Archive for 2019

Is Radiation Therapy Safe for My Pet?

Pet dental cleaning

What Is Radiation Therapy? Cancer can affect humans as well as animals, and many different treatment options are available. Radiation therapy is a type of treatment that uses targeted beams of energy to deliver a high dose of radiation to a cancerous tumor while minimizing the radiation received by the healthy, normal tissue surrounding it.…

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Expanded Emergency Service + Emergency Surgery Availability 24/7

NOW THE GOOD NEWS! Expanded Emergency Service + Emergency Surgery Availability 24/7 Dear Valued Referring Veterinarian, Hope Veterinary Specialists is excited to announce the continued expansion of our Emergency Service! As is made readily apparent by the closing of several other emergency services in Eastern Pennsylvania, the regional shortage of both doctors and nursing staff…

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Veterinary Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure that utilizes high frequency sound waves to digitally send images of the areas being scanned for immediate evaluation by the radiologist. The images are viewed in real time and allow for quick diagnosis and treatment when indicated.   Ultrasound is primarily used as a diagnostic tool when evaluating internal organ…

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National Veterinary Technician Week: October 13th -19th, 2019

NATIONAL VETERINARY TECHNICIAN WEEK: October 13 – 19, 2019 Veterinary Nursing in Action Your pet deserve the best in pet care and it takes everyone on the veterinary health care team to make that happen. The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) recognized that fact and created National Veterinary Technician Week (NVTW). As…

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Toxic Blue-Green Algae

Pet Owners Beware! Toxic Blue-Green Algae Blooms Are Dangerous for Your Pets. Algae is present naturally in rivers, ponds, lakes and even puddles. When conditions are ripe, including high temperatures and sun exposure in the summer and fall, they can turn rapidly into blooms with high concentrations of toxins. These toxins are dangerous for your…

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What Are the Warning Signs of Heatstroke?

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What Are the Warning Signs of Heatstroke? Unlike humans, dogs do not have sweat glands and rely on panting to cool themselves off, which is a much less effective way of lowering their internal body temperature. Common warning signs of a heatstroke include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, and neurological complications such as wobbling and/or…

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Is It Safe for My Pet to Undergo Anesthesia?

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Just like with humans, a highly personal approach is needed to develop an anesthesia treatment plan for pets and animals. A veterinary professional will consider the animal’s age, medical history, medications, and the results of the animal’s physical examination before deciding whether to administer anesthesia. In addition to these considerations, an animal healthcare professional must…

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Heart to Heart: Know the Signs of Degenerative Valve Disease (DVD) in Dogs

Dog cardiology

What Is Degenerative Valve Disease (DVD)? Degenerative Valve Disease (DVD) refers to a noninfectious degeneration of the cardiac valves. In dogs and cats, the most commonly affected valve is the mitral valve (on the left side of the heart), followed by the tricuspid valve (on the right side of the heart). For reasons doctors don’t…

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Yappy Hour

Join the Hope VS Specialists at Locust Lane Brewery for an evening of brews with your pooch! For the 2019 Yappy Hour dates, we are raising funds and awareness for The Puppy Up Foundation. Puppy Up is committed to discovering the common links between canine and human cancers and the causes of these cancers through…

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Chewing, Biting, Licking, Scratching: Your Allergy Season Survival Guide

Pet allergies

Chewing, Biting, Licking, Scratching: Your Allergy Season Survival Guide   How Do I Know If My Pet Is Having an Allergic Reaction? When people get allergies, they generally experience symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, running nose, and watery eyes. Dogs and cats can sometimes get these as well—more typically, however, they exhibit behavior which includes…

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