VCA Delaware Valley Animal Hospital has been offering veterinary services to our community since 1954. We are a full-service hospital located in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, near the Oxford Valley Mall. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to offering the utmost in veterinary care. We continue to offer our patients and clients excellent medical care, combining traditional medicine along with alternative choices. Our services range from routine yearly care and vaccines, routine spays and neuters, dentistry, elective and routine surgeries, radiography, bloodwork, exotics (rabbits, rodents, ferrets, chinchillas, sugar gliders, etc.), and acupuncture. Our veterinary staff has received special training in acupucture and other alternative therapies (such as gold wire implantation and prolotherapy), and feline and canine behavior problems.
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Remember, pets are just like children, and sometimes we forget the dangerous things that we have around the house that can be so harmful to our pets.
An example of this was when we had a small dog come in for treatment that had discovered his owner's tool and gadget box. The dog found a tube of Gorilla glue and decided to eat it. Luckily, his owners brought him in right away for treatment. The doctor took X-rays and discovered that the entire contents of his stomach had started to harden into one big glob about the size of a soft ball. The doctor surgically removed the glob from his stomach, and fortunately the patient made a full recovery.
Winter is fast approaching and with it snow, ice, and cold weather. Here are some tips to keep you pets safe during cold weather: Know the limits-just like people, pet's cold tolerance can vary based on their coat, body fat stores, activity levels, and general health status. It is advisable that your dog's walks should be shortened in very cold weather to protect you both from weather-associated health risks. Arthritic and elderly pets may have more difficulty walking on snow and ice and may be more prone to slipping and falling. Long-haired and thick-coated dogs and cats tend to be more cold-tolerant, but are still at risk in cold weather. Short-haired pets feel the cold faster because they have less protection, and short-legged pets may become cold faster because their bellies and bodies are more likely to come in contact with the snow-covered ground. In addition, pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal imbalances (such as Cushing's Disease) may have a harder time regulating their body temperature, and be more susceptible to problems from temperature extremes. The same goes for very young and very old pets. It is a common belief that dogs and cats are more resistant to cold weather because of their fur, but it's untrue. Like people, dogs and cats are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside. Some breeds of dogs, such as Huskies bred for colder climates, are more tolerant of the cold weather, but no pet should be left outside for long periods in below-freezing temperatures. If you have any questions or concerns about your pet and the colder weather, please call us and we will be happy to assist you!
******An important on-going reminder-Rabies cases continue to be reported in our area, and it is extremely important to keep up to date with your pet's Rabies vaccinations*****