June News and Views: Flea Control

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Send your question to us at askus@irvinevetservices.com.
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First Aid Kits for Me and My Friends-Keeping Us Safe this Summer!

It’s summer and it’s time to go on vacation!
I LOVE to take trips with my Mom and Dad, ESPECIALLY when we take trips in the car and find GREAT new places to EXPLORE!

When you take us along you want to be SURE that you bring our food, water, any medication and emergency information for us. Check out our NEW website link, ‘Access Your Pets Medical Records.’ You can view and copy all our medical history in an emergency when you are traveling-or make a special mobile copy of your pet’s medical records! How cool is that!

Lots of my friends and their humans like to hike and camp. All our Vets say it’s a really good idea to pack a first aid kit along just in case. So what should go inside?

Dr. Oakley put a great list of items to include:

  1. Leash
  2. Water
  3. Gauze roll and gauze sponge
  4. Hydrogen peroxide
  5. Tweezers
  6. Bandage scissors
  7. Tape
  8. Telfa Pads
  9. Hemostats
  10. Skin glue
  11. Colban wrap/vet wrap
  12. Nail clippers
  13. Kwik stop
  14. First Aid manual- CPR instructions
  15. Towel
  16. Muzzle
  17. Thermometer and KY jelly
  18. Cold pack/ice pack
  19. Comb
  20. Gloves
  21. Plastic bags gloves
  22. List of local veterinary clinics in the area
  23. Saline flush/Eye wash
  24. Neosporin
  25. Sterile eye lubricant
  26. Flea/tick preventative
  27. Betadine solution or presoaked gauze in a Ziploc
  28. Baby powder to prevent heat rash in areas that rub together

Other great resources:
Check out Dr. Oakley’s website recommendations:
LL Bean has a great sporting dog first aid kit
Amazon – nice kits and individual products
Red Cross – nice first aid kit and booklets
Any more questions for us at IVS? Drop us a note on our website, e-mail us or give us a call! Have a happy, healthy summer!
Love and kisses for me Lizzie!


Flea Products Recommended by IVS

flea-productsWith warm summer months just around the corner we have many things to look forward to: backyard barbecues, pool parties, afternoons at the beach…and those pesky fleas! Yuck!!!

Dogs and cats often get infested with fleas through contact with other animals or contact with fleas in the environment. The strong back legs of this insect enable it to jump from host to host or from the environment onto the host. The flea’s bite can cause itching for the host but for a sensitive or flea-allergic animal, this itching can be quite severe and leads to hair-loss, inflammation and secondary skin infections. Some pets, hypersensitive to the flea’s saliva, will itch all over from the bite of even a single flea.

Please call either of our convenient locations to discuss what flea treatment would work best for your pet.

University Park 949-786-0990
Northpark 714-573-1890
Here at IVS we recommend the following products:


Be sure to ask your veterinarian for recommendations
on how to prevent and control these pesky fleas.

IVS Offers a Free 30-Day Trial with Trupanion

TrupanionTrupanion is affordable health insurance for both your cat and dog over 8 weeks and under 14 years of age. Similar to human health insurance, pet insurance helps provide peace of mind in case the unfortunate should happen. Its purpose is to help cover the costs of unexpected accidents and illnesses that may occur in the future. Unfortunately, it will not cover any current conditions your pet may have which are known as pre-existing conditions. This means that the ideal time to insure your pet is as early as possible so that anything that happens in the future will be covered

Visit Trupanion for more information or call either one of our locations. We would be happy to discuss Trupanion and its value for both you and your pet.

Trupanion states “We’re a pet insurance provider started and run by pet lovers, which means we understand the bond you share with your dog/cat. And we want to protect it.”

IVS Announces a New Online Store

Online-store-cartOn the run or busy at work and need a fast and easy way to purchase your pet’s medicine, fleas/tick/heartworm prevention or food? We have the solution for you! IVS has now launched an easy to use online store for both our locations.


Both these sites will be easily accessible from our website www.irvinevetservices.com. With just a few clicks, products will be delivered right to your front door.

Pet Health Records Easily Accessed Online

epethealthIn keeping with our commitment to provide excellent patient care, we are excited to introduce a New and User Friendly online service, ePetHealth. ePetHealth is the new provider for our online pet health records service previously provided by VetStreet. We have teamed with ePetHealth to offer you online access to your pet’s medical information. This service allows you to view or print the necessary information needed when in an emergency, traveling, boarding, or taking classes.

  • Ability to manage pets’ health schedules, view upcoming appointments, or follow up on health care recommendations
  • 24/7 access to the required medical records needed for boarding, traveling, enrolling in classes, or in an emergency
  • Email alert reminder can be setup for product or medication doses.
  • Request appointments, make boarding reservations, refill medications, or ask general questions. This service is available 24/7, which makes communication with IVS convenient and easy.

Also available on ePetHealth are pet health articles, videos, an interactive program which can be opened to explore body systems and learn how different areas of anatomy can affect your pet’s health, breed specific information and much much more.

We here at IVS are very excited about the conversion to ePetHealth and believe you will too.
To login visit: https://www.epethealth.com/, access will also be available on the IVS home page www.irvinevetservices.com .

For those clients that prefer mobile access, ePetHealth also has a mobile application. Visit your app store on your mobile device and search for ePetHealth. ePetHealth Mobile allows users to access their pet’s medical record information on the go.

Available For Adoption!!


MEET Nars…This guy is full of personality and looking for a place to call home. Nars has been with us here at IVS for a while now, but we feel he would do better in a home environment. Nars has been known to get himself into some trouble, such as eating small objects, therefore he would probably do better in a kid-free environment, no small toys.
Please contact our University Park location for more information on Nars or to schedule a meet and greet at 949-786-0990.


  1. Melinda McCrea
  2. Ellie Genuardi

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