National Hero Vet Tech Award Nominee

Moorpark veterinary technician, Suzanne Nunes, RVT, has been named a national American Humane Veterinary Technician Hero Award finalist! Voting for the Hero Veterinary Technician and Hero Veterinarian Award is open now until 12 pm PT on July 27th. Click here to make your selections and don't forget to vote daily for the award finalists of your choice.

Suzanne is an exceptional technician with an emphasis in behavioral studies who constantly puts patient safety and well-being at the forefront of her job tasks. When she is not working in the hospital, she dedicates her spare time to volunteerism and canine rescue. In conjunction with Spark of Santa Barbara, Suzanne helps to rescue and foster dogs from high-kill LA county shelters. She goes above and beyond for her foster pets including taking personal responsibility for their extensive surgical needs. You can also find Suzanne volunteering at Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS). She helps our local shelter community thrive by assisting in a Canine Confidence Program designed to mentally and physically stimulate dogs while building their overall confidence.

Suzanne is not just a Hero for pets, she is an incredible advocate for the welfare of other veterinary professionals and individuals in care-giving fields. She utilizes her awe-inspiring strength, compassion, love, and experience to revitalize and unite those around her. Without a doubt, she is our American Hero Veterinary Technician and we think anyone who gets to know her would think so too. You can view Suzanne's full bio in additional to the bios of other finalists at: www.herovetawards.org

 

June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat-Month

Meet Valentina! She is approximately 13 years old and an incredibly friendly adoptable cat who currently resides in the Camarillo shelter Kitty Cottage. We have provided her with an adoption package valued at over $500 in honor of June's Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month! Once adopted, Valentina will receive a complimentary examination, comprehensive labwork, internal parasite testing, calming Feliway diffuser kit, flea protection, and pedicure. In addition, our hospital is providing Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS) cats over 5 years of age who are adopted in June with complimentary examination and internal parasite testing.

Our county's shelters experience a surge in feline occupancy during spring and summer months. VCAS Director, Tara Diller, remarks "June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month and it's timely that it comes at the start of the summer, the busiest time of the year for us at Ventura County Animal Services. We are in the middle of what we call "kitten season"; already saving over 300 bottle baby kittens through our foster program. Kittens quickly turn into cats, and thousands more will make their way through our shelters this year alone.We are committed to ensuring they each know what it is to experience love, compassion, care and their very own family! We must depend on our Ventura County family to adopt from their local shelter, as we are an open-admission municipal shelter that, by law, must accept any animal that needs us and resides within our jurisdiction. I am personally inviting our community to visit one of our locations to find your purrrfect new partner!" Click here for contact information for our county's Camarillo or Simi Valley shelter locations.

As a certified Cat Friendly Practice, our mission is to meet the unique needs of cats and elevate their standard of care and overall quality of life. We are the only veterinary hospital in Ventura county to acheive Gold Status Cat Friendly certification. This means that we meet the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) highest standard of care for cats. Click here for more information.

 

Pet Heat Awareness

Each year pets suffer irreversible damage or fatalities due to overheating. Today is National Heat Awareness Day. Please follow these tips to protect your pet during warm weather. Also, keep in mind that pets who have short noses or are overweight are particularly at risk for heat exhaustion and collapse.

Offer plenty of fresh water. Always make sure that your pet has access to fresh water, especially if they are outdoors.

Provide shade and foot protection. Direct sunlight can make your pet and ground surfaces extremely hot. Pets should always have access to shade. Avoid contact with outdoor surfaces, such as black pavement, that become very hot when exposed to prolonged direct sunlight.

Find the right time for exercise. Make sure to exercise pets early in the morning or later at night when the temperature is cooler. Exercise routines that are best for pets are regular and predictable. Do not abruptly introduce your pet to vigorous exercise.

No hot cars! Even when the temperature outside is relatively mild, the temperature inside your car can soar to a dangerous level. When the temperature outside is 75 F, the temperature inside your car can reach 94 F after just 10 minutes.

Make Your Pet’s Golden Years More Golden

As pets age, the requirements to keep them happy and healthy change. Special consideration should be made for a senior or geriatric pet's diet, exercise, and veterinary care.

Proper diet and exercise for older pets can help keep them trim, healthy, and mobile. It is extremely important to select a diet that is designed for your pet's life stage (Please note: There is no single diet that can effectively provide nutrition for all life stages). Senior diets are designed to provide the appropriate digestibility, nutrients, and ingredient levels. They also have different calorie levels to help your senior pet maintain the appropriate weight. Routine exercise can also help with weight management and maintaining mobility.

Senior pets may exhibit a variety of health related changes due to underlying illness such as joint, bone, heart, kidney, urinary tract, liver, or cancer-related disease. Senior pet exams should occur at least twice a year and are crucial to identify and treat illness early. Vaccinations and parasite prevention are particularly important for older pets since their immune system is not as healthy as those of younger animals. Dental care, blood testing, urine testing, and blood pressure readings are also important components to maintaining a happy and comfortable life for your senior pet.

Would you like to learn more about maintaining a healthy lifestyle for your senior pet? Join us at the hospital on Wednesday, March 15th from 6:30-8:00 pm for our Senior Pet Care Seminar. The event will help provide guidance about senior nutrition, exercise guidelines, pain management, and recognizing common conditions. Please RSVP by joining our event on Facebook, e-mailing mvhmail@moorparkvet.com, or calling the hospital at 805-529-7003.

Moorpark Vet Community Holiday Party

fb-flyerJoin us on Wednesday, December 14th from 6pm-8pm for our family-friendly holiday party. The event will feature the following:
  • Dinner and Dessert
  • Giveaways
  • Photobooth
  • Carnival Games
  • Raffles
  • Hot Cocoa Bar
  • Casey's Toy Drive
  • Holiday Hazards
  • Shelter Kong Program
Everyone in attendance will receive a raffle ticket for our raffle items. Receive additional raffle tickets when you bring new, unwrapped children's toys to the event in honor of Casey's Toy Drive. Casey is a young member of the Moorpark community who suffers from a rare and incurable intestinal disease. Consequently, he has spent a lot of time at UCLA’s Mattel Children’s Hospital. His annual toy drive benefits the hospital’s patients on Christmas and during difficult times year-round. We are also a Casey's Toy Drive drop-off location. If you are unable to attend our event, you can still contribute to the drive at any time during our normal business hours. RSVP by e-mailing mvhmail@moorparkvet.com, calling us at 805-529-7003, or by joining the event on Facebook.    
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