Wednesday, March 21 2018
Southern California weather can promote the life cycle of many biting insects regardless of the time of year. Insects such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are not just a nuisance. They can cause harmful diseases such as heartworm, Lyme disease, Erlichiosis, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anemia, Cat Scratch fever, and tapeworm infection. Parasites can also transfer some of these diseases to people. We recommend year-round parasite protection for all pets including ones who live mostly or exclusively indoors since vectors can find their way or be tracked into the home.
We carefully select only the safest and most effective preventative medications for your pet. Heartgard Plus is a chewable treat administered once a month to protect dogs from heartworm disease. It also prevents hookworm and roundworm infection which can both be transferred to people. Nexgard is also a chewable treat for dogs and it is administered once a month to kill fleas and ticks. Nexgard works fast and stays effective all month long. Receive a FREE Kong Gyro toy when you purchase any box of Nexgard or Heartgard while supplies last. Your dog will flip for this interactive, treat-dispensing toy and you can rest assured that vector protection is taken care of! Please contact us for more details.
Thursday, March 01 2018
Cats are particularly at risk for urinary related issues. They may avoid using the litter box for a variety of behavioral, environmental, and/or health related reasons. It is important to consider your cat's physical and social needs to help ensure that they can eliminate appropriately and comfortably.
Cats may develop anxiety surrounding urination or their litter box for a variety of reasons. Litter box type, quantity, and location are important considerations when meeting your cat's core environmental needs. Environmental changes, multi-cat relations, or negative experiences can also contribute to stress-related elimination problems. There are also many medical causes for feline urinary issues such as infection, arthritis, kidney problems, or other medical issues. Cats are also prone to inflammation of the bladder that can occur due to dietary, genetic, or unknown reasons. Male cats in particular are susceptible to urinary blockages that can easily become life-threatening.
For additional information about feline urinary issues please contact us or attend our Urine Trouble seminar on Wednesday, March 14th at 6pm. Join us at the hospital for this event and enjoy food, refreshments, raffles, and giveaways. You can RSVP by e-mailing email@example.com, calling us at 805-529-7003, or joining our event on Facebook. We hope to see you there!
Wednesday, July 05 2017
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
Thursday, June 01 2017
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.
Friday, May 26 2017
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.