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Sunday, October 18 2015 Our annual fall photo booth and costume contest is underway! Visit our fall photo booth in the hospital and choose from a variety of costumes for your pet to enter them into our annual costume contest. You can also submit photos of your pets in costume from home by e-mailing their photo to email@example.com. We are giving away great prize baskets to our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Winners will be featured on our social media and contacted directly on Halloween (Saturday, Oct. 31st). All entries must be submitted no later than Wednesday 10/28/15. While you're here this month you can also play our candycorn count contest by guessing the amount of candycorn displayed in our lobby. Whoever guesses correctly or closest will win an MVH gift card and the candycorn. During the last two weeks of this month you can also vote for your favorite pumpkin carving as our staff competes in their highly-anticipated pumpkin carving contest. This is always a fun time of year for us and we cannot wait to share that fun with you and your pets.
Monday, October 12 2015 We are so proud to have three outstanding Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVT) on our staff to help provide outstanding care for your pets. RVTs have at least an associate degree in the sciences and are required to pass state and national board examinations along with completing a considerable amount of certified continued education in order to uphold their license. On any given day, an RVT performs their profession as a general caregiver, phlebotomist, surgical assistant, cytologist, pharmacy technician, anesthetist, dental technician, or radiologist. Being a veterinary technician can not only be hard on your body but it can be difficult emotionally considering you can sometimes see pets at their worst. We cannot begin to convey the importance of RVTs in this field and we are very proud of our RVTs, Tom, Libby, and Suzanne. This month, Tom and Libby are featured on the cover of the veterinary-exclusive, Trends magazine published by the American Animal Hospital Association. Trends magazine is delivered to about 30,000 veterinary hospital across the US and Canada. The magazine features the importance of veterinarian technicians in the article, "The Truth About Technicians: the good, the bad, and the beautiful." If you would like more information about being a Registered Veterinary Technician in the state of California click here.
Friday, October 02 2015 Join us from 11am-3pm on Saturday, October 10th at the Conejo Creek North Park in Thousand Oaks for the 4th Annual Bark in the Park. We will be giving away a lot of great prizes from our spin-and-win Wheel of Paw-some and raffling off some great items. Raffles are free to enter. This event is a very popular one and always has a lot of great vendors and games. We hope to see you there!
Monday, September 14 2015 The Wag n' Walk is a wonderful community event benefiting the Animal Rescue Volunteers (ARV). Join us from 7am-12pm on Saturday September 26th at Rancho Simi Community Park. We will be giving away many great prizes. The Wag n' Walk has incredible raffles and silent auction and there is always plenty of entertainment on the center stage in addition to all the great vendors you can visit. Our very own Registered Veterinary Technician, Tom, has been overseeing the health of the pets who participate in the walk for the past 8 years. If you would like to learn more about ARV you can click here.
Tuesday, September 01 2015 In honor of Responsible Dog Ownership Month, we are donating a portion of every preventative blood and fecal test performed in the month of September to Ventura County Animal Service's ongoing efforts to educate the public and help keep pets out of shelters. Preventative testing such as blood tests and fecal tests for intestinal parasites can uncover hidden health problems in your dog. Awareness of some of the common signs of illness is another way to help keep your pet healthy and happy. Signs your dog may be ill include:
- bad breath or drooling
- shaking head
- excessive drinking or urination
- appetite change
- change in activity level
- stiffness, difficulty getting up, or moving around
- sleeping more than usual
- coughing or sneezing
- dry or itchy skin, sores, or lumps
- frequent changes in bowel movements
- dry, red, or cloudy eyes