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We are now able to perform PennHIP Certification at Companion Animal Hospital of Selinsgrove
According to the Baker Institute for Animal Health "Hip dysplasia may affect any dog, whether it is male or female, small, medium or large sized. It is estimated that more than 50 percent of some large breeds are affected including the Golden Retriever, German Shepherd Dog, Labrador Retriever, and Rottweiler, among other breeds.
We are proud to announce that Dr. Kubat just received her PennHIP Certification and is able to screen puppies as young as 16 weeks for this heritable disease. We strongly recommend screening breeding dogs, but also recommend screening breeds at risk at the time of spay or neuter.
For more information on Hip Dysplasia please visit: http://bakerinstitute.vet.cornell.edu/animalhealth/page.php?
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Feral Cat TNR Program
For 26 years we have been convinced that if we as individuals and as a group, Pa. Pets, dedicate our energies toward solving the problem of pet overpopulation that we can make a definite impact.
The link includes an application form.
This program is open to those people who are/will assume responsibility for feral, strays and/or barn cats. We require that the caretaker provide food for these cats. In addition they also must provide shelter from the elements. After the cats have had their surgery, they must be returned to their original area. Our spay/neuter clinics are on different dates and with different vets. There are no restrictions as to geographical area. This program is only limited by the financial status of Pa. Pets and the availability of the vets.
Companion Animal Hospital perioidically hosts a Sunday clinic for this program. Our veterinarians and staff volunteer their time doing as many as 125 cat sterilization surgeries in one day.
Hill's Pet Nutrition
Founded on January 1, 1939
America's Pet Nutrition Experts Since 1939
For more than 70 years, Hill's Pet Nutrition has helped enrich and lengthen the special relationship between people and their pets by putting our passion for balanced pet nutrition into everything we do. Our team of over 150 dedicated veterinarians and pet nutritionists are involved in the development of all of our products to ensure the highest-quality pet food available. We manufacture every bag of our dry pet food in our own U.S. facilities with high quality natural ingredients from North America and Europe. These ingredients must meet our strict requirements for purity and nutrient content, which exceed industry standards.
Each of us brings a unique talent to our collective work. Like you, we are pet owners. And we're driven by love and a common passion to help all pets live a happy and healthy life. Learn more at www.HillsPet.com.
At Companion Animal Hospital, we strongly believe that nutrition plays a huge part in a long, happy, healthy life. We routinely prescribe medical diets to support kidney, liver, joint, and urinary tract function. We have a dedicated Certified Veterinary Technician who provides nutrition counseling and helps our clients transition pets to their new foods. We also offer, " Your Food Bowl is Never Empty" program which ensures that your pet's prescription diet is in stock when you need it.
American Animal Hospital Accredited
We are American Animal Hospital Accredited proud.....
Surgical protocols at AAHA-accredited Hospitals include:
Pre-surgical assessments. Prior to surgery, the veterinary team verifies the specifics of the procedure; completes a physical exam of the patient; and ensures blood tests have been completed, documented, and reviewed by the veterinarian. Among other things, these precautions help determine if your pet is at risk for complications while under general anesthesia.
Dedicated surgical suites. To prevent post-surgical infections and cross-contamination, surgeries are performed in a room used only for sterile surgical procedures.
Surgical attire. Staff must wear disposable caps and masks when entering the surgical suite. Anyone involved in the procedure itself must also wear sterile gowns and single-use gloves.
Sterile packs and equipment. Surgical instruments are carefully cleaned, sterilized, and wrapped prior to each procedure to help prevent infections.
Monitoring. We only hire Certified Veterinary Technicians to administer and monitor anesthesia to your pet. The CVT is with your pet from start to finish, never leaving their side. All surgical patients have their blood pressure, ECG, oxygen, heart and respiration rates, and CO2 levels monitored continuously. In addition, warming blankets are used to maintain body temperature.
AAHA's standards diminish the risks associated with surgery and help veterinary practices achieve the highest level of care. The safety and comfort of your pet are always of the utmost importance.
Pet's need dental care too!
Proper oral hygiene will extend the life of your pet; here are some tips:
1. Feed your pet hard food unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian. Several foods, such as Hill's T/D or Hill's oral care have been formulated to naturally brush the teeth. Even using these foods as treats can be beneficial for your pet's teeth.
2. If possible, brush or rub your pet's teeth with a pet toothpaste once daily. There are several toothpastes formulated specifically for use in pets. Do not use human toothpaste, which is made to be spit out, not swallowed.
3. Use Clenz-a-dent enzyme chews for your dog or CET enzyme chews for your cat.
4. Use a pet water or food additive, such as Clenz-a-dent Water Additive and Clenz-a-dent PlaqueOff Food Additive. The water additive provides immediate relief of bad mouth odor and fights plaque and tartar while preserving the mouth’s natural bacterial balance. The food additive helps reduce plaque and calculus where they originate by breaking down and destroying the bio-film.
5. Have your pet's teeth examined regularly. Pets vary considerably in the amount of tartar that accumulates, so even young animals should be examined regularly. Consult with your veterinarian regarding the need for a professional cleaning.
6. If dental surgery is needed, Companion Animal Hospital has digital dental x-rays and a modern high speed dental unit to complete routine cleanings and surgical extractions. Dental nerve blocks are standard for any extractions.
The Golden Years
While aging is inevitable, you can help your pet enjoy the "golden years" with a happy and healthy life. Being informed is the first step to providing the best possible care for your senior pet. Our goal here at Companion Animal Hospital is to join with you as a healthcare team to give your pet the best possible golden years that we can. Dogs and cats age 5-7 years for every human year and like their human counterparts, cats and dogs slow down and experience many changes as they get older. Some changes are visible such as graying hair, cloudy eyes, and a slower gait.
It's those changes, however, that we cannot see that are the most threatening to our beloved senior pets. Certain types of cancers, kidney disease, liver disease, thyroid disorders and diabetes are just some of the health conditions that are only detected by blood work. In some cases, x-rays, urinalysis and many other diagnostic tests may also be needed to detect diseases affecting senior pets. Early detection of diseases, in many cases, allows us to prescribe medication and therapeutic diets to slow the progression of symptoms.
Facts About Senior Pets:
1. A diet rich in antioxidants is proven to slow the effects of aging.
2. Arthritis and joint pain can be delayed by feeding a diet with joint supplements.
3. Moderate exercise helps to manage arthritis and joint pain.
4. A pet can lose up to 75% of kidney function before showing any signs of illness.
5. Dental disease can lead to infection in vital body organs.
6. Senior pets can suffer from mental decline including disorientation, loss of housetraining and
abnormal sleep patterns.
7. Senior pets are obesity prone due to a slower metabolism.
8. Senior pets should be examined by a veterinarian every 6 months for preventative care.
9. Certain heart conditions are diagnosed with x-rays, ultrasound and an EKG.
10. Certain types of cancers can be detected early with diagnostic blood tests and x-ray.