Mar Vista Animal Medical Center

3850 Grand View Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066

(310)391-6741

www.marvistavet.com

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December 2017

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What are we waiting for? Let the holiday season begin!

HOSPITAL HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

(original graphic by marvistavet.com) Sunday December 24th Normal Hours  (8 am - 3 pm)  Christmas Eve
Monday December 25th CLOSED   Christmas Day   Merry Christmas!
Sunday December 31th Normal Hours  (8 am - 3 pm)  New Year's Eve
Monday January 1, 2018 CLOSED   New Year's Day  Happy New Year!

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GIFT SUGGESTIONS FOR YOUR PETS

 

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What do you get for the cat or dog who has everything? The holidays are here and you probably want to get your pet the perfect gift but he or she already seems to have all his or her needs covered. What's something fun, interactive, maybe even homemade?

PetCentric has put together some lists:

petcentric.com/articles/fun/the-ultimate-holiday-pet-guide/

(Photocredit: Floppycats.com via YouTube)

For the fastidious cat, here is our compilation of automatic litter boxes :

www.marvistavet.com/self-cleaning-box.pml

Don't forget the local dog bakeries:

thedogbakery.com

Threedog.com

Holiday dog pastries and cookies available as well as frosted holiday cakes for dogs.

 

Don't forget clothing for your pet, collars and tags. We add to this feature every year so if you have special ideas for pet shoppers, let us know.

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HOLIDAY PET HAZARDS

HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS
EACH HOLIDAY SEASON WE OFFER A REMINDER OF
THE HAZARDS OF THE SEASON THAT FACE YOUR PET

  RIBBONS & TINSEL

Especially interesting for cats and kittens, but dangerous to chew or swallow. An intestinal foreign body is a life-threatening event.


  ELECTRIC LIGHT CORDS

Teething puppies and playful young cats can bite through a cord, burn their mouth or cause a neurologic reaction leading the chest to fill with fluid. Either way, it’s an emergency you (or your pet) don’t need.



  CHOCOLATE


Tastes good but is toxic to pets. The darker the chocolate the worse the syndrome. The fat and sugar can cause a toxic pancreatitis, while the “methylxomthines” in chocolate can lead to seizures or even death.


  DECORATIVE PLANTS

Some are toxic (such as mistletoe), some just cause a bellyache (such as poinsettia). Be familiar with what plants you plan to have on display. For more information, visit the ASPCA Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants web site at:

 www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants


  COOKING

Keep pets out of the kitchen during the hustle and bustle of the season. The last thing you want is for someone you love to get underfoot and get burned from spillage.


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TALKING ANIMALS SING CHRISTMAS CAROLS

Take a moment for some holiday cheer and listen to the talking animals sing The 12 Days of Christmas:

 

If you like this one, check their youtube channel for more!

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GETTING STARTED MAKING eCARDS

Want to send a unique animal-centric e-card for the holidays? There are plenty of membership-based sites like:

JacquieLawson.com

AmericanGreetings.com

Ojolie.com

What about making your own for free?

Paperlesspost.com has cards for free that can be personalized.

Canva.com offers a more extensive set of options similar to building your own web site from a template. Their platform is also free and your own pet images can be used.

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Our favorite site, however, is

ACTIONCAT.COM

where you can send some beautiful animated cat holiday cards. Click the link to see what they have.

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DID YOU KNOW...

...You Can Donate Money to Charity
      Without Actually Spending Money?

The Holidays are a time for sharing and giving to those less fortunate. But what if you don't have any extra money? How do you support pets in need:

Charity Donations that Don't Cost You Anything

The Giving Spirit of the Season: Charity and Non-Profit Donation At No Cost To You

During the Holiday Season, we send special good wishes to those in need and focus extra attention on helping those in need. Many of us would love to send money to charity but have little to spare. Luckily, there are ways to support your favorite charities (our favorites are local animal rescue groups) without actually spending your own money. Here's how:

AmazonSmile

www.Smile.Amazon.com

Shop at Amazon.com much? Sign up for Amazon smile at and pick a charity from the over a million charities listed. (We recommend Rin's Rescues, Kitty Devore Rescue Network, Westside German Shepherd Rescue, Voice for the Animals, or Dogs without Borders.) Shop normally with the same Amazon prices and selection. Your account information from Amazon.com automatically transfers to AmazonSmile but 0.5% of the purchase price is donated to your charity by the AmazonSmile foundation. No cost to you.

Tab For a Cause

www.TabforaCause.org

Google chrome and Mozilla Firefox users can donate to charity simply by opening tabs in their browser. See the above web site for the list of charities supported.

Browse For the Cause

www.BrowsefortheCause.com

Download Browse For The Cause and donate to your favorite charity with ZERO out of pocket expense, for life!

The Animal Rescue Site

TheAnimalRescuesite.greatergood.com

The Animal Rescue Site sells pet related accessories but you can click their big purple button once a day and donate food and supplies to animal rescue groups and shelters all over the country at no cost to you. Try it now!

Good Search

www.Goodsearch.com

This search engine, powered by Yahoo, will find whatever you are looking up on the internet but will donate a penny to a charity every time you use it. Sign up for any number of charities such as those listed above.

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INTERESTING EXTERNAL LINK:
SANTA'S REINDEER GET CERTIFIED EARLY FOR FLIGHT THIS YEAR.
CHECK THE PAPERWORK YOURSELF.

Animals require proper certification for travel especially where foreign countries are involved but what about Santa's reindeer? They have to be in tip-top shape for their big flight plus it is important that they do not transfer infectious agents from one country to another. How are they certified?

Turns out that certification of Santa's herd is part of the job for the president of the AVMA.

Scrutinize the paperwork yourself:

www.avma.org/public/YourVet/Documents/reindeer_HC.pdf

And don't forget to check out Norad's Santa Tracker:

www.noradsanta.org

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OUR HOSPITAL WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE WHO HAS REFERRED A FRIEND!

This month we would especially like to thank (referred in November):

Michael Alberts
Estela Narrie
Kent Sayama
Michele Wilson

Refer a friend or family member and receive a $25 credit to your account. Repeat as desired.

(Restrictions: the person referred cannot have the same address as you and must come in for a medical service other than vaccination clinic.)

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DR. JENNY JOHNSON'S NEXT DAY FOR CHIROPRACTIC IS THURSDAY JANUARY 11th.

Please call for a space in her schedule.

Dr. Johnson also performs shockwave therapy for arthritis with great success. If this exciting non-drug treatment is of interest to you, please contact us for further information.

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We hope you enjoyed this bit of holiday merriment
 
and that your holiday season is
 
beautiful, wondrous, prosperous, joyful, magical, cozy,
 
and we look forward to seeing you in 2018!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE MAR VISTA ANIMAL MEDICAL CENTER

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