At VCA Delmarva Animal Hospital, our goal is to be recognized as the standard of excellence for pet care in our Eastern Shore community, servicing Berlin, Ocean Pines, Ocean City, Bishopville, Selbyville, Salisbury, Pocomoke, Ocean View and Bethany Beach. Our primary missions are for every pet to leave our care looking and feeling better than when they first arrived, and for every client to have all of their questions answered. We will meet these ends through teamwork, communication, quality medicine, continuing education of our doctors and team, heartfelt compassion, unmatched client service, and client education. We offer CareClub Wellness packages, dentistry, digital radiographs, digital dental radiographs, surgery, cold laser therapy, grooming and boarding for dogs and cats (see our Boarding and Grooming page for more information). We are open Monday - Saturday. Visit our Facebook page and don't forget to LIKE our page! www.Facebook.com/vcadelmarvaanimalhospital
Local Medical Issues
The large increase in the number of wildlife Rabies cases seen in Worcester County last year has continued into 2010. Presently, there are three times as many confirmed cases as there were at this time last year. Pet owners must be made aware of this potential threat. Here are a few tips to protect your family and your pets:
- Be sure that all pets are up-to-date on their Rabies vaccinations. All pets, including indoor cats, must be vaccinated against Rabies.
- Do not allow pets to roam free as they are more likely to encounter a rabid wild animal.
- Avoid feeding animals outside as this attracts stray and wild animals to your property.
- Children should learn not to approach unknown animals.
- Avoid sick animals or those acting in an unusual manner. Report these sightings to the local health department or law enforcement.
- All pets with wounds should be examined and treated by a veterinarian.
If your pet does have contact with a stray or wild animal, avoid touching him with your bare hands. Report the incident to the Health Department and local law enforcement. Call your veterinarian.
A low-calorie sugar substitute, xylitol, is present in many diet foods and sugar-free gums, and also has a granulated form for baking. This substance is extremely toxic to dogs, causing low blood sugar and vomiting, and even liver failure at higher doses. A dog may be sickened by eating only a few cookies or pieces of gum which contain xylitol.
We are seeing small "bonsai" houseplant versions of Sago Palm plants in this area. Unfortunately, the plants are both tasty and deadly to our canine and feline companions. The toxins in the plant and seeds/nuts can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, liver failure, and death. According to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, 50-75% of Sago Palm poisoning cases are fatal! Please do not have these plants in your home with your pet!