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 a behavioral health therapist at Fort Bragg, I [...]

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 regurgitated in the middle of [...]

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 door. Having a clean and well [...]

New Leash on Life – Saving and Reclaiming Lives

Gilbertsville Veterinary Hospital supports New Leash on Life USA http://www.newleashonlife-usa.org/.  New Leash is a 501(c) (3) non-profit, prison-dog training program, dedicated to improving the life of inmates and saving the lives of dogs.  One of New Leash on Life’s new programs is "Saving and Reclaiming Lives", which addresses the needs of wounded warriors returning from [...]

Hairballs…Not Everything Small and Furry is Adorable

Hairballs...not everything small and furry is adorable.  You step out of bed blurred eyed, not fully awake when all of a sudden your foot makes contact with something cold, soft and wet. Cats are fastidious groomers, grooming between 2-3 hours per day, in the process of grooming the surface of their tongue’s barb-like protrusions on [...]

Dogs at Work: Military Dogs – Defending Our Country

Officer Jeff Portock, one of the officers in the Pottstown Police Department’s K-9 Unit, began his career in the United States Air Force, where his training and work with explosive detecting dogs began. I was delighted when he agreed to share his wonderful story about Cliff with me - a military dog and his partner. [...]

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 the water. Do not [...]

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 creeks.  She is a true water dog.  It [...]

Fun Fur Facts PLUS “How to” Remove Hairballs

Fun Fur Facts About Cats 1. Trichobezoar is the proper name for hairballs. It comes from the Greek root, trich, which means "hair." A bezoar is any mass found in the stomach or intestines. It comes from the Persian word for "antidote or protection from poison." 2. Most cats will consume about 6 oz of [...]

From Rescue Dog to Champion in Dock Diving – “Bo” McClaran

Recently, Crystal McClaran generously shared her story about her dog, who went from rescue dog to champion dock jumper.  This is the story of Bo McClaran.  We thought it was so great we wanted to share it with you.........Bo came into my life 4 years ago when I walked into the right place at the right [...]