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Addison’s Disease

Addison’s DiseaseWhile often very sick when diagnosed, patients with Addison's disease can live long and healthy lives.


CancerEarly detection and treatment play a crucial role in long-term survival. Cancer is common in dogs and cats, and the rate increases substantially as pets age.


CataractsA cataract is a white opacity that develops in the lens of the eye. There are many causes of cataracts in dogs, including genetics, diabetes, aging, and congenital anomalies.

Canine Cushing’s

Canine Cushing’sIncreased appetite, water consumption, and urination are the most common signs we will see in patients with Cushing’s disease.


ChemotherapyChemotherapy is the administration of medications that are toxic to cancer cells. Dogs and cats generally tolerate chemotherapy much better than human patients do.

Cruciate Ligaments

Cruciate LigamentsCranial cruciate ligament rupture is the most common cause of significant hind limb lameness in dogs. Fortunately, it responds very well to treatment in most cases.


DiabetesIt is always important to have your pet evaluated by your family veterinarian if you notice any symptoms associated with diabetes such as drinking more, urinating more frequently, or weight loss in conjunction with an increased appetite.

Dental Restorations

Dental RestorationsRestorations can help renew strength to a tooth that has otherwise been worn or weakened. They also help protect the tooth from further damage.

Endodontics and Root Canal Therapy

Endodontics and Root Canal TherapyEndodontics is the dental specialty concerning the pulp of the tooth. The pulp is the living part of each tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves. The number one reason we have to treat issues with the pulp is due fractured teeth.


GDVGastric Dilatation and Volvulus is an emergency. If you dog’s belly suddenly distends and they begin retching uncontrollably, it is important to consult with your family veterinarian immediately.

Heart Disease

Heart DiseaseAnnual physical examination is one of the easiest ways to detect heart disease before it causes clinical signs.

Hip Dysplasia

Hip DysplasiaAlthough many treatment options are available to help patients with hip dysplasia, early diagnosis is critical in helping to decide the most appropriate treatment plan.

Intervertebral Disc Disease

Intervertebral Disc DiseaseIf your dog develops sudden hind limb weakness or paralysis, please contact your veterinarian or nearest emergency facility immediately.


LymphomaLymphoma is a very common cancer in our dogs and cats and is the most common form of cancer we treat here at Upstate Veterinary Specialists.

Mast Cell Tumors

Mast Cell TumorsMast cell tumors are the most common form of skin tumors in dogs. It is important to have your veterinarian evaluate any lumps that develop on your pet’s skin.


OCDAny persistent lameness in a young dog should be investigated as it may be related to OCD, and early surgical intervention can dramatically impact the long-term outcome.

Oral Surgery

Oral SurgeryWhether your pet has a complicated tooth to extract, an oral mass, or a jaw fracture --- we are here to help!


PancreatitisIt is important not to feed fatty foods to our pets as this may result in a serious bout of pancreatitis.

Patellar Luxation

Patellar LuxationAlthough patellar luxation can result from trauma, it is typically a hereditary and congenital condition.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal DiseasePeriodontal disease is one of the most common conditions we see in adult dogs and cats. The majority of our pets over 3 years of age are affected by some type of periodontal disease. If caught early enough, periodontal disease may be reversed and treated. It is also completely preventable.