New Horse In Town

A lot of people don’t know this about me, but I was once a serious horse person. I rode horses for most of my life. In high school I was a hard working competitor. I loved to ride and train my horse as well as others. I managed to hang on to the horse world […]

Happy Reunions

    Who doesn’t love to read about a happy reunions? By reunion, I mean when absent pets are reunited with their owners. Among my favorite posts that I look at on the Internet are videos of pets seeing their people after being lost, sometimes for years. These reunions are almost always made possible  by […]

Orchid’s Emergency

    It was hot a couple of days ago. The weather doesn’t change my routine at home. I still do my barn chores and scoop the poop in the dog yard. It was the same as any other day. I went through the dog yard and walked with my six year old Labrador, Orchid, […]

Amazing Dogs

  My dogs have a history of surprising me. Sometimes it is by doing something to prove they are not perfect. The couch in my den has examples of that. My youngest, Bangle, has had more access to that piece of furniture without supervision than she should have. The chewed cushions are proof of that. […]

Welcome Dr Heffner

Schuylkill Veterinary Hospital welcomed Dr Kristin Heffner to the team at the end of July. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr Heffner spent much of her career practicing in the areas of equine reproduction and dairy medicine. A self professed crazy cat lady, she made the move to small animal medicine. Dr Heffner […]

The Times They Are A Changin’

Schuylkill Veterinary Hospital has some significant changes happening in the next couple of weeks. Two long term team members are adjusting their lives. Kathy Lishman, the hospital manager, will be retiring from full time status after thirty-four years as a vital member of the team. Kathy has been manager since 1991. She is reducing her […]

Bravo Pixi Stix!

  It’s been an awesome start to the new show season with my sweet natural mink mackerel tabby and white girl. Her very first show for the season was in Maryland. She earned finals under all eight judges at the show. I didn’t bother to look at the final results of the show until tonight, […]

Routine Bloodwork Can Save Your Pet’s Life

Why is routine blood work important? There is a reason most veterinarians recommend routine blood work. I do it all the time, especially in my older patients. The advantage of doing this was evident only 10 days ago on my own cat. CC, a beautiful three year old calico Selkirk  , was due for her […]

Pixi Stix Rocks the Cat Shows

RagaMuffin iCandy Pixi Stix earned her CFA grand championship last weekend at only eight months of age. She started in kitten class (four up to eight months) in December, going to her first show at four and a half months. She was shown sparingly through the winter. While some judges noticed her at the very […]

Twinkle Turns Fifteen

  My oldest dog Twinkle is fifteen years old today. That’s really old for a Labrador Retriever. She has certainly aged in the last year. It happens. There is no cure for old age. My job is to keep her as comfortable as possible with pain control (you know, those aches and pains that come […]