Archive for March, 2012

Online Pet Pharmacies

March 30, 2012

The FDA states the following: “Manufacturers of heartworm medications do not sell to Internet pharmacies unless the pharmacies are licensed and are owned by a veterinarian. Nevertheless, a pet owner’s own veterinarian is really the best source for obtaining heartworm medication. This way, should a cat or dog that is on heartworm medication contract the disease, the manufacturer will work with the veterinarian directly. At the end of the day, there is no better assurance for your pet’s health than a valid veterinarian-client-patient -relationship.”  Please follow this link to the FDA website and read this important article!

 

Canine Weight Loss Challenge

March 29, 2012

Canine Weight Loss Challenge at Compassionate Care Veterinary Clinic!  Meet Wrigley.  She is a four year old English Bulldog currently weighing 112.1 pounds.  Today she starts her weight loss journey with Hills Prescription Diet r/d.  Wrigley will stick to a strict amount of this weight loss diet daily and no additional treats be given.  We will be tracking her weight loss every two weeks and post updated pictures.  Wish her luck as she begins this journey.  Target weight is 75 pounds!

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Dogs and Ticks

March 28, 2012

I love this website!  Check out www.dogsandticks.com to learn more about vector-borne disease and how to keep your dog safe. Ticks are common parasites that can be found anywhere, from the deep woods to urban parks. And each year, thousands of dogs become infected with serious diseases transmitted by a number of different ticks. Diseases like ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and others.  Ticks are out now and we have already had some patients in this year that have tested positive to some of these diseases.  Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns!

We are now PennHIP certified!

March 27, 2012

Exciting news for our clinic!  We are now certified in PennHIP.  PennHIP is a multifaceted radiographic screening method for hip evaluation.  The technique assesses the quality of the canine hip as well as determines risk for developing degenerative joint disease.  Certified PennHIP members perform the PennHIP procedure at their practices and send the radiograph images to the PennHIP Analysis Center for evaluation. After the films are reviewed, a Hip Evaluation Report is mailed to both the veterinarian and the owner.  Click here to view a sample evaluation report and see what all PennHIP can tell you about your pet!

Spring Open House

March 26, 2012

Thank you to everyone who came out Saturday to our Community Open House and Education Event!  We had a great time and appreciate each and every one of you.  Click here to view pictures from the event!

 

Today is National Puppy Day!

March 23, 2012

Today is National Puppy Day!  National Puppy Day is a special day recognized annually on March 23rd. It is a day to celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives.  It is more importantly a day to help save orphaned puppies across the globe and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills.  This is just one of the many cute puppies we have seen at the clinic in the past week.   For more information, visit nationalpuppyday.com.

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Seasonal Allergies

March 23, 2012

It’s that time of year; seasonal allergies are starting to rear their ugly head.  Does your pet show any of the following clinical signs: reoccurring ear infections, excessive grooming/licking, scooting their rear end across the floor or red and irritated eyes.  These are just a few of the things your pet may experience if he/she has allergies.  Stop in and check out our allergy display and learn about all of the therapeutic options available to comfort your pet!

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Spring Open House and Community Event

March 21, 2012

Don’t forget to join us this Saturday the 24th from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. for our Spring Open House and Community Event.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about your pet, meet our staff, tour the facility and just have a fun time.  For the seminar schedule and more information please visit our website!

What is Entropion?

March 19, 2012

What is Entropion?  Entropion is a genetic condition in which a portion of the eyelid is inverted or folded inward. This can cause an eyelash or hair to irritate and scratch the surface of the eye, leading to corneal damage and potentially cause a decrease or loss of vision.  Entropion is fairly common in dogs and is seen in a wide variety of breeds.  If the condition is mild and the corneas are not ulcerated, artificial tears can be used to lubricate the eyes; however, surgery is often required.  This is Drake; he had surgery to correct his bilateral entropion and is doing great!  Stay tuned for one week recheck pictures!

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Adopt-A-Rescued-Guinea-Pig Month

March 15, 2012

This month marks the tenth annual Adopt-A-Rescued-Guinea-Pig Month. The event began in 2002 when the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) declared the month devoted to raising awareness about guinea pigs in shelters.  For more information about adopting a guinea pig, click here

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