Hill’s canned dog food recall

If you feed your dog canned Hill’s food, please read this and check against
your lot numbers (found on plastic wrap around the case and on each individual can).
If what you have is part of the recall, stop feeding to your dog, contact Hill’s for replacement at contactus@hillspet.com or by phone at 1800-445-5777, and contact us if you have any other questions or concerns about your dogs well-being

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Two notes regarding the government shutdown:

Dog leaning on suitcase

1) Along with his license to practice veterinary medicine, Dr. Gallagher is also accredited by the UDSA to complete International Health Certificates for dogs and cats traveling abroad. He submitted the appropriate renewal paperwork but those responsible for processing are on furlough, and if the government does not reopen [and catch up] in time, his ability to issue International Health Certificates will lapse on February 28, 2019. Please plan accordingly! **This only affects International Health Certificates, not his general license to practice.**

2) If you are a government employee not being paid or furloughed due to the shutdown, we do not want your dog or cat to go without appropriate care. Contact us and we’ll work out a payment plan. You will need to show your Federal Government work ID.

(Photo by taniadimas via pixabay)


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NarBark Dog Parade, June 1, 2018!

We have a table for the Narberth Dog Parade on June 1, from 6pm-8pm. Bring your pups for the [costumed] parade or to stroll through! We’ll have $1 raffle tickets* for various items and services like flea/tick prevention medications, heartworm testing and prevention meds, exams, and blood work.

Stop by to say hi and to meet everybody from Villanova Veterinary Hospital!

*All proceeds from our raffles are going to a local non-profit animal group

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Why we vaccinate for rabies

The rabies vaccine is the only legally required vaccine for cats and dogs in Pennsylvania, even those kept entirely indoors must be vaccinated. The vaccine is important to protect both pets and people because rabies is zoonotic, meaning a human can contract it directly from another species.

Pennsylvania records between 400 and 500 cases of rabies every year in wild and domestic animals,

but only tests animals when human exposure is likely. This means more cases exist, they’re simply not documented. The east coast and through the Appalachian Mountains shows particularly high incidences of rabies in cats. On July 28, 2017, a public health notice was published for Philadelphia County stating in that month alone, more cats tested positive for rabies than usually do in an entire year.
If you or your pet is bitten by an unknown or unvaccinated mammal, it is extremely important to immediately contact your doctor or veterinarian. Once clinical signs are present, rabies is considered 100% fatal with only a handful of people through history surviving after showing clinical signs.
For more information about rabies in Pennsylvania, please see the state’s Department of Agriculture website.