Mar Vista Animal Medical Center

3850 Grand View Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066

(310)391-6741

www.marvistavet.com

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August 2019

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WE WILL BE CLOSING AT 3PM ON MONDAY SEPTEMBER 2ND

IN OBSERVANCE OF LABOR DAY

  

Please plan pet visits and medication refills accordingly. Thank you.

 

DID YOU KNOW...

... That THE CDC AND FDA ARE SERIOUS ABOUT THE PIG EAR PROBLEM?

 

Dogs love pig ear treats and they are one of the few chew treats that are not so hard as to break teeth. Exotic smoky flavors have been issues for dogs with sensitive stomachs but now there is a new problem: Salmonella infection in humans.

Yes, that is correct. It is the pet owners handling the treats that have been getting infected.

  • 127 people sick
  • 26 people hospitalized
  • 33 states involved including California

Dog Goods USA is recalling their "Chef Toby Pig Ear Treats" and the Lennox Group has recalled the Rawhide Express brand of chews but the CDC and FDA have gone a step further and have recommended that any pig ear treats be placed in sealed containers and thrown in the trash immediately.

DON'T BUY THEM, DON'T FEED THEM, DON'T EVEN TOUCH THEM.

There are a lot of news stories around but here is the CDC's direct link:

www.cdc.gov/salmonella/pet-treats-07-19/index.html

BE SAFE.

AUGUST IS 15TH WAS CHECK THE CHIP DAY

We checked a lot of microchips in the hospital that day but for those of you who weren't there, here is a refresher course since a microchip could save your pet's life one day.

Is your pet chipped? If not, come on down and we'll be happy to chip your pet.
No surgery needed. The chip is implanted with a needle.

  • Do you have your pet's chip number somewhere?
    (Hint: most chips come with an ID tag that includes the registry phone number and chip number. Is your pet wearing one and is it legible? If not, consider ordering a new tag either from the registry or from any other pet tag supplier.)


(original graphic by marvistavet.com)


  • Is the chip registered?
    Best not to assume. You'd be surprised how many chips are never registered (very common with rescue adoptions where the chip is implanted by rescue but the registration is left for the new owner). Go to www.PetMicrochipLookup.org and enter your pet's chip number.

  • The chip is not a location device. It codes a unique number that can transmit to a scanner. If the chip is registered, the finder can contact the registry and notify you that your pet has been found.

  • Not every registry works with phone calls. Some will text you or email you. It is helpful to know more about your pet's registry and how it will contact you.


(original graphic by marvistavet.com)

For all the technology we have in the hospital, a registered microchip can be just as life-saving. Take a moment and make sure the system will work for you if you need it. Don't just say your pet would never run away. We also have pet theft, earthquakes, evacuation by animal services, and other unforeseen events. Permanent pet ID can be priceless.

INTERESTING EXTERNAL LINK

KNOW ANYONE WHO WANTS TO BE A VETERINARIAN?

The next generation of dedicated animal professionals is out there. Keep in mind, young career hunters, that veterinary medicine includes:

  • Dog and Cat Practice
  • Equine Sports Medicine
  • Companion Equine Practice
  • Food Animal Practice
  • Laboratory Animal Care
  • Zoo Animal Medicine
  • Military Careers
  • Exotic Pets including Birds

(Photocredit: UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine)

The Veterinary Information Network has put together this area to help young people decide if the vet life is the life for them. What's involved in getting qualified? What is the vet life really like? What is the student loan situation

If there is an animal lover with a dream in your life, they may want to see this page.

https://iwanttobeaveterinarian.org

 

GRIFFIN'S DAUGHTER NOW ON AUDIBLE

Dr. Moore (veterinarian at Mar Vista Animal Medical Center most every Tuesday and Wednesday and every other Thursday) is a published author of four fantasy fiction novels (The Griffin's Daughter trilogy and A Tangle of Fates, first book of the Vox Machina trilogy), all available through amazon.com.

Her first book, The Griffin's Daughter, is now available to download from Audible.

To download the book from Audible, click here.

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