pet safety

Jun30

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, pet safety

Fireworks Aren't As Fun For Your Furry Family Members

flagdog320wFireworks, barbecues, 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, 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.

Aug31

HOW IMPORTANT IS DENTAL WORK FOR YOUR PET?

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

YOUR PET'S DENTAL HEALTH IS MORE THAN JUST CLEAN TEETH AND BETTER BREATH...

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There I was, in the dentist chair, waiting to hear the results of the examination on my teeth. This was a new dentist for me and I had not been for my annual or semi-annual cleaning in getting close to two years now. Don’t judge me. We’ve all been there. I was experiencing a little anxiety at what I assumed would be the news. Root canal? Cavities all over the place? At one of my last appointments at my previous dentist, they had identified a tooth that possibly needed a crown, so how much worse had that situation gotten? Well, I definitely needed that crown, they said. Very fortunately, the decay had not gotten to the point where I would need a root canal. Just those two words together make me cringe. Being a big fan of the film Marathon Man hasn’t done great things for my outlook on dentistry, I must admit. 

 

Dec09

HOLIDAY SAFETY FOR YOUR PETS

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

DECK THE HALLS WITH BOUGHS OF SAFETY... FA LA LA LA LA

clark 200hOh, Christmas Tree...Oh, Christmas Tree: why dost thou create such a hazard? The tree is the centerpiece of holiday decoration (even though Clark Griswold might argue it's the outdoor lights). We plan the day to get the tree with the family, battle with the Jones'es and find the perfectly full tree for that nook we plotted out in the living room. Once the tree is up, you may not have put the lights on it yet, but your pet's eyes just sure lit up. Especially your cat's. Cats are natural climbers and have an instinctual predisposition to be at a higher level. Be sure to securely anchor your tree as much as possible to avoid curious pets pushing or pulling it over. If you add glass, breakable or edible decorations to your tree, try to keep them higher than your pet's paws can reach to knock them down. Shards of breakable ornaments are sharp and could be very dangerous in a number of ways. Clean up fallen pine needles regularly to avoid ingestion. Keep your pets from drinking the tree stand water and try to avoid adding some of those toxic tree preservatives to the water.

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.

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