Cancer Awareness

You Can Make A Difference Go to the Bark for Life website to learn how you can get involved. Find an Event Volunteer as a survivor or caregiver Donate your time or money What is Cancer? Cancer is cells within the body that are growing and dividing in an abnormal manner and rate often forming tumors [...]

Lyme Disease in Our Backyard

Did you know according to the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) 1 out of 7 dogs tested positive for Lyme disease in Pennsylvania?  Here are some statistics: 5.7% of those cases were in Montgomery County. 2.43% of those cases were in Berks County. Pennsylvania is considered a high risk state for Lyme disease in humans and dogs. [...]

Revolution

Is Revolution Right for Your Dog? Parasites are an annoying fact of life for our dogs.  Parasites can cause a range of problems, from bothersome scratching to more serious medical issues, such as infections and dangerous or even deadly diseases.  How dangerous these problems are depends on the type of parasite, the degree of infection [...]

Heartgard

Heartworms can infect your pet without you even knowing it.  The best way to protect your dog is to prevent heartworm disease – the risk, expense, and emotional toll of treatment are significant. HEARTGARD Plus helps prevent canine heartworm disease, and treats and controls roundworms and hookworms, too. Heartgard Facts When used monthly as directed [...]

World Rabies Day

Celebrate World Rabies Day on September 28th by getting the facts on rabies prevention and ensuring that you and your family are free from rabies.  We have a wealth of information on our website that shares facts about prevention and rabies in our communities. Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals usually transmitted through the [...]

Commonly Asked Questions about Rabies Vaccinations

We often get asked questions about vaccinating pets.  As we celebrate World Rabies Day this month, here are some answers to some of the commonly asked questions about rabies vaccinations. How often do I need to get my pet vaccinated against rabies? Dogs: The first rabies vaccination should be given at 14 weeks or older. [...]

Rabies IS in Montgomery and Berks Counties

The Montgomery County Health Department receives calls daily from people who were trying to do a good deed by helping an animal in distress only to end up bitten, injured and facing the possibility of having contracted rabies (see our blog to learn more https://www.gilbertsvillevet.com/good-deed-could-have-deadly-reprucussions/). The most common carriers of rabies in Pennsylvania are bats, [...]

Why Does My Indoor Pet Need A Rabies Vaccine? 2016

We often are asked “Why do I need to get the rabies vaccine if my pets never go outside where they can be exposed to rabies?” The simple answer is any indoor pet can get loose and run out the door.   In addition, rabid animals do not act like normal animals and there are accounts of [...]

Hairballs…Not Everything Small and Furry is Adorable

Hairballs...not everything small and furry is adorable.  You step out of bed blurred eyed, not fully awake when all of a sudden your foot makes contact with something cold, soft and wet. Cats are fastidious groomers, grooming between 2-3 hours per day, in the process of grooming the surface of their tongue’s barb-like protrusions on [...]

Fun Fur Facts PLUS “How to” Remove Hairballs

Fun Fur Facts About Cats 1. Trichobezoar is the proper name for hairballs. It comes from the Greek root, trich, which means "hair." A bezoar is any mass found in the stomach or intestines. It comes from the Persian word for "antidote or protection from poison." 2. Most cats will consume about 6 oz of [...]

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