We’re Almost There! We’ve been trying to collect 1000 post and page LIKES for the last month to benefit Castaway Critters. As of today, we have 914! We’re going to extend the Food Drive for another week to see if we can hit our goal. For those of you who aren’t aware of what we’re trying to do, between Sept 1st to Sept 30th, 2012, every time a new Facebook post got “LIKED” , The Animal Hospital of Dauphin County (AHDC) agreed to donate 1/6th of a bowl of pet food to the Castaway Critters. AHDC will pay for up to 1000 1/6 bowls of food in the month of September! To learn more about Castaway Critters, go to www.CastawayCritters.org
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) uses light to help reduce pain and inflammation and also injuries to heal more quickly. Our laser is very safe, painless to your pet and is valuable for treating many painful conditions. Virtually any disease process that involves inflammation can be helped with laser therapy. One of the most common applications of laser therapy in veterinary medicine is musculoskeletal disease and injury. The laser is effective in helping injured muscles heal more quickly, as well as improving the function of muscles that have been strained because of arthritis, hip dysplasia or other injury. Dogs recovering from orthopedic surgery benefit from laser treatment, as inflammation and pain are decreased while the circulation improves. Wounds and incisions heal more quickly when treated with the laser. Most treatments take five to 15 minutes and sedation is not necessary. Generally, a typical treatment plan includes six treatments over three weeks. Additional treatments can be done if necessary.
For those of you who are not aware of the amazing things that Kelly does in our community as well as our hospital, just read the interview below: Where are you originally from? I grew up in Hershey, PA How long have you been at AHDC? 26 years Where did you go to school? Hershey High School then Harcum College for Veterinary Technology Describe your role in the area pet community? I find homes for most of the kittens that are dropped off at my boarding stable and take care of the ones that stay. They are like my own cats. What would you say is the most important impact that our hospital has? The caring staff and our work with Castaway Critters What would you say was the one greatest pet related, community accomplishment that you have had? I haven’t done anything recently, but would like to use my Charity Day to help out CATRA (Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association) At what point in your life did you realize that you had such a deep connection with pets? In elementary school when my mother realized I was spending my allowance feeding the stray cats in the neighborhood. List your pets and names throughout the years (including childhood ones): I didn’t have any pets as a child because I grew up in an apartment, but after college and marriage I have had many cats: Abby, Harry, Katie, Fred, and Alfred all who lived to be 18-21 years old. My first horse Satch who I had for 21 years and lived to be 29 years. I now have 2 cats -Savannah (10 years) and O’Malley (4 years) and a new Arabian horse Ladda (18 years). What kind of food do you feed your pets? My cats are on Hill’s Prescription Y/D because Savannah is hyperthyroid and O’Malley also is fed Hill’s C/D. I only discovered that Savannah was hyperthyroid while doing wellness blood work since she wasn’t showing any signs of illness yet. What is your favorite movie? “The Mummy” with Brendan Fraser What kind of music do you like? Classic rock – I grew up in the 70’s What was the last book that you read? A James Patterson novel What is your favorite TV show? I love “Everybody Loves Raymond” re-runs and True Blood on HBO Where was your last vacation? Williamsburg, VA. We also go to Disney World at least once a year. What is your favorite restaurant? Dafno’s and Devon Seafood If you could meet with anyone in the world, who would it be? James Herriot (if he was still alive) Other personal facts or hobbies that you think might be interesting: I spend most of my free time riding and caring for my horse and I love to travel with my husband of 27 years. I was a competitor on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” in 2000 when Regis was still hosting. It was a once in a lifetime adventure.
This free event will feature some of the lovable, adoptable homeless animals in the Central PA area from local shelters & animal rescues. Please come out to find forever homes for the area’s homeless pets! Bring the family (including your well-behaved, vaccinated pet!) & enjoy a day of festivities, pets, contests, music, raffles, & auctions! SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2012 from 11AM-3PM PA United Church Center 900 South Arlington Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17111 To learn more, go to: https://www.bffpa.org/petapalooza/index.php
Summer is here and there are a few important things to remember about the temperature outside and the safety of your pet. Do not leave your dog or cat in a car during the spring or summer months. The temperature inside a car can become dangerously hot and can cause heat stroke. Heat stroke is a potentially fatal condition in which a pet’s body temperature is so high they cannot decrease it by panting. The consequences of a severely increased body temperature include kidney failure, respiratory failure and very often, death. Here are some facts to keep in mind: – When the outside temperature is 85 degrees, it takes 10 minutes for the inside of a car to reach 102 degrees (even when the windows have been opened an inch or two) – Within 30 minutes, a car’s inside temperature can reach 120 degrees – Pets that are more prone to even small increases in temperature are young, old and overweight animals, those pets with short noses (Pugs, Bulldogs, Pekingese, and Boxers) and/or thick, dark coats and older dogs with laryngeal paralysis (paralysis of one side of the opening to the wind pipe causing a very hoarse panting sound). Signs of heat stroke in dogs include excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, dizziness, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea after being exposed to excessive heat. The dog should be immediately cooled by placing cool (not ice cold) water over its entire body and taken a veterinarian. The best way to prevent heat stroke is to leave your pet at home!
Dogs & Cats must be vaccinated for rabies as required by Pennsylvania law. Vaccinations are a critical part of preventive care for your pet. Vaccines protect our pets from many diseases including rabies, distemper and Lyme disease. Each dog and cat is different, so our veterinarians develop custom vaccinations plans for each pet. Our veterinarians will determine which vaccinations your pet needs and how often they will be administered. For more information about our vaccines, go to our vaccine page at https://communityvet.wpengine.com/preventative_healthcare/vaccinations or call to schedule an appointment 717.652.1270
For those of you who are not aware of the amazing things that Heather does in our community as well as our hospital, just read the interview below! – How long have you been working at AHDC? For 13 years as kennel, technician assistant and then veterinarian. I’ve been a vet with AHDC for almost 3 years now. -Where are you originally from? Penbrook (Harrisburg) -How long have you been in the area? My whole life – Where did you go to school? University of Pennsylvania for vet school, Juniata College for undergrad -Describe your role in the area pet community? I occasionally help with spay/neuter clinics and Castaway Critters events -What would you say is the most important impact that AHDC has? We try to make our client feel like family. For example we have pictures with Santa every year and love having other events for our clients. -Was would you say was the one greatest pet related, community accomplishment that you personally have had? Working with Castaway Critters and their spay/neuter program in 2011 -At what point in your life did you realize that you had such a deep connection with pets? Growing up we always had pets so I always felt a connection -List your pets and names throughout the years (including childhood ones): Too many to mention, but through the years I’ve had hamsters, mice, gerbils, and many cats and dogs. Currently I have Dill who is my little prince cat, he’s 14 and Rusty who is my pleasantly plump 5 year old cat who is currently on a strict diet. -What kind of food do you feed your pets? Both of my boys are on prescription Hill’s diets. Dill is on J/D for his old man joints and Rusty is on M/D to control his ever growing belly. PERSONAL QUESTIONS -What is your favorite movie? I prefer TV over movies but I love anything Disney -What kind of music do you like? Country, hip-hop, pop (Top 40) -What was the last book that you read? Harry Potter (it’s been awhile since I’ve had time to read for enjoyment) -Where was your last vacation? Disney Cruise to the Bahamas -Other personal information? I have 3 younger brothers, a niece, and 2 nephews.
Many of you have been asking us to keep you updated as we learn more about the pet food recall in our area. The following link has the most recent information we found from the company whose food has been recalled: https://diamondpetrecall.com Please let us know if you learn anything else so that we can share it with the community.
Bentley is a cute little 5 year old Chihuahua mix. He was brought to a shelter on April 30, 2012 as a stray. The shelter was very full and Bentley was frightened there so the staff appealed to us to get Bentley into a better situation. Chi’s do not tolerate lots of noise well as they tend to be a high-strung breed. Bentley became a Castaway Critter and he is now ready for adoption. He is a real sweetheart. He gets along well with other dogs and cats. He is neutered and up-to-date on standard shots. If you would like a great little buddy to walk and snuggle with, Bentley is your man. Chi’s are low-maintenance from an exercise point of view and they are generally dedicated to their owner. They are best in homes without small children. If you can provide Bentley with a great new life, contact Castaway Critters at 831-5010 or apply online at www.CastawayCritters.org Castaway Critters will be at Pet-a-Palooza on Saturday, June 2 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The event will, be held at PA United Church Center, 900 South Arlington Avenue, Harrisburg, PA. The event features some of the lovable, adoptable homeless animals in the Central PA area from local shelters and animal rescues. Bring the family (including your well-behaved, vaccinated pet!) and enjoy a day of festivities, pets, contests, music, raffles, & auctions!