September 28, 2009
Finding a good veterinarian is hard. We have made a checklist for you to compare veterinarians when you are looking for a new veterinarian:
1. Is the Veterinarian AAHA Accredited?
You can search on http://www.healthypet.com. The top veterinary hospitals in the country tend to be AAHA accredited. This association has been the premier authority on accreditation in the United States. AACC is AAHA Accredited.
2. How long has the business been in operation? Is this a brand new venture or is it an established business?
We have been in business since 1986.
3. Is the animal hospital a national corporation? Are they family owned? How does the animal hospital give back to the community?
American Animal Care Center gives tens of thousands back to local non-profits in the Tri-City areas. We started with humble roots and have been a product of Fremont’s success. Community service and giving back are one of the pillars of values at American Animal Care Center. We were awarded small business of the year by the 20th assembly district.
4. Is the animal hospital available when I am? Are they open on weekends? Are they open in evenings? Do they offer early morning drop offs?
American Animal Care Center is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year including weekends and evenings.
Here’s more on why American Animal Care Center is the best veterinarian in the bay area.
April 9, 2009
Living with Feline Leukemia
The disease is spread from cat to cat through bites; mutual grooming; and sharing food or water dishes and litter boxes. Kittens can also contract the virus from their mothers.
FeLV is species-specific, so humans and dogs are not at risk.
In 2006, the Winn Feline Foundation reported that 3% of cats in single-cat homes were infected with FeLV. Infection rates are dramatically higher among stray cats and in homes where cats are allowed outside.
FeLV is highly contagious, so it is important to have your cat vaccinated if it could be exposed to other cats. The American Association of Feline Practitioners recommends all kittens receive the vaccine.
Infected cats may harbor the illness for several years with no signs of illness. Over time, they may lose weight, become depressed, or develop a fever. Their coats often deteriorate, and they may develop skin, bladder, or upper respiratory infections.
Your veterinarian can diagnose the disease by conducting a simple blood test called an ELISA.
Cats infected with the virus live an average of three years.
“Many of these cats can live reasonably healthy lives for a number of years if they receive proper care,” says Fred Scott, DVM, PhD, interim director of the Cornell Feline Health Center in Ithaca, N.Y.
If your cat is infected, good nutrition and a stress-free environment are essential.
“Your veterinarian will talk to you about the importance of maintaining a balanced diet. Also, he or she will ask you about your cat’s lifestyle and look for ways to reduce stress,” Scott explains.
Scott strongly recommends that infected cats be kept indoors so they won’t spread the virus. If you have multiple cats, have all of them tested, vaccinate any that are not infected, and consider housing infected cats separately.
“Your veterinarian will want to see your cat on a more frequent basis [than a healthy cat], say, every six months,” says Scott.
“Between check-ups, stay alert to your cat’s body condition. Once a month, rub your hand over its ribs. You should be able to feel them, but they shouldn’t stand out.”
If you notice any changes in your cat’s health or behavior, notify your veterinarian immediately.
April 9, 2009
No more pilling fights?
One-Shot Antibiotic Makes Life Easier
If you search YouTube for the word pill with cat or dog, you’ll get about 500 hits, ranging from silly spoofs to instructional videos that are painfully, unintentionally hilarious.
But administering daily pills to your cat or dog is no fun at all. As a matter of fact, it is so difficult that many pet owners give up.
Of course when treatment is cut short, illnesses may linger or worsen. And if the discontinued pill is an antibiotic, the threat is even broader.
If you prematurely stop giving your pet an antibiotic, some bacteria will survive and develop a resistance to the medication. This is one cause of the much-publicized increase in virulent, antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
In June, Pfizer, a leading veterinary drug manufacturer, introduced Convenia, the only single-injection antibiotic available for pets.
Used to treat certain types of skin infections in dogs and cats, Convenia has the potential to make life a lot easier for affected pets and their owners. One injection delivers a full, two-week course of antibiotics and eliminates the need for oral medication.
That should do away with the pill fights. No worries. That still leaves about 35,000 cat and dog videos on YouTube.
2008 was a very bad year for infectious diseases in the bay area. We saw more cases of parvo, kennel cough, upper respiratory infection, cat aids, and leukemia. Perhaps, as the economy worsens people are foregoing examinations and vaccinations. This lack of vaccination affects all pet owners as herd health immunity is decreased.
Vaccinations for dogs include DHLPP (Distemper-Hepatitis-Leptospirosis-Parainfluenza-Parvovirus), Corona, Bordetella (Kennel Cough), Giardia, Rabies, & Lyme Disease.
Vaccinations for cats include FVRCP, Cat Leukemia, Fip, Rabies, Giardia, & FIV.
Please discuss vaccinations, examinations, and other preventive care with the veterinary health care team.