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Beat Heartworm at its Peak

Summer is the peak season for heartworm. If you don't treat your dog or cat for heartworm every month as recommended, please at least do so this month and next month.

The Western Tree Hole Mosquito is an incredibly common pest mosquito and the most important carrier of heartworm. Three months after the peak season for Tree Hole Mosquitos is the peak season for spreading heartworm. In other words, that's now.
The risk increases in locations along creeks or near open space where coyotes roam. But even indoor pets are at risk. Why? Bay Area coyotes are highly infected with heartworm and serve as a reservoir host. The mature mosquito picks up heartworm from the coyote, and then seeks the indoors where it is easier for it to fly.
It's also easy for humans to forget prevention, mostly because they don't realize what's at stake. Heartworm is a parasitic roundworm that can infect your animal through the pulmonary artery that supplies the lungs, and the right side of the heart, congesting the area, slowing blood flow and compromising your animal’s health.
Typically, they will not show any symptoms of an early heartworm infection. If your dog develops an advanced case of heartworm, you may begin to see them coughing and suffering from exercise exhaustion, weight loss, fainting, coughing up blood, and, in the worst cases, congestive heart failure. If your cat develops heartworm, the symptoms are primarily respiratory in nature, coughing mostly. If your animal presents any of these symptoms, call us for an appointment immediately. Remember, we're now open until 11pm on weekdays.
The good news is that there is a treatment for canine heartworm. The bad news is that treatment is no guarantee—particularly with heartworm disease advanced enough to cause symptoms. The other bad news is there is no treatment available for feline heartworm. Therefore, the best and most affordable approach you can take to heartworm is preventing it altogether. We recommend a monthly year-round treatment purchased directly through your veterinarian.
We all get busy and forget the routine things sometimes. If this means you, or if doing it each month isn’t currently feasible, we recommend that you at least do it during heartworm’s highest risk months of the year (which is now). You may be reading this just in time to protect your beloved canine from a terrible infection.

New Evening Hours!

You wanted weekend hours; you got it. Now, you want evening hours?  Guess what?  We are very pleased to announce that starting August 5th, we now offer new evening hours for your convenience.

Monday through Friday to 10 pm.
These new hours apply to regular veterinary appointments, urgent care, or for an emergency. 
There is one distinct difference between regular hours and evening hours. After 6pm, the entrance to use for the new evening hours is around the corner at 520 Santa Cruz Ave.
We are still open the same weekend hours:
     Saturday 8am - 5pm
     Sunday 9am - 5pm
Only now, instead of closing at 6pm during the week, we are open until 10pm. It is our hope these new hours will make it easier than ever to give your furry family members the best care possible.
Call for your appointment today!

Is your Pup a Pin-up?

Is your dog just the cutest? Calendar cute? Can you imagine a picture of your canine in a calendar?

We're teaming up with the American Cancer Society on the production of the Bark For Life calendar. Submissions are being accepted now for an 18-month calendar, which will cover July 2013 through December 2014.
Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society to help save lives and fight against cancer. All proceeds are tax deductible. What could be better than a great cause, a tax deduction, and a showcase of your canine as a calendar dog!
You'll want to hurry though. The deadline's coming up!  The cover is already sponsored. You can sponsor a calendar month for $200 (and you will receive 1 free calendar), or you can sponsor a calendar day for $20 (and you receive 1 calendar for half price). 
To submit a photo of your dog, you'll want to submit two photos of only the dog (alas, no humans). It's better if the dog can be looking up (looking down looks sad). Photos need to be 300dpi, which is high resolution, so a cellphone photo just won't cut it. After all, we want your dog to look fabulous!
DEADLINE: photos need to be paid for and photo files emailed by 5/5/13 (May 5).
Check (made to ACS) get snailmailed to:
    T. Barker, 155 Doherty Way, Redwood City, CA 94061
Photo/s get e-mailed to 
Questions:  415.238.3736
So, act soon, and thanks for your support!

Are you "pet ready" for the next earthquake?

Learn what you need to know! Join us for an exciting half-day of information and training from veterinary professionals and emergency response experts, and even experience live demonstrations with search-and-rescue dogs to get you inspired and ready for the next earthquake as a pet owner. 

Adobe and Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospitals are teaming up to teach you what you need to know, with special appearances by Los Altos Hills County Fire District and FEMA Urban Search and Rescue to bring you the best information available so you know you are ready. 
"Pet Ready!" is Saturday, April 27, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, on the Foothill College Campus. Sponsored by Adobe and Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospitals, there is no cost to you to attend. 
So, come on down. Bring a friend or neighbor. Find out the differences between being prepared for humans and being prepared for pets (hint: some standard practices for people might actually harm pets). The Foothill College Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (SCNAVTA) are hosting the event, including a rare public tour of the veterinary tech lab. The vet tech students will also show you proper bandaging techniques. 
RSVP not required, but the first 50 people who RSVP to <> will get free parking (otherwise, metered parking costs $3cash). For more information visit <>.

Not-so-magic Mushrooms

We have a heads-up for dog owners about mushrooms. 

Recently, a few cases of dogs with mushroom poisoning have come into the hospital. Sometimes an owner will actually see their dog eat mushrooms, but think nothing of it until later.    

80 If you see your dog eating mushrooms from your yard, please bring them in urgently. It's a bona fide emergency. Bonus points if you can bring a sample of the mushroom with you. If caught early, treatment is relatively simple and straightforward. 

If it's caught late, however, treatment can be difficult to diagnose, difficult to treat, or it could be fatal. 
We also recommend that you clear your yard of mushrooms, even ones that don't look particularly exotic. Toxic mushrooms come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can look just like a mushroom you use in your kitchen. They can also pop up over night, so keep your eyes peeled. 
The fact is that most mushrooms are benign, but the toxic ones are so poisonous that if you have a dog, clear them anyway. It's not a great idea to feed wild mushrooms to humans either, as we recently saw with four Loomis residents who died from eating soup containing a poisonous mushroom that resembled a non-poisonous Asian mushroom. Not good for people, not good for animals.
So, if you see your dog eating a mushroom, any mushroom growing in the neighborhood, or if you have reason to believe they did, get them to an emergency room!