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Veterinarians to Share the Love for Chester County Senior Citizens' Pets

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, March 22, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Veterinarians to Share the Love for Chester County Senior Citizen’s Pets

The Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation (PVF), the charitable arm of PVMA, will be hosting a Share the Love event on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Phoenixville Area Senior Center located at 153 Church Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460. This veterinary care event is for dogs and cats of local senior citizens and will feature local veterinarians and technicians sharing the love of their profession and animals by donating their time to provide:

  • Basic exams,
  • Vaccinations,
  • Flea and tick treatment,
  • Microchipping, and
  • Nail trims.

This event coincides with World Veterinary Day, which is celebrated annually on the last Saturday in April. Share the Love will be from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

PVF began sharing the love for senior citizens in Chester County in 2016 when it created its Henry’s Helping Paws Fund. This pilot program began with a partnership with Meals on Wheels in Chester County. It provided free pet food to senior citizens’ pets, which allowed owners and their beloved pets to stay together. In an effort to expand the program to not only offer pet food, but to also provide veterinary care grants to the animals, PVF was able to secure a grant from PetSmart Charities®. This grant made the Share the Love event possible, along with The Last Chance (TLC) Fund, PVF’s grant program that helps to pay for veterinary care for animals in need.

Who qualifies for a free veterinary exam?

Seniors, age 62 and over, who are on a fixed or low income and are located in Chester County, PA are eligible for this event. Seniors who would like to take advantage of these free services are encouraged to call PVF at 888.550.7862 to make an appointment for their pet or click here. This is an appointment-only event, and unfortunately, cannot accommodate walk-ins. This event will provide basic care for pets. PVF will provide a care voucher up to a certain amount that can be redeemed at a participating veterinary practice in Chester County. 

How can PVMA members you help? Sign up to volunteer that day!

We are looking for veterinarians, CVTs, veterinary assistants and CVPMs to help us at the event. To sign up as a volunteer, click here.

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Canine Flu Testing At PADLS

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, March 1, 2018
Updated: Thursday, March 1, 2018

Photo source: DogFlu.com

Canine Flu Testing at PADLS

Canine Influenza: Canine influenza or dog flu, is a highly contagious viral infection of dogs and can also infect cats. Canine influenza is the same group or Type A influenza virus similar to Human, Swine or Avian flu. At present, two strains of canine influenza virus have been identified in the United States: H3N8 and H3N2. There is no evidence that either strain of canine influenza (H3N8 or H3N2) can infect humans.

Disease diagnosis can be arrived at by using PCR which is considered a rapid, sensitive and specific assay and is a similar test used to detect flu infections with Matrix gene in other animal species. A nasal or oropharyngeal swab can be submitted in 3-5 ml BHI or viral transport medium to labs for diagnosis. For details visit PADLS.org or search for Influenza A PCR for additional guidance.

Additional resources:

AVMA

University of Florida

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Dog Flu

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