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Duaphin County Dog License Transfers

You may transfer an annual or lifetime license to another owner or another county. County Transfer: Submit in writing the license number, owner name and new address, including county. Request must be signed by the current dog owner. Enclose two checks for $1.00 each made payable to “county treasurer” to cover the cost of transfer. Ownership Transfer: Submit in writing authorization to transfer the dog license to the new owner. Include the license number, names and addresses of current and new owner. Request must be signed by the current dog owner. Enclose check for $1.00 made payable to “county treasurer” to cover the cost of transfer. Requests should be mailed to: Dauphin County Treasurer P. O. Box 1295 Harrisburg, PA 17108 **If you are a dog owner in Dauphin County, it is important that you license your dog. Licensing is mandated by state law and is enforced by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Fines for failing to secure a license range from $25.00 to $300.00. The Dauphin County Treasurer’s office maintains a database of licenses that are issued, which enables lost dogs to be returned to their owners more readily. This reduces costs incurred by the municipalities when the Humane Society must take possession of a lost dog. NOTE: Harrisburg City residents must apply for license with the City Treasurer (717-255-3046). For more detailed information, go to: https://www.dauphincounty.org/government/Publicly-Elected-Officials/Treasurer/Pages/Dog-License.aspx

Dog and Cat Diabetes

Diabetes is an endocrine (glandular) disorder in which animals either do not produce insulin or are unable to respond to its effects. As a result, there is too much sugar in the bloodstream, which can damage the kidneys, eyes, skin, and cardiovascular and nervous systems. Diabetes is one of the most common endocrine disorders in cats and dogs. Although it is treatable, diabetes is a major health concern that ultimately decreases the lifespan of affected animals. The lifespan of overweight dogs is about 15% shorter than leaner dogs, and overweight dogs suffer from a variety of disorders and chronic health problems, such as osteoarthritis. Check List for Diabetes Prevention Diabetes is a sneaky disease. The signs develop slowly and can easily be missed if one were not actively looking for them. This Diabetes Awareness Month (November), owners are encouraged to consider the following tips to help prevent diabetes, rather than trying to treat the condition once it develops.
  • Consider the breed before you adopt.
  • Be familiar with a healthy body weight and strive to maintain that weight throughout your pet’s life.
  • Discuss diet options with your veterinarian to ensure optimal nutrition and facilitate weight loss.
  • Have your pet examined by a veterinarian annually, even if it appears healthy.
  • Critically assess your pet frequently: What and how much is it eating, drinking, defecating and urinating? How is its activity level? Has its behavior or the appearance of its coat changed recently? If yes, be sure to consult your veterinarian.
For additional information on the causes, signs and the most up-to-date guidelines on the prevention and treatment of diabetes in dogs and cats, please contact us at the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County 717.652.1270

The Most Common Tick in Dauphin County: The American Dog Tick

Hosts : The immature stages are frequently found on small rodents such as meadow mice. The adults are frequently found on dogs (hence the name) and can be recognized by the distinctive white markings on their back. The American dog tick may become greatly engorged, achieving the size of a grape. In addition to man, the other hosts are cat, cattle, donkey, hog, horse, mule, sheep, coyote, deer, fox, wolf, wildcat, badger, opossum, rabbit raccoon, rat, skunk, squirrel, weasel and ground hog. Diseases : American dog ticks are the major carrier of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which is less common than Lyme disease, but a potentially more serious illness. This tick has also been known to transmit tularemia, and to cause tick paralysis


Most of you know our veterinary technician Angie Bloch. Angie fostered Winston as a kitten and bottle fed him for about 7 weeks. As you can imagine, they became incredibly close. For a multitude of reasons, she was unable to keep him and wanted to find a very special person to adopt him. One of our clients did adopt him and she went above and beyond by sending photos the day after he went to his “furever” home knowing that Angie was sad to see him go. Winston now lives in an unbelievably loving home and has a big brother named Salem. The client has continued to update Angie about Winston and we’ve decided to share some of the pictures with you. Please contact us to learn about adoption and foster opportunities in the community. To learn more about Angie and our other technicians, go to: https://communityvet.wpengine.com/about-us/veterinary-technicians