How Bosco Became a Therapy Dog

Bosco working at CHOP 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 [...]

Dental Health Food Success Story

A few years ago, Dr. Helfer, a doctor on our GVH team, had a pet with severe dental disease. The cat, a beautiful Siamese, was in repeatedly for dental procedures because of how severe the dental disease was. Medically, the patient needed a dental cleaning every 6 to 8 months. Shortly after, Hill’s Science Diet, [...]

Fecal Snacks? Why Does My Dog Do “That”?

It’s a common issue that nobody likes to talk about.  You take your dog for a walk and they “do their business” as usual but instead of moving on they turn and gobble it up. Just the thought makes you sick, so why does my dog do "that"? Dogs’ consuming their own feces (or other animals’) is [...]

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 to chew that other dog breeds.  The top [...]

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 child proof your home for [...]

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 cat, but I just wanted her [...]

When it’s time to say goodbye

We understand that your pet is a member of your family - a very special friend with whom you have made many wonderful memories.  It is important you and your family know all of the options when it is time to say goodbye. Our hospital works with Abbey Glen, providing after life care to pets since 1976.  Abbey [...]

Crate Training – A Safe Haven For Your Dog

Why might my dog need to be confined or crate trained? Dogs are highly social animals that make wonderful pets. They can be effective as watchdogs, are excellent companions for play and exercise, and are sources of affection and comfort. However, with the lifestyle and schedule of the majority of families, dogs must learn to spend [...]

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 danger but that doesn’t mean [...]

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 not be any happier serving our country.  He [...]