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Monday, April 13 2015 April 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. We 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.
Wednesday, April 01 2015 Heartworm 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.
Sunday, March 01 2015 Join us Sunday, March 22nd for the American Cancer Society's Bark for Life event. The event is from 10:30am-2:00pm at Lemon Park in Simi Valley. Visit our booth and spin our Wheel of Paw-some to win various prizes. While you're there, you can also enter to win one of our great gift baskets. Raffle entries are free. There are plenty of things to do and visit at this event including a silent auction, photo booth, canine contests and games, vendors of all kinds (on Bark Avenue), canine demos, Bark Bingo, and a rescue parade. The Bark for Life event benefits the American Cancer Society which saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. If you would like more information about the event or the cause or to register for their 1 mile walk click here. We hope to see you there!
Monday, January 26 2015 We are offering a special discount and a complimentary bag of prescription diet t/d for each pet that receives a dental cleaning at our hospital during the month of February. Prescription diet t/d is a revolutionary diet that is clinically proven to reduce gingivitis and buildup of plaque, stain and tartar from your dog or cat's teeth. If you do not wish to take home the complimentary food, you can donate it to Ventura County Animal Service's Pet Pantry: food for needy pets. Regular dental cleanings and examinations are needed to improve the comfort and increase the lifespan of our pets. Dental disease can cause severe local and body-wide infections potentially affecting the sinuses, kidney, liver, and heart. It is astonishing to think that more than 85% of dogs and cats over the age of three suffer from some sort of dental disease. The most noticeable sign of dental disease is bad breath. Dogs and cats should not have a continual bad mouth odor. Please feel free to call us for more information or to schedule a complimentary dental examination with a technician to see if your pet needs a dental cleaning. Happy National Pet Dental Month!
Thursday, January 15 2015 Moorpark Pantry Plus gives a lot to our community. They provide many people with a much needed safety net by handing out food, clothing, and all kinds of common necessities. During the holiday season, many charitable organizations like Moorpark Pantry Plus receive some much needed extra help but when the new year comes they need support from the community just the same. That is why we have dedicated the 15th-31st of this month to doing a food and goods drive for the pantry and to donating some of our time to volunteer. Here are some of the things they need:
- Diapers! (especially the larger sizes 4,5, and 6)
- Baby Wipes
- Bread, Tortillas
- Pasta, Rice
- Canned Goods
- Other common food items such as breakfast foods, applesauce, granola bars etc.
- Used clothing, clean and in good condition