News & Updates

Also serving Chino Hills our veterinarians post health updates and news for dogs and cats throughout the Inland Inland Empire. This information is solely informative, and always needs the evaluation of a licensed Veterinarian. Never hesitate to seek professional care for your dog or cat. By offering these news and updates we make no warranty for the information contained within.


Canine Influenza Outbreak update
Source: Veterinary Public Health Division of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

By now most everyone knows that over 1,000 dogs in the Chicago area were infected. It was caused by a strain of the influenza virus called CIV H3N2. Until now, the only strain of this virus was H3N8.

There is no evidence that the current vaccine for strain H3N8 will protect your dog against this new strain. Fortunately, for us in southern California, no cases of CIV H3N2 have been reported.

Symptoms to watch for include coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, lethargy, and loss of appetite. Most dogs recover within 2-3 weeks, severe and fatal cases of pneumonia are possible.

Many diseases can cause similar symptoms, so if they persist or seem significant, take your dog to your veterinarian for an exam.

Good hygiene goes a long way to prevent this. Any dog with the above symptoms should be isolated from other pets. Any clothing or utensils that have been contaminated by a dog with these symptoms should be thoroughly cleaned. This includes thoroughly washing your hands.

Feline Panleukopenia Outbreak in Los Angeles County
The Veterinary Public Health Program has been notified of more than 40 cats with confirmed cases of Panleukopenia in the areas of North Hollywood, Porter Ranch, and Lincoln Heights. The vast majority were kittens, and nearly all of them died. Due to the distance between reporting areas, we suspect this is a widespread outbreak, and more cases will likely occur.
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Caution to Dog Owners About Chicken Jerky Products
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to caution consumers about a potential association between the development of illness in dogs and the consumption of chicken jerky products. The products—also called chicken tenders, strips, or treats—are imported from China. FDA continues to receive complaints of sick dogs that their owners or veterinarians associate with eating chicken jerky products. FDA issued a cautionary warning to consumers in September 2007 Updated: December 13, 2011

HEALTH ADVISORY - Public Cautioned to Avoid Contact with Bats
LOS ANGELES - The Department of Public Health is cautioning the public against handling bats or other wildlife. Recent news reports indicate that more found bats in some areas of Southern California have tested positive for rabies. In Los Angeles County, Public Health has identified 12 rabid bats throughout the county since the beginning of the year. On average, eight to 10 rabid bats are detected every year.
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ANIMAL HEALTH ALERT - Possible Increased Canine Heartworm Risk in San Gabriel Valley Today, the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District sent out a press release to notify the public that they had detected more western treehole mosquitoes (a vector of canine heartworm) in the San Gabriel Valley this month. Download Press Release.*
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The FDA’s Grain-Free Diet Alert
The FDA launched an investigation into potential links between canine heart disease and diet — specifically grain-free diets. The American Kennel Club compiled the information you need to know to understand this recent development.

What is the FDA Investigating?
It is easy to jump to conclusions anytime we see an FDA headline about pet food. After all, our dog’s health is essential to us, and we know that diet can make a big difference in a dog’s well-being. We reached out to Dr. Jerry Klein, the Chief Veterinary Officer of the AKC, to hear his thoughts on the investigation."The FDA is investigating a potential dietary link between canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and dogs eating certain grain-free pet foods. The foods of concern are those containing legumes such as peas or lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes listed as primary ingredients. The FDA began investigating this matter after it received reports of DCM in dogs that had been eating these diets for a period of months to years. DCM itself is not considered rare in dogs, but these reports are unusual because the disease occurred in breeds of dogs not typically prone to the disease." Read more here.

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This diet may revolutionize weight loss for dogs and cats. Overweight pets have a significantly shorter lifespan and many more health problems. Read the success stories.

Animals Suffer From Allergies, Too.
Millions of domestic animals, such as dogs, cats
and horses, have some form of allergy. This is a very informative brochure for pet owners with solutions.
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