Are Your Pets Ready for 2017?

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Last month of the year is here. Sigh……. Did you complete your pets to do list for 2016?  Getting Ranger’s teeth cleaned, Molly’s spay, Kitty’s pedicure…….well it’s not too late.  Don’t get overwhelmed.  Some animal hospitals, such as Pacific Animal Hospital, allow clients to drop off their pet and will take care of all your pet’s needs. Everyone wants to see their pets happy and healthy, but remember that just because they look healthy to you doesn’t mean they shouldn’t see their veterinarian.  We also offer some amazing money saving Wellness Plans that will make you and your budget happy!

Pets are part of the family and seeing them ill is never easy. Taking precautionary measures seriously reduces the chances of disease or illness at a fraction of the cost of treating a serious or emergency condition. Early diagnosis and treatment slows common diseases in pets such as kidney disease, periodontal disease and tooth loss, and osteoarthritis are just a few that preventative vet care can prevent or inhibit.

Many veterinarians recommend a twice a year physical exam and preventive care which covers:

Vaccinations

Parasites

Nutrition

Exercise

Head to Tail full physical exam

Blood work

Exams of the ears, eyes, and mouth are very important. Examination of an animal’s eyes may show anemia, infections, cataracts, high blood pressure, kidney problems, jaundice, allergies, and sometimes even nutritional conditions.

Checking out your pet’s ears is also important. Ear infections are common and often occur secondary to allergies.  Your vet will look for discharges, thickening, hair loss, or any other signs of problems. Some signs include your pet scratching and rubbing at his ears. Then there are those pets that don’t scratch or rub their ears at all and they have an ear with yeast issues! Yep- that would be my little lion.

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Oral health for our pets is also very important, but sadly ignored.  Gums, teeth, tongue, and palate will all be examined by a veterinarian during their exam. Infections, tartar buildup, and other abnormalities could be red flags. Teeth brushing and professional dental cleaning will keep your pet and veterinarian happy.

Twice a year check-ups also allow your doctor to monitor your pet’s progressive health. They can make recommendations or adjustments on diet and the amount of exercise your pet needs. Everyone wants to see their pets happy and healthy, but remember that just because they look healthy to you doesn’t mean they shouldn’t see their veterinarian.  Take necessary precautions and investment in your family fur pup and kitty. Also with twice a year exams, your vet may notice something that wasn’t there before. Since our pets can’t speak up, it’s definitely worth the visits!

While your pet is with us at Pacific Animal Hospital, make it a spa day for your pet! Your pet will get a hypoallergenic bath, pedicure, sanitary trim and a thorough brush out by our experienced groomer. We also offer furminator services too!  Clean pets are less likely to cause people to suffer unnecessarily from allergies and other respiratory problems. It’s a win-win situation for your family and pet! Family members will  non-stop cuddle with your clean furry companion!

 

If you think you don’t have enough time in the day to drop off and pick up your pet, we also offer boarding services for you and your fur ball!  Leave your pet with us overnight and we will take care of the rest! You can run your errands with ease and get things ready for this busy holiday season. Pacific Animal Hospital is open 7 days a week, Monday – Friday from 8am to 8 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am to 5 pm. It’s never too late to get your pets current on wellness exams, vaccinations, dental cleaning, and appropriate tests. The most important thing to remember is don’t delay. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at (760) 757-2442.

Pedicures are a must do! Felix doesn't seem to mind. xo

Pedicures are a must do! Felix doesn’t seem to mind. xo

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

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It’s that time of year when we get saturated with pumpkin this and pumpkin that. Same occurs with our pet food and treats! As such, we need to remember that pumpkin food and liquids need to be in moderation – yes for our pets too! Hehe!  Canned natural pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, and cooked fresh pumpkin have many benefits for our dogs and cats.  Pumpkin is often a top ingredient in higher quality kibble for our pets. Here are some of the health benefits of pumpkin for Kitty and Max:

*  Helping with Constipation: Fiber from pumpkin works in pets the same way it does in humans and can actually treat some gastrointestinal issues.  Some cats may experience decreased colon activity as they age, resulting in constipation. The added fiber from pumpkin increases the bulk of the stool and the colon muscles react by moving things along. Rumor has it, there is pumpkin scent litter! Proceed at your own risk!

*  Reducing Hairballs: By increasing the volume of waste in the intestine, pumpkin can help your cat digest and eliminate fur swallowed during grooming. This can reduce or even prevent the formation of hairballs that are eventually regurgitated.

*  Resolving Diarrhea: Yes, it works both ways! Pumpkin can soothe constipation but diarrhea can also be remedied with the addition of pumpkin to a dog or cat’s diet. It is particularly effective if the upset is the result of colitis caused by a rapid food change or the ingestion of a new food. After your vet examines your pet with this issue, he/she will be able to provide the amount added to your pet’s diet.

*  Boosting Weight Loss: With 3 grams of fiber per cup, pumpkin can augment weight loss in dogs and cats. The fiber fills the tummy so your pet feels “fuller” sooner, meaning Linus and Lucy eat fewer calories overall.

*  Supplementing Nutrition: One of the biggest benefits of pumpkin to pets and humans is its wealth of nutrition. Pumpkins contain carbohydrates, potassium, vitamin C, Vitamin A , iron, folate, magnesium, zinc, selenium, niacin, vitamin E, manganese, copper, and protein.

*  Adding Antioxidants: Pumpkin contains antioxidants which help moisturize skin and help your pet maintain a healthy and shiny coat.

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Henry loves his pumpkin flavored treat before coming to PAH!

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween is right around the corner and carved pumpkins are not something you want to feed your pets because mold begins rapidly growing inside them once the skin is broken. The best pet-safe sources are fresh or canned pumpkin cooked with no additional spices added. Do not get canned pumpkin designed for use in pie as this frequently contains spices, sugars, fats and other ingredients not suited for our pets. This means no sharing your pumpkin pie …..

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Before adding canned pumpkin to your pet’s meals, talk to your veterinarian as a precaution. Too much canned pumpkin can lead to lose bowel movements and create an entirely different issue.  May you and your pets enjoy this delicious pumpkin flavored season!

 

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Traveling Without Your Pets?

 

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Vacationing without your pets can be stressful for them and also for us humans. However, there are options for you and your pets while you are away from home. Animal hospitals, boarding facilities, pet sitters and/or family members can help you with pet care.   If your pet requites medical attention, has sensitive needs and/or you want a facility that doesn’t board so many pets at once, start with asking your Vet if their hospital offers boarding.  Here at Pacific Animal Hospital we offer a home away from home boarding facility! All rooms have a raised bed and are located in a climate controlled area with plenty of natural light. All our canine boarding guests are taken outside individually (unless there is more than one in the family) to our play yard three times a day. Our play yard has plenty of shade and artificial turf  that gets disinfected throughout the day. There is always a PAH assistant with each guest ensuring they get lots of attention, hugs and love! We also offer playtime, pool time, cuddle time, peanut butter kong treats and more! If you want a daily selfie picture of your precious one lounging in the pool or sun, just let us know!

 

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For our picky felines, they have the opportunity to bask in this beautiful San Diego sunshine in our spacious kitty condos that includes a window for those serious bird watchers!  Our condos are multi-leveled and bedded with plenty of cozy blankets.  They too can get massages, cuddle time or playtime! Our cattery is away from our K9 guests, so keeping it quiet is not a problem.

In both the canine and feline boarding areas, we have soothing music to create a calm atmosphere. You are welcome to bring your pet’s favorite food or we offer Purina Pro-Plan EN gastro diet. Pets love it and it’s wonderful for those who have sensitive stomachs. You are more than welcome to bring two favorite items for your fur babies.  We also have soft bedding and stainless steel bowls for our boarding guests. When it’s almost time for them to go home, we also offer grooming!  Our shampoo is hypoallergenic and our groomer offers a variety of haircuts and de-shedding services.  A nice refreshing bath and/or haircut for your pet will have them going home smelling and looking fabulous!  All grooming services include a bath, thorough brushing, nail trim and ear cleaning.

One of the advantages to boarding your pet at an animal hospital is that veterinary attention is readily available should the need arise.  Any pet experiencing a change in routine may exhibit symptoms of stress. Here at PAH, we know that all pets have special needs. We have pets too! Our doctors and staff are ready to care for your pets while you are away. Please call us to get more information on the vaccines and preventative care your pet will need prior to boarding.  If you would like to stop by for a tour, we would love to give you one!  Holidays are right around the corner and we fill up quickly. Pacific Animal Hospital is open seven days a week, Monday – Friday 7 am – 8 pm and on weekends from 8 am to  5 pm. We look forward to hearing from you!

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It’s still summer time and Zero takes advantage of the refreshing pool! He just can’t decide which ball he wants to swim with – so why not grab them all!