Yearly Archives: 2012


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Chocolate and alcohol may seem like necessities during a New Year’s Eve party, but they’re actually quite dangerous for our pets. As always, if you suspect your pet has eaten any of the following foods, please note the amount ingested and contact us or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
  • Chocolate, Coffee, Caffeine These products all contain substances called methylxanthines, which are found in cacao seeds, the fruit of the plant used to make coffee and in the nuts of an extract used in some sodas. When ingested by pets, methylxanthines can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. Note that darker chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate. White chocolate has the lowest level of methylxanthines, while baking chocolate contains the highest.
  • Alcohol Alcoholic beverages and food products containing alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death.

We Just Got This Wonderful Email From Castaway Critters and They Said That We Could Share it Online!

Dear AHDC Vets and Staff: A sincere THANK YOU from the Board of Directors of Castaway Critters for the time, energy you gave to the Photos with Santa event. We are honored to receive the funds raised at this event and we and our animals thank you! Your support means the world to us and we could not do what we do without it. We love this photo. May we have permission to post this on our Facebook page?
Looking forward to saving more animals in need in 2013 and your continued support.
With warm regards, Barbara Holmes, Executive Director Diane Kamp, Asst. Director and The Castaway Critters Board Members
To learn more about Castaway Critters, go to:


Another microchip reunion! On the evening of Thanksgiving a cat was found in the yard of AHDC. After a good meal and some warmth, we named him Cranberry in honor of Thanksgiving. A scan showed that this orange feline had an owner and after a few days we were able to reunite, Wally (Cranberry’s real name) and his mom. He is a very friendly, indoor/outdoor cat who never came home on Thanksgiving. Mom thinks someone mistook him for a stray and placed him at our hospital. Wally was so happy to see his mom, he was head-butting and purring when saw her. Thanks to a microchip, Wally will be with his mom for Christmas.

Jingle Bells!

On Dec 2nd we hosted our 3rd Annual Pet Pictures with Santa benefiting Castaway Critters. Local photographer Terry Rowe took great pictures of our wonderful clients and their pets with Santa. And the pets were not just limited to cats and dogs, we even had a rabbit get his picture with good ol’ St. Nick this year! Thank you so much for your generous donations as we were able to raise over $300 for Castaway Critters . Happy Holidays from AHDC! to learn more about Castaway Critters, go to:  

Community Leader Profile: Our Own Richele Herigan!

For those of you who are not aware of the amazing things that Richele does in our community as well as our hospital, just read the interview below: Where are you originally from? Harrisburg, PA How long have you been at AHDC? 2 Years and I have worked in veterinary field over 10 years Where did you go to school? Susquehanna Township High School & Harcum Jr. College (Animal Center Management Program) Describe your role in the area pet community? I am a volunteer for Susquehanna Services Dogs (SSD). SSD raises and trains dogs to assist children and adults with disabilities. ( What would you say is the most important impact that our hospital has? AHDC has very committed employees who are very caring and compassionate. What would you say was the one greatest pet related, community accomplishment that you have had? Helping with SSD for 7 years at their fundraising events, dog sitting for SSD dogs and “Puppy Hugging” to help socialize new litters of puppies. At what point in your life did you realize that you had such a deep connection with pets? When I was a child I was always bringing pets home – turtles, frogs, hamsters, kittens, etc. List your pets and names throughout the years (including childhood ones): Tillie, cat; Samantha, Bassett Hound; Gretchen, German Shorthair Pointer What kind of food do you feed your pets? Science Diet What is your favorite movie? Wizard of Oz What kind of music do you like? James Taylor, Carrie Underwood What was the last book that you read? Oceans Apart by Karen Kingsbury What is your favorite TV show? Greys Anatomy Where was your last vacation? Myrtle Beach, S.C. What is your favorite restaurant? Progress Grille If you could meet with anyone in the world, who would it be? My loved ones who have passed away Other personal facts or hobbies that you think might be interesting: Water gardening – I have a goldfish/koi pond that I enjoy – especially in Spring/Summer with lots of tadpoles, frogs, toads, and water lilies.

A Message from The American Veterinary Medical Association: How to Dispose of Unwanted Medicine

Each year thousands of pets are accidentally poisoned when they eat human or pet medications, even ones prescribed for them. Your furry friends can get themselves into trouble when they find prescription or over-the counter medications around the house, or in the trash. Medicines that are flushed down sinks or toilets, or thrown in landfills, can also cause environmental problems. They end up in our rivers, lakes, coastal waters, and even in our drinking water. Fish and other aquatic animals that live in water contaminated with pharmaceuticals have shown impaired development and reproduction. To learn about how to properly and safely dispose of your pet’s unused medicine, go to:  

Did You Know That We Offer a No Interest Payment Option?

We offer CareCredit as a financing option for you to utilize for care and products with us. In addition to veterinary medicine, you may also use it in some facets of human healthcare and dentistry. We offer a plan with no interest for 6 months. You can either complete an application at the hospital, or you may apply online at your convenience. If you are approved, you will be able to use your CareCredit account that same day. For more information, go to: