Friday, May 11 2018
Feline asthma is the most commonly diagnosed respiratory disorder in cats. Veterinary epidemiologists estimate that at least 1 out of every 100 cats suffer from acute or chronic asthma. Asthma is the constriction of the air passages that lead from the windpipe (trachea) to the lungs. It is generally believed to be a result of inhaled allergens including but not limited to tobacco smoke, dust, pollen, household cleaners, perfume, and aerosol sprays. An inflammatory response occurs when a susceptible cat inhales an allergen. Cells, mucus, and muscle spasms cause constriction of the air passages. The severity of the disease can range from mild to life threatening.
Cats who suffer from asthma may show a variety of signs of respiratory distress. This includes breathing rapidly, with their mouths open, or with abnormal chest and abdominal movement. Some cats who are having difficulty breathing may keep their body hunched close to the ground and extend their necks forward. They also might appear to be gagging or about to vomit. Other symptoms of feline asthma may include coughing or wheezing. Please remember that cats are designed to hide signs of illness and distress. It is therefore possible that even signs of significant respiratory distress may be subtle and difficult to detect. A thorough physical examination, fecal testing, blood testing, and x-rays are performed to help diagnose feline asthma and rule out other diseases.
In some cases, chronic feline asthma is managed with inhalant medication to reduce inflammation and/or open up the airways. Inhalant medication targets the specific respiratory tissues involved in asthma and minimizes the effects of systemic medication. Please contact us if your cat has not been examined within the last 6 months. Regular preventative physical examinations help detect underlying disease and improve the overall quality and length of pets' lives.
Thursday, April 26 2018
Join us on Thursday, May 10th from 6-8pm at the hospital for our Client Appreciation Night. You don't want to miss our luau themed event in celebration of our 28th anniversary and you
. This event features:
- Catering by Fire Island Grill
- Drink and dessert bar
- Balloon entertainment
- Photo ops
- Giveaways and raffles
Everyone will receive free raffle tickets for attending! Our giveaway baskets feature local businesses including It's a Grind, Wag n' Tails, Fire Island Grill, and Euodia. We are also very excited to give away a Yeti 35 Tundra cooler valued at over $200. Raffle winners will be announced at 7:30pm and you must be present to win. Due to the nature of this event, we ask that you please leave pets at home.
Wednesday, April 11 2018
The heartworm life cycle begins when a mosquito bites an infected animal and ingests tiny heartworm larvae along with the animal's blood. Coyotes, wolves, foxes, and ferrets can also develop heartworm disease in addition to dogs and cats. Next, the larvae develop into an infective stage inside the mosquito. When a heartworm disease-carrying mosquito bites your pet, it transmits the larvae that develop for approximately two months in your pet's tissue. Afterwards, developing and mature adult heartworms can be found in the bloodstream, heart, and lungs. They can also produce tiny heartworm larvae that is released into the blood and is picked up by mosquitoes who repeat the process again.
Heartworm disease is serious and potentially fatal in pets. Worms can grow up to a foot long and live in your pet's heart and lungs. Signs of heartworm infection includes coughing, difficulty breathing, and lethargy. Some pets may not show signs of the disease. Treatment of heartworm disease is difficult. In cats, there is no approved treatment. Prevention is easy. We recommend a once monthly heartworm preventative medication for dogs and cats regardless of their lifestyle. For more information about disease-carrying mosquitoes in Ventura and Los Angeles County, click here. To read about one of our patient's journey through heartworm treatment, click here.
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!