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Here are some questions that we're often asked. If you'd like to have your question addressed here for everyone, please email it us and let us know that you'd like it to appear on the website.

(If you need an immediate answer, please contact the office at 215-638-9275.)

Q: My dog has an ear problem, can I pick up some more medication?

A: If we have a pretty good handle on the type of infection (bacterial, yeast, mixed) and your ability to treat it, and if we've seen your pet within the past 12 months, we’ll refill. If the problem seems to be stubborn, treatments have not worked, if these infections keep recurring too quickly, or if it's been more than 12 months since we've seen your pet, we’ll probably want you to make an appointment.


Q: My cat is starting to "go" places other than the litterbox. What can I do?

A: The best minds in veterinary behavior medicine struggle with this problem in cats. We’ll start off by saying that it is far more likely to be rooted in stress/change/anxiety than in your cat deliberately engaging in vendetta. Furthermore, there may be physical causes, too. Or, it might have started with stress or a physical problem, and now he is learning to enjoy the place behind your sofa as his latrine. Once discovered, this habit should be vigorously investigated and treated, as each episode outside the box reinforces the habit. We successfully treat many of these, but also rely on the services of behavior specialists for some patients.


Q: My dog is vomiting, what can I do until I bring her in?

A: You should withhold all solid food (treats, biscuits, food, scraps). Also, pick up the water bowl and offer only ice chips periodically. Common causes include “dietary indiscretion“ like bottom-feeding in the kitchen trash, foreign material in the stomach or intestines (we’ve removed dish towels, telephone cord, rocks, underwear, golf glove, socks, and one neatly chopped police duty belt from pets’ intestinal tracts). Call the office or our emergency referral hospital for more specific advice.


Q: My dog has been sprayed by a skunk!! How can I get rid of the smell?

A: Click on 'Forms' and follow the link for the Skunk Antidote, it's the best one we've found.



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