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Upcoming Continuing Education Lecture


TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 AT 7:00 PM

Stanley “Lee” Blazejewski, III, VMD, DAVDC

Attention all referring veterinarians and veterinary technicians:

VRC will be a hosting a Continuing Education lecture on gingiva and its many faces, assessment, and treatment options.

In this lecture, Dr. Blazejewski will discuss and demonstrate using photographs and dental radiographs:

  • How visually normal gingiva is frequently a poor indicator of dental health
  • The significance of gingival health assessment techniques
  • When to fully evaluate gingival abnormalities
  • The role of host immune responses in gingival health
  • The adverse healing tendencies of the gingiva
  • Treatment options for gingival recession and benign gingival enlargements

1 credit of complimentary CE through RACE.



340 Lancaster Avenue

Malvern, PA 19355



Complimentary dinner and meet and greet starts at 7:00 pm. Session begins at 7:30 pm followed by Q & A.

Please contact Dara Longhini to register by Monday, March 28: 610-647-2950 or Space is limited so please RSVP as soon as possible to reserve your seat.


Thank you to our sponsor!

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How to Schedule an Appointment with a Veterinary Specialist in Philadelphia

Important Notice: If you are having an emergency with your pet, we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call (610) 647-2950 for emergency medicine and critical care.

The Internet was supposed to make everything so much easier for us, wasn’t it? Doctor SadanagaBut we all know that sometimes that isn’t the case. While it’s easier than ever before to look up something like “veterinarian in Philadelphia,” sometimes we’re spoiled for choice by the results. It can be hard to sift through everything, especially if you’re looking for something like a veterinary specialist in Philadelphia.

What is a veterinary specialist? Well, veterinary specialists are comprehensive, specialty healthcare centers, like VRC in Malvern. We’re not your typical vet. VRC specializes in advanced diagnostic testing, as well as comprehensive cancer care. Our services include cardiology, internal medicine, reproductive services, ophthalmology, cardiology… even ongoing management of pain and rehabilitation services. We provide all the care of a normal veterinarian, with extras that mean we can take referrals from your vet (though a referral is not required to be seen by our specialists). That said if you are referred, please ask your primary vet to give you any copies of your pet’s medical records, lab reports, and so on, to be submitted with our referral form. We like to make sure to review your pet’s history and needs before you come in, in order to provide the best care possible.

And speaking of that referral form, we love ours. It’s a tool we use to make your visit as good as it can be. The first question we ask is the name of your preferred doctor—so view our Veterinary Team page and get to know us! You can then select what sort of specialist you’re looking for, so we understand your exact needs. It’s also a good idea to include in our message field why you want to come in, so we can get to the heart of the matter when it comes to specialty veterinary care.

VRC is only 25 miles from Philadelphia, which means we’re close-by when you need specialty care—but we’re also close when you need emergency care. VRC is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and if you’re having an emergency, don’t wait! Call us at (610) 647-2950.

VRC in Malvern, PA is here for your pet. We’re dedicated to providing top-notch medical care for your furry friends, and helping you manage their illness through the healing process. We believe we offer the best in specialty care for animals, and we’d love to provide that for your pet, too. When you need us, we’re here: so get in touch. We’re close by, and eager to help.

Summer Pet Safety Tips

It’s that time of the year where we all love being outside enjoying the summer, including our furry friends. But just like you, they feel the heat and it’s important to make sure they’re taken care of in the hot summer sun.

Here are some tips to ensure your pet’s safety and comfort:

1. Understand your breed

Although all dogs should follow these guidelines in the summer heat, some breeds are more susceptible to heat induced problems than others.

  • English Bulldogs
  • French Bulldogs
  • Pekingese
  • Boxers
  • Pugs
  • Shih Tzu’s
  • Boston Terriers
  • Any brachycephalic dogs (dogs with flat faces)

2. Be cool, drink plenty of water

When planning a trip to the park with your pet, pack plenty of fresh, clean water. Although different breeds tolerate heat differently, pets can dehydrate very easily!

It’s important to take time out in the shade and cool down. We recommend spending at least 15 minutes in the shade cooling down for every hour that you’re out in the sun.

3.  Stay alert, understand the symptoms of overheating

Be careful to not over-exercise your pets and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot or humid. It is safest to exercise with your pet in the cooler hours of the day, either early morning or in the evening.

  • Excessive panting or difficulty breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Drooling
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting

4. Never leave your pet in the car alone!

Please never leave your pet alone in the car. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can reach over 120 degrees in less than 10 minutes. On a 90 degree day, temperatures can reach over 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes.

5. Party Smart!

We all love our summer pool parties and barbecues, just try to remember some of the dangers these parties can bring to your pet. Some of these tips seem like common sense, but it never hurts to have a little reminder!

  • Not all dogs are good swimmers, do not leave pets unattended by the pool
  • Keep your pet away from the grilling supplies. Charcoal, lighter fluid, matches etc.
  • Keep all food and beverages out of reach. Corn on the cob and ribs seem to be the main culprits in these emergency situations.
  • Make sure all garbage cans are secure and stowed away. Your curious and hungry furry friend does not care that all the corn is off the cob, he or she will still make a dashing attempt at these tasty garbage snacks.


We hope these tips allow you and your pet to have a safe and enjoyable rest of summer!

Preventing orthopedic injuries by Gayle Jaeger, DVM, MSpVM, DACVS

Tips for avoiding canine orthopedic injuries

By Gayle Jaeger, DVM, MSpVM, DACVS

As a veterinary orthopedic surgeon, I treat a range of canine injuries including soft tissue strains, sprains, and most frequently, cranial cruciate ligament disease, or ACL tears. By adding some simple activities, pet owners can prevent many of these injuries from occurring—and enhance the quality of their pets’ lives.

The biggest contributor to orthopedic injuries in dogs is obesity. Those extra pounds put stress on the joints and ligaments and put your pet at risk for a host of health problems. Controlling portions and taking your dog for regular walks will help your pet maintain a healthy weight and keep muscles, joints and ligaments in good condition.

Preconditioning is another way to help your pet stay limber. If you suddenly decided to take up jogging, starting with a 10-mile run on Saturday, by Monday morning you would still feel the pain. It’s the same with pets—weekend warriors are more prone to injuries. To help your dog enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle, take a tip from athletic trainers and incorporate the following into your routine:

  • Warm up and cool down—start with an easy walk before breaking into a run, and end workouts with a gentle cool down. Gradually increase the length of your walks and make sure not to overdo it in the heat.
  • Stretches and massages—gently flex and extend your pet’s limbs to keep them flexible and increase range of motion. Massage your dog (or cat) to loosen any tightness in the joints and muscles. Stretch your pet’s hips by “dancing” — supporting the front paws while your dog takes a few steps on his hind legs.
  • Seasonal activities—summertime provides fantastic opportunities to exercise outside with your dog. Swimming or walking in water, and walking on sand are great workouts for you and your pet. Just remember that these activities can be tiring, and your pet needs time to rest and recover.
  • Playful movements—if your dog or cat is recovering from an injury, or if you want to increase your pet’s agility, stretching and conditioning can be worked into everyday activities. Set up a simple obstacle course, such as a pillow in front of the food bowl or an object in front of the litter box. Scratch your pet’s hindquarters so she’ll shift her weight from one side to the other. Try a gentle tug-of-war. Climb stairs together or walk your dog in figure eights or uphill.


Maintaining a healthy weight, stretching before exercising, and staying playfully active are the simplest and most enjoyable ways to keep your dog happy and injury-free—and it’s good advice for you, too!