Lizzie invites you to sing ‘Happy Birthday America’ on this 4th of July!!
July means fun times for our families and friends, and especially for you and me, much loved canines and felines! We get to share beautiful outside weather with our humans-swimming, hiking, and my favorite -BARBECUING!
What dog does not love the smell of ANYTHING cooking on the grill!! Even my bro Tyler, the Burmese cat LOVES salmon on the grill.
Just a reminder to keep us in the shade and when the Holiday weekend inspires you to take us on a stroll down beautiful SoCal trails, beaches and parks bring along some water for us too!
We all know that some of us get REALLY scared on the 4th because of all the noise!! Please keep us inside if you travel outside to see the fireworks, close all the windows, turn on the air so that we hear less. Some of us may need medication so please give one of our IVS Vets a call and ask for some special medication that can make us calm and sleepy so that we are not AFRAID.
And please don’t forget to think of IVS for boarding if you must travel without us this July. Because we are a Vet Hospital open every day we carefully watch each ‘pet guest’ and perform careful physical exams before and after a boarding stay. Our feline guests are treated to a beautiful ‘greenhouse’ suite and window views with trees and great birds!
Whatever you do this July make it fun and filled with love and happiness!!
Love and kisses from me, Lizzie!!!
Does my dog need to be vaccinated for the “dog flu”?
By Dr. Elizabeth Morse
Wondering where to board your pet this summer and if they’re going to catch the latest strain of “dog flu” going around? Dr. Morse is here to give us the inside scoop:
If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you’ve probably heard about the recent “dog flu” outbreak in Los Angeles County, and in other several areas of the country. So, what exactly is the “dog flu,” and should your pet be vaccinated for it?
The dog flu is caused by the Canine Influenza Virus (CIV). Unlike the flu in people (which is NOT contagious to dogs, and vice versa with the dog flu), the canine influenza virus primarily causes a respiratory infection. The reason that CIV has been in the news is that certain dogs can develop pneumonia after being infected. Pneumonia is obviously much more serious than the cold-like symptoms that we usually see with upper respiratory infections. Dogs with pneumonia may need to be hospitalized if they develop a bad fever or are having trouble breathing, and rarely pneumonia can be fatal. The good news is that the risk of developing pneumonia from the Canine Influenza Virus is low, especially in young, healthy dogs. Dogs that usually develop pneumonia or succumb to the disease are usually older and immunocompromised, or have concurrent systemic diseases.
So what can you do to help keep your fur babies safe? One of the options is to vaccinate your dog for the H3N2 strain of the Canine Influenza Virus (this is the strain most recently seen in Los Angeles). At this point in time, we recommend vaccinating your dog for Canine Influenza Virus if he or she is considered to be “at risk”. This includes dogs that travel frequently between Orange and Los Angeles counties (or other areas of the country that have been affected), dogs that spend a lot of time at dog parks, boarding, or daycare facilities, and senior, debilitated, or immunocompromised dogs that could develop more severe disease if they get infected. Even if you have a dog that mostly stays at home, consider vaccinating if you have a younger dog that is frequently out and about – that will help protect your stay-at home dog in case your more outgoing dog brings the virus home.
Call us to setting up an appointment to see if the CIV vaccine is right for you and your dog!
More in-depth information can also be found at the following websites:
American Veterinary Medical Association (https://www.avma.org)
Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine (https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu)
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (http://publichealth.lacounty.gov)
Why do Veterinarians recommend annual bloodwork?
By Dr. Lisa Fieg
“Bloodwork” refers to a set of chemical tests that veterinarians perform on a sample of your pet’s blood. The tests are minimally invasive, fast, accurate, and affordable. Most treatments have better results when they are started early, as your pet’s blood will often start showing signs of illness before signs are outwardly noticeable. As our pets get older, the chance of illness increases and regular bloodwork becomes even more important to monitor their health.
Bloodwork is often supplemented by ‘urinalysis,’ another set of chemical tests performed on a urine sample. When performed together, these tests are an affordable way to give your veterinarian a powerful insight into your pet’s current health status.
The tests included in bloodwork and urinalysis can vary slightly depending on the pet’s needs, but they are categorized as follows:
- 1. Complete Blood Cell count: This test records the relative percentages of different types of cells in the blood. Abnormal results can indicate anemia (red blood cell deficiency), dehydration, allergic reactions, infection, parasites, and blood clotting problems
- 2. Serum Chemistry Profile: This test checks the health of the liver and kidneys. It also measures electrolytes (which can cause dysfunction in the heart and nervous system when imbalanced) and total protein levels (which can help diagnose dehydration, hemorrhage, chronic inflammation, and organ health).
- 3. Urinalysis: careful examination of the urine sample can reveal blood, bacteria, crystals, or excessive protein, which can be indicative of an ongoing disease process.
Diabetes, kidney disease, and urinary tract infection are three common diseases that can be diagnosed early with bloodwork and urinalysis.
Performing these tests regularly will give your veterinarian a good basis from which to plan your pet’s health and treatment going forward, addressing problems before they become major issues.
For your convenience, we can perform annual lab tests and give any needed vaccinations during a bathing, boarding or grooming stay at Irvine Veterinary Services. We also offer drop off appointments 7 days a week!
While you’re here…
Did you know that most dogs should get bathed every 4-6 weeks depending on their breed and hair length?
If your dog has been boarding we recommend scheduling them for a bath the day you plan to pick up. Dogs that are boarding with us get a clean room, fresh bedding, and fresh water at least twice daily. But sometimes accidents do happen.
All dogs get walked at least twice a day and while we try and keep them from playing in the dirt, it does happen that they like to paw or scratch and get dirty.
When it’s raining we do our best to keep the dogs dry, however that dreaded wet dog smell is sometimes unavoidable and their paws tend to get wet and muddy.
By scheduling a bath the day they go home we can make sure they are nice and clean and smell fresh for you when you come pick them up. Things that are included in the baths are nail trims, ear cleaning and anal gland expression. These things keep your pet healthy and happy. Once your dog is bathed and dried we brush them out if needed, give them a bandana, and lightly scent them with cologne to make sure they look cute and smell good for pick up.
Do you also know that we offer baths for cats?
Most cats can groom themselves but sometimes they need a bath to help them stay fresh. If your cat has been boarding with us we can give them a bath, which includes nail trimming, ear cleaning, and for longer haired cats a good brushing before you come pick them up.
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