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    Neffsville Veterinary Clinic’s

    Mother’s Day Photo Contest

    • Email a photo of Mom and her furry pet children to kelly@neffsvillevet.com by Sunday, May 3, 2015.  Please include: Mom’s Name, Pet’s Name(s), and Phone Number with your email.

    • The photos will be uploaded onto our clinic’s Facebook page on Monday, May 4, 2015.

    • Voting will take place from Monday, May 4 to Friday, May 8 at 12 noon.

    • The photo that receives the most “LIKES” will win a gift basket full of goodies for Mom and her furry pet children.

     

    By emailing us a photo for entry into this contest, you are giving Neffsville Veterinary Clinic permission to upload your photo and information onto our clinic’s Facebook page.

     

  • Copy of 011April is Microchip Awareness Month. 

    Microchipping is an easy and inexpensive way to provide a Permanent ID for your pet.

    Microchipping is a simple procedure.  We inject a rice-sized microchip under the skin in the shoulder area of the pet.  The process is similar to giving a routine vaccination.

    Your information will be entered into the microchip database.

    When your pet is scanned using a hand-held scanner, the pet’s microchip ID number will appear.  When the microchip ID number is checked in the database, the pet owner’s information will be retrieved.

    Veterinary clinics, animal shelters, and most police stations have microchip scanners to scan lost pets.

    Microchipping costs less than $50.00 and is a great way to protect your pet.

     

    Another Great Benefit of Microchipping – PA Lifetime Dog License

    All dogs 3 months of age and older must by licensed by law.

    Dogs must be microchipped or tattooed to be eligible for a PA Lifetime Dog License.

    By purchasing a PA Lifetime Dog License, you will not need to worry about getting a new license each year.

    Neffsville Veterinary Clinic has all the paperwork and instructions for lifetime licenses.

    To purchase a PA Lifetime Dog License you will need to complete the following steps:

    • Have your dog microchipped
    • If your dog is already microchipped, stop by the clinic to have him scanned within 30 days of applying for the license.
    • We will fill out and sign a Permanent ID form confirming that your pet has a microchip.
    • We will give you a PA Lifetime Dog License Application that you will fill out and sign
    • We will give you a PA Lifetime Dog License Information form that includes the following information:  Lifetime License Guidelines, Prices, Address and Phone number to the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office

    The fee for a lifetime licenses ranges from $21.50 to $51.50 depending on if the dog owner is a senior citizen or person with a disability and if the dog is spayed or neutered.

     

  • alicia (2)What would you do if

    …your dog ate the entire bag of chocolate covered raisins left on the kitchen counter?

    …your cat had a seizure right in front of you?

    Answers to these questions may not be easy to come by, and often times cause a great deal of panic among the owners of the pet.

    Please keep in mind that any first aid administer to your pet should be followed by immediate veterinary care. First aid care is NOT a substitute for veterinary care, but it may save yours pets life until it receives veterinary treatment.

     

     

     

     

    Basic Pet First Aid Procedures

    Poisoning and Exposure to Toxins- If you know that your pet has consumed something harmful you should call the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680 there is a $49 fee associated with this service. When calling you should have your pet’s species, breed, age, weight, symptoms, the product that the pet ingested, or label of the product (AVMA, 2015)

    Seizures- If your pet is having a seizure, keep your pet away from any objects that might hurt the pet. DO NOT try to restrain the pet. Time the seizure, they usually last for 2-3 minutes, this information is important to your veterinary professional. After the seizure has stopped, keep your pet arm and as quiet as possible, and contact your veterinarian (AVMA, 2015)

    Bleeding- If you find an open wound that is actively bleeding you should do the following. Press a clean, thick, gauze pad over the wound and keep pressure with your hand until the blood starts to clot. This may take several minutes, so to be sure hold pressure for 3 minutes and then check to see if the bleeding has stopped. If heavy bleeding, hold pressure on the wound until you can get to your veterinary clinic.

    Choking- Please use caution. If your pet is choking they are more apt to bite when they are in panic mode. If your pet is still able to breath, get to a veterinarian right away. If not, look into the pet’s mouth to see if a foreign object is visible. If you can see it try to gently remove it with pliers or tweezers, but you MUST take care to not shove the object down any further. If it cannot easily be removed, you need to get to a veterinary clinic right away.

    Heatstroke- If you cannot get your pet out of the heat, place a cool wet towel around the animals neck and head, do not cover the eyes, nose, or mouth. Remove the towel and re-wet it often to keep it cool. If you have a hose, or access to water, you can keep the water running over your pet’s body, especially the abdomen & between the hind legs, use your hands to massage the legs and sweep the water away as it absorbs the body heat. When able to take your pet to a veterinarian right away.

    The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has created a list of first aid supplies that may be helpful to you if you find yourself in one of the situations above. The list can be found at the bottom of this page. It may be helpful to purchase the items on the list and make up a small “Canine/Feline first Aid Kit” to carry with you in your car or keep in your house.

     

    Pet first aid supplies checklist

    As a pet owner, you need to make sure to have basic first aid supplies for your pets in your household. Carefully putting together a well-provisioned first aid kit will make you more ready to deal with a medical emergency if one confronts you for your dog, cat or other pet. Have this kit in the house and fully stocked with supplies at all times, next to the first aid kit for your family. Many of the items in a family first aid kit can be used for pets, too.

    Phone numbers and your pet’s medical record (including medications and vaccination history)

    Veterinarian:

    Emergency veterinary clinic:

    Animal Poison Control Center:
    1-800-213-6680

    Know these numbers before you need them. If you do not know the number of the emergency clinic in your area, ask your veterinarian or go to the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society Web site for a searchable list of emergency clinics by state or visit MyVeterinarian.com, enter the zip code, and check the “emergency” box to get a listing of emergency providers in the area.
    Gauze For wrapping wounds or muzzling the injured animal
    Nonstick bandages, towels, or strips of clean cloth To control bleeding or protect wounds
    Adhesive tape for bandages

    *do NOT use human adhesive bandages (eg, Band-Aids®) on pets

    For securing the gauze wrap or bandage
    Milk of magnesia
    Activated charcoal
    To absorb poison
    Always contact your veterinarian or local poison control center before inducing vomiting or treating an animal for poison
    Hydrogen peroxide (3%) To induce vomiting
    Always contact your veterinarian or local poison control center before inducing vomiting or treating an animal for poison
    Digital Thermometer
    —you will need a “fever” thermometer because the temperature scale of regular thermometers doesn’t go high enough for pets
    To check your pet’s temperature. Do not insert a thermometer in your pet’s mouth—the temperature must be taken rectally.
    Eye dropper (or large syringe without needle) To give oral treatments or flush wounds
    Muzzle (in an emergency a rope, necktie, soft cloth, nylon stocking, small towel may be used) To cover your pet’s head.
    If your pet is vomiting, do not muzzle it!
    Leash To transport your pet (if your pet is capable of walking without further injury)
    Stretcher (in an emergency a door, board, blanket or floor mat may be used) To stabilize the injured animal and prevent further injury during transport
  • Animal Cruelty Awareness Month
    By: Wayne Edward

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    April is Animal Cruelty Prevention Month.  At times animal abuse and neglect may be obvious, but there are times when it’s crucial to look for the more subtle signs that an animal is being mistreated.

    What do I look for?

    If you notice any of the following, please inform someone:

    • Pets with injuries or medical conditions that go untreated
    • A new injury and injuries that are healing
    • Multiple injured animals in the same household
    • Pets that are very skinny and look malnourished
    • Pet owners that have more pets than they can care for
    • Pets left alone in cars
    • Pets tied outside alone for long periods of time
    • Pets that are allowed to run around outside without supervision

    Who do I contact?

    Report suspected animal abuse to one of the following agencies:

    • Lancaster County SPCA 848 South Prince Street Lancaster, PA 17603 (717) 917-6979
    • ORCA – Organization for Responsible Care of Animals 610 North Lime St Lancaster, PA 17602
    • Animal Alert Hotline: 717-397-8922
    • For emergency situations in which an animal’s life or safety is in immediate danger, contact your local law enforcement or call 911 immediately

    If you see something, say something!  Remember that your eyes may be the only witness to the suffering of an animal in need, and your intervention may be crucial in saving his or her life.  Speak up for our voiceless friends!

    If you have any additional questions about Animal Cruelty, please contact us at 717-569-5381.

  • Meet Coco

    Posted 02.09.15 in Blog, News | Comments (0)

    This is Coco.  Coco is a Chocolate Lab puppy who was born with a deformity of his front paw.  The breeder was unable to sell him and was considering euthanasia until a family heard of his situation.  They immediately fell in love and adopted him.  He is doing great in Puppy Kindergarten here at Neffsville Veterinary Clinic!!!  We wish Coco and his family many wonderful years together.

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  • Staff Holiday Lunch

    Posted 12.17.14 in Blog, News | Comments (0)

    The Neffsville Veterinary Clinic staff and doctors had a fantastic time at our holiday lunch.

    Our first activity was…LUNCH! Everyone brought a pot luck dish to share. Some of the most popular dishes were DuAnn’s Taco Salad and Jodi’s Chicken/Bacon Wraps.

    Next, we played our SECRET SANTA game. Secret Santa is an NVC tradition. Most of the staff were able to guess who their secret santa was within the first few guesses, and then there was Dr. Hockenberry, Courtney, and Sherri who had a bit of trouble.

    Rather than purchase holiday gifts for our doctors, the NVC staff decided to make a monetary donation to TADSAW (Train a Dog Save a Warrior).

    The Mission of TADSAW (Train a Dog Save a Warrior) is to provide for the training of a Medical Alert Service dog for any wounded warrior, active duty or veteran, surviving with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Military Sexual Trauma, (MST), and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), in order to restore and improve the warrior’s quality of life with a canine ‘Battle Buddy’, at no charge to the warrior.

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  • Lisa Vet Tech WeekThis week is National Veterinary Technicians Week.  We appreciate the hard work of each of our Veterinary Technicians and Inpatient Nurses here at Neffsville Veterinary Clinic.  The nurses and technicians work very hard to make sure our patients live a long, happy, and healthy life.

    We asked Lisa Dumansky (Inpatient Nursing Coordinator and Certified Veterinary Technician) a few questions about her career choice.

    What made you decide to become a Veterinary Technician?  

    Growing up I always knew I wanted to work with animals.  Initially I went to school to become a veterinarian, but decided I wasn’t committed to going to 4 years of vet school.  After receiving my Bachelor’s degree and working for a couple years, I decided to go back to school to earn my Veterinary Technician Certification.

    What school did you go to?  

    Lone Star College in Tomball, Texas

    How long did you go to school?

    4 years for my bachelor’s degree and 2 years for my Associate’s Degree to become a Certified Veterinary Technician 

    What are some duties of your position?

    Taking radio-graphs, performing blood draws, placing IV catheters, administering medications, administering and monitoring anesthesia, assisting in surgery, educating pet owners.

    What is the hardest part of your position?

    It is never easy to see someone’s pet in pain.  The job can also be very physically demanding.

    What is the most rewarding part of being a Veterinary Technician?  

    Helping pet owners to give the best care possible to their pets.

     

  • 006We had a great time last night at our Fall Dentistry Seminar. Thanks to all the clients that came out! This complimentary seminar given by Dr. James Doman is very informative. Clients that attended the seminar went home with a goodie bag including a complimentary bag of feline or canine Prescription Dental Diet t/d food as well as a 10% off voucher for their pets upcoming dental procedure. Dental health is very important to our pets overall health, please consider attending a future Dentistry Seminar.

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  • Bark For Life

    Posted 09.29.14 in Blog, News | Comments (0)

    Bark PhotosSeveral of our staff members and doctors participated in The American Cancer Society’s Bark For Life event that was held this past Saturday at the Manheim Township Park.

    The Neffsville Veterinary Clinic team raised over $1,500.00 with a combination of staff/doctor donations and Kid’s Day Proceeds.

    Planning for the 2015 Bark For Life event is underway!! We encourage our clients to come out and join this fantastic human-canine event next year.

    We are very proud to support such a great cause!