Hope Veterinary Specialists is proud to announce that we have joined the BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital family of specialty and emergency hospitals. BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital’s ongoing commitment to excellence in veterinary medicine fits naturally with our core values and mission, and we couldn’t be more excited about the partnership. More…

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Hope Veternarian Specialists September Blog Dog and Human running heart healthy

As your cat or dog ages, heart health can have a direct impact on their quality of life. Luckily, the same rules apply to pets that apply to humans: regular exercise, a healthy diet, and annual checkups all help to prevent heart disease. Even if heart disease develops, treatment options are available. This handy guide…

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Anesthesia dogs cats safety

How Long Should My Dog or Cat Fast Before Anesthesia? Try to keep to your pet’s normal routine and feeding schedule as much as possible before they undergo anesthesia; this will help to minimize stress and disruption, and will enable your dog or cat to return more quickly to normal life upon recovery. Generally, it…

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To our valued clients and friends, We launched Hope Veterinary Specialists more than 15 years ago when we opened the first 24-hour emergency and critical care facility in Chester County staffed by board-certified specialists in emergency and critical care medicine. Our primary goal has remained the same since that time — to provide the best care…

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Heatstroke Symptoms of a heatstroke in dogs can range from very dramatic and obvious (for example, a sudden collapse during exercise or prolonged weakness and heavy panting) to more subtle signs (unusual lethargic behavior, or even diarrhea or vomiting). If you believe your dog has had a heatstroke, seek immediate treatment. In the meantime, you…

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Hope Veterinarian Services Allergy Vaccine

Allergies are an unfortunate fact of life for pets of all shapes, sizes, and breeds. Fortunately, the vaccination process is safe and easy, and can even be done at home. In this simple, step-by-step video, Dermatology Nurse Brittany Humphries explains proper vial storage, how to administer the shot, needle disposal, and more.

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HopeVS Coronavirus Affects Pets

Our understanding of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is still very much developing and evolving. While more research is needed, reports indicate that a small number of pets have contracted the virus from a human in their home or neighborhood. In these rare cases, the pets show no or only minor symptoms of illness and are…

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Roughly 90 million Americans own a dog in the United States and, for those of us practicing social distancing, it means we are spending A LOT more time with our pooches. Having a pet during difficult times such as these has already been proven to help diminish stress levels, lessen depression and anxiety, and lower…

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Updated: March 18, 2020 Dear Community Members, Tuesday morning we sent an announcement letting you know about the changes that were necessary to implement in order to keep our hospital functioning. We have since received additional information and advice which has led us to further modify our practices. Please realize that all of these practices are being…

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Periodontal disease is an infection or inflammation of the tissues that support the teeth. In its early stage, the disease can cause gingivitis, or gum disease, which results in swelling of the gum tissue around the teeth. In its second and more severe stage, the disease causes periodontitis, affecting the gum tissue as well as…

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