Thanks to everyone who came to have their pets picture taken with Santa this past December. Proceeds from the pictures were given to the Carbon County Environmental Center to support their tireless efforts with wildlife rehabilitation. We think our Santa will become an annual event for us- it was a lot of fun!
Winter is not our favorite time of year here at the hospital, but we are trying to make the best of it. The days are getting longer, if not any warmer yet. In our cold season, please don't allow your dogs and cats left outside for long periods of time. They suffer from hypothermia and frost bite just like us. Even a basement area is better than being shut outside to face the raw elements. Water outside freezes and is not able to be used for drinking. This is another reason pets should be housed indoors in the cold season. Walks are still good for dogs (and people) in the cold. Bundle your dog up in a sweater or a coat and hit the bricks! Make sure to remove any snow and ice from your dog's paws when returning home. Watch out for ice melt- some of the salt mixes are very irritating to paw pads and skin.
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