Pet Ownership 101

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Owning a pet (s) is a big responsibility!  As members of our family, their needs need to be met in order to have a healthy and happy life style, just like us humans.  If you are a pet parent now, I’m sure you know the importance of time, love and dedication for our pets. Let’s go over some key points:

Safe environment, diet, preventative care, exercise and more – are critical in keeping our pet’s healthy in help them live a comfortable and long life!

Keep only the type and number of pets for which you can provide appropriate food, water, shelter, health care and companionship. We all want to help pets, but we must be able to provide for them.

Provide appropriate exercise and mental stimulation.

Properly socialize and train your pet. It’s never too late to get your pet trained.

Recognize that pet ownership requires an investment of time and money.

Make sure your pet receives preventive health care (vaccinations, parasite control, etc.), as well as care for any illnesses or injuries.  We all want to ensure life-long protection for our beloved pets.  Yearly or every 3 year vaccines (depending on the vaccine and age of your pet) are recommended. We advise you to follow your own veterinarian’s recommendations.  As a pet gets older, one may think their pet is not at risk or vaccines are not needed. Young or old, all pets need to be vaccinated for their own protection and the safety of others.  Pacific Animal Hospital has incredible Wellness Packages for pets of all ages.  Our plans cover all of your pet’s yearly preventative care needs, and you can pay in flat monthly installments or all at once for even greater savings.    

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Make sure your pet is properly identified (i.e., tags, microchips, or tattoos). Give your pet the protection of a 24hr microchip! Please keep in mind that microchips do not replace identification and rabies tags. Microchips are great for permanent identification, but nothing replaces a collar with up-to-date identification tags.  It’s a quick and painless procedure and it lasts for our pet’s lifetime!  Please keep your registration information up to date. If you move or you change your phone number, you will need to update your microchip registration as soon as possible. Here at PAH, we are pro microchipping!   

Don’t contribute to our nation’s pet overpopulation problem: limit your pet’s reproduction through spay/neuter, containment or managed breeding. This is so important! As a pet gets older they can develop pyometra (pus filled uterus – females) or testicular cancer (males).

Prepare for an emergency or disaster.  Always have a copy of your pet’s vaccinations, extra medications, pet carriers , leashes/collars and/or harnesses.

Make alternate arrangements if you can no longer provide care for your pet. Don’t wait until the last minute. There are some wonderful rescue groups in your county.

Recognize any decline in your pet’s quality of life and make decisions in consultation with a veterinarian.  Talk to your veterinarian if you noticed something different in your older pet.   

At Pacific Animal Hospital our goal is for every pet to receive preventative care.  We are the health care provider for our patients so it is up to us to take good care of them!  If you have any questions or concerns about vaccines or any other topic regarding your pet’s wellness, consult with your veterinarian so they can give you the information on your specific pet needs. What a wonderful gift to give to you and your pet!  Protect their health and future by seeing your veterinarian twice a year!

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What is an AAHA Veterinary Hospital?

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Being an AAHA hospital we are asked this question often…….what is AAHA? We have voluntarily chosen to go through the process of becoming accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) because we understand that your pet holds a valued place in your heart, and your pet’s health is very important to us.  To be accredited by AAHA, PAH had to demonstrate an exceptional level of medical care, client services and be measured against strict standards in the veterinary industry. During the accreditation process, we were evaluated based on AAHA’s Standards of Accreditation – an extensive list of approximately 900 standards that directly associates the care we provide for the pet.

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Some examples of these standards are:

  • Diagnostic Services
  • Anesthesia
  • Patient care
  • Surgery
  • Contagious Disease
  • Emergency and Critical care
  • Dentistry
  • Pain Management
  • Radiography and Ultrsound
  • Referral Standards
  • Continuing Education
  • Onsite pharmacy
  • Safety……and more!
Denise following up on her animal health class!

Denise following up on her animal health class!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On April 13, 2016 Pacific Animal Hospital once again had a successful evaluation! We have been accredited since 2010. Our continuous commitment to our practice and most importantly to our patients, clients and community is so important to us and so rewarding!  Our accreditation demonstrates our commitment to providing outstanding client service and patient care.   We have the team, training, equipment, medical procedures and facilities that AAHA believes are important for the delivery of high quality veterinary care.  We are here for you and your fur babies!

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Pacific Animal Hospital also offers acupuncture, laser therapy, boarding and grooming.  We are also a Cat Friendly Practice! PAH has taken the optimum steps to become a Cat Friendly Practice and had a successful evaluation by implementing the CFP standards checklist at the Gold Level.  We are proud to be recognized by the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Our goal is to protect your pet’s health and help ensure a long, happy and comfortable life!  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your pet, please give us a call at (760) 757-2442. We are open 7 days a week, Monday – Friday,  7 am to 8 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 am – 5 pm.   

 

Dr. Attix checking Bobbi's ears

Dr. Attix checking Bobbi’s ears