Monthly Archives: August 2013

Happy Birthday Terri Heck!

Career Day MMS Terri Heck, CVT, started with the practice in 1984 as a veterinary technician. She enjoys all facets of veterinary medicine with an emphasis on diagnostics and wellness. Terri is very involved locally with Search and Rescue and Criminal investigation with her K9 partner “Merit”. They, along with teammates husband Jim and K9 “Apache”, answer ~70 search calls a year for area law enforcement. They lecture and assist with bloodhound/handler training across the country and have had the pleasure of working with teams from Brazil, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland They also provide the community with over 80 programs each year with an emphasis on safety, community involvement and responsible pet ownership. Terri also teaches as a guest educator at Penn State and Alvernia Universities illustrating the human-animal connection.

Meet Animal House Rescue’s Gil!

** MEET GIL ** Gil is one of four terrier mixes to come into AHR this month via a local PA shelter. He was an owner surrender due to economic reasons. Other than terrier mix, they have absolutely no idea what breed Gil is … perhaps Yorkie/Chihuahua (and terrier mix is just a guess also). His DOB is January 2013 and he weighs under 10 lbs. Gil is a sweetheart and was very quick to greet us upon his arrival. He will need socialization, some basic training, and some good old fashioned TLC. Oh, and because Gil is a terrier and his size, we do not recommend that he go to a family with small children. If you are interested in an AHR dog, please fill out an application found on their website: www.AnimalHouseRescuePa.org . To see a list of our dogs, go to our petfinder page: AnimalHouseRescuePA.petfinder.org.

SSAR Welcomes Briggs!

Summit Search and Rescue (SSAR) proudly announces the newest K9-in-training on the team. K9 Briggs a female black and tan bloodhound – 8 weeks of age and 14 pounds. This week she is walking on different surfaces, experiencing loud noise and visiting area police de…partments along with public venues. She started her in-harness training over the weekend. She was checked out by Dr. Pam Kinneman last week and found to be healthy. The vote here at Winding Hill Vet was that she is totally CUTE!
Briggs

Meet Animal House Rescue’s Vicki Bolinger!

We’ve interviewed Animal House Rescue’s Vicki Bolinger so that we all could learn more about her and the amazing things that she does in our community! Vicki Bolinger from Animal House Rescue
  • Where are you originally from?
    • Mechanicsburg, PA
  • How long have you been at Animal House Rescue?
    • I have been serving on the Board since January of 2012
  • Where did you/do you go to school?
    • Mechanicsburg High School and Harrisburg Area Community College
  • What would you say is the most important impact that AHR has?
    • The ability to rehabilitate dogs with behavioral issues which would otherwise have been put down
  • What would you say was the one greatest pet related, community accomplishment that you have had?
    • I believe our monthly low-cost vaccine clinics help provide a service to the community as this allows dogs to be vaccinate who might not otherwise receive these medications
  • At what point in your life did you realize that you had such a deep connection with pets?
    • I have always had a dog in my life. I have always had a deep bond with my dogs. After a challenging day at the office, there is no one I’d rather come home to than my dogs.
    • List your pets and names throughout the years (including childhood ones): Mitsy – Poodle Snoopy – Dachshund Barney – Beagle Sam – Black Lab Kasee – Black Lab Bella – Black Lab Jordan – Yellow Lab Campbell – Black Lab Piper – Yellow Lab
  • What kind of food do you feed your pets?
    • Verus – chicken and fish formulas
  • What is your favorite movie?
    • Out of Africa
  • What kind of music do you like?
    • A variety of pop, rock, country and classical
  • What was the last book that you read?
    • Anything by Nora Roberts. I listen to books on tape as I commute one hour to work on a daily basis. Therefore, I have an opportunity to listen to a lot of books during each month.
  • What is your favorite TV show?
    • The West Wing is my all time favorite
  • Where was your last vacation?
    • Cape May, NJ
  • What is your favorite restaurant?
    • Iron Hill Brewery in Lancaster
  • Describe your perfect sandwich
    • My famous perfect pulled pork sandwich with southern-style coleslaw on top
  • If you could meet with anyone in the world, who would it be?
    • Thomas Jefferson
  • Which is your favorite sport’s team?
    • Team Lab Trio (dock diving team)
  • Other personal facts or hobbies that you think might be interesting:
    • I obtained a diploma in residential planning and love to redecorate people’s homes.
To learn more about Animal House Rescue, go to: www.animalhouserescuepa.org

P&G Voluntarily Recalls Limited Quantity of Dry Pet Food Due to Possible Health Risk

The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily recalled specific lots of dry pet food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These lots were distributed in the United States and represent roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of annual production. No Salmonella-related illnesses have been reported to date in association with these product lots. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products. Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers. Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. This issue is limited to the specific dry pet food lot codes listed below. This affects roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of total annual production. The affected product was distributed to select retailers across the United States. These products were made during a 10 day window at a single manufacturing site. P&G’s routine testing determined that some products made during this timeframe have the potential for Salmonella contamination. As a precautionary measure, P&G is recalling the potentially impacted products made during this timeframe. No other dry dog food, dry cat food, dog or cat canned wet food, biscuits/treats or supplements are affected by this announcement. P&G is retrieving these products as a precautionary measure. Consumers who purchased a product listed below should stop using the product and discard it and contact P&G toll-free at 800-208-0172 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST), or via website at www.iams.com or www.eukanuba.com

Meet Winding Hill Vet’s Kelsey Evans!

Winding Hill Kelsey with shark
  • Where are you originally from?
    • Mechanicsburg Pa
  • How long have you been at the Hospital?
    • About 8 years
  • Where did you/do you go to school?
    • I went to college at Delaware Valley College
  • Describe your role in the area pet community?
    • I work as a Veterinary Assistant
  • What would you say is the most important impact that our hospital has?
    • I believe that our hospital provides happiness and reliability. Our clients can be sure their pet is given the best care by people who do truly care about every individual animal. I treat every pet as i would treat my own pets, and i believe that makes an impact on the animals and our clients.
  • What would you say was the one greatest pet related, community accomplishment that you have had?
    • I honestly believe stray animals find me, instead of me finding them. I love to help reunite pets and their families.
  • At what point in your life did you realize that you had such a deep connection with pets?
    • I grew up knowing that I wanted to help improve the lives of animals. I can never leave an animal in need when i know i can help them. It has never been a choice for me, it was always just what i had to do. There is no greater joy for me.
  • List your pets and names throughout the years (including childhood ones):
    • (Cats): Spike, Fauna, Abby, Casper, Gizmo, Fritz, Sophie, Foster, Stella, Chubbs, and Bim. (Dogs): Bella and Yukon (Horses): Strawberry, Eve, Lissy, Newt, Quick, and Kahlua. And i had many fish as a child.
  • What kind of food do you feed your pets?
    • The cats get Purina, and the dogs get Science Diet.
  • What is your favorite movie?
    • I have a ton, but the first one that comes to mind is Ace Ventura Pet Detective.
  • What kind of music do you like?
    • I love all kinds of music, im open to anything. Recently though i am becoming a fan of electronic music like techo. It’s easy to dance to.
  • What was the last book that you read?
    • I am currently reading ‘The Man Who Rode Sharks’. I am a shark fanatic so it is interesting to me.
  • What is your favorite TV show?
    • My guilty pleasure is ‘Say Yes to the Dress’, but id say it’s an even tie with ‘Lost’
  • Where was your last vacation?
    • Cozumel Mexico. I got to SCUBA dive for the first time there and it was amazing!
  • What is your favorite restaurant?
    • Food is my second favorite topic after animals. I love so many i simply cannot pick a favorite.
  • Describe your perfect sandwich
    • Fried chicken dipped in hot sauce, covered in pepper jack cheese, with an over easy egg, lettuce and fried jalapenos.
  • If you could meet with anyone in the world, who would it be?
    • My moms father. He passed away when my mom was 15 so i never got to meet him, but she always says we would have been close.
  • Other personal facts or hobbies that you think might be interesting: This past summer i interned at the Bimini Biological Field Station (Also known as the Shark Lab), in Bimini Bahamas. I assisted with shark research and education for two months, which turned out to be the best experience of my life this far.

Animal House Rescue: Surrendering a Pet

If you would like Animal House Rescue to consider accepting your dog(s) into their rescue, the proces is easy. Please submit the following application (http://www.animalhouserescuepa.org/Surrender_Information.html) to them at animalhouserescuepa@comcast.net Animal House Rescue is a 501(c)(3) no kill dog rescue dedicated not only to rescue but also to the education & guidance for a responsible canine – human relationship.

ALERT: Dogswell Recalls Dog and Cat Jerky Treats

ALERT: Dogswell Recalls Dog and Cat Jerky Treats Arthur Dogswell LLC has announced it is voluntarily withdrawing certain Dogswell and Catswell brand duck or chicken jerky treats with a “Best Before” date of January 28th, 2015 (or any earlier date). The vast majority of these products were distributed via retail stores and mail order companies before March 1st, 2013. These products may contain trace amounts of an antibiotic residue that has not been approved for use in the United States. To learn more of the details, go to: www.dogswell.com/qualityassurance

Animal House Rescue Volunteer Opportunities

Please consider volunteering to help Animal House Rescue. Below are some ways in which you can volunteer:
  • Staffing Their vaccine clinics – see their Vaccine Clinics page for list of dates and locations (their monthly clinic is at Benny’s Pet Depot, but they hold clinics at other events as well)
  • Dog handlers at their meet & greet events – They go to Benny’s Pet Depot from 5pm to 8pm on the first Friday of the month for their Yappy Hour event. They also go to Petco on Carlisle Pike in Mechanicsburg, and also bring their dogs to other events throughout the year. See their Events page for a list of dates and locations
  • Help with fundraising events – such as our annual yard sales. See their Events page for a list.
For more information, go to: www.animalhouserescuepa.org
  • help around the rescue – stay tuned for dog walking events, cleanup events, and maintenance events that we need help with.