Fourth of July Pet Safety Guide

Why Foxtails Are Dangerous For Your Pet

One of the most common cases seen in veterinary medicine during warmer months are Foxtail Foreign Bodies. Foxtails are the common name for spiked seeds that dry out as the weather heats up.               What Are Foxtails? Foxtails are spiked seeds often found in dried, wild grasses. These seeds are… Read more »

Rattlesnakes and Dogs

Here in Southern California, we are known for our abundance of hiking trails and outdoor activities, especially during spring and summer. While wildlife is always a risk factor when venturing outdoors with your dog, rattlesnakes are particularly dangerous for your pup. Rattlesnakes are found widely throughout North America and reside in various environments. Rattlesnakes can… Read more »

Tick-Borne Diseases and Prevention in Dogs

With the weather warming up, we are spending more time outside with our pups! Here’s what you need to know to protect your pet from ticks and what to look for when looking for ticks or symptoms of infection. Dogs are exposed to ticks in wooded areas and tall grasses. Imagine anywhere off-trail on a… Read more »

What You Need To Know About Endoscopies

What is endoscopy equipment? Endoscopy equipment is used for direct visualization and inspection of the gastrointestinal, urinary, and respiratory systems. Endoscopies are also used to obtain precise biopsies from the organs in these systems. It is a much less invasive procedure that can significantly aid in diagnosing an animal.  An endoscope is a long, flexible… Read more »

Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus in Dogs

Gastric dilatation and volvulus in dogs is a life-threatening condition that occurs mostly in large, deep-chested dogs. However, any dog can be affected by GDV.  How Does it Occur? In the early stages of this condition, the stomach will begin to fill with gas, commonly known as Gastric Dilatation or bloat. Sometimes, this will be… Read more »

Veterinary Technicians vs Veterinary Assistants

Both veterinary technicians and assistants play essential roles in veterinary field. They provide the necessary support to veterinarians so they are able to perform to the best of their ability. We often find confusion around who does what. Here is a break down of the difference between vet techs and assistants. Education The main difference… Read more »

Oral Melanoma in Dogs

    Oral Melanoma is the most common oral tumor in dogs. It an aggressive cancer that is known to invade local bone and tissue as well as spread to the lymph nodes and chest. It can be treated with a combination of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and vaccine. Signs and Symptoms of Oral Melanoma in… Read more »

Toxic Foods for Pets

Here is a list of foods to keep out of your pets reach. It is vital to make sure you contact a vet if your pet consumes something they shouldn’t have!   Alcohol The consumption of alcohol by your pet can cause vomiting, diarrhea, incoordination, central nervous system depression, and other symptoms that are extremely… Read more »

The Importance of Your Pet’s Dental Health

Maintaining your pet’s dental health is one of the best things you can do to help them live the longest, happiest life possible. Gum disease is very common in pets, and most pets exhibit symptoms or have dental disease by age 3.  Most pets are very good at masking pain and discomfort making dental disease… Read more »