Bruce Putchat, VMD
Dr. 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.
Address / Hours
1945 State Road
Quakertown, PA 18951
P: (610) 346-7854
F: (610) 346-8752
Changes to Boarding Requirements
For the protection of all our boarding kennel vacationers, we are going to start requiring the Influenza vaccine for all boarders at the Lucky Chance Pet Resort & Spa beginning on January 1, 2019.
The vaccine is a series of two (2-4 weeks apart) and then yearly.
Senior Pet Discount Days at PVAH
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 (Vaccines, Nails, Wellness Exams) to all Senior Pet Visits!*
Pleasant Valley Bids Farewell to Dr. Bruce Putchat
It 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.
Now Offering Digital Dental X-Ray
Pleasant 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.
Leave Your Pet for a Day Appointment
We 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.
New Pet Care Wellness Program
Our 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.
Receive 10% Off Your Pet’s First Grooming
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!
Video: Cats & Carriers—Friends not Foes
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.
Enjoy Our Fall and Howl-oween Events!
The Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital team would love to have you help us celebrate this fall season and Halloween in style!
Come trick or treat with your family and pet(s) during the week of Halloween (Wednesday, October 24th through Wednesday, October 31st) for some special “treats.” All pets visiting “in costume” will earn an extra special “treat”; a free nail trim certificate! The coupon can be redeemed during your regular scheduled visit, or at a later date! We just ask that you call ahead to schedule when you’re ready!! We will have special goodies for our “human children” too!
Meet Our Hospital Cat, Doctor Elvie
Read About her Experiences with Hyperthyroid Disease
Please allow me to introduce myself. I am a cat of wealth and taste. My name is Elvie, Doctor Elvie to be exact. And no, it is not an honorary degree. None of you bigger folk of the Homo sapiens variety would know the college I attended, nor would you be able to pronounce it in my language, so I won’t bother teaching you the inflections and grammar. You’d probably assume I was asking for food or attention. Even my ghost-writer, Dr. Brian, misses the nuances. Luckily for us he took a course in the written language of felines.
Sadly, few of my species are literate. It’s not that they can’t learn, but as with so many things, they couldn’t be bothered. Me, I take an interest in communication. (Whether or not you understand) In fact my radio show is doing very well, but don’t bother finding the station, since the frequency used is A: out of your hearing range and B: slightly illegal. It’s really just for cats, anyway.
Needy is how I would describe myself. (As would everyone else here) Hey, I deserve attention. I’m special. So special that my mommy, Dr. Uranko, took me have radioactive iodine therapy for my thyroid condition. Allow me to explain. My species seems to like getting benign tumors on the thyroid glands that produce the thyroid hormone. Since they are functional tumors, unlike in that other common furry critter around here, they produce more hormone. If you think I’m loud now, you should have heard me then.
Going for the Gold - Urine Testing
Congratulations to all those participating in the Olympics (yeah women’s hockey!). Here at Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital, we go for the gold all the time. I remember one of my teachers in vet school, Craig Greene, always said "you have to go for the gold". No work-up was complete without it.
Quite often he would refer to “Ludowici Logic”. It was his way of comparing what we would do in private practice in a small town to the ivory tower of veterinary school. (Ludowici is a small town toward the Georgia coast.) Getting the urine was his standard no matter where in the sticks one could practice, though. Too much potential information was being wasted without a standard urinalysis being performed.
Granted, he was an internist with a special interest in the kidneys, especially since his internist wife was also focused on the kidneys, but he was right. The urine may sometimes tell us more than the blood work we run.
Why would we pass up a good simple screen?
Pet Fall & Winter Tips
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.”
In 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?
How Do I Choose the Right Food for My Pet?
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 Importance of Heartworm Prevention & Testing for Dogs and Cats
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.
Heartworm 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's Dedicated Team
PVAH Staff Biographies
|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, 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, 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, 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 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 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.|
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!
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.
|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.|
|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 is a receptionist and assistant kennel manager here at Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital. More info to come!|
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.