Pet Health

March 29, 2018

Don’t be stuck with a fine!! Make sure you have your license and rabies certificates available and up-to-date. The agents will need to see the actual rabies certificates, the tag alone does not suffice. Call the office if you have misplaced your certificate or unsure if your dog is up-to-date on the rabies vaccine.

Dog license checks to begin in Westmoreland County

State dog wardens will begin canvassing homes in Westmoreland County April 3 to ensure all dog owners have current licenses and rabies vaccinations for their ...

November 17, 2017

HORSE OWNERS PLEASE READ: There has been a confirmed case of the neurologic form of equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM/ EHV-1) in Butler County, PA. This form is highly contagious and needs to be identified immediately. EHV-1 can causes respiratory disease (nasal discharge and sneezing/coughing), abortions and neurologic signs (stumbling, disorientation). The virus is spread from horse to horse by nasal secretions and can be locally airborne. In locations where confirmed cases are present the barns are quarantined and travel restricted. The virus can be potentially deadly. Horses who have been exposed should monitored closely for signs of disease including 1) Elevated rectal temp. >101.5F 2) Nasal discharge, sneezing or coughing 3) Any evidence of neurological disorientation, stumbling, falling, or unable to rise 4) Spontaneous abortions in mares Lakeview Animal Clinic's standard vaccine protocols does include the Zoetis Fluvac EHV4/1 which includes a stimular strain. Unfortunately, the Fluvac EHV4/1 vaccine or any vaccine on the markets is not always protective from this highly contagious form of Equine Herpes. Please read the articles below for more information or feel free to call or email us with questions.

October 27, 2017

Proud to serve Pleasant Lane Farms as one of our clients!! A great operation and a wonderful family. Thank you for all that you have done in service for our country and keeping us all fed!

PA Veteran Farm Trail spotlights operations of those who serve

Rising early, working hard and coming back for more the next day. That could be a description of life in a military unit, but it ...

August 8, 2017

It's almost fair time again!!! Make sure to visit the Westmoreland Fair Aug. 18th-26th. Be sure to stop by all the barns and support the amazing youth that have been working on their projects all year. Don't be afraid to ask questions and learn...that's what the fair is all about!!

Westmoreland Fair

Country Scenes & Blue Ribbon Dreams at the 2017 Westmoreland Fair, August 18-26th. Tickets are on-sale now!

July 22, 2017

A new welfare bill was just past through the state government in Harrisburg. There are many changes that may affect many companion and livestock owners. As these changes come forward we will do our best to inform you of the new policies. Dr. Andy had a part, along with the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, in reviewing the bill and making amendments that the Veterinary community supported or opposed. If you have any questions concerning the new changes please contact us at the office and Dr. Andy will help clear up some confusion. Here is one big change that has happened. If you or anyone you know has dogs tethered outside please read and take note of the new regulations. Without knowing you could be guilty of animal welfare violations which are now coming with much steeper penalties.

New Pa. law changes requirements on tethering your dog

The recently enacted Libre's law, described as the most comprehensive animal protection measure in state history, spells out for the first-time in Pennsylvania rules on tethering.

July 10, 2017

It's corn season!!! But remember keep the cobs away from the dogs. They make great obstructive foreign bodies!

Stas Farm Latrobe

Corn is ready !!! We will begin sales Wednesday from 10am - 6pm. Make sure everyone stops down! We will be set up at Palombo's bar , and on rt. 30 across from laurel nursery. We will be in Indiana shortly !

May 6, 2017

Always a great time working with our friends at Friendship Farms!

Friendship Farms

Great day for pregnancy checking a few of our cows! Thanks to Dr. Andy Stas and his awesome assistant Brittany from Lakeview Animal Clinic in Latrobe and our helpers for making things go smoothly! Happy cows make happy people:) Only one cow was not pregnant this time which is great news! These babies help pay the bills.

April 28, 2017

BUYER BEWARE!!! With the increasing resources for buying online pet medications there has been a HUGE increase in fake / counterfeit products. This is especially true for flea/tick medications. When buying online please be sure that the source is reputable and reliable. There are many fakes out there that can be ineffective or even dangerous to your pets. Check out the link below for tips on buying online. PS Always remember that all the products that we recommend are kept in stock at the office. We can assure you that they are safe and effective at competitive prices! Another trusted source would be our online store located at

Online Pet Pharmacies

If you’ve ever searched online for prescription pet medicines, you’ve likely seen similar eye-catching, attention-grabbing claims. They sound convincing, promising convenience and lower prices, but are these claims always true?

April 10, 2017

Spring has finically sprung!! We hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather. Unfortunately, with the warm weather comes a host of concerns for many of our four-legged companions!! Of particular concern is all the creepy, crawly things that come out in huge numbers...ticks, fleas, mites, and intestinal parasites! Make sure you are prepared and have a prevention plan. For all of our horse owners out there spring is a great time to start working with your veterinarian to establish a plan for deworming and treating intestinal parasites. Remember that we NO LONGER RECOMMEND rotational deworming and that practice has led to many parasites become resistant to the drugs we use to treat parasites! Check out this great resource to understand more about the worms and the drugs used to treat them. We now are recommending checking fecal samples periodically throughout the year to identify the specific parasites and the level with in each horse. Many horses might only need dewormed once or twice a year!! Please contact us if you have any questions or want to establish a strategic deworming protocol on your farm.

Worms vs. Drugs: The Fundamentals

Learn about common equine parasites, as well as the mechanisms and effects of common deworming compounds.

March 18, 2017

**WARNING DO NOT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU SEE ON THE INTERNET** IF YOU HAVE SEEN THIS VIDEO PLEASE READ OUR STATEMENT BELOW. We have recently seen this video circulating and it has been causing some concern and inquires into animal vaccination protocols and procedures. Though we do not know the context of this video or the expertise of the featured veterinarian but many of the statements that are made are misleading and false. As for the “dangers” of vaccines, his claims are not supported by any valid scientific evidence that would suggest that our core vaccines have any long-term or deadly adverse effects. Vaccines are in no way killing thousands of dogs. The statement that the same amount of vaccine is given no matter what the size of dog is true but the information that is not expressed is that vaccines (just like in humans) are NOT dose and weight dependent like many other drugs. Vaccines are specifically designed to have an exact amount of antigen to stimulate an appropriate immune response no matter what the size of the animal. To explain further, the antigen is the small particles of the virus or bacteria that is present in the vaccine to the body and immune system will recognize the bad bug and build up antibodies / immunity to that disease. It requires a certain amount of antigen to properly stimulate the immune system. This amount is the same no matter what the size of the animal. If we were to give smaller doses of the vaccine, then we would not be given the adequate amount of antigen to stimulate an immune response and the dog would be left unprotected. Recently, manufactures have been able to concentrate the amount of antigen down into smaller doses. At Lakeview, we have used these 1/2cc vaccines for the last few years and have seen very few reactions or issues of any kind. The video talks about vaccine reactions leading to the death of thousands of dogs. This is just not true. Even though vaccine reactions do occur they are quite rare and most them are mild and can be easily treated with simple antihistamines. Recent research estimates mild reactions occur in about 1 and 1,000 animals and more severe reactions in 1 and 10-30,000. Most reactions occur due to the carrier products in the vaccines and not the antigen itself. The carrier products are present to properly deliver the antigen to the immune system to be recognized and build an immune response. Specifically, bovine albumin is most often the culprit. Bovine albumin is a common component in both human and animal vaccines. The idea is that the foreign substance stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies but if the body’s response is to strong then side-effects (reactions) can occur in rare cases. In the majority of animal’s, the immune response is appropriate to protect the animal when exposed to the disease but not cause any harm to any body system. The last thing I will touch on is the statement that one rabies vaccine lasts the life of the animal. Based on years of research this is simply not true and this idea could potentially have severe public health concerns. Most research would say that the rabies vaccination will stimulate immunity and protection for 3-5yrs in the typical dog but it can be variable for individual animals. Because rabies is a deadly and dangerous disease that WILL kill all animals and humans that become infected, the veterinary community is cautious to ensure that all animals are well protected in order to maintain our safety and the health of our pets. It may be true that in some dogs the protection from the vaccine can last many years. However, to determine the protection from a vaccine, blood titer levels have to be determined. These titer levels give us a sense of the number of circulating antibodies to a disease. This is something that is commonly done in human medicine but not performed as often in veterinary medicine. It is not as common in veterinary medicine for a few reasons. First, there are not available tests for all of the core vaccines (specific diseases) that are given. Secondly, there is a concerning lack of research showing exactly what the needed titer levels are so that the animal is fully protected from infection. Therefore, we often air on the side of caution and recommend the vaccine schedule that we do. PHEW that was a long one!! I will step off my soap box for now. As always, if you ever have any questions or concerns pertaining to any of our protocols please do not hesitate to ask.

Planet Paws

Over-vaccinating and the overdosing of pet vaccines has become a global issue. 5 lbs dogs are receiving the same dose of the rabies vaccine as 150 lbs Great Danes, and vets are now witnessing terrible side effects.