I am the pet owner of Winnie and Skippy, two beautiful Border Terriers. A few years ago Winnie, my now 12 year old female, needed a difficult tooth extraction performed, and Dr. Valese was recommended by my local vet. Winnie did very well with her required oral surgery. Priory, she had difficulty with both anthesia and pain management, but under Dr. Valese's care neither became an issue. When Skippy, my now 13 year old male, also developed issues with his teeth common with aggressive chewers, the decision was made to move Skippy to Dr. Valese for his oral care. Last year Skippy presented some increasingly disturbng symptoms. Though efforts were made both by Dr. Valese and my local vet, Skippy's symptoms remained evasive and no clear diagnosis was made until Dr. Valese discovered a mass on his liver. With additional bloodwork ordered by Dr. Valese, Skippy was diagnosed with Cushing's disease. Cushing's could and most likely would have a negative impact on Skip's surgery and post-recovery, but through Dr. Valese's care, Skip's Cushing's disease was both treated and monitored. After the disease was found to be under control, his surgery was then scheduled. Due to the location of the mass on Skippy's liver, Dr. Valese found it prudent to request a surgeon whose specialty was in this field to remove it, though Dr. Valese assisted him through-out. A good friend of mine, a MD, relayed that this is one of the most difficult surgeries for both surgeon and patient. Though the outcome that the mass was found to be benign was not something that Dr. Valese had any control over, the remaining contributing factors that led to Skippy's excellent prognosis and recovery were. Skippy is a beloved member of my family, and we are all sincerely grateful to Dr. Valese. Every day that I watch Skippy, whose energy has returned in full force, enjoying his life whether he's taking one of his beloved walks or simply terrorizing my entire family as only a 17 ib. terrier can do, I am deeply thankful to Dr. Valese for his continued persistence, complete professionalism, and total dedication in giving Skippy, as well as Winnie, the best medical care possible. I highly reccomend Dr. Valese and his compassionate staff for all dental and general veterinarian needs.