Why Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center?

With veterinary specialists in nearly every field, PVSEC works in conjunction with your family veterinarian to ensure your pet receives the highest level of care available.

Appointments for specialty services are available by referral only, Monday through Friday. However, our emergency service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for immediate care when your pet needs it the most. No appointment or referral is necessary for the emergency service. Our intensive care facilities and access to specialists means no emergency is too big to handle. If indicated, emergency patients may be transferred to the appropriate specialist the following morning or returned to your regular veterinarian for additional care.

On this page you can find information and resources for a variety of common diseases and treatments. Each section also contains practical information, registration forms and pre-surgical instructions.  The content presented on these resource pages is informational only.  Please seek the advice of your family veterinarian or a specialist if you have any questions.

Common Ailments and Treatments by department:

For more resources for any of these specialties, please visit the Veterinary Partner Web site.


The Client's Bill of Rights outlines what clients can expect during an appointment or hospital stay at PVSEC.


Please review the below documents when preparing your pet for a dermatological visit:

Dermatology new patient history form  PDF  Word Doc

Dermatology client information with details regarding the dermatology practice, appointments and contact information. PDF Word Doc

For more information on pollen counts, please visit www.pollen.com and http://www.aaaai.org/nab/index.cfm?p=pollen.

Skin Disease Encyclopedia

The following documents are available as additional resources for common dermatological conditions:

Allergic Dermatitis
Allergies in veterinary patients usually cause itchy dermatitis. This document describes how to control and treat Allergic Dermatitis.

Animals with atopy often show symptoms such as scratching, licking their paws and rubbing their face. Read more about how allergy tests can identify and help treat your pet's allergies.

Controlling House Dust Mite Exposure
Approximately 50-60% of all dogs with elevated allergy test results to other allergens also exhibit elevated results to mites. Read more about how to control dust mite exposure.

Controlling Storage Mite Exposure
Although it is virtually impossible to totally eliminate storage mites from the environment, these steps can be taken to inhibit their multiplication and thereby minimize exposure to storage mite allergens.

Demodicosis is an overgrowth of Demodex mites, which are normal skin inhabitants. Read more about the treatment of Demodicosis.

Feline Dermatitis
Feline pruritus is one of the most common dermatologic problems affecting cats. Read more about the symptoms and treatments for Feline Dermatitis.

Feline Allergies
Answers to common questions about allergies and itching among cats.


The following forms are available as resources from the Internal Medicine department:

Client Information Form
Internal Medicine client information sheet with details regarding visiting hours, food and medication and discharges. PDF   Word Doc

New Patient History Form
Internal Medicine new patient history form.  PDF   Word Doc

Registration Form
Internal Medicine registration form. PDF   Word Doc


The following forms are available as resources from the Oncology department:

Client Information Form
Oncology client information sheet with details regarding visiting hours, food and medication and discharges.  PDF   Word Doc

Chemotherapy Patient Check-in Form
Oncology Chemotherapy patient check-in form.  Word Doc

Registration Form
Oncology registration form.  PDF   Word Doc


The following documents are available as additional resources for common ophthalmology conditions:

Caring for a Blind Pet
Advice on caring for a blind pet.

Caring for a Blind Cat
Advice on caring for a blind cat.

Blind Pet Resources
Information and links to more resources on caring for blind or visually impaired pets.

Information on cataracts and treatment.

Collie Eye Disease
Information on eye disease in Collies.

Corneal Lipid Deposition
Information on Corneal Lipid Deposition.

Corneal Ulcers
Information on the diagnosis and treatment of Corneal Ulcers.

Dry Eyes
Information on the causes, treatments and common affected animals by dry eyes.

Feline Herpes Virus
Information on the symptoms and treatments of the Feline Herpes Virus (FHV).

Information on the types, treatments and commonly animals affected by Glaucoma.

Information on Pannus, a progressive disease of the cornea commonly found in German Shepherds and related breeds.

Retinal Degeneration
Information on Retinal Degeneration, the unexpected "thinning" or "atrophying" of the light-absorbing neurological tissue.

Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration (SARD)
Information on Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration (SARD), a disease that is characterized by abrupt vision loss.

Information on Uveitis, an inflammatory process involving the middle of the three layers of the eye.


The radiation therapy client handout gives an overview of what clients can expect when their pet is receiving radiation therapy treatments.


Registration Form Word Doc

Please follow these instructions when preparing to bring your pet in for surgery. PDF

You may download the above form and fill in the appropriate information and bring it with you so that our staff will be best prepared for the care of your pet during his or her stay in the hospital.

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
United States Department of Health and Human Services brochure about Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), a class of drugs commonly used to control pain and inflammation in dogs.

Further information about common surgical conditions can be found on the ACVS (American College of Veterinary Surgeons)  website.