Some Nut Butters Can Be Deadly

ZoePeanutButterSome peanut and other nut butters containing the artificial sweetener, xylitol, have recently been introduced onto the market. Xylitol is incredibly toxic to dogs, even in small amounts. Xylitol toxicity results in dangerous low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and death of the liver (hepatic necrosis). Signs of low blood sugar can include weakness, lethargy, collapse, vomiting, tremors, and seizures. These signs typically occur 1-2 hours after a toxic amount has been ingested although signs of toxicity can be delayed in rare cases. Signs of low blood sugar almost always occur prior to hepatic necrosis. In the past, xylitol has typically been found in sugar-free chewing gum and breath mints. However, there is currently a variety of foods or products that contain toxic artificial sweeteners including: Nuts 'N More nut butters, Krush nutrition peanut butter, chewable multivitamins, chewable tablet and dissolvable medications, Jell-O sugar-free pudding snacks, Zipfizz energy drink-mix powders, Nature's Hollow (jams, syrup, ketchup, honey, etc.), Dr. John’s products (hard and soft candies, chocolates, drink mixes, etc.), Clemmy’s Rich and Creamy ice cream products, SparX Candy Be diligent about checking labels to ensure that your pet has no access to products containing xylitol or another toxic artificial sweetener, sorbitol. In the US, ingredients in foods are listed by weight, with the heaviest ingredient first. If xylitol is one of the top ingredients in the list, extreme caution should be taken.  However, the regulations for drugs and dietary supplements is different and xylitol is commonly considered as an "inactive ingredient" or "other ingredient." Such ingredients are not required to be listed in order of predominance and are sometimes not listed at all. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your pet's safety.

Anniversary Success

Our 25th anniversary party was a huge success and we would like to thank everyone who attended and contributed to the event with a special thanks to our practice manager, April (right), and receptionist, Nicole (not pictured), who both worked tirelessly on the event.

Noelle (left) and April (right) at our wheel of Paw-some.

We would also like to thank some of our sponsors including Merial, Roadrunner Pharmacy, MWI, Zoetis, Victor Medical, Nutramax, Merck, Henry-Schein, Virbac, and Idexx Laboratories. 4All of our vendors and sponsors at the event did a great job making the event fun, lively, and educational. Big thanks to Hill's Pet Nutrition, Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS), Waggin' Tails Grooming, Agility Demos by Lilyan and Paula, Golden Retriever Rescue, Love Swirls Cotton Candy, Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center, Send Rover on Over, Top Dog Hot Dog Cart, Trupanion Pet Insurance, Caricature Art by Lilyan, Deborah Krasner Dog Trainer, Balloon Art by Julie R., Lime Light Photo Booth, and Face Painting by Camille. 2Moorpark Veterinary Hospital was established in 1990 by Dr. Al Schwartz. Since then, we are proud to have welcomed Dr. Natalie Barrett to the team. Both Dr. Barrett and Dr. Schwartz are leaders in veterinary medicine who regularly attend conferences on the latest developments in pet health. 6Our motto at Moorpark Veterinary Hospital is "Caring for your pets and caring about you." This anniversary party and the level of care we provide everyday would not be possible without the combined efforts of our entire team. We go through great lengths to handpick each member of our "work family" and could not be more proud of our current group. We are incredibly pleased to have provided care to people and pets for 25 years and look forward to continuing to provide exceptional care in the future.  

25th Anniversary Party and Open House

25 flier Moorpark Veterinary Hospital was established 25 years ago by Dr. Al Schwartz. We are so proud to honor our big anniversary this year with a party and open house. Come visit us and learn more about the various areas of the hospital. Food, drinks, and treats will be provided. The entire family will be entertained by our canine demos, pet adoptions, and there will be plenty of giveaways and raffles for everyone in attendance. We hope to see you there!

National Volunteer Appreciation Week

VolunteerBasketsApril 12th through the 18th is National Volunteer Appreciation Week. We would just like to thank everyone out there who selflessly volunteers their time and efforts to, ultimately, help make this world a better place in whatever way that might be. In honor of this week, we brought baskets filled with treats to the Camarillo and Simi Valley animal shelters to honor their incredible volunteers. Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS) provides a very important service to this community and couldn't do so without their incredible staff and volunteers. RamonaWe would also like to acknowledge a very special woman, Ramona. When she is not working 40+ hours at her paying job each week, she is spending a handful of hours every other day as a volunteer at the animal shelter. She also attends a women's group and teaches Sunday school at her church. When you meet her, you can instantly tell what an incredibly kind and caring person she is. Great job Ramona! You and everyone like you deserves to be acknowledged and thanked.

April is National Heartworm Awareness Month

Incidence mapHeartworm disease in pets is a problem that continues to worsen. Every three years, the American Heartworm Society (AHS) gathers data from thousands of veterinary practices and shelters to create a detailed map showing the average number of heartworm-positive cases per clinic. The lightest red zones are areas in which clinics see 1-5 cases of heartworm disease per year and the darkest red zones indicate areas in which heartworm disease is very prevalent. Clinics in these areas can see 100+ cases of heartworm disease per year. Just in the past few years, our hospital has diagnosed a couple of cases of heartworm disease in local pets who had not traveled outside of the Moorpark area whatsoever. Canine and feline heartworm disease develops when a dog or cat is bitten by a mosquito carrying microscopic heartworm larvae. As a mosquito feeds, these larvae are deposited into the bloodstream. As heartworm disease develops, adult heartworms can grow 10 to 12 inches in length and make their home in the right side of the heart and lungs. Heartworm disease is life-threatening, difficult to treat, and present in our area. Heartworm disease is a big problem with a simple solution. Giving a single medication once a month can help keep your dog or cat safe from heartworm disease. Call us to find out about our promotions surrounding heartworm testing and prevention during the month of April. If you would like more information about heartworm disease, prevention, and testing you can click here to visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website or click here to visit the American Heartworm Society's website.
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