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~  We are now offering cyrosurgery with the Cryoprobe.  Cryosurgery is perfect for removing warts, skin tags, small tumors and nodules.  Many of these can be frozen during a regular office visit and without the need for sedation or pain medication.  After 1 to 3 treatments most will heal with minimal scarring. 

 

~ The Orange County Humane Society's Community Cat Trap Neuter Return Program is active & can use your help. The TNR program meets the need for spaying and neutering the cats so they do not continue to reproduce.  This is a great program that will eliminate ever growing cat poplulations in a humane manner.  It also provides food for community cats in Orange County.  Please join the effort.  Contact Terri at 540-842-9252. Food and monetary donations are welcome, you can drop them off at the clinic.

 

~ Pet Food Recalls link:  https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recalls/

~ There have been reports of some dogs developing heart disease (DCM dilated cardiomyopathy) when fed grain free diets, lacking in some essential proteins.  This is a small percentage of dogs, with some breeds being more likely to develop problems. Here's a link to review:  https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/blog/update-on-grain-free-diets-and-dcm-cases-in-dogs/

 

~ The FDA has updated information of potential adverse neurologic effects for all isoxazoline class flea/tick products, 1 to 3 month flea/tick pills.  This includes Nexgard, Bravecto, and Simparica.  Reported problems include muscle tremors, ataxia, and seizures.  We have had only one adverse reaction in a toy dog.  Monitor you pet if starting Nexgard, or another product, and consider an alternate option for pets with any of these symptoms.  Please report any that your pet may experience.

 

Xylitol toxicity in pets:  Xylitol sweetner, used in gums and toothpastes, is now showing up in more food products, including peanut butter and other treats, even supplements and medications.  Safe for humans, it is deadly for dogs, and is best not used for cats, even in small amounts.  READ LABELS carefully!  Keep this sweetner out of your home!

 

Animal Poison Control Centers:  Go to http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control or http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com for up to date information on a wide range of household and general toxins for dogs and cats.  Both offer 24 hour, fee-based, professional help should your pet be exposed to any toxin.  Current fees are: ASPCA (888) 426-4435 - $65   Pet Poison Hotline (855) 764-7661 - $59