There hasn't been much of a Fall foliage season yet this year to enjoy and the rain just doesn't seem to let up! This weather is still better than ice and snow. Let's hope this winter is less brutal than last year's bitter temps. No matter what the weather, bundle up and get out and walk your dog!
Tamaqua Rocks! We have joined the painted rock phenomenon! If you find a painted rock in town with our name on the back, post it to our Facebook page. If you bring the rock into the hospital it is good for a free nail trim on any pet. Keep the rocks or rehide them for someone else to find.
We are happy to announce we have installed a new digital dental xray unit to help us better diagnose dental disease in our patients. Dental xray can show us problems that are lurking below the gum line. It also aids us in making sure all of a tooth is removed after an extraction is performed.
Other new equipment purchases slated for this Fall are a second oxygen concentrator, a capnograph to measure carbon dioxide in anesthetized patients, and a new touch screen ECG/pulse ox/blood pressure/respiratory rate monitor. We hope to be able to offer endoscopy services this Spring once we have completed advanced continuing education in February and make a decision on a specific endoscope. Improvements in medical treatment continue to evolve, and we plan on staying on top of the latest advancements.
The move to our new hospital is finally complete! We are now located at 223 Center Street Rear in Tamaqua. If you are traveling 309 South, turn left at the last light in town as if you are going to the Rite-Aid store. Immediately behind Rite-Aid turn to the right. We are the second building on the right. The entrance faces the public park, and parking is located on the side of the building. If you are coming into Tamaqua on 309 North, turn right at the first light and follow the above directions.
Feel free to stop in and check out our new facility! We are really excited about all the room we have with this hospital!
We have updated our ultrasound machine to a state-of-the-art GE Logiq model. This ultrasound machine is a popular model used by human ultrasonographers. Our ultrasound images are far superior to our older machine that had served us well for the past 10 years. We have been able to provide even better ultrasound exams than previously. Dr. Kropp plans on attending several advanced ultrasound courses this year to continue to build on her ultrasound experience.
In order to be able to accommodate more clients we are offering Saturday hours once a month. If you need a Saturday appointment, call the hospital to check availability.
We are excited about the addition of Laser Therapy to our hospital! Laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment which is used to treat a variety of conditions and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatment protocols. Relief and/or improvement is often noticed within hours depending on the condition and your pet's unique health status. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or an injury, healing from wounds or simply aging, your companion can benefit from this innovative approach to treating pain.
Click on the Laser Therapy Tab on the homepage to read more about Laser Therapy for your pet.
FROM THE ASPCA POISON CONTROL CENTER:
AVOID Items That Could Cause Problems for Your Pet
- Alcoholic beverages
- Chocolate (baker's, semi-sweet, milk chocolate)
- Coffee (grounds, beans, chocolate covered espresso beans)
- Moldy or spoiled food
- Onions, onion powder
- Fatty foods (bacon, sausage, pork, dairy)
- Yeast dough
- Lilies- these can cause kidney failure in cats
- Poinsettias- usually just mild vomiting/diarrhea
- Mistletoe- usually only mild GI upset, but can cause cardiovascular problems
- Holly- vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy
MEDICATIONS: Never give your pet any over the counter or human prescription medication unless directly under the supervision of a veterinarian.
ANTIFREEZE- small amounts can be deadly
ICE MELT PRODUCTS- irritating to the skin and mouth; can be toxic if ingested
RAT AND MOUSE BAITS
ASPCA POISON CONTROL CENTER