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Welcome to Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital!

We provide high-quality veterinary care for dogs and cats in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. We have been serving communities in Lehigh Valley, Northern/Central Bucks County, and Northern Montgomery County for over 40 years! Our hospital features a full-service boarding and grooming facility, Lucky Chance Pet Resort & Spa, and an onsite veterinary rehabilitation facility, AnWell Veterinary Rehab & Conditioning Center.

We are proud to offer modern medical advantages. Our experienced and knowledgeable veterinary team is eager to help you understand the critical importance of preventive care medicine to the welfare of your pet as well as offer treatment options and family support for sick or injured pets. Our doctors, veterinary nurses, client care specialists and kennel counselors work together as a team to deliver the best care for your dog or cat.

Not only do we recognize the value of excellence in veterinary care, but we also understand the importance of compassion and family support needs.

Give Us a Call Today

Please call 610-346-7854 today to make an appointment for your pet or request an appointment online.

 
  Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital Grounds

Located on 49 beautiful acres of land approximately five miles east of Coopersburg, Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital has been serving the Pennsylvania communities of Lehigh Valley, Northern/Central Bucks County, and Northern Montgomery County for over 40 years. Our veterinary practice strives to deliver the highest quality medical health care and ancillary services for your dogs and cats.

The veterinarians, licensed technicians, professional office personnel, kennel counselors, physical therapist, and grooming director at Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital are committed to providing quality veterinary care and services throughout the life of your dog or cat. We believe the best medical care and service is based on a friendly understanding between client, veterinarian and patient. Our goal is to treat your pet to the best of our medical knowledge.

Please call 610-346-7854 today to make an appointment for your pet or request an appointment online.

Did You Know?

We offer a 10% discount to active members of the U.S. Military as well as to Senior Citizens. (Proper identification required).

 

At Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital, we are known for serving our patients and clients with compassion, empathy and integrity. We are always looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who are eager to help us continue providing the best care and service to our patients and clients.

If you believe your values match those of our practice and you would like to be part of an outstanding team, we would like to hear from you. For inquiries regarding employment at Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital, please contact:

Sue Fallon
Hospital Manager
sfallon@vetcor.com

We are OPEN on all bank holidays except the ones noted below.
Please give us a call at (610) 346-7854 with any questions!

Memorial Day Last Monday of May Closed
Independence Day July 4 Closed
Labor Day First Monday of September Closed
Day Before Thanksgiving Fourth Wednesday of November 8am – 6pm
Thanksgiving Fourth Thursday of November
Closed
Christmas Eve Day* December 24 Closed
Christmas December 25
Closed
New Year's Eve Day* December 31 8am – 1pm*
New Year's Day January 1
Closed


*If this day falls on a Sunday, we will be CLOSED.

Happy Holidays from Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital

Monday:   8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday:   8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday:   8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday:   8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday:   8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday:   8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday:   Closed

Check out our annual holiday hours here.

We are located approximately 5 miles east of Coopersburg.

GPS INSTRUCTIONS: Our postal address is Quakertown, PA 18951. However, since we are so close to Coopersburg, if using a GPS, please input Coopersburg, PA 18036 for driving directions and actual physical location.

 
 

Rehabilitation and Conditioning Treatments for Injured Canines

Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital's new state-of-the-art animal rehabilitation facility, AnWell Veterinary Rehab and Conditioning Center, offers hydrotherapy, massage therapy, veterinary acupuncture, and herbal medicines to treat injured canines. We function as a referral center for rehabilitation services to the veterinary community working as a team with the referring veterinarian.

Physical rehabilitation in a controlled exercise environment allows dogs to begin to regain function after an injury, minimizes the risk of reinjury, and prevents muscle atrophy and other complications of disease. Our goals are to improve mobility, manage pain, improve strength, and restore function in the lives of our pets.

For more information on our canine rehabilitation services, please click the button below to go to the Anwell Veterinary Rehab website.

 

Prolong Your Dog's Life

Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital provides a full range of preventive care services to help your dog live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). We then customize our recommendations based on your dog's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

Veterinary Technician Desiree with Dog EmmyAnnual preventive care for dogs typically includes:

  • At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions.

    During the exam our doctors will perform a:
    • Ear and Eye Examination
    • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
    • Temperature Reading
    • Abdominal Palpation
    • Dental Exam
    • Dermatological Exam
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Vaccines based on your dog's lifestyle and/or breed. Rabies vaccination is mandated by state law. Vaccination against Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, and Parvo are also necessary for your pet's continued good health. Our veterinarians may also recommended additional vaccines such as Lyme, Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and Canine Influenza.

  • Parasite Control Products to control parasites such as heartworms, intestinal parasites (such as round worms), fleas and ticks. Controlling these parasites helps protect your dog and your family members from easily transmitted parasites.

  • Diagnostic Testing to confirm the absence of heartworms or other internal parasites and early disease screening tests to help identify any internal issues which cannot be detected during a thorough physical exam.

  • Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care, tattooing or microchipping that will benefit your dog's overall health and wellbeing and advise you on any questions you might have regarding your dog's health. We also offer several health care plans at reduced cost including First Year of Life Twice-a-Year Wellness Exam and Golden Age Screening. Puppy training and dog obedience classes are also available.

For more information, please download our Canine Preventive Care brochure.

Prolong Your Cat's Life

Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital provides a full range of preventive care services to help your cat live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and take into consideration your cat's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

Dr. Uranko with Cat PatientAnnual preventive care for cats typically includes:

  • At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions.

    During the exam our doctors will perform a:
    • Ear and Eye Examination
    • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
    • Temperature Reading
    • Abdominal Palpation
    • Dental Exam
    • Dermatological Exam
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Vaccination recommendations include core vaccines Rabies and Feline Distemper. The Rabies vaccination is mandated by state law. Vaccination against Feline Panleukemia, Rhinotracheitis, Calici Virus, Feline Leukemia, and Pneumonitis are essential.

  • Parasite Control Products to prevent and repel heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks. Round worms can be transmitted to humans, so controlling these parasites protects your cat and also your family. Cats should also have stool checks for internal parasites twice a year.

  • Diagnostic Testing to check for Feline Leukemia and/or Feline AIDS (FeLV/FIV), heartworms or other internal parasites and early stages of diseases which cannot be detected during a physical exam.

  • Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care, tattooing or microchipping, that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your cat. We also offer several health care plans at reduced cost including First Year of Life Twice-a-Year Wellness Exam, Feline Leukemia, and Golden Age Screening.

For more information, please download our Feline Preventive Care brochure.

Give Your Puppy or Kitten the Right Start in Life

At Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital, each pet's first year of care is customized based on its specific needs. Just like human children, puppies and kittens require additional physical exams and vaccine boosters to ensure that they get the very best start in life.

Below are our recommendations for your puppy's or kitten's first year.

  • Kitten and Puppy in GrassPhysical Exams: Your puppy's or kitten's lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have 3-4 exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These visits are important because they give our veterinarians an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines.

  • Vaccinations: Due to their immature immune systems puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Since every puppy and kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on their lifestyle and/or breed and according to the suggested guidelines.

  • Diagnostic Testing: We recommend that puppies are tested for Heartworm at 6 months of age, if not done previously, and that kittens are tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS at their first visit, if not done previously.

  • Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying, neutering or microchipping that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your dog or cat. We offer a First Year of Life Twice-a-Year Wellness Exam, a discounted puppy/kitten program. Puppy training and obedience classes are also available in our new training facility.

Learn more about our Puppy and Kitten First Year of Life Program and Discount.

Spayed and Neutered Pets live a healthier and longer life!

At Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital, we believe in the importance of spaying/neutering puppies and kittens to provide them with a long and healthy life.

Spaying or neutering your dog or cat will reduce common problems such as:

  • Puppy and KittenA pyometra, or uterine infection, is a potentially life-threatening condition which can cost thousands of dollars to treat. Occurrence is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.

  • Over one half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.

  • There are more puppies and kittens overpopulating shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized.

  • Testicular cancer can be eliminated and prostatitis, an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate, can be greatly reduced with early neutering.

  • Unwanted behavioral problems such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with early spaying/neutering.

Care for Sick and Injured Pets

At Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital, we focus on keeping your pet happy and healthy. Unfortunately, some pets occasionally experience illnesses or injuries that require a veterinarian's care and attention.

Pet First Aid iconPleasant Valley Animal Hospital offers high-quality diagnostic and medical treatments for sick and injured pets. We provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere to diagnose and treat your pet.

A successful recuperation is our goal and our experienced and caring team of veterinarians is supported by our:

If your pet is experiencing an illness including, but not limited to, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, loss of appetite or lower energy level, our team and facility are here to diagnose and treat your pet. We are also equipped to help your pet recover if it has sustained an injury such as a bite wound, lameness or trauma from an accident (including if your pet is hit by a car).

We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet’s referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.

Digital Dental X-rays Help Us Assess Your Pet's Oral Health

Pet's Digital Dental X-rayPleasant Valley Animal Hospital offers digital dental x-rays as part of our comprehensive dental services.

Digital dental x-rays will allow us to better evaluate your pet's mouth to ensure the correct treatment will be optimally performed. Digital dental x-rays with periodontal probing helps with our oral health assessment and treatment plan for pets when their teeth are cleaned.

Since two thirds of our pets' teeth are under the gingiva (gums) are not visible, x-rays allow us to find problems that need attention.

Digital dental radiographs allow assessment of:

  • the teeth (fractures or internal disease)
  • the surrounding soft tissues (periodontal disease, stomatitis, cysts, draining tracks, facial swellings, fistulas or tumors)
  • the joints (TMJ or mandibular symphysis)
  • and the bone (jaw fractures)

Digital x-rays can also reveal subgingival (under the gums) foreign objects, cysts and tumors.

Studies have shown that without dental x-rays, significant problems are missed in up to 75% of pets.

Learn more about our pet dental services here.

Why we are the best choice for your pet’s surgical needs

Many pet owners are curious about what is involved when their pet is placed under anesthesia. At Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital your pet’s safety and comfort are our top priority so you can be sure that your pet will receive only the best and safest anesthetic and surgical care.

Our procedures include the following:

  • Safe Anesthesia—a very safe anesthetic gas which is also used in human pediatric medicine.

  • Experienced Monitoring Support—our trained technicians use state-of-the-art anesthetic monitors to continuously monitor your pet’s pulse rate, oxygen levels and blood pressure.

  • IV Catheter Placement—fluids are given during surgery to maintain blood pressure and to help your pet recover quickly from the anesthesia.

  • Pain Medication—is administered prior to and after surgery to ensure your pet’s comfort.

  • Pre-Anesthetic Blood Work—ensures your pet is healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure and that its internal organs can safely process the anesthesia.


Veterinary Surgical Services

Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital provides surgical services for dogs and cats. We offer a clean and well-equipped facility and experienced team to provide your pet with high quality surgical care in a stress-free and relaxing environment.

Our team of veterinarians and technicians are experienced with a range of surgeries including laser surgery. All of our procedures include a thorough pre-surgical physical examination by a veterinarian, surgical monitoring and lots of care and attention throughout the day.

In addition to spaying and neutering we also offer the following soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries:

Soft Tissue Surgery
Anal Sacculectomy
Cesarean Section
Cystotomy (bladder stone removal)
Gastropexy
Entropion
Exploratory
Mass / Tumor Removal
Perineal Urethrostomy
Rabbit Spay / Neuter
Soft Palate Resection
Splenectomy
Subtotalcolonectomy
And other general surgeries as needed

Orthopedic Surgery
Amputation
Cranial (Anterior) Cruciate Ligament Repair
Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO)
Patellar Imbrication
Selected FX Repair
Trochlearplasty

We also offer onsite rehabilitation and post-surgery follow-up aftercare.

 

New State-of-the-Art CO2 Laser Surgery System and Canine Anesthetic

   Laser Surgery System

Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital recently acquired an Accuvet CO2 laser system. Our vets underwent extensive CO2 laser training prior to instituting its use at the hospital.

For general soft tissue surgery, CO2 lasers produce the following benefits:

Less Pain—CO2 laser energy automatically seals nerve endings as it moves through tissue. As a result, the patient feels less pain post-operatively.

Less Bleeding—Laser energy automatically seals small blood vessels as it cuts. When defocused, the laser becomes an effective coagulation device. Not only does the hemostatic cutting benefit the patient, it provides a clear, dry surgical field for the surgeon. Without bleeders continually obstructing the field, the overall procedure time may be decreased, and the visualization of the anatomy is unsurpassed.

Less Swelling—CO2 laser energy automatically seals lymphatic vessels. Additionally, because only a beam of invisible light contacts the tissue, there is no bruising or tearing of tissue. This reduced tissue trauma minimizes inflammatory responses, reducing swelling.

Quicker Recovery—Decreased bleeding, swelling, and pain means the patient can return to normal activity and the home environment faster. This provides benefits for the patient, client and veterinarian.

Ablation—The unique ability of a CO2 laser to vaporize (ablate or "erase") tissue sets it apart from any other surgical tool, even other lasers. The CO2 laser can be used to precisely remove tissue layer by layer (with layers as thin as 0. 1 mm), or to aggressively vaporize entire tumors.

Please download The Advantages of Veterinary Laser Surgery for more information.


New Inhalation Anesthesia for Dogs

   SevoFlo Anesthesia

We also use a new anesthesia for dogs called SevoFlo (sevoflurane). Approved for canine veterinary medicine, the properties of this gas offer benefits over other anesthetics including:

Safety—The depth of anesthesia may be altered easily and rapidly. Sevoflurane is compatible with barbiturates, propofol and other commonly used intravenous anesthetics. Among inhalation anesthetics, sevoflurane has low arrythmogenic potential.

Speed—This gas induces a quick sleep, but allows for rapid recovery. A low solubility coefficient affords quick entry into the bloodstream, escape into the brain and rapid elimination from the lungs.

Ease of Use—This anesthetic has a non-pungent odor and can be used for mask inductions.

 

Pet Dental Care at Pleasant Valley Aniimal Hospital

Our veterinarians provide dental services including routine cleaning and polishing (dental prophylaxis) and surgical extractions to manage and treat severe oral disease conditions.

When dental problems and oral diseases are diagnosed, sometimes a dental procedure may be necessary. Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art oral surgical equipment and the latest technology, such as digital dental x-rays, to provide your pet with a safe and advanced dental procedure.

Pet Dental Care

Routine and preventive dental care is vital to your pet's long term health. Pets with poor oral hygiene can develop periodontal disease, which can often lead to heart, lung, and kidney disease. Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital offers a full range of dental services for cats and dogs including dental examinations, dental extractions, and oral surgery as well as home care instructions for keeping your dog's or cat's teeth clean and healthy.

Routine Pet Dental Examinations

Our veterinarians perform basic oral exams on all our patients during their comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens will be examined to detect any problems related to the deciduous (baby) teeth, missing or extra teeth, swellings, and oral development. Senior pets will be evaluated for developmental anomalies, the accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease, and oral tumors.

Good Oral Hygiene for Pets

Dental Care Tips for Dogs and Cats

  • Schedule a dental oral exam for your dog or cat every year
  • Schedule regular dental cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian
  • Brush your pet's teeth daily, or give your pet a dental hygiene chew every other day
  • Serve dog or cat food and treats that control tarter and plaque and promote good dental health

For more tips on pet dental health, please download Dental Care for Your Puppy, Dental Care for Your Kitten, and Why Your Pet Needs Professional Dental Cleaning.

Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital offers the latest technology in health care for your pet — therapeutic laser therapy. Our therapy laser provides a deep-penetrating light that allows relief of pain by releasing endorphins and stimulating cells to heal faster. Your pet will relax and enjoy the pain-free treatments.

What Is Veterinary Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free, non-invasive treatment to relieve pain. It accelerates the body's natural healing process. Laser therapy is effective in treating chronic conditions, acute conditions, and post-surgical pain and inflammation in pets. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds or simply aging, laser therapy has been shown to provide relief and speed healing.

What Conditions Can Veterinary Laser Therapy Treat?

Feline conditions that laser therapy treats. Canine conditions that laser therapy treats.
Chronic and acute conditions that respond to laser therapy treatments include:
  • Arthritis
  • Allergies
  • Burns
  • Cystitis
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Feline Acne
  • Fractures
  • Gingivitis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Infections
  • Inflammation
  • Lacerations
  • Otitis (ear infections)
  • Post-surgical healing/pain relief
  • Skin conditions
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Tooth extraction pain relief
  • Wound healing

If you think that your pet would benefit from laser therapy, please call us at 610-346-7854 to schedule a consultation.

Lucky Chance Pet Resort & Spa

Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital offers boarding for dogs, cats, birds, and small mammals at our onsite, full service kennel, Lucky Chance Pet Resort & Spa. We also provide grooming services for dogs and cats at our Spa. For more information on our pet boarding and grooming services, please click the button below to go to the Lucky Chance Pet Resort & Spa website.

Lucky Chance Pet Resort & Spa, pet boarding and grooming

Pet Grooming for Dogs and Cats

At Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital’s Lucky Chance Pet Resort and Spa, we offer grooming as one of our services for your dog or cat. We have a terrific groomer who loves to make your pet look, feel and smell their best. A well groomed pet is also a healthier and happier pet.

For more information on our pet grooming services, please click the button below to go to the Lucky Chance Pet Resort & Spa website.

Lucky Chance Pet Resort & Spa, pet boarding and grooming

 

Click image below to download Lucky Chance Pet Grooming Coupon
(New Clients Only)

Lucky Chance Pet Grooming Coupon - New Clients Only

Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital offers an array of both prescription and over the counter products to keep your pet happy and healthy. Our in-house pharmacy is stocked with prescription medications to provide preventive care, treat illnesses and ensure that your pet’s medication is always available.

Automatic Telephone Prescription Refills

Clients can activate our online pharmacy simply by picking up the original Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital prescription bottle and using the telephone number on the label to call the hospital for a refill. We accept MasterCard, Visa and Discover for online purchases.

 

We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. Please call us at 610-346-7854 for immediate assistance. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet’s referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.

Pet Emergency CallsWe refer after-hours emergencies to the following critical care facility:

Valley Central Emergency Veterinary Hospital
210 Fullerton Avenue, Whitehall, PA 18052
(P) 610-435-1553

 
 
 

clientcare@pleasantvalleyanimalhosp.com

Currently, Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital has following promotional offers available.
(Click coupon for a printable copy.)

Frontline Plus Special valid through 2017!

Frontline Plus Special at Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital
 

Click to download Lucky Chance Pet Grooming Coupon (New Clients Only)

Lucky Chance Pet Grooming Coupon - New Clients Only

 

Free night stay at Lucky Chance Pet Resort & Spa with a minimum 3 night visit (new boarders only).

Don't forget to ask about our new VIP Program to earn rewards!

Quakertown boarding coupon
 

Refer a Friend to us and receive a $10 Credit as a Thank You!

 

Military & Senior Citizen Discounts

We offer a 10% discount to active members of the U.S. Military as well as to Senior Citizens. (Proper identification required).

 

Senior Pet Discount Days

Do you have a pet that is 7 years of age or older? If so, we have just the deal for you. Learn more about Senior Pet Discount Days here.

 

New Client & New Pet Coupons

Click for more information on current New Client & New Pet Specials.

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New Clients

Thank you for choosing Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital to care for your pet. Downloading and filling out the New Client Form prior to your first appointment will greatly assist us in adding you and your pet to our system. Please feel free to fax it to us at 610-346-8752 or to bring it with you to your pet's first appointment. We will be happy to contact your previous veterinarian to obtain any necessary information or documentation regarding your pet's medical history.

New Client and New Pet Specials

Please download and print out the coupons below to take advantage of the current special discount offers at Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital.

New Client Special — 50% Off Your Pet's First Exam

New Pet Special — Free First Exam for Your New Dog or Cat OR
20% Off First Exam for Your New Exotic or Pocket Pet

Adopted Pet Special — Free First Exam for Your Newly Adopted Shelter Pet

Just moved to the area?

Let us help make one part of the transition easy – finding a new vet! In between unpacking and organizing, give us a call at (610) 346-7854 and let us know who your previous veterinarian was. Then we’ll do the rest!

Our reception staff will call your former veterinarian to transfer the records to our practice. Keeping pets happy and healthy is our number one priority. Check out our Pet Wellness page to learn about the ways veterinarians and pet owners can work together to keep their pets living long, healthy lives. 

Great veterinary care is just one part of that equation.

We know that our pets are furry family members and that finding reputable area businesses to help care for them is important. To make things easier, we have put together a list of pet resources in the area to help ensure your furry friend is happy and healthy, from grooming to exercise, to training, and more.

 

We know how stressful adjusting to a new home can be – not just for your two-legged family members, but for your four-legged ones, too! Help make your pets feel a little more at home in your new place with these helpful tips.

  1. Pet proof your house. Did you know that certain plants and food can be toxic to pets? Common household items like cleaning products and medications can also pose a threat. Especially in a new environment, curious pets can get into household hazards. Be sure to store these in areas that are inaccessible to your furry friends.

  2. Make sure your pet has proper identification. In addition to standard collars that may come off or get lost, consider getting your pets microchipped. The permanent ID option is as easy and as painless as a vaccination, and greatly increases your chances of reuniting with a lost pet. If Fido is already microchipped, be sure to update the microchip database with your new address information.

  3. Keep your schedule consistent. Pets are creatures of habit, so maintaining your regular routine will help to make things feel a little more normal. Sticking to your usual times for walks, meals, cuddle time and bed time can help your best friend adjust.

  4. Be loving and patient. The best way to make pets feel comfortable in a new home is to associate positive experiences with it. Remember to be patient with them and give them lots of affection and treats, and you will have plenty of new, happy memories in no time. You can also take advantage of calming pet products like pheromone diffusers and collars, thundershirts and composure treats to help Fluffy feel at ease.

  5. Get to know your veterinarian. Bringing your pets to the veterinarian for a routine exam is the smartest and easiest way to keep them healthy. Call us at (610) 346-7854 so we can schedule a visit to get to know you and your pets!  

Annual veterinary care is crucial to keeping your pet happy and healthy. Click the icons below to learn more about what your veterinarian can do for your pet.

  Pet Exams icon   Pet Vaccines icon  
 

Exams check overall health and detect problems before they become severe or costly.

 

Vaccines protect against common and fatal diseases based on your pet's age and lifestyle.

 
Pet Dental & Oral Care icon   Veterinary Lab Tests icon   Parasite Prevention icon
Dental and oral care prevents bad breath and diseases that could become life-threatening.   Lab tests diagnose and prevent sickness or injury in safe and non-invasive ways.   Parasite prevention treats and protects against deadly heartworms, parasites, and flea/tick infestations.
         
  Pet Nutrition icon   Spaying & Neutering icon  
  Nutrition ensures your pet gets the balanced diet it needs and maintains a healthy weight.   Spaying and neutering protects pets from serious health and behavioral problems.  
 

Care Guides for Pet Owners

Your pet's health also depends on you. Click on the icons below to learn more about what pet owners can do at home to keep their pets living a long, healthy life.

Pet Home Care icon   Care for Pets at All Ages icon   Pet Ages & Stages icon

Home care is just as important as veterinary care in keeping your pet happy and healthy.

 

Care for all ages includes veterinary care and home care tips for your pet at every age.

 

Ages and stages is our chart to help you find out your pet's age in "human years."

Annual Pet Care logo

Bringing your pets to the veterinarian for a physical exam every year is the smartest and easiest way to keep them healthy. Exams allow your veterinarian to detect any problems before they become severe or costly.

Pet Exams for Dogs and CatsYour Veterinarian Will Check...

  • muscular and skeletal health by feeling for healthy muscle mass and joint pain.

  • neurologic system – it could indicate birth defects in younger pets, and cognitive issues in older pets.

  • appropriate weight and  lifestyle for your pet's age.

  • lymph nodes – swollen nodes can indicate a wound, virus, infection or some other illness.

  • vital signs (temperature, pulse and respiration) – an abnormal reading could indicate illness.

  • skin and coat condition for growths, infection wounds and overall skin health.
     
 

Bring Your Pet to the Veterinarian Every Year for a Clean Bill of Health and Peace of Mind

Your pet can't tell us what's wrong. But routine physical exams can help your veterinarian detect any problems or diseases you might not have otherwise picked up on, including heart murmurs, tumors, enlarged organs, cataracts, ear infections, ear mites, dental and gum disease, skin issues and allergies.
 
     


Download the Pet Exams handout

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Vaccines protect against common diseases that your pets may become exposed to.

Did You Know?

Vaccines have about a 95% success rate for preventing infections and fatal diseases.

     
  Canine Vaccines

Rabies

The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (DHPP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening neurologic, respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.

Leptospirosis

This vaccine protects against a bacteria that can cause deadly kidney or liver disease. Leptospirosis is also transmissible to people.

Lyme

This vaccine helps prevent Lyme disease, which is easily transmitted through the bite of an infected tick.

 
 

Lifestyle Vaccines

These might be recommended if your dog visits boarding facilities, groomers, training classes, dog parks, and other social settings.

Bordetella

This vaccine protects against an airborne respiratory virus known as "Kennel Cough."

Canine Influenza

The canine influenza vaccine protects against a contagious respiratory infection.

 
 
     
  Feline Vaccines

Rabies

The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (FVRCP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.
 
     
 

Lifestyle Vaccine

This is given to all outdoor cats, including those who go out occasionally -even if it's just on an open porch.

Feline Leukemia

This vaccine protects against the contagious and often fatal disease, which is easily spread between cats.

 

 

     
 

Vaccines are the key to a long and healthy life. Your veterinarian will suggest the best vaccines for your pet based on age, medical history and lifestyle.

 
     

Download the Pet Vaccines handout

Annual Pet Care logo

Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets. Without proper preventive or home care, plaque and tartar can build up, which may cause oral infections, bad breath, infected gum tissues (gingivitis) or even bone loss (periodontitis).

Did You Know?

It's not normal for your pet to have bad breath – it can be a sign of serious dental or gum issues.

Pet Dental & Oral Care

     
 

Sixty percent of dental disease is hidden below the gum line, and can only be found with x-rays. Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about screenings, cleanings and products available to help keep those pearly whites clean.

 
     


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Yearly lab tests are safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose and prevent sickness or injuries in pets that a physical exam cannot detect.

     
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Blood Screening

A blood screening checks for anemia, parasites, infections, organ function and sugar levels. It is important to get a blood test annually for your pet, to help your veterinarian establish a benchmark for normal values and easily see any changes that may point to problems.

Urinalysis

This test has the ability to screen for diabetes, urinary tract infections, bladder/kidney stones, as well as dehydration and early kidney disease.

Intestinal Parasite Check

Using a stool sample, your veterinarian can check to see if your pet has parasites. Many parasites can be passed on to humans, so it is important to complete this screening annually, especially if your pet has any symptoms including upset stomach, loss of appetite and weight loss.

 
     
 
 
     
 

Routine testing can add years to your pet's life. Your veterinarian will recommend lab tests appropriate for your pet based on age and lifestyle.

 
     
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Canine Tests

Your veterinarian may check for the presence of heartworms in your dog, as well as the three common tick-borne diseases – Lyme, Anaplasma, and Ehrlichia Canis.
 
     
 
 
     
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Feline Tests

A combination test checks for heartworm, Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FeLV and FIV are serious diseases that weaken the immune system, making cats susceptible to a variety of infections and other diseases. FeLV is spread through casual contact, and FIV is transmitted primarily through bite wounds. They can also be transferred to cats by their mothers. Any new pets, or sick/stray cats entering a household, should be tested.

Blood Pressure Testing

Senior cats are routinely tested for high blood pressure. It may occur as a secondary disease to another illness and is commonly seen in older cats. But it can affect a cat at any age and cause damage to the eyes, heart, brain and kidneys. A new heart murmur or alterations in your cat's eyes during a routine exam may prompt your veterinarian to take a blood pressure reading.

 
     

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Prevention is the best approach in protecting your pet against deadly heartworms, intestinal parasites, and flea and tick infestations. Your veterinarian will help you find the product that is right for your pet based on his or her needs.

     
 

EXTERNAL PARASITES
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Fleas

Fleas thrive when the weather is warm and humid. All cats and dogs are susceptible to flea infestations. Beyond the skin irritation and discomfort, flea infestations can also cause deadly infections, flea-allergy dermatitis (OUCH!) and the transmission of tapeworm parasites if ingested.

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Ticks

Ticks can spread serious infectious diseases such as Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis to pets and people. Pet owners should inspect their pets regularly for ticks, large and small, especially after being outside in a wooded or grassy area.

 
     
 
     
 

INTERNAL PARASITES
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Intestinal Parasites

Roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm, whipworm, Coccidia, Giardia and Cryptosporidium are all common in cats and dogs. Many of these parasites can be transmitted to you and your family if your pet becomes infected.

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Heartworm

Mosquitoes can spread heartworm, a harmful disease that affects both dogs and cats. As its name implies, heartworm lives in the blood of a pet's heart and blood vessels. We recommend annual screenings for both dogs and cats, even if they are already on heartworm preventatives.

 
     
     
     
 

Life is better for your pet and family without parasites.
Let us help you choose your flea, tick, heartworm and
intestinal parasite preventatives today!

 
     


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Just like humans, an animal's diet directly affects its overall health and well-being. Allowing a pet to overeat, or to consume the wrong foods, may lead to a wide variety of ailments including obesity, diabetes and arthritis.

Did You Know?

Over 50% of dogs and cats in the United States are obese or overweight.

Proper Nutrition

Although we think of our pets as family members, they shouldn’t be allowed to eat like us. Maintaining a proper diet will help keep your pet at a healthy weight. Be sure not to overfeed, and that you are providing a diet tailored to your pet's breed, age, weight and medical history.

Common Foods To Avoid

Think twice about feeding your pet table scraps. Common foods such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions and garlic could be dangerous to an animal. Some non-food items like lily plants and antifreeze are also toxic to pets. Check with your veterinarian if your pet has ingested anything questionable.
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Growth Diet

Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults. Ask your veterinarian which food is right for this stage of life. Cats switch to an adult diet right after being spayed or neutered, no matter what the age, to decrease the likelihood of obesity and related conditions.

Adult Diet

Selecting an adult dog or cat food that will keep your pet healthy and energetic starts with knowing your pet's lifestyle. Does your dog weigh just the right amount and go for long walks daily? Or is it a lap dog that loves nothing more than to snooze the day away? Talk to your veterinarian about these issues to help guide you in choosing the best food for your pet.

Senior Diet

Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Many older pets can continue eating the food they always have – just a little less to compensate for not being as active. Check with your veterinarian which food and amount is best for your pet.

   
     
 

Every pet ages differently. Your veterinarian can help you determine the best diet for your pet's needs.

 
     


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Spaying or neutering can protect your pet from serious health and behavioral problems later in life. It also helps control the stray animal population.

Spaying or Neutering Reduces the Risk of...

Uterine Disease

Known as a pyometra, this is a potentially life-threatening condition which can be very expensive to treat. It is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.

Mammary Tumors (Breast Cancer)

Over one-half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.

Testicular Cancer

This cancer, as well as prostatitis (an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate), can be greatly reduced with early neutering.

 

Behavioral Problems

Unwanted behaviors such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with spaying or neutering.

Overpopulation

There are more puppies and kittens in shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized. Spaying or neutering can help reduce the number of animals in need of homes.Cat and Dog graphic

   
     
 

Spayed and neutered pets live healthier and longer lives! Consider the benefits to your pet and the community, and ask us when is the best time to spay or neuter your pet.

 
     


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Make your pet's well-being a priority. See your veterinarian regularly and follow these tips to keep your pet happy and healthy.

Nutrition

Your veterinarian will give you a recommendation for a high quality and nutritious diet for your pet, and advise you on how much and how often to feed him or her. Diets may vary by species, breed and age.

Identification

Microchipping is a safe and permanent identification option to ensure your pet's return should he or she get lost. Ask us about the process and get your pet protected.

Safety

Always keep your dog on a leash in public, and your cat indoors to protect them from common hazards such as cars and other animals.

Grooming

Frequent brushing keeps your pet's coat clean and reduces the occurrence of shedding, matting and hairballs. Depending on the breed, your pet may also need professional groomings.

Dental and Oral Health

Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about professional cleanings as well as dental treats and products available to help prevent bad breath, gingivitis, periodontitis and underlying disease. Although your pet's teeth may look healthy, significant disease could be hidden below the gum line.

 

Exercise

Be sure to spend at least 15 minutes a day playing with your cat to keep him or her active and at a healthy weight. All dogs need routine exercise to stay fit, but the requirements vary by breed and age. Ask us what's best for your dog. Doggy daycares and boarding facilities are other ways to help to burn off some energy and socialize your pets.

Training

Enroll your dog in training classes to improve his or her behavior with pets and people. Cats need minimal training. Be sure to provide them with a litter box beginning at four weeks of age.

Environmental Enrichment

Entertain your pet's natural instincts by using toys that encourage them to jump and run. Cats especially need to fulfill their instinct to hunt – provide interactive toys that mimic prey like a laser pointer or feathers on a wand. You can also hide treats in your pet's toys or around the house to decrease boredom while you're away.Pet Care at Home

     
 

Be Your Pet's Guardian Angel

Call us if your pet experiences vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite, lethargy, trouble breathing, excessive drinking or urinating, wheezing or coughing, pale gums, discharge from nose, swollen eye or discharge, limping, and/or difficulty passing urine or stool as these may be signs of illness.

 
     


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Every animal is unique, and the start of each stage of life calls for different home and veterinary care. Check with your veterinarian to establish a proactive wellness plan to keep your pet happy and healthy throughout its life.

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Puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines and physical exams. During these exams, your veterinarian may also recommend parasite preventatives or lab tests.

Adult pets will need to continue visiting the veterinarian annually for physical exams, recommended vaccines and routine testing.

Senior pets can develop similar problems seen in older people, including heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and arthritis. Your veterinarian may recommend biannual visits to ensure your pet's quality of life.

Spay/Neuter

Females spayed before their first heat cycle will be less likely to get uterine infections, ovarian cancer and breast cancer. Males neutered at any age will be less likely to get prostate disease. Spaying or neutering also helps prevent behavioral problems like marking and escaping. Talk to your veterinarian about spaying or neutering your pet.

Nutrition

Pets require different types of food to support each life stage. Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults while adult dogs and cats need food that will keep them healthy and energetic. Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Talk to your veterinarian to determine what's appropriate for your pet.

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Exercise

Adult dogs should stay active with daily walks and one-on-one training. Keep your adult cats fit by using toys that encourage them to run and jump, and be sure to give them at least 15 minutes of playtime a day.

Weight management of your senior dog or cat is extremely important to ensure they are at an ideal body weight and able to move around comfortably.

Training

Behavioral issues are a major cause of pet abandonment. Begin training your puppy or kitten right away to prevent bad habits and establish good ones.

Start house training your puppy as soon as you get home. Keep your puppy supplied with plenty of chew toys so he or she gets used to gnawing on those and not your belongings.

All cats need a litter box, which should be in a quiet, accessible room. Place your kitten in the box after a meal or whenever it appears he or she needs to go. Be sure to scoop out solids daily and empty it out completely once a week. The number of boxes in your household should be the total of number of cats plus one.

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Animals age at a faster rate than humans do, and your pet's health needs will evolve over time. Use this chart to figure out your pet's age in human years, and check with your veterinarian to establish a wellness plan specific to your young, adult or senior pet.

Pet Ages & Stages Chart

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The veterinary resources featured on this page provide useful information to pet owners on a variety of topics related to veterinary medicine and pet health care. For more resources, please download these additional Pet Resources and Recommendations.

Animal Breed Associations

Animal Poison Control

Dog Training

Humane Societies

Pet Grief Support

Pet Insurance & Financing Options

Pet Products

Veterinary Education

Additional Pet Health Information

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Nicole Uranko, DVMDr. Nicole Uranko, Chief of Staff, is a graduate of Delaware Valley College, and graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2010. Dr. Uranko has a special passion for feline internal medicine and nutrition. Her interests range from horseback riding, hiking/sports and playing saxophone to big band jazz music! Veterinary medicine has been a dream for Dr. Uranko since she was 4 years old. She feels her partnership with clients is a privilege, and aspires daily to exhibit her passion and enthusiasm in her work.

Brian K. G'Sullivan, DVMDr. Brian G'Sullivan is a graduate of Syracuse University and earned a DVM degree from the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine. He has been in practice in eastern Pennsylvania since 1997 and is trained in CO2 laser surgery. Dr. G'Sullivan, his wife Lisa, and their son Austin, have three cats, one dog and raise exotic chickens and enjoy knitting.

 

Patricia McMahon, DVMDr. Patricia McMahon grew up in Langhorne, Pennsylvania and received an undergraduate degree from DeSales University in Center Valley, PA in 2011. She received a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts in 2015.

Dr. McMahon begins her veterinary career here at Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital. While studying for an undergraduate degree, she also worked here as a kennel attendant and technician assistant. Since she was a young girl, Dr. McMahon has known that she wanted to be a veterinarian. She is passionate about veterinary medicine and wants to serve the community by providing quality medical care to pets, and forming great relationships with clients. She is especially interested in veterinary dentistry, soft tissue surgery and feline medicine.

In her spare time, Dr. McMahon enjoys cooking, Irish dancing and playing piano. She has two cats at home – Gerald and Rusty.

Dr. Salvador GalindoDr. Salvador Galindo is a traveling surgical and orthopedic specialist available to Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital clients. He will allow our priority of excellence in client care to remain onsite and in unison with our doctor team that you already know and trust.

Dr. Galindo is originally from the northeastern coast of Vera Cruz, Mexico. He earned his dual bachelor's degree in Biology and Mathematics from the Diaz Miron College. He received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University Autonomous of Tamaulipas in 1995.

In 1998, after completing a two-year postgraduate training in surgery, Dr. Galindo moved to the United States where he began working at Chicago's largest surgical referral practice. He spent two and a half years at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital School at Purdue University to further his knowledge in small animal medicine and surgery.