Spring 2021 newsletter


March 2021

Happy Spring!!  

We have some exciting news to share! Dr. Amber Orr gave birth to a happy and healthy baby girl named Cora. Mom and baby are doing well and will be enjoying their bonding time for the next couple of months.

If you have not already had the chance to meet her, we would like to welcome Dr. Betty Haung to CAVH. She started seeing our client’s pets last November. Dr. Betty Huang grew up in Taipei, Taiwan then moved to the United States with her family for education. She received a scholarship to attend Phillips Exeter Academy, then Case Western Reserve University for her undergraduate degree. She completed a combined Masters in Immunology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from University of California, Davis.  Dr. Huang shares her home with a mountain lion in the shape of a house cat named Katie.


While Dr. Orr is out on maternity leave, Dr. Melissa Miele will be filling in some of Dr. Orr’s hours to see some of our CAVH clients. She received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 and has also worked at Mass Vet and IVG network of hospitals. She lives locally on the North Shore with her family.

We are so happy to have both DVMs here at our hospital.

With spring we spend more time outdoors with our pets and that brings more exposure to ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas. Please remember to keep your dogs on year-round heartworm preventive and your cats on flea and tick preventive. The good news for our canines is that for the last year Simparica Trio (Trio for short) has been available and is our go to for prevention. This once-a-month chewable tablet protects against heartworm, fleas, ticks, and intestinal parasites. Besides being able to give monthly protection with just one tablet, it has the added benefit of being able to eliminate heartworms that have shown resistance to some of the current available products. It is important to remember heartworm is still out there and we must use monthly preventative on our dogs year-round, and Trio makes this much easier.

We have seen an increase in positive Giardia in our Canine population. Giardia is a parasite that causes an intestinal infection in dogs, cats, and people. It can be transmitted by being in contact with infected feces, soil, or drinking water from a contaminated creek, pond, or body of water. We routinely test for Giardia in our annual fecal test. This is one of the many reasons we recommend a yearly fecal sample  be run on all our pets.

For more information on Giardia, click on the link to the CDC:

As always, we really appreciate you choosing the Cape Ann Veterinary Hospital for all your pets needs.  We have all experienced a long and difficult year and I think we are all looking forward to the new year, some spring fun with our pets, and some nice weather!

The Staff at Cape Ann Veterinary Hospital

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