The foxtail plant represents a hidden summertime danger to pets. Once inhaled, the barbed seeds of these common grass-like plants can travel through your pet’s respiratory system, where they become lodged in place, causing internal damage. Foxtails can also become embedded in the skin, eyes and ears, or enter the digestive tract. The shape of seed means that it is gradually forced deeper into tissue, traveling throughout a pet’s body, creating abscesses, damaging tissue, and spreading bacteria. Internalized foxtails may migrate to vital organs, causing major damage and even death.
Symptoms of foxtail ingestion are violent sneezing episodes; bloody discharge for eyes, nose or throat; irritation of external tissues; and, externally, embedded in the animal’s skin. If you suspect your dog or cat may be affected, contact us immediately. The foxtail(s) will be located and removed quickly to minimize the damage done.
A new strain of the canine influenza virus (CIV), N3N2, has emerged in the Midwest. While currently subject to geographic limitations, this new form is highly contagious and capable of transmitting quickly between dogs in close proximity, raising concerns that it will spread to other areas of the country. Although similar to kennel cough on the surface, it is important to be able to distinguish between the two.
CIV infection is a mild upper respiratory tract infection characterized by signs of lethargy, anorexia, low-grade fever, nasal discharge, and wet cough. Twenty percent of dogs have the potential to develop a severe disease course. Dogs with more severe disease usually present with high fever, an increased respiratory rate, and pneumonia.
Kennel cough (Bordetella) is also spread through contact with other dogs, but contains key differences. Symptoms include a dry, hacking cough, no lethargy (normal behavior), no fever, no nasal discharge and a normal appetite. Continue Reading
We are excited to announce the addition of PaliVets’ Feline Advocate.
Did you know… In the United States, there are appoximately 86 Million Owned Cats and 78 Million Owned Dogs, but less then 40% of all owned felines ever make it into the Vet’s Office for a Routine Exam.
At PaliVet, we understand how stressful it can be to bring your furry friends to the Vet, especially cats. Just trying to get your kitty into the carrier can be an all day event… Did you know we can minimize the stress trips to the PaliVet could place on both you and your cat? This is one of the many benefits our practice can provide for you with our new Feline Advocate. Our mission as a Feline Friendly practice is to not only to address the needs of Cats but to also educate our cat owners, increasing their understanding of the importance of preventative care, feline behavior, and how to provide their cat with a better qualitiy of life.
Vacations should be exciting – something to look forward to. However, traveling with your pet(s), whether within the U.S. or abroad, can be very stressful – to say the least.
Let PaliVet help you!!
Not only do we have Accreditated Veterinarians, but we have a Pet Travel Specialist that can assist you during a hectic time. PaliVet will make sure your pet(s) has everything needed for the specific state or country your traveling to.
For more information, Click on the Pet Travel Link above or call Jennifer, our Pet Travel Specialist @ 310.573.7707.
The long awaited PaliVet Delivery Service is now available. Gone are the days of fighting for parking spaces on Via de la Paz just to run in and pick up medication or grab some pet food. Now all you have to do is give us a call (Mon – Fri) before 11am – if the item’s in stock, we’ll deliver that same day.
Call us @ 310.573.7707 for more details.
Go Green with PPVC!!!