Are You Sure You Have an Alapaha Blue Blooded Bulldog?

My GVH Story and the Love of Bulldogs After many years of working and living in beautiful, sunny Southern California, my wife and I made the decision to sell our condo and move back to Pennsylvania to be close to family. I had planned on taking a year off to adjust to the east coast [...]

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 [...]

Surgery and Your Pet, No Fear!

Surgery and Your Pet, No Need to Fear! As a veterinary professional, I often wonder - how are tasks and duties I perform on a daily basis perceived by clients? Something as simple to me as obtaining a blood sample can be viewed in a completely different way from someone not involved in the field [...]

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, [...]

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, traveling, or a visit to the groomer or [...]

Weight Loss Success!!

Rusty in June 2014 at 109 pounds. Rusty today at 89 pounds. We had the opportunity to ask one of our clients, Brad Derstine, to share his dog, Rusty's, weight loss success!! Here are Brad's answers to questions about his and Rusty's journey toward weight loss success and a healthier life. Q:  What’s Rusty’s story…..when [...]

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 and bacteria to grow. These [...]

Dogs Eating Strange Objects – See What Bella Ate

I had always heard about dogs eating strange objects, and couldn’t help but think “How did they get that?” Well, I experienced my own personal nightmare when my dog ingested a sewing needle. My mom always watches my girls, Bella and Cammi, my two pitbull mixes, for a few hours while I am at work. [...]

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 toothbrush Finger toothbrushes which fit on the tip of your finger Dental [...]