Panosteitis - a common bone marrow disease

By: Shadi Ireifej, DVM Staff Surgeon

Panosteitis is a common self-limiting bone marrow disease resulting in (1) long bone adipose and hematopoietic tissue replacement by fibrous tissue, (2) osseous changes to the trabeculae and endosteum, and (3) cortical and periosteal new bone formation. Panosteitis has also been called enostosis, eosinophilic enostosis, eosinophilic panosteitis, juvenile osteomyelitis, and osteomyelitis of young German shepherd dogs.


Feline Cutaneous Reaction...

Feline Cutaneous Reaction Patterns: Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex, Non Inflammatory  Alopecias and Miliary Dermatitis - Part I of II

By: Rada Panich, DVM, Dip. ACVD Chairperson, Dept of Dermatology

There are several common feline cutaneous reaction patterns that are associated with a wide range of different underlying skin diseases.The most common ones are eosinophilic granuloma complex, miliary dermatitis, head/neck pruritus and non inflammatory symmetrical alopecia. There is a tendency to define the reaction pattern of the pruritus rather than determine the underlying etiology of the lesions.


Then I Saw That Stone.....Now I'm a Believer!

Endoscopic Removal of Urinary Calculi

By: Jacqueline Carver, DVM, Dip. ACVS Staff surgeon

Public interest in less invasive procedures, especially for pets who have recurrent urinary calculi, has increased dramatically over the last ten years. Fortunately, endoscopic techniques are continually updated and improved to give pet owners the option of a least invasive procedure for removal of calculi. Most cystic calculi can be removed by either transurethral or laparoscopic assisted cystoscopy. Of course, there are exceptions, but overall these techniques decrease trauma to the urinary bladder as well as dramatically improve the visualization of even the smallest calculi as well as concurrent disease conditions such as strictures, polyps, neoplasia, and persistent suture from prior cystotomy closure.


LIVS receives citation

Last month, County executive Ed Mangano presented our chief of staff Dr. Dominic Marino, on behalf of LIVS, with a citation from the cousntry and the police department thanking and citing LIVS for being dedicated to serving the community and law enforcement.


LIVS celebrates Tibetan New Year

Some LIVS family members recently attended  a March New Year’s party hosted by our Dr. Dhagyalpo Punel, a native of Nepal.  He was instrumental in getting together a large group representing the Gyalsumdo Sewa Sanstha, of which he is currently President, to participate in the celebration of Lhosar, the Tibetan New Year 2139, the year of the Dragon.  LIVS very own Dr. Stefanacci attended donning native garb.  Among the evening’s highlights, our chief of staff, Dr. Dominic Marino made a few comments on Dr. Punel’s long and fruitful history at LIVS, which was followed by Dr. Punel’s detailed talk on the achievements and goals of his organization, or at least that’s what he “said” he said – we can’t really know for sure since it was delivered in proper Nepalese!  We enjoyed novel, unique, intense spicy food and a great fun filled evening; we are eagerly anticipating the next one.


Feline House Soiling Part I: Inappropriate Elimination

Sabrina Poggiagliolmi, DVM, MS  Behavior Medicine Department, Long Island Veterinary Specialists

Cats are known to be extremely clean animals
and this makes them easily adoptable
pets, especially because they have the convenient
habit of depositing their wastes in litter
boxes that we make available to them in our
houses. Sometimes, for different reasons, cats
are not compliant and start eliminating everywhere
in the house but in their litter boxes.

House soiling or the deposition of urine and/
or feces outside the litter box, is the number
one feline behavioral problem seen both by
veterinarians and behaviorists here in the



Canine Aggression to People

By: Sabrina Poggiagliolmi, DVM, MS  

According to the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) 4,7 million people are bitten by dogs every year, and vulnerable people, such as children and elderly, are the most frequent victims of dogs attacks.


LIVS Families Cook Dinner at Ronald McDonald House

Sunday, September 18th, a group of LIVS employees volunteered to cook and serve brunch for the families of sick children staying at The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island in New Hyde Park.


Human Cataract procedure done first here at LIVS!

Dr. Sapienza was the first veterinary ophthalmologist to implant an injectable, foldable heparin-coated intraocular lens in dogs. The cataract removal procedure called Phacoemulsification (Phacofragmentation) Cataract Surgery with an Injectable, Foldable Intraocular Lens Implant are the same techniques used in human ophthalmology.


August Letter From the Editor

By: Leonard J. Marino, MD, FAAP

At the end of July, the Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program based in Riverhead transported “Wally” a 6 month old gray seal pup with a mandibular abnormality to LIVS. On CT scan, part of the mandible and some missing teeth were discovered.


Post Operative Rehabilitation for Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture(CCLR)

By: Victoria L. Kearns LVT, CCRP Physical Rehabilitator

Rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament is one of the most commonly encountered orthopedic problems in dogs. Early post-op rehabilitation has many benefits. These benefits help to promote early weight-bearing, decrease discomfort, slows then reverses muscle mass atrophy, increases range of motion(ROM), and helps to slow the progression of osteoarthritis. This article will be describing the typical progression of an exercise program that is performed on all cranial cruciate ruptures.


Surgical Management of Bicipital Tenosynovitis via Arthroscopy

By: LIVS Staff Surgeon

Bicipital tenosynovitis is an inflammatory condition that affects the origin of the biceps tendon and its tendon sheath or bursa.


LIVS members and the St. Baldrick’s Day Event

On March 20, 2011 at the Downtown Cafe’ in Glen Cove a group of enlivened and driven volunteers participated in an annual celebration that has expanded from a concept created in 1999 by three Irish-American executives from New York City, which grew from a single event to a nationwide effort in a relatively short period of time, the St. Baldrick’s celebration during the week of St. Patrick’s Day.

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