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SUMMER 2017 FEATURES
The Magic of Pigs Have you considered a pig as a pet? Did you know they could be pets? Read about these fascinating animals and one local farm looking to change the way people see pigs.
BY SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR
Letter From Editor Knowledge is Power
Tips Quick facts about animals, including cat cafes and the Lancaster Mounted Police
The Future of the Lancaster County SPCA Learn about the improvements to come to the LCSPCA and get to know Becki Meiss, the new Executive Director. BY SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR
Events Local events from July-September, 2017
The Good Stuﬀ Our favorite products from around Lancaster
Pet Lover Liam, a handsome British Shorthair
Community Interview with Gerry and Dee Strathmeyer, owners of Drake’s Pet Place
Meet the Breed A versatile companion, the Labrador Retriever
Seasonal Summer tips and facts
Rescue Highlight United Against Puppy Mills
Fun Focus Walder’s Way Equestrian Center
Special Doggy Daycare
Vet Insights Choosing Food Q & A with Landisville Animal Hospital
Grooming The Complete Canine Center
Pet Services Information on various local businesses
Around Lancaster Summer pet photos provided by LCP readers
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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER DID YOU KNOW ONE OF THE BIGGEST WAYS YOU CAN HELP ANIMALS IS THROUGH THE SINGLE CLICK OF A BUTTON? That’s right - while donations, volunteer time, and other tasks are all signiﬁcant, you can easily contribute to the wellbeing of animals in the comfort of your home anytime. One of the often underrepresented ways in which people can play a part in any number of causes is through the help of information spreading. Whether you are sharing an adoptable animal’s proﬁle to your social media page or forwarding an informative health article to your friends, knowledge is a powerful tool. I am sure everyone has seen some social media posts that have thousands, or even hundreds of thousands, of shares, comments, and “likes.” These posts have saved lives countless times, and it's all thanks to the efforts of individuals who understand the importance of awareness. While you may not think your one contribution will do much, it may be your share that reaches someone important. Knowledge helps in all venues of the animal community, and this edition of LCP explores several of them. Our main feature on pigs shows how informing people about owning different animals may create a cherished family member or prevent a tragic rehoming situation. When people fully understand an animal they are considering as a pet, they will more readily make decisions that are best for the animal and themselves, and can decide whether or not that animal ﬁts their lifestyle. Our secondary feature on the LCSPCA asks you to consider becoming a part of their rescue mission - something you can do from your home if you follow them online and share their posts. We also have an article on puppy mills, which is one of the largest causes that relies heavily on spreading awareness. When it comes to mills, knowledge is everything as it can teach people how to stand up against inhumane practices and make wise decisions when it comes to ﬁnding a new family member. The important thing to remember when it comes to sharing information is to ensure you are sharing information that is from a reliable source. Sharing misinformation can do far more harm than good. Please follow our social media page and the pages of those who are represented in our magazine for good sources of information When you come across an article you ﬁnd interesting, an animal who needs to be adopted, or perhaps someone looking for their lost pet, we encourage you to share it as you never know whose life it may touch!
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LIBRE’S LAW PASSED Libre’s Law (House Bill 1238), named after a Boston terrier puppy rescued from a Lancaster County farm last year, ﬁnally passed thanks to the eﬀorts of countless animal lovers. People from across the nation stood “Libre Strong” in an attempt to strengthen laws against animal abuse in Pennsylvania. On June 20, 2017, everyone’s eﬀorts paid oﬀ when the Senate voted unanimously to pass House Bill 1238, which brings harsher penalties to those who abuse or neglect animals. With HB 1238, acts of cruelty are now divided into three sections based on severity: neglect, cruelty, and aggravated cruelty. Through this bill, Pennsylvania has now joined 47 other states who see causing serious harm to an animal as a felony.
A VTS is a Veterinary Technician Specialist. There are about a dozen technician specialties in veterinary medicine, and they usually correlate with an area of board certiﬁcation for veterinarians. Some of the more common specialties include:
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Prerequisites for obtaining VTS status vary by specialty, but most require at least four to ﬁve years of experience in the ﬁeld, completion of advanced skills in the ﬁeld, case logs, case reports, documentation of continuing education, good standing credentials, and ﬁnally an exam after acceptance of the application.
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Quick Facts About Pets
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“PET” as a noun dates to the 16th century (from a Scottish Gaelic word meaning “tame animal”). “Pet” as a verb, meaning “treat as a pet” (indulge), dates to about a century later.
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CAT CAFES have become one of the hottest trends in animal-based business in the last decade. Patrons are able to enjoy a coﬀee and pastry or spirits while communing with adoptable felines.
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FARM HOGS ARE JUST AS SENSITIVE, INTELLIGENT, AND AFFECTIONATE AS SMALLER PIGS WHEN GIVEN THE CHANCE. ACCORDING TO CHRIS, HER FARM HOG, ROCKY, IS EVEN MORE LOVING AND GENTLE THAN HER SMALLER PIGS! DUE TO THEIR VERY LARGE SIZE, HOWEVER, THEY ARE ONLY RECOMMENDED FOR SOMEONE WITH A LOT OF EXPERIENCE AND LAND.
PIGS Understanding the joys and responsibilities of having pigs as pets
HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF OWNING A PIG FOR A PET? Some people are eager to jump on the rising popularity of pet pigs, while others may not even realize they can be anything more than a farm animal. The truth is, pigs are amazing, intelligent, and sensitive animals that make treasured family additions for those who are prepared for what it takes to own one. When it comes to pigs, education is key, because while they are incredible animals, they are not typical pets. Thankfully, a Lancaster County farm is looking to change the way people view pigs through their rescue and therapy programs. Through regular community outreach and a mindset of keeping pigsâ€™ needs ďŹ rst, FairyTail Acres hopes to promote the wellbeing of pigs by keeping the public informed. written by Samantha St.Clair photographed by Samantha St.Clair
CHARLIE IS CURRENTLY IN TRAINING TO BECOME A THERAPY PIG
FairyTail Acres Chris and Tom Hainley began their dream of owning a farm in the fall of 2010. What started as a farm with a couple of goats became a quaint country setting with many goats, a pony, dogs, cats, chickens, and, eventually, pigs. They are something Chris dreamed of owning for a long time.
tricks. Her youngest, Charlie, knows the most. He stands on a step stool, goes through a tunnel, does weave poles, runs over a teeter totter, plays a piano, paints, spins in circles, bows, waves, and is currently in training to moon walk. In general, a pig can be taught a trick in as little as a week with daily 15-20 minute training sessions.
“I always wanted a pig,” she said. “I can’t explain why… there is just something about them. They are so unique compared to other animals I’ve owned. In August it will be four years since I got my ﬁrst one. Currently, I have 16, most of whom are rescues.”
Many of Chris’ pigs live in her home with her, hogging the couch, begging for supper, and providing plenty of company and comfort to her. “They are very sensitive and loving pets, which they often don't get credit for.”
While Chris keeps the majority of them at home, she knew others would beneﬁt from the same joy they bring to her life. Thus began her therapy journey. “My ﬁrst therapy pig, Harley, has been a huge hit everywhere we take her. Pigs provide happiness to people and bring something different into their lives. They are animals you don’t see every day, and for individuals who cannot get around, getting to visit a pig is a great form of therapy.”
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Many qualities make them excellent therapy animals, but there are also many qualities that cause them to end up in rescues. Due to the increasing popularity of pigs and the lack of knowledge new owners have, there is a need for rescue and rehoming. Because of this, Chris is also in the process of forming her non-proﬁt, FairyTail Acres the Rescue. Through rescue work, Chris hopes to train more therapy pigs and get pig ambassadors out into the public to not only brighten people’s lives but to teach people about their good and challenging qualities.
The Beauty of Pigs “When most people think of pigs, they think of farm hogs. Those hogs are often left dirty and are on diets that promote the smells people associate them with. Pet pigs, when fed a proper, healthy diet, are very clean animals with minimal smell,” Chris explained. “My pigs are cleaner than my dogs.” They are brilliant animals that can learn a variety of commands and behaviors. “They love to please you and enjoy doing what makes you happy. Pigs are also highly food motivated, which is a huge help with training,” Chris said. All of her house pigs are potty trained, and several know a variety of 10 LANCASTER COUNTY PET
“I cannot stress enough that while I love pigs, they certainly aren’t for everyone. A lot of work and training has to go into them to make them ideal pets, and they are all individuals. Not every pig is going to be social or enjoy doing tricks, so you have to love them for who they decide to be.” There are many care aspects that people must keep in mind if they are thinking about getting a pet pig. Vet care is specialized, which costs more and is difficult to ﬁnd. They are on the cognitive level of a 4-year-old child, which can get them into trouble because they are too smart for their own good at times. They can be stubborn, and if you don’t set boundaries, they can become aggressive. Because of this, consistent training is a must to avoid an unruly pig. Additionally, you must consider if your home is suited for a pig. Zoning is a problem for a lot of people since they are considered livestock. “You also have to realize they are not small pets, even if they are advertised to be ‘micro’ sized. The reality is, tiny piglets will grow a lot, usually to over 50 pounds,” Chris explained. “They need room to roam, and if you have a pristine yard, you should realize they will destroy it.” For those who are conﬁdent they are ready for the commitment of owning a pet pig, they make wonderful pets for the right families. Do plenty of research, as one can never be over prepared for a new family member. “I know how special and intelligent pigs are, and I understand why people would want one if they know what they are getting into,” Chris said. “I love my pigs, and my heart will always be with pigs.”
“They love to please you and enjoy doing what makes you happy. Pigs are also highly food motivated, which is a huge help with training.”
MORE INFORMATION M If you would like to learn more about pigs, are interested in adopting one, or would like to get more information on scheduling a visit from one of Chris’ pigs, visit facebook.com/FairyTailAcrestheRescues or email: email@example.com
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While Sarah grew up with a variety of animals, cats have always been her favorite, which made his entrance into her life unexpectedly perfect. “I just like their personalities. Even though Liam is aloof, he is such a character. I love that they are sassy, but I also think cats get the short end of the stick when it comes to their aﬀectionate natures. Many people believe they aren’t loving, but even Liam, who isn’t the most social cat, loves me. He makes me feel special when he gives me attention.”
He is yet another local cat on his way to fame with over 1,000 followers.
A fated feline friend
ne Lancaster County cat owner and her British Shorthair, Liam, are the perfect example of how pets enter our lives in mysterious ways. “I would never have bought a purebred cat,” Sarah Laudenberger said, “but I do love British Shorthairs and ended up with one by chance.” Liam entered the clinic Sarah worked at when he was six weeks old. His breeder had a waiting list of people wanting a chocolate colored British Shorthair, and he was the only one in the litter. However,
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he had medical problems. Diagnosed with megacolon, his breeder knew she couldn’t sell him. “I told her to let me know if she couldn’t ﬁnd him a home and at 12 weeks old he became mine. It’s funny because when he ﬁrst came into the clinic, I remember thinking to myself that he was the cutest kitten I had ever seen. I even wrote on his x-ray “Cutest Kitten Ever.” I had never imagined at the time that he would become mine. I got lucky getting him.” Sarah medically managed Liam’s symptoms, and he has not had problems for years.
While Liam’s life started out rough, he ended up in an ideal home. Today he enjoys sleeping, eating, laying in boxes and just being a cat. “Most people are shocked when they meet him because the way I talk about him people expect him to be super friendly, but he usually hides when people come over. He really is just my cat, which I love.” While he may not come out to greet you if you visit him, you may view Liam’s charming personality via his social media account on Instagram where Sarah documents his life. He is yet another local cat on his way to fame with over 1,000 followers. Join in and follow him @Liam_britishshorthair to see behind the scenes of this beauty’s life!
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The Future of the Lancaster County SPCA Introducing the LCSPCA’s new Executive Director, Becki Meiss written by Samantha St.Clair photographed by Samantha St.Clair
SINCE ITS FOUNDING IN FEBRUARY OF 2013, the Lancaster County SPCA has played an integral role in the welfare of the community’s pets. As the area’s only open admission shelter, they accept owner surrenders and strays regardless of health, behavior, or age. Additionally, they help less fortunate overcrowded shelters in the South by relieving them of animals when space is available. The responsibility of the LCSPCA is immense, but their love for animals and dedication to helping the community gives thousands of animals a second chance every year. For further success, there are many improvements in progress thanks to the hiring of their new Executive Director, Becki Meiss.
“Being an Executive Director, I have to wear many hats. I have to be involved with the animals, the community, the staﬀ and volunteers, and our thrift store.’’ INTRODUCING BECKI MEISS Before joining the LCSPCA team in March, Becki Meiss was with the Humane League of Lancaster County for 14 years. She worked her way up from an animal care technician to becoming the Humane League’s Director of Operations. “When I saw an ad in the newspaper for a care technician position at the Humane League, I had to apply. I could have worked an easy job in a store, but I took the shelter job because I was passionate about animals. It was a position that allowed me to feel like I was doing something important for the community.” While Becki enjoyed her years at the Humane League, she knew it was time to move on when the opportunity arose.
animals and pet parents in our community. We are still examining what the area needs and we will be responding to those needs.”
“Any change starts from within, so I’ve been focusing on learning current policies and getting to know the staff and volunteers,” Becki said. “In the time that I’ve been here, I’ve also started working with area rescues to place dogs and cats who aren’t a good ﬁt for our shelter environment.”
“Working with the Lancaster County SPCA was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” she said. “The nature of the position lends itself to more challenges, which is something I want to face. Being an Executive Director, I have to wear many hats. I have to be involved with the animals, the community, the staff and volunteers, and our thrift store. I have to make myself present in all aspects of the organization, and I love it. It’s very rewarding. Seeing the passion of the staff and the care of the volunteers has been heartening.” Becki looks forward to her continued work with the LCSPCA, much of which is improving many facets of the organization.
Moving forward, Becki has many plans to improve the LCSPCA and Lancaster County as a whole. “Getting back out into the community is a priority for us. We are looking forward to attending community events to provide opportunities for the general public to learn more about us.” Additional plans for the growth of the LCSPCA over the next several years include adding enrichment opportunities for the shelter’s animals, establishing a volunteer mentoring program to increase volunteer opportunities and make volunteer experiences more structured and fulﬁlling, broadening relationships with rescue groups, starting a foster program, and ﬁnding ways to help pet owners in the area keep their pets to prevent shelter numbers from climbing.
THE FUTURE OF THE LCSPCA With Becki’s extensive knowledge on shelter management, connections in the community, and drive to make the best of the organization, the future of the LCSPCA is looking bright.
“No matter the changes we make, the basic foundation and the reasons why the Lancaster County SPCA was formed will not change,” Becki explained. “We are going to remain an open admission facility that seeks to help homeless
PLAY A PART No matter the transformations the LCSPCA goes through in the coming months and years, volunteers remain essential. Without dedicated volunteers and caring people in the community, the SPCA would not be able to help the thousands of animals they support every year. From walking dogs and socializing cats to helping with events, volunteer positions are out there for anyone. “Volunteering is always the best way to get to know us, and we’re always looking for new volunteers to perform a variety of tasks,” Becki said. If you are interested in becoming part of the lifesaving work at the LCSPCA, adopting, donating, spreading the word about animals in need, or staying up to date with changes, visit them online: lancasterspca.org
DYLAN WITH GERRY AND JOY WITH DEE
Gerry and Dee Strathmeyer (Owners of Drake’s Pet Place)
DRAKE’S PET PLACE opened in 2010 with the idea of bringing a nutrition savvy pet store into Lancaster County. With a passion for helping others, Drake’s provides top-notch customer service and takes the time to discuss appropriate diets with clients. In addition to selling food, Drake’s has a grooming parlor and sells other excellent products including toys and locally made goods. With a friendly atmosphere where you and your furry friend are treated like family, you are encouraged to stop in, ask questions, and treat your pet to quality products!
LCP: What was the inspiration behind
LCP: What do you enjoy about owning
starting Drake's Pet Place? GS: Our store is named after our German Shepherd, Drake, who passed away shortly before we opened the store. He had lymphoma, so we did a lot of research on nutrition that would help him with his illness. We learned a lot thanks to Drake and wanted to pass our knowledge onto more people in his memory.
a store together? DS: We worked together in other jobs in the past, so creating a store together was perfect. It’s something we created out of our love for animals. We each bring an essential element to the store: Gerry enjoys working the retail end, and I am all about the grooming. For both of us, this venture is not a job because we thoroughly enjoy what we do.
LCP: What else prepared you for owning a pet store focused on nutrition? DS:We used to be heavily into rescue before opening the store, which contributed to our knowledge. A lot of the dogs we received through rescue were in bad shape and needed individualized diet plans. We started to learn about proper nutrition for a variety of ailments due to the many animals that touched our lives. 18 LANCASTER COUNTY PET
LCP: What sets your store apart? GS: Our customers become like family to us. When people enter our store, we aren’t about selling them products and getting them out the door. We take the time to talk and exchange stories. We are also reasonable about our prices: I want people to be able to aﬀord good food.
More about GERRY & DEE M PETS: Currently, Gerry and Dee own a German Shepherd named Dylan and a Cavachon named Joy.
M LOCAL: They love supporting local businesses, so Drake’s Pet Place sources many of their products locally.
M QUALITY: Every food brand brought into Drake’s is researched thoroughly to ensure health and safety.
M HOBBIES: Outside of work, Gerry and Dee enjoy spending time with their dogs, relaxing, and cooking.
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BLACK, CHOCOLATE, AND YELLOW LABS CAN BE IN THE SAME LITTER.
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iew a list of the most popular dog breeds, and you’re sure to ﬁnd the Labrador retriever at the top of the list. They are a dog you probably recognize on the spot, but are you aware of just how special they are? With their athletic abilities, cuddly, if not a bit big, lapdog dispositions, and consistent loyalty to their people, their high rankings come as no surprise. For sisters Sarah and Becca Conner, their Labradors Lexi and Holly made them realize the incredible joy that comes with owning the breed. Their Labs are typical for the breed - energetic, intelligent, driven, and faithful. These attributes make them one of the most versatile breeds for canine jobs. They will do varying tasks including service work, hunting, dog sports, and hiking. For Lexi and Holly, dock diving is their passion. “We have done some agility and lure coursing, but dock diving is deﬁnitely their favorite activity,” Becca said. Considering they are Labs, water and retrieving are the perfect combination, and the sport gives them an outlet for their energy. Because the breed is very demanding for exercise and activities, they do need an outlet. Luckily, due to their high food motivation and love for learning, Labradors are easy to train with time and dedication. Their eagerness to learn allows owners to easily
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train them for activities they’ll enjoy, too. “They are great family pets for those who are active and give them a job to do," Sarah said. In addition to their energy level, there are some health concerns to keep in mind. Labradors are larger dogs who are predisposed to joint problems. Due to their love for food, they are also prone to obesity, so keeping them on a healthy diet is essential. If they are active and fed proper diets, the likeliness of joint problems is far less. “If you have the right lifestyle for a Lab, I deﬁnitely recommend them,” Becca said. “Their motto in life is 'what’s next?' which will keep you busy, too.” “They love life and pleasing their people and are a breed with limitless happiness,” Sarah added. “Now that we’ve owned Labs, we’ll never go without having them in our lives.” If you are interested in getting a Labrador, keep in mind your family and what you expect from a dog. Looking for a couch potato? A diﬀerent breed of dog may be better for you. Have a lot of fun activities in mind for your pup? This companion with unlimited loyalty and tail wags may ﬁt right in with your family!
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A DOG PARK IS A PARK FOR DOGS TO EXERCISE AND PLAY OFF-LEASH IN A CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THEIR OWNERS.
Apoquel, is used to relieve itching and inﬂammation caused by allergic skin disease (atopy, atopic dermatitis) in dogs. The active ingredient is oclacitinib.
DOG PARK MOUNT JOY IN 2012, DOG PARK MOUNT JOY (DPMJ) was still just a pipe dream shared by a handful of local dog lovers who yearned for a convenient off-leash option where their dogs could run free with friends. Hard work and persistence paid off when many fund-raisers later, and with a matching grant from the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, the gates opened on November 1, 2016. While DPMJ is situated on three acres of the existing Rapho Community Park, it is a separate entity, built and maintained 100% with membership dues, corporate donations of time, talent and materials, continued fundraising and zero tax dollars. A prime example of a public private partnership, DPMJ is a 501c3 non-proﬁt organization that is dedicated to servicing dogs of all kinds. Divided into large and small dog sections, members enjoy dawn to dusk access with secured swipe cards that are reactivated on a rolling 12-month cycle. The annual fee to join DPMJ is just $50 for the ﬁrst dog and $25 for each additional dog per family. Proof of vaccinations and homeowners’ or renters’ insurance are required, because pets are covered in most liability clauses. Besides the ongoing sale of bricks in honor or memory of a beloved pet, upcoming fundraisers include bus trips to Atlantic City in August, the Finger Lakes Wine Tour in October, and Longwood Gardens in December. Reserve your seat and learn more about DPMJ by “Liking” us on Facebook and visiting our website at www.dogparkmountjoy.com Or call Lynn McCleary at 717.578-8873.
DIRECTIONS: from 772 eastbound, take a right onto Elmcrest, a left onto Heatherwood, and a left onto Fieldstone which dead-ends at the dog park.
All winter long we look forward to spring and summer. The advent of warm weather and sunshine brings blooms, picnics and outdoor activities. For our four-legged companions though, it may also bring seasonal allergies. Tree and ﬂower pollen, grass clippings and a plethora of other allergens ﬂourish in the summer. Inhaling and coming in contact with these allergens results in the “summer itch” leaving our pets miserable. They scratch incessantly and can develop secondary infections, hair loss, and damaged skin. One product we are using to combat these allergic reactions is Apoquel developed by Zoetis. This revolutionary drug is designed to block the JAK1 and JAK3 receptors in the skin that triggers the scratch-itch cycle. Apoquel is given twice daily at the onset of symptoms then can be maintained at once daily dosing as long as needed. Apoquel is fast acting and safe with minimal side effects. Courtesy of Dr. Grace Amicone of New Holland Veterinary Hospital
How To Help A Pet Left In A Hot Car
Hot Summer Trend PHOTO BY WATERANDROCKSTUDIO.COM
n Take down the car's make, model and license plate number. n If there are businesses nearby, notify their managers or security guards and ask them to make an announcement to ﬁnd the car's owner. Many people are unaware of the danger of leaving pets in hot cars and will quickly return to their vehicle once they are alerted to the situation. n If the owner can't be found, call the non-emergency number of the local police or animal control and wait by the car for them to arrive. In several states good Samaritans can legally remove animals from cars under certain circumstances, so be sure to know the laws in your area and follow any steps required. (source: humanesociety.org)
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Goat Yoga It combines stretching while hanging out with adorable goats.
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United Against Puppy Mills Working together to break the chain of cruelty written by Samantha St.Clair | photographed by Samantha St.Clair
LANCASTER COUNTY is well known as a puppy mill area - but it doesn’t have to be. United Against Puppy Mills, a local organization that speaks out against the industry, works tirelessly to educate people on the horrors of mills. They know that if mass breeding stops, the cruelty that resides in these commercial kennels will cease and the canine overpopulation problem will diminish. Remember: nearly 4,000,000 dogs are euthanized in shelters every year, including puppies and purebreds. Commercial breeding only contributes to the problem.
The Dogs of Puppy Mills
How You Can Help
A puppy mill is a mass commercial breeding facility that continuously breeds dogs to sell puppies across the country for proﬁt. Health screening, veterinary care, and socialization are little to none in these establishments. Most dogs live in crowded, ﬁlthy cages and have little human contact. Many suffer untreated injuries, live on wire ﬂooring, have inadequate shelter, and never get to see the outside world.
Help starts with awareness and learning how to avoid supporting this lucrative business. “Always be leery about where you get your puppy,” Lisa said. Mill breeders take beautiful photographs of their animals, tell false stories about the parents, and hide behind puppy brokers. A seemingly healthy, clean puppy does not necessarily equal a good upbringing. Do your research on breeders. The biggest distinction is that reputable breeders will never sell their dogs online, in pet stores, or through classiﬁeds as they always want to know where their dogs are going.
“To understand the severity of the situation, just imagine if it were your dog in one of these facilities,” Lisa Popp, treasurer of UAPM, said. “Imagine your happy dog who is used to playing outside and having a warm spot on your couch getting tossed into a small cage with no fresh air, no outside contact, and no human interactions. That’s the reality for these dogs.” Younger dogs are not free of problems. Due to the breeding of any and all dogs, mill puppies often have health or behavioral problems. For those who are lucky enough to get one free of problems, just remember, the more animals purchased from these facilities, the more they will continue to breed their dogs. “We encourage people to think about the mothers that are in these establishments,” Jackie Keeney, president of UAPM said. “Some people think that by buying a puppy from a pet store they are saving it. The reality is, they are just putting more demand on its mother to keep reproducing while living in horriﬁc conditions.”
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“People need to practice patience,” Jackie said. “We live in a society where people want to get things immediately. If you are patient and put research into ﬁnding a reputable breeder, or better yet, a rescue, you will get a happier, healthier dog and will not be supporting this industry of cruelty.” Spreading awareness is something anyone can do to help. When people realize mills exist, they won’t knowingly purchase from them. Alert your friends, explain to your family what a good breeder looks like, and spread knowledge via social media. “We are always looking for volunteers to attend events, go to zoning meetings, and fundraise for our cause. Anything helps,” Jackie said. “Rescues will be saving dogs forever if we don’t stop this.” Visit UAPM to learn more about how you can help.
A puppy mill is a commercial dog-breeding facility that focuses on increasing proďŹ t with little overhead cost. The health and welfare of the animals is not a priority.
I Survived Meet Duncan, a 3-year-old Italian Greyhound. He was able to escape the mill life thanks to the efforts of Healing Hearts Italian Greyhound Rescue. His jawline infected, Duncan had to have all but two of his teeth removed. He had scars from injuries caused by living in crowded conditions. Today, he still suffers from tracheal collapse and thyroid problems, and while he is only three, he appears as old as his senior companion - a reminder of the stress he endured. Fortunately for Duncan, he is now in a loving home with Jackie and enjoys a warm couch, regular hikes, veterinary care for his ailments, and someone to love him. The thousands of dogs still in commercial breeding facilities in Lancaster County alone can only hope for changes that allow them to have such a happy ending.
United Against Puppy Mills was founded and organized on March 31, 2005 by residents of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. There are no paid employees and work continues solely through the effort of volunteers. UAPM is an incorporated, federally approved 501(c)3 nonproďŹ t organization.
September 17, 2017 (Rain date September 24) Responsible Dog Owner Day, Amos Herr Park Community Fair, Landisville Dog sport demos: agility, disc dog, Meet the Breeds, and $20.00 Dog Micro-chipping. September 30/ October 1, 2017 Agility Trials at In the Net in Palmyra Free spectator admission.
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+ FUN FOCUS
Walder’s Way Equestrian Center
THE WORD EQUESTRIAN IS A REFERENCE TO HORSEBACK RIDING, DERIVED FROM LATIN EQUESTER AND EQUUS, “HORSE”.
Helping riders advance to the next level
written by Samantha St.Clair
or fun this summer, you may be interested in beginning your journey to casual or competitive riding. After all, with so many equine farms lining our countrysides, how can one resist the temptation to get involved with horses? Walder’s Way Equestrian Center oﬀers classes for any experience level or age. With helpful guidance and an understanding that everyone has unique learning needs, they are an excellent choice for new or advanced horse enthusiasts. “We give everyone the opportunity to become competition level riders,” Jeﬀ Walder, head trainer at Walder’s Way commented. “No one is under any pressure to compete, but we ﬁnd that most people end up loving it.” With an atmosphere of friendliness and compassion in a barn full of extraordinary horses, it’d be diﬃcult not to pursue an advanced riding level. While the animals are amazing, this family owned show barn boasts remarkable people, too. The Walders’ daughter, Madison, has competed against million dollar horses and regularly attends high-class shows such as the Devon Horse Show and Fair Hill. Their training expertise has been proven time and time again. A recent
example includes two of their young students becoming grand champion winners during their ﬁrst competition. And if you think their expertise is too much for you, it’s certainly not! “We will train anyone from those who are just starting out to those who have 20 years of experience with horses,” Jeﬀ said. “We are all about giving opportunities to everyone. We do not judge, and we work toward making the experience fun and rewarding.” For anyone who is nervous and on the fence about starting out, Jeﬀ has the best advice possible. “Just come out and do it. We’ll work with you and make you comfortable. I won’t stop walking alongside riders until they prove to me that they are conﬁdent on a horse, no matter how long that takes.”
It is not common for such a high-level show barn to be so open and friendly to everyone who wishes to learn, and we are certainly lucky to have such a facility right here in Lancaster County. If you are interested in learning more, visit walderswayequestriancenter.com and make trying out horseback riding a goal this summer!
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Stoner Commons A multi-purpose venue for pet lovers written by Samantha St.Clair
excellent dining, or up to 150 people in The Barn for an event. No matter the reason for your visit, you’ll be charmed by the friendly, professional atmosphere at any of the three venues. For pet parents, Stoner Grille and Pelvo’s Putt Putt allow your canine companion to be part of your day or night out, too.
toner Commons is a premier dining and socializing venue located in Overlook Park in Manheim Township consisting of Stoner Grille Restaurant, The Barn at Stoner Commons Event Venue, and Pelvo’s Putt Putt 18 Hole Miniature Golf Course. This unique destination has the ﬂexibility to host a family for a fun game of mini-golf, a group for
Owners Gene and Anneliese opened Stoner Grille 9 months ago, and with their fondness for animals, they knew it had to be pet friendly. As such, a large outdoor dining patio is available for pet parents to bring their furry friend. Unique to the destination is a new doggy dining menu with signature dishes for your pet. “We love having dog people show up,” Gene said. “We give every pet a complimentary bowl of water and dog biscuit, and owners may choose to give their
friend a well-deserved meal oﬀ our dog menu as well.” To fully welcome the pet community to their location, Stoner Grille will be hosting a “Dog Days of Summer” event on August 13th. Included in the festivities will be live music, vendors, pet contests, and a parade of dogs. “We are excited about the event and collaborating with sponsors and vendors,” Gene said. “I grew up in Manheim Township, and I’m very community oriented and want to celebrate our pets. Anneliese and I cannot wait to share Stoner Commons and look forward to hosting people and their pets for the ﬁrst Dog Days Event.”
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER AUGUST 13, 2017 at Stoner Grille from 10am-5pm
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Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun!
DOGGY DAYCARE A FEW TIMES A WEEK WILL KEEP YOUR DOG MENTALLY STIMULATED.
The importance of daycare written by Laurie Yost
ur canine friends are very routine based creatures and the large majority of dogs require a certain amount of mental and physical stimulation in order to remain happy and healthy. The lack of daily activity can lead to behavioral issues, separation anxiety or destructive behavior. When a dog is away from home and out of his normal routine it is important to keep his daily activity at a similar, if not higher, level. This means when you take your furry friend to the local dog resort for a vacation it will be important for him to participate in activities that provide enrichment and stimulation. By keeping your dog busy during his time away from home, he will be able to have fun and not miss his family as much, which will reduce stress levels and help him remain healthy. This is similar to sending your children to camp in the Summer…the camp staﬀ will keep the kids busy with sports, crafts and other fun activities. The best boarding facilities will oﬀer a variety of activity options such as nature walks, where a dog can use his sense of smell to get mental stimulation while burning oﬀ steam on a relaxing stroll with staﬀ. Other fun options could be sports time, cuddle time or playtime with other dogs.
MATT AND GRIZZ The best activities to choose for your dog will depend on what your dog enjoys doing at home with you. If he is happiest when snuggling on the sofa with his human, then a cuddle time session will be perfect! Is your pup high energy and enjoys playing with other dogs? If so, consider a playgroup or doggie daycare for your pal. Is your furry princess treat motivated? If she is, then brainy games, which are board games for dogs, will be a fun, mentally stimulating activity for her. The opportunities for canine fun are endless if you go to the right pet care facility
that has well trained, dog loving staﬀ! When a dog is away from home, fun activities are the key to him feeling comfortable, happy and less nervous in a new or diﬀerent environment. Dogs are very used to structure and familiarity, so keeping them busy with stimulating and enriching things to do will help them relax and enjoy their vacation just like you do!
LAURIE YOST is the owner of Playful Pups Retreat | playfulpupsretreat.com
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ONE MILLION DOGS ARE ESTIMATED TO BE HEARTWORM POSITIVE IN THE UNITED STATES EACH YEAR.
Heartworm Disease, Treatment, and Prevention Heartworms are blood parasites that live within the heart and lungs of infected dogs, and occasionally cats. written by Dr. Diane Hodges, DVM
he bite of a mosquito transmits the immature heartworm (larva) from an infected animal into another animal. The larva then migrates through the body and eventually ﬁnds its way to the blood vessels and then the heart where it matures into the adult form. An adult heartworm is approximately 12-14 inches long. It lives within the right chambers of the heart and the arteries going to the lungs. It is within the heart that this parasite reproduces and releases larva into the blood stream of the infected animal, so that a mosquito can pick up the larva and transmit the parasite to another animal to continue the spread of disease. A blood test is used to detect the presence of heartworms within an animal. Proteins produced by the adult female heartworm can be detected in the blood stream when there may be as little as a single worm in the heart. It is a much better to detect worms before clinical
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signs of heartworm disease are evident. Signs of heartworm disease may include loss of appetite, weight loss, exercise intolerance, and coughing. In cats, sometimes the only sign of disease is sudden death. Once signs develop, heartworm disease may become life threatening and treatment becomes more diﬃcult. Hospitalization is required for heartworm treatment. Chest x-rays and blood evaluation are needed prior to treatment to evaluate the progression of heartworm disease and the patient’s ability to withstand treatment. For dogs, a drug called immiticide is the current drug of choice used to kill adult heartworms. The treatment consists of a series of deep injections of this drug into the muscles of the back. If a dog is too sick from heartworms that it cannot survive the traditional treatment with immiticide, then a highly specialized surgical procedure can be performed to extract the worms from the heart. When the disease is this bad,
the survival rate is approximately 50%. Currently, the only way to treat cats with heartworms is to manually extract them. Once treatment has been completed, the patient returns home for approximately 6 weeks of strict conﬁnement. Major lung complications may develop if conﬁnement and exercise restriction are not followed during the post-treatment period. If microﬁlaria (baby heartworms) are present in the blood at the time of treatment, then the patient returns for one additional treatment 4 weeks later. The most important aspect of heartworm management is PREVENTION! Several diﬀerent types of heartworm preventatives are now available. A veterinarian can discuss the various types of prevention, and help choose the one that is best for your pet.
DIANE HODGES, DVM is the owner of Happy Tails Animal Hospital happytailslancaster.com
We carry items for cats and dogs, including food, treats, bedding, toys and hygiene products. We also special order anything for small animals, birds and fish!
17 WEST MARKET STREET, MARIETTA Monday & Tuesday: Closed • Wednesday-Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. • Sunday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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+ VET INSIGHTS How do I read pet food labels? Pet foods are either formulated or tested with feeding trials regulated by AAFCO (the pet food governing body). Choose a pet food that has been fed to animals. AAFCO feeding trials are the best way to know a food provides all the nutrition your pet needs. Formulated diets meet your pet’s needs “on paper” but may not actually provide proper nutrition. Choose a pet food that is ideal for your pet’s age and lifestyle. For example, feed a large breed puppy food to your growing lab puppy. Avoid foods that claim to be suitable "for all life stages." If your pet is older than 10 years, choose a food for senior pets.
Are grain free foods better for my pet? Grain free foods are a popular fad in the growing pet food market. There is no scientiﬁc proof to support feeding less grain to pets. Grains such as corn and wheat can provide a good source of ﬁber, protein, and nutrients that are easy to digest. Grain free diets may be higher in fat which increases the calories of the food and can lead to obesity. Allergy to grain or gluten is very uncommon in dogs.
Is there risk to feeding my pet a raw diet? Avoid feeding your pet uncooked meat or raw eggs. You and your pet can become ill from bacteria such as salmonella or E. coli. Raw meat may contain parasites that can make you or your pet sick. If you decide to oﬀer your pet meat or eggs, be sure to cook them ﬁrst.
Q&A DANA HERMANN, VMD (Landisville Animal Hospital)
Best Food for Your Pet
How do you pick the best food for your pet? There are so many diﬀerent cat and dog foods on the market that it can be diﬃcult to know which food to choose. The internet provides an overwhelming amount of information on pet nutrition, but not all of this information is true or useful. Use the following guidelines to pick a food that will help your pet stay healthy!
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How do I know if my pet is overweight? As a veterinarian, I see a huge number of obese pets with diabetes, arthritis, and other diseases resulting from pets being fed too many calories. Help your pet avoid such problems by following set feeding amounts on the pet food bag. Be sure to use a standard 8 ounce dry measuring cup. Avoid table scraps or other human food as this contributes to obesity in pets. If your pet is still overweight, switch to a weight control food and talk to your veterinarian to help you decide which food to feed your pet.
Resources: Burns, Kara. Veterinary Team Brief. “Grain-Free Pet Foods: Fact vs Fiction.” March 2017. WSAVA website, www.WSAVA.org. March 12, 2017
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have seen during the grooming process. Many times a sore, skin infection or even laceration can go unnoticed by an owner if the dog has an overgrown coat. During the heat of the Summer many owners request that the groomer cut their dogs coat short to help keep them cool. While it may be true that they are hot, cutting their coat is not necessarily the answer. Dogs pant as a means to cool down by circulating air throughout their body. If your dog experiences car sickness, doesn't do well around other canines or your schedule is simply too busy to run to the groomer, consider mobile grooming. This service comes to your home and allows the groom to be completed within a fully self-contained vehicle that oﬀers all of the features of a grooming facility. Regardless of the breed or whether you decide on attending a facility or using a mobile unit, grooming is an essential part of dog health and ownership.
Grooming An essential part of dog ownership
ooking to add a new adorable puppy to the family? I'm sure you've picked out matching feeding bowls, the cutest collar and the ﬂuﬃest bed you could ﬁnd. How about a groomer? Introducing your puppy to the grooming process early will beneﬁt them throughout their entire life. Brushing the coat, playing with their feet and examining the ears and eyes are a great way to condition the dog to accepting the movements that they will experience in the grooming facility. Key points when looking for a groomer are safety, knowledge of the various breeds, and cleanliness of the facility. Many professionals will continue their education by attending grooming seminars at trade shows and show the importance of safety by becoming an AKC Safety Certiﬁed Salon and Groomer.
written by Holly Scott
When scheduling your ﬁrst appointment, speak with the groomer on what is required or recommended for your puppy’s breed. Some may only need the occasional bath and nail trim, while others may require full body haircuts. The frequency in which your dog may need groomed can also vary. While thick coated and long hair breeds may require a visit to the groomer every 4 weeks, short hair and clipped cuts can be done every 6 or even 8 weeks. Maintaining a regular grooming schedule will aid in developing a healthy coat and reduce the risk of many diﬀerent skin irritations and matting of the fur. A dog that has developed matting of the fur can experience pain during the removal process and may also develop skin sores over time. A skilled groomer can also notify you of any health concerns they may
The Complete Canine Center is located at 99 Elmwood Ave #2, Landisville, PA 17538 717.898.2565 thecompletecaninecenter.com
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Sit and Stay
THE RED-EARED SLIDER IS THE MOST POPULAR DOMESTICATED PET TURTLE IN THE UNITED STATES.
Below are just a few of the many businesses in and around Lancaster County, PA
GROOMERS If your canine or feline friend is in need of some fur and nail styling, there is no shortage of passionate and professional groomers here in Lancaster.
D'tails 850 Milton Grove Road North Elizabethtown, PA 17022 717.361.8245 Facebook.com/Dtails2011 Deb the Dog Groomer 1027 Dillersville Road Lancaster, PA 17603 717.394.8134 debthedoggroomer.com Drake’s Pet Place 1874 Lincoln Hwy. E., Lancaster, PA 17602 717.290.1131 facebook.com/Drakes-Pet-Place Pause Awhile With Samantha 680 Cloverleaf Road Elizabethtown, PA 17022 717.824.6152 facebook.com/pawsamantha Renee’s Pet Grooming Village Center at Mountville 117 Oak Ridge Drive Mountville, PA 17554 717.285.3330 reneespetgroomingsalon.ieasysite.com
HORSE LESSONS / BOARDING Whether you need a place your equine can call home or riding lessons from an expert, you will ﬁnd the following businesses will ﬁt all of your needs!
BrownHill Stables Horse Lessons 6713 Division Highway Narvon, PA 17555 717.354.8718 • brownhillstable.com
Bank Barns Stable Horse Boarding 636 Integrity Drive, Lititz, PA 17543 717.517.6292
Kennel Boarding Tips
Darlaina Pope Professional Trainer Quentin Riding Club 717.344.6783
PET FRIENDLY BUSINESSES
n Get a referral from a trusted source such as a veterinarian, friend or family member. Someone who has actually used that pet care providers services in the past, and can give you a ﬁrst hand testimony of their experience.
More and more local businesses are welcoming pets to their locations.
n Years in business usually coincides
CLK Accounting & Payroll Services 1063 Monticello Lane, Lancaster, PA 717.468.7138 • clkiss.com St Francis Animal Hospital 3935 Concordia Road Columbia, PA 17512 717.684.3870 stfrancisvet.com
If you are looking for a place to board your furry friend, there are some points to keep in mind:
with experience in caring for pets and vice versa.
n Convenience of location and hours of operation for your pet care needs. n Is the kennel properly licensed with a good inspection report history? All this information is available on the PA Department of Agriculture website.
Strasburg Toys 3461 Old Philadelphia Pike Intercourse, PA 17534 717.929.0277 strasburgtoys.com
PET SITTERS You will ﬁnd these experienced pet care professionals are happy to watch over your furry family members.
Gochenauer Kennels 995 Fruitville Pike, Lititz, PA 17543 717.569.6151 • gochenauerkennels.com Once Upon a Dog Tail Lancaster, PA • 717.575.2656 email@example.com onceuponadogtail.com Playful Pups Retreat 850 Milton Grove Road N. Elizabethtown, PA 17022 717.689.3408 • playfulpupsretreat.com Tips courtesy of Jody Gochenauer of Gochenauer Kennels | 717.569.6151
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+ AROUND LANCASTER
Lily striking a pose in Lancaster.
Clovis and PM ﬁtting well together in Lancaster.
Thor getting some "bridge" time in Conestoga.
A picture perfect Bonnie and Clyde in Conestoga.
Boomer from Marietta.
M Olive hanging out at Dog Park Mount Joy.
Jersey Steers Frye and Burg.
Spike, a good-looking 13-year-old Chihuahua from Columbia.
Buddy and Bella sharing the comfy stuff in Marietta.
Bailey getting very comfortable in Elizabethtown.
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Ginger the water dog in Conestoga.
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ANIMAL SUPPORT AGENCIES 2nd Chance 4 Life Rescue Foster network for dogs PO Box 549 • Elizabethtown, PA 17022 2ndchance4liferescue.org Angels Among Us Animal Sanctuary Senior Dog Rescue PO Box 1063 • Quentin, PA 17083 awos.petﬁnder.com/shelters/ angelsamongus.html Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue Golden & Labrador retrievers rescue 60 Vera Cruz Road • Reinholds, PA 17569 717.484.4799 • dvgrr.org Doberman Pinscher Rescue of PA, Inc Doberman Pinschers Rescue Oxford, PA 19363 • dprpa.org Furever Home Adoption Center, Inc. All volunteer, no kill, cage free facility 5984 Main Street East Petersburg, PA 17520 • 717.560.6400 fureverhomeadoptioncenter.com Help Find Sophie Lost/Found Dog site for Lancaster facebook.com/HelpFindSophie/ Helping Hands for Animals Caretakers of stray and feral cats Lancaster, PA • 717.687.7297 helpinghandsforanimals.org
Humane League of Lancaster County Shelter, Adopt, Educate & Protect 2195 Lincoln Highway E. Lancaster, PA 17602 • 717.393.6551 humanepa.org Lancaster C.A.R.E.S Coalition for Animal Rescues, Education and Services firstname.lastname@example.org Lancaster County Animal Coalition Building a better community through compassion to animals PO Box 363 • Elizabethtown, PA 17022 facebook.com/ lancastercountyanimalcoalition Lancaster County SPCA Shelter, humane care and adoptions of stray and unwanted animals 848 South Prince Street Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717.917.6979 lancasterspca.org Leo’s Helping Paws Assistance to dog rescue groups 1284 Wheatland Avenue Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717.475.9621 leoshelpingpaws.org Lost Paws of Lancaster Animal Rescue PO Box 551 • Lititz, PA 17543 717.725.3136 • lostpawsoﬂancaster.org PA Boxers, Inc Providing a second chance to Boxers PO Box 826, Lancaster, PA 17608 717.397.9377 • paboxers.com PAWS No-kill animal rescue and spay/neuter Petsmart • 1700 Fruitville Pike Lancaster, PA 17601 • 717.957.8122 pawsofpa.org
Pet Pantry of Lancaster County Meeting the needs of animals/families 26 Millersville Road • Lancaster, PA 17603 717.983.8878 • petpantrylc.org United Against Puppy Mills Elimination of puppy mills PO Box 7202 • Lancaster, PA 17604 unitedagainstpuppymills.org
BIRD RESCUES Feathered Sanctuary Exotic Bird Rescue 1674 Kirkwood Pike • Kirkwood, PA 17536 717.529.2966 • featheredsanctuary.com
EMERGENCY SERVICES ORCA 401 East Orange Street Lancaster, PA 17602 • 717.397.8922 orcarescue.org PETS 930 North Queen Street Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717.295.7387 lancasterpetemergency.com
LARGE ANIMAL LAW ENFORCEMENT Large Animal Protection Society PO Box 243 • West Grove, PA 19390 610.869.9880 largeanimalprotectionsociety.org
THERAPY SERVICES Caring Hearts Pet Therapy Volunteer/pet teams visit caringheartspettherapy.org Day by Day Pet Caregiver Support Pet Loss Grief Support PO Box 633 • Drexel Hill, PA 19026 484.453.8210 • daybydaypetsupport.com KPETS Pet Enhanced Therapy Services 630 Janet Avenue • Lancaster, PA 17601 888.685.7387 • kpets.org
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Bret Greenberg DVM and Associates, Companion Animal Clinic is a 6000 square foot state of the art veterinary facility featuring digital xray, ultrasound, KLaser therapy, in house labwork, and oďŹ€ering a full range of routine care, medical, surgical, and dental services. We pride ourselves in client education and tailoring all of our vaccination and treatment protocols to the individual needs of the patient, not treating all dogs and cats as if they were the same.
Companion Animal Clinic 601 S. 16th Street Columbia, PA 17512 717-689-2339 bretgreenbergdvm.com