At VCA Smoketown Animal Hospital, we've helped pets live long, healthy and happy lives for more than a century. We work hard to deliver the best medical care for your pets, as well as the best experience for you, the pet owner.
Our veterinarians, technicians and other pet-friendly support staff are trained to the highest standards. Their thorough knowledge of the latest procedures and medicines ensures that all our patients get the best in prevention and healing care.
Located in Smoketown PA, people have entrusted their pets health with us for a century and we continue to serve and support our surrounding communities; Smoketown, Lancaster, Leola, Bird-in-hand, Intercourse, Strasburg, Willow Street, Gap, Coatesville, Parkesburg, Quarryville, Ephrata, Manheim, Lititz, and New Holland. When you visit our hospital, you will experience why our hospital has been such an integral part of the Lancaster community for many years and why customers in Lancaster and the surrounding communities has entrusted their pets health in us.
At VCA Smoketown Animal Hospital, we look forward to welcoming you and your dogs or cats. Everyone on our staff believes the better we get to know your pets, the better we can provide the best possible healthcare for them. In fact, when you come in, you'll see exactly why our veterinarians are praised for their kind and thorough care. We'll give you and your pet all the time you need, and never rush through an exam. We'll also carefully track the course of your pet's care, which is so important to your pet's long-term health. In every case, you'll be served by experienced, knowledgeable members of our staff. Our veterinarians, veterinary technicians and other pet-friendly personnel are trained to the highest standards. Their knowledge of the latest veterinary medicines and procedures ensures that all our pet patients get the best in prevention and healing methods.
When you visit our hospital, you will experience why our hospital has been such an integral part of the Lancaster community for many years and why customers in Lancaster and the surrounding communities has entrusted their pets health in us.
There are many local medical issues that can affect your pet. One of these is Lyme disease. For the past several years at our hospital, we have averaged 100 Lyme-positive dogs annually. Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria, Borrelia Burgdorferi. This organism is transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. It was first identified in humans in 1975 and in dogs in 1984, and the disease has been reported in every part of the United States, but is more common in certain areas. In this country, more than 90% of Lyme disease cases occur in the Northeast and in the North Central states.
The most likely time to be bitten by an infected tick in the USA is April through November, but ticks can remain active throughout the winter if temperatures are mild. At least three species of ticks are known to transmit Lyme disease; however, the great majority of transmissions are due to the bite of an extremely small (poppy-seed-sized) tick called the deer tick or black-legged tick.
The most common symptom of Lyme disease in dogs is a reccurring lameness that may shift from leg to leg. Many of the sick dogs are depressed, run fevers, and have a decreased appetite. It is important to realize that some Lyme-positive dogs are mildly affected and symptoms may go unnoticed.
When we suspect a sick dog might have Lyme disease, we can run a diagnostic blood test in the office. If the test is positive, a 30-day course of antibiotics will be prescribed to treat the pet.
Lyme disease prevention is very important. Check your pet and yourself daily for ticks and remove them. For you or your pet to contract Lyme disease, the tick must stay attached one or two days. Frontline Plus applied monthly is a great way to keep ticks (and fleas) off of your pets. For dogs, the Preventic Collar is also an excellent repellant to ticks, and can be used in combination with Frontline Plus. The Lyme vaccine is also recommended for dogs who are in areas with a high tick infestation.
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) sets the standard for quality veterinary care for companion animals. As an accredited hospital, we voluntarily uphold the Association's high standards in 18 different areas and are routinely evaluated on over 900 different standards of veterinary care. Not all animal hospitals are accredited, and we are proud to be amongst only 12-15% of veterinary hospitals that hold this honor.
Caring for pets means meeting a wide range of needs beyond health care. Fortunately, there’s a whole community of organizations and businesses eager to help.
Here’s where to meet the local groups that we recommend to our pet-loving families.
American Animal Hospital Association
Excellence in Veterinary MedicineVisit American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
Animal Poison Control Center
Poison control hotline for pet owners.Visit Animal Poison Control Center
Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
Support for owners going through pet loss.Visit Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
Credit plans available.Visit Care Credit
Bird RescueVisit Feathered Sanctuary
Hills Pet Food
Full line of dietary pet foods.Visit Hills Pet Food
Operation Scarlet Rescue
Shar Pei RescueVisit Operation Scarlet Rescue
Pet Pantry of Lancaster County
VCA SMoketown is a drop off location for food & pet supplies for The Pet Pantry.Visit Pet Pantry of Lancaster County
Emergency ClinicVisit PETS Emergency
Various dog & cat food.Visit Royal Canin
VCA Charities-Pennies For Pets
Supporting pets in need.Visit VCA Charities - Pennies for Pets
We are committed to our animals for life. We treat each one as the individual that they are and provide whatever care necessary to give them the new start they deserve. Help us save more animals in need this year.