Category Archives: Community

HELP THE HILLSIDE SPCA FEED PETS IN NEED!

Between today and November 30th, 2012, every time a new Facebook post gets “LIKED” on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/bernvillevet), we will donate 1/6th of a bowl of pet food to the Hillside SPCA. By “LIKING” these stories every day and encouraging your friends to do the same, Bernville Vet can donate an enormous amount of food to pets in need!
The more virtual “LIKES”…the more REAL food! …
There’s no cost involved, just 15 seconds of your time per day. We will pay for up to 1000 1/6 bowls of food in the month of November!
To learn more about the Hillside SPCA, go to: www.hillsidespca.org

OUR NEXT FREE SEMINAR IS ON MONDAY NOV 5th!

Please join us! The next seminar is on Monday night, 11/5/12 at Bernville Veterinary Clinic: Canine & Feline Behavior, with Dr. Lee Pickett ■Normal canine & feline social development and communication ■Canine behavior problems, including aggression and separation anxiety ■Feline behavior problems, including inappropriate elimination, aggre ssion and clawing furniture All sessions take place Monday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Bernville Veterinary Clinic, 7135 Bernville Road, Bernville, PA 19506 The workshops are FREE, but space is limited, so please RSVP to vet@bernvillevet.com or 610-488-0166

Pet Storm Tips

Power outages often happen during storms, but can happen at any time, during any season. Flashlights, batteries, food, a source of water and heat during the winter are basic necessities. Are your pets covered in your preparedness plan? Here are some power outage preparedness tips: •Thankfully, dogs and cats do not need much electricity in their daily lives. Fresh water and food are most important, so basic emergency precautions should cover those needs. If your pet is arthritic and cold weather is a concern, have plenty of padded, thick blankets for your pet to curl up on. •While not an emergency, often when the power is out, many appliances start beeping and flashing. This really bothers some animals so try to keep pets out of those rooms. •Water Supply: Besides having stored drinking water, it is also important to maintain sanitation for both family members and pets. Have some baby wipes handy to keep hands clean and not waste available water. •Food Supply: Keep readily available, easy-to-store snacks that do not require refrigeration or heating to eat. •Light Your Way: Have matches, candles, flashlights, and batteries on hand, and know where they are. A dedicated location works well. It is a good idea to periodically check that batteries are working in stored flashlights. •Be Candle and Fire Safe: Lit candles are useful for light, but having many lit candles can be dangerous. If pets and small children are around, there is even more danger of accidental fire or injury. Fire is also a risk with downed lines and sparking sub stations. Make sure to have plenty of fire extinguishers around the house, and know how to use them. Make sure that extinguishers are fully charged, and know where they are in the house and around your property.

Next Monday’s FREE Workshop: Pet Loss & Bereavement with Marianne Sharon

For those of you who don’t know Marianne, she is a master’s level clinician working in behavioral and mental health with clients across their pet’s life span . She has volunteered and worked in bereavement counseling for 5 years. She runs an ongoing support group in the area since February 2011. The topics that she will be discussing include:
  • Feelings associated with losing a pet – similarity and differences between pet loss and human loss.
  • Societal expectations and the impact on grieving for our animals.
  • How to cope with comments “get over it… it was just an animal.”
  • Gender differences and the impact on losing a pet in couple relationships.
  • The spiritual beliefs associated with animals and how to incorporate this into caring for the remains of pets.
  • How to talk with veterinarians about negative feelings associated with the care of
When: Oct 8th from 7:00 to 8:00 Where: Bernville Veterinary Clinic, 7135 Bernville Road, Bernville, PA 19506 The workshops are FREE, but space is limited, so please RSVP to vet@bernvillevet.com or 610-488-0166  

OUR BUILDING

BEFORE
Our hospital was founded in 1990 by Dr. Steve Stephan in the fall of 1989 when Dr. Stephan acquired the Northkill practice from Dr. A. Godfried on Shartlesville Road. At the time it was a part time practice run out of a several room small building. Pretty soon the Bernville Veterinary Clinic outgrew the small building and it was expanded on that site. In 1994 we decided that this area needed more veterinary and pet related services than even the expanded building could handle so the present hospital and spa were constructed.
AFTER

This Week is Deaf Dog Awareness Week

In 1996, members of the Deaf Dogs E-Mail List, founded by Canadian and future board member, Lindsay Patten, rallied twice to raise the funds needed to fly deaf dogs to loving homes and away from certain death. This inspired the list members to propose that a not-for-profit organization be founded “to speak on behalf of and assist in the betterment of life for deaf dogs everywhere.” The Deaf Dog Education Action Fund (DDEAF) is the result of an idea that was long past due. To learn more about the The Deaf Dog Education Action Fund (DDEAF), go to: www.deafdogs.org

FREE Veterinary Medicine for Pet Owners Series

Please join us! The first seminar is on Monday night, 9/10/12 at Bernville Veterinary Clinic:
Emergency Medicine, with Dr. Lee Pickett • How to decide whether it’s an emergency, and what to do to help your pet
  • Toxic emergencies: antifreeze, rodenticides, chocolate, onions
  • Heart, lung & circulatory emergencies: feline saddle thromboembolism, electrical cord injuries
  • Stomach & intestinal emergencies: bloat/GDV, foreign bodies
  • Urinary emergencies: urethral obstruction
  • Nervous system & related problems: seizures, intervertebral disc disease, vestibular syndrome
All sessions take place Monday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Bernville Veterinary Clinic, 7135 Bernville Road, Bernville, PA 19506 The workshops are FREE, but space is limited, so please RSVP to vet@bernvillevet.com or 610-488-0166 UPCOMING SEMINARS THIS SEASON INCLUDE: 10/8/12 Pet Loss & Bereavement, with Marianne Sharon 11/5/12 Canine & Feline Behavior, with Dr. Lee Pickett
  • Normal canine & feline social development and communication
  • Canine behavior problems, including aggression and separation anxiety
  • Feline behavior problems, including inappropriate elimination, aggression and clawing furniture
12/3/12 How to Read a Pet Food Label, with Betsy Gallagher
  • Please bring labels from the dry and canned foods you feed your pets