April is the ASPCA’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
The ASPCA works year round to prevent cruelty to animals and designates April as the official Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month.
Here are a few ways you can celebrate and help to make a difference:
— Start a Fundraising Campaign by creating an ASPCA fundraising page.
— Adopt a pet. Shelters have lovable dogs and cats of all kinds in need of a home.
— Help raise awareness online. Spread the word about Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month and follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
For more information on how you can be involved visit the ASPCA website at:
Wednesday, February 28th in El Segundo
El Segundo Animal Hospital is excited to be participating in the El Segundo Police Department Animal Control Vaccination Clinic — Wednesday, February 28th, from 5 – 8 pm at the El Segundo Maintenance Facility at 150 Illinois Street, El Segundo.
See you there!
El Segundo Animal Hospital is proud to have been a part of the Manhattan Beach Fire Department’s annual Chili Cook-off at Fire Station 1 benefitting the Manhattan Firefighters Burn and Charity Foundation.
Distemper Virus spreads through nose-to-nose contact, coming into contact with the bodily fluids of an infected animal, or by sharing water and food bowls. It’s most dangerous for canines as it is also airborne and can travel up to 30 feet. Symptoms include diarrhea, loss of appetite, low energy, twitching and loss of motor skills.
While there is no risk to humans, your dog or cat is at risk if they have not had a vaccination or if their vaccination is not up to date.
Raccoons are sometimes carriers of the distemper virus, so if you see a raccoon you think is infected call Animal Control immediately.
Friday and Saturday Acupuncture
Every Friday and Saturday at El Segundo Animal Hospital, Doctor Checel Offers canine and feline acupuncture.
Acupuncture has the potential to advance healing, pain reduction and boost anti-inflammation. Acupuncture is also an effective way to make your pet more comfortable when treating problems such as:
– Arthritis, hip dysplasia, or nerve injuries
– Skin conditions
– Gastrointestinal issues
– Respiratory problems
Watch Out For Foxtails!
The foxtail plant is a grass-like weed that is hazardous to pets. Found primarily in the Western United States, mostly during the months of May to December, barbed foxtail seeds can dig into your dog or cat, and even burrow into the brain, spine, eardrums or lungs, potentially leading to serious infections that can even be fatal if left untreated.
Foxtails attack feet, ears, eyes, nose, mouth, genitals and even patches of exposed skin. Embedded foxtails can cause symptoms such as discharge, abscesses, swelling scratching, sneezing, squinting, limping, pain and more.
Foxtail seeds won’t come out on their own and can be difficult to find in your pet’s fur, but you can prevent their dangers by examining your pet’s coat. Check the face, ears, mouth, and paws (especially between the toes).
It’s okay to remove any foxtails you can access, but if you find one too deeply embedded to remove easily, call your veterinarian immediately.
The best prevention is to keep your pet away from overgrown areas. Remove any foxtail plants in your yard. And consider trimming your pet’s hair (especially long hair) during foxtail season.
Five Years in a Row!
El Segundo Animal Hospital is proud to be named “Best of the Best” by The El Segundo Herald newspaper for the fifth time. Look for an article spotlighting ESAH in the upcoming issue.
Bone Treats can be Hazardous to Your Dog
“Bone treats” are actual bones, dried and flavored for dogs. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, giving bone treats to your dog could pose serious health risks. The FDA reports, dogs that consume bone treats are vulnerable to choking, cuts, diarrhea, digestive tract blockages, vomiting and in extreme cases, death.
Also, it’s good to remember that bones from the dinner table, like chicken, turkey or steak bones can be dangerous to pets, so be careful to keep them out of reach.
February is National Pet Dental Health Awareness Month
El Segundo Animal Hospital celebrates National Pet Dental Health Awareness Month with fantastic specials on pet dental work.
During the month of February, ESAH offers 20% off all blood work as a precursor to a dental prophylaxis and 20% off the procedure itself (does not include extractions, prophylaxis is performed under general anesthesia).
Canine influenza H3N2
Canine influenza H3N2 is a contagious virus that causes respiratory infection and has been associated with severe respiratory conditions. Other signs include fever, reduced body weight, and interstitial pneumonia. It has not been known to cause illness in people.
The Veterinary Public Health Program asks people to test any coughing and/or sneezing dogs or cats for influenza, especially those that have recently been exposed to a suspected case or that have been in a highly social setting, such as a boarding facility, groomer, dog show, dog park, etc.
A vaccine is available. Veterinary Public Health recommends all dogs that interact with other dogs should be vaccinated.
Keys to preventing the spread of canine influenza H3N2 virus include:
– Testing any sick animals.
– Vaccination against canine influenza.
– Keep dogs, sick with or exposed to influenza, at home.
– Home quarantine of sick dogs, 40 days after onset, is crucial to prevent spread and protect the community.
– Home quarantine of 14 days for healthy but exposed dogs.
– Frequent hand washing by animal owners.
– No sharing equipment or toys between healthy and sick animals.
– Washing and disinfecting medical or grooming equipment after use on animals.
– Handling sick animals last in group settings.
– Reporting confirmed and suspected cases of influenza to Veterinary Public Health.
To report a case, complete the Influenza Reporting Form:
and fax it in to Veterinary Public Health at (213) 481-2375.
More information is available on their website:
and The American Veterinary Medical Association’s website:
Fantastic Saturday Specials
Every Saturday, year round, Senior Pets (7 years and older) receive: a Comprehensive Exam, Senior Labwork, Chest and Abdominal Xrays, Ear Cleaning and Nail Trim for only $499 (a $225 discount).
And Junior Pets (6 years and younger) receive: a Comprehensive Exam, Junior Labwork with Fecal Test and Heartworm Test, Ear Cleaning and Nail Trim for only $199 (a $60 discount).
Adopt a Pet
Need a solid New Years Resolution? Rescue a pet! El Segundo Animal Hospital will give your rescued dog or cat a free exam within 30 days of adoption or rescue.
Five Things for Pet Owners to Consider Always
1. Fleas, ticks, and mosquitos: Year-round prevention is always recommended.
2. Seasonal pet allergies: Keep an eye on your pet for signs like rashes, sneezing and runny eyes or noses.
3. School supplies: Gastrointestinal upset can occur when harmful items are ingested. Keep supplies out of your pet’s reach.
4. Health supplements: In addition to a healthy diet and exercise, ask your veterinarian if your pet would benefit from Glucosamine or Omega-3 added to their diet.
5. Toxic plants: Steer clear of wild mushrooms and plants like chrysanthemums which can cause vomiting, diarrhea and skin inflammation.
Thousands of Pets in the Serengeti are Being Saved
With the help of veterinary professionals around the globe, Merck Animal Health and the Afya Serengeti Project have prevented thousands of cases of rabies infection in the Serengeti region of Africa.
For every dose of vaccine El Segundo Animal Hospital purchases from Merck, a dose of rabies vaccine is donated to the project. Our combined effort last year brought 3,775 doses of rabies vaccine to the Serengeti. This partnership is vital to eliminating rabies in Africa. This year, Merck Animal Health will provide up to 250,000 doses to the Afya Serengeti Project. Although not a problem in most of the world, rabies still causes more than 59,000 deaths per year. Vaccination is the simple way to prevent this terrible problem. Together we make an impact.
For more information go to: www.afya.org
Xylitol is Extremely Dangerous to Dogs
In most instances, and as long as it is in small quantities, you are safe giving your dog a taste of peanut butter as a treat or to help administer medication. Recently, however, this matter has been complicated by a sugar substitute called Xylitol being added to various brands of peanut and other nut-based butters.
While Xylitol may be quite safe for humans, be warned: even in small quantities, Xylitol is extremely dangerous for dogs. A dog ingesting Xylitol may suffer a dangerous drop in blood sugar (Hypoglycemia), or a debilitating or even deadly destruction of its liver.
Be certain to read ingredient labels on products that might contain Xylitol, like gum, candy, vitamins, etc., and never assume what’s okay for people is also safe for dogs.
If your dog has ingested Xylitol, contact your veterinarian immediately or call the ASPCA hotline at 888-426-4435.
Our Online Pharmacy
To set up an account and enjoy the convenience of shopping for all of your pet needs online, simply visit: elsegundoah.vetsfirstchoice.com
From the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
Every year, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center releases a list of the most common pet toxins across the nation.
Year after year, topping the list is chocolate, ibuprofen and rat poison.
Always make sure to keep any rat poison out of paws’ reach. And be aware that rats can sometimes move poison into areas your pets can access, so keep an extra close eye out for potential dangers when using rat poison.
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