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Posted on Dec 10, 2013 by Hope VS
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December 09, 2013
Director of Marketing
Hope Veterinary Specialists
Communications Manager, Petplan
Dr. Kim Slensky Named a Finalist for Petplan Pet Insurance’s
2014 Veterinarian of the Year Award
Malvern Veterinarian Is One of 12 Total Finalists Chosen From More Than 3,100 Nominations Submitted Nationwide
Malvern (December 09, 2013) – Petplan, America’s best-loved pet insurance provider, is delighted to announce that Dr. Kim Slensky of Hope Veterinary Specialists has been selected as one of three Finalists for its 2014 “Veterinarian of the Year” award. Dr. Slensky’s nomination stood out from more than 3,100 nominations Petplan received from pet parents across the country.
“We are delighted to continue highlighting the work of outstanding veterinarians across the country,” said Natasha Ashton, co-CEO and co-founder of Petplan. “We were impressed that Dr. Slensky not only provides a consistently exceptional level of care to our four-legged family members, but also demonstrates leadership and a strong desire to help pet parents become better partners in pet health. ”
Dr. Slensky and her fellow finalists will next be evaluated by Petplan’s accomplished Veterinary Awards Judging Panel, comprised of prominent pet health professionals and veterinarians.
To help clients, colleagues, friends and family get involved; Petplan is now accepting votes in support of the selected finalists at http://www.gopetplan.com/form/raise-a-paw. Votes will be taken into consideration by the Judging Panel during finalist evaluation, but the voting will close 11:59 p.m. EST, December 15 – so support Dr. Slensky today!
In February, Dr. Slensky and a guest will attend the 2014 Veterinary Awards Dinner, held during the 86th annual Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, where the winners be announced in four categories – “Veterinarian of the Year,” “Veterinary Practice Manager of the Year,” “Veterinary Technician of the Year” and “Practice of the Year.”
In addition to the honor of being named Petplan’s 2014 Veterinarian of the Year, this year’s winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize, as well as a $1,000 donation to a pet-focused charity of their choice.
ABOUT Hope Veterinary Specialists
Started in November 2004 as the Animal Critical Care and Specialty Group, Inc., Hope VS has become the region’s leader in advanced veterinary medical care for dogs and cats. Hope VS provides emergency, critical care and specialty veterinary services to area veterinarians on a referral basis and the general public on a walk-in basis. By emphasizing education, investing in cutting-edge technology and focusing on client satisfaction and loyalty, Hope VS is becoming a renowned specialty practice that will continue to grow and mature; a practice where we dedicate ourselves to both the art as well as the science of veterinary medicine.
ABOUT PETPLAN’S VETERINARY AWARDS
Now in its third year, the Petplan Veterinary Awards honor the important work of America’s veterinary professionals who go above and beyond, providing pets with exceptional care and clients with exceptional customer service. Petplan is proud to carry on the tradition of rewarding excellence in veterinary medicine fostered by our sister company, Petplan UK, whose own Vet Awards are Britain’s pre-eminent industry celebration.
Petplan is the only pet insurance company to have been included on Inc. Magazine’s list of 500 fastest-growing, privately held companies in America. In February 2013, Petplan pet insurance was at No. 34 on Forbes annual ranking of America’s Most Promising Companies – a list of 100 privately held, high-growth companies with bright futures. Petplan’s fully customizable dog insurance and cat insurance policies provide coverage for all hereditary and congenital conditions for the life of the pet as standard, and meet the coverage requirements and budget for pets of all/any age. Petplan pet insurance policies are underwritten by AGCS Marine Insurance Company in the U.S. and by Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company in Canada. The Allianz Group is rated A+ by A.M. Best (2012). For information, about Petplan pet insurance, visit www.GoPetplan.com, read the Petplan “Vets for Pets” Blog, or call 1-866-467-3875.
November has been designated as National Pet Cancer Awareness Month as a continuing effort to educate pet owners about the prevalence, detection and treatment of pet cancers. Hope VS provides a full spectrum of treatments for pets suffering from cancer including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.
The first line of defense for pet owners to detect cancer in their pet is regular, routine veterinary care. The second? Learning the 10 most common signs…
•Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
•Sores that do not heal
•Weight loss or loss of appetite
•Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
•Difficulty eating or swallowing
•Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
•Persistent lameness or limping
•Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating
*From the American Veterinary Medical Association
Getting a diagnosis of cancer in your pet is scary. Our Oncology Team at Hope is armed with 20+ combined years of experience to help guide you and your pet along this new journey and answer all of your questions. Together we will find the best option for you, your family, and your faithful friend. Until then, our Oncology Department has put together some of the most common treatment misconceptions for you to read up on!
Rumor: I’ve heard that chemotherapy will cause significant side effects causing my pet to become sick.
Reality: The majority of pets tolerate chemotherapy very well. Approximately 90% of pets receiving chemotherapy never experience any side effects. 5-10% of pets will experience mild, transient, side effects that resolve on their own after 1-2 days. These side effects include mild stomach upset and soft stool. Rarely, some pets receiving chemotherapy will experience more serious side effects requiring fluids and anti-nausea medication. These more serious side effects are rare and occur in less than 3% of pets receiving treatment. Our goal in veterinary oncology is to not only control the cancer but to also improve the quality of life of the pet. Pets receive a lower dose of chemotherapy compared to people receiving chemotherapy treatments. For this reason, pets tolerate this treatment better than people tolerate chemotherapy. The majority of pet owners agree that chemotherapy treatment helps make their pet feel better.
Rumor: I’ve heard that certain things, such as food, can contribute to the development of cancer.
Reality: Foods are not typically a cause of cancer unless there is evidence of carcinogen contamination. The more probable reasons for the development of cancer are: genetics, environment (i.e. pollution, smoking, etc.), hormonal influence (intact female dogs), compromised immune system, inflammation, and long term use of immunosuppressant medications.
Rumor: I’ve heard that my pet will lose his/her hair while undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
Reality: Complete hair loss (alopecia) is not a typical side effect of chemotherapy for most dogs and cats. Alopecia tends to occur only in certain breeds of dogs, those breeds that have hair rather than fur, for example, Bichon Frise, Poodle, Maltese. Most dog breeds, such as Golden Retriever, Labrador, Shepherds, have fur rather than hair and may experience increase shedding but do not typically experience alopecia. Both dogs and cats may experience loss of whiskers during their treatment. Fortunately alopecia and/or whisker loss does not cause an issue for dogs or cats, these changes are only aesthetic. Once the chemotherapy treatments are completed, the fur and/or whiskers will grow back depending on the timing of the growth cycle of the hair.
Rumor: I will have to isolate my pet from the rest of the family and other pets during his/her cancer treatments to avoid my family from getting exposed.
Reality: You do not have to isolate your pet while they are undergoing chemotherapy treatment, as chemotherapy and radiation treatment are not catching or transmissible through regular contact. We generally recommend standard hygienic practice when cleaning your pet’s eliminations. Use gloves or paper/plastic bag when handling urine/feces. Clean the litter box and/or pick up eliminations in the yard frequently. Always wash your hands after handling pet waste.
Rumor: My pet is too old to handle chemotherapy treatment.
Reality: Age is not a disease! As long as the overall health of the pet enables him/her to receive chemotherapy, then it is ok to proceed with this treatment. Side effects of treatment are typically rare and mild when they occur. The age of the pet does not dictate how he/she is going to tolerate the chemotherapy.
Rumor: My pet will be radioactive following radiation therapy.
Reality: Radiation therapy is similar to an x-ray and will not cause pets, or humans for that matter, to emit radioactive particles. Therefore, your pet does not pose a risk to anybody after he/she receives radiation treatment.
Rumor: I’m afraid that my pet will spend a majority of the time in the hospital receiving treatment and that my own schedule will not enable me to continuously bring my pet for treatments.
Reality: Most chemotherapy treatments that are performed at the hospital are on an out-patient basis, with a majority lasting about 1-2 hours long. Depending on the protocol, injectable treatments may be once a week or once every 2-3 weeks. Some protocols involve the use of chemotherapy pills, which are administered at home, but occasional bloodwork may be warranted which sometimes can be done with your primary care vet. We try to be as accommodating as we can for your schedule. At HopeVS, we are open 6 days a week, generally from 8am-5pm, to offer a wide array of appointment options. We offer drop-offs for any portion of the day at no additional cost. We have 2 other sites (near Allentown, PA and Lancaster, PA) that we practice at that may be nearer to your home. With these availabilities, we hope that it helps people with their schedule and enables them to be able to treat their pet without it impacting their schedule too much.
Rumor: If my pet goes into remission with the first few treatments, then why do we need to continue giving chemotherapy being that he/she is in remission?
Reality: Cancer is generally not a curable disease due to the fact that microscopic cancer cells can still be traveling throughout the body looking for a home. That being said, the chemotherapy is given over a certain timeframe at a designated frequency in efforts to search out those microscopic cancer cells and destroy them. If chemotherapy is stopped prematurely, there may be cancer cells that continue to exist and may in fact take a stronger hold or replicate more quickly. It also gives cancer cells some time to create a resistance to those drugs that were given, which can reduce or eliminate their effectiveness down the road if they are used again.
Hope VS is hosting a pet photo shoot for the holidays with a very special guest….SANTA!! Shots by Shawnna Photography will be at Hope on Saturday Decemeber 14, 2013 from 11-4PM. We provide the back drop and Santa, you just show up with your four legged friend!
There is a small fee of $10 per one 4×6 photo. Your photo is printed on the spot for you to take home. Additional prints/sizes and cd’s can be ordered.
Stop by to get your christmas card professionaly done and show your friends and family how your pet made the “nice” list this year! (wink, wink)
Print out this coupon below for additional savings!
Hope Vs is joining forces with US Marine Corps Reserve to collect new, unwrapped toys from now until December 16th, 2014. Those toys will then be distributed as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in our local community. We decided to partner with Toys for Tots because we admired their goal: Through a new toy at Christmas, a message of Hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.
Toys for Tots program assist children up to the age of 16. They do not publish a list of appropriate toys to donate, however they do not accept realistic looking weapons and gifts with food.
Hope VS has Toys for Tots collection boxes in our reception areas. We are conveniently open 24/7, even holidays, so feel free to stop by with your new, unwrapped toy whenever is best for you!
Posted on Oct 11, 2013 by Hope VS
“Your Trusted Partner in Lifelong Care”
It was 21 years ago that the U.S. Congress voted to declare the third week of October, National Veterinary Technician Week (NVTW). With this act Veterinary Technicians, the preeminent pet nurses working in the treatment area of the veterinary hospital, were celebrated for the tireless work they perform as advocates for animals and caretakers for hospitalized pets.
The week-long celebration, with sponsorship from the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Partners for Healthy Pets, and the Ontario (Canada) Association of Veterinary Technicians, seeks to elevate public awareness of the importance of the veterinary nursing staff. Veterinary Technicians work throughout animal clinics and hospitals providing nursing care, patient assessment, and surgical assistance. Additionally, veterinary technicians work as radiography technicians, dental hygienists, client communicators, educators, medical laboratory technicians, and often as hospital and practice managers. This year’s theme for NVTW is: “Your Trusted Partner in Lifelong Care;’ as advocates for pet health Veterinary Technicians believe an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
“The Credentialed Veterinary Technician is so much more than an assistant to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.” said Dennis Lopez, M.Ed., LVT, and 2013 President of NAVTA. “The public is often uninformed about the importance of the veterinary nursing staff behind the scenes, working long shifts in the treatment rooms of animal clinics and hospitals. Our view at NAVTA is that the Veterinary Technician is an extension of the Doctor, performing many critical nursing tasks in support of patient care.” Following a series of legislative changes culminating in 2010, credentialed veterinary technicians (Certified, Registered, or Licensed), are now required to graduate with a minimum of a two-year Associate Degree, perform many hours of clinical externship, and pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) before being allowed to practice. “Credentialed technicians really are the equivalent of a human Registered Nurse,” stated Lopez. “They go through a science heavy education, learn and experience a wide variety of skills, and then have to pass a very difficult national board exam. However, unlike human medical professionals, the Veterinary Technician must learn the anatomy, disease process, patient care, and nursing skills to practice on 20-30 species. The education and ability to practice is very rigorous.” Most states require the Credentialed Veterinary Technician to maintain continuing education hours and to stay on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine.
National Veterinary Technician Week celebrates these hard-working individuals with activities at educational and college programs, state Veterinary Technician Associations, and at local and national conferences. The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America is a nonprofit organization that represents and promotes the profession of Veterinary Technology. NAVTA provides direction, education, support and coordination for its members. Incorporated in 1981, NAVTA is the national organization devoted exclusively to developing and enhancing the profession of veterinary technology. For more information about NAVTA, visit their website at www.navta.net.