Mar Vista Animal Medical Center

3850 Grand View Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066




October 2018

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Keep Your Pets Safe On Hallowe'en!

  • There will be a lot of scary visitors coming to your door. If your pet will be afraid, keep him or her confined and away from the action.
  • Keep gates locked and keep pets where they can't get frightened or panicked by spooky noises or strangers. 
  • Pet costumes should be comfortable and allow for comfortable movement and breathing. 
  • Chocolate is toxic to pets. Also toxic: macadamia nuts, xylitol sugar substitute, and raisins. No sharing!
  • Don't leave wires or decorations where they are likely to be chewed up. Pets are curious about all the new smells and textures and may want to play with things. Be sure to pet proof your displays.


Consider the
18th Annual Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade and Costume Contest.

The 18th Annual Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade and Costume Party is just what he (or she) has been looking for. There's a parade, costume contest for pets, and pet adoption.


Sunday October 28th at the Marina Vista Park in Long Beach.

Parade begins at 2:30 p.m.
The vendor/adoption fair is 12:30-4:30 p.m.


For details visit:



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We have Sileo® oral gel for relief of panic/fear without sedating side effects.

Apply the gel in the cheek pouch about 30-60 minutes before the effect is desired.

Dogs only.

For more details, click here.


We have a kit called a "cat martini" which uses an anxiety relief powder that can be mixed in a measured amount of food. A cat that has had a martini a couple of hours before the noise event should stay indoors and be kept away from staircases or heights as he/she may be a little wobbly.

The martini is safe and may or may not be sedating; it is for relief from fear.

Contact us for more information.

Keep pets indoors and safe for the holiday.



Black cats have a special place in superstition but "Black Cat Syndrome" is actually real. Black Cat Syndrome refers to the phenomenon in animal rescue where black cats are the hardest cats to adopt out. They spend the longest time in the shelter as they are chosen last which means they are more likely to be euthanized or to get diseases related to crowding in the shelter.

Why is this? Most likely, this is not about belief in bad luck but is about the human preference for a cat with color. Some say it is because it is harder to read the expression of a black furred animal and it is certainly harder to get expressive photographs to show off in rescue promotions. Black cats are excellent pets and as affectionate and personable as cats of other color types. If you are considering a feline friend, don't go for looks; its personality that counts!


  • In Scotland, the arrival of a strange black cat signifies coming prosperity.
  • In Japan, owning a black cat is considered lucky. It is believed that a lady who owns a black cat will have many suitors.
  • In Germany, a black cat crossing your path from right to left is a bad omen but crossing from left to right is a good omen.
  • In Europe during the middle ages, black cats were associated with witches, evil, and sorcery, hence their images in Hallowe'en decorations to this day.



Champions of the cat advocating better feline health care and cat welfare in general have bonded together to form the CATalyst Council. They have a fantastic educational web site and a newsletter you can subscribe to.

Want a taste? Here are some interesting Feline Statistics they have assembled:


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DID YOU KNOW ...that the FDA is investigating grain-free dog foods?

(especially those with legume carbohydrate sources such as peas or lentils)


Chemical structure of Taurine
(Photocredit: Public Domain Graphic via Wikimedia Commons)

 What's it all about? It's about a heart muscle disease called "Dilative Cardiomyopathy" where the heart becomes weak and flaccid with actual heart failure not far behind.

Taurine is an important dietary amino acid and some dog breeds are vulnerable to deficiency which manifests as dilative cardiomyopathy. There seems to be an increase in dilative cardiomyopathy in breeds where this is not expected and grain-free diets seem to be a commonality. The FDA is seeking reports and conducting an investigation. Here is their bulletin:

Does your dog eat "grain free?" The usual reason for needing grain free diet is in food allergy where a single protein source is important. If your dog is not in this situation consider taurine supplementation or simply changing foods.  

Dr. Jenny Johnson's Next Day For Chiropractic Is

THURSDAY November 15th.

Appointment times are still available.

Chiropractic helps with:

  • Posture and Mobility
  • Spinal pain
  • Arthritis pain
  • Conditions mediated by spinal nerves

Shockwave therapy is also available for drug-free management of arthritis pain
To set up an appointment, call us at 310-391-6741.
For more information on Veterinary Chiropractic or Shockwave therapy, click here.

Please allow 24 hours for processing of medication refills. Thank you.



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