Urine Trouble: Feline Urinary Issues

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 mvhmail@moorparkvet.com, calling us at 805-529-7003, or joining our event on Facebook. We hope to see you there!

Standards for Excellence in Oral Care: Dental X-Ray

Moorpark Veterinary Hospital is proud to offer full-mouth digital dental radiographs (X-rays) as a standard of care for all of our patients who receive dental procedures. Dental x-rays are performed by placing a small sensor in a pet's mouth in order to acquire images of the internal anatomy of teeth, their roots, and the bone surrounding the roots. Full mouth dental x-rays are essential to the overall evaluation of your pet's dental health. They can reveal otherwise unknown sources of disease or abnormality, they establish a baseline for future comparison and ensure that extractions, if needed, are carried out effectively. Taking dental radiographs, in addition to performing safe and effective dental cleanings, requires anesthesia. To learn more about dental cleanings and anesthesia click here.

Dental disease is very common in pets. More than 85% of pets over the age of three are suffering from some form of it. Dental disease can cause severe local and body-wide infections potentially affecting the sinuses, kidney, liver and heart. Although dental disease does cause significant pain, most pets do not show outward signs of it. Regular dental exams and cleanings increase the lifespan and comfort of our pets. Please contact us today to discuss your pet's dental health.

DNA Breed Testing: More than Your Dog’s Mix

Have you wondered what breeds are in your dog's mix? Gigi's DNA test results showed that she is a Chihuahua/Miniature Poodle mix with a portion of her ancestry mixed beyond three generations. Current veterinary DNA testing provides breed information but also reveals more than your dog's mix.

Royal Canin Genetic Health Analysis (GHA) tests for more than 90 specific disease causing mutations in your pet's genes. Some  mutations can cause diseases such as Degenerative Myelopathy, Exercise Induced Collapse and Dilated Cardiomyopathy among others. GHA also screens for MDR1 mutation, or Multi-Drug Resistance-1, found in many of the herding breeds, some sighthound breeds and some mixed-breed dogs. Dogs with MDR1 mutation may have severe adverse reactions to some medicines. Testing can also provide additional information about your pet's nutritional needs, behavior, and predicted weight range. For more information about GHA through our hospital, including test pricing, contact us today.

Community Holiday Party

Join us Wednesday, December 18th from 6-8pm for our 2nd annual holiday party. Everyone in attendance will receive a raffle ticket for our raffle items. You can receive additional raffle tickets for each new, unwrapped children's toy brought to the event. Toys will be donated to Casey's Toy Drive benefiting UCLA's Mattel Children's Hospital. Casey is a young member of the Moorpark community who suffers from a rare and incurable intestinal disease. He has been a patient at UCLA’s Mattel Children’s Hospital since he was a year old and is deeply passionate about enhancing the care of other young patients. If you are unable to attend our event, you can still contribute to the drive at any time during our normal business hours.

Our event will feature food and fun for the whole family! RSVP by e-mailing mvhmail@moorparkvet.com, calling us at 805-529-7003, or by joining the event on Facebook.

Kong Drive for Shelter Pets

Our 4th annual Kong drive for shelter pets has officially begun! When you purchase any size Kong toy for your pet at our hospital, we will donate another Kong toy to a shelter pet. With your support, we have been able to donate hundreds of Kong toys to Ventura County Animal Services' Kong Enrichment Program. This program is designed to enhance the daily lives of dogs in our county's Simi Valley and Camarillo shelters by allowing them to enjoy Kong toys stuffed with treats. Our annual Kong drive lasts from now until early December. Click here for more information about Ventura county's no-kill animal shelters.
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