Educational Information

Educational Information

Thanks for visiting our Educational Information page. Owning a pet can be an extremely rewarding experience, but it is also a large responsibility. We hope this page and FAQ will give you the information needed to make some good decisions regarding your furry friends.

First, let us say that we are grateful that you have chosen us to help you with your animals health care. If you have questions concerning any subject related to your animals health, please feel free to call our hospital. Our entire professional staff is willing and happy to help you.


Fraudulant Seresto Collar Warning!






CAUTION: Pay attention when purchasing a Seresto Collar online or from a retail store.

We have recently had a huge issue with counterfeit Seresto Collars.

The fake collars have a strong scent to them, almost smell like citronella or bug spray.

The packaging is also different.

The collars on the right in this picture are legitimate and the collars on the left are counterfeit.

PLEASE BE CAREFUL when purchasing Seresto Collars from anywhere other than a Veterinary Office. These fake collars are NOT working against fleas and ticks and we want to be sure your pet is protected!


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FDA Investigation into Potential Link between Certain Diets and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy




Posted by Russell Veterinary Hospital on Tuesday, July 9, 2019



How important are heartworms?

Heartworms are important parasites, especially in certain climates. They live in the dog’s bloodstream and cause major damage to the heart and lungs. Heartworms are transmitted by the bite of mosquitoes. Fortunately, we have drugs that will protect your dog from heartworms. These drugs are very safe and effective if given regularly. We can help you choose the best product for your pet’s needs and lifestyle.

Heartworm preventatives are dosed according to your dog’s weight. As the weight increases, the dosage should also increase. Please note the dosing instructions on the package.

My puppy seems to be constantly chewing. Why does this occur?

Chewing is a normal puppy behavior. Almost all of a puppy’s 28 baby teeth are present by about four weeks of age. They begin to fall out at four months of age and are replaced by the 42 adult (permanent) teeth by about six months of age. Therefore, chewing is a puppy characteristic that you can expect until about six to seven months of age. It is important that you do what you can to direct your puppy’s chewing toward acceptable objects. You should provide puppy-safe items such as nylon chew bones and other chew toys so other objects are spared.

Can you recommend something for pet identification?

The latest in pet identification and retrieval is microchipping. This tiny device is implanted with a needle so the process is much like getting an injection. Veterinary hospitals, humane societies and animal shelters across the country have microchip scanners used to detect the presence of a microchip and your cat’s unique identification. A national registry assists in the return of microchipped pets throughout the United States and Canada. A Warren county microchip can also be used as a lifetime license. We strongly recommend that all pets be microchipped.

Pennsylvania offers a lifetime license for dog owners. An identification number is obtained from the courthouse in Warren and we tattoo this number on the inside of your puppy’s leg or ear while under anesthesia.  Other hospitals may have a microchip to identify your dog. This tiny device is implanted with a needle much like administering an injection. A special scanner is needed to find this microchip. We recommend either procedure based on your specific needs.


Are there any emergency tips that I should know?


There are several emergency situations that are common. The following recommendations could be valuable for you to know.

In any emergency situation, keep the pet as quiet as possible and try to conserve heat by covering it with bedding or newspapers. If necessary, apply the A, B, C of first aid:

A         Airway

B         Breathing

C         Cardiac function

Airway – Anything that obstructs the airway prevents oxygen entering the lungs. Do your best to clear the mouth and throat of any obstruction such as vomitus, saliva or foreign bodies such as grass, sticks or balls. Be careful; your pet may bite you in panic.

Breathing – If your dog is unconscious and does not appear to be breathing, try gently pumping the chest with the palm of your hand, at the same time feeling just behind the elbow to detect a heart beat or pulse. Close the muzzle with your hand and blow into the nostrils. This is best accomplished by covering the pet’s nose with your mouth. Be careful. Injured pets may bite you out of fear. If you are unsure about the health or vaccination status of the injured pet, avoid contact with bodily fluids and blood.

Cardiac function – If you are unable to detect a heartbeat or pulse or if appears weak and slow, try pressing on the chest with your palm. Five (5) chest compressions followed by one to two (1-2) deep breaths is a simple form of animal cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Specific first aid

Blood loss
Once you have checked A, B, C above and if the bleeding is severe, try to stop it. If bleeding is from a cut pad or paw, apply a dressing using a piece of bandage or clothing. If the bleeding persists and is soaking through the bandage, this is a medical emergency. Most bleeding wounds will require medical or surgical treatment. If the wounds are treated within four (4) hours, they can often be sutured. Deep cuts treated after four hours have increased risk of infection and complication.

Burns and scalds
Cool the burned area with cold water as quickly as possible. Cover the burned area with damp towels.  If the injury is due to a caustic substance, rinse with cold water for fifteen (15) minutes and contact your veterinarian.

Eye injuries
Injuries to the eye are always very painful. If a foreign body (grass awn, stick, etc.) can be seen, it may be possible to remove it by gently rinsing the eye with eye wash or contact saline solution. Seek veterinary advice as soon as possible.

Seizures can be due to many causes. These range from eclampsia (milk fever) to epilepsy. If due to eclampsia, remove the puppies from the mother immediately. All dogs that are seizuring or have had a recent seizure should be kept in a dark, quiet, confined area until medical help can be sought. Contact your veterinarian immediately.

Heat stroke
This most commonly occurs in hot weather when dogs are left in cars without adequate ventilation. Body temperature rises dramatically. Clinical signs are excessive panting and obvious distress quickly followed by coma and death. Reduce the pet’s body temperature as quickly as possible using cool water and transport the dog to the veterinarian while it is still wet. Keep the car windows open. Evaporation will help reduce body temperature. Avoid using ice or ice water because this may drop the temperature too quickly and cause additional complications.