Pet Dental Health Month

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Bruce Putchat, VMDDr. Bruce Putchat was the founder and spirit of Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital. He was a graduate of both the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, a past president of the Lehigh Valley Veterinary Medical Association, and a board member of the Lehigh Valley Humane Society. Dr. Putchat’s lifelong commitment and love of all animals could be seen and felt through his excitement, dedication and trailblazing impact on our veterinary community for almost 50 years. His work and legacy will continue to live within us all, and his influence and memory will forever be a part of the PVAH family.





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1945 State Road
Quakertown, PA 18951
P: (610) 346-7854
F: (610) 346-8752

Pet Dental Daschund DogFebruary is National Pet Dental Health Month. To celebrate, we want to give you and your pets something to smile about:

From February 1-28, 2018, Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital is offering 20% off Pet Dental Packages (including blood work) for your dog or cat. Because of the popular demand of last year's promotion, we will honor all dental packages booked in February and performed in March under this deal as well.

This offer is valid for both new and current clients, so be sure to tell your friends and family!

Call us today at 610-346-7854 to schedule your pet's dental.

Dr. Bruce Putchat puppy examIt is with great sadness that we say goodbye to the founder and spirit of our hospital. Our love, support and prayers are with the entire Putchat family as we say "so long" to Dr. Bruce Putchat who passed away in January. 

Dr. Putchat’s lifelong commitment and love of all animals could be seen and felt through his excitement, dedication and trailblazing impact on our veterinary community for almost 50 years. His work and legacy will continue to live within us all, and his influence and memory will forever be a part of his PVAH family. 

Canine Oral HealthPleasant Valley Animal Hospital now offers high-quality digital dental x-rays to assess your pet's teeth and oral hygiene.

Did you know that 60% of dental disease in pets is hidden below the gum line?

With our new digital dental equipment, our veterinarians will be able to assess the integrity of an entire tooth (not just what is above the gum line) and any roots that are involved or compromised.

Digital dental x-rays are vital in diagnosing underlying disease and prescribing proper treatment. We will also be able to store, print and email these digital files to share.

Day Admission Appointments AvailableWe know how busy day-to-day life can be for everyone, and we don't ever want our beloved pet's medical treatment to be delayed due to a scheduling conflict. So we are pleased to announce that you can leave your pet with us for the day during our Day Admission Appointments.

Simply check in your pet for its next appointment. Leave a telephone number so we can reach you, and go about your day! We will let you know when you can come back to pick up your pet. 

While your pet is with us, one of our experienced nursing team members will make note of your pet's visit with the veterinarian and make sure we have any and all concerns documented. We may contact you during the day if further diagnostics or recommendations are advised. We will supply an estimate upon request as best we can based on our initial discussion.

Dog and CatOur veterinarians have developed a pet care screening program for your pet's annual preventive care visits. As part of a long-term action plan, and to help offset any additional expense, we have included discounts on your pet's yearly fecal exam and canine heartworm test, as well as a urinalysis screen at no charge if collected at same visit.

This comprehensive screen offers our veterinarians baseline preventive healthcare information on your pet. This information on your pet's health history becomes more vital as your pet enters each life stage, but most especially its senior years.

Please call with any questions you may have and be sure to ask about at your pet's next scheduled wellness visit. This program is available to both existing and new patients.

Did you know routine grooming care can be just as important to your pet's health as preventive medicine?

Regular grooming through-out your pet's life not only keeps them fresh, clean and styled; but can also help both treat and prevent chronic skin conditions from developing further. Excessive sebum (oily skin), dry skin, hidden undercoat, or even parasites can all be culprits to skin irritants and allergy concerns. Chronic ear infections can be bettered controlled in part to routine cleaning/plucking and regular nail trims can help prevent broken nails and uncomfortable foot pressure.

Our groomer Kim can help you with routine trimming/bathing and hygiene care as well as intermittent "freshening up." Call 610-346-7854 to book your pet's grooming today!

Senior Pet Discount Days for all of our "Special Friends over 7 Years" will now become a rotating event for our clients each month, in order to accommodate busy schedules. 

A 10% discount will be awarded on each Senior Pet Discount Day for wellness services to all Senior Pet Visits!*

Five simple steps to use cat-friendly carriers: This is a great video that offers insight into turning a stressful travel experience into a routine and calm journey for your cat.

You may have felt him even around Labor Day: a little breeze with just a little more sting, the uncontrollable need to put on a sweater and sip cocoa, the light getting just a bit shorter. You looked around and said, “You, already?” Old Man Winter comes down for a few recon missions before he settles in for the seemingly endless expanse of grey bleakness. It’s just his way of saying, “Prepare my room and board because I am coming for an extended stay. I don’t give up, just because climatologists say I’ve changed. I still have the power to make you miserable.”

Bulldog in the snowIn the pre-season, if you will, here are some things to think about for our pets. The fleas know the old guy is coming, so keep up with the preventatives. They are doing everything to hop on something with blood so they can get into a warm place and sit out the cold.

The fox population is out and about all the time, but for whatever reason, there is more contact with them and their lairs in the fall. (We guess that they roam more to get more food for the winter, since the mice are on the move, too.) This means scabies: that wonderful mite that makes the dogs scratch like crazy right around the autumnal allergy season, and insists on not being diagnosed since it is more of an allergic reaction to the mites then the sheer numbers of them.

You can get it too, but not as bad as the dog would, since the critters are host adapted. Look for non-stop itching especially on the elbows knees and ear tips. If you’ve got a local fox looking like a chupacabra, you have transient rashes, and your dog is itching, you may have a scabies patient. Nice that they show up to confuse the diagnosis of inhalant allergies at this time of year, isn’t it?

Dog and cat eating

Many of us struggle to find the right food for our dog or cat. Do we believe everything we hear? Do we go with the latest pet food trends or stick to traditional food? The questions are endless. 

Who oversees pet food production?

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) are the people in charge of regulating production, labeling, distribution and sale of pet food. They are also the people who establish canine and feline nutrient profiles. One these profiles is one of the most important pieces of information called the Nutritional Adequacy Statement that reads as follows:

Feline Food: "[This food] is formulated to meet the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for all stages of a cat's life."

Canine Food: "Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate that [this food] provides complete and balanced nutrition for maintenance of adult dogs."

How to pick a food manufacturer

It's important to pick a food manufacturer with nutritionists, research & development, their own manufacturing plants, and those who have internal quality control standards. This helps to ensure that your pet is getting the best and safest diet possible. You also want a well-known, reputable company Purina, Hill’s, Royal Canin, Nutro, Blue Buffalo, Merrick, Wellness, or Canidae.

The American Heartworm Association has deemed April as Heartworm Awareness Month in hopes to educate pet owners about the importance of year-round heartworm prevention and annual testing.

MosquitoHeartworm disease is caused by a parasitic worm that lives in the pulmonary artery as well as the right side of the heart. It is a serious and potentially fatal condition that affects dogs, cats and other species of mammals, including wolves, foxes, ferrets, sea lions and even humans.

The disease is caused by a nematode (roundworm) called Dirofilaria immitis. All ages and breeds of dogs AND cats are susceptible to heartworm disease, which is found in all 50 states with the warmer southern states being more endemic. The route of infection is through the bite of a mosquito.

Lifecycle of Heartworm

The lifecycle of heartworm is slightly complex but important in understanding heartworm testing and prevention. Adult female heartworms release their larva called microfilaria into the animal's bloodstream, which is then ingested by a mosquito during a blood meal. The larva then takes about 2-3 weeks to mature inside of the mosquito to the infective state called L3. It can then be transmitted to a dog or cat through the bite wound of a mosquito where it matures in the tissue for about 2 months. Once mature, the adult heartworm migrates to the right side of the heart and pulmonary arteries. In dogs, the adult heartworm can live up to 7 years.

Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital Staff  

PVAH Staff Biographies

Matt Putchat, CVT   Matthew Putchat, CVT, is a graduate of both West Virginia University and the LCCC veterinary technician program. Matt has his degree for Canine Rehabilitation practioners through the University of Tennessee. He manages the adjacent Anwell Veterinary Rehabilitation Center as well as the Lucky Chance Pet Resort and Spa. Matt's hobbies include herpetology and wildlife rehabilitation. 
Sue Fallon, CVT  

Sue Fallon, CVT, has been at Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital since she arrived in 1987 after two-years of college and has been Hospital Manager since 1993. Sue has studied with the Rehabilitation Certification Program through the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical School/Physical Therapy School, and is a 2006 graduate of the LCCC/NCC veterinary nursing program.

Her soft spot is for PVAH's beloved geriatric patients and also her four-legged kids (and of course her husband)! She'll take a furry "white-faced golden" kiss any day!

Becky, PVAH Receptionist   Becky, our receptionist, has been with Pleasant Valley since 2005. She's married and has three children. She also has one dog and two cats. Becky graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in Animal Science.
Shelly Krukowski, CVT   Shelly Krukowski, CVT, has been at PVAH since 1988 and completed the Veterinary Technician Program at Manor Jr. College in 1996. Shelly is a PA Certified Veterinary Technician. When not working, Shelly is usually at the beach with her dog Marty.
Desiree, Veterinary Professional   Desiree has been with Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital since 2003. She started as a kennel counselor when she was 15 and has worked her way to becoming one of our most valuable veterinary nurses on staff! Desiree graduated from the LCCC/NCC Veterinary Technician Program in 2010. She has a Boston terrier named Emmy and 3 cats (Whiskers, Shadow and Lomoka).
Carol, Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital Staff   Carol joined our team as receptionist in 2006 and became office manager in 2009. She is the instrumental founder of our "paws in need" fund which helps defer some of the costs for emergency services for our clients in unique situations. In her spare time, Carol enjoys the company of her dogs along with outings, hiking, and game and movie nights with her daughters and grandchildren.
Pet Groomer, Kim B., Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital  
Kim B. has been with Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital since 1995. She graduated from NCC in 1989. Kim can be found at the front desk as a receptionist as well as in our spa, grooming dogs and cats. She was trained by her mentor Sherry S., and has been grooming since 1997. In her free time, she enjoys time with her three dogs, three cats and birds. She enjoys listening to music and reading a good mystery novel. Keep a look out for Kim at Musikfest this year!
 Janine with furry friends  

Janine, CVT, graduated from the LCCC/NCC Veterinary Technician Program in 2014 and joined our team in 2015. When she's not at work, Janine is either at her farm spending time with her horse, or at home with her 3 cats and dog Holly.

 Adriana with dog  
Adriana, CVT
, is a graduate of the NCC veterinary nursing program.  She is also an emergency nurse in Malvern at Hope Veterinary Specialist.  Her interests involve becoming certified in the canine rehabiliation program ( in Tennessee) and also specializing in emergency medicine.  Adriana has a dog, Missy, and a savannah cat Chai!  Her hobbies include travelling, hiking and enjoying the outdoors. 
Veterinary Nurse Danika, CVT with cat Zazu   Danika, CVT, is a certified veterinary nurse. She is also the Co-Manager of Lucky Chance Pet Resort & Spa. Danika enjoys spending time with her cat Zazu.
Veterinary Nurse Megan Ramos with cat, Gannicus   Megan joined the PVAH team in June of 2017 as a Veterinary Nurse. She is a 2006 graduate of Delaware Valley College with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Biotechnology and Conservation. After working in the Biotechnology field, Megan discovered a passion working in veterinary medicine and education. She currently has three fur kids Lynx, Binx, and a new adopted kitten named Gannicus. When she isn't working, Megan enjoys spending time outdoors and fishing.

Jackie   Jackie is a receptionist and assistant kennel manager here at Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital. More info to come!
 Fred the Parrot  
Fred the African Gray Parrot
was hatched in 1983 and is, arguably, the most talented Pleasant Valley staff member. Stationed near the hospital entrance, Fred alternately greets patients in his crisp Pennsylvania accent or accurately mimics the voices of our animal patients.