Dr. Kimberly Daffner, Veterinarian
BIG DENTAL NEWS AT FAMILY PET CLINIC!
We love dentistry so much that we have set up a new YEAR ROUND dental plan that brings the base price for a comprehensive dental cleaning into an affordable realm. We would like our patients to be getting more frequent dental care and fewer extractions. Bottom line: *Adult dogs and cats: $374 (discounted down from $516) includes pre-anesthetic blood, anesthesia, fluids, nausea medication, dental x-rays, pedicure, and cleaning/scaling of teeth. *Senior dogs and cats: $434 (down from $761) receive an expanded pre-anesthetic blood panel and chest x-rays. Please note that this is the BASE PRICE. If a dog or cat needs extractions, pain medications, antibiotics, then ADDITIONAL FEES WILL APPLY. An annual exam fee will also apply if the pet has not been seen in the past year. Please call for details and to set an appointment! VERY EXCITING TIMES!!!
***Adult = cats and small breed dogs less than 9 years of age, medium sized dogs less than 8 years of age, large breed dogs less than 7 years of age, and giant breed dogs less than 6 years of age.
***Senior = cats and small breed dogs greater than 9 years of age, medium sized dogs greater than 8 years of age, large breed dogs greater than 7 years of age, and giant breed dogs greater than 6 years of age.
CANINE INFLUENZA H3N2 -- VERY IMPORTANT HEALTH ALERT!
California veterinarians have received a health alert from our Veterinary Public Health office. There has been a confirmed outbreak of the H3N2 Influenza virus in Los Angeles County. It is now officially recommended that "dogs that interact with other dogs should be vaccinated against the H3N2 influenza virus." All dogs older than 8 weeks of age should receive the vaccine and then have it boosted in 2-4 weeks.
This is serious, folks. In a nut shell: If you have not brought your dog to your veterinarian for the flu vaccine, then your dog is at risk.
Here are some quick statistics: 8% of dogs will die. It has a very short incubation period of only 2-4 days so your dog will be sick very quickly after exposure. No dog in LA County has any immunity to this virus. 20% get bacterial pneumonia and will need to be hospitalized. 95% cough and have labored breathing. 63% have a poor appetite. 70% are lethargic. 58% have a very high fever up to 105 degrees. 50% get severe nasal and eye discharge. 27% vomit. The cough can last for 60 days. These dogs shed virus and can infect other dogs for 3 weeks. The virus is transmitted by sharing water bowls and toys and by being exposed to a coughing dog from up to 30 feet away.
PLEASE GET YOUR DOG VACCINATED WITH THE H3N2 INFLUENZA VACCINE!
We have given 150 doses in the past 2 weeks and have not had any side effects. My pups, Cozy and Dexxie, were the first ones in line for the vaccine and they had no ill effects.
We are charging $25 for the vaccine (+ $4 biohazard fee). Please call us to set an appointment or for more information.
Dr. Kimberly Daffner
WIN A BEACH CRUISER OR A GOOGLE HOME!
Trifexis (Elanco Animal Health) is a once-a-month chewable flea/heartworm preventative.
Every 6 pack purchase gets you an entry into TWO drawings!
Win a BEACH CRUISER (bicycle) at the end of May!
Win a “GOOGLE HOME” (voice-activated speaker) at the end of June!
So Cal has a vigorous flea problem year round, and it’s REALLY bad May through October, so now is a great time to stock up! The South Bay (Beach Cities) does not yet have a significant heartworm problem but we do recommend heartworm preventative for any dog that even steps outside of this small and privileged geographic area for a minute. It is 1000% easier to prevent heartworms than it is to treat….. And fleas make your dog miserable, transmit tapeworms, can cause anemia from blood loss, and their presence makes all other allergies much, much worse. Keep your dog on an excellent flea product year round! (Unfortunately, Frontline and Advantage have lost their efficacy so please do not rely on these products any longer.)
Have a great summer!
Dr. Kimberly Daffner