April News and Views: Parasite Awareness Month

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What’s ‘Bugging Us’ Dogs and Cats this Spring!

Lizzie ChillingHappy Spring everyone!

I love this time of year because of all the beautiful flowers and birds singing!

But this is the time of year for lots of bugs and bees, so there are lots of things that ‘bug’ me and all my friends in the spring. I have big-time skin allergies and my Dad says this time of the year its worse. If I get just one flea bite, I get an allergic reaction and REALLY start to itch, all the time! My skin and ears get all red and itchy. You know what it feels like? Ever had poison ivy? That’s the itchy feeling!

But that’s not all. Did you know that there are hundreds of parasites that dogs and cats can get inside and outside? Most common: tapeworms, heartworms, roundworms, ear mites, demodectic and sarcoptic mange, coccidia, and giardia.

But there’s good news!! Our humans that love us can protect us from these ‘bugs’ How?

Monthly preventatives are available to treat MOST of these ‘itchy’ and bad bugs that make us sick!

Check out our newsletter list of IVS recommended products to protect us from the bugs! You can drop by and pick them up or go on-line and have them sent right to your door.

Want to become a parasite expert? Visit the Companion Animal Parasite Council website, at www.capcvet.org for more information.

Do you have a parasite question? Ask me at lizzie@irvinevetservices.com and I will find an answer for you!

Most important-get out and walk with your human this spring and summer! Make sure you get a parasite protection product for all your friends and ENJOY this wonderful weather!

Check in with me on my next blog and I will tell you all about how to avoid getting stung by bees and wasps and what to do to avoid the really scary reaction some of us get when we are stung!

Love and Kisses from me, Lizzie!

Top Internal and External Parasite Control

Dogs and cats are not just pets. They are treated like members of the family. And like any member of your family, it’s important to keep your companion animal healthy and free of parasites.

Itching_DogHere at IVS we recommend the following products:

Topical Products

  1. Vectra – applied monthly to controls adult fleas, eggs, larvae, and pupae. www.vectrapet.com/
  2. Vectra 3D – controls adult fleas, eggs, larvae, and pupae as well as ticks, mosquitoes, sand flies and suckling lice. www.vectrapet.com/
  3. Revolution – controls adult fleas, eggs, ear mites, sarcoptic mange, heartworm, and dermacentor ticks (american dog tick) www.revolutionpet.com/revolutionpet.aspx

Oral Products

  1. Comfortis – kills adult fleas for one month. www.comfortis4dogs.com
  2. Trifexis – kills adult fleas, heartworm, and intestinal worms: roundworms, hookworms, whipworms. www.trifexis.com
  3. Heartgard – heartworm, intestinal worms: roundworms and hookworms. www.heartgard.com

All products should be purchased at your veterinary office.

Revolution, Trifexis, and Heartgard will require heartworm tests prior to starting these products. Heartworm tests are included in our Preventative Care Packages. Our Preventative Care Packages help make caring for your dog and cat simple and affordable.

When you purchase any of these products through IVS or our online store, if there are any adverse reactions, the products are guaranteed by the drug manufacturer. You may return the product and obtain possible reimbursement for treatments. ***Beware of online pharmacies that do not tell you where the medications are obtained from. You have no manufacture guarantee.

Not Your Traditional Spay

Technology is constantly changing and here at IVS we take pride in practicing the most advanced medicine out there. Irvine Veterinary Services – University Park has introduced a new laparoscopic ovariohysterctomy (spay) procedure that diminishes pain and recovery time for female dogs by up to 65 percent compared to the traditional method. Laparoscopic ovariohysterectomy is minimally invasive and safer because the entire procedure is performed through a dime-sized incision, and, while doctors view the organs via a state-of-the-art camera system, the ovaries and uterus are removed by cauterizing the blood vessels and ligaments. The procedure eliminates tearing of the ligaments, potential tearing of the body wall and possible hemorrhage by the main arteries to the ovaries.

Meet the Grooming and Boarding Staff at Northpark


Going away for Spring Break or Memorial Day? Dana, Victor, Ann and Rachel would love to pamper your babies while you’re away.

Make your boarding reservation now. Please call to reserve a space at either of our two convenient locations.

  • University Park – 949-786-0990
  • Northpark – 714-573-1890

At Irvine Veterinary Services, we take very seriously the trust you demonstrate by leaving your pet in our care. And while there is “no place like home,” it is our sincere purpose to provide a safe, comfortable, and caring environment for your pet while in our care. Clients should feel confident that our boarding procedures are of the highest quality and that your pet is attended to by trained, experienced, kennel staff and qualified Veterinarians seven days a week.

Save the Day – 7th Annual OC Super Adoption Event, June 2rd

web_superpet2013_headerPlease join us at our booth Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 for the 7th Annual Orange County Super Adoption event, as we partner with the shelter in placing adorable pets awaiting adoption.

IVS Foster Dogs, Looking for their Forever Homes

Please visit the Irvine Animal Care Center to view dogs, cats, rabbits & pocket animals awaiting their forever homes.

Thank you.

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