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    No Prince Here

    Julie Harris’ family has a variety of household pets – a dog named Jaxx, two cats named Army and Navy, and a two-year-old female bearded dragon named Chip.

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    Nursing Marvin Back to Health

    Particularly in tune with animals’ needs, veterinary technicians at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital consistently go above and beyond to provide the best in nursing care. Marvin’s case was no exception.

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    Radioactive Cats!

    Church wasn’t acting like herself. The 13-year-old gray cat, named for her doppelgänger in the film Pet Sematary, was drinking more water than usual and was abnormally excitable. Her devoted owners, Lauren Catullo and Rianna Taylor, noticed the changes immediately. Thankfully, Church’s yearly veterinary exam was right around the corner.

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    Nine Lives

    Since birth, Brianna has fought against the odds. Born in an abandoned car on a farm in upstate New York, the dauntless calico was discovered by neighbors who bottle-fed her after learning that her mother had been hit by a car. Years later Brianna went missing for five days, only to be discovered behind a feed bin in a barn. Part of her tail had been stripped to the bone, evidence that she had survived an attack.

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    A Tale of Two Palates

    When Jenn Clayton met Ruby Sue, a special-needs rescue dog, she had no idea she would be starting a long-term relationship with Penn Vet that would span 18 months and almost 9,000 miles.

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    It Takes a Team

    At only eight months of age, Max was fighting for his life. When he was surrendered to Adopt A Boxer Rescue (AABR) in late May, he could not walk, was in extreme pain, and had a high fever.

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    Penn Vet Affiliates Program: Bringing World-Class Care to Your Community

    At first, Shawn Polukord thought Blaine had kennel cough. The eight-year-old Labradoodle had started coughing at night and, unfortunately, he was getting worse. Concerned, Polukord took him to a local veterinarian who noticed that, in addition to the cough, Blaine had an irregular heartbeat that sounded like “tennis shoes in a dryer.”

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    Bouncing Back: Clinical Trial Surgery Heals Husky

    Electric blue eyes locked on the ball, the striking Husky sprints, then leaps and pounces, to catch the ball as it hits the pavement. Watching 11-year-old Bai Bai move with such agility and speed is surprising, as just a year ago she underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament.

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    Penn Vet Affiliates Program: Bringing World-Class Care to Your Community

    At first, Shawn Polukord thought Blaine had kennel cough. The eight-year-old Labradoodle had started coughing at night and, unfortunately, he was getting worse. Concerned, Polukord took him to a local veterinarian who noticed that, in addition to the cough, Blaine had an irregular heartbeat that sounded like “tennis shoes in a dryer.”

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    Triumph over Adversity: A Shelter Dog’s Success Story

    The three-month-old pit bull mix puppy arrived at Ryan Hospital’s Emergency Service from the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT). His fur was matted with feces, he couldn’t bear weight on his left hind leg, his skin was extremely pink and painful to the touch, and his ear was swollen.

  • The Punctured Poodle

    It was the kind of freak accident that is completely unexpected and fills the heart with dread and fear. The Broome household was bustling on a Saturday morning in May. Bob and Lori Broome were hosting family for their grandson’s baptism. Bob was outside playing fetch with Belle, the Broome’s two-year-old Standard Poodle. When she didn’t return with the ball, Bob grew concerned. During a brief search, he found her lying under their camper. She emerged with an injury that was almost impossible to believe.

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    Sight for Sore Eyes

    Elsa always had runny eyes. The two-year-old cat had been rescued as a kitten by Penn Vet student Jennifer Bortree. Elsa was treated at the time for feline herpesvirus (FHV-1), one of the most common causes of upper respiratory infections in cats. Among other symptoms, FHV-1 infection often impacts the eyes.

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    Another Chance - Brianna's Story

    When Sally Steinmetz first brought her cat to Penn Vet, she thought nine-year-old Brianna was dying. Her rescued cat had two large masses, one in her cheek and one in her chest.

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    The Royal Treatment: Penn Vet-Philadelphia Zoo Collaboration Restores Condor's Sight

    Princess wasn’t acting like herself. The Andean condor, one of the Philadelphia Zoo’s oldest animal residents, wasn’t flying and was eating less. Lead Bird Keeper Toni Flowers noticed the changes. “It also seemed like she had vision problems.”

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    Finding Farrah a Forever Home

    Farrah, a six-year-old German Shepherd mix, was brought to the Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals in March of 2012 as a stray. She was named after Ms. Fawcett for her charming good looks.

    While at the shelter, Farrah exhibited repeated behaviors such as barking, jumping, spinning, and tail biting, making her an excellent candidate for a new partnership between Francisvale and the Animal Behavior Service at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital.

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    Leptospirosis: Cause for Concern

    Pan was glowing in the dark. He was so jaundiced, it looked like someone had scrubbed him with iodine and forgotten to wash it off. His eyes, face, and ears were yellow.

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    Golden Girl

    Getting old is hard to do, especially if you are a homeless 10-year-old mutt with health problems.

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    Dentistry That Makes a Difference

    Dr. Maria Soltero-Rivera’s unexpected path leads to inspiring outcomes.

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    The Stars Align for Skye

    She was the first dog Hans Stedman saw when he entered the Montgomery County SPCA. The six-month-old German Shepherd was surrounded by potential adopters. Realizing the puppy was in high demand, Stedman immediately filled out an adoption application and enjoyed some one-on-one playtime with Skye.

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    Chip, the Bearded Dragon

    Julie Harris’ family has a variety of household pets – a dog named Jaxx, two cats named Army and Navy, and a two-year-old female bearded dragon named Chip.