Preventive care services are performed for the prevention of disease or sickness and help to ensure your pets are staying healthy. Click here to learn more!
Click here to learn more about the types of surgeries offered by our skilled veterinarians.
Internal Medicine is an important part of veterinary medicine. Click here to learn how our veterinarians can diagnose, treat, and manage your pet's illness.
Sometimes your pet’s health problem requires more intensive care than can be provided at home. Click here to learn more about our hospitalization protocols.
Is your pet scheduled for surgery? Find out what to expect and how to prepare!
We understand the importance of oral health and how it can improve the longevity of your pet's life. Click here to learn about all we have to offer.
We all love food but obesity can lead to some serious health concerns that may involve lifelong treatment. Click here to learn how our veterinarians can help your pet live at a healthy weight
Diseases of the skin are very common in cats and dogs and often require medications to resolve. Our veterinarians are skilled in diseases of the skin and are ready to help! Click here to learn about what we have to offer.
The heart plays an important role in your pet's overall health. If the heart isn't functioning normally it can have serious consequences. Click here to learn how our veterinarians can diagnose, manage, and treat your pet's heart disease.
Ear infections (otitis) are a common ailment of cats & dogs and often require medical intervention. Click here to learn how we can make your pet more comfortable!
Eye conditions are often painful and uncomfortable. Click here to find out if your pet is in need of an eye exam by our veterinarians.
We know urinary issues can be frustrating but it may not be behavioral. Click here to learn what urinary issues may be affecting your pet and what we can do to help!
Pain management is a central focus of our veterinary hospital. Alleviating pain, improving patient outcomes, and enhancing quality of life is the number one priority of our doctors and staff. Click here to learn more.
Humane euthanasia is never an easy decision. Our veterinarians and staff love your pet as much as you do and will provide both you and your pet with the utmost compassion during this difficult time. If you think it may be time to alleviate your pet's suffering, click here to learn how we can help.
Early detection and treatment of disease is of the utmost importance when it comes to the health of our pets. At the Seven Valleys Veterinary Hospital every patient receives a thorough physical exam which allows our doctors to make the best recommendations possible to maintain the health of your pet.
We offer a variety of vaccines to provide thorough protection for your pet. Our vaccinations include:
Stool sample testing to check for gastrointestinal parasites like:
Canine Elisa 4Dx Snap Tests
Feline Elisa 3Dx Snap Tests
The best way to prevent disease is to notice trends and changes in your pet's bloodwork. With annual bloodwork performed on your healthy pet, we can detect abnormalities as soon as possible. Early detection and intervention can result in extreme improvements in not only your pet's quality of life but can dramatically increase their lifespan.
We have a dedicated surgical suite and provide routine sterilization procedures for our male and female patients. Please visit the client education section for reasons why spaying and neutering is recommended for your pet.
We provide microchip implantation and scanning. The best time to have your pet microchipped is during their spay or their neuter. If your pet is already spayed or neutered and you are interested in getting them microchipped, please ask a member of our caring staff for assistance.
The decision to bring a new kitten or puppy into your life can be a life changing one.
Like parenting, it can be both joyful and stressful at times. Our aim is to educate and support new owners during this critical time.
All anesthetic and surgical procedures involve risk to the patient, we do our very best to minimize that risk. All surgery and anesthetic procedures are monitored by a skilled veterinary technician. By administering intravenous fluids and medications, monitoring CO2 and oxygen flow, ECG, respiration rate, heart rate, blood pressure, and temperature we can decrease the likelihood of complications.
Administration and dispensing of pain medications are hospital standard with all of our surgical procedures to ensure your pet's comfort and a speedy recovery.
Our hospital offers many soft tissue surgery services. Soft tissue surgery refers to surgery on any body part excluding: bones/joints (orthopedic surgery), heart (cardiac surgery), or nervous system (neurologic surgery).
Examples of common soft tissue surgeries include:
There are many other soft tissue procedures performed and your veterinarian will discuss what your pet requires.
Our hospital routinely performs spays and neuters which is the surgical sterilization of female and male dogs and cats. We perform these surgical procedures daily.
Spaying involves removal of the uterus and ovaries of female dogs and cats and is called ovariohysterectomy.
Neutering involves removal of the testicles of male dogs and cats and is called castration.
Both procedures are performed under general anesthesia and both involve a surgical incision.
These surgeries are performed most commonly at or around six months of age. However, depending on the size/breed of your dog, our veterinarians may recommend and perform this procedure at a different age.
Ask our staff about spaying or neutering your pet to help prevent unwanted sexual behavior and pregnancies as well as to decrease or eliminate the possibility of certain disease conditions later in life.
Pain medications are standard with all of our surgical procedures to insure your pet's comfort and speedy recovery.
Emergency surgery for gastric dilitation and vulvulous (aka GDV or bloat), gastric and/or intestinal foreign bodies, tumor removal, surgery of the bladder for removal of bladder stones, urethral obstructions, wound/laceration repairs and many other types of soft tissue surgery can be performed in our surgical suite.
After you and your veterinarian have decided that surgery is the best option for your pet, we will perform a pre-operative blood panel to ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia. We do this before surgery to reveal everything from how your pet's organs are functioning to how many red and white blood cells he/she has. It can also expose any underlying disease that are not yet visible.
To keep your pet as safe as possible while under anesthesia, do not feed your pet after 10 pm the night before to reduce the risk of surgical complications. This includes breakfast/treats the morning of surgery. Water is the only exception and should be available to your pet at all times unless otherwise directed.
Please make your veterinarian aware of any medications your pet is currently taking. Do not give any medications that morning unless otherwise instructed by your veterinarian.
When you arrive, a skilled veterinary technician will take a complete history and record all necessary information including but not limited to, confirmation of the surgical procedure being performed and what the expectations/outcomes of the surgery may be.
The technician will also obtain an emergency contact number so that we can keep you informed of your pet’s progress throughout the day. Please make sure that you are available throughout the day at the number you provided the staff.
All pets receive a thorough physical examination by our veterinarians on the day of the procedure. All patients will have pre-anesthetic blood work performed either prior to on the day of surgery to ensure the safety of your pet.
All surgical patients (except cat castrations) have an intravenous catheter placed and are put on intravenous fluids during and/or after surgery. A technician will monitor your pet under anesthesia as well as post-operatively to ensure a smooth and safe recovery.
Most patients will go home the same day as their surgical procedure.
If at any point you have any questions regarding your pet’s surgical care or a planned procedure, do not hesitate to call and speak to a member of the Seven Valleys Veterinary staff where we strive to provide the best care for your best friend.
You are your pets' best advocate when it comes to their health. You keep a watchful eye out for anything unusual or uncharacteristic in your dog or cat.
The easiest and most common way to detect illness/disease in our four legged friends is with bloodwork. As we all know, cats and dogs can not tell us where it hurts or how they feel. That is why bloodwork is a key tool in determining illness in pets.
Some warning signs to watch for include:
Pets age at a quicker pace than humans do, it is important that they receive appropriate preventative care. This includes early detection screenings to identify any health concerns or diseases at their earliest stages.
Routine (wellness) blood work provides a more complete picture of our pets’ health as symptoms are often not apparent until advanced stages of many diseases. We offer complete blood work including CBC’s, chemistries, endocrine testing, vector tests, and drug maintenance screening. These tests can identify issues such as liver and kidney disease, urinary tract infections, thyroid problems, diabetes, and so much more.
Pets ages 7 years or older should visit their veterinarian twice a year for wellness exams. These exams are the key to detecting any health problems that could endanger the life of your pet.
Digital X-Ray (Radiographs)
X-rays allow us to take an in depth look at what is going on inside your pet. It can show us broken bones, foreign objects, bloat, hernias, and so much more. Digital x-ray is an advancement over the outdated film that needed to be developed and allows for rapid evaluation of the x-rays.
More information coming soon!
Sometimes your pet’s health problem requires more intensive care than can be provided at home. We may need to hospitalize him or her for supportive care, such as oxygen or fluid therapy. As we work towards a diagnosis of your pet’s problem, we will be able to provide treatment to ensure his or her recovery.
Our doctors will call you on a regular basis to keep you updated on your pet’s condition, and of course you’re welcome to call us to check on your fur-baby. Depending on the circumstances, you may also be able to spend time with your pet in our visitation room. We will do everything we can to get your pet back home to you as quickly as possible!
If you notice any of the following clinical signs, call us today to schedule your pets oral exam:
Visit our client education section to learn more.
Periodontal disease is the most common disease diagnosed in our canine and feline patients. Unfortunately, most pet owners do not understand the importance of a healthy mouth. Tartar build-up on the teeth can cause extreme inflammation and gingivitis of the gum line. This is very painful and allows the bacteria to gain access to the patient's bloodstream as the gums continuously break open and bleed secondary to the inflammation. Once in the blood stream, the bacteria have access to all of the body's organs which results in heart conditions such as endocarditis, kidney and/or liver failure, and gastrointestinal disease.
Our hospital offers a variety of dentistry services. At your pet's yearly examination (or sooner if you notice bad breath, excessive drooling, inappetence, or facial swelling) it may be determined that your pet requires a dental cleaning. Routine veterinary dentistry involves prophylaxis (teeth cleaning), dental x-rays, polishing and a full oral examination. Many times, extractions are recommended.
Dental prophylaxis is performed with your pet under general anesthesia. It involves cleaning the surface of each tooth and scaling below the gumline, where food, bacteria, and tartar build up. To ensure the safety of your pet, pre-operative blood work will be performed prior to the dental procedure.
During a dental procedure, your veterinarian evaluates your pet's teeth for fractures, caries (cavities), excessive wear, gum recession, and other abnormalities. Your veterinarian will also examine around the gums to detect periodontal disease.
Sometimes teeth need to be pulled (extracted). Dental x-rays aid in selection of teeth to be removed and aid in evaluation of periodontal disease and other oral diseases. If your pet is found to have more advanced dental or periodontal disease, your veterinarian may recommend more specialized procedures.
For additional information about dental disease click the links below:
All dental cleanings should be followed with regular/routine brushing of your pet's teeth at home. Click here to learn how to brush your pet's teeth and promote healthy teeth and gums!
Skin issues are a common and frustrating problem in dogs and cats. Skin disorders can be caused by hormonal abnormalities, allergies, infections, or parasites such as fleas and mites. These issues can be particularly difficult to treat and should be addressed as soon as possible.
We can often diagnose a skin problem by simply examining your pet. Some dermatologic diseases or conditions do require additional diagnostic procedures to ensure a correct diagnosis.
Depending on your pet’s symptoms and the results of our physical exam, we may recommend blood work, urinalysis, skin scraping, or biopsies to determine the cause of your pet's symptoms.
Contact us if you notice your dog or cat scratching excessively or if he or she develops any bare/bald patches, scabs, scaling/crusting, redness, inflammation, lumps, or bumps.
Does Fido or Figaro have fleas? Don't worry, we are here to help! We can help you rid your pet and your home of those pesky unwanted fleas! Click here to learn more or better yet, call us today at
(717) 428-3902 .
Obesity contributes to many preventable life-threatening diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, respiratory compromise, and high blood pressure. Weight management is a very important part of maintaining the health of our pets. In fact, pets that maintained their ideal body weight throughout life are noted to live 15% longer than overweight or obese pets.
Please contact our veterinarians for an in-depth evaluation of your pet's body condition. First your pet's current weight and ideal body weight will be determined. Next, your veterinarian will create a program unique to your pet and your pet's lifestyle. Changes usually involve a plan for calorie restriction and an increase in exercise. It is important to tell your veterinarian about all foods and treats your pet eats, as well as their daily opportunities for activity/exercise.
Your pet's doctor will also recommend a recheck schedule to make sure your pet is losing weight at a safe rate and monitoring them for any problems. Weight checks are FREE!
If it looks like your pet might need to lose a few pounds, we'll discuss the steps you can take and provide the tools you need for successful pet weight loss. We'll be there every step of the way offering support and encouragement to you and your pet.
Check out the body condition chart above to determine if your pet is overweight. Remember, your pets ideal weight is a 4-5/9! Call us today if your pet is a 6 or above so that we can help your pet live at a healthy weight!
Ear infections occur frequently in dogs and cats and result from a variety of causes. As with any other health issue, gathering a detailed history and performing a full examination of the patient is critical in determining the cause of the problem and is vital to the long term resolution of the symptoms. Careful examination of the ear with an otoscope, visualizing the full length of the ear canal and the ear drum, provides critical information for a diagnosis.
Conditions of the ears can be extremely uncomfortable and painful. Some patients will require sedation or anesthesia to be properly evaluated. Diagnostic tests like an ear smear are often warranted.
Rechecking the ear after each stage of the treatment is critical to providing a long term resolution.
If you notice the symptoms listed below, call us to schedule an ear exam to alleviate pain and discomfort in your pet:
The "red eye" is a common cause for concern among pet parents. We have a variety of diagnostic tests that we can perform in order to determine what is going on with your pet's eye. Treatment of the eye is always tailored to your pet's presenting clinical signs.
Common Signs of Eye Discomfort:
If you notice any of the above signs, please call at (717) 428- 3902 and schedule an appointment today.
Pain management is central to our veterinary practice, not an adjunctive therapy. Alleviating pain is not only a professional obligation, but also a key contributor to successful patient outcomes and enhancement of the veterinarian-client-patient relationship.
What if you couldn’t tell your doctor that you were in pain? Animals suffer from pain just like we do. Pain comes in many forms: surgical pain, arthritis and cancer, just to name a few. Acute pain is obvious and distressing. Chronic pain can be subtle, and masked as “getting old” or “slowing down.” Age is not a disease, but pain is.
Common Signs of Pain in Dogs
Common Signs of Pain in Cats
Keeping your pet pain-free is crucial to maintaining his or her quality of life. At the Seven Valleys Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarians use a multi-modal approach to pain management that includes anti-inflammatories, opioids, local anesthetics, general anesthetics.
If your pet is dealing with acute pain, our goal is to prevent the nerves from perceiving and remembering this pain so that it does not become chronic pain. For this reason, pain-management protocols are a part of the treatment plan for all invasive procedures, such as surgeries. If your pet is already dealing with chronic pain, our veterinarians can create a customized pain management plan based on your pet's individual needs and medical issues.
Coming Soon - Companion Laser Therapy
Click here to view the Pain Scales for dogs and cats in our Client Education section.
At the Seven Valleys Veterinary Hospital we know that the heart is the most important part of the body. If the heart isn't pumping correctly, then the rest of the body can not receive oxygen appropriately and therefore can not function normally. Cardiology is the branch of veterinary medicine that treats diseases of the cardiovascular system, which includes the heart and blood vessels.
One of the earliest signs of heart disease is a heart murmur. When a patient has a heart murmur the heart does not make the normal "lub-dub" sound on auscultation. Instead it makes a "swooshing" sound which indicates that the valves are not closing properly and that there is back of flow of blood. If a heart murmur is heard upon exam, our veterinarians will recommend a heart work-up. A heart work-up includes chest x-rays, blood pressure check, ECG report, and echocardiogram with a cardiologist.
Heart murmurs can progress to congestive heart failure (CHF). Symptoms of heart failure include:
Don't forget, the function of the heart and lungs are interrelated, our compassionate veterinarians are also knowledgeable about lung disease as well as disorders of the chest cavity.
Heart murmurs can progress to heart failure. Learn more about what is involved with a heart work-up to keep your pet out of congestive heart failure for as long as possible.
If you notice that your pet is not urinating in the normal locations like the litter box or the yard, then your pet may have an issue with their urinary tract. Is there blood in the urine? Is your pet urinating more frequently or straining to urinate? Is your male cat trying to urinate and can't?
There are several problems that may affect your pet's urinary tract, such as:
Urinary tract infection (UTI)
Urethral Obstruction (If your pet is struggling to urinate, it is a medical emergency. Seek immediate medical attention. Call us immediately at (717) 428-3902. We are ready for you.)
Our veterinarians are here for you and your pet! Whether we prescribe medications, recommend a diet change or recommend surgery, we can help you find a successful treatment to get your fur-baby feeling better!
Urethral obstructions require immediate intervention in order to save the life of your pet. Click the link below to learn more. If you think your pet might have a urethral obstruction, call us today at (717) 428-3902.
At the Seven Valleys Veterinary Hospital we understand that the hardest decision an owner can make is to end the suffering of their beloved pet. Though no one can make this easier, our compassionate staff and veterinarians can help you through this difficult time.
Unfortunately, there comes a time in the life of all pets when the possibility of a recovery is unlikely and owners must consider all possibilities to relieve the pet's suffering.
One option is the palliative care of symptoms. Thorough nursing care is critical when patients cannot care for themselves. Providing proper nutrition, hydration, warmth, and skin care provide comfort. Pain, nausea, digestive irregularities, respiratory congestion, and movement limitations should be medically addressed as soon as possible.
Pet owners are free to be present for the entire process, part of it, or some may elect to not be present at all as they do not wish for their pet's last moments to be surrounded by sadness. If you elect to not be present, please know that we love your pet as much as you do, take comfort in knowing that we will tell your pet how loved they were.
Prior to euthanasia, pet owners should decide how the pet's remains will be cared for. Our hospital provides a range of respectful options. Some owners elect to take their pets remains home for burial, others would like their pet cremated. We offer a simple cremation where you would not get your pet's ashes back as well as a private cremation where you would get your pet's ashes back.
If you think it may be time to end the suffering of your pet, please contact us.