Client Education

Below are a few great websites , and posts from us, with trusted pet information! We feel very strongly about education – so feel free to call the hospital for more information on any topic! We have lots of educational handouts at the hospital, so please ask!  We have also started a monthly vlog and blog to help keep the information rolling from us – check them out below!

  • November BLOG – Keeping our senior pets healthy, longer!

    Senior pet wellness – let’s keep them with us longer!

    The hardest part of having pets is watching them get older, and we all hate how quickly they become seniors.  The good news is that November is senior pet month – so this is a great opportunity to talk about ways to help keep them with us as long as possible!

    There are a few common illnesses that affect older pets that have some key warning signs to look out for.  An older dog or cat who is having urinary issues such as drinking more and urinating more, can be showing signs of diabetes or kidney disease!  This could also present as losing weight despite eating more, or even having urinary accidents inside (or with our feline friends, outside of the litter box).

    A pet with a chronic cough or other breathing changes could have heart disease, or other lung abnormalities.  Older pets can also develop chronic lung changes, such as asthma.  Any pet who is suddenly not as active, or gets winded easily, should be checked out!

    Arthritis is another super common condition in older patients.  This will present as difficulty walking or trouble on the steps.  Or for a cat, possibly not being able to jump on/off of something they could typically jump on.  Limping, or stiffness when getting up is another common sign noted.  Any changes in the way a pet moves or gets around, especially when they are older, can be a part of arthritis.

    For our elderly feline patients, one of the most common conditions we see is hyperthyroidism!  This will often present as an older cat who is eating more but losing weight, vocalizing more or acting unsettled, or possibly drinking more and urinating more.

    Any of these above changes are worth a trip into your veterinarian!  Some of them can be diagnosed by an examination alone, and others would require bloodwork.  But all of them can be diagnosed, and treatment started to help keep our older friends feeling good for as long as possible.  Keep an eye out for changes, and get them checked out – your pets will thank you!  Happy November!

  • September blog -The tiny lions who live in our homes….

    The tiny lions living in our homes, and the secrets they hide

    Though our pet cats are adorable, snuggly, and sweet creatures, they are still predators.  This means that they are excellent at hiding disease!  In the wild, any signs of illness are signs of weakness, so it is ingrained in them to hide disease!

    This is great for wild animals, but terrible for house pets – if they hide their signs of disease, then it is often more advanced before we know, and harder to help them!  This reason is why it is so important to perform regular examinations and bloodwork on our feline friends!   I want to tell you about my friend, we will call him Twizzler.  Twizzler came in for a regular examination and vaccines, and his owner did note that he had lost just a little bit of weight, but was otherwise doing well!  We ended up running some bloodwork to make sure we weren’t missing something!

    As it turns out, Twizzler was in the early stages of diabetes!  We confirmed the diagnosis with a urine sample, and after some education and discussion, were able to start him on insulin injections.  His owner has gotten very comfortable with managing his disease, and is even checking his blood sugar levels at home now.  It has been over 3 years, and he has done awesome – no other signs of illness, and his weight loss has even resolved too!

    Had his owners not brought him in for his exam, and had we not found the weight loss – that would not have prompted us to run some bloodwork and find his diabetes nice and early before he was sick!  Diabetes is very treatable, and cats can live for years with it – but we have to find it first!

    Be proactive with your cats – bring them in for regular examinations, and consider doing screening bloodwork as they get older.  Keeping them happy and healthy for as long as possible is easier if we are able to help them before they are sick!!

    At Pennridge Animal Hospital we do a spring and a fall ‘cat’-ch up sunday wellness clinic for cats ONLY – this is a way to allow people to bring in their pet cats, without needing a set appointment time, or having to deal with scary dogs – and so much more!  Check it out here if you are interested:  https://www.facebook.com/events/337048257036178/

    Happy fall everyone!

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  • Medical or Fun Facts Info Search Topics

    Search for any topic from medical information to fun facts about your pets. Watch some great videos to give you tips on how to trim you pets nails or clean their ears, and much more. http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/

  • In Case of Emergency

    If your pet is experiencing an emergency after hours here are a few places you can call:

    Quakertown Veterinary Hospital  http://www.quakertownvetclinic.com/emergency-vet

    Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center    http://www.vsecvet.com/

    Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services  https://vetcares.com/

    Metropolitan Veterinary Associates  https://www.metro-vet.com/

     

    Do you know what to do with your pet if there is an emergency? Check out some of these tips:   https://www.avma.org/public/EmergencyCare/Pages/default.aspx

  • General Pet Care

    General pet care information from the American Veterinary Medical Association. Find information about traveling with your pet, preventative health care tips, vaccine information, and common pet poisons, and much more! https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/default.aspx