guardian angel” owners, Trooper continues to heal and comes in regularly to see us for his recheck appointments. We are all glad he is doing so well!

Internal Medicine

Miss Daisy

Miss Daisy presented to the Internal Medicine department of UVS for severe bruising. During our evaluation we found that she had low levels of a type of blood cell called platelets.  Platelets play an important role in preventing bleeding and with her platelet count being low Miss Daisy was bleeding throughout her body causing bruising and blood loss. With further investigation we discovered that her immune system was attacking and destroying those platelets. Miss Daisy received a transfusion and was placed on medications to suppress her immune system. She has responded very well to treatment. She is currently being weaned off her medications and enjoying her summer on the lake.


Dixie, a 2-year old German Shepherd, presented to our Internal Medicine service with a history of on and off again diarrhea since being adopted at 4 months of age. Before coming to UVS, her diarrhea had gotten much worse and she had lost approximately 50 percent of her body weight, weighing only 37 pounds. We performed an ultrasound and other diagnostic tests, and Dixie tested positive for a condition called exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. This is a congenital condition where the pancreas atrophies and stops producing digestive enzymes. Although Dixie was eating well, she could not absorb nutrients from her diet. We prescribed pancreatic enzymes and at her next visit, she had solid stool for the first time in her life and had gained 20 pounds. Dixie is now looking and feeling great!



Charlie is an 8-year old German Shorthair Pointer who was adopted by his owners from a local humane society 7 years ago. Recently he was diagnosed with a high-grade sarcoma over his left hip. Unfortunately the mass could not be removed entirely with surgery; therefore, Charlie’s family veterinarian in Charleston referred him to the Oncology service at UVS. Our oncologists developed a definitive treatment plan for him that included radiation therapy as well as chemotherapy to aggressively treat the rapidly growing cancer. Charlie underwent radiation therapy to the residual tumor and draining lymph nodes. He stayed here at UVS during the week while he was being treated and went home to his family at the weekend. It has been six weeks since he has completed his treatments. In conjunction with his regular veterinarian, we continue to monitor him closely. Charlie was a joy to have in the hospital, and everyone enjoyed taking care of him!


Madeline, a 10-year old Labrador Retriever, first came to UVS for episodes of sneezing and bloody noses. After undergoing a CT scan, it was discovered that Madeline had a nasal mass. A biopsy also was performed, and the mass was diagnosed as a nasal squamous cell carcinoma. This type of cancer responds best to radiation therapy. Her owners opted for radiation therapy followed by chemotherapy. Madeline did very well through all of her treatments. Not long ago, Madeline’s family moved home to Seattle, where she continues to get follow-up care and enjoys life playing in the ocean!