April 2017: Don’t “BUG” me…

Don’t ‘Be Bugged’ this Season!

Happy April to ALL MY Friends!!

My bro Ulysses and I are just ‘itching’ to tell you about how to make sure you and your family members are ‘bug free’ this season!!!
We want you to know that you can protect your favorite felines and canines at home from the ‘bug’ season. Spring time means that fleas, mosquitos, and internal parasites emerge from cocoons and ‘cubby holes’ both indoors and outdoors.
Everyone at my house LOVES to be outside together in the spring!! We know that bugs are all around us so we are prepared!
First thing each month my Dad makes sure we take our Trifexis tablets, and that my ‘kitty’ bros get their dose of monthly Revolution on their coats.
Our IVS Vets recommend the products listed below. Preventative products for internal and external parasites can be really confusing! Please give us a call with any questions!
Bravecto – For cats and dogs, protects against fleas and ticks, oral tablet for dogs & topical for cats, up to 12 weeks of protection
Trifexis – For dogs, protects against fleas, heartworms and intestinal parasites, oral tablet, given monthly
Revolution – For cats and dogs, protects against fleas, heartworms and ticks, topical application, applied monthly
Love and kisses from me, Lizzie!!!

Pups and Parasites

Dr. Snyder & Dr. Pascucci
Dr. Snyder explains that intestinal parasites are a common occurrence in puppies and kittens. They often are born with these “worms” as they’re infected while developing in their mothers’ womb. Parasites need to be addressed as they can cause weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, intestinal obstruction, and low blood sugar if worm burdens become too high.
All puppies should have a fecal sample analyzed for worms. This test looks for worm eggs, so sometimes they can have negative results and still have worms. Multiple tests (about 3) may be required to ensure no worms are present. If worms are seen, an appropriate deworming medication is chosen. Not all dewormers kill all types of worms, so it’s important to test puppies to ensure we’re giving the appropriate treatment.
Adult dogs can get worms, too. They tend to have less symptoms as they have better immune systems. All dogs who go for walks, play with other dogs, go to boarding facilities, or go to dog parks/dog beach should have annual fecal tests to ensure they aren’t infected.
Some worms are zoonotic- which means they can spread to humans. All pets who live in a household with immunocompromised people, or children, need fecal tests regularly to protect their human family members.
Now that Dr. Snyder has explained how our pets can get parasites, Dr. Pascucci will tell us how about parasite prevention, what can a client do to prevent parasites.
Most pets get intestinal parasites by ingestion of parasite eggs. The parasite eggs are microscopic and can be found on domesticated and wild animals’ feces, or in contaminated dirt and water.

Here are a few things you can do to try to prevent parasites in your pets:

  • Promptly pick up the feces to prevent contamination of the environment.
  • Keep your pet clean and bathe regularly to avoid parasite eggs from fecal material from contaminating the hair which can be ingested while grooming.
  • Ensure your pet is not eating feces on walks or in the yard. They can get parasites from ingesting rabbit, squirrel, coyote or other dog’s or cat’s feces.
  • Prevent your pets from hunting prey and ingesting parasites that way by keeping cats indoors and dogs on leash on walks.
  • Monthly intestinal parasite control with products such as Trifexis or Heartgard are effective against many intestinal parasites.
  • Perform regular fecal exams for screening and to ensure prompt treatment of any intestinal parasite found.

Schedule your appointment today to talk to your Veterinarian about parasite prevention! Don’t forget to bring in a fecal sample!

Keep Kitties Safe too

By Dr. Morse
Most people think that parasites are only a problem in dogs, but cats can get parasites too – so don’t forget to check, protect, and treat all your furry friends monthly for parasites. Cats that go outdoors can pick up fleas from the environment, just like dogs. Kitties that roam, may also acquire intestinal worms from interacting with other outdoor or feral cats, or by hunting and eating prey. While cats that live indoors are less likely to be exposed to parasites, dogs (and even people) in the household can sometimes bring in fleas or infected fecal material from outside. So even if your kitty is “safe” inside, there’s still always a risk – that’s why it’s a good idea to take extra precautions by checking a yearly fecal and keeping your cat on a broad spectrum monthly parasite preventative.

Dogs, Cats and Coyotes – Oh My!

It’s puppy season for coyotes. They tend to breed late December through March with pups being born in early spring. Coyotes tend to be most active between sunset and sunrise but when they have pups they may need to hunt throughout the day. Coyotes can be more aggressive during this time.
If you live in Irvine or surrounding Orange County areas, you have very likely seen a coyote in your neighborhood. As a Veterinary Hospital, we see many pets that have been attacked. Please make sure you keep your small pets indoors. Do not keep pets outside overnight. Please keep your dogs leashed when on walks.
Coyotes don’t like loud noises, make yourself look big, throw rocks or use hoses/water bottles to spray coyotes if you are approached.
For more information on coyotes, please visit https://legacy.cityofirvine.org/ipd/divisions/animalservices/coyote.asp.

Meet Diane!

Diane has been grooming since 1972. She apprenticed with a poodle grooming teacher for 4 ½ years and has been with IVS since 2001. Her gentle nature instills trust and calmness from the first meeting. Diane cannot pick a favorite breed to groom because she thinks they’re all fun. Diane’s special knack it for her pet to fall asleep on the table while she is grooming them. Scheduled your meet and greet with Diane today!
Learn more about our grooming services or contact us online at http://irvinevetservices.com/pet-grooming-irvine/

Superstar of the Month: Jack

Irvine Animal Care Center | 6443 Oak Canyon | Irvine, CA 92618 | Phone: 949-724-7740
Vesuvius might just be the most eligible bachelor at the Irvine Animal Care Center. He is an 8 month old, neutered male, brown tabby and white Domestic Shorthair. Vesuvius came to the Center with a few of his very shy siblings. They were then placed on a program to help them gain confidence so that they could become adopted. His siblings have been adopted and now Vesuvius is looking for a special home of his own. While he is now as sweet as can be, he does suffer from environmental allergies which cause him to itch and scratch. We believe that the right environment and proper care will help Vesuvius feel much better. Come by for a cuddle and find out why this handsome guy may hold the key to your heart!

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