Penn Vet Working Dog Center supporter Nutramax Laboratories, Inc. is sponsoring two dinner meetings in the area this month (April 23/King of Prussia, PA and April 24/Bensalem, PA)!  The featured speaker is orthopedic specialist, Dr. Darryl Millis, from the University of Tennessee. Nutramax Laboratories invites faculty, residents, interns, and technicians. Complimentary CE provided.
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April 23, 2014 – King of Prussia, PA

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April 24, 2014 – Bensalem, PA

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Sarah Kane’s Letter


Germantown Friends School Junior Sarah Kane & favorite PVWDC dog Jesse P

Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to work with you and all the dogs at the Center for the last month. I learned so much about training and handling dogs. Even though I had to wake up early to get to the Center, I was always happy when I arrived. Everyone was so welcoming and helpful. I learned lots and had the most amazing time.

I loved hiding and handling the dogs while they were searching. It is incredible how talented all the dogs are. The first day I was amazed when I saw my first search, and I was still awed on my last day. It was an honor to watch the dogs work. I loved seeing their excitement; it was contagious.

Handling Jesse P for the field trip to the pet store was a dream come true. He is wonderful to handle and is so focused on his reward. I loved handling him. I know he will be a great Search Dog.

The Ovarian Cancer Detection Dogs are also super talented. I can’t wait to continue hearing about all of their work. It is crazy they are able to do what they do. A dog’s sense of smell is truly an amazing thing.

The DAD [Diabetes Alert Dog] dogs are so personable and caring. I know if I had diabetes I would want one of them at my side. They are the right dogs for the job. I loved cataloging videos of them below the desk. Brit and Bear would even check me sometimes.

Thanks to all of the staff and longtime volunteers for their help. Thank you to Pat for supervising me and showing me the proper way to reward with treats while handling. Thank you Dr. Otto for welcoming me and letting me volunteer at the Center. Thank you Vicki for helping me word the trading cards and taking time out of your day to help go over all the card information. Thank you Katie for all the tips on loose leash walking and for showing me all of your dog’s awesome tricks. Thank you Annemarie for helping me hide myself and the handle the dogs on search. (Also for letting me play with Prior, he is a fantastic dog.) Thank you Jonathan for showing me how to set up cancer [detection training], it was great to help you with that. Thank you Kathryn for helping me set up my Junior project; without you I would have been lost. Thank you to Donna for showing me how to train agility and ‘leave it’. Thank you to Heather for helping me sort out the food for each of the dogs. Thank you to Mo for feeding me and making me laugh every day. Thank you Clayton for showing me all the ropes and helping me learn SEPTA routes. And thanks to everyone else, every day I met someone new who was kind, passionate about dogs and helpful.

I can’t put exactly into words how great this experience was for me, but I hope that you have gotten the idea. I had such an outstanding incredible time at the Center. I can’t wait to get off school so I can come back. Thanks so much for this wonderful opportunity.


MDD_WheelThe Mine Detection Dog Training, Operations and Odour Detection program was one of the first to institute the use of the scent wheel – a devise now commonly used in many odor training disciplines including the Penn Vet Working Dog Center Diabetes Alert Dog and Ovarian Cancer Detection programs.

To read more about their program, click HERE.

PetNutritionAlliance_LogoThe World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) used the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) guidelines to develop the WSAVA Global Nutritional Assessment Guidelines. WSAVA has committed to developing tools to support this initiative globally. To promote the importance of nutrition in the health of pets worldwide, the following organizations have been working together on what has now become known as the Pet Nutrition Alliance (PNA):

American Animal Hospital Association
American Veterinary Medical Association
American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition
American College of Veterinary Nutrition
American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives
Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America
World Small Animal Veterinary Association

ladderofaggressionThe Blue Dog website offers future and current dog owners many useful resources including this illustration of the progression of canine aggression.

Download Canine Ladder of Aggression HERE.

McBaine_SnowWhile most of our dogs seem to enjoy a romp in the snow, it is important that we know how to keep them safe and without injury in this cold weather.

University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine student Destiny Coleman V’15 shares a great article on winter hazards.

Download article HERE.

A Penny For Your Thoughts

PennyXray While there are many items, such as chocolate, that are well-known to be toxic to a dog, there are many other items that can be equally, if not more dangerous for your canine companion.

Read this interesting article by Dr. Cindy Otto, Director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, on the dangers of the common coin.

Download article HERE.

DiabetesAlertDogAs the medical alert detection dog field continues to grow, organizations such as the Diabetes Alert Dog Alliance work with a mission to create an Alliance between breeders, trainers, and consumers, offering resources on diabetic alert dogs.

Learn more about this organization at

The Working Dog Alliance is committed to optimizing the well-being and performance of all working and sporting dogs in Australia.

The Working Dog Alliance is working with industry, government, animal advocacy and scientific research groups to review current practices. They aim to provide opportunities for communication, sharing and collaboration across this diverse industry.

Learn more about the Working Dog Alliance Australia HERE.

antifreezeSometimes the greatest hazards to our dog come from common household items. Antifreeze (Ethylene Glycol) is highly toxic and can be fatal.

Dr. Cindy Otto, Director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center and Associate Professor of Critical Care, has provided a thorough summary of the hazards and treatments for Antifreeze exposure.

Download document HERE.

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