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Breed Profile: Giant Breeds

Giant Breeds

Giant breed dogs are beautiful, immense and impressive: some breeds can weigh up to 200 pounds! Common giant breeds are Great Danes, mastiffs, Great Pyrenees, giant schnauzers, Newfoundlands, Bernese mountain dogs and Saint Bernards. These massive dogs require different care than their smaller counterparts, so before you adopt them, make sure you can give them the care and attention they need. Continue Reading


Dental Problems in Cats

FORLs, or feline oral resorptive lesions, are common dental problems for cats. Lesions typically begin at the gum line, but eventually they will cause teeth to dissolve. These lesions are extremely painful, and because of the way they progress, affected teeth must be pulled. Extracting these teeth can be complicated, so it’s better to catch the lesions early. Help keep your kitty’s teeth pain-free by checking her mouth between vet appointments.


Dental Disease in Small Dogs

Though all cats and dogs can develop dental disease, some dog breeds are more prone to dental issues. Toy breeds are known to have a higher frequency of gum disease. Bearded dogs like Schnauzers can get food trapped in their facial hair, which can lead to smelly bacteria. Short-faced dogs, like the Brussels griffon, English and French bulldog, Shih tzu, Lhasa apso, pug and their mixes, are more prone to dental disease because of how their mouths are arranged. And some breeds are well-known to have a higher prevalence of dental disease, the most common being the Yorkshire terrier, Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Poodle and their mixes. If your dog is one of these breeds, make sure you pay special attention to their dental hygiene by keeping up on their cleanings, brushing their teeth regularly and giving them treats that promote dental health.

If you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s dental health, please call Pacific Palisades Veterinary Center at 424-231-6450 to schedule an appointment.


February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Healthy teeth make for a happy pet. Not only do regular dental cleanings make your pet feel fresher and cleaner, they are also the most effective way to combat dental disease. Periodontal disease is the most common disorder among pets nationwide, as it affects over 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats by the time they’re three years old. In its later stages, dental disease can cause heart, kidney and liver complications. Thankfully, since it progresses slowly, dental disease can be caught in its early stages, and you can prevent it with a proper dental hygiene routine.

In addition to their regular cleanings, you should periodically inspect your pet’s mouth yourself, noting any gum inflammation, discoloration or halitosis (bad breath). If you notice any of these, or if your pet is eating strangely or having trouble chewing, make sure to schedule an appointment with your Pacific Palisades Veterinary Center veterinarian as soon as you can.


Breed Profile: Siamese and Burmese Cats

Siamese and Burmese Cats

Renowned for their playful attitudes and inquisitive nature, the closely related Siamese and Burmese cats are a popular choice for pet owners worldwide. As part of our ongoing breed profile series, Pali Vet is proud to share important information for current and potential owners.

Personality: Burmese and Siamese cats are highly intelligent breeds. They are extremely affectionate and will seek out the companionship of people or other cats, developing strong social bonds. Both breeds are known for their persistent and expressive vocalization patterns, demanding a large amount of attention. Continue Reading


Breed Profile: Labrador Retrievers

Breed Profile: Labrador Retrievers

The most popular dog in the United States for good reason, Labrador Retrievers are a well-balanced mix of a family pet and working animal. As part of our ongoing breed profile series, here is important information for current and potential owners.

Personality: Labs are active, sweet and happy. They are very loyal to their family and generally interact well with other dogs and non-family members, leading to a stable home life.

Exercise: This breed is very active, requiring ample play time to release pent up energy. Large backyards or parks are great places to play fetch or let your pet run outdoors. Younger labs are also great running companions. If not given enough exercise, Labs are prone to destructive tendencies like digging.

Nutrition: Feeding requirements are standard for this large-sized breed, with bigger pets demanding more calories. Labs are known for their voracious appetites, so be careful to not overfeed them. Individual dietary needs can be determined during a veterinary exam.

Lifespan: 12-14 years.

Health Concerns:

  • Although generally a healthy breed, Labrador Retrievers are prone to variety of joint disorders including hip and elbow dysplasia. Glucosamine and fish oil are often use as a dysplasia preventative.
  • Labs are susceptible to eye disease.
  • They are known to occasionally ingest foreign objects like toys, plastic bags, and clothing, leading to potential gastrointestinal hazards and surgical intervention.
  • Labradors are prolific tail wagers, so make sure
  • Regular immunizations and veterinary exams are an effective way to prevent serious health complications.

Breed Profile: Golden Retriever

Breed Profile: Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular breeds in the nation for good reason. Loyal, enthusiastic and intelligent, Goldens make well-rounded family pets and working dogs. As part of our ongoing breed profile series, here is important information for current and potential owners.

Personality: Golden Retrievers are generally considered a happy and loving breed. They are loyal to their owners and are well-suited to families with children, as well as other pets. However, because this breed loves social interaction, being left alone for prolonged periods of time may induce anxiety or destructive behavior.

Exercise: This breed is high energy, requiring a large amount of exercise to maintain physical and mental fitness. Daily walks and vigorous outdoor play are great ways to support an active lifestyle.

Nutrition: The Golden Retriever is classified as a large breed and should be given food formulated for that body size. Specific dietary needs and restrictions may apply to your individual pet. Please consult your veterinarian.

Lifespan: Typically 12-14 years.

Health Concerns: While considered a healthy breed, Golden Retrievers are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, eye disease and cardiovascular disease. The breed is particularly affected by a type of tumor called hemangiosarcomas, which generally grow on the spleen and in the heart. They are genetic and can be dangerous depending on the tumor’s location. Surgery is the preferred method of removal.


Breed Profile: Pug

Breed Profile: Pug

As one of the oldest dog breeds, pugs have had a special place in people’s hearts more than two thousand years! As part of our ongoing breed profile series, here is pug-specific information for current and potential owners.

Personality: The breed’s carefree demeanor means they are very comfortable around children and other pets, but time alone makes them anxious. Pugs love attention and will go to great lengths to get it, sometimes leading to destructive behavior when left alone for long periods of time.

Exercise: Pugs require less exercise than many other breeds, making them a good pet for smaller homes and apartments.

Nutrition: Pugs are known for their voracious appetites, meaning owners must monitor their pet’s food intake to prevent obesity and diet-related disorders. We recommend a quality dry food, lightly moistened with warm water to help with digestion.

Lifespan: This breed typically has a lifespan of 13-15 years.

Health Concerns: Overall pugs are a moderately healthy breed, but are susceptible to hip dysplasia, eye disease, patellar luxation, and Pug dog encephalitis. A major concern is Brachycephalic syndrome, which affects short-nose breeds. This disorder occurs when physical abnormalities obstruct the airway, making breathing difficult. Signs of this disorder include noisy breathing and difficulty swallowing. This is a serious disorder that requires surgical intervention.


Flea & Tick Prevention

Sometimes our state’s love of the outdoors can come back to bite us. Due to increased outdoor activity and high levels of interaction with other pets, the risk of fleas and ticks in the Los Angeles area is high. These tiny parasites transmit many harmful diseases including Murine typhus, lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, making them dangerous to your pet and family.

Fortunately, regularly applying medication is a surefire way of keeping your pet free of these nasty parasites. Flea and tick medicine comes in a number of forms including topicals, shampoo and chewable tablets, all of which work by killing existing insects and preventing new infections by preventing their eggs from hatching. We recommend that all pets begin a prevention regimen as soon as possible.

Pacific Palisades Veterinary Center recommends Bravecto for our patients. As a chewable tablet given every 12 weeks, Bravecto provides complete flea and tick control for the entire duration of use, resulting in comprehensive parasite protection. Bravecto is prescription only; please contact Pali Vet to schedule a preventative care appointment today.


Tele-Ultrasound

Pali Vet is happy to announce our new Tele-Ultrasound services. We have a team of 3 certified sonographers on our staff who perform the ultrasound scans. Next, our in-house sonographers partner with a team of Board Certified Radiologist for interpretation of the images. The benefits of in-house ultrasound are numerous. Firstly, we’re able to minimize travel for your ailing pet. Secondly, we’re able to minimize the amount of waiting time for pet “parents” to receive a doctor-generated, individualized treatment plan. This means we’re able to proceed with treatment quicker. We’re also able to schedule follow-up visits and follow-up scans at your convenience, without having to factor in a third party.

Having this technology in-house also allows us to offer ultrasounds as part of our wellness protocol at a discounted price. As the standards of 21st century veterinary care strive to approximate the standards of human care, we are finding that many of our clients are eager for more preventative care and a focus on wellness. Wellness Ultrasound is one of the latest and greatest tools in our preventative care arsenal. Wellness Ultrasounds are appropriate at all ages, and are highly recommended for middle-aged and senior pets.

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