Importance of Good Oral Hygiene
Do you know that 70% of dogs and cats over 3 years of age have some form of dental disease? At Willow Mill Veterinary Hospital, we utilize the latest techniques and modern equipment to provide the best dental care for your pet. This blog series will explain exactly what is involved in a dentistry procedure performed at Willow Mill Veterinary Hospital.
Professional dentistry is about more than white teeth and fresh breath. One of the most important things a pet owner can do to insure that their pet lives a long, healthy life is to maintain good oral hygiene. Poor oral health causes toxins and bacteria to absorb into the bloodstream causing irreversible damage to the heart valves, liver, bladder and kidneys. It also causes pain and, in severe cases, may result in jaw fracture.
(Original Post Date: 4/3/15)
Bobby Ray was brought to our office on March 24th by a kind samaritan, Maureen, and Silver Spring Police Officer Miller. He suffered several traumatic injuries (presumably from being hit by a car) including a spinal cord injury, lung contusions, and a fractured elbow, in addition to being malnourished. Bobby Ray had a guarded prognosis initially, but after just a few days of intensive treatment, his condition dramatically improved! Bobby Ray continues to heal and gain weight daily and he successfully underwent surgery to fix his broken elbow earlier this week. Dr. Richards and the WMVH team are dedicated to providing him the veterinary care he requires.
(Original Post Date: 3/9/15)
According to the 2012 edition of U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook, there are approximately 74.1 million pet cats compared to 70 million pet dogs in American households. Unfortunately, the national trend is that more dogs are receiving proper vet care compared to cats. At Willow Mill Veterinary Hospital, we want dogs and cats to receive the best healthcare to ensure a long, happy life!
That's why we're making changes to how we care for our feline patients.
(Original Post Date: 2/16/15)
Willow Mill Veterinary Hospital offers a wide variety of oral home care. Our veterinary health care team is happy to discuss these products with you and prepare a personalized oral home came plan that fits best for your pet and your lifestyle.
Chewing is good! Rinsing is better! Brushing is best!
CET Toothpastes are specially formulated for pets, contain a patented Dual-Enzyme System to inhibit plaque, and are available in five flavors. CET Toothbrushes are designed with soft bristles, reverse-angled, tapered heads and come in a variety of sizes so you'll find the right fit for your pet. Our team is happy to demonstrate teeth brushing, or click here for a video on how to brush your pet's teeth.
(Original Post Date: 2/3/15)
Dental health is a very important aspect of your pet's overall health. Keeping your pet's mouth clean plays a huge role in keeping your pet healthy, and living the longest, happiest life possible.
Signs of Dental Disease:
(Original Post Date: 1/20/15)
Sylvester is in need of a home! He was found as a stray and currently has a temporary outdoor home, but is looking for a FOREVER home.
Sylvester is an absolute LOVE! He is an approximately 1 1/2 years old, neutered male. His temporary family has provided him with his first vaccines, and he tested negative for Feline Leukemia and FIV. If you are interested in knowing more about Sylvester, or in his adoption, please contact Willow Mill Veterinary Hospital at 717-766-7981. We will forward your inquiry to his temporary owner.
Please also feel free to share this information on your social media sites so that we can spread the word. Find Sylvester's Facebook post here.
(Original Post Date: 12/12/14)
Thank you to all who attended our Third Annual Pet Photos with Santa event. We raised over $1,500 for Canine Rescue of Central PA! The photo gallery is located on the Willow Mill facebook page.
Continue to support local animal rescues this holiday season. We are collecting food and supply donations for Canine Rescue of Central Pennsylvania and Castaway Critters, The James A Hueholt Memorial Foundation for Animals. Donations can be dropped off during our regular business hours, now until the end of the year.
Willow Mill Veterinary Hospital is hosting Pet Photos with Santa this Saturday, December 6th, from 12:30-4:30pm!
We are excited to host this event to benefit the local animal rescue organization, Canine Rescue of Central PA. A $10 donation is requested for each portrait and all proceeds go directly to Canine Rescue.
We will provide you with a printed 5x7 photo during your visit, and a digital file of your photo will be emailed to you. This is a great photo opportunity for your holiday cards!
Willow Mill Veterinary Hospital will be collecting food and supply donations forCanine Rescue of Central PA and Castaway Critters in our lobby. Please feel free to drop off any donations during our regular business hours, now through the end of the year. Click on the rescue's website links for requested donations.
Thank you for your continued support!!
(Original Post Date: 11/17/14)
Willow Mill Veterinary Hospital has established the Daisy Flowers Fund to help pets that are suffering from illness or injury and have no owners, or when treatment cannot be financially supported by their families. The fund was inspired by the founder of Willow Mill Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Flowers and the family's Shetland Sheepdog, Daisy. Two of the pets that have benefitted from this fund are Golden Graham and Lucas, and although their backgrounds vary, the common thread is the loving families they are now lucky enough to have!
As cat owners, we've all experienced it- the war that starts when it's time to put your feline friend in a travel carrier. The sweet, purring ball of fluff can suddenly turn into ten pounds of fury. Fluffy might straighten and stiffen her legs in an attempt to make her body too big to fit into the crate. She may even use her claws to try and get away, or urinate due to the stress of the situation.
The trouble is, most cats only see their carriers when a trip to the veterinarian is on the horizon. Like any animal, cats develop associations. So it doesn't take long for Fluffy to connect the mere sight of her crate with the vet's office. To lessen her fears (and your guilt), here are a few ways you can gently, gradually help your cat learn to like, if not love, her carrier.