Veterinary Healthcare at Society Hill

Vaccines for Your Pet

Vaccines for Your PetVaccinations are not only safe and effective; they are an important and fundamental piece of your pet's preventative healthcare plan. Advances in veterinary immunology have made diseases that once were relatively common and fatal to pets easily preventable. There are also vaccines—such as for rabies and other zoonotic diseases—that help protect your family from very dangerous and difficult to treat illnesses. Additionally, with each passing year, veterinary science is improving on existent vaccines as well as increasing our ability to prevent an even wider array of contagious diseases.

Society Hill Veterinary Hospital's vaccination protocol adheres to American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines and is individualized to the lifestyle of your pet, his or her unique health challenges, and to the diseases he or she is most likely to encounter.

There are, though, core vaccines that we believe are necessary for the health and wellbeing of all the dogs and cats we see. Core vaccines for dogs include rabies, parvovirus, distemper, and adenovirus-2. The core vaccines for cats are rabies, calicivirus, and panleukopenia.

We also may recommend that dogs receive vaccines for Bordetella, canine influenza and Lyme disease.

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Nutritional & Behavioral Counseling

Nutritional Counseling

One of the key factors contributing to the improved health and longevity of companion animals is our expanded knowledge on the important role that proper nutrition plays in overall health. During your pet's comprehensive physical examination we evaluate his or her body condition and give recommendations based on what we see.

However, some pets with nutritional issues or chronic conditions such as diabetes require a little bit more intervention, which may include specialized foods, feeding strategies and even prescription diets.

Society Hill Veterinary Hospital has trained staff available to help you with your pet's nutritional challenges. We also have a diverse inventory of prescription foods and high-quality nutritional products from such trusted providers as Hills, Royal Canin, Purina and Iams. If your pet requires a prescription diet we do not carry, we can easily order it for you.

We can also offer advice and provide information about diets that benefit specific medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes and other conditions.

Behavior Counseling

Behavior Counseling

The biggest threat to the human/animal bond is behavior disorders, especially those that appear to be intractable. In fact, behavior problems are the leading reason why owners will give up a pet.

Because behavior issues place such strain on the human/animal bond, Society Hill Veterinary Hospital believes that resolving these issues is a critically important aspect of providing quality veterinary care. This is why we offer behavior counseling for a wide range of issues, such as inappropriate urination or defecation, aggressive and obsessive behavior, separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing and barking, scratching, digging, and spraying.

Our veterinarians will work closely with you to understand the source of these behavior disorders and in developing a specific plan to help eliminate your pet's unwanted behavior.

Sometimes, the behavior problem, such as inappropriate voiding, can be linked to a medical issue (cystitis, bladder stones, kidney disease, etc.) and can be treated medically. For other behavior issues, the treatment plan often includes behavior modification and may include medication-assisted training. If our veterinarians and technical staff members are unable to resolve your pet's behavior problem, we will recommend further care through the University of Pennsylvania's animal behavior department.

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Internal Medicine

Internal MedicineIf your pet becomes ill or you suspect there may be something wrong with him or her, Society Hill Veterinary Hospital covers all areas of internal medicine, including endocrinology (e.g. diabetes and related diseases), allergy consultations, gastrointestinal disease, dermatology, renal and hepatic failure, oncology and others.

In order to provide you and your pet with an accurate and speedy diagnosis in a low-stress setting, our hospital is fully equipped with a wide range of cutting-edge diagnostic resources as well as a high degree of professional expertise. We also believe that educating you regarding your pet's condition and treatment options results in better care for your pet. We have extensive educational resources and materials in our hospital and are more than willing to take the time required to provide you with a full understanding of the tests being performed, your pet's condition and treatment options.

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Veterinary Stem Cell Therapy

Veterinary Stem Cell TherapyStem cell therapy is a new and highly innovative treatment to help control chronic pain and improve the quality of life for pets with osteoarthritic conditions such as arthritis, tendon and ligament injuries, and immune mediate polyarthritis. While osteoarthritic conditions are rather difficult to treat, stem cell therapy offers an effective alternative for pets that have not tolerated or responded well to medication, are not good surgical candidates, require long-term pain management, and/or for whom a natural therapy is a preferred method of treatment.

How it Works

Your veterinarian will extract a small amount of fat from your pet's body, which is then submitted to a lab that specializes in extracting and processing adult stem cells.

Once the stem cells have been processed they are returned to your veterinarian who injects them in the affected area(s) of your pet. Because these cells are able to self-differentiate into many cell types as they develop—such as bone, cartilage, nerve and muscle—they can replace and boost the growth of healthy cells. As the number of healthy cells increases, your pet's condition improves and he or she experiences less pain and greater joint mobility.

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Pain Management

Pain management is not just an important component of surgery, but a useful tool for the treatment of a number of conditions such as lingering aftereffects from an injury or diseases such as arthritis. Society Hill Veterinary Hospital utilizes the latest pain management methodologies and medications, such as nerve blocks, Fentanyl Patches, continuous rate infusion (CRI), and multi-modal drug approaches.

We believe in a proactive, comprehensive approach to pain management in order to keep your pet as comfortable as possible while maintaining a good quality of life.

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Lost Pet Microchip ID

Lost Pet Microchip IDHow would you find your pet if he or she ever got lost?

Each year, millions of pets go missing and many don't make it back home. Microchipping your pet is a safe, simple and effective way to prevent this tragedy. About the size of a grain of rice, identification microchips are encoded with your pet's vital information and implanted beneath your pet's skin, usually between the shoulder blades.

Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters across the country and around the world are equipped with special scanners capable of reading these microchips. The information in the chip is used to reunite you with your pet.

Society Hill Veterinary Hospital uses the AVID (American Veterinary Identification Devices) microchip system, which is one of the most widely recognized microchip lost pet ID products on the market. AVID is recognized not only across the United States, but throughout South and Central America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. AVID also offers a number of resources to help families reunite with a lost pet.

You should also know that the City of Philadelphia accepts microchips as a permanent identification for your pet, thereby allowing you to pay a one-time licensing fee. Please ask our client services team member for an application for a City license and to set up an appointment for your pet to be chipped.

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International Health Certificates

If you like to travel with your pet to other countries or states, you may need a national or international health certificate. These certificates document the health of your pet and certify that he or she has been properly vaccinated. If you do not have this form of documentation it is very likely your pet could be quarantined for an extended period of time.

Society Hill Veterinary Hospital is authorized and well-versed in handling the documentation required for traveling with your pet. Dr. Casavecchia is USDA accredited and can help you get the forms you need for your upcoming travel arrangements.

Generally, these certificates are only valid for a certain period of time, must be filled out within a specific timeframe prior to when you travel, and require different forms depending on your destination. We encourage you to contact your airline or consulate of the country you are traveling to in order to find out the specific documentation that is required.

We can also help you understand what you need and advise you on how to safely travel with your pet by air.

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Dermatology and Medicated Baths

Dermatology and Medicated BathsExternal parasites such as fleas and ticks, and dermatological conditions can present serious challenges to your pet's wellbeing. They also can be a hazard to your family since fleas and ticks will affect humans and animals. Additionally, as anyone who has experienced an infestation of fleas in their home can attest, parasites can be difficult and expensive to eradicate.

For fleas and ticks, the best means to keep your pet, family and home safe from these pests is through prevention. Society Hill Veterinary Hospital will work with you to develop a program that best meets the specific needs of your pet and your own particular environmental situation. We carry a wide range of flea and tick products that based on our experience have been shown to be effective at preventing them from residing on your pet and in your home.

Allergies to fleas, pollen, dust and other elements can also cause your pet to suffer from a range of dermatological conditions. Itching, scratching and hot spots are all signs of allergies and skin conditions and will likely require veterinary care. Society Hill Veterinary Hospital is capable of providing your pet with a wide range of tests to determine the source of any allergic or dermatological reactions or conditions.

We can also treat many of these conditions through a range of therapies. Chief among these are medicated baths containing soothing agents that treat the skin and stop the itching. If your pet has a skin condition, our team of skilled technicians will select the appropriate medicated shampoo and/or conditioner for a therapeutic treatment.

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Our Pharmacy

Our PharmacyIn numerous acute or chronic conditions, medication is required to cure or alleviate symptoms. At Society Hill Veterinary Hospital we believe that timely and convenient access to these medications is an important aspect of caring for your pet. For this reason, we maintain a comprehensive pharmacy with a wide range of the best veterinary drugs in the animal healthcare field.

Not only does our pharmacy mean you don't have to wait for important medicines for your pet, but there is a direct line of communication between the examination room and the pharmacy window. Each medication becomes part of your pet's medical record, which reduces the chance for errors and enhances our ability to monitor its use and the outcome for your pet.

Refills are easy too. Simply give us a call or visit our online pharmacy and we can either mail them to you or have them ready at your next visit.

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Veterinary Hospice & End of Life Care

Even the healthiest of pets reach that time where we must find a way to say goodbye to them. We understand that this is a painful and difficult experience for our clients and is one that we all have been through in our own lives. It is our goal to help ease this time of life for both our patients and clients.

We provide hospice and home assist services designed to ensure the comfort and dignity of your pet. These services include caring for the remains as directed by our clients through our partnership with the very well respected Paws in Heaven, which offers a wide range of services.

We also offer grief counseling and can provide you with a referral to a grief specialist, if necessary.

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