Dexter is handsome 1-2 year old orange tabby that is very sweet and loves to watch the backyard critters at his foster home. More ...
Mikki is medium size lab/hound mix who is super sweet, friendly, very playful and full of energy. She would love to find a nice dog friendly family that have a fenced in yard so she can get plenty of exercise. More ...
We have recently added a Companion Therapy Laser from LifeCure, LLC to our clinic. Laser therapy is a drug-free, surgery-free and pain-free alternative treatment that can provide relief for many common pet ailments.
Below are just a few of the disorders that respond well to laser therapy:
For more information about this new treatment option, please contact us.
Click below to see the many ailments Laser therapy can help with.
Please call to schedule a consult with one of our veterinarians.
“Hope,” a geriatric cat with chronic upper respitatory problems found relief with the laser at about 20 years of age."
The summer months found us saying goodbye to these four footed heroes:
Straybe Levant, Tabitha Mecca, Fannie Smith, Bruin Dooling, Ruby Golkow, Gabby Paul, Sam Brady, Precious Luecke, Honey Bear Fauser, Ruby Lichtman, Gizmo Barvin, Chester Ayoob, Rudy Turkington, Benny Bonner, Ceasar Cohen, Sam Levy, Sage Vosacek, O.C. Nekrasz, Porter Kahn, Cyrus Bilse-Vergara, Buddy Ebbecke, Jack Bauer, Kane Risso,Whipsie Bungerz, Hunter Innamorato, Lucy White, Phaedra Schwartz, Shane Murphy, Jake Strandberg, Ranger Levin, Fuzz Bucko, Zeus Brown, Slick O'Brien, Maggie McGrath, Monty Wexler, Willy Massaro, Cuddles Lahm, Al Krupp, Lilly Kornstein, Bella Leyland, Sabine Deutz, Ted Mondrosch, Longo Flores, Mia Soldana, Tippie Headly, Baby Face Steinslofer, Mo Burmeff, Joma Schroeck, Maggie Schloder, Teff Viviano, Paco Randall, Missy McIlhenney, Bailey Wyatt, Lefty Grzyb, Charlie Steuber, Danny Harrison, Allie Gates, Rocky Leonard, Zack Schiener, Mack Kolen, Princess Wojciechowicz, Smudgie Reynolds, Sunny Lawlor, Skyy Frysiek, Bailey Alleborn,Corky Fleming, Mandy Deinhardt, Tigger Baltz, Hannah Michnya, Colby Birkenmaier, Kat Mettler, Corky Kollmer, Candy Paulus, Diva Liebschner, Bacal Goodstein-Rosenblatt,Mimi Marcewicz, Mike Kurtz, Guinness King, Therese Massaro, Sugar Sienkiewicz, Spook Doyle, Beans Campagna, Jazzy Gavin, Frosty Hangey, Tinker O'Keefe, Fawn Fassano, Scarlett Lichtman, Shadow Lawlor, Parker Law, Sandy Rothwell, Zeus Shapiro, Psyche Ochs.
And our heartfelt sympathy to the famillies of our friends Roger Pike, Tom Steigerwald, Bruce Perlstein and Howard “Tipper” Littman. They are greatly missed.
Can you believe that it’s been two whole years since the premier issue of our e-newsletter? I certainly can’t! I hope that you’ve enjoyed our little publication as much as I’ve enjoyed getting together with some great writers and their ideas and sharing them with you all.
I have to be honest, this issue is a little delayed ‘cause I just can’t seem to keep my eyes open at night. I don’t know if it’s the change of the season and the shorter days, or trying to keep up with Carmen (somebody remind me why I wanted a puppy!). There have been quite a few times when I have woken up with my nose on the keyboard! There is a lot to be covered this month with the holidays just around the corner and all the wonderful stuff I need to tell you about…
Since October was the American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog Month, we will be celebrating and highlighting our canine companions and all that they mean to us. From the time that I was a little girl, the stories of dogs that do work for or help others have always fascinated me. In fact, during my first week of junior high school, a classmate said to me, “I remember you – you had a lemonade stand once and you told me that you had an Army dog that would attack me.” He was right - I did tell people that! OK, so I was 8 years old and he was the size of a cocker spaniel, but hey, in my mind, that’s what Princie was – an Army dog that would protect me at all costs, because that is what good dogs do. So I grew up and Princie passed on, but then as an adult I had another “Army dog”– well really a Leopard Cur, Duke, who many of you have heard about. Duke would protect me and I was never afraid when he was around. Today, I have Carmen ... well, we’ll see about her.
That brings us to a couple of our stories this month. First, I want to honor the brave dogs that served at Ground Zero. The selflessness with which they worked and the support and love they gave not only to their handlers, but to the firefighters, policemen, and volunteers was above and beyond the call of duty.
Do you know that we have our own local Search and Rescue team? Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue serves the Delaware Valley area. Being a part of the search and rescue team is a huge time and energy commitment, but if it is something you’ve been thinking about for you and your dog, call and see when you can check out a training session. You may be inspired to have your dog evaluated for the job.
Read below for the stories of some real “Army Dogs” and the bravery they showed in battle.
Stories about the everyday heroes grouped together as “Therapy Dogs” that help the vision or hearing impaired, the physically challenged or those with emotional problems will pull at your heart strings as well.
Our canine friends help in so, so many ways. Kathy Genuardi
Many dogs have been honored in American History – not just in recent years but in years past – for their bravery on the battlefields and as mascots to our soldiers. I am proud to say that some of the most honored dogs have been American Pit Bull Terriers.
Of course, the most visible of military dogs are the German Shepherd and Doberman Pinscher. The Dogs of Battle, AKA Real Army Dogs, are revered today as family protectors and police and military partners. Here are a few of the many tributes in their honor.
K9 Monuments and U.S. War Dogs
For more stories and details on the individual dogs that served see: K9 Heroes.
My name is Christina Raskay and I was diagnosed with severe bi-lateral hearing loss at the age of five. Though I wore hearing aids beginning in second grade, my lack of hearing was never anything I really considered as a loss. To me, it just was. My interest in dogs also began at an early age, but we didn't add one to our family until I turned nine. Training Comet, who is now thirteen, solidified my fascination with dog training, but it wasn't until I got my second Sheltie, Misty, that I began to fathom how much of an impact a dog can have on a person's life.
Misty began life as an ordinary pet, though we regularly competed in AKC agility and 4-H shows. When college life began to loom in the near future, however, an idea began to brew: Why not train Misty as a hearing dog? Through hours of research, I found Susquehanna Service Dogs, a small operation in Harrisburg willing to train me to train Misty. Her training taught her to alert me to certain sounds, including my alarm clock, my name being called, someone knocking on the door, an oven timer, and smoke detectors, and to show me where the sound came from. I rely completely on her to wake me up in the morning, as I am unable to hear my alarm clock at all. Misty and I had a special bond right from the beginning, but depending on her as my hearing dog has definitely deepened it.
I felt much more at ease going away to school having Misty as a second "ear," since I am completely deaf at night without my hearing aids. But Misty's value was not only as a hearing dog. She was my friend, an ice breaker, someone to cuddle, a great way to distract myself if frustrated with homework (Misty is always willing to play a good game of fetch!), and much more. She wasn't just there for me, too. She truly became a member of the Wilson College Class of 2011. Everyone on campus knew Misty and would say hello to her (and occasionally to me as well!). Misty may have started out as just a pet, but we have become partners, almost a single person, as my friends would joke. Misty and I graduated from Wilson this May, both of us decked out in a cap and gown. I don't know if I would say she made it all possible, but she certainly made my life for the past four years a lot better and a lot easier.
Atticus came to our family as a "companion" dog from Canine Partners for Life, (www.k94life.org) which is an organization that raises and trains service dogs for people with various disabilities. Atticus was being raised for just that purpose. He was to be a service dog for someone who has uncontrolled epilepsy. The dogs are trained to sense seizures before they happen and warn their master so that they can make themselves and others safe before the seizures take place. They are even trained to break their master’s fall. Atticus is a very big, yellow Labrador retriever. However he failed the rigorous health tests because he had hip dysplasia. His training was cut short and he was slotted to be paired with a disabled person and his/her family as a "companion dog." The training and requirements are much less rigid, yet no less valuable. The dogs are selected and trained to be non aggressive, compliant and obedient. Atticus is by nature a very loving dog, devoted to his family, and very well mannered.
Atticus (formerly Elvis) came to us months after our previous companion dog, Tara, passed away. We thought no animal could ever replace Tara. In a way, we were right, as dogs are as unique as people. However, Atticus has found his own special place in our hearts and family.
Atticus is a Companion Dog for our daughter, Megan, who has Cerebral Palsy. He is very close to her, but he is also the dog for the whole house. It is a very busy house as we have six children from ages 20 to 30 years old. Megan is 27. We have many nieces, siblings, friends and in-laws. While not all these people still live in the house, there are always comings and goings of a wide variety of people. Atticus treats each with unbounded enthusiasm and has a special relationship with each and all. Everyone is compelled to stop and pet him.
Atticus is very big (82 pounds) but is trim for his size. His large paws sometimes remind us of a huge cat, a lion in fact. He guards and barks to protect the house which sometimes sounds dangerous, but he has never shown any hint of aggression when the front door is open. In fact he greets strangers, once the door is opened, with the same enthusiastic interest and wagging tail. He jumps and hops as if he were some small dog, just waiting to be played with. He loves his toys, and will frequently lay them at one's feet just hoping someone else will be in a playful mood.
He is very sensitive, and responds to someone’s tears. He is always there for us. When one of my daughters stays for a few days, you can tell that he is sad to see her go. He mopes and sighs after she leaves. He is a dog that loves people. In fact he loves other dogs as well. He is always there with a friendly wag and sniff, and seems completely surprised if another animal is not as friendly as him.
We all love Atticus very much. He is a part of our extended family ... a symbol of unconditional and enthusiastic love ... an example to all the beings he loves.
Senior dogs need a home, too. How about rescuing a dog that some people have written off as too old? My husband Dave and I recently adopted Lady, an 8 year old collie, from Southeastern PA Collie Rescue. Lady came into the office one day with her foster parents. She was sad, mostly bald and for me, it was love at first sight! I needed to help her become the dog she should have been. I contacted the rescue and filled out the adoption application (yes, we too, had to go through the process) and waited impatiently to hear if we were approved. Because of her numerous health concerns, a dog like Lady is usually kept under the rescue’s ownership until she receives a clean bill of health, but this is where we had an in! They allowed us to adopt her immediately knowing that I have the nursing background that would be needed in her day to day care. In just three weeks, her hair had started to grow. She is frisky, jumps around like a puppy, and plays with my other dog. Lady has adapted really well to her new home and it's as if she has always been here. Dogs are smart - they know when they have a good thing going. So, try the dog that's over 7 years old. You will have many years of enjoyment and can be proud to have saved an older dog. In making his/her golden years happy, the rewards will be great, for everyone.
Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been practiced on humans and animals for thousands of years. Acupuncture can be defined as the stimulation of a specific point on the body with a certain method (dry needles, electricity, moxabustion, injections), resulting in a restorative effect. Simply, the goal of acupuncture, no matter the method, is to bring the body back to a state of balance and harmony. Studies have shown that acupoints are typically within the musculature and are closely associated with the nervous system. Acupoints also have a high electrical conductivity and a low electrical resistance so that the stimulation derived from each needle can be transmitted easily along the acupuncture meridians. The result of stimulation of an acupoint is the release of neurotransmitters and beta endorphins, thus producing pain relief and muscle relaxation. Acupuncture has been found also to regulate gastrointestinal motility, produce an anti-inflammatory effect, regulate the immune system and reproductive system, and reduce fevers.
Acupuncture is useful in many medical conditions. Many older patients with osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease derive great comfort with just a couple of treatments. Also patients with back pain and intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) are treated and healed with a mixture of acupuncture and herbal treatments. For working dogs, needling has been shown to enhance performance and to prevent disease.
Chronic diseases can also be managed with acupuncture and herbal therapy. Some, but not all of the conditions include the following: asthma, chronic cough, COPD, conjunctivitis, epilepsy, diabetes, Cushing’s disease, hypo/hyperthyroidism, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, and skin disease.
Acupuncture appointments are generally 30-60 minutes in duration. The first appointment is generally scheduled as a 40 minute consultation. At that appointment, the art of acupuncture is discussed and a very thorough history is taken.
Most pet parents enjoy determining the constitution or personality of his/her pet as this is important in treatment. A western and eastern physical examination is then performed including tongue and pulse diagnosis. A diagnosis and pattern, or bian zheng, is then determined and treatment is decided upon. Many patients return the next week to begin treatment. Generally, dry needling, electroacupuncture, and aquapuncture are used to help the patient. The patients are also routinely sent home with herbal supplements to be taken. Pet parents are generally asked to commit to no less than three treatments, as response in some chronic conditions can take a little longer.
Acupuncture generally does not hurt as long as a qualified individual is placing the needles. The patients feel a response, termed “de qi” in Chinese, which feels like a little twinge. Once the beta endorphins start to be released from the needle insertions, a lot of patients actually go to sleep on their acupuncture mats! Acupuncture sessions tend to be relaxing and stress free.
If you are interested in acupuncture for your beloved pet contact our office to schedule your very own consultation.
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