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  • Winter Newsletter 2014

    Give the gift of a Wellness Exam and check up for your furry friend!                                                    

    Get your pet checked for arthritis!  The cold weather of winter can wreak havoc with pets.  If you have noticed that your canine companion is stiff on rising, has a limp, or is reluctant to jump into the car or your feline friend is reluctant to jump onto your furniture, then it may be time to have their joints checked out!  Arthritis is not just a disease of the elderly -“ One in five dogs over 1 year of age is affected.  Arthritis needs to be attacked from many different angles.  Weight loss, exercise modification, and diet all need to be addressed. MVC will be able to advise you on appropriate medications for your pet, from prescriptions that slow down the progression of arthritis and keep the joints happy longer to anti-inflammatory medications and pain relief (including Laser Therapy!)  DO NOT give your pet any medications (including aspirin) without consulting your veterinarian first.  Call us and we would be happy to schedule an appointment 717-485-3552.
    DO NOT STOP FLEA AND TICK PREVENTION IN THE COLDER MONTHS!  Do not forget about keeping fleas and ticks away.  EVEN IN THE WINTER!  Winter does not mean the end of bug season!  The flea is a persistent and resilient pest with a complicated life cycle.  It is capable of surviving in outdoor temperatures as low as the 30 degrees.  Ticks are also capable of surviving winter temperatures when they are able to find a host to feed from or a warm location to hide in during the coldest weather months!
    Continue Heartworm prevention (Heartgard) year-round!  The American Heartworm Society's guidelines recommend this as well, due to the fact it is impossible to predict when the last infected mosquito in the house or outdoor environment will die in the fall or reappear in the spring, making heartworm a threat all year round! A blood test checking for Heartworm disease is done yearly at your pet's Annual Wellness exam and this combination test also tests for Lyme disease and 2 other tick-bourne diseases. What a deal! (www.heartwormsociety.org)
    The final word on avoiding parasitic infestations of ANY kind is to use preventions.  Remember that while fleas, ticks, and mosquitos may seem to be merely nuisances, they are capable of causing severe health problems for your four-legged family members, from heartworm disease, lyme disease, skin disorders and infections, to anemia.  It is better to prevent than treat! Ask our staff about our products and manufacturer'™s discounts/rebates and product guarantees!
    Get your pet a Microchip for the holidays!  MVC will administer the microchip and lifetime register your pet for you! (You also can get a Lifetime dog license if your pet has a microchip!)  A collar with tags can break or become unreadable, so if you want to improve your pet's chances of getting home fast and safe in case they go missing, microchipping is your best option.  Microchipping offers pet owners the security and peace of mind that comes from a permanent pet identification technology.  Ask our staff to demonstrate the microchip scanner for you or if your pet is already microchipped, we can scan your pet to verify the chip!

    Please visit MVC'™s  Giving Tree.  We are accepting donations of pet food, treats, toys and monetary donations to be given to local shelters.  With each donation, you can pick an ornament to write your pet'™s name on and hang on the tree!

  • Fall 2014 Newletter

     

    The Importance of an Annual Wellness Exam for your pet

    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

    One of the greatest challenges a veterinarian faces in the health and wellness care of our beloved furry friends is knowing when something is wrong with them,“ and what it is that'™s wrong!  Sometimes reading their cues can be difficult but what REALLY adds to the challenge is that dogs and cats are built by nature to hide symptoms of unwellness and illness-even when they appear to be doing fine, a health problem could be brewing!  The good news is, despite these challenges, catching (and treating) disease early in our four legged family members can be done with a thorough REGULAR YEARLY WELLNESS EXAM.  Early detection is a way of caring for your pet that allows diagnoses of potential diseases before they become a serious issue with more likelihood of being treated and resolved with less expense, less difficulty and better success, and less discomfort for your pet.  By following your veterinarian'™s recommendations, many diseases can be caught early, perhaps adding years to your pet'™s life!
    Because your pet ages more quickly than you do, it is essential that you take your pet for a yearly wellness exam.  So much can change with regard to your pet's physical health in such a short amount of time, you can'™t afford to have your pet miss even one exam!  That would be like you not seeing a physician, dentist, or eye doctor in six to eight years!
    With time limits on everyday schedules, you can check several things off your to-do-list at once at your pets Annual Wellness Exam:  updating vaccinations, discussing flea and tick prevention, heartworm prevention, intestinal parasite prevention, and other preventative measures!
    From the tip of their nose to the end of their tail! Your pet will be thoroughly examined for a variety of signs that might point to a brewing illness!                                                                                                                                                                                      
    Other important topics discussed during your pets exam are diet and feeding/eating habits, behavioral concerns or questions, changes in pet'™s behavior, and disease management.  Keeping your pet fit is a very important factor that will increase the lifespan of your dog or cat.  Make sure you invest in a good quality food!

    Since dogs and cats age significantly faster than people, we have a much shorter window of opportunity to find, treat and possibly cure disease and illness.  Cats need extra attention! Cats are very good at hiding diseases, subtle changes such as weight loss, eating less, not greeting you, urinating outside of the litter box ARE in fact significant with cats and should prompt a call to the veterinarian.  Combined with the fact that our furry friends can'™t tell us when they don't feel well, then the importance of an Annual Wellness Exam becomes clear!
    Don't try to diagnose your pet!  When in doubt, don'™t consult with Dr. Google!  When your pet has a problem, you need professional eyes, ears, hands, and sometimes diagnostic tests to help assess your pet.
    We are here to do our best to make sure you and your furry family members have many wonderful years together.  A healthy pet is a happy pet!
    Save yourself a trip to the Pet ER, schedule your pets Annual Wellness Exam!
    Please call McConnellsburg Veterinary Clinic  and we would be happy to schedule your pet's visit at 717-485-3552.

  • Summer 2014 Newsletter

    The Dog Days of Summer!

    McConnellsburg Veterinary Clinic (MVC) wants to remind you to schedule your pet'€™s Annual Wellness Exam appointment to keep your pet happy and healthy during the warmer months and throughout the year!  A Wellness Exam is a must!  Make sure your pet is up to date on all necessary vaccinations! Your Canine Companion should be tested for Heartworm and Lyme disease every year and on a monthly preventative (Heartgard) lifelong. Heartworm disease is found in all 50 states.  It is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito to your pet. Heartworm prevention is much safer and more economical than treating the disease. Call MVC to schedule your pet for a checkup so you can spend the sunny days of summer outdoors with a healthy, happy companion!  As the weather warms up, we want to remind pet owners that there are ways to help pets beat the heat. By following a few simple rules, it is easy to keep your pet safe while still having fun in the sun!
      Lyme Disease:  This disease is not only a threat to your four legged friend, but to humans as well, it is transmitted by the deer tick.  The first line of defense for your pet is a tick and flea preventative from your veterinarian and the second defense is the Lyme vaccine.  If your pet spends time outdoors and you live in the Tri-state area, your dog is at risk!
    Keep Cool:  Pets can become overheated and/or dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of water when it is hot outdoors.  Make sure your pet has a shady place to escape the sun and the hot asphalt that can burn your pet'€™s paw pads.   Symptoms include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, drooling, or even collapse.

     NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET UNATTENDED IN A PARKED  VEHICLE!  Parked cars can become very hot in a short amount of time, even with windows cracked-leading to heat stroke or death.
    Safe Travels:  If your pet travels with you, have your pet ride inside your vehicle with you.  MVC sees an increase in injuries of dogs as a result of falling out of the back of moving trucks. These injuries can be serious or even fatal.
    Warm Weather Parasites: MVC carries several products to keep your pet parasite free!  Please contact our clinic to see which product is best for you and your pet!  Nexgard is now available-a monthly chew for fleas and ticks!

    MVC offers Laser Surgery for spay and neuter procedures.  What does this mean for you and your pet?  Less pain and swelling, quicker recovery, less bleeding, less risk of infection, and less trauma for your pet.                                                                                                                                                 MVC is proud to announce the incorporation of Laser Therapy into our post-surgical care, pets with hip dysplasia and arthritis, ligament injuries, lick granulomas, and even Gingivitis!  It is used on a variety of conditions to relieve pain and inflammation in a non-invasive way.  It is a great tool for pain management!  Come ask us about this great new addition to our services!  Have a fun, safe summer with your pet!

  • Spring 2015 Newsletter

    Get parasites off your back!    Let’s face it - parasites are gross!      

    We are talking to you; fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites!                

    Why your home is a flea magnet!  Outside the home, fleas select protected, shady, undisturbed areas like porches, decks , stairs and around dog houses.  Inside the home, fleas thrive from egg to adult in pet beds, under furniture, in between wood floor planks, and deep in carpets.  PLUS, they can survive a wide range of temperatures, so even winter is NO guarantee you have seen the last of fleas.  Without the ideal temperature, early flea stages lay dormant for up to 6 months! Fleas can do just fine in microenvironments around the home, where temperature and humidity are elevated.  1 Female flea can produce 40-50 eggs per day-that’s nearly 3,000 fleas in 2 months!   Fleas and ticks aren’t only repulsive, but they will bite and feed on people and can cause severe infestations that are costly and timely to resolve! 

    Tick of the month:  Deer Tick    Please visit our website www.mcconnellsburgvet.com to view an informational video about this pesky parasite! Keep your pets on flea and tick prevention year round.  Cold and snowy? No big deal, winter doesn’t bother adult deer ticks, they continue to be active and do not go dormant!  Our clinic has several flea and tick preventatives available.  Let us help you find which one is best for your pet!

    Protect your pet from heartworm for a month for the price of your weekly latte.  The cost to treat heartworm disease?  150 times that amount.  Heartworm is spread by the bite of just one infected mosquito and is found in all 50 states of the US!  Our staff is happy to discuss with you how heartworms can infect your pet and help you getting your pet on heartworm prevention.

    Eeekkk, Worms! Also known as intestinal parasites, these foul critters can cause your pet to have diarrhea and even the passing of worms! Making matters worse, some intestinal parasites are “zoonotic” (can be transmitted to people-GROSS!)

    Year-round protection is the best defense against fleas, ticks, and heartworms!  Annual exams and fecal (or stool) tests are the best defense against intestinal parasites!  Our knowledgeable staff can review all of the product options with you!