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Rat Vets--NY, RI, PA, CT, NJ

Raquel
Raquel2
Group Organizer
New York, NY
Post #: 520
*Cyndi Brown, DVM, DABVP (Avian)
New England Veterinary Medical Center
144 Whitehall Avenue
Mystic
CT 06355
860-536-3999

http://www.nevmc.org/...­

Some days at the:
Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine
562 Columbus Avenue (at 87th Street)
New York NY 10024
212 501 8750
http://www.avianandex...­
Travel: http://www.avianandex...­

Dr. James K. Morrisey
Ithaca NY
http://www.vet.cornel...­

*Anthony A. Pilny, DVM, DABVP (Avian)
Dr. Pilny is now full time at New York City office:
Center for Avian & Exotic Medicine
562 Columbus Avenue [ @87th ]
New York, NY 10024-2404
Phone: 212-501-8750
http://avianandexotic...­

If cost is an issue, please let me know. Adjustments may be possible.

Dr Pilny is the only full-time, board certified avian and exotic pet specialist in NYC!

Karen Cantor, DVM
Westside Veterinary Center
220 West 83 Street
New York NY 10024
24 hour emergency service
(212)580-1800
http://westsidevetcen...­

Sally Haddock, DVM

St. Mark's Veterinary Hospital
348 East 9 Street
New York NY 10003
24 hour emergency pager service
(212)477-2688
http://www.stmarksvet...­
http://www.stmarksvet...­

The vets above are known to me personally as leaders in the field of pet rat medicine (Drs. Brown and Pilny) or recommended for their experience treating pet rats (Drs. Cantor and Haddock). Drs. Quesenberry and Prattis below are also excellent and are known to me, as well.

Katherine E. Quesenberry, DVM, MPH, ABVP
Service Head
Avian and Exotic Pet Service
The Animal Medical Center
510 East 62nd Street (between York Avenue and East River Drive, FDR Drive)
New York, NY 10065
Phone: 212-838-8100
To make an appointment: (212) 838-7053
24 hour emergency service
http://www.amcny.org/...­
http://www.amcny.org/...­
Dr. Quesenberry has given my rats excellent care.

Dr. Alexandra Wilson, DVM
Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine
562 Columbus Avenue (at 87th Street)
New York NY 10024
24 hour emergency pager service
212 501 8750
http://www.avianandex...­
http://www.meetup.com...­
http://www.meetup.com...­
Caution: http://www.meetup.com...­

Dr. Prattis is no longer in New York City.
Susan M. Prattis, VMD, Ph.D., DACLAM
(board certified, including rats)


Please note:
You need to understand the difference between sedation and anesthesia or analgesia. You may already know this, but I want no misunderstanding. Sedation calms the rat but does not prevent pain in a painful procedure. The rat is quiet but feels pain. Analgesia reduces pain sensation. Anesthesia allows full pain relief for painful procedures. Please always ask for greatest ratty comfort. Not so long ago this was a new concept (addressing pain care for small animals). If you have questions on ratty comfort when you leave the office, please call the office and ask more questions.

It is useful with any vet that you see for you to learn about planned procedures (including adequate pain control), aftercare (including pain management), and costs and options before you agree to have rattie treated. If this discussion does not go well, please find another vet.

Also, for all vets, I recommend asking for a written estimate of low and high fees that may be incurred in a procedure so there are no surprises.

For an off hours emergency, please go to:

The Animal Medical Center, above, or:

NYC Veterinary Specialists
410 West 55 Street (between 10th and 9th Avenues)
New York, NY 10019
24-Hour Emergency Care
(212)767-0099
http://www.nyc-vs.com...­
They are being trained in rat medicine and treatment.

Nearest Transit:

59th St-Columbus Circle (1, A, C, B, D)

50th St-8th Ave (C, E)

57th St-7th Ave (N, Q, R, W)

Additional vets:

Dr. Caruso
at http://www.pethavenho...­ is a vet known to our Brooklyn meetup members as good with rats.

Dr. Shachar Malka at the Humane Society of New York:
http://www.humanesoci...­

For vets in other areas, please read the full discussions on our vet lists at top of Message Board, including posts below.

For The Bronx, please go to our Mailing List Archive > Jun 7, 2011 discussion and later if discussion continues.

*highly recommended
Raquel Cintron
917 887 5169
917 923 8023
Organizer
The New York City Rat Meetup Group
Raquel
Raquel2
Group Organizer
New York, NY
Post #: 634
Gesticulator recommends Dr. Squillace at Antelyes Animal Hospital in Middle Village NY:

http://www.myvetonlin...­

Raquel
Raquel
Raquel2
Group Organizer
New York, NY
Post #: 669
Rat rescuer Maria Pandolfi's vet is:

Queens Village Animal Hospital
215-925-5753
Philadelphia PA
http://www.queenvilla...­

You can do Philadelphia via NJ Transit,
River LINE (from Trenton NJ), and
NJ Transit Bus 400; then,
SEPTA Bus 57.


Please use your own judgment and ask questions to learn about vet's experience with rats and your specific need.

Raquel
A former member
Post #: 11
Thanks for your information Raquel, it's so needed when an emergent problem occurs in our ratties. I'm going to be calling these vets very soon, Mahdy has a second tumor near the pituary, and Winnie has two tumors in the same area (her first tumor experience).
Raquel
Raquel2
Group Organizer
New York, NY
Post #: 686
How do you know the growths are near the pituitary? Are they brain lesions?

In this area, I highly recommend Dr. Pilny as the most experienced and best trained rat vet. Please discuss Lupron with your vet in case it applies in your rats' cases as an aid to shrinkage of the growths if surgery is not an option.

Thank you,

Raquel
917 887 5169

A former member
Post #: 12
I mean to say they were near the armpit...sorry. I am pretty sure they are mammory tumors. I am going to check out that vet in Brooklyn you mentioned.
Raquel
Raquel2
Group Organizer
New York, NY
Post #: 692
No problem. Just please note that I do not know that vet. I allow everybody to comment on their preferences, but Dr. Pilny is mine for this area.

I hope all goes well. Kindly update us. Also note that rat surgery is very delicate. If rattie has had respiratory issues, the vet may need to prescribe antibiotics before and after surgery. Dr. Pilny is so careful with surgeries that he may prefer to do some of them at the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers NY, where the monitoring is state of the art and reduces the risks, including death, which is always a surgical risk. He can explain public transportation all the way. I will provide his email if a person emails me privately.

It may also not be necessary or advisable to do surgery in some cases. Dr. Pilny has been having good success in one case with Lupron to reduce the size of masses that occurred to a rat with a history of benign mammary tumors. One mass disappeared.

Of course, not being a vet or knowing what your rattie has at present, I am not giving direct advice. I would not want precious time wasted if the correct advice were to remove the growths as soon as possible, which is usually the case.

If the rat is in good condition and the surgeries don't take too long, the rat should be spayed at the same time, provided the vet is able to do it safely. If the rat is not too old or fat (obese), spaying may be possible. Chances are this will reduce the risk of future mammary tumors. One rat has not had a return of growths after spaying alongside removal of a benign mammary tumor.

Ideally, spaying to reduce risk of mammary (and pituitary) tumors is done by age four months.

References:

http://ratfanclub.org...­
http://www.meetup.com...­

Raquel

Raquel
Raquel2
Group Organizer
New York, NY
Post #: 779
Rat vet in Westchester:

http://avianexoticsve...­

Raquel
Raquel
Raquel2
Group Organizer
New York, NY
Post #: 780
Rat vet in New York City:

http://www.amcny.org/...­

Dr. Katherine Quesenberry is back at the Animal Medical Center in New York City.

Raquel
Raquel
Raquel2
Group Organizer
New York, NY
Post #: 781
Rat vet, CT:

In CT, I recommend Dr. Sitinas:

http://southwiltonvet...­

Edit note: Also accessible to CT may be Tufts Veterinary School in North Grafton MA:

http://www.tufts.edu/...­

Raquel
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