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Gobble Up These Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

Don’t give in to persuasive purrs and puppy dog eyes this Thanksgiving! Many of the holiday treats we love can cause health problems for our pets if they eat them. Here are some tips to keep your pets safe this Thanksgiving: • Don’t leave wine glasses at snout or tail level. When pets ingest alcohol, […]

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Comprehensive Lab Testing for Your Aging Pet

Did you know that the kidneys can lose 75 percent of their functionality before any symptoms are seen? Or that 40 percent of female dogs over the age of seven can have a silent urinary tract infection? Or that low thyroid levels (hypothyroidism) can be a common cause of obesity in older pets? Thankfully, there […]

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Tricks for Keeping Your Pet Safe on Halloween

Halloween is a fun and tasty time for people, but many things associated with the holiday can put our pets’ health at risk. Here are a few important tips to make sure your pets stay healthy and happy: • Chocolate and xylitol (a sweetener often found in peanut butter and chewing gum) are extremely toxic […]

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We Now Carry Just Food for Dogs!

We have been recommending Just Food For Dogs (JFFD) for many of our patients for the past several years. At OC Veterinary Medical Center, we have been very impressed with the quality of their food as well as their level of customer service. Our patients on these diets have done very well. We are now […]

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Preventing Fleas, Ticks and Heartworm as Summer Approaches

Your pets are much more likely to encounter fleas, ticks and heartworm in the summer. Fleas and ticks thrive in warmer weather, as do mosquitoes, which transmit heartworm from animal to animal. Don’t overlook the problems these pests cause: Fleas can trigger dermatitis and hot spots, one tick bite can transmit numerous dangerous diseases and […]

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If Your Pet Microchipped?

One of the worst feelings to experience as a pet owner is realizing a pet has gone missing. And considering only 17% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats make it back to their owners, it can often feel impossible to get a pet back. National Check the Chip Day is coming up on […]

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High Temps and Hot Pets

Serious summer sizzle is here—and animals often struggle to keep cool when temps rise because they can’t process the heat and humidity as effectively as we do. It should go without saying, but never leave your pet in the car on warm or sunny summer days. On an 85-degree day, the interior of your car can reach […]

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Don’t Let Fleas Dog Your Dog – or Cat

Your pet is an easy target for parasites, and in southern California, we have several pests that can cause serious health issues for your animal companions. The most common are: Fleas. These tiny bugs feed on mammals and lay eggs in fur, as well as the carpets and furniture in your home. In addition to triggering […]

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Why You Should Take Your Cat to the Vet

According to the American Association of Feline Practitioners, 83 percent of cats visit the vet at least once in their first year with their owners. However, over half of them never return to the vet in subsequent years. Although there is a commonly believed myth that cats are low-maintenance pets compared to dogs, cats still […]

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Importance of Senior Lab Testing

Did you know that the kidneys can lose 75 percent of their functionality before any symptoms are seen? Or that 40 percent of female dogs over the age of seven can have a silent urinary tract infection? Or that low thyroid levels (hypothyroidism) can be a common cause of obesity in older pets? Thankfully, there […]

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