August 2014 News & Views: Boarding

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Meet my Special Friends that Board at IVS!

post-LIZZIE-picAt IVS we LOVE to see our friends stay with us when their ‘people’ go out of town. EVERYBODY at IVS enjoys trying to make stays at IVS fun, safe and comfortable.

From the time our ‘guests’ arrive to when they go home at pick-up, we pay attention to their needs. At admittance we listen to their ‘people parents’ about special routines, special foods, special medications and medical needs, if any, and what pets love to do when they are at home. The more we learn at admittance the better we are at making boarding stays comfortable.

One of the most important things we do when a pet visits us for boarding is to examine each pet shortly after they arrive. We get a chance to make sure everybody is healthy and happy. All pets stay in clean and sanitary kennels that are constantly monitored by our kennel staff. Everybody receives at least two walks each day or more, and our feline guests get special attention as we clean their kennels and provide fresh water and Hill’s Science Diet quality food. Meet some of our caring staff in this fun video!

All the pets we care for at IVS are special and unique. I have some great stories to share with you about some of my friends that stay with us. We learn about their special needs, come to understand what is fun and comfortable for them, and find fun and special ways to make them happy.
Enjoy my special stories!

Love and kisses from me, Lizzie!


Meet some of our ‘Favorite’ boarders at IVS!

post-Henry-O-HeanyHenry O’Heany.
“The first time I saw Henry, (October 31, 2006), he was five months old and I fell in love with him immediately. He’s going on eight years old now. We bonded with that first haircut. Whenever he is boarding, I try to visit him every day he’s here at IVS. We are very happy to see each other, so I have to give him lots of kisses. I love him!”
– Diane Taylor, Groomer

post-oreo-clarkeOreo Clarke.
“Oreo is one of my favorite boarders here at IVS. Whenever she comes to board with us at IVS, we have to make sure to give her extra bedding and she has to be up on a grate. The reason for the extra bedding is due to her hips and knees. She is a ‘senior’ dog and gets stiff after lying down too long. I always make sure to spend a lot of time with her. She looks very serious, but the minute you start talking to her, she perks up and will give you a big kiss on your face! She is a gentle dog with lots of love to give. “
– Liza Deemer, Lead Kennel

post-Tasha-SelgaTasha Selga.
“We LOVE having Tasha board with us at IVS Northpark. She is such a cute and sweet girl! She loves her walks and dances along to Elvis!”
– Sharon Freshour, Practice Manager-NP

Are your pet’s vaccinations up to date?

In order to protect the health of your pet and ensure the health of other hospitalized or boarding pets, IVS requires the following vaccines be up to date:


  • DHP
  • Parvo
  • Bordetella
  • Rabies


  • Rabies
  • FELV


People Food to Avoid Feeding your Pets

Some foods, which are edible for humans, can pose hazards for your pet. Chocolate, macadamia nuts, avocados…these foods sound delicious to you, but they’re actually dangerous for our pets. Here is a list of the top toxic people foods to avoid feeding your pet:

  • Chocolate, coffee, caffeine. When ingested by pets, the side effects are vomiting and diarrhea, excessive thirst and urination, tremors, seizures and even death.
  • Alcohol. Side effects are vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing and tremors.
  • Macadamia Nuts. These nuts have caused weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs.
  • Grapes and raisins. These fruits can cause kidney failure.
  • Yeast dough. Yeast dough can rise and cause gas to accumulate in your pet’s digestive system. This can be painful and can cause the stomach or intestines to rupture. Because the risk diminishes after the dough is cooked and the yeast has fully risen, pets can have small bits of bread as treats.
  • Raw/undercooked meat, eggs and bones. Raw meat and raw eggs can contain bacteria such as Salmonella that can be harmful to pets.
  • Xylitol. Xylitol is used as a sweetener in products such as gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste. It can cause insulin release in most species, which can lead to liver failure.
  • Onions, garlic and chives. These vegetables and herbs can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could lead to red blood cell damage.
  • Milk. Milk and milk-based products cause pets to have diarrhea or other digestive upset.
  • Salt. Signs that your pet may have eaten too many salty foods include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature and seizures.

If you suspect your pet has eaten any of the above foods, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian.


August’s Superstar of the Month

Turner is a 3 year old neutered male Mastiff mix that weighs 86 pounds. Turner came to Irvine Animal Care Center (IACC) a stray. He would do best in a home with older children. Turner seems to get along well with other dogs, and would love to be the newest addition to your family. Click here to obtain more information.



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