Laser Therapy -
August 31, 2017
Clinical studies show that laser therapy alleviates pain and inflammation, reduces swelling, and stimulates nerve and tissue repair. It has been proven effective on such diverse conditions as arthritis, sprains and strains, periodontal disease, and infections. Some advantages of laser therapy are:
• Provides a drug-free option for enhanced care
• Effective relief of pain, inflammation, and swelling
• Extremely well tolerated by patients
• No known side effects
• May decrease the need for surgery and medications
• Reduces healing time
• Requires no sedation or clipping
Animals receiving laser therapy feel a gentle warming of the tissues, and often will relax and enjoy, much like you would experiencing a good massage. Often there is an immediate lessening of pain, and the initial anxiety that some pets may feel often disappears. Animals receiving the therapy may even fall asleep.
If you believe your animal is suffering from a condition that may treatable with laser therapy, call VVA to arrange a consultation with one of our doctors. They may be able to recommend a customized course of treatment that can help.
Equine Lunch and Learn -
July 28, 2017
On June 22, 2017 Dr. Davis and the staff of Valley Veterinary Associates hosted an ‘Equine Lunch & Learn’. The purpose of these seminars is to offer continuing education and share the latest developments in animal care and management.
Attendees heard presentations by representatives of Zoetis (Megan Lapp – Lepto Vaccine), Platinum Performance (Heather Mathews – equine supplements), and Boehringer-Ingelheim (Bailey Cash – Equine Cushing’s Disease). In addition, Dr. Thomas Divers, DVM of Cornell University delivered a talk on equine Lyme disease.
VVA would like to thank Nicholas Randle (Zoetis) and Scott Koch (M.W.I.) for their sponsorship of this valuable program.
VVA Introduces Educational Series -
July 3, 2017
VVA Introduces Educational Series
Valley Veterinary Associates recognizes that continuing education is a key component of animal care. No matter if your concern is bovine herd management, equine health, or quality pet care, education is key to understanding the challenges of maintaining animal health.
That is why VVA has introduced the ‘Lunch & Learn’ series of workshops. This series is presented in a casual setting, but offers leading-edge information from respected researchers and industry professionals. Question and answer sessions are key to the presentations, and often presenters will answer one-on-one questions after the ‘formal’ workshop
The photo shown on the homepage this month are from the VVA Bovine Lunch & Learn recently offered at Brooks House of BBQ in Oneonta, NY.
Save on Ophthalmic Exams in May -
May 25, 2017
An ophthalmic exam usually includes a thorough evaluation of the outer eye structures, including the tissues around the eyes, the eyelids, the duct where the tears drain from the eyes, and the cranial nerves that affect the eyes. At the same time, the veterinarian will check the eye for inflammation and infection as well as for foreign bodies and unusual growths. The lens of the eye will also be examined for signs of cataracts. If you notice any abnormality in your pet’s eyes or vision, contact your veterinarian immediately. Many eye conditions are extremely painful or could result in the loss of vision, if not attended to promptly. An ophthalmic test will help identify the source of the problem so that your pet receives proper treatment and pain relief as soon as possible.
Save 5% on ophthalmic exams in May – here’s a coupon!
Memorial for Beth Betancourt -
May 9, 2017
In honor of Elizabeth “Beth” Betancourt, VVA is hosting a Memorial Fundraiser on Tuesday, May 23rd from 5-7pm. The event will be at the Carriage House in Oneonta, NY. All proceeds will benefit Beth’s family. It is our hope that this event will not only financially assist her family in their time of loss, but will serve as a memorial to Beth’s loving attitude and playful spirit.
We will be closing at 4:00pm on Tuesday, May 23rd so that our staff can attend the Memorial Fundraiser for Beth. Emergency services will be provided by Dr. Chris Camann and Community Veterinary Center as required until we resume normal operations at 9:00pm. We encourage you to join us for this worthy cause.
Thank you for your understanding.
Fleas, Ticks, and Disease -
April 25, 2017
The most common tick-borne disease in the United States is Lyme disease. This disease can produce symptoms including fever, loss of appetite, and lethargy. Untreated Lyme disease sometimes lead to severe kidney disease. Another disease carried and spread by ticks is American canine hepatozoonosis (ACH). ACH can lead to a severe, sometimes fatal infection, which produces symptoms like high fever, stiffness, pain, weight loss, and muscle wasting.
Flea allergy dermatitis is caused by an allergic reaction to the flea’s saliva. Symptoms may include hot spots and extreme itching. Another potential problem caused by fleas is called cat scratch disease. About 40 percent of cats will carry this disease at some point in their lives and it is transmitted from one cat to another by fleas. Cat scratch disease can cause fatigue, headaches, and fever if transmitted to humans
The best way to prevent flea and tick-borne diseases is to consult your vet, and plan an appropriate prevention program. Call VVA at today (563-1345 ) and make an appointment. And here’s a coupon for saving 5% on flea & tick prevention.
A Friend Lost… -
April 19, 2017
We were shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of our co-worker and friend, Beth Oraine-Betancourt. We will miss her positive attitude, her professional contributions to our practice, and most of all, her friendship.
We will be closing at 3:00pm on Monday, April 24th, so that our staff can attend her memorial. Emergency services will be provided by Dr. Chris Camann and Community Veterinary Center as required until we resume normal operations at 9:00 pm.
Thank you for your understanding.
April – Lyme Disease Prevention Month at VVA -
April 4, 2017
Lyme disease is an illness that affects both animals and humans. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) it’s the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States. Lyme disease is transmitted through tick bites, and can lead to serious and recurring health problems. The best way to protect pets from Lyme disease is to take preventive measures to reduce the chance of contracting the disease. Some steps you can take to reduce risk are:
1)Use reliable tick-preventive products. Speak with your veterinarian about what tick preventive product is right for your pet.
2)Work with your veterinarian to decide whether to vaccinate your dog against Lyme disease. Your veterinarian’s advice may depend on where you live, your pet’s lifestyle and overall health, and other factors.
3)When possible, avoid areas where ticks might be found. These include tall grasses, marshes and wooded areas.
4)Check for ticks on both yourself and your animals once indoors.
Use the coupon HERE to SAVE 5% on flea and tick prevention through the month of April.
March Focus on Heartworm Prevention -
March 4, 2017
Heartworm disease is a potentially fatal disease affecting pets throughtout the United States, and many other areas of the world. Heartworms live in the affected animal’s lungs, heart, and blood vessels. The worms cause lung disease, heart failure, and damage to other organs.
Mosquitos play an essential part in the transmission of the disease between animals. A mosquito becomes ‘infective’ a couple weeks after biting an infected animal. This infective mosquito can then transmit heartworm larvae by biting healthy animals. Once the healthy animal is infected, the heartworm larvae develop into adult worms over the next few months.
Your veterinarian can help you choose an appropriate heartworm preventive for your pet, which will work by eliminating the heartworm in the larval stage. It’s important to maintain the recommended treatment schedule, to assure prevention.
Call VVA to arrange a heartworm prevention program for your pet. And, for the month of March, CLICK HERE to download a coupon to SAVE 5% off the prevention cost.
February is National Pet Dental Health Month! -
January 31, 2017
Save 20% on your pet’s dental care this February, to celebrate National Pet Dental Health Month.
Valley Veterinary Associates provides a full range of dental services, designed to insure optimum dental health for your pets. To help you improve your pet’s oral health, VVA is offering a 20% discount on selected dental procedures in the month of February! In addition, you will receive free gifts that will help improve your pet’s oral health.
Dental services are provided Mon-Fri by our fully-trained staff. Call us at 607-563-1345 for an appointment.