Township Line Animal Hospital8510 Lansdowne Ave.Upper Darby, PA 19082
Some general things to know about us as a hospital:
- Diagnostics and equipment: Our equipment and service capabilities includes digital x-ray, in-house blood work, urinalysis and urine culture capabilities, microscopy, high speed dental equipment, dental x-ray and anesthesia monitoring equipment that includes EKG, blood pressure, and CO2 monitoring. We also offer ultrasound services in our hospital with Dr. Jennifer Babineux.
- Vaccination protocols: We tailor vaccines to each pet based on their individual lifestyle, and utilize the American Animal Hospital Association protocol for vaccinations (certain vaccines are given only once every 3 years, instead of yearly). For cats, we use the non-adjuvanted Purevax line of vaccines as recommended by the American Association of Feline Practitioners.
- 6 month check ups: We strongly recommended exams for pets every 6 months. Pets age much faster than we do, and we very often find subtle problems at these checkups that would have caused serious or even life-threatening problems for the pet if they were not found so soon.
- Diet: We don't believe that there is one diet that is best for everyone, but here are some answers to FAQs:
- Pets don't care about color, so avoid food with dyes.
- Dogs are omnivores, which means they have the biologic ability to digest both meat and grain. As long as they haven't been diagnosed with a grain allergy, you don't have to stress about grain-free foods.
- Cats are carnivores (meat eaters) and there IS research showing that it is easier to maintain a healthy weight using canned food (which has fewer carbohydrates than dry food). Additionally, male cats are prone to blockages of their urinary system and canned diets can decrease this risk by essentially "making" them drink more water. For pets who need a prescription diet, we typically use Royal Canin foods. There is quite a lot of good, solid research that was done in the development of the foods, and most are designed to minimize the formation of crystals in the urine of pets (a common problem).
- Minimizing Stress: We know that trips to the vet can be very stressful to our pets, and so we utilize a variety of tools and techniques to try to minimize that stress as much as possible. Tools we use include toys, pheromones, gentle restraint and food treats.
- Surgery/dentistry: Dr. Silverberg performs a wide variety of soft tissue surgery and dental procedures. Our hospital does not offer orthopedic surgery. All anesthetic protocols and pain medications are tailored to each individual patient, all of them receive IV fluids and are continuously and carefully monitored from start to finish by a dedicated staff member.