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Dr. Bob and the Team Raise $600 in the Penguin Plunge

Congratulations to Dr. Bob and Stacy Colm for raising $600 to support the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area by participating (again) in the Penguin Plunge. Participants get the pleasure of jumping into the chilly Susquehanna River on New Year’s Day. According to Dr. Bob, the temperature wasn’t too bad this year, but the wind was an issue. The event raised $20,000 for the Humane Society.

Is that my vet freezing in the Susquehanna?

Call us crazy, but we’ll do anything to support animal welfare. Yes, that includes jumping into the freezing Susquehanna River on New Years Day. The plunge benefits the local Humane Society. Last year more than 200 people jumped in the river and raised $20,000. Our own Dr. Bob was there, and he’ll be back this year as well, this time with two members of the Hospital’s team: Malcolm Babbitt, our veterinary technician supervisor, and Stacey Colm, one of our veterinary technician assistants. Continue reading Is that my vet freezing in the Susquehanna?

Why Do I Have to Bring a Fecal (Also Known as Poop)?

Fecals are one of the most important aspects of your pet’s care. But getting one and bringing it to the vet can be annoying. Who wants to carry a bag of poop in the car? Even though it’s a pain, we highly recommend that all of our clients bring fresh stool samples to their routine wellness exams. Continue reading Why Do I Have to Bring a Fecal (Also Known as Poop)?

Dr. Sarsfield: The Number 1 Way to Prevent Diabetes in your Cat

Diabetes is a fairly common disease of older cats. The disease is caused by a lack of insulin activity which results in a very high level of blood sugar. The signs shown by diabetic cats include increased thirst, increased urination, increased appetite and significant weight loss. Rarely, cats with diabetes may present with vomiting, diarrhea or difficulty walking. If the veterinarians at the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County suspect your cat may have diabetes, we will run a panel of blood tests and a urinalysis. When the diagnosis is confirmed, we’ll put your cat on a special diet and start injections of insulin twice daily. Blood sugars are checked regularly to monitor the response to the diet and insulin. Goals of treatment are to keep the blood sugar low enough so the excess drinking and urination subside and the cat regains some of the lost weight. Diabetes is much easier to prevent than it is to treat. The number one risk factor for diabetic cats is obesity. Keeping your cat at an ideal body weight through proper nutrition and exercise is the best way to prevent diabetes. – Dr. Sarsfield.

Dr. Sarsfield’s Alzheimer’s Disease Benefit

Recently Dr. Bob Sarsfield, the chief medical officer at the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County, held his annual benefit for Alzheimer’s Disease . More than 120 people participated, and more than $35,000 was raised. This is the 14th year that Dr. Sarsfield has held the golf tournament, which has now raised $335,000 to support Alzheimer’s caregivers and their families. Dr. Sarsfield started the event after the death of his father Robert Sarsfield, Sr. His entire family takes part in the planning and the (busy) day of activities.