05 Apr

What You Need to Know About Parvo in Mod...

Modesto Arch. Modesto, CA.

Parvo in Modesto, CA

If you’re a dog owner in the Modesto area, you hopefully already know a little bit about canine parvo. Your vet may have mentioned a vaccine for it to you, or you might have even heard about it on the local news. What is the parvovirus exactly, and what do you need to know to keep your dog safe?

Parvo is a severe gastrointestinal disease in dogs. Common symptoms can include lower appetite and activity than normal, vomiting, visible belly swelling and bloody or profuse diarrhea. Adult dogs have an easier time recovering (though your carpets may not), but parvo is very deadly for puppies under 1 year if left untreated. And that treatment needs to happen immediately to help save your beloved pet’s life.

Treatment for parvovirus can vary heavily depending on your pet’s age. Diagnosis needs to happen as quickly as possible in any case, so don’t hesitate to bring your pet in to the vet clinic if they’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed here. Adult dogs with a mild case could just need to check in with the vet and recover at home. Puppies may require full hospitalization with IVs and antibiotics.

With all this in mind, it’s easy to see why your vet would suggest a vaccination to prevent infection. Thankfully, those vaccines are highly effective at saving your furry friend from a very uncomfortable and possibly life-threatening condition.

Veterinarians generally start vaccinations for puppies between 6 and 8 weeks old, but the full course of the parvovirus vaccine (when correctly done) aren’t fully effective until they’re 4 to 5 months old. If your dog hasn’t been vaccinated or if the vaccine isn’t fully effective yet, there are some steps you can take to minimize their risk. Parvovirus is transmitted through the feces of an infected dog, so keeping your pet out of anywhere other dogs visit — such as kennels, dog parks and pet stores — can help. If you’re planning on taking your cute new puppy on a grand tour of Modesto, keep in mind that parvo can live on sidewalks where infected dogs have done their business for 5 months after they did the deed. And with this disease, the dogs infected will have been suffering from plenty of diarrhea to spread the infection farther.

If you’re a dog owner in the Modesto, CA are and think your pet may have parvo, or if you’d like to vaccinate against it, feel free to contact us at Yosemite Veterinary Hospital for more information.

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09 Mar

Choosing a Spay/Neuter Clinic in Stockto...

Choosing a Spay/Neuter Clinic in Stockton, CA

Choosing a Spay and Neuter Clinic, Stockton, CA

Why should you be searching for a spay and neuter clinic in Stockton if you’re a pet owner? If you weren’t alive before the ‘70s, you may not be aware of the extreme pet overpopulation going on in the United States, and in California especially. In 1970, there were almost ten times as many pets going into shelters as there are today. It’s staggering to think about how these places dealt with such a huge problem — and sadly the answer wasn’t only to find ten times as many homes.

Choosing a Spay and Neuter Clinic, Stockton, CA

In response, veterinarians finally started to try to talk their clients into spaying and neutering their pets. And it worked! Families started to look at the procedure as a normal part of owning a pet, and there were fewer kittens and puppies being sold out of cardboard boxes for a song and a dance. Shelters were able to better match pets with their new forever homes, and owners didn’t find themselves with a pregnant animal (or an angry neighbor with a pregnant animal) on their hands every Spring. You could take your exuberant Labrador retriever to the park to get out his energy without worrying about him fathering a whole litter of puppies.

Stockton, CA especially benefited from these trends, with low cost spay and neuter clinics popping up over time to fill the needs of responsible pet owners who couldn’t spend an arm and a leg on veterinary care.

To keep this trend going strong, California even passed a Responsible Pet Ownership Act in 2007, requiring all dogs and cats to be altered. Though a few decades have passed since the peak of these problems, it’s important that we don’t forget why all these changes were made in the first place and to work hard to keep history from repeating itself. Even with our greatly decreased pet overpopulation problems, there are still many animals that don’t have a home today. Through the valiant efforts of local and even national shelters, the numbers are getting better every day. By doing your part and getting your pets spayed and neutered, you can ensure that every pet has a happy home.

If you’re looking for a high quality and affordable spay and neuter clinic in the Stockton, CA area, consider reaching out to Yosemite Veterinary Hospital.

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12 Feb

Choosing a Veterinarian in Modesto, CA...

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Choosing a Veterinarian in Modesto, CA

Veterinarian in Modesto, CA

Have you recently found yourself in need of a veterinarian in the Modesto, CA area? Perhaps you’ve just moved here with your family dog, or your kids have finally convinced you to get that rabbit they’ve always wanted since you started watching the old Winnie the Pooh tapes you found in a box in the attic. Maybe your cat had one too many bad experiences at the last vet that you decided it’s time to look elsewhere.

Whatever the reason, Yosemite Veterinary Hospital is happy to be here to help you out. With appointments 7 days a week, we’ve tried to make it easy on you and your 4-legged family to live a happy and healthy life.

We treat all sorts of common medical issues that household pets come down with, but we’ve also prided ourselves on providing emergency and urgent care to the community members we serve. A sudden accident with your pet can leave you reeling, unsure of where to turn for help. From poisonings to being hit by a car to the infamous chocolate binge-fest, there are quite a few ways our animals may end up needed these kinds of services. We always suggest keeping the phone number and address of an emergency vet on-hand for times like these.

And for those chronic conditions? How frustrating is it to have to bring your pet all the way to the vet only to find out that you have to head clear across town to get a scan or an x-ray done? Finding a veterinarian in Modesto that does it all on-site saves you time and may end up saving your pet’s life. It can be nice to know that your vet clinic is a one-stop shop when it comes to caring for your animal.

Friendly faces, affordable care and convenience are the principles we work by here at Yosemite Veterinary Hospital. When you bring your cat, dog, rabbit or pocket pet in for medical care, we’ll make sure you and your beloved pet get what you need at the right time and in the right way.

Choosing a Veterinarian in Modesto, CA

If you’re in need of a veterinarian in Modesto, CA, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Yosemite Veterinary Hospital.

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