New York, NY
I've have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Barbara Kalvig for over 25 years. We first met when I had my first Shih-Tzu named Benson, and Dr Kalvig was working with the late Dr. Howard Kessler. She was the ONLY veterinarian in his practice that actually gave my dog a comprehensive checkup and our relationship started there. Ben died at 10 years of age from a quickly spreading cancer, and eight months after his death, I adopted a Shih-Tzu pup who I named Jerry.
?Dr. Kalvig became Jerry's vet from his infancy stage. I followed her throughout the years until she opened her own practice with her wonderful partner, Dr. James M Shorter. Jerry was a perfectly healthy dog until 13 1/2 years of age, when all of a sudden he became very ill. It took her vast skill, dedication & patience (really detective work) to determine that he had a tumor on his adrenal gland.We could not know if it was malignant or benign until surgery was performed to remove it. Luckily it was benign, and he recovered remarkably well from this potentially very complicated type of surgery. Over the years that followed, Jerry was treated for high blood pressure and kidney disease, in addition to various other medical problems. We were taught how to give Jerry his mediations, geriatric supplements, and subcutaneous fluids every morning. Due to his accelerating age and many late stage health issues, Dr Kalvig helped us balance a "cocktail of meds" to prolong the quality of his life.We happily followed our excel spread sheet to make sure he got everything he needed and drove him from Westchester to Manhattan for regular visits with Dr. Kalvig for proper monitoring. Jerry enjoyed an amazing quality of live until he he was 18&1/2 years of age, largely due to Dr Kalvig's detailed care and advice. Toward the end of his life, Jerry had a stroke and Dr Kalvig kindly referred us to a wonderful neurologist in Westchester so our little guy would not have to travel so far to make his frequently needed trips to the doctor any longer. We tell everyone that Jerry's long life was thanks to Dr Kalvig's special care.
.?A new chapter....My husband & I were emotionally drained after Jerry's death as we loved him so much. We said that we were not going to adopt another dog for a very long time. Then, as fate would have it, I received a call from Dr. Kalvig last year during the holidays. She was treating a very sick 8 month old pup in critical condition, who was
facing the reality of a very sad ending very soon. Thanks to Dr Kalvig, Kalvig & Shorter Veterinary Associates adopted the puppy and the doctors and their fabulous staff offered him all the life saving treatments over the weeks he needed to nurture him back to health.
She placed that call to us, hoping to give him a great home with parents who were able to take care of this "baby" & give him the love & future medical attention he deserved. We now have Niko at home with us and already "love him to death".
?This is one veterinarian that is so "special" & I recommend her to anyone with a dog or cat who wants the best quality of life for their pet. They ALWAYS become "part of the family".