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Our mission is to provide each patient with the highest quality of veterinary medical care available. Our goal is to achieve a personal and compassionate understanding of your pet's needs. In addition, we strive to thoroughly educate our clients about their pet's medical and preventative health care needs, as well as, related aspects of animal behavior. Since 1997, the doctors of the Compassion Veterinary Clinic have been dedicated to the prevention of disease and preservation of empathy, compassion and respect.
Choosing a quality veterinarian is one of the most important decisions you can make for your pet. At Compassion Veterinary Clinic, we strive to provide your pet with the same service and care we would expect for our own animals.
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We currently have two separate facilities located in Blue Bell and NE Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Both facilities are staffed with a knowledgeable team dedicated to providing your pet with the quality care and compassion every animal deserves. We look forward to serving you and your furry family members.
Flash Alert
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has just released a Health Advisory regarding the increased identification of rabid cats in Philadelphia.

If you have any questions or problems, please contact the Philadelphia Health Communications Specialist at katherine.otoole@phila.gov.
Health Advisory
Increased Identification of Rabid Cats in Philadelphia:
Reminders for Animal Exposure Reporting and Administration of Rabies Post-Exposure Prophylaxis
July 28, 2017
Summary Points
  • PDPH has identified a recent increase in feral and stray cats infected with rabies.
  • Providers should report bite and non-bite animal exposures to PDPH.
  • Rabies post-exposure prophylaxis should be administered after an animal exposure when:
    • The animal’s location is unknown/uncertain.
    • The animal tests positive for rabies.
    • For dogs, cats or ferrets NOT observed for 10 days or NOT rabies tested.

Within the past month, 3 cats (all feral or stray) from Philadelphia have tested positive for rabies, which represents a marked increase. Typically, no more than 2 cats from Philadelphia test positive for rabies annually. Although rabies infection in humans is fatal, timely receipt of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) with rabies immunoglobulin (RIG) and rabies vaccine following exposure to an infected mammal’s saliva is extremely effective in preventing illness and fatalities in humans. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) encourages area providers to report animal exposures (bites and non-bites) and can provide services that aid the clinical decision whether to administer rabies PEP to the human victim. Advise patients not to approach, pet, or capture stray or wild animals and to vaccinate their pets against rabies.
Animal Exposure Reporting and Surveillance
  • The following animal exposures can transmit the rabies virus to humans: bites, scratches, possible bat exposures (asleep in a room with a bat, or a child or disabled adult in a room with a bat), and mucous membrane or open wound contact with animal saliva or brain material.
  • To report animal exposures to PDPH, call 215-685-6748 or fax completed PDPH Animal Exposure Report Forms to 215-238-6947. Obtain and report information on the victim and the animal, including its location.
  • If the animal’s location is known, PDPH will coordinate services to determine if rabies PEP is needed:
    • 10-day observation and confinement in the owner’s home or at the Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT) shelter for exposures involving healthy dogs, cats, or ferrets
    • Rabies testing for wild mammals and unhealthy dogs, cats, and ferrets that will not survive 10-day quarantine. Contact ACCT at 267-385-3800 to capture wild and stray animals associated with human exposures, and for preparation and delivery of animal specimens for rabies testing.
Rabies Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
For patients with animal exposures (bites and non-bites), rabies post-exposure prophylaxis should be administered as soon as possible after the exposure when:
  • The animal’s location is unknown/uncertain;
  • The animal tests positive for rabies; OR
  • For dogs, cats, and ferrets, the animal does not survive the 10-day quarantine and is not tested.
  • Rabies PEP may also be initiated for wild animal exposures when testing cannot be performed within 48 hours of exposure and discontinued if the animal tests negative for rabies.

Previously unvaccinated, healthy patients will need RIG (dosage based on body weight) and 4 doses of rabies vaccine. RIG and dose 1 of the rabies vaccine should be given at the first visit with doses 2, 3, and 4 of the rabies vaccine given 3, 7, and 14 days after dose 1, respectively. Immunocompromised patients should receive a 5th dose on day 28. Patients with a history of pre-exposure vaccination only need two doses of rabies vaccine on day 0 and day 3. For additional information, visit: https://hip.phila.gov/DiseaseControlGuidance/AnimalBites. Contact PDPH at 215-685-6742 for questions related to Rabies PEP administration.