Monday thru Friday from 8am to 9pm
Saturdays - 9am to 3 pm
Sundays - emergency only
Please call Reception at 215-699-9294 to schedule a convenient
time to have your pet examined by a doctor. Our fifteen doctors and staff are
on a rotating schedule, so please let us know when you make your appointment
if you request a specific doctor.
Emergencies:A doctor is on-site 24 hours a day,
because emergencies happen at any time, day or night.Whenever
possible, please call and let us know that your pet needs to be seen so that
we can be ready to help immediately when you arrive. All emergency cases
are triaged by a trained veterinary technician, which helps doctors treat
your pet as quickly as possible.
Wellness Visits: Having an annual physical for your pet is
not just about receiving vaccines. At a wellness visit, doctors will examine
your pet to evaluate overall health, nutrition or possible problems and then
tailor a vaccination protocol based on your pets risk for certain diseases.
Many dogs and cats are living well into their "teens" with help from their
veterinary team along the way.
Puppy and Kitten Visits: To help the newest member of your
family grow up happy and healthy, your puppy or kitten is examined every 3-4
weeks to develop an appropriate vaccination schedule. Our youngest patients
need boosters of the FVRCP or DHPP vaccine every 3-4 weeks until they are over
16-18 weeks and the Rabies vaccine at 12-13 weeks. We recommend at least 2
doses of a de-wormer and a follow-up fecal exam to protect from internal parasites.
In puppy and kitten visits, nutrition, behavior and house-training topics are
discussed so your pet will remain a loved member of your family for years to
Geriatric Medicine: Since pets are living longer, senior
wellness is becoming more important for maintaining quality of life. In addition
to a comprehensive physical exam for patients over 7 years old, changes in
eating, drinking or behavior habits may provide clues to hidden problems.
Screening blood work provides a base-line for internal health and is doubly
important for many older patients receiving chronic medications.
Drop-off Appointments: To accommodate busier schedules a
limited number of drop-off appointments are available Monday-Friday. Wellness exams,
blood work and vaccines can be completed while owners work. Most orthopedic
exams and x-rays as drop-off appointments, so that your pet is evaluated in
motion and the appropriate tests can be performed.
Pharmacy and Prescription Diets: A fully stocked
in-house pharmacy is available for the medications your pet requires. Many
formulations can be ordered in liquid form or with flavoring if pills are a
challenge to administer. Stock and special-order veterinary prescription diets
are available to help treat a variety of diseases. To ensure accuracy, 24 hours
notice is requested for a refill of medications.
Ultrasound: Ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that can image structures
within the body. Ultrasound of the abdomen is ideal for examining the liver,
gallbladder, intestinal tract, spleen, kidneys, adrenal glands and urinary
bladder. A complete, detailed scan usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes. All
patients need a 12 hour fast before the procedure and many cases can be examined
as a drop-off appointment. Dr. Smiley,our medical specialist, performs ultrasounds
on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays. Emergency scans can be arranged as your pet's
medical condition dictates.
X-Ray: A new state of the art digital x-ray machine provides clear images very quickly. X-rays are taken not only of bones and
joints, but also the chest, abdomen, teeth, heads and ears of our patients.
For many pets experiencing illness or pain, radiographs are an important part
of the diagnostic work-up. Additional studies such as barium swallows, IVP's,
and urograms can be performed. X-ray's are taken any time, day or night.
In-House Diagnostic Laboratory and Monitoring: Complete
in-house blood work is performed at any time, day or night. Immediate information
is obtained about our sickest patients including kidney and liver function,
electrolytes and blood counts. Many critical patients often need additional
testing such as blood-gas, EKG, pulse oximetry, blood pressure, cross matching
or blood typing. All are available 24 hours a day.
Dentistry: Dentistry is an important part of your pet's overall health. Signs of dental disease include bad breath, pain with eating, and drooling. Pets should have a dental check-up periodically and teeth should be assessed and cleaned under anesthesia. Pets are monitored closely during the procedure to minimize risk. We recommend a full series of digital dental x-rays to be performed beforehand to assess what dental changes are happening in your pet’s mouth both above and below the gum line. Many pet owners find their pets tolerate brushing at home and many products are now available to continue good oral health, including flavored tooth pastes and dental chew toys. There is also a new vaccine available that can help prevent canine periodontitis.
Surgery: In our state of the art surgery suite, Gwynedd Veterinary
Hospital is totally equipped to handle all types of routine and emergency surgeries.
Elective procedures are scheduled Monday through Friday, including cat and
dog spay and neuter, de-claws, mass removals, knee and hip surgery. Our on-staff
ABVP specialist, Dr. Rogatz is available by request for many advanced orthopedic
and soft-tissue procedures. All our surgical patients are monitored closely
with EKG, pulse-ox and blood-pressure equipment.
Pain Management: Pain management is an important part of
any surgery or procedure, and is an important aspect of today's veterinary
care. Patients receive appropriate pain medication when needed.
Discharge Appointments: Discharges are performed by a Doctor
or Technician at a scheduled appointment time. Complete home care instructions
and medications are provided and any questions or concerns are addressed.