Alerts & Updates
Introducing Laser Therapy
Advantages to Laser Therapy
Pets like it!
Wounds Hot Spots
Pain & Inflammation Fractures
Dental Conditions Lick Granulomas
Soft Tissue Injuries Ear Infections
September 18, 2022
Dear GMVH Pet Families,
I hope everyone is getting into the fall spirit! It’s a great time to enjoy the weather and get your beloved dog out for a walk or play time, or cuddle with your cat on the couch with a cozy blanket. 😊 It’s also the perfect time to start thinking about what your beloved pet will be for Halloween! We encourage everyone to enter the 2022 GMVH Pet Halloween Costume Contest! Details to come next month.
I’m also writing to inform pet families of some of the exciting new offerings we have at GMVH:
Nextmune Allergy Testing: Many pets suffer from allergies: sporadically, seasonally or year round. Allergies can cause a myriad of dermatologic problems including: hair loss, skin lesions, itch, redness, and odor. Recurrent ear infections, anal gland disease, and foot infections are all common place with skin allergies too. GMVH now offers a blood test by Nextmune for FOOD ALLERGIES, in addition to ENVIRONMENTAL ALLERGIES (known as ‘atopy’ in veterinary medicine). The food allergy results will describe your pet’s allergies and moreover provide a link for dry food, wet food, and treats (both prescription and OTC) that are compatible for your pet! And for owners wanting to immunoboost their pet against the environmental allergens, you may order personalized immunotherapy in either oral or injectable form – all of which has been very exciting in the treatment of pet allergies! We’ve seen great results thus far!
Imagyst Cytology: Cutaneous and subcutaneous masses are very common in companion animal practice and they can be benign or malignant. According to many veterinary oncologists, including the well-known Sue Ettinger, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology) (also known as Dr. Sue Cancer Vet (DrSueCancerVet.com), pets that have a skin growth present for 1 month and is 1 cm diameter (about the size of a pea), should have that lesion aspirated or biopsied. Dr. Ettinger notes, “in veterinary medicine, most skin and subcutaneous tumors can be cured with surgery alone if diagnosed early, when tumors are small.” GMVH now offers an affordable method of aspirating multiple masses on pets. Learn more by asking our hospital about this service and pricing on your next visit if you’re interested! It’s been a great success thus far!
Companion Animal Class IV Laser Therapy: Laser therapy is a noninvasive treatment designed to reduce pain and inflammation, and to speed healing, and we are excited to offer this cutting-edge therapy at GMVH! This treatment has been highly regarded as safe, effective, and rewarding in both human and veterinary medicine for decades, and is used for the following:
WOUND HEALING & TRAUMATIC SKIN HEALING
SURGICAL INCISION HEALING & PAIN RELIEF
Our staff members administer laser therapy via a handpiece that emits this therapeutic infrared light in a fast, drug-free, and soothing treatment. The light can treat surface problems such as wounds, as well as deeper structures, penetrating through fur, skin, and fat if necessary to reach damaged or compromised tissue.
The therapeutic infrared light targets the mitochondria in damaged cells and stimulates them to regenerate and stimulates them to return to optimal function. This regenerative process is called photobiomodulation (PBM). PBM does not impact normal cells! - rather it can help damaged cells to recover from injury faster. Laser therapy can be utilized as an adjunct to existing treatments, often reducing or replacing the need for pain medications.
For anyone interested in learning how laser therapy might be of benefit to their pet, please ask our staff! We have more in depth information we can email or present to you! We also have discounted package deals. We’re proud to announce that we’ve had dozens of patients that have started and been thriving since starting their laser therapy 😊
Wishing all the GMVH pet families the best this fall! Our staff is ready to serve you and your pet’s needs!
Dr. Michelle Parker
Updates Regarding Emergency Services
Dear Glen Mills Veterinary Hospital Pet Families:
I am writing to inform you of some changes I anticipate on the horizon at Glen Mills Veterinary Hospital. Due to foreseeable staffing constraints, our capacity to do emergencies will be extremely limited. In addition, on certain days, we may experience limitations with regards to doctors’ office hours.
Our doctors and team have always sought to provide the most comprehensive care for our veterinary community and that is still a top priority. It is my hope that as we find more veterinary team members, we’ll be able to broaden our offerings again.
In the meanwhile, I suggest each pet family have a list of local veterinary emergency hospitals in the event your pet has a dire need that we are unable to address. Select the facility that is right for you and keep the information handy.
See our emergency facility options page for some 24/7 facilities closest to you.
We value all our pet families immensely and the team we have will remain committed to helping you with your beloved pets’ medical needs.
Dr. Michelle Parker
Dilated cardiomyopathy is frequently seen in Dobermans. This sweet boy, Moose was 6 years old when he was diagnosed.
DCM Linked to 16 Dog Food Brands
Pet nutrition will always be a vital component of your pet’s health. And we all want what’s best for the beloved animals in our home. Naturally, we’d like to feed in accord with our standards and beliefs surrounding what is ‘right’ for our pet. Secondly, the diet has to be realistic: affordable, easily obtainable, and well-tolerated by our pets.
Tuft's Veterinary Nutrition Articles:
"A Broken Heart: Risk of heart disease in boutique or grain-free diets and exotic ingredients"
"It’s Not Just Grain-Free: An Update on Diet-Associated Dilated Cardiomyopathy"
"Questions You Should Be Asking About Your Pet’s Food"
Dr. Parker's email to our clients
THE BASICS TO PICKING A GOOD DIET:
As stated already, we recommend a food that has an AAFCO statement stating the food has been tested using AAFCO feeding trials/tests.
We recommend companies that have a boarded Veterinary Nutritionist on staff. Veterinary Nutritionists are Diplomats of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN).
We recommend a diet designated for your dog’s age: feed “growth” diets to growing pets until they are 90%-fully grown; feed “maintenance” diets to older pets.
We recommend a diet suited for your dog’s breed; small, medium and large breeds can have unique requirements, especially as puppies.
Learn the basics at interpreting pet food label terms. There’s a good deal of misconception and confusion when it comes to labeling.
Outside Pharmacy Policy
Over the past couple of years, GMVH has noticed an increasing trend in the number of cases of pets experiencing atypical side effects from online medications. We have also experienced an increase in cases whereby prescribed medications have failed to work properly, leading to a number of negative medical consequences.
After much research and deliberation, we are pleased to announce our partnership with Vet Source Pharmacy, a safe and reliable resource for our clients to procure the high-quality, affordable medications we do not carry.
Please be assured that our goal in this endeavor is not to take away your right to make medical decisions for your pets; we absolutely understand your desire to use specific outside distributors for various reasons. However, starting on December 1, 2018, GMVH will no longer be able to accept faxes or emails for medication approvals from ‘outside’ pharmacies due to potential legal liabilities related to dispensing medications from potentially hazardous sources. Instead, customers will need to pick up a script from GMVH before selecting the pharmaceutical resource of their choosing.
Downloadable copy of Dr. Parker's email to our clients