• HockenberryLet’s face it, winter is tough for pets.  Environmental hazards and changes in routine are the norm.  Follow these helpful guidelines to keep your pet safe during the winter.

    Cats should be kept indoors.  Beware that many cats who are stuck in the cold prefer to sleep near a warm engine.  Honk your horn before starting!

    Dogs should be kept indoors.  For these temperatures, an outside dog should have a house less than three times their size and cedar bedding.  Be sure water bowls are checked for ice and replenished.  Nutrition requirements increase by about one-third for outside dogs.  To avoid all this hassle, bring them inside!

    Ice melting salts can be hazardous for dogs.  For starters, be sure to pick-up a pet-friendly version.  Also, you will want to clean your dog’s paws.  Clumps of ice left between the paws can lead to frostbite.  If your dog has a long coat be sure to remove the ice clumps from there too!  Salt residues can lead to irritated skin and pads.  Be sure to monitor any foot licking or chewing.  Examine their feet and between the toes regularly.  Your dog’s toe nails may need clipped more often in the winter time because they do not wear as much on snowy surfaces.  Join the Neffsville Nails and Tails club and let our inpatient nurses do it.

    Avoid icy surfaces and frozen ponds.  Your pet may slip, get a lacerated paw pad or worse yet, break through!

    With the plunging winter temperatures it is best to shorten your dog’s walks.  The temperature a dog can tolerate varies by breed and size.  Consult your Neffsville veterinarian.

    More people use antifreeze in the winter season.  Antifreeze tastes sweet and is deadly!  Remember to clean up and store it away from a dog’s reach.


    Hopefully this helps you and your pet have a safer winter.  Good luck!

  • The doctors and staff are excited to announce 2 new programs; PETLY and VET’S FIRST CHOICE.



    Petly is your pet’s personalized health page!

    To access our PETLY system, just go to our website (www.neffsvillesvillevet.com) and click on Pet Portal.

    Features of your pets PETLY page:

    • Medical & Vaccination Reminders
    • Request an Appointment
    • Order a Prescription Refill
    • Setup your account for Test Messaging Reminders
    • Information regarding your pet’s last 4 veterinary visits
    • Check your upcoming appointment date and times
    • Check out our Facebook page.
    • Personalize your pet’s page by uploading his or her photo

    All current Neffsville Veterinary Clinic clients should have been emailed an invitation to PETLY.  You will be asked to setup your pet’s account by creating a username and password.

    We are here to help you, if you have any problems or if you did not receive this emailed invitation, please call our clinic at 717-569-5381 and we can re-send it to you.


    Vet’s First Choice:

    Vet’s First Choice is our new online pharmacy offering quality medications and pet foods.

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    Enjoy the convenience of ordering your pet’s food and medications online and have it delivered right to your door step!

    Shipping Costs:

    If you setup your supplies (food and medication) for AUTO-SHIP, you will enjoy free shipping on all orders!

    If you are not setup on auto-ship, orders over $49.00 (excluding food) will have free shipping.



    How to get started:

    • Go to neffsvillevet.com and click on online store
    • Sign-in or Create an Account
    • Order your pet’s medication and/or food and it will be delivered right to your doorstep!


    The Neffsville Veterinary Clinic staff members are here to help you.  Please contact us at 717-569-5381 if you have any questions or concerns about these two new programs.

  • While Halloween is a fun time of year for some people, it can pose many risks to pets.  The staff and doctors at Neffsville Veterinary Clinic want to make sure your furry family members stay safe during this spooky holiday.

    1. Chocolate–Cho004colate is poisonous to pets! Chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, agitation, increased thirst, elevated heart rate, and seizures.
    2. Candy—Large amounts of high-fat, surgery candy can lead to pancreatitis.
    3. Candy Wrappers—Ingestion of candy wrappers can cause life-threatening obstructions.
    4. Raisins—Raisins and grapes can cause kidney failure (even a very small dose).
    5. Glow Sticks—In addition to being a choking hazard, the contents of glow sticks can cause pain and irritation in the mouth.
    6. Costumes—Costumes can have small pieces that pets may ingest causing obstructions or poisoning. Never dye or apply coloring to a pet’s fur!
    7. Candles—Keep candles away from curious noses and wagging tails.
    8. Ringing Door Bells & Costumed Visitors—Trick or Treaters dressed up in costumes continuously ringing your door bell can cause your pet to become very stressed. Try keeping your furry family members in another section of your house with a special Kong treat to keep their minds off of all the visitors.
    9. Open Doors—If you are opening your door to trick or treaters, be cautious of your pet(s) sneaking out. Try to keep your pet away from open doors.  It is a very good idea to have your pet microchipped, and wearing a current ID tag just in case.
    10. Alcohol—Alcohol poisoning is more common than you think. Signs of alcohol poisoning are drooling, retching, vomiting or attempt to vomit, distended stomach or bloat, elevated heart rate, weakness, collapse, coma, hypothermia, hypotension, and death.


    If you have any questions or concerns, contact Neffsville Veterinary Clinic at 717-569-5381 or Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680.


  • Neffsville Veterinary Clinic understands that quality veterinary services are not inexpensive.  We are proud to announce that we are participating in the Wells Fargo Health Advantage program.  This program allows our clients to get the quality veterinary services their pets need while making affordable monthly payments.

    In the past, credit card programs for health services were more inclined to have high interest rates; the Wells Fargo program offers a 9.99% APR everyday variable rate.  The program also offers special financing options allowing you to pay over time.

    The Wells Fargo Health Advantage program may be used over and over again at participating dental offices, vision offices, audiology offices, and here at Neffsville Veterinary Clinic.

    The new Wells Fargo plan is very simple to use.  Applications can easily be completed in our office.  If approved, you will have same-day access to your line of credit.  The monthly statements are easy to understand, and you can enjoy online account management as well as bill payment options.

    Ask a staff member today about this exciting new program.


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    We are excited to offer our clients Companion Laser Therapy. 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 response.
    Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, your companion can benefit from this innovative approach to treating pain.

    Applications for laser therapy include:

    • Treatment of arthritis, degenerative joint disease, or hip dysplasia
    • General pain management (sprains, strains, and stiffness)
    • Post-surgery pain (spays, neuters, declaws, and other surgeries)
    • Skin problems (hot spots, lick granulomas, infections)
    • Dental procedures
    • Fractures and wounds (bites, abrasions, and lesions)
    • Ear infections

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    How does it work?

    Laser therapy stimulates the body to heal from within. Non-thermal photons of light are administered to the body for about 3 to 8 minutes and absorbed by the injured cells. The cells are then stimulated and respond with a higher rate of metabolism. This results in relief from pain, increased circulation, reduced inflammation, and an acceleration of the healing process.


    What can my pet expect during a laser therapy treatment session?

    Simply put, it provides relief. As the laser is administered, your pet will relax and enjoy the treatment. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experiences will


    Ask us about the benefits of Laser Therapy and how it can help your pet.

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    Research shows nearly 60 percent of owners say their cats hate going tothe veterinarian, and almost 40 percent of those owners report that the mere thought of taking their cat to the veterinarian stresses them out.

    Neffsville Veterinary Clinic is now a designated Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) by the American Association of Feline Practitioners, a feline specialty association comprised of veterinarian professionals passionate about care for cats who have a special interest in all aspects of feline medicine and surgery.


    CFPs have met a wide range of standards designed to increase the staff’s understanding of feline
    behavior and feline-friendly handling techniques, as well as to modify the environment and feline
    protocols to help reduce the stress of the veterinary visit and provide a calmer environment for
    both cat and owner.

    About The American Association of Feline Practitioners:
    The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) improves the health and welfare of cats
    by supporting high standards of practice, continuing education and scientific investigation. The
    AAFP has a long-standing reputation and track record in the veterinary community for facilitating
    high standards of practice and publishes guidelines for practice excellence which are available
    to veterinarians at the AAFP website. Over the years, the AAFP has encouraged veterinarians to
    continuously re-evaluate preconceived notions of practice strategies in an effort to advance the
    quality of feline medicine practiced. The Cat Friendly Practice program was created to improve
    the treatment, handling, and overall healthcare provided to cats. Its purpose is to equip veterinary
    practices with the tools, resources, and information to elevate the standard of care provided to cats.
    For more information, visit: www.catvets.com.
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  • Orthopedic Surgery

    Posted 06.30.15 in Blog, News | Comments (0)

    10NVC03_0026-200x300Dr. Andrew SloyerDr_Sloyer_09NVC_P_019 and Dr. Klint Hockenberry perform orthopedic surgery with the most common procedures being repair of ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and repair of the luxating patellas (dislocated knee caps) .

    Dr. Sloyer performs the Tibial Tuberosity Advancement Technique for dogs, especially dogs over 60 lbs in weight.  This procedure involves an osteotomy and metal implants.  The dogs return to normal function more quickly and the success rate is higher than the lateral suture in larger dogs.  However, both our surgeons continue to perform the lateral suture technique for small, medium, and large dogs.

    Tibial Tuberosity Advancement is an orthopedic procedure to repair deficient cranial cruciate ligaments in dogs.  This procedure was developed by Dr. Slobodan Tepic and Professor Pierre Montavon at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zurich, in Zurich, Switzerland beginning in the late 1990s.

    The cranial cruciate ligament in dogs, provides the same function as the anterior cruciate ligament in humans.  It stabilizes the knee joint, called the stifle joint in quadrupeds, and limits the tibia from sliding forward in relation to the femur.  It is attached to the cranial (anterior) medial side of the intercondylar notch of the tibia at one end and the caudal (posterior) side of the lateral femoral condyle at the other end.  It also helps to prevent the stifle (knee) joint from over-extending or rotating.

    TTA XrayTrauma to the equivalent ligament in humans is common, and damage most frequently occurs during some form of sporting activity (including football, rugby, and golf).  The nature of the injury is very different in dogs.  Rather than the ligament suddenly breaking due to excessive trauma, it usually degenerates slowly over time, rather like a fraying rope.  This important difference is the primary reason why the treatment options recommended for cruciate ligament injury in dogs are so different from the treatment options recommended for humans.

    In the vast majority of dogs, the cranial cruciate ligament ruptures as a result of long-term degeneration, whereby the fibres within the ligament weaken over time.  We do not know the precise cause of this, but genetic factors are probably most important, with certain breeds being predisposed (including Labradors, Rottweilers, Boxers, West Highland White Terriers, and Newfoundlands).  Supporting evidence for a genetic cause was primarily obtained by assessment of family lines, coupled with the knowledge that many animals will rupture the cranial cruciate ligament in both knees, often relatively early in life.  Other factors such as obesity, individual conformation, hormonal imbalance and certain inflammatory conditions of the joint may also play a role.  Uncorrected cranial cruciate ligament deficiencies have been associated with meniscal damage and degenerative joint diseases such as osteoarthritis.
    TTA Info2TTA is a surgical procedure designed to correct cranial cruciate ligament deficient stifles.  The objective of the TTA is to advance the tibial tuberosity, which changes the angle of the patellar ligament to neutralize the tibiofemoral shear force during weight bearing.  A microsaggital saw is used to cut the Tibial Tuberosity off then a special stainless steel cage is used to advance the tibial tuberosity.  A stainless steel plate is sued to hold the tibial tuberosity in position.  By neutralizing the shear forces in the stifle caused by a ruptured or weakened cranial cruciate ligament, the joint becomes more stable without compromising joint congruency.

    TTA appears to be a less invasive procedure than some other techniques for stabilizing the deficient cranial cruciate ligament such as Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy and Tibial Wedge Osteotomy, as TTA does not disrupt the primary loading axis of the tibia.
    When the ACL tears in your pet’s knee, the tibia is able to slide forward when your pet stands on the leg, which is normally constrained by the torn ligament.  This is very painful and causes arthritis in the joint.  TTA works by changing the way the quadriceps muscle (the large muscles on the front of the leg) pull on the tibia.  After a TTA, the muscle pulls the tibia back into its normal position when your dog stands on the leg.

    Benefits of TTA:

    • Less invasive then the TPLO
    • Shorter Recovery Time
    • Less rick of surgical and post op complications
    • Less arthritis later in life


    The first step in the process would be to schedule an orthopedic consult appointment.  X-rays may be brought along to this appointment, or digital x-rays can be done at our hospital.  We will also do pre-
    op blood work at this appointment.

  • We are proud to announce our 2015 Father’s Day Pet Photo Contest.

    Photos will be uploaded to our Facebook Page on Monday, June 15.  It is not too late to enter, photos may be emailed to kelly@neffsvillevet.com.

    The photo that receives the most “LIKES” on Facebook by Friday, June 19 (12 noon) will win a gift basket full of goodies for Dad and his fur child.  The winner will be announced on Friday, June 19 after 12 noon.

    Please only 1 entry per family.

    Some of the entries:

    Father's Day 2015 Contestants

  • The Pet Pantry of Lancaster is having their 3rd annual Proud Pet Weekend in Rothsville (near Lititz).

    This event is Saturday and Sunday (June 13 and 14).  Saturday is 10am to 3pm and Sunday is 1pm to 5pm.

    Lancaster Polo Club, Forney Field, 70 Church Road, Lititz/Rothsville


    Animal Rescues


    Bounce House

    Doggie Kissing Booth

    Dunk Tank

    Field of Fortune

    Fly Ball Demos

    Agility Course

    Kitten Playhouse



    And MUCH MORE!!


    Visit the Neffsville Veterinary Clinic booth and spin our prize wheel!!!

    Proud Pet Day