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Important Pet Health News


~ Social Distancing rules for our clients and staff:  We are following the temporary rules by limiting access to the clinic.  We ask that you stay in your vehicle when you arrive.  Call the desk to let them know you have arrived.  A tech will come out to take a history and bring your pet in for their appointment.  In some circumstances, one person may accompany your pet into the clinic.  Communications will be by phone or someone will come out to speak with you.  Credit card payments will be taken by phone, checks can be given to the tech.  If you are picking up medications, please pay by phone.  Pick ups will be available in the white box outside the clinic door, or we can bring them to you outside.  If you are ill or have a known exposure to the new virus, stay at home and have someone bring your pet to the clinic.  Thank you.  We hope it is all over soon.


~ 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:

~ 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:


~ 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 cats, even is small amounts.  READ LABELS carefully!  Keep this sweetner out of your home!


Animal Poison Control Centers:  Go to or http://www.petpoisonhelpline.comf or 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