Mar Vista Animal Medical Center

3850 Grand View Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066

(310)391-6741

www.marvistavet.com

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January 2020

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NEWSLETTER CONTENTS

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF FELINE PRACTITIONERS
UPDATES GUIDELINES FOR FELV AND FIV


Feline leukemia virus (Felv) has been the scourge of the domestic cat from the beginning of time. The virus causes cancer, bone marrow suppression and immune suppression. Vaccination has been available since the early 1980's and is crucial for outdoor cats. FIV, the Feline Immmunodeficiency Virus, causes an AIDS syndrome when it reaches its end stage. No vaccine is available in the U.S. against this infection.

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The AAFP has assembled a panel of experts to determine the approach to these viruses and some changes have been added since the 2008 prior revision.
One of the biggest changes is that FeLV vaccination is now considered "core" for all kittens all the way up to age 1 year. Kittens are most susceptible to this infection and their ability to be managed as "indoors only" is sometimes not as easy as planned.


Basic Principles of Vaccination and Testing

  • The status of every cat should be known.
  • Testing should be done as soon as possible after obtaining a new cat.
  • Testing should be repeated whenever a cat gets sick.
  • Testing should be done prior to vaccination for either virus.
  • Testing should be done after exposure to a cat of unknown status.
  • ALL KITTENS SHOULD BE VACCINATED AGAINST FELINE LEUKEMIA UP TO AGE 1 YEAR.
  • FeLV vaccination becomes optional after age 2 years if the cat is indoors only

 

Read the AAFP Retrovirus brochure:

https://catvets.com/public/PDFs/ClientBrochures/AAFP%20FeLV%20and%20FIV%20Broch_Final.pdf

 

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INTERESTING EXTERNAL LINKS

 We try to feature helpful news and information from around the internet. Here are some of the links we've featured on our hospital Facebook page. Enjoy this month's selection!

  • The Los Angeles County Health Department wants you to turn in dead birds (if you find any lying around). Why? This is how they track West Nile Virus. Want to know more?

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/vet/DeadBirdReporting.htm

(if for some reason the page does not open properly,
just copy the link and paste it in a new browser window)

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  • Enter a drawing to fund your favorite animal charity every time you walk your dog and use the Wooftrax® app. Win toys and treats as well. Want to know more?

https://www.wooftrax.com/caninemobility

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  • Curious about pet insurance? Here is an independent review updated for 2020.

https://365petinsurance.com/reviews/

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SPECIAL OFFERS - Merial Rebates for Dog Parasite Protection

Merial has put together Rebates when you buy Heartgard® for worm protection and/or Nexgard® for fleas and ticks.

  • $12 back when you buy 12 doses of Heartgard.

  • $25 back when you buy 6 doses Heartgard and 6 doses of Nexgard

  • $35 back when you buy 12 doses of Heartgard and 6 doses of Nexgard.

  • $60 back when you buy 12 doses of Heartgard and 12 doses of Nexgard.

  • Buy 6 doses of Nexgard and get one dose free.
(original graphic by marvistavet.com) (original graphic by marvistavet.com)

 

These rebates are good for the entire year of 2020 and require a coupon from our receptionist. Let us know if you are interested in any of these deals.

And, by the way, the 2019 BRAVECTO® consumer rebate (Buy 2 doses, get $15 back, Buy 4 doses, get $35 back) has been extended from December 31, 2019 to now expire on February 29, 2020. Such 2020 purchases using 2019 rebate forms must be submitted on or before March 31, 2020. To claim your rebate:

https://rewards.mypet.com/#/

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DID YOU KNOW...

...that you get a $25 account credit when you refer a friend?

Your friend must have a different address from you and must come in for medical services other than vaccination clinic or grooming. Credits are applied the first week of the following month.

 

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THE 2020 DENTAL SPECIAL IS COMING FEBRUARY FIRST

Our schedule is already filling up. Book your pet's appointment now!

(Estimates already made with 2019 prices will be honored through January 31st but will be void thereafter).

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