We recommend a fecal test every 6 months. What are we testing for and why do we seem so interested in your pet's poop? Well, we are looking for worm eggs and other microscopic parasites (hookworm, roundworm, whipworm, and coccidia to name a few). Most worms live attached to the intestinal lining and intermittently release microscopic eggs. So just becuase you don't "see" worms in your pet's stool doesn't mean they aren't there! Most importantly, there are parasites that people can get from their pets (hookworms and roundworms). We check the poo to ensure your cat or dog doesn't have intestinal parasites and to protect your family members from them as well. We also highly recommend giving your pet a monthly parasite control medication like Trifexis. It controls fleas, prevents heartworm AND deworms every month from common intestinal parasites.
October is a great month for animals!
It’s National Service Dog Month, National Animal Safety and Protection Month, ASPCA’s Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and there’s even a shout-out to cats this month on National Cat Day, October 29. With all of these warm and fuzzy feelings circulating in the autumn air, it’s a perfect time to take a good, hard look at your pet. How has he/she been acting lately?
Nipping. Scratching. Litter box issues. Leash pulling. Meowing at night. Urinating on the floor. Chewing shoes. Are these behaviors just part of being a “normal” dog or cat, or not?
Some common behavior issues are due to underlying medical problems. These illnesses are tough to recognize even for the most observant owners. For example, if your dog started nipping at the kids, it may be a sign he’s in pain. Your cat may stop jumping on your lap. Not because she’s being unfriendly, but because she has arthritis and it hurts.
If these behaviors are left unchecked, it’s a triple issue. The behavior may worsen, the underlying medical condition may progress (which puts your pet’s health at risk), and most importantly, your pet’s quality of life as part of your family is compromised.
Here’s where we can help. We have the expertise when it comes to analyzing, identifying and resolving behavior issues with your pet. At your pet’s yearly checkup, we can talk about your pet’s behavior and help give your pet a “new leash” on life! We are committed to your pet’s well-being…all the way! Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today.
Question: Is your pet at risk for any of the following:
D) All of the above
Answer: All of the above (and they ALL can be tough to spot!)
Schedule your pet’s annual checkup today to be sure your pet is healthy!
Is your dog very tired? Is your cat eating less than usual? These seemingly minor changes may mean your pet has a ﬂea allergy, an internal parasite infection, or a tick-related disease.
Let’s talk about ﬂeas ﬁrst. The majority of pets don’t have ﬂeas—but many have been bitten because ﬂeas are everywhere! Yes, ﬂeas live outdoors but they can live indoors too – even in really clean homes – year-round in any climate. Fleas will gladly hitch a ride on your pet into your house. And all it takes is one flea bite (specifically the flea's saliva), to set off a full blown skin allergy. Pets may scratch their sides, neck or even lick their paws until they’re red and painful. What pet wants to move around or eat when feeling this miserable?
Internal parasites (such as worms) can infect your pet in a number of ways. Sometimes, it’s hard to know if your pet has them. But left untreated, worms can be dangerous to your pet’s internal organs. They can even cause your pet to lose blood.
Ticks are tricky. Even when you check your pet for ticks they can be tough to ﬁnd because they’re small and hide well in dark fur. But it’s crucial to ﬁnd ticks and remove them quickly. Why? Some ticks carry bacteria that cause disease (such as Lyme disease, but there are many others). And all you need is one undetected tick bite for your pet to become infected. They can become sick and develop kidney problems. At times, these diseases can be fatal. Ugh! Is there any good news? Yes! We’re experts when it comes to ﬂea allergies, tick and internal parasite checks. Even if your pet is on regular monthly preventive, it is still important for us to make sure your pet is healthy. Make an appointment for your pet’s annual checkup today – we’ll give them a thorough physical exam from nose to tail. Let’s also conﬁrm the prevention you’re using is right for your pet!
Keep your pet moving and grooving this summer
Schedule their yearly checkup today!
Musculoskeletal diseases (conditions that involve bones, muscles and joints) can affect pets of all ages. They can have aches and pains like we do. But sometimes these diseases are hard to spot. Think about your furry friend for a moment…
Have they stopped jumping on you when they greet you at the door?
Have they stopped perching on the window sill?
Is your pet acting “old?”
These changes in activity may be due to weather, age or good training. However, to guarantee your pet is at their best, we have to rule out they don’t have a hidden musculoskeletal problem. Infections, hormonal imbalances, nutrition, blood disorders and arthritis can all affect your pet’s activity—the way they play, move, eat and cuddle!
The good news is we have ways to prevent, cure or manage these conditions, so your pet can continue to have a good quality of life. We are committed to the wellbeing of your pet for their lifetime. The best way to do this is to book your pet’s yearly checkup today. Make an appointment and together, we’ll keep your pet’s bones, muscles and joints (and the rest of your furry friend) in good working order!
Did you know that dogs and cats who become overweight are predisposed to diseases and health issues just like humans?? It is true. Dogs and cats that carry a few or a lot more pounds than they should have organs that work harder. Heart disease, diabetes and back or joint issues are just a few of the health concerns that arise from being overweight or obese.
It is important that you give your pet the chance to be healthy his whole life through. Many of our pets are overweight without their owners even realizing it. Dr. Miles and Dr. Agahi can examine your pet to determine his healthiest weight for a healthy lifestyle. If your pet does need to lose, both our doctors take pride in providing an effective weight management program.
As humans we feel our best when we are active and eat healthy foods. The same goes for our cats and dogs. Allow us to help you help them and if you have ideas on healthy, active lifestyles. Share them with us. We are a team after all!!
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Saturday: 7:00am - 2:00pm
17859 Santiago Blvd. Suite A
Villa Park, CA 92861-4114
*Our clinic is located in the Villa Park Shopping Center. We are located behind Bank of America on the North/East side of the lot with Ralph's in the front and to the left."