Dr. Phil Zeltzman's life story...

Board-certified traveling pet surgeon and award-winning author.

Dr. Phil Zeltzman is a traveling or mobile board-certified veterinary surgeon around Allentown (Lehigh Valley), Bethlehem, Easton (Northampton County), Reading (Berks County), Jim Thorpe (Carbon County), Stroudsburg (Monroe County), Quakertown (Bucks County) and Pottsville (Schuylkill County) in Pennsylvania, as well as Western New Jersey.  He performs specialized orthopedic, neurologic, cancer and soft tissue surgery on dogs and cats (see list below) at your family vet's hospital.

Since his internship, Dr. Zeltzman has only adopted abandoned or rescued pets, including cats and a bunny.

Dr. Zeltzman is actively involved in teaching, lecturing and publishing 
(locally and internationally).

Dr. Zeltzman had wanted to be a veterinarian since the age of 5 when his favorite TV shows were Flipper, Daktari and Lassie!  "Becoming a surgeon has been a dream come true and I am as passionate about my profession as I was when I first started", he says.

After graduating in 1993 from the University of Liege, School of Veterinary Medicine in Belgium, Dr. Zeltzman simultaneously worked as a general practitioner, emergency vet and journalist for 3 years in his native city of Paris, France.  He completed a 1-year internship at the University of Georgia, then a 3-year surgery residency at Surgical Referral Service in Buffalo Grove, near Chicago, IL.  Then he worked as a surgeon for 4 years at a surgical practice in Cincinnati, OH, and almost 4 years at a surgical practice in Whitehall, PA.  He is a board-certified surgeon, i.e. a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, a much coveted professional achievement.

He is also a certified surgeon for the Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) and has performed thousands of these procedures in dogs from under 50 pounds to over 250 pounds!  The results have been very impressive.

He also performs TTA (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement) to treat ACL tears, specifically the "TTA Rapid" which only uses 1 plate (all other styles use 2 plates).

His interests include all aspects of soft tissue, orthopedic, cancer, reconstructive and neuro-surgery, as well as physical therapy and emergency cases.  He has a strong interest in the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity.  His newest endeavor is stem cell therapy for arthritis, kidney disease, liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

In practice, Dr. Zeltzman's goal is to offer the best surgical care, the safest anesthesia and the utmost pain management to patients.

Dr. Zeltzman has published two books:
* "Cocker Spaniels," a practical guide for people owned by a Cocker.
* "Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound," a book on weight-loss in dogs and people, co-written with Rebecca Johnson (www.walkahound.com).

He also writes a (free) monthly, award-winning newsletter for true dog and cat lovers.  It is read in all 50 States (and Washington DC), as well as over 40 foreign countries.

As a Certified Veterinary Journalist (CVJ), blogger, columnist and award-winning author, his goal is to write meaningful articles, newsletters and books that will make a difference in the lives of pets and their owners.  He has published numerous articles in national and international veterinary journals, and is currently working on several other book projects.  He is also a prolific speaker.

Dr. Zeltzman is a member of the Cat Writers' Association, the Dog Writers Association and the Authors Guild. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)¸ the Lehigh Valley Veterinary Medical Association (LVVMA), the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) and the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Among other publications, he is a monthly contributor to
www.veterinarypracticenews.com and a regular contributor to Dog Fancy, PetsAdviser.com (a pet advice web site) and PetHealthNetwork.com (a community of pet lovers).

We hope you will find this web site and the newsletter useful, and that they will benefit you and your pet.


It is impossible to list all procedures available, but this is a good start. Optimal pain management and pretty incisions are standard goals.




Knee surgery

ACL surgery (standard or extracapsular repair)

Kneecap dislocation (patellar luxation)

Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
Cora Based Leveling Osteotomy (CBLO)


Hip surgery (hip dysplasia and fractures)

Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO)

Hip dislocation (luxation)

Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis (JPS)


Shoulder surgery
Dislocation (luxation)
Osteo-Chondritis Dissecans (OCD)


Elbow surgery

Fragmented Coronoid Process (FCP)

Osteo-Chondritis Dissecans (OCD)

Ununited Anconeal Process (UAP)

Elbow dysplasia

Joint surgery

Arthrodesis (joint fusion)

Dislocation repair (luxation)

Ligament rupture (tear) repair
Tendon rupture (tear) repair


Fracture repair

External fixator

Plate and screws




Other orthopedic procedures include stem cell therapy for arthritis, limb sparing for cancer (osteosarcoma), amputation, leg deformities, joint tap, ulnar ostectomy, bone biopsy, poly-arthritis workup etc.



Abdominal surgery

Abdominal port placement for chronic effusions
Adrenal gland removal

Bladder (stone removal, masses)

Colon surgery


Diaphragmatic hernia

Ectopic ureter

Exploratory laparotomy

Gallbladder (removal vs. re-routing)

Hemoabdomen (internal bleeding)
Incontinence treatment

Intestinal obstruction (foreign bodies)
Intestinal surgery

Kidney surgery

Liver biopsy, including “keyhole” liver biopsy
Liver surgery


Pancreas surgery

Pleuro-Peritoneal Diaphragmatic Hernia (PPDH)

Prophylactic gastropexy (“twisted stomach” or bloat or GDV prevention)

Prostate surgery

Spleen removal (splenectomy, bleeding masses)

Stomach surgery (foreign bodies)

Urethra surgery

Uterus infection (pyometra)


Thoracic surgery (thoracotomy)


Esophagus surgery

Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)

Persistent Right Aortic Arch (PRAA)

Pleural port placement for fluid buildup

Lung surgery, including “keyhole” lung biopsy



Head and neck surgery
Cheiloplasty (for excessive drooling)

Cleft palate

Ear and throat polyps in cats

Ear hematoma

Elongated soft palate

Everted laryngeal saccules
Eye and eyelid surgery

Facial fold removal

Laryngeal paralysis (“Tie back”)

Lateral Bulla Osteotomy (LBO)

Lateral ear resection
Oro-nasal fistula

Para-thyroid gland removal
Salivary gland surgery (mucocele, sialocele)

Stenotic nares (narrow nostrils)
Thyroid gland removal (cat or dog)

Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA)

Ventral Bulla Osteotomy (VBO)


“Back end” surgery

Anal sac surgery

“Corkscrew” tail removal

Perianal fistula management

Perineal hernia

Prepubic urethrostomy (P/U salvage or revision, urethral tear or stenosis)
Urethrostomy (perineal or P/U in cats, scrotal in dogs)

Redundant vulvar fold (vulvoplasty, episioplasty)

Scrotal ablation


Reconstructive surgery

Open wound management (trauma)

Skin flaps

Skin flaps

Skin grafts

Vacuum-Assisted Closure (VAC) of open wounds

Cancer surgery

Cisplatin beads (tiny local chemo pearls that dissolve)
Feline fibrosarcoma
Jaw surgery (Mandibulectomy / Maxillectomy)

Jaw surgery (Mandibulectomy / Maxillectomy)

Limb sparing for cancer (osteosarcoma)
Mastectomy (mammary tumors)

Nasal tumors (rhinotomy, rhinoplasty)

Tumors in multiple other locations (mentioned above and below).


Emergency surgery

Blocked urethra (cat or dog)


Foreign bodies
Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV)




Spleen removal (splenectomy) 

Other soft tissue procedures include other types of hernias, soft tissue biopsies, elbow hygroma, lymph node removal or biopsy, feeding tube placement etc.



Atlanto-axial (sub)luxation

“Bulging” disc (Back and neck)

Cauda equina (L/S syndrome)

CSF tap (spinal tap)

Degenerative myelopathy




“Slipped” disc (Back and neck)

Spinal tap (CSF tap)

Spinal tumor
Vertebral fracture and/or dislocation (luxation)

Wobbler syndrome (cervical vertebral instability syndrome)


Other neurology procedures include muscle and nerve biopsies, Chiari-like malformation and syringomyelia workup etc.

Note: Dr. Zeltzman's picture above is courtesy of Dr. Johnny Slaughter, veterinarian and photographer extraordinaire.  Thanks Johnny!




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