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Los Angeles County Canine Alerts

By Amanda Mills / March 16, 2022

This Animal Health Alert was provided August 13, 2021 on 2 diseases currently causing outbreaks in dogs in boarding kennels in LA County – canine influenza and leptospirosis. Canine influenza outbreak.  Initial tests indicated this outbreak was possibly caused by an H1N1 subtype, however testing by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory yesterday confirmed it as…

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Diagnostic Tests for Dogs and Cats

By Amanda Mills / March 16, 2022

Have you ever wondered about the diagnostic testing your veterinarian suggests as option(s) for your pet’s care?  It wasn’t always this way, but the science of veterinary medicine continues to develop diagnostic tests which yield precise insight, even when ruling OUT a disease or condition. Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test uses blood or swabs to…

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Is Home Cooking Better for My Dog

By Amanda Mills / March 16, 2022

There are many claims stating the benefits of home cooking for your dog.  Home cooking should mean you can appease picky eaters and manage diet (calories).  Fearmongering triggers pet owners to believe home cooked food would be a better choice.  The short answer is there is no scientific evidence to support this, while extensive research…

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Danger of Dog Pulling on the Leash

By Amanda Mills / March 16, 2022

Dogs are happy and excited to go for a walk.  When walking on a leash they pull-it gets them “wherever” faster: mission accomplished.  We’ve all heard dogs wheezing while pulling on his leash without the dog realizing it.  This continual strain on their neck is not good for them and reinforces bad behavior.  You want…

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What is a Safe Chew for my Dog?

By Amanda Mills / March 16, 2022

Once your dog breaks a tooth on something you’ve given him to chew you’ll quickly understand how simple the decision is.  If it’s hard do NOT give it to your dog.  One clever veterinarian* puts it this way: “If you would not want me to hit you in the kneecap with it, do not let…

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Reasons Your Pet Should Get an Annual Exam

By Amanda Mills / March 16, 2022

We all wish our pets could talk and most of all when they are sick.  Since pets are good at hiding symptoms, they may not exhibit any sign of disease until it is quite advanced.  See your veterinarian to uncover what your pet can’t express. Annual vaccinations protect your pets from a range of diseases,…

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Poisonous Plants for Dogs

By Amanda Mills / March 16, 2022

Our dogs love to sniff or investigate just about everything.  Trash can be disgusting, but plants can be dangerous. Dogs don’t know which plants are a danger.  For your home landscaping you can easily find list of plants unsafe or toxic for your dog.  Many nurseries have a list at the checkout be sure to…

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Common Things Dogs Choke On

By Amanda Mills / March 16, 2022

Dogs like to put things in their mouth.  We’ve heard the hacking-up a bit of kibble.  But a dog can get something lodged in the throat and block its airway.  Here is a list of items your dog can choke on.  Keep these out of reach when not supervised. Any ball or rubber Kong deteriorates…

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Poisonous Plants for Cats

By Amanda Mills / March 16, 2022

Cats love to explore and this means climbing.  It also makes keeping poisonous plants out of reach more challenging.  Prevention is the best plan.  For indoor and outdoor cats know which plants are toxic. Below is list of plants and the side effects most often associated if your cat ingests it, its leaves, stems and/or…

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Toxic Household Dangers for Pets

By Amanda Mills / March 16, 2022

Common household products can be dangerous, toxic and/or deadly to our pets. Holiday foods with grapes, currants and raisins pose a risk for dogs.  Chocolate is highly toxic to dogs and cats.  Sugarless gum and candies are toxic and ingesting alcohol can lead to seizures and respiratory failure.  Read more. While Christmas tree tinsel is…

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