Good Hope Animal Hospital Recognized As “Simply The Best” & More!

Good Hope Animal Hospital Recognized as "Simply The Best" Veterinarian

It’s Been a Great Year. . . Again!


It’s because of you, and people just like you, that we found ourselves on a roll again this year. So, whether you cast a vote for us in one of the local readers’ polls, recommended us online, or you simply continue to give us the privilege of serving you, all of us at Good Hope truly appreciate your support.

We’re honored to have received an incredible amount of recognition over the past several years. For our doctors, our veterinary technicians, and our entire staff, these awards serve to remind us why we do what we do. . . why we put in extra hours and effort, why we strive to go the extra mile, and why we look forward to doing it all over again the next day.

For us, it’s not about the awards. It’s about knowing that our clients appreciate our efforts (and feel appreciated themselves) enough to let others know how satisfied they are. So again, we’re honored.

We’re excited to let you know that we’ve been on a roll again! This year, we have had the tremendous honor of receiving. . .

  • “Simply the Best” Veterinarian (from Harrisburg Magazine)
  • “Family Favorite” Veterinarian (from Central Penn Parent Magazine)
  • “Best of Harrisburg” Veterinary Clinic (from Susquehanna Style Magazine)
  • And the “Super Service Award” (from Angie’s List)

Once again, all of us here would like to extend our sincerest “thank you” to you, as a valued client and friend, for helping us gain so much recognition in 2016. We are truly humbled, and we look forward to continuing to give you our very best efforts, and the continued commitment to you and your pets that you’ve come to know from our practice.

We can’t say it enough: Thank you!

Best Regards,

Dr. Robert Heidecker
Good Hope Animal Hospital


Good Hope Animal Hospital Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Angie's List 2015 Super Service Award for Veterinarians

Good Hope Animal Hospital has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.

“It’s truly an honor to receive this distinction for a fourth year in a row,” says Dr. Robert Heidecker, who owns the practice. “To see Good Hope Animal Hospital recognized as one of the best veterinary hospitals in the mid-state is something our entire staff is proud of. And it’s because of them – our doctors, our technicians, and all of our support staff – that we’re able to provide the kind of quality experiences for our clients that motivates them to say such positive things on Angie’s List. I attribute it all to them. It really is a team effort.”

“Only about 5 percent of veterinary practices in the Harrisburg/Lancaster/York market have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.


About Angie’s List

Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than three million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.


Grand Opening & Client Appreciation Open House Celebration

Good Hope Animal Hospital Grand Opening & Client Appreciation Open House Celebration

Please join us for the festivities of our Grand Opening & Client Appreciation Open House Celebration on Saturday, August 22nd from 1-4 p.m.

As a highly valued client, we want to celebrate YOU and let you know how important you are to us! We also want to use this time to thank you for your continued trust and loyalty, as well as all of the support you have shown us and our team over the years.

We have all sorts of fun and entertainment lined up for you. . .

  • Behind-the-scenes guided tours of our new state-of-the-art facility!
  • Pet-inspired raffles, including a variety of pet healthcare packages (worth hundreds of $$$)!
  • Client educational booths, brought to you by our wonderful product/service representatives!
  • Face painting for the kids (and the young at heart)!
  • Balloon animals, brought to you by our very own Dr. Sara Michler!
  • Sweet treats and people snacks to bring even more fun to the party!


You won’t want to miss it! Be sure to SAVE THE DATE on your calendar. . .

August 22, 2015 1-4 p.m.
Good Hope Animal Hospital

We can’t wait to see you there!


* We would also like to thank you for your patience and understanding during the transition period and construction phases of our recently completed hospital expansion. We know that there were challenges and disruptions galore, but fortunately the dust has all settled and we can’t wait to show you all the renovations! I’m sure you are curious about what’s on the other side of the exam room doors. During the open house, you’ll get to see it ALL, up close and personal! See you there!

** PLEASE NOTE that for safety concerns due to the high turnout we’re expecting, we ask that you do NOT bring your pet with you to the event. We wouldn’t want our little friends to get overwhelmed or hurt. Thanks for your understanding!

Good Hope Animal Hospital Client Appreciation


Good Hope Wins Family Favorites Best Veterinarian!

Family Favorites Best Veterinarian 2015

Good Hope Animal Hospital is thrilled to announce that Central Penn Parent has awarded us again in their annual Family Favorites poll, making us Best Veterinarian for the third consecutive year!

Thank you so much to everyone who supports our hospital! We are truly fortunate to have such fantastic clients and staff!


Good Hope Wins Best of Harrisburg Veterinarian 2015!

2015 Best of Harrisburg Veterinarian

We are excited to announce that Good Hope Animal Hospital has once again been awarded “Best of Harrisburg” Veterinarian by Susquehanna Style Magazine!

Thank you to everyone who placed a vote for us in their annual poll. We truly appreciate it!


The Gift of Pain Relief

Therapy Laser Treatments for Dogs & Cats

This winter season, if your pet is suffering from. . .

  • Chronic or Post-Surgery Pain
  • Pain from a Recent Injury
  • Limited Mobility due to Aging or Arthritis

. . . then this could be one of the best gifts he or she ever receives.

Finally, there’s a way to safely and affordably relieve your pet of pain, allowing him or her to live a happier, more active life.

Used in the NFL, the NBA, MLB, the NHL, FIFA and even in the Olympics, athletes and trainers swear by it. It’s a safe alternative to drugs and surgery, and there are no known side effects.

Introducing. . . Cold Laser Therapy

First recognized for its beneficial effects almost 40 years ago, there have been thousands of studies documenting the positive effects of low-power laser light on different types of cells, tissues, and disorders. Completely safe, the laser light simply promotes better blood flow and stimulates the production of ATP deep in the tissue of treated areas.

Just watch this video to see how it works. . .



Cold Laser Therapy has been successful in treating pain and many acute and chronic conditions, such as. . .

  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Tendonitis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Sprains, Strains & Fractures
  • Post-Surgical Healing / Pain Relief
  • Tooth Extraction Pain Relief
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Inflammations
  • Allergies
  • Infections
  • Cuts/ Bites
  • Chronic Conditions
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Lick Granulomas
  • Geriatric Care
  • Feline Acne

Treatments & Fees

As with any medical or therapeutic procedure, treatment plans are prescribed based on your pet’s specific condition. Therefore, the number and length of treatments varies from case to case. Usually, several treatments are required for maximum efficacy.

Naturally, new and innovative medical technology can be expensive. And you might expect that an advanced procedure like Cold Laser Therapy could cost hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars over the course of multiple treatments.

But even at that price, wouldn’t it be worth it to see your pet healthier, happier, and more active?

Fortunately, Cold Laser Therapy has become very economical. (Please call for current pricing.) PLUS, you can now get $30 toward your first package of 6 sessions with the following certificate. . .

Holiday Laser Therapy Promotion

(Click Image For Printable Certificate)

Give Your Pet The Relief They Deserve! Schedule Today: 717-766-5535


Good Hope Recognized by Susquehanna Style for Second Consecutive Year

Susquehanna Style awards "Best of Harrisburg" Veterinary Clinic to Good Hope Animal Hospital

Have you seen the latest issue of Susquehanna Style Magazine? July’s issue is the “Best of Harrisburg Edition”, and we have some exciting news. . .

On page 33, you’ll find Good Hope Animal Hospital listed as the “Best of Harrisburg” Veterinary Clinic!
We would like to thank everyone who voted for us. We truly appreciate your support! As we’ve been so extremely busy with our expansion, it was a real pleasure to take a moment and just enjoy the recognition. Our vets and our staff have made it all possible, and we’re so grateful to have them here at Good Hope. We’re truly honored to have such fantastic people around us – from our staff to our vendors, and of course, to our clients and patients.

Again, we thank you for your support! We look forward to serving you for many years to come.

Best of Harrisburg Veterinary Clinic: Good Hope Animal Hospital



New Hours for Greater Convenience + Sunday Hours

As you may already know, Good Hope Animal Hospital has been growing at an incredible pace. To help us keep up with the demand for our services, we have recently expanded our hours of operation. In addition to being able to accommodate more patients, our new hours will also provide you with added convenience.

We’re also now open on Sundays!!!

That’s right, we’re now here for you and your pet 7 days a week! Our new Sunday hours give you greater flexibility when scheduling appointments. They also mean you need to rely less on using another emergency clinic if your pet requires urgent attention on a Sunday.

Our new hours are as follows. . .

Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 7:30pm
Friday 9:00am – 6:30pm
Saturday 9:00am – 12:30pm
Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm



Good Hope Animal Hospital Receives Prestigious Angie’s List 2013 Super Service Award

Angie's List recognizes Mechanicsburg Veterinarians

We are pleased to announce that for a second consecutive year, Good Hope Animal Hospital has been recognized as one of the most trustworthy veterinary practices in Central PA by Angie’s List! We are truly honored to receive their 2013 Super Service Award.


Each year, Angie’s List rewards a small portion of service organizations that have met strict eligibility requirements. Those requirements include an overall grade of “A” for a defined period, as well as the passing of a thorough background check. Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. According to Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List, only 5% of businesses in the Central Pennsylvania area achieve this honor.


Frankly, our entire team is thrilled to be recognized by Angie’s List. As our clients know, we have a strong commitment to our animal ‘loved ones’, and we treat every pet that comes through our doors as if he or she were our own. It’s our passion, and we appreciate our clients and Angie’s List members who have helped us maintain our ‘A’ rating.


Thank You!!!



Ask the Doctor: How Do I Keep My Pets Safe During The Holidays?

Written by Dr. Robert Heidecker

Question: With the holiday season upon us, what should I know or be watchful for to keep my pets safe?

Answer: There are many types of holiday hazards that pet owners need to be aware of and on the lookout for that can be poisonous or detrimental your pet’s health. **It is very important to contact our office or your veterinarian should your pet ingest any of the listed items below. (When in doubt, a call will never hurt).


1. Holly & Mistletoe – Both are highly poisonous to dogs and cats, and any ingestion should be reported to your veterinarian immediately.
2. Poinsettia – Mainly just causes vomiting and diarrhea in both dogs and cats.
3. Pine needles – There are 2 concerns. First, the needles are sharp and can damage the throat or intestines of your pet. Second, the sap is very irritating to your pet’s digestive tract.


1. Poultry bones such as turkey or chicken bones – These bones are sharp and can splinter causing damage of the esophagus or intestinal tract including punctures or perforations. It is very important to avoid giving your pet the opportunity to ingest these bones from trash or your kitchen counters or tables.
2. Chocolate – The most dangerous or toxic chocolate to your pet’s health is dark or baker’s chocolate. Even milk chocolate, if enough is ingested, can cause toxicity.
3. Fatty foods – Vets see numerous cases every year of very sick pets due to eating human foods that they should not be eating. Fatty foods can cause vomiting and diarrhea and in some instances pancreatitis, which can be life threatening.
4. Year round toxic foods – As ALWAYS, avoid your pet ingesting macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, onions, and xylitol-containing candies/gum/food products.

Christmas Hazards

1. Ornaments – Avoid your pet ingesting tinsel, ribbon, or glass or sharp ornaments or decorations.
2. Candles – Candles are a fire hazard and your pet does not know that. Candles can get knocked over by wagging tails or curious cats investigating and catching their hair or tails on fire. A good recommendation is to use flameless candles or at least place lit candles in a safe location where your pets cannot get to them.
3. Electrical cords – Keep cords out of pet’s reach as the most common thing we see at our office is pet’s getting electrocuted or their mouths burned from chewing on the cords.
4. Christmas Tree – Make sure to secure your tree or anchor it well as pets are curious and frequently knock them over hurting themselves or damaging your house or decorations.
5. Christmas Tree Water – Do not allow your pets to drink the tree water. This could make your pet very sick due to the needles and sap that gets into the water.