Happy Spring! The warm weather is finally here, and that means the return of pesky ticks with fleas just around the corner! We will continue to offer Vectra topical, oral Bravecto for dogs, and topical Bravecto for cats, We have added Seresto collars to our arsenal of preventives for both dogs and cats. The warm weather also brings the return of mosquitos and increased risk for heartworm disease. As usual we will carry Heartgard, Iverhart and Interceptor for our heartworm prevention medications. We have added Milbegard to the heartworm lineup. This is a lower cost alternative to Interceptor.
We have added cryosurgery to our services. Cryosurgery is used to remove small skin growths such as warts and skin tags. The process doesn't involve general anesthesia which makes it a nice option for older pets. Cryosurgery can be performed at a regular office visit. The lesions are truly frozen with a single application. It takes a few days for the growth to slough off after freezing.
Two new online services are being implemented for clients who purchase Hills prescription diets (Hills to Home) or Purina diets (Pro Plan Vet Direct) for their pets. These services deliver food directly to your home. Both have significant discounts on food and offer free shipping. If you are interested in enrolling in with either program let us know. We can get you set up and authorized so you can order the diets you need whenever you need them. There are also auto-shipment options if you would like food delivered on a regular basis.
To make our anesthesia monitoring even better, we have added two capnographs to our current monitoring devices (ECG, pulse oximeters, blood pressure.) Capnography measures the anesthetized patients exhaled carbon dioxide levels. This information can tell us if a patient is getting into trouble under anesthesia even faster.
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