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What Are the Warning Signs of Heatstroke?

Hope Vet Neurology

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?

Two veterinarians in surgery

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

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 excessive chewing, biting, licking, and scratching. Additionally, cats often exhibit…

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Lehigh Valley Spring Symposium

This is the link to the handout for this Sunday’s symposium at Bear Creek:  2019 Lehigh Valley Spring Symposium Handout Please be advised: No handouts will be distributed the day of the event Your CE certificate, pen, and paper will be provided on the day of the event. Please set up your printer prior to…

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Celebrating Social Work Month with a Spotlight on HOPE Support Services

Pet Support Services

Celebrating Social Work Month with a Spotlight on HOPE Support Services   Many people share a deep and powerful connection with their pets and consider them to be best friends and beloved members of the family. Due to this strong attachment, owners can become heartbroken and overwhelmed when the well-being of their pet is impacted…

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Caring for Your Aging Pet and Yourself

Join Hope Veterinary Specialists on May 18 as we open our new learning center to the pet-loving public for a two-part lecture presentation on palliative care and pet caregiver stresses. To register for this FREE event, please click here. Agenda 9:00 am Doors open and light breakfast served 9:30 am- Dr. Kate Vickery– “Keeping your Aging…

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5 Reasons to Reconsider Anesthetic Dental Cleaning for Your Pet

Pet dental cleaning

Is Anesthetic Dental Cleaning Safe for My Pet? Many pet owners have concerns about putting their animal under anesthesia, especially when the procedure sounds routine, like a teeth cleaning. While the treatment does carry some inherent risk (anesthesia may not be recommended if your pet is older and/or has other conditions impacting their health), it…

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2019 Lehigh Valley Veterinary Spring Symposium

Please join us for our 4th Lehigh Valley Spring Symposium and our 3rd year at Bear Creek. Hope Veterinary Specialists and Valley Central Veterinary Referral and Specialty Center are once again partnering to bring you the latest tips, tricks, and trends in our veterinary field. If you are a veterinarian, veterinarian technician or assistant, we…

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