Avoid July 4th Freak-Outs

Independence Day celebrations can be very stressful for pets. Unfamiliar loud firework or celebratory noises can result in anxious or panicky behavior in dogs and cats. This can include vocalization, shaking, pacing, panting, cowering, hiding, drooling, or uncontrolled elimination. Many pets will attempt to escape or run away when they are startled. Cats and dogs with access to the outdoors are particularly at risk for getting lost.

One of the simplest and most important Independence Day celebration precautions you can make is to ensure that your pets are confined in a safe environment. Do not leave dogs unattended outdoors or with access to the outdoors even if your yard appears secure. Proper crate-training is particularly helpful when assisting dogs through times of commotion or stress. Thundershirts are anti-anxiety vests that can also help some dogs cope with stress. Cats who are outdoors should be confined a few days before the holiday since celebrations can occur early and you cannot reliably confine them in a moment's notice. Feliway calming pheromone products can be purchased at our hospital and help promote a sense of safety and security in the environment for cats.

For some pets, additional behavioral therapy in the form of oral medication and/or professional training can be extremely helpful. Zylkene is a balanced behavior supplement for dogs and cats containing a unique, milk-derived ingredient that promotes calmness. It can relax your pet without causing sedation or drowsiness. Administration should begin at least a few days before the anticipated celebrations. This medication is also appropriate and safe for behavioral issues for long-term environmental change concerns. Professional canine behavior therapy can help desensitize your dog and reduce the risk of problems. Click here for contact information for a professional dog trainer and behavior consultant. Finally, sedative medication may be appropriate for pets with significant anxiety. Please note, this medication does require recent examination and additional health screening may be recommended depending upon the age and status of your pet. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your pet's behavior or anxiety.

As a reminder, Moorpark fireworks occur on July 3rd at 9 pm.    

Join us for our 27th Anniversary Celebration!

Come visit the hospital on Monday, June 19th from 6pm-8pm for our 27th anniversary party! You can get to know our doctors and staff in a relaxed atmosphere. This event will also feature games, raffles and giveaways, photobooth, food and refreshments, and an ice cream bar. You can RSVP to this event by phone 805-529-7003, e-mail mvhmail@moorparkvet.com, or by joining the event on Facebook. We hope to see you there!

Please note: due to the nature of this event we ask that you please leave pets at home. Thank you.

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.

Local Influenza (H3N2) Outbreak

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.

If you take your dog any place where there is a high concentration of dogs (i.e. boarding or day care facility, dog parks, or grooming facility) we recommend vaccination for protection against both types of canine influenza H3N2 and H3N8. Call us now 805-529-7003 to schedule an appointment for this combination vaccine. Dogs who receive it for the first time will need a booster 2-4 weeks after the initial vaccination.

The H3N2 virus was first reported in the United States in 2015 and caused a large outbreak in the Chicago area. Click here to learn more about canine influenza.

 
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