Monthly Archives: January 2014

Dog Bites

Millions of people – most of them children – are bitten by dogs every year in the United States. The majority of these bites, if not all, are preventable. Here are some basic facts that might surprise even you from our friends at the AVMA. Dog Bite AVMA

Cat Food Recall

PMI Nutrition, LLC (PMI), Arden Hills, Minn., has initiated a voluntary recall of its 20 lb. bags of Red Flannel® Cat Formula cat food for possible Salmonella contamination. There have been no reports of illness related to this product to date. This recall is being issued out of an abundance of caution after routine testing by the FDA Detroit District Office identified possible Salmonella contamination. For more information on the recall, customers can contact the customer service line for PMI products at 1-800-332-4738. Customer service representatives will be available Sunday, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST and Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST For updated information, go to:


IMPORTANT RABIES MESSAGE: Is your pet past due on their state required rabies vaccination? Come in for an appointment today from 1pm-4pm for a FREE rabies vaccination with a paid wellness exam. Call to make your appointment now 610-488-0166. Offer only good for appointments between 1-4PM on 1/23/14 Lee Pickett

Hillside SPCA Volunteers Needed

  • Do you love cats, kittens, puppies and dogs?
  • Do you feel a tug at your heart when you think of all the poor animals that are unwanted, abused or abandoned?
  • Do you have some spare time during the afternoon or evening hours?
  • Do you love animals, but aren’t comfortable working directly at the shelter, or have allergies and wish you could help?
  • Do you have transportation to get to the shelter or fundraising events?
  • Are you at least 14 years of age or older? (Or if younger, can you be accompanied by an adult guardian?)
If you answered YES! to 2 or more of the above, you are an EXCELLENT candidate for becoming a volunteer for the Hillside SPCA animal shelter. To learn more, go to:

We’d Like to Welcome our New Groomer: Lisa Poper!

I’d like to introduce myself to you. My name is Lisa Poper and I have recently been employed by Bernville Veterinary Clinic, Pet Spa & Resort in the grooming department. Animals are a huge part of my life and I thank BVC for the opportunity to show my grooming skills along with the compassion I have for the animals. I’ve been grooming for a few years along with a lot of rescue work for a lot more years! I am excited to meet new clients along with their owners at the clinic. Grooming will be available on Sundays along with availability during the week. If you have any questions please feel free to ask! Call for available appointment times! lisa groomer

Know Your Pet’s Limits in the Cold

This is a great tip from the AVMA:

Just like people, pets’ cold tolerance can vary from pet to pet based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level, and health. Be aware of your pet’s tolerance for cold weather, and adjust accordingly. You will probably need to shorten your dog’s walks in very cold weather to protect you both from weather-associated health risks. Arthritic and elderly pets may have more difficulty walking on snow and ice and may be more prone to slipping and falling.

Schedule Pet Play Dates

Dog-friendly canines benefit from play dates. Consider arranging play dates with your dog’s favorite friends, which can be done right in your backyard or at pet-friendly parks. Even when the weather outside isn’t t…he most inviting, dog parks can give your dog both off-leash exercise and interaction with other canines. Doggy daycares are another way to give your dog interaction while you’re away from home or when you just need a break.

Taking Care of Cocoa the Dog

Last week this K9 “Cocoa” was at our veterinary hospital for injuries sustained in a car accident! Our local Hospital called, and asked if the dog could be seen here, and stay overnight if needed, as his owner was injured in the accident too. We are happy to report that the dog and the owner are both doing ok! IMG_20131226_123055

Cold Weather Field Trips for Pets

If your dog is feeling cooped up this winter, try taking him or her on outings with you during the week. Even a short trip to a dog friendly pet store or coffee shop can make their week more eventful. For dogs and cats, consider having a pet sitter drop by to exercise your pooch or play with your cat.

New Year’s Resolution: Pet Exercise!

Exercise is the most common New Year’s resolution for humans and there is no reason why it can’t be for your pet too! Indoor games can keep your pet active while giving them some quality one on one time. For dogs, try some new toys like a rope to play tug with. Fetch is also a great game to play indoors with small stuffed animals. To increase the activity level try tossing the toy up stairs (make sure the stairs have carpeting or a runner to prevent slipping). If your dog likes to chase, try attaching a stuffed animal to the end of a rope. Even though going outside is difficult this time of year, indoor open areas work well too. For cats try to mix up their toys and introduce some feathery or fur-like toys on “fishing poles” that will encourage stalking, leaping and pouncing- especially right before mealtime when your cat is hungry. Interactive toys are enjoyed by both dogs and cats especially ones that dispense treats!