Welcome to the Anacapa Animal Hospital blog. Here you will find timely topics, pet health information, interesting cases, ask the vet, customer surveys, our Pet of the Month features and more.
Pet’s Name: Lady
Favorite Toy(s):Lady’s favorite toy is her squeak toy.
Favorite Activity:She loves playing in the sun!
Best Friends:Lady is best friends with any dog or person she meets.
Favorite Treats:She loves jerky treats!
Favorite Place to Hang Out:Lady’s favorite hang out is in her dad’s closet.
Fun, funny, unusual or interesting notes about your pet. (Or anything else you’d like to share with us!):Lady is a very loving, friendly girl. She loves everyone she meets and responds to pets.
Pet’s Name: Max
Favorite Toy(s):Max loves chasing balls, and feather toys.
Favorite Activity:He is a cat who loves to play fetch!
Best Friends:Moritz is Max’s feline companion.
Favorite Treats:Max loves anything edible.
Favorite Place to Hang Out:He loves the highest perch of the cat tree.
Fun, funny, unusual or interesting notes about your pet. (Or anything else you’d like to share with us!):Max is very social, and has to be involved with anything his humans are doing. He thinks he is his mothers cooking assistant and quality control kitty.
Pet’s Name: Stanley
Favorite Toy(s):Stanley loves his kong toy filled with treats.
Favorite Activity:He enjoys walking his owners grandson Daniel to school.
Best Friends:Stanley’s best friends are Daniel, Danny (his owners son), and Melanie (Stanley’s owners granddaughter), as well as his mom, Amber.
Favorite Treats:He loves Jerky treats!
Favorite Place to Hang Out:Stanley is very social, he loves hanging out anywhere the rest of the family is, and loves visiting his friends at Anacapa!
Fun, funny, unusual or interesting notes about your pet. (Or anything else you’d like to share with us!):Stanley’s story, directly from his owners.
– Stanley was rescued from the New Orleans area, where he was reportedly found tied to a fence. He was brought to the Ventura County area where he was adopted, loved and cared for by our daughter Amber. When Amber later became very ill, Stanley came to live with us, and settled in as a loyal and loving family member. Stan is friendly and good natured, and quite honored to be selected as pet of the month!
Give the Gift of Warmth to a Pet in Need.
Drop off your used or new towels and blankets
Thru – December 31st, 2016 at Anacapa Animal Hospital.
Your gifts will be donated to Ventura County Animal Services
and other local rescue organizations.
Drop Off Location:
5380 Ralston Street
Ventura, CA 93003
Hours: Mon-Sat: 8am-5pm
Pet’s Name: Ollie Pierre
Favorite Toy(s):Ollie Pierre loves his giraffe squeaky toy.
Favorite Activity:His favorite activity is playing ball with his family and friends.
Best Friends:Ollie loves making kids his best friends.
Favorite Treats:He loves eating ALL treats, and ice cubes.
Favorite Place to Hang Out:Ollie Pierre’s favorite place is sleeping on his family’s laps and legs.
Fun, funny, unusual or interesting notes about your pet. (Or anything else you’d like to share with us!):Ollie is a very sweet puppy, he loves sleeping on his back, and snuggling with Mom and Dad.
As little ghosts and goblins race through the streets of Ventura this Halloween, it is important that we prevent the festivities from spooking our pets. Along with the brisk breezes of fall come new hazards that can haunt your pet’s health. The American Veterinary Medical Association offers the following warnings to protect your pet and enjoy the season.
Halloween Pranks: Don’t leave your pet outside unattended on Halloween (or on the days proceeding or following this holiday). Halloween pranks committed against pets can be vicious, and black cats are particularly at risk.
Monitor Treats: Halloween treats are for people, not pets. Candy wrappers and lollipop sticks can be hazardous if swallowed and chocolate can be poisonous for some types of pets.
Keep pumpkins out of reach of curious noses and paws. Wagging tails and frightened cats zooming through the house can easily tip over a candle or carved pumpkin, causing burns or a fire.
Goblins Beware: Watch your pet around strangers in costumes, especially scary clowns, some animals may become unexpectedly aggressive or fearful, even normally friendly pets.
Costume Safety: Despite how much fun it is for people, many pets don’t enjoy getting dressed up for Halloween. If you do dress your pet, be sure that its costume doesn’t interfere with the pet’s ability to breathe, see, hear, move, or bark. Never leave your pet alone while wearing the costume. And remember, tight elastics on costumes can get lost in the pet’s hair, potentially causing owners to overlook them, leading to swelling and pain in the area of the elastic band. If you feel strongly about your pet wearing a costume, we recommend you begin having them test the costume and tomorrow to allow them a few days to get used to it before fright night.
Consider a soothing alternative to the mischief and mayhem of this fall holiday:
For the holiday-weary pet, consider keeping them in a separate room, away from the door, when trick-or-treaters arrive. Strange people in even stranger clothes can frighten some pets. Draw the shades, play soft music, and install comfy bedding. This will prevent your pet from becoming upset by the constantly ringing doorbell and also eliminates the possibility of escape.
If your pet just cannot get into the Halloween scene, don’t sweat it. Simply shut off your home’s exterior lights, pull the curtains, and settle in for a quiet night together.
When you do answer the door for visitors, make sure that your pet doesn’t suddenly head for the great outdoors. In case your pet does escape, make sure that it is wearing proper identification. Pets with identification are much more likely to be returned to their owners. Microchips provide a safe and effective permanent identification for your pet. If your pet does not have a microchip, ask one of our staff members about this simple procedure today.
Dr Burner and Dr Sama and Staff at Anacapa Animal Hospital wish you a Fun and Safe Halloween!
Pet’s Name: Flash
Favorite Toy(s):Flash loves his rubber ball!
Favorite Activity:He enjoys camping, and playing ball with his family.
Best Friends:Flash’s best friends are his sister, Ruby, and Marley, the dog next door.
Favorite Treats:Flash loves eating carrots!
Favorite Place to Hang Out:The beach!
Fun, funny, unusual or interesting notes about your pet. (Or anything else you’d like to share with us!):Flash’s family calls him the best dog ever! He loves coming to see the girls at Anacapa, but doesn’t like when they poke him. He is a very sweet boy.
Pet’s Name: Sandi and Oscar
Favorite Activity:Oscar loves trying to get Sandi to roughhouse with him, and he loves to lick the inside of her ears!
Sandi goes crazy barking at the squirrels in the backyard.
Best Friends:They are each others best friend, and favorite toy.
Favorite Treats:Both Sandi and Oscar love rawhide treats, but Oscar has to eat his outside, away from Sandi. Sandi has clock duties, she lets her parents know when it is treat time!
Favorite Place to Hang Out:Sandi is momma’s girl, she hangs out wherever her mom is. Oscar steals away behind the bushes and digs the deepest holes he can!
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Pet’s Name: From L to R in photo – Sampson, Creedence, Daisy
Favorite Toy(s):Sampson loves his Kong ball and tennis ball. Creedence’s favorite toy is the classic Kong, and Daisy enjoys her Kong ball as well.
Favorite Activity:Sampson is independent and loves exploring his surroundings, Creedence hangs his head out of the windows on trips in the car. Daisy is a water lover and retrieves her ball very skillfully!
Best Friends:Sampson, Creedence and Daisy are all best friends, but Sampson has a special bond with his poppa.
Favorite Treats:Sampson and Creedence’s favorite treats are Dentasticks and peanut butter, but Daisy is the healthy one and loves her Dentasticks with fruit.
Favorite Place to Hang Out:Sampson is the wanderer and likes exploring the avocado tree in the yard, or lounging next to the pool. Creedence is easy to please, his favorite place is anywhere outdoors, and Daisy loves being by the pool, or relaxing on the couch.
Fun, funny, unusual or interesting notes about your pet. (Or anything else you’d like to share with us!):Sampson is a loyal boy, so regal, and strong with a heart of gold. Creedence is happy go lucky, and is the social butterfly of the pack; he loves to greet all guests. He is also a flirt, and loves the ladies. Daisy is one of a kind, she makes grunting noises when she is happy (which Dr. Burner heard at her last visit), she is an excellent guard dog, but she is also a pure sweetheart.
Many residents are excited that the Ventura Fireworks are back and are looking forward to August and the light displays brought about by Ventura County Fair! We, however, know a few furry residents who may not be so keen on the idea of these sparkly displays. The 2016 4th of July Fireworks Show and Family Picnic at Ventura College will open it’s gates at 5pm with the show scheduled to start at about 9pm. Once the fireworks start, you may notice some strange behaviors in your pet. Fireworks can cause high anxiety and fear in many of our patients. Shelters around the U.S. see a noticeable increase in intakes due to pets that escape as a result of anxiety from the noise of fireworks. We offer the following suggestions for easing your pets’ anxieties and keeping your escape artist at bay during this holiday weekend.
Know the changes you should look for in your pet.
The signs of anxiety include – pacing, trembling, panting, drooling, vocalization, climbing, hiding and bolting. For most animals, it can be difficult to pin point the source of the sounds. Pets outdoors may clamor to get inside for safety while those inside will likely try to get out fearing that the source is inside their home. Our recommendation is that you keep your pet confined in a safe area within your home. If your pet is crate-trained, place them in their crates. Otherwise, a bathroom is a safe alternative. Be sure your pet is wearing a collar with your contact number on it. Microchips are also encouraged since they cannot be accidentally removed.
- Synthetic pheromone sprays such as Feliway for cats and Adaptil for dogs are available at Anacapa Animal Hospital and some local pet retailers. Synthetic pheromones mimic the phermones of the lactating female dog and happy cat, giving pets a sense of well-being and comfort. These are the same pheromones we have diffused throughout our clinic and may help calm those patients with less severe noise aversions.
- Thunder Jackets are pressure wraps for dogs that have the calming effect of a great big hug. You can find these at local pet stores such as the Ventura Pet Barn. There are DIY Ace bandage wraps that can be tried as well but we recommend your pet be under close supervision while wearing them.
- Music is also a great behavioral modifier for pets and a simple method to lessen the intimidating sounds. Playing music with a regular beat may disguise the sounds of the loud firework bursts if you are far enough away.
- If your pet has extreme reactions to fireworks, there are short-term sedatives that can be given prior to the firework show to help your pet cope with their aversions to fireworks. The most common oral medications are Acepromazine, Xanax and Valium. We also carry a new oral mucosal gel that can be applied on your pets gums called Sileo. If you are concerned about your pet’s fireworks phobia, contact our office to determine what solution would be best for your pet. If your pet has been previously prescribed these medications at our clinic, click here to request a refill.
Holiday Hours: OPEN, Saturday July 2nd 8am-5pm. CLOSED, Sunday July 3rd. & Monday July 4th.
We hope you have a Happy and Safe Holiday!