Join Us for Family Game Night

Bring your best game face and join our doctors and staff at the hospital on Tuesday, September 26th from 6-8pm for a night of fun, food, prizes, raffles, and refreshments. Don't forget to invite your friends and family to join you for some four-legged trivia. You can RSVP to this event by adding it on Facebook, e-mailing mvhmail@moorparkvet.com, or calling us at 805-529-7003. We hope to see you there! Please note, due to the nature of this event we ask that pets remain at home.

Cats Suffer in Silence

Cats are natural predators who instinctively hide signs of pain or vulnerability. This can make discomfort and underlying disease difficult or even impossible for cat owner's to detect. Despite their inability to show pain, cats do feel pain. They have nervous systems similar to humans and it is safe to assume that what is painful for us is painful for them.

The best medicine is preventative. Routine physical exams and preventative care can detect illness in cats before it becomes a bigger medical and financial concern. According to an American Pet Products Association Pet Ownership survey, only 40% of cat owners took their cat to the veterinarian in the past year. Most people simply assume that their cats are healthy and comfortable. Also, veterinary visits can be stressful for cats and cat owners.

Cat Friendly Practice certification is designed to improve the overall quality of cat's lives by making veterinary care less stressful for them and their caregivers. We ensure that our hospital is equipped to meet the unique needs of cats, our staff is trained in gentle handling techniques, and our doctors and staff receive the most current continued education in feline healthcare. Our hospital is the first and only in Ventura County to achieve Gold Status Cat Friendly Practice certification. Click here to learn more.

Animal Assisted Therapy

Have you considered volunteerism in animal assisted therapy for you and/or your pet? Pet Partners is a national organization that trains and registers animal and handler teams for visitation programs in hospitals, schools, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and other facilities. Animal assisted activities and therapies are proven to provide tremendous physical, social, and emotional benefits to recipients.

Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program is an exceptional option for volunteer teams. You can pick when, where, and how often you volunteer. While dogs consist of the vast majority of therapy animals, Pet Partners registers nine different species of animals for therapy work. Animal welfare and enjoyment is a cornerstone of the program. Therapy visits are designed to be safe and enjoyable for everyone.

The program registration process ensures that you and your animal are suitable and prepared for therapy work. It includes a handler's course, animal health verification, and team evaluation. The handler's course acquaints individuals with considerations and responsibilities they will encounter at various therapy facilities. Health screening verification is signed off by a veterinarian and ensures that therapy animals meet high standards associated with grooming and regular veterinary care. Once the handler's course is complete, a Pet Partners licensed evaluator will conduct a mock therapy visit. A standard new team registration is $95. Click here for more information about the Pet Partners registration process.

Tick-Borne Disease Increases in Ventura County

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.

Data for 2017 strongly suggests a continued trend toward an increase in tick-borne disease prevalence for Ventura County. So far, there are 8 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Ventura County compared to last year's annual total of 10; there are 10 confirmed cases of Anaplasmosis in Ventura County compared to last year's annual total of 7; and, finally, there are 30 confirmed cases of Ehrlichiosis in Ventura County compared to last year's annual total of 34. From 2014 to 2016, positive reported cases of these three diseases has increased by almost  20%. While this data is very significant, it is estimated that it only represents less than 30% of the tick-borne disease activity in our region.

Tick-borne diseases can manifest very differently in dogs or cats compared to humans and, depending upon the disease, can sometimes take weeks to months to produce symptoms which may include lameness, general weakness, persistent infections, bleeding disorders, or kidney damage. We recommend giving your pet a monthly medication to prevent ticks from attaching and transmitting disease. Please contact us for more information about parasite prevention. Click here to see prevalence maps for tick-borne diseases in various geographical locations including Ventura County.

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

 
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