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Jul01

BE SAFE AND SANE FOR YOUR PET THIS 4TH OF JULY

Written by // Tim Wheaton: Office Manager, Client Services Manager Categories // My Pets Dr Blog, news, pet safety, cat health, dog health

Fireworks Aren't As Fun For Your Furry Family Members

flagdog320wFireworks, barbeques, beverages, pool parties... all of these things that we look forward to the 4th of July for spending time with our friends and family. Well, what about our four-legged family members?  A lot of the things that make this holiday so fun for us can be potentially dangerous and even fatal to those furry ones we love so dearly.  While we are eating something right off our Weber grills, laughing with our friends and raising a glass to our country (please don't make me type the word Uhmerica in this post... I beg of you), the family dog may just be sitting by our feet, desperately hoping for some human food (thinking: "please, please, please... I can tell it's a special day today... please let me have some food...").  They probably don't recall what happened just a year ago, shortly after the sun went down.  All those loud explosions that may as well be guns going off close to them. You may think you're in the clear if you left your pet at home and didn't bring them to the big fireworks show, the one that makes us all oooh and ahhhh at the display. However, your neighborhood friends who still think piccolo petes and firecrackers are just the coolest things ever will put plenty of fear into the heart of your pet.  All this noise is very scary to your pet and, if they are not in a safe and secure place in your home, can often cause them to flee.  This is why July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters.  Below are some tips to help keep your pets safe and sound so you can enjoy your holiday.

Mar27

APRIL IS PET FIRST AID AWARENESS MONTH

Written by // Tim Wheaton: Office Manager, Client Services Manager Categories // My Pets Dr Blog, pet safety

YOU MAY BE READY FOR A NATURAL DISASTER OR EMERGENCY, BUT DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR PET?

If you live in southern Orange County anywhere near our animal hospital (here in Mission Viejo), you're probably on a bit of a heightened awareness of natural disasters right now.  The Hollywood sign, the Golden Gate Bridge, Disneyland, and earthquakes: they are all some of the clichés that California has become known for.  With all of the recent 4.0+ seismic activity rumbling through So Cal over the past week or so, it brings safety to the forefront of our minds again.  Earthquakes are one of the most alarming natural disasters, since we don't get any kind of warning at all.

Feb03

FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL PET DENTAL HEALTH MONTH

Written by // Tim Wheaton: Office Manager, Client Services Manager Categories // My Pets Dr Blog, cat health, dog health

YOUR PET'S DENTAL HEALTH IS ABOUT MORE THAN JUST THEIR BAD BREATH

Monty Lab GreyboyAt What Age Should My Pet Start Getting Cleanings?
The age of pets requiring dental cleanings varies but typically by two years of age, we have enough tartar present that it is time.

How Often Does My Pet Need Teeth Cleanings?
Small breed dogs may need their teeth cleaned every 3 to 6 months. Most pets will need their teeth cleaned yearly.

 

Jan24

2nd Annual Ford Petersen Spay Day at Alicia Pet Care Center

Written by // Tim Wheaton: Office Manager, Client Services Manager Categories // My Pets Dr Blog, cat health, dog health

WE ARE PROUD TO HONOR FORD PETERSEN WITH THIS DAY

spaydayAlicia Pet Care Center (APCC), 25800 Jeronimo Road, Suite 100, Mission Viejo, a full service veterinary hospital, would like to announce their 2nd Annual Ford Petersen Spay Day in honor of Ford Peterson, a long-time employee and friend. 

Alicia Pet Care Center will be immediately accepting requests from the community to be entered into a lottery system for a comprehensive spay or neuter service for up to 50 dogs and cats on Sunday, February 23th, 2014. These services will be at no cost to those that are chosen. To add your name to the lottery (each dog or cat is a separate entry), please call 949-768-1313 before Wednesday, February 19th at 7pm. Those that are selected will be notified by Friday, February 21st.

Jan02

JANUARY IS SPAY/NEUTER AWARENESS MONTH

Written by // Tim Wheaton: Office Manager, Client Services Manager Categories // My Pets Dr Blog, pet safety, cat health, dog health

IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT CONTROLLING THE PET POPULATION

We are actually giving this a little bump from its usual time-slot. February 26 is World Spay Day. However, the month of February is dedicated to Pet Dental Health. So, since spaying and neutering your pet is something not to be overlooked, we are separating these out for you. 

bob barker spay neuterA lot of us may have first heard the words 'spay and neuter' courtesy of Bob Barker on The Price is Right... and probably didn't even know what he was talking about. It seems like such an easy message to so many of us, an almost innate idea that is somehow inserted into your grey matter the moment you bring home your first pet. A lot of pet-owners still don't know the best timeframe for having these procedures done on their animals. The ideology on "best and safe" practice for the spaying and neutering of animals has evolved over the years. The spaying and neutering of pets at a very early age used to be commonplace within the veterinary community. Recent studies show some of the health risks that can occur in specific breeds that experience early altering (including hip dysplasia, torn knee ligaments and even some forms of cancer). Over the past     6 - 12 months, these findings have encouraged our doctors to amend their recommendations for the ideal timing of spays and neuters in dogs.

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