Heather Blake, DVM
Dr. Heather Blake, our Chief of Staff, graduated from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2004. She returned to her home town to practice veterinary medicine at Greylock Animal Hospital, with a special interest in veterinary oral care and orthopedics. Dr. Blake also participates in the shelter veterinary medicine program at Berkshire Humane Society and volunteers her time with the Greylock Animal Hospital Stray/Wildlife Fund.
In her spare time, Dr. Blake enjoys spending time with her family, her three cats Tang, Washcloth and Oven Mitt, and her dogs Digger and Barnaby.
Laura L. Jones, DVM
Dr. Laura Jones has been practicing veterinary medicine at Greylock Animal Hospital since 1990 (though she has been affiliated with the practice since she was an undergraduate at Cornell University). She enjoys all aspects of general veterinary practice, but has a particular interest in nutrition, dermatology and senior pet care.
Outside of work, Dr. Jones enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons, hiking with her dog, horseback riding, and skiing.
Katie E. Wolfgang, DVM
Dr. Katie Wolfgang graduated from Tufts University in 1987, and practiced in Seattle and San Francisco before returning to New England in 1993 to join Greylock Animal Hospital. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, especially geriatric medicine, endocrinology, and the human-animal bond. Dr. Wolfgang splits her time between Williamstown and Saranac Lake, NY, where her husband, Dr. Jonathan Krant, runs the Rheumatology practice at Adirondack Medical Center.
Dr. Wolfgang also enjoys riding her horse, Richie, spending time with her sons Nicholas and Benjamin, hiking with her dogs, and kayaking.
Rebecca J. Mattson, DVM
Dr. Rebecca Mattson attended Tufts University, graduating in 1998, after receiving a BA at Williams College and an MS at Yale University, both in Chemistry. She practiced in the Greater Boston area, Rhode Island and Utah prior to arriving at Greylock Animal Hospital in 2007. Since completing her training in small animal acupuncture at the Chi Institute in 2013, Dr. Mattson has added acupuncture, electropuncture, and Traditional Chinese herbal medicine to her practice to complement her interests in classical Western internal medicine and surgery. When she's not in the office, she spends time with her children, Col, Lily, and Quinn, cleans up after her dog, four cats and two hamsters, and loves finding time to sing and be outdoors hiking or skiing.
Joanne L. Ziemba, DVM
Dr. Joanne Ziemba joined Greylock Animal Hospital after her graduation from Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2003. When she is not working, she is spending time with her three children. JoAnne, her husband (Mike) and their working K9 bloodhound, often do classroom visits to local schools and nursing homes to talk about life as a veterinarian and a K9 police officer. She also enjoys time spent outdoors on the Ziemba family farm. JoAnne has enjoyed volunteering time with the GAH Stray/Wildlife Fund as well as Berkshire Humane Society.
Laurel Bifano, DVM
Dr. Laurel Bifano is originally from the New York City area. She first came to love the Berkshires when she attended Williams College, graduating with a degree in Psychology and Neuroscience. Dr. Bifano went on to attend Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine where, in addition to receiving her DVM degree, she also received a Masters of Public Health. After graduation, she completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in Rhode Island. She was excited to have the opportunity to return to the Berkshires and join the Greylock Animal Hospital family in 2013. While Dr. Bifano enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, her special interests include infectious disease, gastrointestinal disease, immune mediated disease and preventive medicine.
In her spare time, Dr. Bifano enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark; two dogs, Dee and Harley; and cat, Captain Jack. She can often be found hiking with her dogs throughout the many wonderful trails in the area. When at home, she also enjoys cooking, home renovation, gardening, skiing (both downhill and cross country), and reading.
Laura Eiszler, DVM
Dr. Laura Eiszler received a DVM degree from Michigan State University. During her second summer of veterinary school, she completed a comparative pathology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. After graduating in 2000, she practiced here at Greylock Animal Hospital for five years. She rejoined our team in August 2015, and we couldn't be happier to have her back!
Dr. Eiszler has also practiced at Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital and North County Veterinary Hospital, holding the title of Chief of Staff at the latter. Her special interests include soft tissue and limited orthopedic surgery. She also takes pride in assuring high-quality veterinary care for pets and effective communication with clients. Outside of work, Dr. Eiszler enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and spending time with her husband, Jeffrey Grandchamp.
February is Pet Dental Health Month!
Did you know that dental disease is the most common clinical condition found in dogs and cats? 8 out of 10 pets have some form of dental disease by the age of 3!
Even senior cats and dogs should NOT have bad breath. It is reported that less than 1% of dog owners brush their dog’s teeth and cat owners brush their cat’s teeth even less than that! Dental disease in your pet can be easily diagnosed at their routine annual exams by your veterinarian. Disease in the mouth that is caught early, is much easier to treat and will reduce pain and discomfort in your pet later on, if left untreated.
COMMON SIGNS OF DENTAL DISEASE:
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Repeatedly dropping food out of the mouth while eating
- Chewing only on one side of the mouth or not chewing at all
- Hesitant/resistance chewing on bones that were once well tolerated and liked
- Hesitant/resistance to playing with toys
- Decrease in appetite or not eating at all
- Acting “grumpy” or less tolerable of certain activities they once enjoyed
Keep your Pets Safe and Healthy with These Summer Tips!
The summer season is the time for you and your pets to get out of the house! However, sometimes with the busy schedules of vacations, cookouts, and visitation from out-of-town relative and friends, normal day-to-day tasks of life can be forgotten. Here are a few things to keep in mind this summer to keep your pets safe and healthy during this busy time of year.
April is National Heartworm Awareness Month
What is Heartworm Disease?
Heartworm is a potentially fatal disease most commonly found in dogs. It is occasionally found in cats and ferrets and rarely found in humans. It is caused by worms that live in the heart and lungs causing heart failure and lung disease. They can also travel throughout the body, via the blood vessels, causing damage to other organs.
How is Heartworm Disease Transmitted?
Heartworm disease is spread by mosquitos. When an animal infected with Heartworm is bitten by a mosquito, the mosquito picks up immature Heartworms (called microfilaria) in its blood meal. Once these microfilaria mature into larvae (over 10-14 days in the mosquito), they are transferred through the bite wound to the animal the mosquito bites for its next meal. These larvae then take approximately six months to mature into adult Heartworms.
What Are the Signs of Heartworm Disease in Dogs?
- A persistent cough
- Unwillingness to exercise
- Fatigue after physical activity
- Decreased appetite
- Weight loss
We've Updated Our Dental Surgical Suite!
We've recently updated our dental surgical suite, which now includes digital dental radiographs!
Digital dental radiographs allow for the highest quality x-rays to assess your pet's teeth and oral hygiene. Even if your pet's teeth may look healthy, significant disease could be hidden below the gum line.
Our digital x-rays will allow our veterinarians to see below the gum line and asses an entire tooth as well as any roots that may be compromised.
Attention, Senior Citizens with Pets
Greylock Animal Hospital offers a 10% discount on veterinary services to senior citizens. Please call us at (413) 663-5365 if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you and your pets soon!