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From your Chester County Veterinarian - Heartworm disease, it's not just a dog problem

Mar 23, 2017

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Blog-3.jpgHere are the facts:

  • Mosquitoes transmit heartworms
  • Mosquitoes can bite cats
  • Cats can get heartworm disease

 So why is it that most people focus on preventing heartworm disease in dogs and not in cats? After all, mosquitoes don’t care who they bite.

 

Most pet cats live inside a home. And most pet owners are under the misconception that indoor pets are not susceptible to a mosquito bite. In reality, mosquitos are everywhere, including your home. And it only takes one bite for a cat or a dog to become infected.

 

Heartworm disease in cats often shows up as a respiratory condition because the early stages of heartworm disease can appear similar to asthma or allergic bronchitis. If your cat is coughing, panting, gagging, fainting, open-mouth breathing, or having substantial difficulty breathing, call us to make an appointment at Affinity. At the clinic, we can test your cat and have the results in as little as 10 minutes.

 

We can recommend a number of heartworm prevention products and can help you determine the right course of action for your pet’s lifestyle.  If you want to protect your cat from the dangers of heartworm disease, schedule an appointment today.


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From Your Malvern Vet - The Many Health Risks Associated With Pet Obesity

Jan 19, 2017

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Through a series of various factors like metabolism, diet, and more, certain pets can become dangerously obese. Overweight pets are often at risk for developing conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, and high blood pressure. Excess pounds also place stress and strain on a pet’s ankles and frame, which means overweight pets will likely experience joint pain, arthritis, and ligament injuries. Worryingly, combining a high fat diet with obesity can also trigger pancreatitis, an inflammatory condition that can become life threatening.

 

It can often be difficult for pets to lose extra weight once they have gained it. Overweight pets commonly experience heat intolerance, respiratory distress, and extreme reluctance to exercise. These issues make it much harder for pets to burn off their extra pounds.

 

Of course, some animals do regularly grow to be much larger than others. Visit us at Affinity and we can help determine if your pet’s physical condition is appropriate to their breed or if weight loss is necessary. If it is, then we will work with you to develop a strategy to help your pet shed any unneeded pounds.


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Affinity Veterinary Center at the Malvern Victorian Christmas - This Weekend

Dec 01, 2016

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We love being part of the community and one of our favorite events is coming up this weekend. This Friday and Saturday (Dec 2nd & 3rd), make plans to attend the Malvern Victorian Christmas and stroll around the borough taking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. This year, we're proud to sponsor the Kringle Mart Art Show at St. Patrick School. For more information, go to malvernsvictorianchristmas.org


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Malvern Dogs & Cats - Should Your Pet Be Microchipped?

Nov 14, 2016

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Yes!

 

Microchipping helps vets and owners find lost pets. In this case, a microchip is a small computer about the size of a grain of rice. We can implant it in your pet at our office in a simple procedure using a sterile needle.

 

Each microchip has a unique serial number that can be read by a specific kind of electronic scanner. The serial number will then allow someone to check a comprehensive, nationwide database run by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). This database connects your name, address, and telephone number with the serial number on your pet’s chip. Almost every pet shelter and veterinary hospital in the country has one of these scanners, so a microchipped pet can be identified and reunited with their owner no matter where they turn up.

 

Other benefits to microchipping your pet include:

  • International travel
    • Any pets who travel outside of the United States are required to have a microchip as identification
    • Ownership verification
      • Most applications for lifetime dog licenses require a permanent method of identification, like a microchip
      • Easy updates - We can help you change the information in the AAHA database if you move

 

Make an appointment today to have your pet microchipped!


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Chester Couny Pets and Stress - It's a Pet Problem Too!

Oct 03, 2016

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You may not know it, but pets experience stress just like the rest of us. In fact, pet owners are sometimes the cause of that stress. Our pets watch and respond to tone, body language, and general disposition. So if you are anxious or stressed, your pet may be, too.

 

How can you tell if your pet is stressed out? Watch for any of these signs:

  • Destructive tendencies
  • Monotonous and persistent whining, barking, or even howling
  • Increase in drooling or salivation
  • Trembling, shaking, or nervous twitching
  • New or unusual bathroom habits
  • Compulsive licking of themselves or objects
  • Seeking out hiding spots to be alone
  • Other general changes in routine or behavior

 

If you notice any of these signs, make an appointment at Affinity. We can rule out any conditions that might be causing this new behavior. It’s incredibly important to check for underlying medical reasons as to why your pet might be acting strangely.

 

Together, we can treat the medical, environmental, or behavioral causes of your pet’s stress. Let Affinity help you and your pet live healthier and happier.


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From your Malvern Vet - Stop by and say hi at the Malvern Harvest Oktoberfest!

Sep 16, 2016

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It's just a little more than a week away from one of our favorite times of the year! Next Sunday, September 25th is the Malvern Harvest Oktoberfest and Bark in The Park. We are proud to be the Presenting Sponsor for the Bark in the Park which has rapidly become one of the area's most popular fall events for dog (and cat!) lovers. Stop by Burke Park in Malvern from 11am to 4pm and enjoy the vendors, the food and the many great pet rescue organizations in the area. Be sure to stop by the Affinity tent, say hello and pick up a treat or two for your four-legged friends!


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Chester County Vets, Pets and Ticks

Jul 27, 2016

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Blog-3_Ticks.jpgNow that summer is in full swing, it’s only natural that the entire family is spending more time outdoors or you're running around the park with your best friend.

 

Before you do, just remember that even a little fun in the sun could turn awful for your dog if ticks show up to the party. And once they do, it doesn’t take long for your dog, your yard, or even your home to become infested.

 

So, if you don’t know, here are 3 common ways that dogs get ticks.

 

1. Other animals. From squirrels to raccoons and even feral cats, ticks love to hitch a ride on other animals. For your sake, don’t leave food or water out for them. Or, if you leave some out for your dog, make sure you take it inside at night.

 

2. Nature. Ticks are small and can hide anywhere. So any time your dog is outside, there is a chance a tick could climb aboard.

 

3. You. Let’s face it, you’re not perfect all the time. And sometimes ticks can jump on you. After a long walk through the woods make sure to check yourself thoroughly before you go back inside.

 

Should your dog have ticks, here are the signs to look out for:

  • Vomiting
  • Unsteadiness
  • High blood pressure
  • Fast heart rate and rhythm (tachyarrhythmias)
  • Weakness, especially in the hind limbs
  • Partial loss of muscle movements (paresis)
  • Complete loss of muscle movement (paralysis)
  • Poor reflexes to complete loss of reflexes
  • Low muscle tone (hypotonia)
  • Difficulty eating
  • Disorder of the voice (dysphonia)
  • Excessive drooling (sialosis)
  • Enlarged esophagus
  • Excessive dilatation of the pupil in the eye (mydriasis)

If you think your dog is exhibiting any of these signs, then come see your friends at the Affinity Veterinary Center. We’ll thoroughly search all areas of your dog and get your pet back up and out as soon as possible.   


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Spring time pet care tips for chester county dogs & cats - Happy spring from your Malvern Veterinarian!

May 26, 2016

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 Winter is finally over. And you know what that means…  You and your buddies can frolic outside again!

And while that is a lot of fun, there are some serious springtime problems you and your pet might face.

 

So, with that in mind, let’s quickly go through some possible spring disasters your pet might face, and some quick and easy solutions that you can do to save the day.

 

1. How to get rid of skunk smell.

Sure, we know that cat-looking thing with the white stripe down its back is bad news, but maybe your pet doesn’t. Should your dog or cat get sprayed, try dousing your pet with a cup of vanilla extract mixed with a gallon of water. Keep that mixture on your pet for 10 minutes then apply pet shampoo while rinsing.

 

If that doesn’t work, mix 2 parts water with 1 part apple cider vinegar, let stand for 5 minutes before washing it off.

But, if you need to go with the nuclear option, your final fight against odor is to mix 1 quart hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup baking soda, and 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid and apply it the same way you’d use the vinegar solution.

Just be careful and make sure no solutions get into your pet’s eyes (especially the hydrogen peroxide). If that happens, or you feel uncomfortable doing these remedies yourself, please bring your pet into the Affinity Veterinary Center.

 

2.  What to do if your pet gets stung by a bee.

It’s amazing how something so small can scare so many people. But, again, maybe your pet put its nose where it didn’t belong. Should your pet get stung, get the stinger out by scraping it with a credit card. Next, apply a paste of baking soda to the affected area. If your pet shows signs of an allergic reaction, then call the Affinity Veterinary Center before giving a dosage of Benadryl.

 

3. Safe spring cleaning tips.

Now is the time to get rid of that musty winter odor. But, before you start, make sure your pet can’t get near your cleaning supplies. Even all-natural products contain chemicals that are harmful to your pet. Plus, make sure you put screens in all of your windows. It’s very easy for your pets—especially cats—to sneak out of the windows and into your yard.

 

4. 4 ways to calm your pet down during a thunderstorm.

Thunderstorms can be scary. Especially for your pet. Should they get scared remember these tips:


Don’t excessively coddle. I know it makes sense to go to your pet during their time of need, but if you excessively pander to your pet it will reinforce that something is “wrong.”


Find a safe spot. But, instead of cuddle time during a storm, choose one place in the house, lay out a blanket and leave some treats.


Turn off other loud noises. It’s already loud enough outside. Now is the time to turn off the TV or radio and relax.


Distractions, distractions, distractions. Instead of paying attention to the storm, simply choose a different activity and reward them with treats. Associate thunderstorms with happy times.

 

So there you have it. Follow these rules and you, and your pet, will have a fabulous spring. See you in the summer.


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Cat Safety Tips for Springtime - From your Malvern Family Veterinary Hospital

Apr 19, 2016

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What’s better than strolling through a park on a beautiful day and seeing the flowers in bloom?  Well, if you’re a cat, plenty, actually.  See, those flowers that we find so pretty can actually be incredibly dangerous.  Should cats ingest lilies—including peace, Peruvian, and calla lilies—they could be at serious risk of sickness, even death.

 

These plants contain harmful toxins that can affect cats in the following ways…

 

Common signs to watch for:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Lethargic
  • Hiding
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bad breath
  • Dehydration
  • Seizures
  • Death

 If you have lilies growing in your backyard and see your cat exhibiting any of these signs, contact the Affinity Veterinary Center immediately. The sooner you bring in your cat, the sooner we will get him stopping and smelling the roses again.


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Tips From Your Malvern Veterinarian - Keeping Chester County Animals Cozy During Chilly Weather

Feb 10, 2016

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FB_18.jpgRemember: If it’s too cold for you to be outside without a coat, it’s probably too cold for your pet. Even though most dogs and cats have natural fur coats, they still have trouble coping with winter weather. Affinity Veterinary Center of Malvern can help prepare you and your pet for frigid temperatures.

 

Keeping your pet inside is the best way to ensure that they are warm, safe, and cozy. However, if your pet needs to go outside, make sure they are equipped with cold-weather comfort. Winter gear for your pet should always include a coat or sweater that fits comfortably with your leash.

 

In addition to temperature, some man-made factors may pose a danger to your pet. Chemicals or salt used to melt snow and ice can irritate and permanently damage your pet’s paws. Rubbing petroleum jelly into sensitive paws or using protective booties can help keep your pet free of chemical-related inflammation. If you’re worried about picking the correct winter weather clothes for your pet, Affinity can help you choose the most appropriate protective gear.

 

If you have any questions or worries about caring for your pet during the winter, make an appointment to visit Affinity or call us at 610-644-6405.


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Preventive Healthcare Tips for Chester County Animals - From Your Malvern Veterinarian

Jan 13, 2016

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At Affinity, we’re always working to give your pet a healthy future. But your pet’s healthy tomorrow begins with the right decisions today. That’s why Affinity offers regular preventive testing and recommends wellness care. With regular wellness care, we may be able to detect early signs of illness and implement the proper treatment before a life-threatening event takes place.

 

Regular testing can immediately provide us with information that is usually only visible after a series of visits. We can establish a baseline for your pet’s health and make sure he or she is staying fit with routine testing. Physical examinations reveal lots of information, but blood testing can be important in detecting the onset of diabetes, liver disease, thyroid disorders, and kidney insufficiency, to name a few. Spotting fluctuations in your pet’s baseline gives us the opportunity to act before a crisis occurs.

 

To offer our patients the right testing with a quick turnaround, Affinity has partnered with IDEXX, a leading veterinary diagnostic lab. And as soon as IDEXX returns the results, we email them to our clients. We also offer x-rays onsite, with reports from a local board-certified radiologist as part of our standard long-term wellness care examinations. This gives us more chances to uncover serious issues that threaten your pet’s well-being.

 

Keeping a close watch on your pet’s health is an important part of being a pet owner. At Affinity, we offer you insight and help with your pet needs. With the right testing at the right time, we can take fast action to keep your pet healthy. Schedule an appointment today to talk with us about the long-term benefits of preventive testing and wellness care.

 

You can schedule appointments online here: http://www.affinityvetmalvern.com/our-services/request-appointment/


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Holiday Tips for Chester County Animals - From Your Favorite Veterinary Hospital in Malvern!

Dec 09, 2015

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The holidays can be stressful and lead to embarrassing behavior and rude conduct you would rather avoid. And we’re just talking about your pet! During the holiday season, there is ample opportunity for our animals to stress out or hurt themselves. Avoid holiday heartache with our tips to keep your furry friend calm and safe.

 

Tip #1: Keep holiday goodies out of reach.

 

Candies, cookies, and eggnog might be holiday treats for you, but they can be harmful to animals. Have a few pet-friendly snacks handy that you can share while keeping your pet safe.

 

Tip #2: Don’t let décor distress your pet.

 

Cats and dogs may want to investigate new elements in their environment like Christmas trees, menorahs, and other holiday decorations. Pets may knock over heavy items or ingest things, like tinsel or glue, that can seriously damage their health. Make sure anything within reach that could fall and hurt your pet is secured with a heavy, sturdy base. And hang decorations well out of your pet’s reach.

 

Tip #3: Give your pet some quiet time.

 

If you’re hosting a party or family gathering, everything from the preparation to the event to the cleanup can be stressful for your pet. Create a quiet, safe place for your pet to decompress if the need arises.

 

Tip #4: Conceal exposed wires.

 

Your pet may chew on wires for indoor or outdoor lighting. These wires can deliver electric shocks that may be deadly. Keep electrical cords out of reach or coat them in products designed to turn your pet’s stomach.

 

Use these tips to provide a safe holiday season for your pet. And if you have any other questions, contact us at (610) 644-6405 or email us at admin@affinityvetmalvern.com.


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Halloween Safety for Animals in Chester County - Tips from Your Malvern Veterinarian

Oct 28, 2015

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Dressing your pet up for Halloween can be a fun tradition, but the holiday can be dangerous and stressful for pets. Activities that we enjoy during Halloween may put pets at risk or distress them in unhealthy ways. Here are a few tips to ensure that your pet has a healthy and relaxing Halloween.

 

Tip #1: Keep your pet out of the candy.

 

Many different kinds of candy can be toxic for both dogs and cats, but discarded and forgotten wrappers can also be hazardous if ingested by your pet. If your pet does eat something they shouldn’t, contact us as soon possible.

 

Tip #2: Give your pet a chill zone.

 

Halloween is a night of unusual activity. Even if you’re not hosting a costume party, it may seem like a parade of intimidating strangers ringing your doorbell. The constant commotion can give your pet an unhealthy level of anxiety. Provide a quiet spot for your pet to unwind away from the hustle and bustle.

 

Tip #3: Make sure your pet’s ID is up-to-date.

 

Wherever your pet is hanging out, they may become panicked from the Halloween commotion. Some pets may even try to run away. Keep their identification material handy and, if they’re chipped, check to be sure that the chip is working. Trying to locate a frightened pet is hard no matter what the circumstances. The excitement of Halloween can make the search even more difficult. To make things easy for anyone who finds your runaway family member, keep your pet’s identification current.

 

Tip #4: Be careful with decorations.

 

Preparing your home for Halloween is a fun way to get ready for the holiday. But your pet may not enjoy this process in the same way. Be sure to keep electrical cords for lights and decorations out of reach. This is also important to do for decorations that have open flames, like jack-o-lanterns. Try limiting electronics to the kind that run on batteries and keep any fire-based decorations away from pets.

 

With these tips, you and your pet should have a happy and safe Halloween!


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For Our Favorite Chester County Animals - Tips and Treats from your Pet's Favorite Veterinary Hospital

Oct 06, 2015

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When fall arrives, just about everything from lattes to chewing gum seems to become pumpkin flavored. Our pets, however, don’t usually get to participate in all the pumpkin fun. Use this great recipe to create tasty pumpkin treats for your dog!

 

This recipe makes about 20 treats. Share them with other dogs or freeze a few for future treats.

 

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tablespoons dry milk
  • 2½ cups flour
  • Water (as needed)

 

Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°.
  • Blend the eggs and pumpkin together.
  • Add in the salt, dry milk, and flour.
  • Add in water to make the dough somewhat workable, but it should stay fairly stiff. You may need to mix this with your hands because it may be too stiff for an electric mixer.
  • Roll the dough into a ½-inch thickness
  • Cut into the shapes you prefer (bones are a favorite!)
  • Transfer the cookies to nonstick cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes on each side.

 

If your dog likes these treats, share it! Post a picture of your dog enjoying these fall delicacies on our facebook page and you could win a $5 Affinity gift card.

 


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From Your Family's Animal Hospital - Chester County is Back to School!

Sep 15, 2015

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Families may see the back to school season as a return to routine, but pets may find the change stressful. Pets don’t do well with sudden shifts in long-term patterns and will not be able to understand why this shift has occurred. As the kids return to school, every family should make an effort to acclimate their pet to the new normal.

 

To prepare your pet for the upcoming school year, keep on a school schedule all year long. Try to keep daily events like play, feeding, and walking at standard times regardless of whether or not school is in session. Establishing consistent practices with your pet will help them become accustomed to an empty house.

 

You can also prepare your pet for periods of isolation by showing them extra attention when you return from your outing. Create a system where your pet associates these regular absences with a fun-filled reunion to help them remain happy and calm when the school year begins.

 

Even with a solid routine, pets can become discontent when they are left alone for long periods. Bored pets can be destructive, so be sure to provide them with some kind of activity. Reserve a favorite toy and have your children give it to the pet just before they leave. Put it away once the children come home so that it remains the “special” toy.

 

Even with all of this preparation, sudden shifts in normalcy may disquiet even the most placid pet. Be patient with your pet during the back to school season. Remember that this transition will affect your pet just as much as your children.


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Come See Your Malvern Vet Family at the Malvern Harvest Festival

Sep 03, 2015

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  1. One of our favorite Malvern traditions is back! The Malvern Harvest Festival is Sunday 9/13. As sponsors of the event, we’ll have a booth in the park and T-shirts for sale to help raise money for pet rescue organizations. Come and say, “hello!”

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Dog Flu and Animal Hospitals in Chester County

Aug 07, 2015

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In Chicago and other places around the country, the incidence of canine influenza is on the rise. This information allows us to take preventive steps to keep your dog healthy from this recent surge in reported cases. Informing yourself about canine influenza is the first step in maintaining your dog’s health.

 

Many people may not be aware that their dogs are at risk for contracting canine influenza. Almost all dogs are susceptible to canine influenza, which tends to be spread through the populations of kennels and shelters. If you take your dog to parks, grooming parlors, or doggy day care, they may be exposed to unvaccinated dogs.

 

If you’re worried about canine influenza affecting your dog, stay alert for the following signs:

 

  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Fever

 

Not every dog will show signs of illness, but if you notice a cough you should immediately schedule an appointment at Affinity. Combating canine influenza, it is important to take early action. Severe cases of the disease can result in pneumonia or even death.

 

If you are interested in protecting your dog from infection, visit us at Affinity. We can walk you through ways to shrink the chances your dog will be exposed to the canine influenza virus. For dogs whose lifestyle puts them at risk, Affinity also offers a canine influenza vaccine.

 

With the right preparation, you can keep your pet safe from canine influenza infection!

 


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Don’t Leave Your Pet in the Hot Seat - Pet Safety Tips From Your Malvern Vet

Jul 28, 2015

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We know you might be weary of hearing about the heat. But it’s important to remember that if it’s hot for you, it’s also hot for your pet. Overheating can lead to a variety of long-term health problems like seizures, or muscle and brain damage. Since cats and dogs only sweat through the pads on their feet, it’s difficult for them to cool down quickly. During the summer months, every pet owner needs to constantly monitor the temperature.

 

To cut down on the risk of overheating, take walks before 8 AM and after 6 PM when it tends to be cooler. Indoor pets should have access to an air-conditioned or well-ventilated area. Never leave your pet in a hot car. If the outside temperature is 80 degrees, the inside of a parked car can reach 114 degrees in as little as 30 minutes. In some cases, heat stroke can kill an animal in just 15 minutes.

 

To keep your pet healthy, familiarize yourself with the signs of an overheating pet:

 

  • Brick red gums
  • Warm to the touch
  • Heavy panting
  • Stumbling
  • Confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Collapsing
  • Refusal to get up once prone
  • Diarrhea

 

If your pet is overheated, take immediate action. Spend no more than 5 minutes wetting your pet all over with cool water and then seek emergency care. A slow, wait-and-see tactic could lead to negative consequences for your pet’s health.

 

How you handle the heat is a key factor in keeping your pet cool and healthy this summer.


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Have Pet, Will Travel - Travel tips from your Malvern Veterinary family

Jun 19, 2015

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Bringing a pet on vacation can be a fun way to create lasting family memories and avoid boarding fees. But traveling with an animal comes with a variety of considerations every responsible pet owner should keep in mind.

 

If you’re driving, don’t forget to secure your pets in the car. This not only prevents the pet from distracting the driver but also protects them from the effects of a collision. In an automobile accident, unsecured pets can injure themselves or other passengers.

 

It’s also a good idea to pet-proof your car in terms of food. A lot of tasty, road-trip snacks may not be appropriate for pets. Store snacks and beverages in the glove box or another sealed container to keep your pets from unhealthy snacking on long trips. For example, coffee may keep you alert on long drives, but it can be poisonous to some furry traveling companions. In the event your pet swallows a harmful substance while on vacation, make sure that you have the number of a local 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital.

 

Wherever you plan on going, your pet is going to need ID. Before leaving home, double check that your pet’s tags are up to date. If your pet gets lost, carrying a few extra pictures can help with the search. Taking these easy steps can make a huge difference if your pet runs off mid-trip.

 

Make these preparations before you leave so you and your pet can have a relaxing vacation!


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Top tips for tripping up ticks - From Your Malvern Vet

Apr 24, 2015

Top tips for tripping up ticks!

 

Spring is here! But as the weather warms, we need to be vigilant about our pets! In addition to tick prevention, there are steps you can take to minimize your pet’s exposure. A little advance planning now can keep your pet tick-free.

 

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Trimming your bushes and mowing your lawn doesn’t just keep your neighbors happy, it also leaves ticks with fewer places to hide. Likewise, disposing of leaves knocked down by summer storms is another important step. If your yard has no heavy brush, ticks will have a harder time concealing themselves.

 

Avoid areas where ticks lurk

 

If your circumstances dictate that you can’t control the growth of nearby plant life, prevent your pet from exploring any wild areas. Keep your pet in an area with a minimal amount of leafy brush. Try finding a local park or a landscaped meadow where your pet can play.

 

Perform regular tick checks

 

Inspect your pet for any unwanted passengers once a day. Making habitual checks of any pet that has access to areas where ticks conceal themselves can keep your animal free of parasite-transmitted diseases. The sooner you find a tick, the faster you can get it off of your pet.

 

Remove ticks as soon as possible

 

If you find a tick on your pet, you can extract it yourself. Do not try to remove a tick with your fingers. There are many commercially available tools that are easy to use, but good old tweezers work well too! Exert continual, upward pressure on the tick until it lets go of your pet. If you are concerned about your ability to do this safely, come into Affinity and we are happy to help!


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Come see your favorite veterinary hospital team at the Malvern Blooms Festival!

Apr 14, 2015

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Spring time fun is coming so mark your calendars! Come see us May 3rd at the Malvern Blooms Festival https://www.facebook.com/MalvernFestivals. Check out some beautiful springtime foliage and stop by our booth for a treat!

 

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Tooth Tips from your Malvern Veterinarian - Keep Your Pet Smiling

Feb 11, 2015

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Have you ever noticed your pet's breath isn't so fresh? Probably right before they give you a great big kiss when you walk in the door!


For our doctors, making sure your pet's have proper dental care is more than just keeping your pet's smile bright and their breath fresh, it's one way in which we help keep them healthy.


You may not realize it, but your pet's mouth can be the entry point for infections that don't just affect their teeth and gums, but can spread to other parts of the body.


Every time we see your pet, our doctors will spend extra time examining their mouth and teeth. A good dental exam is just as important as listening to the heart or checking their ears. And by staying on top of your pet's dental health, we'll help avoid bigger problems in the long run.


If you've noticed your pet's breath isn't so good or if they don't seem as excited at their food bowl recently, this may be a sign of potential tooth or gum problems. Give us a call and we'll be happy to check it out!


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Malvern and Phoenixville pet owners, Here's another easy way to get your pet's medications from your Veterinarian

Jan 19, 2015

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We’re always trying to improve the way we care for our patients and we recognize that our clients are busy.   So if you ever notice that you’ve unexpectedly run out of a prescription, know that we have several easy ways to get your pet’s medications to you.

Besides calling the office line (610) 644-6405, you can use our handy Affinity Vet App to order prescription refills right from your phone.  Just touch the teal RX button, fill out your pet’s information, and it will automatically submit your request for you.  In the middle of the night, on the road, it’s another way to stay in touch with us.

You can download the Affinity Vet app in the Apple iTunes Store or through Google Play for Android devices.


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Barking in a Winter Wonderland - Cold Weather Tips from Your Malvern Veterinary Hospital

Jan 06, 2015

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As the winter kicks in and the snow is falling this morning, it’s important to remember that there are special precautions we should be aware of to keep our pets safe. Here are a few tips and tricks to make sure your dog or cat can enjoy the chilly weather without suffering from it!

  • Keep them inside! In the cold winter months, it’s easy for pets to freeze, get lost, or become sick or injured. You should never let your cat stray or let your dog off the leash in poor weather conditions. Additionally, it’s important to never leave your pet alone in the car. Closed vehicles in the cold are just as dangerous as those in the summer!
  • Wipe them down. After walks with your dog in the sleet, snow, or ice, be sure to wipe off his or her legs and stomach. Your dog may have walked through salt, antifreeze, and other chemicals. By wiping down your dog, you’re helping to remove the risk of ingesting these substances through licking or grooming.
  • Check the engine! When it’s cold outside, outdoor cats will occasionally seek shelter under the hoods of cars. This is a hazard because they can be severely injured (or worse) by the engine’s fan belt when the car is started. If you have outdoor cats, be on the safe side and bang loudly on the hood of your car before getting inside.
  • Bundle them up! Make sure your pet has a warm blanket or bed to cuddle up in that’s away from any drafty areas of your house. You should avoid shaving your dog’s hair down to the skin during winter months. Smaller dogs or dogs with short hair may even benefit from a sweater during walks. If you give your dog a bath before a winter walk, make sure they’re completely dry so their body temperature doesn’t dip too low!

If you feel as though your pet is not feeling right or has been exposed to something dangerous, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (610) 644-6405. We’re here to help you navigate these winter months so that you and your pets can safely enjoy the winter weather fun!


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Holiday Treats for Malvern Dogs and Cats - From Your Veterinarian

Dec 16, 2014

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No matter what you celebrate, be sure to remember the dogs in your life by giving them the gift of a sweet treat! No, we’re not talking about fruitcake—we’re talking about homemade peanut butter treats. This recipe from The Simple Life [link to: http://simplificlife.blogspot.com/2013/11/ridiculously-easy-peanut-butter-dog.html] blog is a quick and easy way to check Fido off your gift list!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup skim milk or hot water (not boiling water)
  • 1 egg (optional; good for giving dogs a shiny coat)

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix the flour and baking powder, and then add the milk (or hot water) and peanut butter.
  3. Add extra flour or milk/water until the dough is not too dry or too wet.
  4. Roll the dough out flat with a rolling pin and use cookie cutters to shape your biscuits.
  5. Place each biscuit on a cookie sheet lined with tinfoil or parchment paper, leaving space between each one to account for the rising and expanding dough.
  6. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes and allow to cool.

 

Other treats that are perfect for pups include:

  • Cranberries
  • Sweet potatoes and yams
  • Carrots
  • Apples (only the fruit—not the core or seeds!)
  • Zucchini
  • Broccoli
  • Peanut or almond butter
  • Skinless, boneless chicken or white meat turkey

 

If you think your pet has ingested something they shouldn’t have, please give us a call immediately. Have a blast baking and giving the gift of treats this holiday season!


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Please Help Our Veterinary Hopsital Give Back to Pets in the Malvern Community

Dec 10, 2014

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Will you please help make the season a little brighter for a local dog or cat without a home this year?

We’re proud to support worthy, pet friendly charities like the Animal House Project, To Love a Canine Rescue, Persians Plus and the Delaware Humane Association by collecting items for homeless dogs and cats this winter.

We need your help! Please consider donating the following new or gently used items by January 5, 2015:

• Towels
• Dog and cat food
• Collars
• Blankets
• Toys
• Dog beds
• Leashes

Donations can be dropped off at our office in Malvern during regular business hours.

Address
330 Conestoga Rd
Malvern, PA

Monday–Friday: 8 am–8 pm
Saturday: 8 am–12 pm
Sunday: Closed

Thank you for all the support you have shown us in 2014!


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From Your Malvern Vet - Please Note We're Closing Early

Nov 26, 2014

Please Note!

Apparently Mother Nature has different plans for us today.  Due to the weather, we will be closing at 3:00 pm this afternoon but will be back bright and early Friday morning at 8:00 am.  We want to wish everybody a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!  And as always, if you have an after hours emergency, please call (610) 644-6405 to be connected our emergency service providers.


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From Your Malvern Veterinary Family - Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 25, 2014

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Happy Thanksgiving! We hope your holiday is full of family, food, and fun. Before you celebrate, make sure to review this quick list of holiday items that may be harmful to your pet.

 

  • Table scraps—Too many scraps thrown under the table can be bad news for your dog or cat. Turkey and chicken bones in particular can become serious choking hazards. They also splinter easily and can puncture your pet’s organs if swallowed. In addition, fat trimmings can cause pancreatitis, while grapes, onions, garlic, raisins, certain nuts, and chocolate are all poisonous to dogs.
  • House guests—If your pets become overwhelmed during get-togethers, make sure they have a secure and safe place to escape to. Never force your pet to interact with people they are uncomfortable with and watch for signs of fear. In cats, this may be dilated pupils, an arched back, hair standing on end, or hissing. In dogs, signs could include a lowered tail, pinned back ears, and large, white eyes.
  • Acorns and oak leaves—By now, most leaves have fallen from the trees and settled on the ground. It makes for a pretty landscape—unless you’re a dog! Both acorns and oak leaves are toxic to dogs and can put them at risk of intestinal blockage if eaten. Puddles with oak leaves resting in them can even be dangerous, so it’s important to avoid letting your pet drink from them when you’re out for a mid-Turkey Day trot.

If you’ve noticed that your pet is anxious or may have ingested something he or she shouldn’t have, please call us as soon as possible so we can find a solution to their problem. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday!


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Affinity Vet of Malvern Supports our Vets

Nov 14, 2014

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Happy Veteran’s Day! Be sure to thank a man, woman, or pup in uniform for their service today.


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From Your Favorite Veterinary Hospital in Malvern - Things That Go Bump!

Oct 20, 2014

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October is the month for witches, pumpkins and things that go bump in the night. But what if your pet has a bump...on their skin? Your pet may have bumps. Lumps. Missing fur. A black spot. A funny-looking toenail. Are these things nothing, or something of concern?


For even the most observant owners, it’s tough to know what skin issues are ok and what needs further evaluation. Yes, your pet may have skin disease and you may not even realize it. For example, your pet’s missing fur may be a bald spot from a tumble or a fungus. Eeew! We can run a simple lab test to figure out which one it is!


And if your pet has a little bump, it may be cancer. If it’s left unchecked, the bump may become larger and harder to remove, which may put your pet’s health at risk. But if we take a look early enough, we may be able to remove it with a big sigh of relief!


And finally, that black “spot” you thought was a freckle on your pet, may be a tick! If our team removes it within a certain amount of time, your pet will likely not be infected by a tick-borne disease. Phew!


Skin is the largest organ of your pet’s body, and there’s a lot to examine. When you bring your pet in for their yearly checkup, we’ll assess every part of it, from nose to tail! We’ll look for spots, rashes, warts, skin tags and everything in between to make sure your pet stays healthy...and cancer-free.


It’s time to schedule your pet’s yearly checkup. We’ll perform a thorough skin check and a few other easy tests if needed to keep your pet healthy and happy!


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Meet the vet at the Malvern Harvest Festival!

Sep 30, 2014

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What a great day! Thanks to all our friends, old and new, who stopped by the Affinity tent and the bounce house at the Malvern Harvest Festival.  We had a great time meeting lots of new families and their pets who enjoyed the Bark in the Park and a beautiful Sunday afternoon.  We look forward to seeing each and every four legged friend soon!


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Hang out with the Affinity Vet Team This Weekend in Downtown Malvern!

Sep 24, 2014

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Have you ever wanted to hang out with the Affinity team on a beautiful fall day? Well, this weekend you can!

Mark your calendars, because this Sunday, September 28th is the Malvern Harvest Festival and Bark in the Park from 11 am - 4 pm. In addition to all of the great vendors and family fun, we'll be in Burke Park in downtown Malvern with special giveaways for our four-legged friends and really great raffle in which one lucky pet will win free vaccines for life.

And for our younger two-legged friends, Affinity is sponsoring the Scooby Doo Bounce House! So be sure to stop by and say hello this Sunday.

We're so thankful for all the support the Malvern community has showed us in our first year and we're happy to be a sponsor of the 2014 Malvern Festivals.

Please share with your friends and we'll see you Sunday!


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Tips from your Malvern Veterinarian - Why Do You Need a Stool Sample?

Sep 15, 2014

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You may not like it but everybody’s done it!  If you’ve been to the veterinarian lately, you’ve also probably been asked to bring a “sample” from what your pooch left in the yard this morning.

 

But do you know why we ask for a fecal sample as part of a physical exam?

 

We recommend having a fecal exam performed at least once a year as part of your pet’s annual wellness care. The stool or feces (poop) is examined for common internal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms and whipworms as well as protozoan organisms like coccidia and Giardia.  If your pet is infected with any of these parasites, you may observe one or more outward changes in your pet’s bowel movements that include the presence of mucus, blood and/or and abnormal consistency or color.  But sometimes an infected pet will show no signs at all.

 

But the most important reason for testing your pet is that many of these organisms can be transmitted to humans, some of which can make you very sick.  So it’s important that your pet’s are regularly screened and treated appropriately.  By testing regularly, we are able to diagnose and treat a problem you may not have known your pet even had, thus reducing the risk to you and your family.


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From Your Malvern Veterinarian - Last Miunte Trip to the Beach? Check out these pet friendly places.

Aug 21, 2014

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Have tail, will travel.

 

Summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time for one last trip to the shore! Make sure your pets get some rest and relaxation too by booking a stay at some of these pet-friendly locals.

 

Wildwood, NJ

 

At the Tide Winds Motel [link to: http://www.tidewindsmotel.com], you can bring your furry pal along for the ride for just $20 per night per pet. And since 2014, dogs have been welcomed year-round on the beach at Poplar Avenue between the boardwalk and the water’s edge. No need to buy a beach tag—pups are free in the Wildwoods!

 

Atlantic City, NJ

 

Is your dog’s name Lady Luck? Take her to Revel Casino [link to: http://www. revelresorts.com], where dogs up to 30 pounds are welcome to stay. For just $50 per night, her stay includes a “Ruff it at Revel” amenity kit, which contains a custom plush dog bed, dog bowl, mat, and “Dog in Room” door hanger. On the 12th floor of the parking garage, dogs can even take a walk on “Bark Avenue.” In Atlantic City, leashed dogs are allowed on the beach from September 15th until Memorial Day.

 

Cape May, NJ

 

The Marquis de Lafayette Hotel [link to: http://www.marquiscapemay.com] is waiting year-round to cater to dogs of any size. For only $25 per night per pet, they’ll provide a comfortable home away from home for you and your dog. And while many beaches in Cape May are only dog-friendly during the off-season, Lower Township along the Delaware Bay allows leashed dogs on the beach year-round.

 


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From Your Malvern Vet - For Your Pet's Eyes Only!

Aug 19, 2014

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Did you know that August is National Eye Exam Month? Just like humans, pets can suffer from eye problems too, like cataracts, glaucoma, pink eye, and more. Be sure to bring your pet in for their annual exam to keep their eyes sharp!


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From Your Malvern Vet - Let's See those Smiles!

Aug 12, 2014

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Let’s see those pearly whites!

 

From August 10–16 we’re celebrating National Smile Week, which is a great reminder that pets benefit from clean teeth too! That’s because plaque, the gross gunk that forms on your pet’s teeth only minutes after eating, continues to build if left untreated, which can cause a range of problems.

 

Without regular cleanings, plaque buildup can cause serious inflammation that may lead to gum disease. Even worse, inflammation resulting from gum disease can destroy not only the gums, but bone and teeth too. This can be pretty painful for your pet, but you may not even know it! Dogs and cats have evolved over time to hide signs of weakness, which makes it hard to identify when they’re having trouble eating due to sore gums or teeth.

 

To avoid this painful problem, be sure to bring your pet in for a cleaning at least once a year. In between cleanings, it’s important to brush their teeth. There are a variety of brushes and other products made especially for dogs and cats. And as always, when in doubt—contact your veterinarian! We’re always happy to take a look if you think your pet is suffering from gum disease or an abscessed tooth.


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From Your Malvern Vet - Beat The Heat! Fun Treats for Dogs

Aug 07, 2014

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Beat the heat!

 

We’re right smack dab in the middle of summer, which means there are probably a lot of panting pooches out there. Help keep your dog cool with this easy summer treat inspired by Lucky Pups Pet Supplies.

 

To make this fun snack, simply mix 2 cups of low-salt beef or chicken broth with 2/3 cups of water. Pour the mixture into 2–3 popsicle trays and set in the freezer. When your doggy pops are halfway frozen, insert a small rawhide stick into each one. After a few hours, you’ll have a yummy way to cool off your pup when the heat gets to be too much!

 

Treats like these are especially handy when your dog engages in rigorous outdoor play during the summer months. Without plenty of water and cool snacks, your dog runs the risk of suffering from heat stroke, which is an emergency. If your dog shows any of the following signs of heat stroke, call our office immediately:

  • Heavy panting and difficulty breathing
  • Bright red tongue and mucous membranes, which eventually turn gray from shock
  • Thick saliva
  • Vomiting
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Collapsing or seizures

And remember—never leave your pet in the car unattended, even for just a few minutes. On even a milder 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can quickly reach 100–120 degrees!


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Keeping track of our pets in Malvern, Phoenixville, and Chester County

Jul 30, 2014

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Do You Have any Identification?
Warmer weather means more trips to the park, longer walks, and chances for your pet to wander off. Most pets don't travel with a passport so make sure your pet has a microchip implanted for permanent identification and wears an imprinted tag with your relevant contact information.

Also to remember that a microchip is only as good as the information assigned to it. If you have moved, changed your phone number or your email address, please contact the microchip company that your pet's chip is registered with. If you do not know or cannot find your paperwork, our nurses can scan the chip and look it up to verify the manufacturer to get you the information you need. Almost all of this can be done now online.

This August 15th is National Check the Chip Day, a day supported by the AVMA  and dedicated to making sure pet owners register their pet's microchip.  Stay tuned as we'll have our own special services for clients in honor of this important event.


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From Your Malvern Vet - Prevent fleas, ticks, and other bugs that carry disease

Jul 24, 2014

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Pesky Little Critters
Bugs, bugs, bugs. They are here along with the summer weather and rain. A lot of insects require water for part of their development so be sure to remove any areas of standing water around your house to help minimize breeding areas. Please be sure your pet is on year round heartworm preventative medication as well as a flea and tick control program. If you have questions, please feel free to ask us to recommend a plan designed specifically for your pet.


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From your Malvern Vet Hospital - Dogs, Cats, & Gardens

Jul 15, 2014

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Let your Garden Grow, But Be Careful!
Fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides may keep plants and lawns healthy and green, but their ingredients aren't meant for consumption and can be fatal if your pet ingests enough of them. Always store these in secure places and follow label instructions carefully. Many different landscaping companies service Phoenixville, Malvern, and Chester County.  Remember that you may not be the one using them but your lawn or landscaping service may. Ask them to inform you of application times.


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From Your Malvern Vet - Itching and Allergies Abound this Summer!

Jul 08, 2014

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As the weather gets warmer, many pets find themselves battling more and more allergens within their environment, including trees, grass, and weed pollens. And unlike people, whose eyes and nose itch and run during an allergy attack, dogs usually experience the signs of allergies through their skin.

 

Unless they are up to date with the proper preventive, both dogs and cats are also at risk for allergic reactions caused by fleas. In fact, the ASPCA reports that the bite of a single flea can trigger intense itchiness for 2–3 weeks!

 

If you believe your pet is suffering from allergies, it’s important to consult your veterinarian to design a course of treatment that meets your pet’s specific needs. Please contact us (610) 644-6405 if you notice your pet suffering from:

  • Intense itching, licking, and/or biting, especially around the ears, eyes, paws, or base of the tail
  • Red, moist, or scabbed skin
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Unusual snoring

 

Together, we can make your pet more comfortable throughout the summer months!


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Fireworks, and thunder, and wind, oh my!

Jul 02, 2014

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For many people, the rumble of stormy weather and pop of fireworks are par for the course during the summer months. For many pets, however, these sounds can trigger anxiety.

 

Cats and dogs exhibit anxiety in fairly similar ways. You may notice that your pet is trembling, hiding, on high alert, or is tucking its tail. A pet that is very panicked may even engage in overactive behavior that could potentially cause injury.

 

Loud pops and bangs aren’t the only time you may see these signs. Some pets become highly anxious when separated from their owners. Others are extremely fearful of new people or places. Each situation and pet is unique; therefore, it’s important to consult your veterinarian to find the treatment option that is most appropriate for your pet and the type of anxiety they suffer from.

 

While some pets respond well to behavior modification therapy, such as desensitization, others may benefit from medication. No matter how you and your veterinarian choose to proceed, a little persistence and care will go a long way in ensuring that your pet is fear-free for years to come!


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Affinity Veterinary Center of Malvern Office Hours - Jul 4th Weekend

Jul 02, 2014

Because of the July 4th Holiday our office will be CLOSED on Friday the 4th and Saturday the 5th. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, July 7th.
And just a reminder, whenever we are not here, we have a voicemail service that allows for refill requests, scheduling requests and changes, direct connection to Hope Veterinary Emergency Services as well as the ability to leave a voicemail.
We wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July!


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From Your Malvern Veterinarian - Dog Fun in Phoenixville!

Jun 27, 2014

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More Dog Park Fun This Weekend!

This week’s tip comes courtesy one of our clients (Thanks!).  If you’re looking for a dog-friendly fun time this weekend, try Reynolds Dog Park at 1000 Longford Road in Phoenixville.   Reynolds Park has almost two acres of fenced in play areas and a separate area for small and large dogs.  For more information on the park, directions, or park rules, you can find them on the web at http://www.uptrc.com/parks-longford-park.php


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From your Malvern Vet - Buckle Up!

Jun 24, 2014

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Buckle up!
While most dogs love to feel the wind in their furry faces, allowing them to ride in the bed of a truck or stick their heads out of a moving vehicle's window is dangerous. Flying debris and insects can cause eye or inner ear injuries and even lung infections if inhaled. Abrupt stops or turns can cause major injury or worse. Pets in vehicles should always be secured in a immobilized crate or wearing a seat belt harness designed especially for this purpose.


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From Your Malvern Veterinarian - Spring Cleaning Chemicals and Pets

Jun 17, 2014

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Spring cleaning is a time honored tradition in many households, but be sure to keep all cleaners and chemicals out of your pets' reach. Almost all commercially sold cleaning products contain chemicals that are harmful to pets. The key to using them safely is to read and follow label directions for proper use and storage. If you ever have a question, do not hesitate to call the hospital.


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From Your Malvern Veterinarian - Pet Safety Tips for Springtime

May 29, 2014

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Screen Your Windows
Many of us welcome the Spring weather by opening our windows. Unfortunately, they also unknowingly put their pets at risk - especially cats, who are apt to jump or fall through unscreened windows. Be sure to install snug and sturdy screens in all of your windows. If you have adjustable screen, make sure they are tightly wedged into the window frames.


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Pet Storm Preparation

May 27, 2014

Pet Storm Preparation

 

This week is National Hurricane Preparation Week.  Below are a collection of tips published by the National Weather Service.  To learn more, go to: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare 

 

Severe Weather

Keep pets in mind when severe weather strikes. Bring pets indoors.

 

Flooding

Confine pets to one room of the home. Make plans to care for your pets in case you must evacuate. Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.

 

Winter Weather
◾Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm, dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags.
◾Thoroughly wipe off your dog's legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.
◾ Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. Own a short-haired breed? Consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly.
◾Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. Keep pets indoors if possible, especially if they are sensitive to the cold weather due to age, illness or breed type.

 

Heat

Don’t leave pets in cars. Even in cool temperatures, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly. Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit within the first 10 minutes. Any pet left inside is at risk for serious heat-related illnesses or even death.

 

Wildfire

Confine pets to one room of the home. Make plans to care for your pets in case you must evacuate. Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control. Hidden embers and hot spots could burn your pets' paws or hooves.


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What is Lyme Disease?

Apr 07, 2014

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks; laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tickborne diseases as well.

To learn more, go to: www.cdc.gov/lyme/

 


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FOX CONFIRMED POSITIVE FOR RABIES

Apr 03, 2014

FOX CONFIRMED POSITIVE FOR RABIES

Where: 2000 BLOCK OF WEBER ROAD, LANSDALE, PA 19446

Anyone that has been bitten or scratched by, or had saliva exposure to a skunk must receive treatment to prevent this fatal disease. If you and your pet were in Montgomery County recently or if you, someone in your household, or any of your pets have possibly had contact with a skunk or any other stray or wild animal, immediately call the Montgomery County Health Department, Division of Communicable Disease Control at (610) 278-5117.


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Attention Clients in Malvern, Phoenixville, & Exton - Revised Veterinary Office Hours for This Week

Mar 31, 2014

Happy Monday!  We will have adjusted hours this week as our staff will be headed back to school for continuing _MG_7375.gifeducation.  Please note the following changes to our normal appointment hours.

 

Wednesday 4/2 - We will be closing at 3:00 pm

Saturday 4/5 - We will be closed

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the hospital at (610) 644-6405


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Native Dog Breeds of Ireland

Mar 17, 2014

Over the centuries Ireland has bred and developed dogs with characteristics and physical structure to serve them in their everyday life.

From the obviously named Wolfhounds and pack Beagles, the Setting and Retrieving gun-dogs to the terriers used for vermin control and herding, all of them are recognised internationally as the breeds of dogs whose origins are uniquely Irish.

  • Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier
  • Irish Red Setter
  • Irish Red and White Setter
  • Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Irish Terrier
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Kerry Beagle
  • Kerry Blue

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Native Dog Breeds of Ireland

Mar 17, 2014


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Plants Potentially Poisonous to Pets

Mar 12, 2014

More than 700 plants have been identified as producing physiologically active or toxic substances in sufficient amounts to cause harmful effects in animals.

Poisonous plants produce a variety of toxic substances and cause reactions ranging from mild nausea to death.

Certain animal species may have a peculiar vulnerability to a potentially poisonous plant. Cats, for instance, are poisoned by any part of a lilly.

Download a list of plants that are poisonous to pets (PDF) »


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Plants Potentially Poisonous to Pets

Mar 12, 2014

More than 700 plants have been identified as producing physiologically active or toxic substances in sufficient amounts to cause harmful effects in animals.

Poisonous plants produce a variety of toxic substances and cause reactions ranging from mild nausea to death.

Certain animal species may have a peculiar vulnerability to a potentially poisonous plant. Cats, for instance, are poisoned by any part of a lilly.

Download a list of plants that are poisonous to pets (PDF) »


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From Your Malvern Veterinarian - Free Doses of Flea & Tick Prevention for Chester County Pets

Mar 11, 2014

Springtime Flea & Tick Benefits for AffinityVectra-3D-Pkg-Image.gif Clients!

Ceva Animal Health is graciously supporting our hospital and our patients with a springtime promotion for Vectra Flea and Tick Products for Dogs and Cats.

 

Now through April 30, for every 6 Doses of Vectra purchased, clients will receive a coupon for 3 FREE Doses from Ceva.  For every 3 Doses of Vectra purchased, clients will receive a coupon for 1 FREE Dose.

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All coupons are redeemed per provided instructions and fulfilled directly by Ceva Animal Health.  Good for one coupon per patient.  This offer may not be combined with any other offer.

 

If you have any questions about eligibility for this great program, don't hesitate to call the hospital at (610) 644-6405.


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Pet Poison Helpline

Mar 11, 2014

Did your dog or cat just eat something poisonous? Call us or Pet Poison Helpline immediately. The sooner a dog poisoning or cat poisoning is diagnosed, the easier, less expensive, and safer it is to treat your pet.


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Persians Plus

Mar 07, 2014

The pet overpopulation problem isn’t limited to mixed breed cats–it’s also a problem with Persians, Maine Coons and others.

 

Many years ago, their founder bred Persian cats.  Now she realizes that there  are many Persians out there who are not living in forever homes. She also realizes there are many wonderful homes out there, where a new Persian or other long-haired cat would be most welcome.

 

For many of these would-be cat owners, “doing the right thing” by adopting a homeless cat is important.

Persians Plus, Inc. wishes to help by matching cats and kittens needing good homes with warm-hearted people who want to add a furry new family member.

 

To learn more, go to: http://persiansplusrescue.com/ 


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The Delaware Humane Association's Muttini Mixer!

Feb 28, 2014

Join the DHA's 8th Annual Muttini Mixer, a dog-friendly cocktail party fundraiser on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 7 to 10 pm, with a VIP Reception from 6 to 7 pm, at World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington, DE.

To learn more, go to: http://www.dehumane.org/site/PageServer?pagename=muttinimixer


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From your Malvern Veterinarian - Pets & Dental Care

Feb 21, 2014

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Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Month - an entire month dedicated to keeping your pet's teeth snowy white?

Unfortunately, snowy white has had a different meaning for families in our area and lots of things have taken a back seat to the challenges of the weather - including pet care.

So we're taking a different approach to Dental Month this year and making it Spring Cleaning Season for teeth now through the end of March.

Anyone who schedules their pet's recommended dental cleaning before March 31st will receive 25% off the price of all dental services.

We are strong believers in dental health for all of our patients but we also recognize that the past few weeks have been tough on us all. So we'll make dental health more than a month, we'll use it to bring on spring time! (It's more fun to use the pictures with green grass anyways.)


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From Your Malvern Veterinarian - FDA Pet Recalls & Withdrawals

Feb 21, 2014

Recalls – of which there are three types – are actions taken by a firm to remove a product from the market. Recalls may be conducted on a firm's own initiative, by FDA request, or by FDA order under statutory authority. To learn about previous and current recalls, go to:http://www.fda.gov/animalVeterinary/safetyhealth/recallswithdrawals/default.htm


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Vets, Pets, & Presidents

Feb 20, 2014

Did you know that President Teddy Roosevelt was the president with the most pets? See his list of pets with their great names below:

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• Guinea pigs: Admiral Dewey, Bishop Doane, Dr. Johnson, Father O’Grady, Fighting Bob Evans • Ponies: Algonquin & Fidelity • Hen: Baron Spreckle • Lizard: Bill – lizard • Manchester Terrier: Blackjack • Blue macaw: Eli Yale • Garter snake: Emily Spinach • Dogs (mixed breeds): Gem and Susan • Terriers: Jack and Peter • Bear: Jonathan Edwards • Piebald rat: Jonathan • Badger: Josiah • Pekingese: Manchu • Pig: Maude • Rabbit: Peter • Bull Terrier: Pete • Saint Bernard: Rollo • Rat Terrier: Skip • Chesapeake Bay Retriever: Sailor Boy • Cats: Tom Quartz and Slippers • Unknown names: A hyena, a barn owl & a one-legged rooster!

 


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Affinity Vet Malvern - Weather Update for Thursday 2/13/14

Feb 12, 2014

Due to inclement weather that is forecasted for tomorrow Affinity Veterinary Center of Malvern will be closed Thursday February 13, 2014.

If you need to request medicine or schedule an appointment please call the office at 610-644-6405 and follow the prompts to leave a message. If there is an emergency you will be able to follow the message prompts to be connected directly with Hope or VRC. Please also email us at admin@affinityvetmalvern.com if needed and we will reply.

We hope everyone stays warm and safe during this storm.


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From your Vet in Malvern - How to Identify if your Pet has Dental Disease

Feb 11, 2014

Signs of pet dental disease or pain are:

  • Bad breath
  • Redness or bleeding along the gum line
  • Drooling, which may be tinged with blood
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Facial swelling, especially under the eyes
  • Nasal discharge

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A Question for your Malvern Vet - What causes pet periodontal disease?

Feb 07, 2014

What causes pet periodontal disease? Pet periodontal disease starts when bacteriaform plaque on the teeth. Within days, minerals in the saliva bond with plaqueto form tartar, a hard substance that adheres to the teeth. The bacteria worktheir way under the gums and cause gingivitis, which is an inflammation of thegums. These bacteria can then travel inthe bloodstream to infect the heart, kidneys and liver.


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Affinity Vet Malvern - Weather Alert

Feb 05, 2014

WEATHER ALERT
Due to the weather, we will be opening today at 12:00 noon (2-5-14).  Be careful!


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Veterinary Hospital Tours for Malvern Families: Open House 2014

Jan 29, 2014

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You're invited to our first Open House on Saturday, February 8, 2014 from noon to 4 pm. This event is open to the public and will feature activities for the entire family, including children’s activities, tours and demonstrations, featured adoptable pets from local dog/cat rescues and shelters, as well as special giveaways for pets. Additionally, any pet in attendance can receive a complimentary microchip placement or verification scan.

 

For more information, please call the hospital at (610) 644-6405


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To Malvern Pets from Your Veterinarian: February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Jan 24, 2014

Don't turn your nose to Fido's or Fluffy's bad breath! That odor might signify a serious health risk, with the potential to damage not only your pet's teeth and gums but its internal organs as well.

To address the significance of oral health care for pets, the AVMA and several veterinary groups are sponsoring National Pet Dental Health Month in February.

Starting in February we will be sharing information about how you can identify pet dental health problems and how you can proactively minimize the risk of them occurring.  Stay tuned!


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Malvern Weather Alert

Jan 21, 2014

Due to the pending storm, our veterinary office will be closing at noon today.  Drive carefully!


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Space Heaters and Pets

Jan 20, 2014

If you use a space heater or light a fire, watch your pets closely. They are as attracted to the warmth as you are, so make sure their tails or paws do not come in contact with flames, heating coils, or hot surfaces that can cause severe burns. Also, if a pet knocks over a heating source, the entire house is in danger of catching on fire.

 

For some other winter, indoor pet safety tips, go to: http://www.healthypet.com/PetCare/PetCareArticle.aspx?title=Winter_Pet_Care


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Know Your Pet's Limits in the Cold

Jan 19, 2014

It's Cold in Malvern!

 

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.


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Pet Play Dates

Jan 13, 2014

It's cold in Malvern! 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 the 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.


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Malvern Veterinarian

Jan 08, 2014

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Welcome to the Affinity Veterinary Center of Malvern; a place where your pets and your family can feel at home. We promise your experience here will be different. More time with our team, dedicated staff for each and every patient, and exam rooms that feel more like home than a doctor's office.  We want to be YOUR Malvern Veterinarian.


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Thank You for Donating over $1,000 for Chester County Pet Charities!

Jan 07, 2014

affinity.jpgThanks To Everybody who donated to our Holiday Deck the Paws Holiday Donation Drive.  Because of the generosity of our clients, family, and friends, we were able to donate over a $1,000 worth of pet food, pet beds, leashes, carriers, and even money to our friends at the Chester County SPCA, Animal House Project, and Delaware Humane Association!

 


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Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2013

Our Holiday hours are:
12/25 closed
12/28 closed
12/31 8am to noon
1/1/14 closed

 

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Pets and Bones From Your Holiday Meal

Dec 20, 2013

Turkey, duck or chicken bones are dangerous for pets. These bones can splinter and cause damage a great deal of damage to your pet’s mouth and digestive system.


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Pets, Pine Needles and Trees

Dec 16, 2013

Make sure that you clean up fallen pine needles around your tree regularly. If eaten, these needles can puncture your pet’s intestines.

 

Make sure your tree is well secured for your pets, for people and for your delicate décor. You can anchor your tree to the wall, using strong cord or rope. Also, make sure that your pet can’t access the tree’s water.


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Weather Closing Announcement

Dec 14, 2013

Due to the storm that is coming through today into Sunday, we are closing today, Saturday 12/14/13. Normal business hours will resume on Monday morning at 8 AM. Emergencies can be connected directly to Hope or VRC through our phone system. Otherwise refill requests, scheduling requests and messages will be handled on Monday 12/16/13


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Holiday Plants and Pets

Dec 13, 2013

Holly and mistletoe are extremely poisonous when eaten. Poinsettias are not necessarily poisonous but its sap and leaves can cause gastric problems. To view a full list of plants that are problematic for pets, go to: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-...


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Snow Safety Tip For Dogs

Dec 10, 2013

Avoid letting your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm, dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags. We also strongly encourage microchipping.


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Malvern Veterinary Clinic Hosts Deck The Paws Holiday Donation Drive

Dec 03, 2013

Until January 3, 2014, the Affinity Veterinary Center of Malvern is hosting the “Deck the Paws” holiday donation drive to collect new and gently used pet items to benefit the Animal House Project, the Chester County SPCA, and the Delaware Humane Society. Items can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8 AM–8 PM or Saturdays from 8 AM–12 PM at their Malvern location, located at 330 Conestoga Road (Route 401). Suggested donations include towels, blankets, dog beds, cat and dog food, leashes, collars, and toys.
Formerly the Spring Mill Veterinary Hospital, the newly opened Affinity Veterinary Center is hoping to make the holidays easier for the area’s homeless pets. “They deserve to have a happy holiday too! We hope we can help make that happen,” says Dr. Christine Meredith, Affinity’s owner and lead veterinarian. After serving as a relief veterinarian for several of the area’s local clinics and hospitals for several years, Dr. Meredith opened Affinity under its new name in September of this year. Since having its building renovated, the clinic now boasts a welcoming atmosphere, timely appointments, and hands-on care. “We want our focus to be on both the pet and the owner,” says Dr. Meredith.

 

Those looking for more information about the holiday donation drive or Affinity Veterinary Center may call 610-644-6405 or visit affinityvetmalvern.com.


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Help Feed the Animals at The Delaware Humane Association this Holiday Season

Dec 02, 2013

Keeping enough on hand at the Delaware Humane Association can be a challenge when working with a limited budget, especially when their feline population is at full capacity. They are reaching out to the community for help with keeping their shelves stocked with canned food. To learn more about volunteering, donating or adopting from the DHA, go to: http://www.dehumane.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=6437&news_iv_ctrl=-1

 

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Dogs and Turkeys

Nov 25, 2013

As you start to prepare for the holidays, think about your pets. Lean turkey meat is a good treat for a dog but like anything else, only in moderation. Too much turkey skin can give a dog painful Pancreatitis so it is best to just not give the dog any skin off the bird. When giving your dog turkey make sure there are no bones or bone splinters in the meat.


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Welcome to the Affinity Veterinary Center of Malvern!

Oct 04, 2013

Now-Open-web.jpgI wanted to take a moment to welcome you to the new Affinity Veterinary Center of Malvern and share a little bit about our practice.

 

As the newest veterinary hospital serving the Malvern, Great Valley, and Phoenixville communities, we are all excited about the opportunity to be a trusted partner in your pet’s healthcare.

 

After years of owning a small animal practice in North Carolina, I returned home to eastern Pennsylvania in 2007 to be closer to family and raise our children. I have practiced for the past 5 years as a relief veterinarian – seeing cats and dogs and helping practices like Valley Veterinary Hospital, Ardmore Animal Hospital, Skippack Animal Hospital, among others. After a few years of looking for the right fit, I finally found a practice home of my own in the Great Valley/Malvern area.

 

In September, we moved into the former Spring Mill Veterinary Hospital, on 330 Conestoga Road – right around the corner from Great Valley High School and a 10 minute drive from downtown Phoenixville.

 

Our hope is to be able to create an exceptional experience for both you and your pets. We have spent weeks renovating the building and adding new equipment including ultrasound and endoscopy that will enhance our diagnostic capabilities. We know how important your time is, so we have structured our appointments and availability to be as convenient as possible. Every time you come through the doors, we want you to feel at home.

 

Our hours are Monday through Friday 8 am – 8 pm and Saturdays 8 am to Noon, and we gladly accommodate drop off appointments for busy families. You can schedule an appointment or talk to any one of our great staff by calling us at (610) 644-6405.

 

I hope that you will come by and see the renovations and meet all of us; we truly want you to feel at home.
Christine Meredith, VMD


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We're Open!

Sep 27, 2013

Welcome to the Affinity Veterinary Center of Malvern, a place where your pet and your family can feel at home. We promise your experience here will be different. More time with our team, dedicated staff for each and every patient, and exam rooms that feel more like home than a doctor's office.


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