Lovely Lily is a beautiful, sweet, quiet kitty that has been looking for a home of her own for almost a year. May 1st is her first birthday. Can you make it a super special one for her? More ...
Gracie is a sweet, adorable ”mature” Beagle that was found wandering the streets near Reading, PA, taken to a shelter and never reclaimed. She is in desperate need of a permanent home of her own where she can live out her “retirement” years. She doesn’t need much and she will be a wonderful companion. More ...
The Huntindgon Valley Presbyterian Church will be hosting ARK (Animal Rescue and Kare) Day on Saturday, May 1st. from 8:30 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. All proceeds will benefit participating rescues.
The RVC will be hosting a Home Agan microchip clinic which includes lifetime registration and a one year membership in their Advanced Program which provides $3,000 in lost pet medical insurance.
When you have your pet microchipped at ARK Day, you can save over $15 off the regular in-clinic price and help rescue animals at the same time. For more information about ARK Day, please check out the flyer.
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 that laser therapy can help with.
Faith’s Hope, a special needs dog rescue, will be having a Beef and Beer on Saturday, May 15th, 2010 at the Pennsylvania Yacht Club in Bensalem, PA. Check out the flyer for details. We will have some awesome raffle items, including two Phillies tickets to the home game of your choice (with exclusions). Please spread the word about the fundraiser. And come join us, not only will it be a fun night, you will be helping some very special dogs! Tickets can be purchased from Kathy (215-280-2755) or from Toni (215-704-9157).
Paco, a special needs puppy looking for a very special forever home.
We lost some special friends in February and March; we will miss them all.
Brandy Cox, Tom Perry, Max Sanford, Mandy Robertson, Elton Malfora, Daisy Smith, Mike & Samantha Lasher, Forge Roussel, Foxy Wreen, Elsie Miloradovich, Lucky Oslager, Mr. Cozy Prada, Amais Michnya, Merlin Walzer, Pumpkin Haas, Precious Harvey, Midnight Quinn, Miles Croce, Pip Poole, Tika Ackerman, Tigger Gaughan, Friendly Redding, Sam, Madison and Peter Pan DiStefano, Midnight Brennan, Pinky Haywood, Little Tuffy Boris, Buddy McGivern, Shadow Repeckyj-Vecchione, Stripes Goodstein, Blackie Kasztelan, Allie Montagna, Aggie Young, Roxie Kirsh, Anwen McDougall,
Emma & Mosely Girmscheid, Prince Henderson, Slim Jim Slowik, Cariad Cooke, Sarah Marcus, Molly Stidham, Bud Schloder, Tiger Kline, Lucy Thomae, Gino Krupp.
Welcome to the Eco Friendly issue of our newsletter. In honor of Earth Day, April 22nd we will give you tips on how to make your life with your pet a little more eco-friendly. The whole idea of Earth Day started as an offshoot of the “Plant a Tree” movement back in the ‘70’s when Earth Shoes were the rage and magazine subscriptions included tree seedlings. Now it has grown to a worldwide movement to celebrate our planet and to honor ways to help it continue to be “healthy” in the future through recycling, conservation of our natural resources, eco-friendly energy efficient alternatives and more. Here at RVC we do our part by being sure to recycle plastic, glass, paper, cardboard and packing materials. We advocate the use of a natural grain based cat litter if possible and do our part to promote foods that have been naturally/organically raised for your pets. These diets are not only better for the environment, but, more importantly, the health and well being of your best friend.
In this issue we have included some great tips for maintaining a healthy and earth friendly environment for your pets both inside your home and outdoors.
See the message below from our esteemed leader about all the new additions to
our practice. Kathy Genuardi
It is our sincere pleasure to welcome Dr. Laura Jones as associate veterinarian to our staff. Dr. Jones is a 2006 graduate from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Her special interests include: internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, the human-animal bond and rescue/ adoption. Dr. Jones’ love of animals and her gentle manner make her a great asset to the practice. We look forward to everyone meeting her.
Finding ways to be environmentally friendly is important to our planet's health, our own health, and our companion animal's health. This involves purchasing recycled/recyclable products when available, decreasing waste (such as minimizing packaging), purchasing locally, being conscious of chemicals used during the manufacturing of products, and limiting the amount of processing in our foods and other household items. Below are some tips and ideas I utilize to help make our household more green:
Do you need to purchase a gift for a human or animal friend? Please go to Petfinder and click on the "store" option (upper right hand corner). Not only are there a large variety of eco friendly products (everything from recycled purses to solar lights) but a percentage of what is purchased helps feed homeless animals! What better way to tell someone you are thinking of them!
Do you need to fence in your backyard to help keep your pooch safe? Composite fencing is a wonderful option. Composite fences are made from post consumer recycled fiber and plastics. They are maintenance free and thus do not need regular staining and polyurethaning (no risk of chemicals leeching into our water supply). Additionally, they last significantly longer than regular wooden fences (no need to sacrifice more trees to constantly update and repair a wooden fence). FiberTech’s Timberwolf is just one example of eco friendly fencing but there are many others
When you do purchase gifts for your furry friends, look for eco friendly toys made from natural/organic cotton. Or, make your own toys for that special occasion.
Want to protect the floors around your pet's food and water bowls? Companies, such as L.L. Bean, offer pet placemats made from recycled products that you can even personalize.
Veterinarians have noticed that the pet population is facing an obesity problem. Obesity is linked to a variety of medical problems, but also a shortened life span. Visiting local and state parks is a great way to keep everyone in the family healthy with a minimal impact to our environment. Just remember to clean up your pet's waste with biodegradable bags (found at your local pet store or online).
Finally, please try to minimize what goes into our landfills by donating or recycling anything that you can. Local shelters usually accept donations of old towels, cat/dog beds, food/water bowls, leashes/collars, etc. Many list items that they need on their website but it may be best to call and see what they are accepting.
Happy Earth Day!
As cat owners one of the most important things we think about EVERY day is whether the cat box is clean, is the cat using it and can my friends tell I have cats. Well one other thing we need to think about is what exactly our cat is using for its bathroom, not only for their health but your families too. In the article below you will find out all you ever wanted to know or didn’t know you needed to know about cat litter. Personally, I use Swheat Scoop or World’s Best Cat Litter, both grain b ased litters. Though initially more expensive, the ability to kill odor and not smell like a bad restroom deodorizer – which is what I think perfumed cat litter smells like – make them worth every penny. Let us know what you think if you decide to try a “new, natural” cat litter versus conventional scooping litters and we’ll publish the results in an upcoming issue.
Eco Friendly Cat Litter ... Better for the Earth, better for your cat!
One of the big things as parents we have to think about is the safety of the toys our kids play with: lead, paint chips, small pieces that they can swallow (or not swallow and choke). The same goes for our four footed little ones. Below you will find links for pet safe and eco friendly toys and collars, beds, etc. that you can feel good about:
Muttropolis: Green Dog Products
Annie’s Sweat Shop: Sustainable Handcrafted Dog Fashions
Great Green Pets: Searches the Net for Eco Friendly Pet Products
As spring progresses and summer approaches we are spending more time outdoors and so are our pets. Maintaining a beautiful yard/garden and one that is pet and kid safe can be done. Check out the ASPCA’s website for safe and environmentally friendly gardening ideas. And when you decide what to plant don’t overlook edible flowers along with your vegetables and herbs. Even if you have a small yard you can certainly combine beauty with practicality and your pets will thank you too!
I regret to announce that I will be decreasing patient contact hours. I am pursuing my studies in homeopathy and will be seeing more clients who are seeking homeopathic care. Homeopathy is a branch of alternative medicine that utilizes “remedies” to heal. For more information about homeopathic treatment for animals, please visit The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy. If you would like homeopathic treatment for your pet or know of someone who is looking for a homeopathic veterinarian, please call the office.
I will still be available for my regular clients by appointment. Thank you all for your continuing support – you are all special to me.
Q. Is heartworm something I really have to worry about?
A. At one time we would probably say no as heartworm infection was not very prevalent in this area. So unless you traveled down South with your pet, it was not a real concern even though the preventative was available. However, in the last 5-10 years heartworms have been spreading across the US and increasingly so in the Northeast. The reason? As we become increasingly mobile so have our pets. We take them with us on vacations and when we relocate across the country to areas that may have a heavier occurrence of heartworm infected mosquitoes. Another thing to consider is pet travel cross country through the rescue network; more animals are coming to this area from Southern and Midwest shelters where heartworm is prevalent. So more heartworm positive dogs coming in this way are bitten by the ever present (due to warmer temperatures year round) mosquito and then these little buggers bite our own pets and voila the cycle continues.
At RVC we recommend 9-12 month preventative treatment with testing every 2 years or if you choose not to treat your pet, we strongly recommend yearly testing. To find out more visit The American Heartworm Society.
Ask the vet questions can be submitted by Email.
Spring is here and with the warmer months approaching, grooming is an essential part of your pets overall health. Bathing, nail trimming and regular brushings are key. Brushing helps to remove both dirt and excess fur, and also gives you a chance to check for signs of fleas and ticks. I recommend combing and/or brushing your dog or cat at home at least once a week, if not daily during the warmer weather. If you are unsure how to brush your pet at home or what tools to use, just call me at 215-379-1430 and I will be happy to help you along. Enjoy the warm weather, but don't forget to keep up with regular grooming at home and at your favorite pet salon. Remember, your pets like to look and feel as good as you do! Just ask Gizmo!
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