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Wednesday, March 01 2017 As pets age, the requirements to keep them happy and healthy change. Special consideration should be made for a senior or geriatric pet's diet, exercise, and veterinary care.
Wednesday, February 01 2017 Have you considered what dental cleaning without anesthesia can and cannot do for your pet? We know you want the best for your pet and it is important to learn the facts about dental disease and how to treat it.
- Cause pain and stress during restraint.
- Result in serious injury to your pet's teeth, gums, or mouth even with the slightest head movement.
- Create a prime breeding ground for continued bacterial growth since the teeth surfaces are left with scrapes instead of a smooth, polished surface.
- Allow your pet to inhale infection and debris that could lead to airway disease or pneumonia.
- Give you a false sense of security because the teeth look whiter than they are healthier.
- Provide a thorough oral exam including identifying painful problems such as broken teeth or oral tumors.
- Clean beneath your pet's gum line, where dental disease is most prominent.
- Capture radiographs that are essential to the evaluation of your pet's dental health.
- Treat and save teeth before periodontal infection has progressed too far.
- Remove teeth that do nothing but promote pain and infection in your pet's mouth.
Monday, January 02 2017 January 2nd is National Pet Travel Safety Day. Dogs and cats have difficulty traveling for a variety of reasons including stress, motion sickness, and severe anxiety. We offer a natural over-the-counter supplement that significantly reduces stress for most dogs and cats. When used daily, this supplement can improve a pet's quality of life at home and during travel. Cats are particularly known to exhibit signs of stress during travel. As Ventura County's only Gold Certified Cat Friendly Practice, we do everything we can to minimize stress for cats and ultimately improve their overall quality of life. You can stop by our hospital prior to travel to pick up a complimentary kitty calming kit. This includes a calming pheromone Feliway wipe for your cat carrier and a natural calming supplement to be given orally. When your cat is comfortable with their carrier, travel safety can be greatly increased. Click here for tips on getting your cat comfortable with their carrier. Dogs and cats can also exhibit signs of motion sickness during travel including drooling, excessive lip licking, excessive panting, shaking and/or vomiting. Motion sickness can cause pets to be fearful—it is an experience they do not want to repeat. We offer a prescription medication that safely and effectively offers prevention from motion sickness in pets. For some pets, anxiety during travel can be extremely high. When this is the case, we may offer prescription anti-anxiety medication and/or referral to a behavioral consultant. We are your resource to help keep pets safe and happy during travel. You no longer have to avoid traveling to the vet or leaving your furry companion behind.
Wednesday, December 21 2016 The human animal bond has many mutual benefits. When you walk your dog you are improving the lives of both you and your pet. The National Institutes of Health found that dog owners who walk their dogs are significantly more likely to meet physical activity guidelines and are less likely to be obese than non-dog owners or walkers. By providing motivation and social support, pets make it easier for owners to adopt long term behavior changes that lead to weight loss and other positive health outcomes. For dogs, daily enrichment is crucial for behavioral well being. Regular exercise can also help them lead longer, higher-quality lives. So consider picking up those leashes a few more times in January in honor of you and your pets health and Walk Your Dog Month. Are you aware of all of the benefits of the human animal bond? Scientifically documented benefits of pet ownership include lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, lower triglycerides, and improved immunity for children with allergies. Pet ownership has also been found to benefit those with cancer, Alzheimer's disease, autism spectrum disorders, depression, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). To learn more about the scientific benefits of pet ownership, click here to visit the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative's website.
Monday, November 21 2016 Join us on Wednesday, December 14th from 6pm-8pm for our family-friendly holiday party. The event will feature the following:
- Dinner and Dessert
- Carnival Games
- Hot Cocoa Bar
- Casey's Toy Drive
- Holiday Hazards
- Shelter Kong Program