Thursday, December 4, 2014

Mr. Jingles and his Second Chance Life!

Meet Mr. Jingles.
Last week, this handsome guy was abandoned by his owner due to his dead, rotting foot (most likely injured in a trap). He was tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS (all negative), loaded with fleas, and just about the sweetest cat you can possibly imagine. Luckily, this sweet kitty is getting a second chance at life thanks to the excellent care of Dr. Munzing and the entire staff of CG&S. His leg was beyond saving, and was amputated. As you can see in this picture (WARNING, graphic photo ahead), the affected foot was much smaller than normal, in an almost mummified state, due to tissue death and decay.

Wounds must be treated sooner rather than later. Mr. Jingles was lucky to not have further issues beyond his leg- many animals are not so lucky and die from such injuries when the infection spreads to their entire body. The consequences of the inadequate care this kitty received is that he lost a leg, and will live out the rest of his life as a "tripod" kitty. That doesn't slow this guy down, though. Just 2 days post surgery, and Mr. Jingles is walking, purring, eating, meowing at anyone who will listen, and loves to be cuddled and loved.

Mr. Jingles (his new name- second chances mean clean starts and new names!) is looking for his forever home. If you find it in your heart to take in this sweet guy, please give our office a call and inquire about an adoption application. Our Christmas wish is that he finds a home free from the pain and danger of a life outdoors- Mr. Jingles has been through enough adventures! He was neutered at the time of his amputation, and will be vaccinated for FVRCP and Rabies.
Any adoption inquiries can be made via:
Phone: 717-264-9525
Or email: 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Buy pet food, win an ipad mini!

We <3 Purina Veterinary Diets.
Because of these various diets, we are able to provide excellent nutrition for our patients, and meet different dietary needs, such as urinary issues, animals with kidney issues, liver issues, dental problems and more!
And now through September 30th, any purchase of a bag of food, a case of canned food, or a box of Fortiflora probiotic equals an entry to win an iPad mini! No limits to the number of entries, so if you want to stock up, now is the time!
The winner will be contacted October 1st. Good luck to all the entries! And thanks for trusting CG&S and Purina with your pet's nutritional needs.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pet Fire Safety Day 2014

Today is Pet Fire Safety Day!

Did you know....

       According to the National Fire Protection Association, an estimated 500,000 dogs and cats will be affected by house fires.
       Additionally, an estimated 40,000 pets die in house fires each year. Thankfully, due to greater awareness and community support, many firefighters and EMS crews now carry oxygen masks to help our four-legged friends. Their bravery means many lives saved.

       So what can we do to keep our furry friends safe?

     Fire Prevention Tips:
  • Remove or lock knobs on stoves. These can easily be moved by pets to turn on stoves when pet parents are not at home. There are also covers available for the knobs to help with this.
  • "Fur-baby" proof your home. Just as you would with a toddler that is exploring the house for the first time, pet proof your home so dangers are removed or limited. An important part of this is removing any loose hanging or exposed wiring.
  • Switch to flameless candles. They often are just as pretty as regular candles, but without the dangers. If you do use normal candles, be sure to put them out when unattended.

    Other great tips for Fire Safety Day include:
  • Make sure your pet has proper identification tags. In the event of an emergency (fire or otherwise), pets are often spooked and flee, or are taken in by emergency personnel or volunteers. With proper ID (which include microchips that cannot be lost), your pet will find his or her way back to you.
  • Get rescue stickers. These window stickers or clings are a sign to emergency personnel that you have pets inside that may need rescued.
  • Keep kenneled pets close to doors. This will help if they do need to be rescued.
  • Make an emergency kit. Include in this kit any medications that the pet is on (for a few days until you are able to get more), bottled water, some food, extra leashes and collars, and basic first aid supplies. Keep your kit by a door, or in your car for easier access.

For any questions, give our office a call at 717-264-9525!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Please don't feed the dog (or cat)... No matter what they tell you!

Our pets are our families. And, if you are like us, you want to spoil them.
So what is the easiest way to do that? You guessed it- food.
We give them new treats, the best kibble, new chewy bones, home-made dog safe cookies. And, more likely than not, you have slipped them a bite or two (or three, or four...) of something off of your own plate.
We understand. That adorable face, those begging eyes- how can you say no? A bite or two won't hurt, right? After all, this is what you are eating.
"If it is good enough for me, it is good enough for my pets!"
Unfortunately, that mind set can get us into trouble more often than not. A whole host of problems can be contributed to animals getting foods that are meant for people, such as pancreatitis, diabetes, gastrointestinal upset, and obesity. Animals need far fewer calories than the typical person, so one bite of our food can equal a whole lot more calories than they needed!
Additionally, some people foods are quite toxic to pets. Everyone remembers that dogs cannot have chocolate, right? Well, the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is to dogs- the darker chocolates contain more methylxanthines (like caffeine and theobromine) than the milk chocolate (which contains less amounts, but still enough to cause major problems). When ingested, these substances cause excitability, hyperthermia, vomiting and diarrhea, seizures, and can progress to death. If your pet ingests chocolate, call your veterinarian right away.
Check out this guide that discusses some other common people food that can be toxic to pets.

Some great treat options can be skinless, boneless boiled chicken, baby carrots, frozen green beans, or canned pumpkin. Remember, there are other foods that can cause severe issues! If you aren't sure if it is safe, give your veterinarian a call! We are always here to help!