Monthly Archives: January 2012

Cute patient of the week: Raisin!

Raisin is a new member of the Norman family. After the loss of their beloved Maggie, Raisin’s bright eyes and wiggly tail is just what the family needed. Raisin enjoys her visits to the clinic even though car rides are not her favorite.This photo was taken on one of her first visits to us. Being a Golden Doodle we doubt that she will be this small the next time we see her, she has very big paws to grow into.

Ask the Vet’s Pets: Can my cat get cancer from sitting in the window?

Dear Christopher Cat: Amanda, my arthritic cat, enjoys napping in the sun’s warmth by the window. I just read that sunshine can give her cancer. Would a sheer curtain block enough sun to protect her? Christopher Responds: You are correct that ultraviolet light, particularly the UVA rays that pass through windows and penetrate deeply into the skin, can cause skin cancer, usually squamous cell carcinoma. The regions of the body most often affected are the nose, ears and other areas where hair is sparse or pink skin lies beneath white hair. A sheer curtain would cut down on some of the light, but the UVA rays that reach Amanda’s skin would still pose a risk. A better solution is to apply ultraviolet-blocking film to the window. It will stop the harmful UVA rays from reaching Amanda but still let the heat through to warm her.

Ask the Vet’s Pets: A new feature on Bernville!

Welcome to the inagural post of a new blog feature on our Web site. Ask the Vet’s Pets is your chance to ask tough questions and get answers straight from the ones who know: Dr. Lee Pickett’s pets. Dr. Pickett, our hospital medical director, writes the entries in the voice of Christopher Cat, Daisy Dog and several guest pets: Christopher Cat Christopher Cat is the pen name of Oliver, a silver and black long-haired tabby of uncertain ancestry. Oliver is known for his common-sense intelligence, humor and unlimited self-confidence. He frequently receives assistance with the column from feline family members Carlie and Claire. Daisy Dog Daisy Dog is the pen name of Annie, an English setter rescued in 2005 at the age of five. She is bright, affectionate and eager to please. In answering questions, she sometimes consults her Irish wolfhound brother, Ollie. The original Daisy Dog, an olde English sheepdog, lived with Dr. Pickett from 1974 through 1988. Guest Columnists Cathy Cockatiel, Frank B. Ferret, Gina Guinea Pig, Reba Rabbit and Reggie Rat contribute their expertise when Christopher Cat and Daisy Dog take occasional vacations.

Survivor story: Nittany!

Nittany first came into our clinic feeling a little under the weather. By the next day he was in critical condition and needed hospitalization. We diagnosed him with diabetes among other ailments, and for the next few days we hoped for the best but expected the worst. He wasn’t eating and had very little energy. Together with his wonderful parents we were able to nurse him back to health and get him home. He still comes in for regular visits to make sure he is doing well. We are all very happy that he is back home with his family where he is happiest.

Cute Patient of the Week: Murphy Narmi

Murphy is the newest member of the Narmi family. Since we first saw this handsome man in December he has gained a whopping eighteen pounds and he still has a lot of growing left to do. During his last visit we had the opportunity to spend some quality time lounging around and we were able to take a photo of this handsome fellow.

PA leads the nation in rabies for cats

Pennsylvania’s rabies statistics are now available. During 2011, 450 animals tested positive for rabies in the Commonwealth. Berks County reported four cats, three raccoons, three skunks and one fox with rabies. National rabies statistics for 2010 were reported this fall. Once again, Pennsylvania led the country in the number of rabid cats (56). We came in fifth in the overall number of rabid animals with 394, after Texas (774), Virginia (591), New York (496) and North Carolina (411). We worry about rabies not just because the disease is deadly to our pets, but because it can kill humans. In 2010, two men died of bat rabies in the United States. Since 2001, 29 human cases have been reported in this country. What’s the take-home message? Be sure rabies vaccinations are current for all your pets, including cats that live strictly indoors, and that you have their rabies certificates. If you have any questions about whether your pet is overdue, give us a call at 610-488-0166. – Dr. Lee

We are hiring!

We have an opening for a Veterinary Technician Supervisor to join our team. Certification is required. Candidates for this job should be client oriented, motivated, have strong leadership skills, and be dedicated to providing outstanding nursing care. A competitive salary and a full range of benefits are offered. Interested candidates please email your resume to Suzie Weaver at

Rocky the Survivor!

We first met Rocky when he came into our clinic on a Tuesday afternoon after being attacked by an unknown animal. He had bite wounds over both of his front legs, his chest and his face. Rocky had lost so much blood we were not sure he would make it. Slowly but surely over the next few days, Rocky improved enough to be discharged to his family on Christmas Eve. Even though he makes daily trips into our office for bandage changes he is expected to make a full recovery.