Octopurrfest 2019

Octopurrfest 2019

Octopurrfest 2019 – It’s All About the Animals Fundraiser Marion Animal Hospital recently had the honor of serving as a vendor at the annual Octopurrfest Festival, as put on by Pam Robinson and her cat rescue It’s All About the Animals.  We’d like to thank everyone who was able to swing by for a visit, and for helping Pam raise funds for her fabulous felines!  If you weren’t able to make it this year please

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Alison Cembalisty

Alison Cembalisty  Veterinary Assistant Ali has been in this field for over 35 years. She is a graduate of the Harcum College of Pennsylvania. She enjoys birding, outdoor photography, hiking, kayaking, and relaxing with her two dogs, Bella and Leon. 

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Traveling with your pet

Traveling with your pet

Traveling with pets can be for fun, or perhaps you have necessary trip planned.  It can be frustrating when the regulations for what paperwork, vaccinations, and health certificates you need for your pet keep changing.  It is important to research what the import requirements are for the state or country you are traveling to, before every trip, as they can change every year. Most states and countries require an Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (OCVI),

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What Is A Foreign Body?

What Is A Foreign Body?

This picture was posted on my practice manager’s door this past week. She and I are in the same boat; we both adopted a pair of kittens. We are finding the holiday season a challenge with our new family members.  Everything sparkly, shiny, crinkly, and ringing or dinging has their attention.  My kittens have been temporarily renamed Shredder and Wrecking Ball. I have counseled countless owners about the dangers of toys, socks, underwear, string, fishing line,

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What Should I Give My Dog To Chew?

What Should I Give My Dog To Chew?

“What should I give my dog to chew?” a question often asked by owners.  And since veterinarians are frequently faced with treating fractured teeth in dogs, it is an important question to answer properly. Let’s start with a little history . . . Wolves adopted pack-living to hunt larger prey. Selective evolutionary pressures from this group hunting have created strong bones and muscles of the jaws in both wolves and dogs.  However, wolves RARELY chew bones.

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Marion Animal Hospital program promotes lifetime health for animals

Marion Animal Hospital program promotes lifetime health for animals

By BRIAN J. LOWNEY CONTRIBUTING WRITER | SOUTH COAST TODAY February 02, 2014 Owning a pet requires a serious commitment that should continue for the life of the animal. Companion animals are enjoying longer lives thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, improved nutrition and better-educated owners. Cats and dogs now can live well into their teens, while some avian species may long outlive their owners. When an individual acquires an animal, whether it’s a newborn

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Are Grain Free Diets Healthier?

Are Grain Free Diets Healthier?

Grain free dog and cat foods are being promoted on TV ads and at your local pet speciality stores, but are they really healthier for our pets?  Not according to veterinary nutritionists Dr. Lisa Freeman and Dr. Cailin Heinze from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. “Interestingly, diets that contain more meat and less grain and other carbohydrates tend to be much higher in fat than diets that contain more grain and carbohydrates. As fat

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Five facts your cat wants you to know…..

Five facts your cat wants you to know…..

Cats like countdowns, its more exciting! #5.  I need a check up.  Yeah, I know, it seems like every time you get out that dusty carrier and stuff me into it, I hate going more.  But can’t you try to make it a little more fun?  How about getting me a nice cosy soft carrier that you keep clean?  And maybe some of that Feliway spray in it? If you left it out for a

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Howl-O-Ween Contest! Great Prizes!

Howl-O-Ween Contest!  Great Prizes!

Email a picture of your pet dressed up and we will enter you into our Howl-O-Ween Contest!  Great prizes, including a year’s supply of Frontline to the winner!  You can also enter by posting pictures onto our facebook page.  

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The Best Dog and Cat Food

The Best Dog and Cat Food

We know you love your pet, and we know you have a tight budget.  So what is the best pet food? An ideal pet food is one that my pet loves to eat, cleans her teeth, and makes her coat shiny.  This dream diet would support her immune system,  be gentle on her stomach, and make picking up after her a breeze. For me as a veterinarian, this mythical food has been tested in a research

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Making a multi species household into a family

Making a multi species household into a family

If you have ever felt like children in this picture, trying to return one of your pets to its enclosure, then you probably have a multi-species household. The ducks are in the bathtub again.  Yesterday it was the turtle, but she is back in her terrarium, and now there are four ducks who needed shelter from the storm outside, peeking over my tub wondering when breakfast will be served. The miniture pinscher is pretty sure

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The Truth about Pet Insurance

The Truth about Pet Insurance

Let me tell you a story. My first experience with pet insurance was a bust.  The dog above and on the right (in the headlock) got ringworm on her nose when she was 2 years old.  This dog was the love of my life and I had pet insurance for her.  The medication she required was expensive, even for a vet, but when I submitted the claim only a very small amount of it was

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Why I ride my bike to work

Why I ride my bike to work

I am almost 40 years old, and mother of two daughters, and a business owner, so you may wonder why I would put the time and effort into riding my bicycle to the animal hospital as often as weather permits. Well, it makes me a better doctor, manager, mother, and overall human being. How?  Well it helps that I don’t have the kind of job where I shower before work, but the after the morning

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