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Celebrating the Bond Between You and Your Pet

We all love our pets and want to give them the best, especially when it comes to food. In 2017, Americans spent $30 billion dollars on pet food alone! Much of the information that pet owners are receiving about choosing their pets food comes from TV and online...

What are all these lumps and bumps?

What are all these lumps and bumps??? At Gilbertsville Veterinary Hospital, we see lots of pets that have “lumps and bumps”. So what are they all about?  Most common causes of “lumps and bumps” are insect bites/stings, cysts, or an abscess. We usually...

Is My Pet to Plump?

My Pets Ideal Weight The best way to determine your pets ideal weight is to assess their body condition. Your veterinarian will give your pet a “body condition score” during their wellness exam. However, you don’t need the score to know what is ideal. A...

Lehigh Valley Zoo

Tia Camarata, Client Care Specialist, at Gilbertsville Veterinary Hospital is also a volunteer at the Lehigh Valley Zoo.  Here Tia shares some of the friends she has met at the zoo. “These are African Blackfooted Penguins and are native to the Southwest tip of Africa....

True Story Time: My Dachshund Ate Chocolate

True Story Time: My Dachshund Ate Chocolate I have an adorable 9 year old spayed, dachshund named Frankie.  She, as most dachshunds, can be mischievous. Occasionally, she makes decisions that are not in her best interest. Shortly before Easter 2017 my...

Splooting: A Definition and Analysis

Splooting: A Definition and Analysis Our pets, just like our friends and family, can have some quirks. Although these quirks can give us owners a good laugh or perhaps an endearing photo, sometimes, there is a reason for these odd behaviors. More recently, one...

How Bosco Became a Therapy Dog

How Bosco Became a Therapy Dog Ever since my dog, Bosco, was a puppy I wanted to socialize him as much as I could in a lot of different environments so I could take him just about anywhere.  We would go to different local events where I knew there would be people,...

Microchipping: Fact or Fiction

There are a lot of myths about Microchips.  We hope this blog helps clear up the rumors and share some great facts about microchips. Fiction:  Having a microchip implanted will hurt my pet. Fact:  No anesthetic is required for a microchip implant. The procedure is...

Why do I still have fleas?

Why am I still seeing fleas?  Small breaks in prevention, even during the winter can cause major problems.  On average fleas lay 50 eggs a day, so a few days or months late on prevention can mean 100's to 1000's of flea eggs being left to hatch. Flea eggs...

Snowball, The Dancing Cockatoo

Snowball, The Dancing Cockatoo Dances to a Familiar Song You’re driving in your car or perhaps you’re sitting at your desk and all of a sudden a familiar song plays on the radio. Your body will almost always respond in a physical way. You might begin to tap your foot...

Dental Levels

Your veterinarian and the GVH team will work hard to provide you with the best treatment plan for you and your pet! Dental Treatment Plans: Level 1 Dental Clean and Polish indicates that your pet's mouth has been examined and found to only have minimal calculus...

EZ-Harness or Gentle Leader

  Many of our staff use the easy walk harness to walk their dogs. They have commented that they can walk more than one dog at once and feel completely in control.  Make sure to properly fit the harness to the pet.  You can make an appointment with one of the...

Chewing is a Common Problem

At some point every dog owner returns home to the unexpected mangled item on the floor.  If you google destructive puppies or dogs there is enough evidence to indicate that chewing is a common problem that almost every owner deals with.  Some dog breeds are more prone...

Teach Your Dog Not to Chew

Let’s look at some techniques that will help guide you as you teach your dog not to chew. First, let’s get into the right mind set.  It is important to think about rewarding your pet for their good behavior instead of punishing them when they chew.  Just as you would...

Resolutions From the Dog

With the New Year’s approaching I have decided that it was a good time to start taking better care of myself and improve my behavior. When you thought I was off bothering the cat, I was really contemplating how best to improve myself.  Ok maybe I was bothering the...

Resolutions From the Cat

With the New Year’s Day approaching, I decided it was time to start taking better care of myself and improve my behavior so that you would be proud of me.  So I have been contemplating how best to improve myself. Since I am trying to start the New Year by bettering...

Holiday Hazards for Your Dog 2016

The holidays are a fun time for your dog filled with new smells, sights and sounds. Due to the busy nature of the holidays, owners can be easily distracted and over look potential dangers to your best friend. Many symbols of the holidays we bring into our homes pose a...

2016 GVH Pet Costume Contest

GVH Pet Costume Contest We're excited to be hosting our 4th Annual Pet Costume Contest!! To submit a picture and brief description of your pet dressed up in their favorite costume complete the entry form below. Photos will be accepted from our clients October 1st-28th...

Christopher’s Story

The Incredible Bond with Our Very Special Service Dog The incredible bond that we have with Christopher, our very special service dog all started when my husband Howard returned from his service in the Army.  Howard joined the Army just out of high school and he could...

Stress Relief For Your Cat With Feliway

Do you have a cat that scratches the furniture, sprays, or hides under the bed for most of the day? Do you have multiple cats that hiss at each other and fight? If this sounds familiar your feline friend(s) may be feeling stressed. Things like moving, redecorating,...

For the Love of a Dalmatian

The Dalmatian is a good dog for an active family! They require moderate daily exercise and make great running companions.  The Dalmatian excels at traditional obedience, agility, tracking and road trails and finds great enjoyment in demonstrating their great endurance...

Summer Safety

Summer is a wonderful time of warm weather, great food, and fun activities. While the activities may be safe for you, they may not be for your dog. However, with some simple summer safety tips you and your dog can make many great summer memories that last a lifetime....

Music Aids Pets Recovery

Take a moment and make a mental list of all the times you hear music throughout your day. Many of you listen to music in the car, possibly at work, while exercising and in your home. It is a large part of our daily lives and it has the ability to excite us, help us...

Cancer Awareness

You Can Make A Difference Go to the Bark for Life website to learn how you can get involved. Find an Event Volunteer as a survivor or caregiver Donate your time or money What is Cancer? Cancer is cells within the body that are growing and dividing in an abnormal...

Top 4 Questions about Leptospirosis

“I don’t take my dog in the woods - he only goes in my backyard. He barely even goes outside.” Many pet parents think that if my dog only goes outside briefly - he can’t possibly get these diseases.  But the reality is that your furry family member can easily contract...

Bulldogs are Beautiful

Thinking about getting a Bulldog? You won’t regret it!!  As if their adorable face is not enough to make you fall in love, Bulldogs have an amazing temperament and incredible personality.  They are full of energy one minute and then will turn around and lay down for...

Vet with PTSD Comforted by Therapy Dog

Struggling with PTSD and alcohol abuse, Iraq veteran Randy Dexter was desperate for help. Could a dog named Ricochet come to his rescue?  by Randy Dexter There are probably thousands of veterans who have a story like mine: Enlisted in the Army. Got deployed. Saw...

Switch Puppy Food to Adult Food

When you switch puppy food to adult food, consider the age of your pet. Usually, the switch from puppy food to adult food occurs between the ages of 10-12 months for the majority of dog breeds (small, medium, and large). We want to make sure that as puppies, they are...

What is a Pyometra?

Mrs. Jones was waiting in the exam room with Princess on a busy Monday morning.  I greeted them with a “Good morning, Ladies!” Ms. Jones had a nervous smile in reply.  “Dr. Hanlon, I am worried about Princess.  She hasn’t had a good appetite for the past week and now...

2015 Holiday Donations

Thanks to your generosity during our holiday charity event-  GVH was able to support SPCA & Animal House Project to help less fortunate pets in our community!! This year’s donations totaled more than 900 pounds including: Dog Food (Dry): 452 lbs 8 oz.  Cat Food...

How to Clean Your Pet’s Ears

If you own a dog, it’s likely that at some point in their life you’ve had to treat an ear infection. There are lots of reasons that dogs develop ear infections, the most common is that water gets into the ear, which produces a moist warm environment that allows yeast...

Life with Chickens

I want a horse, a cow, couple of pigs, a few goats but CHICKENS??? That was never on my list.  But here I am at 32 raising and loving 8 wonderful chickens.  Last March my husband and I purchased a home with a few acres of land. We ventured out to Tractor Supply and...

Most Commonly Treated Cat Toxins

Over the years the team at Gilbertsville Veterinary Hospital has seen many cats that have accidently ingested some common household items. Here is a list of the top most commonly treated cat toxins: Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medications (NSAIDS): The most common...

Adopting a Less Adoptable Pet

Thor or Thor the Incredible as we like to call him, was adopted June 15th 2015 at just 10 weeks old.  The decision to adopt was not an easy one because you could say Thor is a less adoptable pet.  As a puppy, Thor started having...

Adopting Kittens

Growing up my family had a lot of animals but we never had any cats. It wasn't until recently that I was finally able to adopt kittens. Two kittens up for adoption recently came into Gilbertsville Veterinary Hospital for a routine visit. I was able to...

Getting Your Cat in The Carrier

Most cat owners understand and dread the idea of having to place their normally sweet, gentle kitty into a carrier for a trip to the veterinarian. Getting your cat in the carrier can result in your perfectly peaceful feline turning into a ball of claws and teeth,...

Feline Leukemia

Feline leukemia is a high-mortality disease caused by the feline leukemia virus (FeLV). FeLV produces immunosuppression, meaning the body is unable to fight off disease, which can then lead to other disease or infections such as respiratory or gastro-intestinal...

4th of July Safety for Your Pet

The 4th of July, the celebration of the birth of our nation, is a day of good food, fun, celebrating with friends and family, and fireworks.  But for some of our pets, it can be a day of anxiety. Pets experience the world through their senses and those senses - smell,...

“Adopt a Shelter Cat” Month

It is “Adopt a Shelter Cat” Month!!!  How can I put into words how much I love cats? I'm not sure that I can. With the immense numbers of cats in our local shelters, I plead with you to give a kitty a chance!! They're amazing friends, and even if you're “not a cat...

Anal Glands Can Be A Smelly Problem

You may be wondering why your dog or cat is dragging his bum across the floor. It may be an issue with their anal glands. Anal glands are two small glands just inside of your pet’s anus. They produce a thick, oily, smelly substance that in wild animals is used to mark...

The Seeing Eye, Inc.

The Seeing Eye, Inc. is the oldest existing guide dog school in the world. Their mission is to enhance the independence, dignity, and self confidence of people who are blind, through the use of specially trained Seeing Eye® dogs. Twelve times a year, as many as 24...

Ever Leave Poop Behind?

Ever leave poop behind?  "You can make a difference to our environment by being a responsible pet owner. Be prepared. Carry bags with you to pick up pet waste. It’s a good idea to carry a few extras with you in case you meet someone in need. Collect your pet’s poop in...

My Greyhound: Manny’s Adoption Story

As National Greyhound Adoption month is drawing near it makes me reflect on my boy, “Manny” and the road I traveled to become a proud Greyhound owner. I guess it all started when I was a kid. A Reverend in town used to ride his bike all over town, and his beautiful...

Thinking About Adopting a Greyhound?

So you are thinking about adopting a Greyhound? I say GO FOR IT! I may be a little biased though as I have my own retired racer, and have had a love for the breed most of my life.  These retired athletes make great pets, and there are thousands in need of a home right...

Lyme Disease in Our Backyard

Did you know according to the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) 1 out of 7 dogs tested positive for Lyme disease in Pennsylvania?  Here are some statistics: 5.7% of those cases were in Montgomery County. 2.43% of those cases were in Berks County. Pennsylvania...

Adopting: Which Cat Breed?

Are you looking for a furry friend to keep you company or a special friend for your children but don’t want to take on a huge commitment? A cat maybe just the kind of animal you are looking for. There are many cat breed specific rescues that can help you find the...

Oh how we love our puppies!

To celebrate our puppies we decided to ask some of our colleagues about their puppies. Q1: Why did you choose the breed of dog you have?  Q2: What was the hardest part of having this breed of dog as a puppy?   Dr. Hanlon and Diane, Business Manager, talk about Mary...

“Koko” Lost since 1/29/2015

Pet Name: Koko Breed: Beagle, Mix Age: 10 years old Gender: Female Coloring: Black/White Microchip #: N/A Last seen in Perkiomenville, PA 18074 Contact (610)-212-2030 or Email info@lostmydoggie.com  

“Lady” Lost since 11/13/2014

Pet Name: Lady Breed: German Shepherd Age: 1 year 9 months Gender: Female Coloring: Tan/ Black Microchip #: 985112001675545 Last seen corner of Horseshoe Drive and Golfers Way Zip: 19372 If found, please call 1888-466-3242        ...

Military Animals

Animals have a long history of helping the military in times of war. Military animals have helped to keep military personnel and bases safe, provided transportation of supplies and personnel, kept communication open between personnel, and controled disease. Many...

Polydactyl Cats

As a self-proclaimed cat lover and Veterinary Technician at Gilbertsville Veterinary Hospital, I can’t help but fall in love with every kitty that walks through our door, but I find my excitement build when a kitty with extra toes comes to see us.  There is just...

The Skinny on Overweight Pets

Get the skinny on Overweight pets.  Fat pets are nothing to take lightly - this message was brought to you by VPI Pet Insurance. Obesity effects 52.5% of dogs and 58.3% of Cats in the United States.  That means that over half of the clients...

Preparing Your Pet for Testing

When you schedule your appointment for an ACTH Stimulation Test at our hospital.  Please follow the following steps: Fast your pet the night before by removing all food after 8pm. Your pet will will be scheduled for their admission appointment with one of our...

Testing for Cushing’s Disease

Urine Cortisol / Creatinine Ratio Test This is considered a screening test, this test cannot diagnose Cushing's Disease but it can rule it out.  A urine sample is collected and examined for relative amounts of cortisol versus a normally excreted protein metabolite,...

Stages of Dental Disease

Did you know that there are different stages of dental disease? Stage 1  Inflammation at the gum line Redness Plaque Accumulation Stage 2 All symptoms in stage one plus ... The tartar that mineralization of plaque Bad breath Volatile Sulfur Compounds Stage 3 Early...

Feline Revolution

How complete is your cat's parasite protection? There are many parasite medications available that treat common external parasites such as fleas.  However, there are a host of internal parasites that can't be seen, which can also be dangerous to your cat's health....

Feline Respiratory Disease

The great majority of feline respiratory diseases result from two easily transmitted infections, feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR), caused by a herpes-virus, and feline calicivirus (FCV), pronounced (kah-LEE-see virus).  FVR and FCV infections result in similar...

Distemper

What is a "DHPP" or "Distemper" vaccine? The distemper vaccine protects against 4 viruses: Distemper Hepatitis Parvovirus Parainfluenza   What is Distemper? There is a common misconception that the distemper vaccine improves your pet's temperament.  In reality,...

Rabies

What is Rabies? Rabies is an acute viral infection that can affect all warm-blooded animals - including dogs and cats.  The disease is almost always caused by the bite of an infected animal that has rabies virus in its saliva.  Younger animals are usually more...

Leptospirosis

What is Leptospirosis? Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that can be found in most animals, including livestock (cattle, pigs and sheep) and wildlife (deer, raccoons, opossums, skunks, rats and other rodents).  The bacteria are passed via the urine into water...

ProHeart 6

Is ProHeart 6 right for my dog? Only your veterinarian can determine if your dog is a good candidate for ProHeart® 6 (moxidectin). Generally, ProHeart 6 is for healthy dogs 6 months and up. There are many medications out there that treat and prevent various parasites...

Revolution

Is Revolution Right for Your Dog? Parasites are an annoying fact of life for our dogs.  Parasites can cause a range of problems, from bothersome scratching to more serious medical issues, such as infections and dangerous or even deadly diseases.  How dangerous these...

Nexgard

About Nexgard Nexgard comes to us from the makers of Frontline Plus.  Nexgard is administered orally setting it apart from other flea and tick preventatives. Nexgard kills adult fleas before they lay eggs and prevents ticks. Nexgard is FDA approved and safe to use in...

Heartgard

Heartworms can infect your pet without you even knowing it.  The best way to protect your dog is to prevent heartworm disease – the risk, expense, and emotional toll of treatment are significant. HEARTGARD Plus helps prevent canine heartworm disease, and treats and...

Kennel Cough

If you own a dog, you’ve probably witnessed them coughing. As with people there are many things that can causing coughing in dogs. However, when dogs are exposed to a lot of other dogs (daycare, boarding etc) simple respiratory infections are the most common culprit....

Brushing My Pet’s Teeth

The Best Tool for the Job!!!  Brushing My Pet’s Teeth The GVH Team recommends using any of these tools: Traditional toothbrush with or without an angled head Brushes with multiple heads to simultaneously brush the inside, outside and top surfaces of the tooth Electric...

To Leash or Not To Leash

I was recently walking my seven year old dog, Sadie Jane, in our neighborhood and out of the corner of my eye I saw a dog off leash running toward us. I quickly gripped up on Sadie's leash when I realized that the owner was chasing her dog and seemed to be panicked. I...

Adopt a Bird? Really?

If you are considering adding a pet to your family and are looking for an intelligent, loving, loyal and interactive pet, why not adopt a bird?  Pet Finder is a great resource to start your search for an adoptable pet bird.  There are a few local groups that can be...

No Shave November at GVH

You may have noticed while visiting Gilbertsville Veterinary Hospital this November that three members of our team - Dr. Smith, Todd - Director of Operations, and Dr. Coniglario - decided to embrace their facial hair in support of No Shave November.  The three...

Bean – A Very Special Golden Retriever

A very special Golden Retriever puppy entered the veterinary office where Dr. Sarah Kearse worked almost 7 years ago.  At that time he was diagnosed with a very serious heart murmur.  The puppy, the runt of the litter, was brought into the hospital by a breeder and...

Holiday Hazards for Your Cat 2016

The holidays are an exciting and busy time for everyone including your cat. Your cat may enjoy the smell of the roasting turkey and be overjoyed at the new climbing post, the Christmas tree.  But the holidays can also make your cat nervous or skittish with strangers...

Fit and Fun in the New Year

The New Year is approaching and many people make the resolution to get healthier through diet, exercise, and eating healthy. This New Year's resolution doesn’t need to be just for us humans - now is the time for your pet to begin a new year with their best paw...

Holiday Hazards for Your Bird

A partridge in a pear tree may not be a good idea during the holiday season. The holidays are a festive time for you and your bird, but can present special challenges to bird owners. Birds may not cope well with new sights and sounds that accompany the holiday...

Pet Wellness Report

  Celebrating the Bond Between You and Your Pet   We know you love your pet and we appreciate the time and devotion involved with being a good pet owner.  That’s why we now offer the Pet Wellness Report®. The Pet Wellness Report® provides a more complete picture of...

We are Thankful

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." - William Arthur Ward "No duty is more urgent than that of giving thanks." - James Allen "Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone." - Gertrude Stein At this special time of...

Senior Pet Adoption

November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month!!! For many older people, who are seniors themselves, a senior pet makes a great companion. Senior pet parents benefit physically from the exercise they get walking or playing with their pet and caring for them. It is also...

AAHA Accredited

What is AAHA accreditation and why is it important to our hospital? What is AAHA? AAHA stands for the American Animal Hospital Association, a professional association of veterinary hospitals founded in 1933. AAHA is the only organization that provides accreditation...

Medicating Your Cat

Here at Gilbertsville Veterinary Hospital we understand that medicating your cat can be a stressful activity. Cats are quick and can easily slip away from you and hide. Medicating your normally angelic cat can quickly turn into a confrontation with a small mountain...

World Rabies Day

Celebrate World Rabies Day on September 28th by getting the facts on rabies prevention and ensuring that you and your family are free from rabies.  We have a wealth of information on our website that shares facts about prevention and rabies in our communities. Rabies...

Rabies

Rabies is a serious disease caused by a rhabdovirus. It is one of the most feared infections of all time.  Rabies was first discovered in the 16th century to be fatal by Girolamo Fracastoroand and in 1885 Louis Pasteur created the first vaccination.  Despite today’s...

Rabies IS in Montgomery and Berks Counties

The Montgomery County Health Department receives calls daily from people who were trying to do a good deed by helping an animal in distress only to end up bitten, injured and facing the possibility of having contracted rabies (see our blog to learn more...

Celebrating Deaf Dog Awareness Week 2016

Deaf Dog Awareness Week was created to bring awareness to owning a deaf dog.  Deaf dogs make great pets, and some people will argue, listen more than their dog that is not deaf. Watch Joe’s Dog Pack Story. Dogs can become deaf in many of the same ways that humans can:...

Discovering “Jake Man” Was Deaf 2016

Wednesday May 29, 2013 was the first day that I realized my little “Jake Man” was deaf.  “Jake” is a small mixed breed terrier that I adopted from a shelter in Arizona when I was 19.  We have been inseparable since the day that I adopted him almost 13 years ago.  On...

Hot Car Safety

It is a sunny summer day, the perfect day to get out of the house and enjoy the weather.  Many well-meaning owners take their pets along for a ride while running errands, only to end up at their veterinarian with a critically ill pet. It is important to understand hot...

Heartworm Disease

What is heartworm disease?  Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by infection with the Dirofilaria immitis parasite. The larvae are transmitted through the bite of a mosquito carrying the infective stage of heartworm. Heartworms mature...

A Different Kind of Hero

A Different Kind of Hero In two deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, he saved lives in battle and paid a cost: canine PTSD. His career was over until one soldier took up the cause. By Sgt. Chloe Wells, Fayetteville, North Carolina As appeared in Guideposts Magazine As...

How to Prevent and Treat Hairballs

Every so often, your otherwise adorable cat will do an alarming and somewhat disgusting thing. She’ll awake from a peaceful nap, rise up on her paws, retch convulsively for a moment or two, and spit up what may appear at first glance to be a damp clump. What kitty has...

The 9 Lies of Cats

Lie #1:  Indoor Cats Are Never Exposed To The Outdoors   Truth: The outdoors always comes in. Even if your cat is strictly indoors, they are still at risk for parasites. Parasites can hitch a ride on your dog, your shoes or they can sneak through a window or...

Water Safety for Dogs

Water safety is important for people and pets this summer.  Make sure to follow these safety tips before heading out for some water fun. Determine if your dog likes water. It is important to know if you own a water dog or not. Just like people some pets are scared of...

Top Water Sports for Dogs

Splish Splash … if there is a puddle, pond, creek or just raining outside my Maggie, a Labrador retriever celebrates!!  She splashes through puddles on our walks and sticks her nose in the air to smell the rain.  Her favorite activity is retrieving sticks in the local...

Benefits of Adopting an Adult Cat

With an adult cat you can find the “purr”fect fit for your family. There are so many benefits to adopting an adult cat! Adult cats are individuals who do not require the constant supervision of a kitten. You can rest assure that your adult kitty most likely will not...

Traveling With Your Pets

Many of us have one goal in mind this summer....traveling with our family and pets on vacation! Whether it be a weekend getaway or a week at your favorite beach - taking our furry children calls for proper preparation. Regardless of how you are traveling to your...

National Hug Your Cat Day

  National Hug Your Cat Day - June 4th.  Find a kitty and celebrate!!! You maybe laughing at the idea of National Hug Your Cat Day, but do you know there are some important reasons to reach out and hug your cat. Research has found that hugging your feline friend...

Working Dogs Have a Job to Do: Part One

Three-part series on working dogs that make the world a better place. Part One: Assistance Dogs Assistance dogs not only provide a specific service to their handlers, but also greatly enhance the quality of their lives with a new sense of freedom and independence. ...

Dog Bites “The Facts”

  Dog bites send nearly 368,000 victims to hospital emergency departments per year (1,008 per day).  According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2006, more than 31,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by...

How Should I Prepare My Exotic Pet for a Disaster?

There are many exotic pet parents out there.  Should a natural disaster strike such as flood, hurricane, power outages, etc., it is important to have a plan of action for pets with special care needs such as birds, snakes, ferrets, etc. Exotic pets tend to be more...

National Dog Bite Prevention Week

All dogs even nice ones can bite.  It is proven each year as millions and millions of dog bites are recorded. The best way to prevent it is through education. Each year during the 3rd week of May, we focus on dog bite prevention.  In Montgomery County alone there are...

How to Approach a Service Dog

You walk down the street and see a service dog coming with their handler. Though it may be tempting to treat a service dog just like a family pet… here are some tips from PetMD to make sure you are using the proper etiquette. Speaking to the Service Dog Team That's...

Exotic Patient Data Sheet

 Did you now that a small thing such as the bedding your pet uses can lead to a serious medical condition? This information is very important and is why Gilbertsville Veterinary Hospital has an on-line date sheet that we ask that you fill out before your first visit....

Pet Identification

HomeAgain Microchip A HomeAgain Microchip is a permanent identification that is implanted under your pet’s skin.  About the size of a grain of rice, it is easily implanted between the shoulder blades and often done while your pet is under anesthesia.  Should your pet...

Pet First Aid Kit Is A Great First Step

Purchasing or building a pet first kit is a great first step, but won't be a lot of help in the event of an emergency if you are not familiar with how and when to use the items. GVH would highly recommend any or all of the following to be prepared in the event of an...

Lyme Disease

  1 in 8 dogs tested positive for Lyme disease in Pennsylvania.  Did you know that dogs are 50% more likely to contract lyme disease than humans? Dogs have been diagnosed with lyme disease in the 48 contiguous states. We have a responsibility as pet parents to...

What is Leptospirosis?

What is Leptospirosis? Leptospirosis is the one of the world’s most common diseases that is transmitted from animals to people yet is relatively unknown. It is transmitted to humans by contaminated water getting into breaks in the skin, the eyes, or the mucous...

Pet First Aid Kit

When your pet has a medical emergency, it is important be prepared before it occurs. Know how your veterinarian handles emergencies and where to go if you have one. You can also be prepared for emergencies by putting together a pet first aid kit. First aid is not a...

Boarding Your Best Friend

With all the snow we have been having this winter our minds are starting to wander to the sunny days of spring and summer. You may be thinking about where you would like to venture to for your summer vacation. In an ideal scenario, you may choose a place that allows...

New Leash on Life

Gilbertsville Veterinary Hospital is proud to support New Leash on Life.  See what great work they are doing celebrating the human animal bond. Visit the New Leash on Life website for more information about the organization. Check out this segment which was on Wild...

True Confessions of a Flea

Hi, my name is Toderick, the flea.  I wanted to share my story with you.  I have a rather large family of 1,050 close relatives and it's growing!  We have a great home with lots of bedrooms and we are always well fed.  The home we live in has great carpets that many...

I Still Have Fleas

  Did you hope that your flea problem would end with the cold weather?  Unfortunately, fleas are determined to stay alive even when weather conditions outside are less than ideal. So where do the fleas live?  Fleas may be hiding inside or outside without you even...

Care Credit

Question:  Are there alternative ways to pay for preventative care? Gilbertsville Veterinary Hospital offers Care Credit as a simply way to pay for any of our services whether for emergencies or for expected care.  Dental procedures are an important part of keeping...

Flip the Lip

Flip the Lip  It is important, as pet parents, that we "flip the lip" of our dog or cat.  This will help to determine if your pet is at risk for periodontal disease which occurs when bacteria form plaque on the teeth. Here are some tips: 1. “Flip the lip" when your...

Why Should I Crate Train My Dog?

Question:        Why Should I Crate Train My Dog? Crate training is a great way to provide a sanctuary of sorts for your dog.  This “safe haven” is a useful tool in raising a healthy dog.  It is becomes their “space” where they can feel safe and secure and can help...

How to Select a Dog?

How to select a dog? My husband is a Lab for life type of guy.  I am not sure that he really knows why but nevertheless he has chosen a breed that he will love forever.  I, on the other hand, am a search and rescue type of gal.  My breed of choice is a dog or puppy...

Selecting a Dog Trainer

Sit … stay … no … stay! These are your toys … these are my toys … don’t touch! NOOOO … outside - you go potty outside! Training a new dog can be trying experience.  It is important that you give yourself the tools to be successful in training your dog.  It takes a lot...

New Year’s Resolution……for Your Cat

  New Year’s Resolution……for Your Cat Is your cat overweight?  Now might be the time to start thinking about a New Year’s resolution for your cat.  “Cat Obesity has become a serious and widespread health issue.  A recent veterinary survey indicates that 29% of...

What is the Ideal Weight for My Cat?

What is the ideal weight for my cat? There are many factors that you need to look at when assessing your cat’s weight.  Here are some questions you should ask yourself: Can you see her ribs or spine? Can you see your cat’s waist? Does her stomach sag? Does her face...

Ginny Weasley and “Her Boy”

Ginny Weasley and “her Boy” In March of 2008, I was in charge of doing weekend treatments for the rescued orange kitty at GVH with many medical issues. She was still young but, had endured so much including, reoccurring upper respitory infections, poor nutrition and...

Selecting a Puppy from a Breeder

I have never purchased a puppy from a breeder.  What should I look for when selecting my puppy? When going to a breeder’s home to select a puppy try to view each puppy individually.  This will allow you to meet each puppy’s personality on an individual basis.  If you...

Holiday Hazards

From your pets point of view the holidays bring many new smells and new temptations into their environment.  Pet parents need to be aware of what can be dangerous and toxic. Toxins on the table Fatty foods such as Turkey skin can cause stomach upset and worse can lead...

Diana Update

Diana is doing so well.  She now sits in front of her trainers and smiles at them until they pet her.  She would rather be petted than anything else.  She has learned to spin - I'm not sure why but they trained her to do this J. She will sleep on her blanket or in her...

George

George found me 11 years ago as a tiny, malnourished, black and white ball of fur hiding under the bushes at my son’s babysitter. I have always had a special place for tuxedo kitties - so I knew right away George would be joining my family of kitties. As the weeks...

New Leash on Life

Celebrating the Bond between You and Your Pet As a reflection of our hospitals’ belief of that there is something so incredibly special about the human and animal bond, we have decided to support a non-profit organization called New Leash on Life.  New Leash on Life...

Cancer Awareness Month

November is cancer awareness month! Did you know that cancer is the #1 disease related cause of death in pets?  Did you also know that cancer is treatable?   On this day October 8, 2013 "Missy" & her mom got the news that "Missy's" cancer was in remission....

Bi-Annual Visits for Senior Pets

Questions:  Why does my senior pet need to see the doctor twice a year? If you used the  link to determine your pet’s age in human years, it clearly points out that dogs and cats age much more rapidly than humans. Now consider that your physician advises you to see...

Health Risk Assessment for Senior Pets

Your pet can't talk and often shows no signs when something is wrong.  So how do you know?  To get a more complete picture of your pet's health, we ask clients to complete a Health Risk Assessment prior to their appointments.  This allows your veterinarian to focus on...

Do You Know Your Cat’s True Age?

Cat Care Just like dogs, cats need to be monitored from kitten to adult.  Young cats are especially prone to urinary tract problems and intestinal parasites and most cats are seniors at the age of seven - nine, which is 40 - 52 in human years.  As a senior, careful...

Do You Know Your Dog’s True Age?

Use the guide below to determine your pet's age in human years. This information was supplied by Antech Diagnostics 2008 6 Years in Human Age My pet is less than 20 pounds so they are approximately 40 years old in human years. My pet is between 21 - 50...

Meet Little Boy Jack

    My little boy Jack is the best pet I have ever had. Jack is a medium length fur orange barn tabby that I rescued from the Berks Co. Humane Society when he was 8 weeks old. Ever since then, I have been his mama cat. Jack loves to play fetch, snuggle, eat...

Sash & Emmitt

We got both of our dogs from a shelter. Sasha came from the ARL and Emmitt came from the Montgomery county SPCA. Seems where ever our friend Tracie worked, we ended up with a dog. Not that we are complaining….we feel these dogs rescued US. Our family was going through...

Shayd

Shayd was one of hundreds of "bully dog" mixed breeds found at the Berks Animal Rescue League almost 2 years ago.  I spend quite a bit of time there and was asked to examine her one day because she was ill.  She was pulled off the streets of Reading intact, heavy with...

My Shelter Pup

It has been almost 15 years since I toured shelter after shelter in Arizona looking for the right dog to join me on my journey back to Indiana.  It was finals week at Arizona State University and I was finishing up my first year of college.  After a long day of...

What is Rabies?

What is Rabies? Rabies is a virus of the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) that can affect any mammal.  Rabies is widespread throughout Pennsylvania. What are the signs of Rabies? Rabies signs are grouped into two forms known as either the "Furious"...

My Dog Needs a License?

According to Pennsylvania's Dog Laws, all dogs over the age of 3 months are required to have a current license.  Is your pet licensed?  The technicians at Gilbertsville Veterinary Hospital get this question a lot so we thought we would share a little information on...

Celebrating Veterinary Technicians

"I solemnly dedicate myself to aiding animals and society by providing excellent care and services for animals, by alleviating animal suffering, and promoting public health. I accept my obligations to practice my profession conscientiously and with sensitivity,...

National Veterinary Technician Week

October 14th - 20th is National Veterinary Technician Week. Our team of technicians play a vital role in maintaining the well-being of your pet(s).  They strive to provide the highest level of care as well as support our pet parents with the latest knowledge to...

Pet Poison Helpline

Common household items such as plants, foods, medications and chemicals can harm your pet if ingested.  Kat one of GVH's newest certified veterinary technicians shared this tip for feline pet owners.  Easter Lilies and Poinsettia plants are...

5 Great Ways to Enrich Your Cat’s Life

Even though it is National Walk Your Dog Week we did not want to leave out our feline friends.  Here are 5 Great Ways to Enrich Your Cat's Life. Toys Some cats prefer toys that they can throw around themselves.  Other cats prefer toys that require owner participation,...

Local Places to Walk Your Dog

  Perkasie Dog Park  555 Constitution Avenue, Perkasie, PA 18944Perkasie dog park is a great place for all breeds and sizes.  A small dog area is offered allowing the opportunity for the toy breeds to cut lose without being trampled.  There is an agility course...

Kitten Wellness Program

The doctors and staff of Gilbertsville Veterinary Hospital want to make sure your kitten receives the proper care during its lifetime. The following wellness plan outlines your kitten’s first few visits to the hospital and regular wellness visits as they mature....

Puppy Wellness Program

Puppy Wellness Program The doctors and staff of Gilbertsville Veterinary Hospital want to make sure your puppy receives the proper care during its lifetime. The following wellness plan outlines your puppy’s first few visits to the hospital and regular wellness visits...

Feline Senior Wellness

Senior Animals Have Special Needs: As animals move into their senior phase of life, they experience changes that are very similar to aging humans. Diseases and conditions that are commonly known to affect older people also affect our canine and feline companions like:...

Canine Senior Wellness

Senior Animals Have Special Needs As animals move into their senior phase of life, they experience changes that are very similar to aging humans. Diseases and conditions that are commonly known to affect older people also affect our canine and feline companions like:...

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