“Springing” into Warmer Weather

Are you ready for beautiful flowers this April?

Happy Easter and Passover to all my friends!

I know you will agree that we are about to celebrate the most beautiful Spring in a very long time here in Orange County!

We have finally received the rain we needed!

Now our reward is to enjoy the sights and smells of new life blooming around us, especially all the beautiful flowers! Time for long walks on Hicks Canyon trail and Peters Canyon!

At IVS we are gearing up for an active ‘bug’ season. Most of us dogs and cats are on year -round parasite control to protect us against the ‘bug’ season of Spring and Summer.

If you are getting ready to stock up on parasite prevention we have some great news!

We are now offering a private label product line called ‘Vethical’.

The Vethical line products are identical to the products you have come to depend on-Trifexis and Revolution.

For Trifexis fans: choose ComboGuard, same quality LOWER PRICE.

For Revolution fans: choose Paradyne, same quality LOWER PRICE.

Both products are immediately available on our On-line store. Check it out @ www.irvinevetservices.com, shopping cart icons on the top of our website.

Check out details from our Veterinarians in our newsletter. Let us help you through the ‘bug’ season!

Love and kisses from me and my family-

Tyler, Connor, Lincoln, Ulysses and me!



We are introducing Vethical products!  These are ‘private label’ products to replace the more expensive name brand products.  ‘Private label’ means they are the exact same ingredients, made by the same manufacturer.  So, YOU AND YOUR PET receive the equivalent of the name brand, but at a price that is lower, like a generic.  Vethical products are only available in hospital or our on-line store.  Vethical is not available through other on-line pharmacies or other retailers.

Private label Vethical products are now available for Trifexis and Revolution.


Is your pet currently on Trifexis? Try ComboGuard! It has the same active ingredient (spinosad and milbemycin oxime) and is also a flavored chewable oral medication for dogs. Just like Trifexis, ComboGuard is used for flea control, heartworm prevention and control/prevention of intestinal parasites (hookworm, roundworm, whipworm).

Are you a fan of the topical Revolution for your cat or dog? We are now offering Paradyne! This has the same active ingredient we have all come to know and love – selamectin. Paradyne controls fleas, is a heartworm preventive and is used for the treatment of ear mites.

Have questions? Call us to learn more. Or you can pick up your product from our practices or order  online store and set up your home delivery today!

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Why fecal tests are important

Have you ever wondered why sometimes your pet’s stools are a little less formed some days and then formed the next? Many times, especially with our younger pets, this is a sign of potentially having internal parasites. It is important to rule out internal parasites first before further diving into other diagnostics. Especially since it is straight forward to treat for intestinal parasites.

Intestinal parasites that may be found with a fecal test: roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, coccidia and Giardia.

Regardless of age, we recommended that you bring your pets in for a Wellness exam. Just like we see our physicians annually to make sure we are healthy, it is important to do the same for our beloved pets. As an owner, you know your pets the best, so when you notice that your pets are not quite themselves, we recommend that you bring them in for an exam.


Ewww parasites!

Here are the top 3 internal parasites you should know about.

By Dr. Fujita


 Tapeworms are flat and segmented.

  • What are they?
    • Long flat worms that attach themselves to your dog’s or cat’s intestines
  • Will my pet become sick from tapeworms?
    • Often, your pet will not get sick or lose weight due to tapeworms.
  • How will I know my pet has tapeworms?
    • Segments of the tapeworms, which can look like grains of rice or sesame seeds, detach and pass through with the feces. You may find these segments in the feces or around your pet’s rectum.
    • Bring your pet in for an exam and a fecal sample so that our veterinarians can evaluate your pet and send home the medication they need.
  • How do I prevent my pet from getting tapeworms?
    • Tapeworms are transmitted by infected fleas or rodents. Fleas, unfortunately for us in sunny Southern California, are present in the environment all year round! It is key to keep your pets on flea prevention. Ask our veterinarians about the flea preventative that will work best for your pets.
  • Should I be concerned for myself?
    • People are rarely affected by dog tapeworms. The tapeworms that can potentially cause serious disease are not as common in the United States.


Roundworms are white/off-white and shaped like spaghetti.

  • What are they?
    • They are essentially as the name implies, a worm that is round and affects the intestines.
    • They are the most common parasitic worm that we find in our pets, especially when they are puppies and kittens
    • These worms are white or light brown and may be several inches long.
  • How does my pet become infected?
    • Your pet may be infected from the time it was born. Roundworms are often passed from the mother.
    • Puppies and kittens may eat the young stage of the worm in their mother’s milk or in the environment.
    • Adult dogs and cats can become infected as well.
  • Will my pet become sick from round worms?
    • Some pets may not have any signs of infection. Majority of the infections, especially with puppies/kittens, show signs such as having diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, potbellied appearance and have a dull hair coat.
    • Roundworms may travel to the lungs causing your pet to cough.
  • How will I know my pet has roundworms?
    • The roundworms may be seen in the feces or in vomit.
    • Ultimately, we recommend checking a fecal sample.
  • How do I treat my pet for roundworms?
    • Bring your pet in for an exam so they can be evaluated by our veterinarians. Also bring in a fecal sample. Pending the fecal test results, our veterinarian will send home the most appropriate medication if needed.
  • How do I prevent my pet from getting roundworms?
    • Keep your pet’s environment/living area clean, remove feces regularly, and prevent your pet from eating potentially infected wild animals.
    • For puppies, it is important to deworm and fecal test more frequently. Ask our veterinarians for more information.
  • Should I be concerned for myself?
    • People can get roundworms from contact with contaminated feces or soil. Remember to wash your hands after handling your pet and their feces.
    • Roundworm infection can cause issue with eyes, lungs, heat and even neurologic signs in people. Talk with your physician if you have any concerns.
    • Do not allow children to play in areas that your pet may relieve themselves outside.


Giardia can only be seen with a microscope.

  • What is it?
    • Giardia is a single-celled parasite that will reside in the intestines of dogs.
    • Puppies are often the ones that become infected but adult dogs can become infected with Giardia.
  • How does my dog become infected?
    • Drinking water or ingest feces that is contaminated with Giardia.
  • Will my pet become sick from Giardia?
    • Some dogs may not become clinical (show signs). Other dogs will have diarrhea.
    • If your dog has Giardia for a while, other signs seen are weight loss and poor condition.
  • How do I treat my dog with Giardia?
    • Bring your pet in for an exam so they can be evaluated by our veterinarians. Also bring in a fecal sample. Pending the fecal test results, our veterinarian will send home the most appropriate medication if needed.
  • How do I prevent my pet from getting Giardia?
    • Make sure to provide clean drinking water and prevent your dog from drinking water in areas which can be contaminated.
    • If your dog is already being treated for Giardia, make sure to remove feces regularly to prevent re-infection.
  • Should I be concerned for myself?
    • There is a low risk of Giardia spreading to you. Giardia is a common cause of diarrhea, however the specific kind of Giardia that infects dogs does not usually affect people.
    • Giardia that infects humans can infect your dog, which then your dog can infect you.
    • Make sure to wash your hands!

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