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Thursday, July 27 2017 Incoming data from leaders in veterinary diagnostic laboratory testing shows that tick-borne diseases in Ventura County continues to rise in 2017. California is home to a variety of tick species including the Brown Dog Tick, American Dog Tick, Pacific Coast Tick, and Western Black Legged Tick. These ticks are known to harbor and infect both pets and people with bacteria that causes serious disease such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis, Erlichiosis, and Tularemia.
Thursday, June 08 2017
As a reminder, Moorpark fireworks occur on July 3rd at 9 pm.
Saturday, April 22 2017 Canine influenza H3N2, or dog flu, has recently been confirmed in Los Angeles county in the Sherman Oaks area. In consequence, 35 dogs in the county have been placed under quarantine so far this month. Canine influenza is highly contagious. It can be spread by direct contact, through the air when contaminated dogs cough or sneeze, and/or from contact with contaminated objects. Dogs who are infected can be contagious for up to 30 days and the virus typically lives for 1-2 days outside of a host. Symptoms include fever, coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, loss of appetite, and lack of energy. Dog flu can also cause illness in cats who usually show signs of coughing, sneezing, and discharge from the eyes and nose. There is currently no vaccination for cats.
Saturday, April 01 2017 Mosquitoes transmit life-threatening heartworm disease to dogs and cats. They are generally known to carry a variety of serious diseases but which mosquito species are prevalent in our community and what does this mean for the safety of our pets? Ventura County is typically home to 15 common species of mosquitoes. Of these, the species Aedes sierrensis, or Western Treehole Mosquito, is known to carry heartworm disease. These mosquitoes reside in water-filled tree holes or containers and are highly adaptable to varying weather and feeding conditions. Los Angeles County is also home to the Western Treehole Mosquito in addition to the heartworm-carrying Aedes notoscriptus species. Also known as the Australian Backyard Mosquito, this species thrives in water-filled containers in urban environments.
Wednesday, February 01 2017 Have you considered what dental cleaning without anesthesia can and cannot do for your pet? We know you want the best for your pet and it is important to learn the facts about dental disease and how to treat it.
- Cause pain and stress during restraint.
- Result in serious injury to your pet's teeth, gums, or mouth even with the slightest head movement.
- Create a prime breeding ground for continued bacterial growth since the teeth surfaces are left with scrapes instead of a smooth, polished surface.
- Allow your pet to inhale infection and debris that could lead to airway disease or pneumonia.
- Give you a false sense of security because the teeth look whiter than they are healthier.
- Provide a thorough oral exam including identifying painful problems such as broken teeth or oral tumors.
- Clean beneath your pet's gum line, where dental disease is most prominent.
- Capture radiographs that are essential to the evaluation of your pet's dental health.
- Treat and save teeth before periodontal infection has progressed too far.
- Remove teeth that do nothing but promote pain and infection in your pet's mouth.