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Veterinarian Blog | Winding Hill Veterinary Clinic: Gift a Pet for Christmas?

By Terri Heck CVT Winding Hill

shutterstock_227819830Giving a pet as a gift on a holiday may sound like a good idea – after all they can be such a symbol of love, joy and many things good. But in reality, the gift of a pet comes with the need for a commitment – a commitment of responsibility – time and money. Adding the right pet at the right time to the right family is a blessing that keeps on giving.

Christmas in itself is not the best of times to add a pet to the family. It tends to be a busy time. The hustle and bustle of the season can make building the relationships with the new pet and the bonding experiences more challenging. Added responsibilities can be better timed after the holidays. The winter weather associated with the time of year and a young puppy is not for everyone.

Who better to select their new pet than the person or family who is ready for one. A gift certificate to a shelter or a breeder if the recipient has voiced a place where they would get their new addition could be a welcome gift. Consider a basket of supplies or a book related to their expected pet of choice. Add a card with a little note saying that you would like to help with the purchase of their new pet aka “family member” when they are ready.

Pets and people can share a wonderful connection. Just be sure the pairing is done in a way to bring the love and the joy of the season to both the pet and the person or family.

Veterinarian Blog | Winding Hill Veterinary Clinic: Appiness is a “Click” Away

Appiness Is Just A “Click” Away

Popular Apps For People and Their Pets


By Dr. Patty Gabig

Here are some applications that one might find useful. Please feel free to contact me with others you have found and feel others could benefit from:

Pet First Aid Red Cross
Take care of your furry family member. The American Red Cross Pet First Aid app puts veterinary advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand. Get the app and be prepared to act when called upon. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know Pet First Aid. Download: iTunesGoogle Play

This free app shows pet parents exactly what to do in case of a natural disaster. It also allows pet owners to store vital medical records, and provides information on making life-saving decisions during natural disasters. Download: iTunes + Google Play

Animal Poison Control Center (APCC)
Products that may seem safe in your home and garden can actually be toxic for pets, and all too often pets are poisoned as a result of their natural curiosity. That’s why the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – the country’s first animal welfare organization and a leading voice for animals — has launched the APCC by ASPCA App. Download: iTunes + Google Play

iVet Veterinary calculators and Drugs
iVet Veterinary Calculators & Drugs is an application for Mac computers with more than 10 different kinds of calculators used in small animal veterinary and a complete Veterinary Drug Formulary with more than 600 drugs. Download: iTunes

mypet reminderMy Pet Reminder
Need help remembering to give Fluffy those pills, Fido his flea and tick medicine, or schedule Bella’s annual vaccines? My Pet can help keep your pet’s appointments and reminders in one place. Download: iTunes + Google Play

Over 65,000 pet sitters and dog walkers have listed their services, making Rover the nation’s largest network. On the app, connect with a nearby sitter, pay securely, and get photo updates. The platform offers insurance, 24/7 support, background checks, and a reservation guarantee. Download: iTunes + Google Play

Need someone to take care of your dog when you’re busy, stuck at work, or on vacation? Wag! connects dog owners with dog lovers in their community they can hire on-demand for dog walking, pet sitting, or dog boarding services 7-days a week. Wag! is like having a trusted dog loving neighbor, or friend at your beck and call! Download: iTunes + Google Play

FitBark monitors your dog’s everyday activity and turns it into BarkPoints, so you can track progress. It’s a new way to understand your dog’s health, explain changes in behavior, make better decisions with your vet, and share memorable moments with friends & family. FitBark is all about your dog, from head to tail. Download: iTunes + Google Play

Whistle GPS Pet Tracker (device that syncs with an app) whistle gps
Whistle GPS Pet Tracker attaches to your pet’s collar, allowing you to locate your pet in minutes and track their daily activity on your phone. Download: iTunes + Google Play

Be with your pet, even when you are not at home – Cam2Pet makes it possible. Developed and tested for and with pets (dogs and cats) under real conditions! This app would be good for monitoring your pet especially if they are elderly, diabetic or recovering from surgery. Download: iTunes + Google Play

Voyce creates a vital sign baseline for your dog so you and your vet can readily detect and address changes in health and behavior. Manage your dog’s health by settings goals and accessing advice from pet experts, tailored specifically to you and your dog.

The VitusVet App is a life and sanity saving tool for pet owners. In addition to having all of your pet’s medical records available in an emergency, the app helps you take the best care possible of your pets. Track major events and daily items such as medication reminders, walk times, current brand of pet food…even request family vet and specialist appointments. All members of your family and your extended pet care team will have login access to upload information and locate records through the VitusVet app. Just invite them to your pet’s care team and start today! Download: iTunes + Google Play

Dog Whistle
This is a dog training app with the following potential to: stop your dog or your neighbor’s dog from barking, recall your dog, train your dog to do cool tricks.

How does this works? The application generates frequencies ranging from 100 to 22000 hertz. Dogs hear those sound very well, and those sounds are always the same. That makes it very easy to teach your dog new tricks. Proper tutorial will be implemented in future app update. Remember to not abuse your animals!!! Long exposure to any sound might damage hearing. And that might be a crime. Also don’t use this app on puppies.

How many times have you wondered, “Can I feed this to my dog?” This app has an extensive data base of common foods so you can find out which ones are o.k. if your pet eats something. Download: iTunes + Google Play

Dog Communicator
Get closer to your dog with Dog Communicator, a dog sound translator that helps you identify your dog’s feelings with the touch of a button. Download: iTunes + Google Play

Pet Name
It’s harder than you think sometimes to come up with a name for your pet. This data base can help.

Pet Snap
Move over paparazzi: there’s a new photographer in town. With WowWee Snap Pets, you can turn selfies and group shots into full-on photo sessions. 32 built in sounds to attract your pet before the picture is taken. Download: iTunes

Pet PlayPen
Just for fun adopt 3 virtual pets. Download: iTunes


And finally, there are also apps that teach children how to care for a pet:

toca petsToca Pet
Kids cure and feed animals in cute, empathy-promoting app. Download: iTunes + Google Play + Amazon

Doc McStuffins Pet Vet
Fix animal ouchies, play mini-games, meet great role models. Download: iTunes

Are there any must-have pet apps that we missed? Let us know!

Veterinarian Blog | Winding Hill Veterinary Clinic: Have You Checked the Chip?

By: Elianna Brook, WHVC technician

During the peak of vacation season and fun in the sun, we often forget the anxieties these joyous times bring our furry friends. Whether your pets travel with you, are kenneled, or watched after by trusted friends or family, the chances of them getting away are very high during these times. You may say your dog would never run away or your cat never leaves the house, but stressful times may change these habits in your pets.

If you were to (heaven forbid) get into a car accident while your cat or dog was traveling somewhere with you, during which time they escaped from your vehicle and didn’t know where they were, the best way to maximize their chance of returning home safely is having them microchipped and following up with registering that chip to you. The first thing most animal shelters, veterinary clinics, and police do upon finding a “stray” or lost pet, is to scan for a microchip. These tiny chips are placed just under the skin, typically between the shoulder blades or in that general area. The procedure is often done in correlation with a young pet’s spay or neuter surgery while they’re under anesthesia, but the implants are also placed while animals are awake. It’s a quick procedure that takes just about as long as a regular vaccine administration. These chips may migrate through time, so having your chipped pet scanned at routine veterinary appointments is not frowned upon.

Each year in the United States, about 7,600,000 cats and dogs enter animal shelters. Of those 7.6 million, only about 649,000 are returned home safely to their owners. Imagine how many more pets would find their way home if everyone had their companions microchipped.

Any time of change can be scary for your little (or not so little) ones, so ensuring their ability to find their way home is important. Travel, fireworks, and the hustle and bustle of company or workers in and out of your home are just a few things that could spook a cat or dog into running away. Though microchips aid in the reuniting of many pets with their families, they are not GPS devices so you can’t track your critters if they go missing.

National Check the Chip Day is August 15. If you haven’t had your pets microchipped and are interested in doing so or have more questions, don’t hesitate to contact your favorite veterinarian, technician, receptionist, or other member of the Winding Hill team for more information.

Tech Elianna scanning Kevin, an adorable dog adopted by our practice manager, Tena. He was adopted through Furry Friends Network.
Tech Elianna scanning Kevin, an adorable dog adopted by our practice manager, Tena. He was adopted through Furry Friends Network.

Veterinarian Blog | Winding Hill Veterinary Clinic: Lessons Learned From Hound to Child

By Terri Heck, on behalf of her work with Summit Search and Rescue

We all know dogs and kids can have a magnetic attraction. Our bloodhounds love kids of all ages and kids of all ages migrate to our bloodhounds. What an opportunity this has been to spread a message of safety throughout the community.

Whether the child we run into on the street
Or in a public park we get to greet
Perhaps a group at a school we meet
Time with kids and hounds is sweet!

Hounds and kids – a wonderful pairing.
Safety lessons are made for sharing.
Play safe, stay safe – always be caring.
This the bloodhound is declaring!

K9 Apache shares a lesson
K9 Apache shares a lesson
K9 Briggs with kids
K9 Briggs with kids
K9 Merit with preschoolers
K9 Merit with preschoolers

So often we are told a tale of a child who remembered a lesson of safety that may have made a difference at a moment where safety was important. This lesson was not remembered because of Mom, Dad, teachers or Jim or I, but in the words of a child “I have to be safe because Apache wants me to be”. So whenever a child migrates to your bloodhound or your bloodhound migrates to a child seize the opportunity. Remind the child to listen to Mom, Dad or whoever they are with and always be safe – spoken from the hound (with a little help from you!).

Team Summit Search and Rescue 
with middle school students
Team Summit Search and Rescue with middle school students

Student Initiatives at Winding Hill

Students in middle school begin to seriously entertain career options. In high school that exploration continues often in earnest. Students make course decisions, choose activities and often work place based on their career path. Throughout college and veterinary school; preceptor, intern and externships are completed by students engaged in the field of veterinary science and other biology and animal related fields. Here at Winding Hill we actively participate in career day presentations at area middle schools. We welcome students from middle school age through veterinary medical school as they begin and continue their educational experience.
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Carolyn Bolden above visits Winding Hill for job shadow experiences. This is offered for both middle and high school students.
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Brittany Lee is completing her senior project with us for the entire 2015-2016 school year. We have hired her as well as an assistant. Here she holds Milo the pug for a procedure.
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Allison Frankowski, a recent graduate from YTI’s Veterinary Technology Program, completed her externship with us here at Winding Hill. She has proven to be an excellent addition to the staff and is now an employed Veterinary Technician with us. Here she prepares to take a radiograph on a less than willing participant.
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Typhani Hite, a student in the Veterinary Technology Program at YTI, prepares to assist with a procedure. Typhani is employed as an assistant with us.
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Linda Heller does her internship here before graduating from Messiah College with a degree in Biology.
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And this summer we enjoyed having Sarah Keller with us. Sarah is a student at Oklahoma State’s Veterinary Medical School. We welcome this opportunity to share the field of Veterinary Medicine that we all embrace!

A Note from Summit Search and Rescue

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Summit Search and Rescue thanks Community Veterinary Partners and Winding Hill Veterinary Clinic for their continued support. Your financial support along with exemplary veterinary medical care for our K9’s is tremendously appreciated. In 2014 we had over 70 call-outs for our search services. These services are provided at no charge. From toddlers to senior citizens our bloodhounds were requested to assist in locating. Several finds were directly the result of the utilization of our K9 teams. We were requested for several criminal cases as well. A murder investigation, shootings, assaults, robberies, and home invasions are some examples where area law enforcement determined the need for a bloodhound team. K9 Apache, K9 Merit, and K9 Briggs touch the lives of many as they reach out to the community with programming. In an educational, interactive, and fun way we present the mantrailing bloodhound. The nose, the anatomical features of the bloodhound, and the science and theory of scent are discussed. Safety lessons are taught along the way. An anti-bullying assembly “K9 Merit has a Message – Be a Buddy Not a Bully” serves to build the self-esteem of each and every individual along with respect for the uniqueness of others. We will continue in 2015 to provide our search services and community programming throughout south-central PA. -Terri L. Heck CVT, BS Summit Search & Rescue President and K9 Handler

August 15th is Check the Chip Day! Is Your Pet Microchipped?

Is your dog or cat microchipped? In a study of more than 7,700 stray animals at animal shelters, only 22% of dogs and less than 2% of cats that were not microchipped were reunited with their owners. The return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs was over 52% and for cats it was about 38.5%. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) have joined together to create a day for reminding pet owners to have their pets microchipped and to keep the registration information up-to-date. “National Check the Chip Day” is this Friday, August 15th. A microchip is a small, electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder that is about the size of a grain of rice. Instead of running on batteries, the microchip is designed to be activated by a scanner that is passed over the area and then it transmits radiowaves that send the identification number to the scanner screen. Microchips are also designed to work for 25 years. Implanting the microchip is as simple as a quick injection between the shoulder blades and can be done in a routine appointment. No surgery or anesthesia is required and it is no more painful than a typical injection. You can take advantage of the day by making an appointment with us to have your pet microchipped. Then be sure to immediately register the chip. There are many databases that allow you to register your pet’s microchip but the one that animal shelters and veterinarians search first is AAHA’s Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool. Or, if your pet is already microchipped, you can check the chip’s registration information by going to the manufacturer’s database and making sure everything is up-to-date. Most of the time if an animal is microchipped and not returned to their owner, it’s because the information is incorrect or there isn’t any information provided. A microchip does not replace identification tags or rabies tags. Identification tags are the easiest and quickest way to process an animal and contact the owner. If the pet is not wearing a collar or tags, or if either the collar or ID tag is lost, a microchip may be the only way to find a pet’s owner. Rabies tags allow to others to quickly see that your pet is vaccinated against the disease. It is more difficult to trace a lost pet’s owners with rabies tags as it can only be done when veterinary clinics or county offices are open. Microchip databases are online or can be reached through the phone 24/7/365. You can use this useful flyer from the AVMA to keep a record of your pet’s microchip number and manufacturer.   Since 1981, Winding Hill Veterinary Clinic has been serving the unique concerns pet owners throughout Harrisburg and Central Pennsylvania. We provide full-service, comprehensive medical, surgical, and dental care for small animals. We offer a broad spectrum of diagnostic procedures through in-house laboratory testing and radiology. Our animal hospital features a well-stocked pharmacy, surgical suite, radiology suite, and a closely-supervised hospitalization area. We are members of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA), and Veterinary Information Network (VIN). We proudly sponsor the Last Chance Fund, which cares for abused and neglected, unowned companion animals. We also sponsor Summit Search and Rescue, a non-profit agency that provides mantrailing bloodhounds to assist local agencies in locating missing individuals.

Veterinary Discount for Military Personnel

Veterinary Discount for Military Personnel We are now offering a 10% discount to all United States military members to thank you for your service to our country. This includes active, inactive and retired members who provide a valid military ID. Qualifying military members and their spouses (spouses must bring a copy of their spouses military ID) will receive a 10% discount on services rendered (this excludes products). This discount will begin on Memorial Day but will be ongoing with no end date.

AVMA Tools for K-12 Educators

AVMA Tools for K-12 Educators
The AVMA recognizes the important role of teachers, counselors, parents, and advisors in guiding the future careers of today’s students. With a growing need for trained veterinarians to protect animal and human health, AVMA has created materials to help you cultivate your students’ interest in science and technology.
The AVMA educational products and activities are targeted to various grade levels and most can be easily downloaded for use in the classroom. For materials available upon request, Contact the AVMA, call 847-285-6655 or go to: