Good Day Fellow Pet Lover,
Welcome to the Premier Issue of Antietam Valley Animal Hospital’s newsletter.I hope you find our newsletter both educational and fun.If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail me at’t forget to check out our website to learn more about the hospital as well as have access to an encyclopedia to look up pet diseases.Please feel free to pass this newsletter on to your friends and family.
                                                                                                                                                                                .Dr. Jennifer L. Fry
In this issue….
Senior Care at AVAH
Biscuit Recipe
Did you know?
The 10 Minute Attitude Adjuster
Low Cal Treat Ideas
Senior Care at AVAH**
Due in large part to better nutrition and preventive veterinary care, pets are living longer, resulting in an increasing
number of senior pets.  According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), four out of 10 
dogs and cats, or nearly 44.8 million pets, are a least seven years old.  As the U.S. pet population grows older 
and more pets enter their silver years, special care is needed to deal with the physical effects of aging.

While pet owners are mindful of aging, many are unaware of the signs to look for in their pets.  Changes in eating
or sleeping habits, diminished vision or hearing, weight gain or loss, bad breath, lapses in house training and 
difficulty with steps are all signs of an aging pet.  Older pets are at risk for conditions such as tumors, arthritis
and diabetes, and have a higher incidence of oral, heart, liver and kidney disease.

AVAH is offering services tailored to meet the needs of senior pets.  "We decided to become a SilverPets clinic
to meet a growing segment of the pet population," says Dr. Jennifer Fry.  "Pet owners don't always realize that 
dogs and cats physically age twice as fast after the age of seven.  If we see every older pet annually and enroll 
them in the SilverPets Program, we can spot problems before serious complications develop. Working as a team
we can help pets live even longer, healthier lives and strengthen the human-animal bond."

The SilverPets Program incorporates a senior wellness exam to get a headstart on prevention and decrease the
risks associated with old age.  This establishes a healthy baseline and helps the veterinarian determine proper 
care. The program also educates and empowers pet owners with wellness, prevention and nutrition information 
plus owners who sign up for SilverPets will receive newsletters and rebates for veterinary care. If you have 
questions about the Purina SilverPets Program or would like to schedule an exam for your senior pet, please 
contact Antietam Valley Animal Hospital at 610-779-4796.


**Biscuits for Healthy Teeth & Gums**

1.5lbs. chicken or turkey gizzards, hearts & livers
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon minced onion
1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon cut parsley

1 tablespoon safflower oil

1 whole egg

1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour

2 tablespoons brewer’s years (omit if pet has allergies)

1 egg beaten for basting

Parmesan cheese

Cover chicken organs with water and boil, then simmer for 2 hours.Mix flour and yeast.In a blender or food processor, mix cooked giblets, garlic, parsley, oregano, safflower oil and one egg.Gradually add the flour.Add oil to the dough if too dry or flour if too wet.Knead the dough several times and then let dough rest for 15 minutes.Roll the dough to ½” thickness and cut into desired shapes.Bake on a greased pan for 15 minutes at 350o.Remove the biscuits from the oven and baste them with the beaten egg.Reduce oven heat to 200 degrees.Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the biscuits and bake for another 30 minutes.Turn the oven off and leave biscuits in the oven until they are cool.Store in the refrigerator or freeze.


Cranberry Extract is high in Vitamin C and prevents bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall.
Women who drink a pint of juice a day had 63% reduction in recurrence of urinary tract infections.
One 3000 mg capsule is equivalent to 24 ounces of cranberry juice.


Dosing schedule…
1/8 capsule for cats & small dogs,
¼ capsule for medium dogs,
½ capsule for large dogs
and 1 capsule for giant breed dogs.
Give THREE times a day.


The Gentle Leader Head Collar….The 10 Minute Attitude Adjuster.

Quickly Controls Jumping, Pulling, Barking, Chewing and Begging. Teaches Sit and Stay in one easy lesson!

Training Package is $22.50 for Head Collar, Matching Leash, Indoor Lead and 66-pg instruction booklet.

For more information…

Why not some veggies.
Carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and beans are great snacks for any pet especially overweight pets and those on restricted diets—yes even allergy-prone pets.
Feed raw (best for the teeth) or cooked.
Just stay away from the onions as they can cause anemia.
Reach for the Plain Rice Cakes.
Low cal, but yet satisfying!

Antietam Valley Animal Hospital
10 North Prospect Street
Reading, PA 19606.

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