• New Staff Members

    Posted 07.30.14 in Blog, News | Comments (0)


    We welcome Patty, Wayne, and Lucas to the Neffsville Veterinary Clinic Team.  Please check our website for more information about them.

  • 12-NeffsvilleVet-064Benefits of Purchasing Prescriptions from Neffsville Veterinary Clinic

    We stock many medications to treat your pet in case of illness as well as preventative medications to keep your pet healthy. When you purchase medications from our pharmacy, you can rest assured that your pet’s medications were gotten from a safe, trustworthy source and stored under ideal conditions.

    • Our prices are competitive with online pharmacies and the “big box stores”.
    • Purchasing your pet’s prescriptions at Neffsville Veterinary Clinic is convenient and ensures that you are getting a quality product.
    • We know your pet’s medical needs better than an online pharmacy or human pharmacy. We have the knowledge and expertise to know which medication is best for your pet, the correct time to give it, and the appropriate dose.
    • Our skilled staff will fill your prescriptions with care as well as attention to detail and your pet’s specific needs.
    • We maintain a large inventory of veterinary pharmaceutical products and medications so you can take your pet’s medications with you after the exam and instantly begin treating.
    • We will provide you with accurate information about your pet’s medications, including proper dosing information, and to alert you to any potential drug side effects or interactions.
    • We are here if you encounter any problems with your medications. Call and speak to a staff member with any concerns you have.
    • Not all products are created equal. Some less-expensive products available at “big box stores” can end-up costing you more in the long-run by not being effective or causing a life-threatening reaction.
    • We purchase medications from trustworthy sources that do not sell medications from other countries that may not have as strict drug regulations or guidelines as the FDA or EPA.
    • All manufacturer guarantees are in full effect with any product purchased from our clinic, something other pharmacies cannot offer.
    • We offer promotional deals and rebates that are not available through online pharmacies or “big box stores”.
    • Supporting a local business is great for the local economy!



    July 15 is National Pet Fire Safety Day. An estimated 500,000 pets are affected by fires each year and more than 1000 of these fires are started by a family pet.


    The following suggestions will hopefully help keep your pets safe:


    • Secure wires and cords so your pets do not chew or play with them.
    • Do not leave candles unattended, try flameless candles.
    • Have at least 1 smoke detector on each floor of your home and change batteries regularly.
    • Baby-Proof your house (use baby gates and crates to keep young / mischievous pets out of danger when you are away).
    • Use Pet Rescue Stickers
    • Check if your local fire department have pet-size oxygen masks. If they do not, organize a fund-raiser event to raise money to purchase them.
    • Extinguish open flames such as candles, fire places, and appliances.
    • Use protective stove covers
    • Make an evacuation plan including your pets (be sure to use leashes and pet carriers to safely evacuate your pets during a fire)
    • Prepare an emergency kit for your pet (food, veterinary records, medications, photo/description)
    • If you cannot find your pet during a fire leave a door open and call your pet from outside.
    • MICROCHIP your pet! During the chaos of house fires, pets sometimes escape and run away.


    Sources: ASPCA, American Red Cross, VPI, ADT Security Services, American Kennel Club


  • Recently, it has been made known that the maker of our feline rabies vaccine, Merial, has discovered an impurity in their rabies vaccine.  None of the product that has been sent to NVC has been affected.  Merial has decided to suspend production of the PureVax Feline Rabies while they search for and remedy the cause.  They hope to resume production late summer.  At this time, we are unable to order more PureVax Feline Rabies.

    The doctors at NVC made the decision years ago to use the PureVax Rabies in our feline friends because it is a nonadjuvanted vaccine.  Adjuvants are products that are added to vaccines to enhance the immune system’s response. In recent years, studies have shown vaccines that contain adjuvant may cause a type of cancer called feline injection site sarcoma.  This is a very aggressive cancer that is difficult to cure and to manage. Current studies suggest the risk of sarcomas is 1/10,000 doses of vaccine.  The development of feline injection site sarcoma is a complicated cascade of events and adjuvants are a small piece of the puzzle.

    At this point, we are unable to order PureVax Feline Rabies vaccine.  This puts us as pet owners and veterinarians between a rock and a hard place.  Because rabies is a deadly, zoonotic disease, Pennsylvania law requires that all cats and dogs be vaccinated for this disease.  Zoonotic diseases are diseases that humans and animals share.  The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is aware of the shortage and that some veterinarians and cat owners who choose to use the PureVax product exclusively may not want to vaccinate with a different rabies vaccine during the back order.  However, if your cat is due for a rabies vaccine during this period and you choose not to vaccinate due to the lack of availability of the vaccine, your cat is still legally unvaccinated.  You, as an owner, could be cited and your cat may be placed under 6 month quarantine if it were exposed to rabies.  If someone was bitten by the legally unvaccinated cat, there may be additional legal concerns.

    In order to serve our clients and patients, we will halt sending out rabies vaccine reminders until the PureVax Feline Rabies is released. We will be sending reminders for your cat’s annual wellness exam and distemper vaccine (if it is due).  If you receive one of these reminders, please schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians so that we have the opportunity to perform your cat’s wellness exam to ensure your pet is healthy or to detect subtle changes that may indicate disease.  Once the vaccine is available, we will resume your rabies reminders so that you may vaccinate your cat. There will not be an additional exam charge for this visit.

    Please feel free to call our veterinarians to discuss your options in more detail.  We apologize for any inconvenience. We regret that you have to consider vaccination with an inferior product.  We strive to provide you and your feline family member with the highest level of care.


    The Doctors at Neffsville Veterinary Clinic

  • 1512325_10152150069350746_512226636_nMy name is Kelly and I have been a member of the Neffsville Veterinary Clinic team since September of 2000. I have witnessed several microchip success stories in our clinic. Quite frequently, someone will bring a lost pet into our clinic. Upon arrival, we scan the pet for a microchip and the pet is reunited with their owners within a short period of time.
    In July of 2011 our kids found a little orange kitten. Our son decided to name the kitten “Woody Walnut”. Woody was a great addition to our family. I brought Woody into the clinic to be vaccinated and eventually neutered, front declawed, and micro-chipped.
    In July of 2012, Woody slipped out our front door and ran away. For months we searched our neighborhood for him. We hung posters, contacted the Humane League, and contacted HomeAgain—the microchip company. We had no luck finding him…our kids were devastated.
    As months went by, we did not think we were ever going to see Woody again. We gave up searching.
    In December of 2013, I received a call from Lititz Veterinary Clinic. They asked if I was missing an orange cat. They told me someone had found him and brought him there for an examination. The staff at Lititz Veterinary Clinic found that he had a microchip and contacted the HomeAgain Microchip Company. HomeAgain gave them our information immediately. We were shocked! We picked Woody up and brought him right into Neffsville Veterinary Clinic where Dr. Hockenberry examined him and determined that other than having some tartar on his teeth, fleas, and intestinal parasites (worms)– he was in good shape!
    Our kids were so excited!! We are not exactly sure where Woody was the entire 17 months that he was missing, but we are very happy to have him home. We are glad that we had him micro-chipped. We are also grateful to the family who found him, as well as the staff at Lititz Veterinary Clinic.

  • Dog Licenses…What our Clients Need to Know!!

    Last week the State Dog Warden escorted a gentleman into our clinic, had him purchase a license for his dog, and then cited him a $300.00 fine.

    Please read the following information to ensure your dog is properly licensed:

    • State Dog Wardens are currently performing “License and Rabies Compliance Checks” throughout Lancaster County.
    • The wardens are going door to door and also checking boarding facilities.
    • All dogs 3 months of age or older must be licensed.
    • Dog Licenses must be purchased by January 1st of each year REGARDLESS of when the license was purchased the previous year.
    • If you do not have a license for your dog, you will be cited up to $300.00 per dog plus court costs.
    • A yearly dog license is only $8.45 ($6.45 for a spayed or neutered dog)…much less expensive than the $300.00 fine plus court costs.

    Lifetime Dog Licenses:
    • A lifetime license is an excellent way to protect your dog. Lifetime Licenses are available for any dog that is micro-chipped or tattooed. Our clinic offers Home-Again Micro-chipping.
    • The cost of a lifetime license is $51.45 ($31.45 for a spayed or neutered dog).
    • Not only can you use a micro-chip to get a Lifetime License, it also helps make sure your pet is returned to you if he or she ever goes missing. Our cost of a HomeAgain Micro-chip is $49.00, which includes the enrollment fee.
    • We often have lost pets that are brought into our clinic. We scan their neck area for a micro-chip. If the pet has a micro-chip, we are able to reunite them with their owners immediately. We have had great success stories!!

    Want to purchase a Lifetime License for your dog? Follow these steps:
    1. Schedule an appointment to have a HomeAgain Micro-chip implanted. This will only take a few minutes. It is simply done–just like a vaccine injection. The cost is only $49.00, which includes the enrollment fee.
    2. Already have a micro-chip? Great! — Just stop into the clinic and have us scan your dog. This will only take a few seconds.
    3. You will receive two forms from us:

    a. We will fill out and sign the Permanent Identification Form with your dog’s Micro-chip information.
    b. We will give you the Lifetime Dog License Application to fill out and sign.
    4. You will mail BOTH forms along with a check made payable to the Lancaster County Treasurer to:

    Lancaster County Treasurer
    150 North Queen Street (Suite 122)
    P.O. Box 1447
    Lancaster, PA 17608
    (717) 299-8222
    Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am-5pm

    Neffsville Veterinary Clinic also has the 2014 yearly Dog Licenses available for purchase at our Client Services Desk.

  • MargaretI currently reside in Lancaster with my husband (Brian), my “fluffy” Pembroke Welsh Corgi (Teddy), and a new addition to our family (Felix), a feline rescue.
    I have an Associate’s degree from Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA which preceded 3 years of serving as a hospice volunteer.
    My childhood and early adult years involved a love of art and working with dogs which lead to my interest in dog grooming.
    In 2002, I trained and worked under a nationally acclaimed groomer/judge and terrier breeder in Delaware which lead to a full time career as a groomer. In 2006 I opened “Fluffy Puppy”, a mobile grooming business in West Chester, PA and operated until 2011. My passion for relationships with both dogs and their owners distinguished my business from others. During that time, I refined my skills with specific breed standards utilizing techniques such as, hand-stripping, clipper vac, hand scissoring and dealing with a dog’s unique personality.
    I am committed to making your pet look and feel its absolute best and I look forward to meeting you.

  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt is often said that the way to a dog’s heart is through his/her stomach. That may be true, but the combination of a voracious appetite, natural curiosity, and indiscriminate taste can lead to trouble for our canine companions. Plants that are poisonous to dogs can be found in our homes, our yards, and in the wild. Sometimes all it takes is a little bite to lead to an emergency trip to your veterinarian.

    1. Grapes
    2. Mushrooms
    3. Marijuana
    4. Lilies
    5. Black Walnuts
    6. Sago Palm
    7. Azalea
    8. Castor Bean
    9. Daffodils
    10. Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane)

    The best way to avoid an emergency situation is simply not to have these plants in your household. Most importantly if your dog is a roamer while outside, always keep him or her leashed to ensure that they are not sticking their noses in places or things they shouldn’t be.

  • Dentistry Seminar

    Posted 02.27.14 in Blog | Comments (0)

    Neffsville Veterinary Clinic
    Dentistry Seminar

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

    Have you ever been curious about what is going on inside your pet’s mouth?

    Does your pet have:

    • Bad breath
    • Bleeding
    • Inflammation of their gums
    • Loosening of teeth
    • Loss of teeth
    • A change in eating habits
    • Pain
    • Discomfort

    Attendance at the Dentistry Seminar is a great opportunity to learn everything you need to know to keep your pet happy and healthy when it comes to oral care. The information presented will enable you to identify potential problems and guide you to proper home and veterinary care. We will also give you “behind the scenes” information so that you will understand what is done during a dental procedure.

    Call Neffsville Veterinary Clinic at 717-569-5381 or email us at kelly@neffsvillevet.com to enroll in our Dentistry Seminar and learn how to keep your pet’s mouth healthy for life. All attendees will receive a 10% off coupon (up to $50.00) for their pet’s next Dentistry Service.


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    The doctors at Neffsville Veterinary Clinic, guided by the recommendations of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) vaccination guidelines, have selected vaccine types, booster intervals, and protocols to ensure the health and safety of your pets. These guidelines however are not immutable, rather each patient is evaluated individually and in some cases the accepted guidelines may not be what is best for your own pet. In other cases the label put on the vaccine by the manufacture may differ from what we are recommending, especially with regard to booster intervals. Any recommendation differing from the vaccine’s label claim is based on these AAHA guidelines which have been developed by a “task force of experts in immunology, infectious disease, internal medicine, law, and clinical practice”. This blog will introduce you to vaccine types and intervals, serologic testing in lieu of vaccination, adverse events, and legal considerations.

    Broadly vaccines can be broken down into two main types: noninfectious and infectious. Noninfectious vaccines are also known as killed, inactivated, or dead. When administered a noninfectious vaccine (as implied) does not infect the host cells. Instead, enough antigen must be present, or an adjuvant added to stimulate the immune response. These noninfectious vaccines are in general safer because the immunizing agent (virus or bacteria) is dead and is not capable of causing infection of its own. Hypersensitivity, or stinging on injection, is more common with these vaccines.

    Noninfectious vaccines are available in “multiple dose vials”, meaning many vaccines from one bottle. However, NVC does not use these do to a significantly higher risk of contamination due to multiple needle punctures of the lid. At NVC, only single dose vaccine vials are used for safety reasons, consistent with the recommendations of AAHA.

    Noninfectious vaccines are administered in two doses. The first dose primes the immune response, and a second dose 3-4 weeks later, provides a long lasting protective response. The exception is rabies vaccine, which requires only one dose administered between 12-16 weeks of age, consistent with Pennsylvania State law. Onset of “full immunity” with noninfectious vaccines generally takes a little longer than infectious vaccines. During the initial vaccine and booster immunity can be expected within 3 weeks. At subsequent annual (or 2 or 3 year) revaccinations the immune response is rapid and robust, taking only hours to days to achieve full protection.

    Infectious vaccines, on the other hand, must infect cells of the patient to sufficiently stimulate an immune response. These vaccines are also known as attenuated, avirulent, or modified live vaccines. In order to ensure safety the vaccine organism (ie. distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus) is rendered incapable of causing disease by one of several methods that is far beyond the scope of this blog. These vaccines stimulate a more effective immune response because they result in all the different types of immunity (local, cell-mediated, and antibody production) that a naturally occurring infection would. Because of this robust response a single dose administered to a pet greater than 16 weeks of age is considered to be effective. Onset of immunity is within 7 days of vaccination. Duration of immunity, or length of time that vaccination protects the pet, is longer for infectious vaccines, often necessitating revaccination as infrequently as every three years.

    Vaccination of puppies and kittens, as you may have realized, is handled differently than what I have listed above. This is due to the presence of maternally derived antibody (MDA). MDA is obtained by a puppy or kitten through nursing (ingestion of colostrum). MDA protects puppies and kittens from many diseases in the first 8 weeks of life, from thereafter the amount of MDA drops, leaving the newborn susceptible to infection. Vaccination begins at 6-8 weeks as the MDA is expected to be falling. Because vaccine efficacy is decreased in the presence of MDA it is important to revaccinate your pets every 3-4 weeks through 16 weeks of age (exception: rabies vaccine). In this way as protection from MDA declines and eventually disappears, the vaccine-derived protection takes over.

    Serology, or blood testing, can be done in select cases in lieu of vaccination. These tests measure the amount of antibody for a specific vaccine that remains in an individual pet’s system. According to AAHA vaccination guidelines serology for distemper, parvo, adeno, and rabies virus are useful and acceptable in establishing response to vaccination and duration of immunity. Perhaps, its most appropriate use is in ensuring appropriate puppy vaccination (no MDA interference) and in animals with immune-mediated disease. A medical exemption from rabies vaccination is allowable under new PA state law (PA Senate Bill 155), a veterinarian must sign off. Rabies serology is NOT recommended in lieu of vaccination nor should it be interpreted as providing proof of current vaccination.

    Vaccine adverse events are rarely serious, but owners should be warned to observe for: decreased appetite, pain at injection site, lethargy, vomiting, or swelling of the skin or face. In most cases the histaminic response responsible for the signs can be quickly reversed. You should monitor your pet closely (ie. be in the same room) in the hours after vaccination, and report any changes noticed over the next 2-3 days. If your pet has an AE, steps can be taken to minimize and virtually eliminate the chance of an AE at future vaccinations.

    As you may now realize, appropriate vaccination series depends on a combination of the host (your pet, presence of MDA, current illness), agent (infectious or noninfectious, parvo, rabies, etc), and environment (previous AE’s, owner concerns, state laws).