Medical Services

Vaccines

At Animal Medical Hospital of Pasadena
We Offer Affordable Vaccine Prices with Examinations Daily 

Come On In or Give Us a Call!  626-796-3019

Canine Vaccines:

 

*All pets must have a minimum of one Wellness/Physical exam by one of our veterinarians in the last year, prior to receiving vaccines.

$17.50 DHPP(L) – Distemper virus, hepatitis virus, parainfluenza, parvovirus (Leptospirosis if needed)  First dose should be given as early as 2 months of age, Dose needs to be repeated every month until the puppy is 4 months old. Booster is then every year.

$14.50 Rabies First dose should be given as early as 12 weeks. The next dose should be given at 1 year of age and then every 3 years.

$12.50 Bordetella (Kennel cough) – First dose should be given after 2 months of age. The next dose should be given one month later if the vaccine given is an injection. Booster is every 6 months to 1 year. Intranasal: should be given as early as 12 weeks old, then again 6-12 months depending on exposure.

$29 Rattlesnake Vaccine – One initial dose is given after 4 months of age. The second and third dose (depending on the weight of the pet) is given 1 month apart. Booster is every 6 months to one year after that (depending on where you live). – although this does not prevent the deadly effect of a snake bite, studies have shown it to reduce the severity of the reaction allowing a more treatable outcome. It is recommended if you live in or travel to areas where rattlesnakes are found.

$27.50 Lyme Disease –  Vaccination that prevents tick borne Lyme disease. First dose should be given between 2 to 3 months of age. The second dose is given 1 month later. Booster is every year after that.

Lepto Vaccine – Leptospirosis is a parasitic organism that is found in areas that infected wildlife frequent. It is passed through the urine and can survive in the environment for weeks to months. This can be the lakes, rivers, or even your backyard. Leptospira can also be transmitted to people and we strongly recommend that you protect your pet and yourself from this parasite. One initial dose is given after 3 months, the second dose is given 1 month later. Booster is every year after that. If you would like your pet to receive the Lepto vaccine, please inquire; it can be included with your DHPP vaccine.

Feline Vaccines:

We offer the safest feline vaccines available!

$13.50 FVRCP – Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus infection, Panleukopenia   First dose should be given at 1 ½ month – 2 months of age  Repeat every month until the kitten is 4 months old. Booster is at 1 year of age, then every 3 years.

$18.50 FVRCP – 3 year vaccine

$22 Rabies – First dose should be given at 4 months of age. The next dose should be given at 1 year of age and then every year after.

$16 FELV – Feline Leukemia – First dose should be given at 3 months of age. The next dose should be given 1 month later. Booster at 1 year of age and annually thereafter depending in exposure risk. Not all cats need annual boosters – this is highly recommended if your cat goes outside at all or is exposed to other cats. New cats should not be brought into a household without first checking them for feline leukemia.

Vaccines help pets live longer, healthier lives. Call us today to set up an appointment to discuss your pet’s vaccination needs. 626-796-3019

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Common Tests & Procedures

At Animal Medical Hospital of Pasadena we firmly believe in preventative action with our common tests and procedures. We provide high quality care at affordable prices so all your pets can be safe and healthy. Prevention keeps your cat or dog healthy and protected.

$40 Heartworm Test – Since dogs have become more transient and commonly travel with their owners heartworm is now being found in California. We highly recommend testing your dog for this potentially deadly disease. Prevention is the best medicine.

$49 Feline FELV/FIV Test – Feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus are retroviruses that infect cats. FeLV can be transmitted from infected cats when the transfer of saliva or nasal secretions is involved. It may also be transferred from the mother cat to the kittens during birth. FIV is transmitted mainly through cat bites and scratches.  It is always necessary to test any new cats before bringing them into the household, it is also often necessary to retest any sick or exposed cats.

$39 and up Fecal Testing – Test for various types of parasite in your pet. This is very important as some parasites are zoonotic (transferable to humans).

$14 and up Deworming – prices vary according to required medication.

$30.50 Anal Gland Expression – This procedure is necessary in some dogs.One of the most common signs your pet has full anal glands is excessive scooting along the ground. At times you may notice a strong unpleasant odor and more constant licking at their rectum.

$15 Standard Nail Trims

$45 Difficult Nail Trims

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Dental

Bad breath in pets is often joked about, but it is not a laughing matter. Dental disease affects up to 80% of pets over the age of three, and just like humans, there can be serious consequences of poor dental health.

Dental care is vital to your pets health. If you are not proactive about dental care your pet can suffer from gum disease which can seriously lead to heart disease, kidney disease, and liver failure. 8 out of 10 dogs as well as 7 out of 10 cats have been shown in recent studies to have gum disease by the early age of 3. With the dentistry program here at Animal Medical Hospital of Pasadena, most cases can be prevented and others can be cared for.

We treat pets for a variety of dental issues including Periodontal Disease, Gingivitis, Halitosis, Swollen Gums among others. Your pet’s dental health is important in his/her overall well being. We offer routine dental cleaning along with simple and complex tooth extractions.

Anesthesia is a minimal risk for pets just as it is for humans. We use the safest of anesthetics and we are convinced that the small risk involved with the anesthetic procedure far outweigh the risk to your pet’s health with bad teeth. Our hospital is modern with state-of-the-art equipment and well trained, caring team members. We take a proactive approach to any anesthetic procedure including pre-anesthetic testing, inhalant gas, electronic monitoring and intravenous fluids. Pets are monitored throughout the dental procedure and as they recover.

Dental disease can have major effects on your pet’s organs, including the heart, liver and kidneys. The most obvious signs to look for are:

  • Loose teeth, Tooth loss
  • Excessive drooling
  • Brown or Discolored teeth
  • Loss of appetite, pain when eating
  • Prolonged chronic pain
  • Infections and severe irritation
  • Lowered resistance to their health issues
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Peridontal Disease
  • Lethargy or loss of normally playful nature
  • Failing to groom (cats)

An inflamed gum line is an early symptom of periodontal disease. Other symptoms include red, swollen and sometimes tender gums and an increase of plaque. An extensive plaque formation will cause foul odor.

Our comprehensive canine dentals are $299 and feline dentals are $229. For kittens and puppies under 5 years of age that have been seen within the last year; an exam may not be necessary as long as your pet is healthy.  For cats and dogs over 5 years of age that have been seen within 6 months; an exam may not be necessary as long as your pet is healthy.

This does not include the price of extraction or x-rays should any be needed; usually only under extreme conditions. Should our highly skilled professional team of doctors and RVTs decide your cat or dog may need either extractions or x rays an estimate will be prepared and you will be contacted for consultation and discussion of benefits, potential procedural risks, prognosis and cost influences of each treatment option.

Link to Dental Video

We offer the following dental services at Animal Medical Hospital of Pasadena:

 

Oral Disease: Diagnosis and treatment of oral manifestations of systemic disease; stomatitis, autoimmune oral disease and feline resorptive lesions.

Endodontics: Abscesses

Orthodontics: Genetic counseling and evaluation of bite disorders.

Periodontics: Treatment of gingivitis and periodontal disease, root planning, gingival overgrowth.

Oral Surgery: Extraction of compromised teeth, palatal defects, tongue and salivary gland disorders, surgical treatment of oral tumors and jaw fracture repair.

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Lab Work

Lab Work – A very important tool for both sick and well pets

At AMHP we work with the Nationally Certified Laboratory, Idexx.  We also offer our own in-house laboratory which utilizes the latest equipment.

Lab work is critical in providing us with information about your pet’s health. Whether young or old if your pet undergoes a comprehensive blood panel, while healthy, this will not only alert us to potential health problems but will give us a baseline to look at if a problem occurs in the future. Your pet’s doctor will choose whether it is best to send out lab work or perform it in-house. In-house laboratory testing is often used in situations where getting the information quickly is important. It is almost always used for  pre-anesthetic evaluations, which help detect any potential problems during anesthesia. We work with outside laboratories when more comprehensive or specialized veterinary testing is necessary or when time is not as much of a concern.

We strive to offer you the best diagnostic testing possible for your pets. Listed below are a sample of the laboratory diagnostics offered at AMHP:

  • Bacterial cultures
  • Blood Chemistries
  • Complete blood counts
  • Fecal examinations
  • Fungal cultures
  • Heartworm testing
  • Histopathology
  • Pancreatitis testing
  • Tick panels
  • Thyroid testing
  • Urine tests
  • Vaccine titers
  • Virus Testing (Parvovirus, Feline Leukemia Virus, and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)

Wellness testing can help detect many conditions early before they become serious illnesses. Be sure to ask your veterinarian about which tests your pet may need during your pet’s next wellness exam.

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Digital X-rays

Radiography (Digital X-Rays) is a valuable diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine. As we continually strive to offer the highest quality medicine and diagnostic testing, we are pleased to offer digital radiology services as a means of providing excellent care to our patients.

It is amazing what can be found — without surgery — inside the body of a pet, when the right imaging equipment is used and the right person is looking.

Radiography is painless, safe, and completely non-invasive, and it uses only very low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure needed to perform radiography is very low, even pregnant females and very young pets can undergo this testing. Radiographs can be used to evaluate bones as well as the size, shape, and position of many of the body’s organs. The size of organs is important because some medical conditions—such as kidney, heart, or liver disease—can alter the size of these organs. The shape and position of organs can be altered or distorted by certain medical conditions, including intestinal blockage or cancer. Tumors, depending on their size and location, can also sometimes be detected using radiography. Radiography can also be used to diagnose bladder stones, broken bones, chronic arthritis, certain spinal cord diseases, and a variety of other conditions.

Digital technology now produces X-ray images of any part of the body that can be displayed quickly on a computer screen, allowing us to zoom in on a particular area to enhance detail. We can modify and enhance the image so that very fine details can be seen. These high-quality images are made with far lower levels of radiation than what is needed for film, and, because it doesn’t use old-style photographic film the digital images may be stored and retrieved easily. Like a digital photo, a digital radiograph can be manipulated after it is taken allowing our team to view the image and see things in ways that weren’t possible with conventional film X-ray.

The imaging procedure is non-invasive and completely painless and can be performed on calm and cooperative pets without sedation. We may administer a light sedative or general anesthesia in cases where a dog or cat has trouble becoming fully relaxed naturally.

Digital radiographs are simple to transmit electronically if the assistance of a specialist or another set of eyes is needed.

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Cold Laser Therapy

Cold laser therapy, is a low-level laser therapy which is the use of light energy to stimulate tissue repair and provide pain management.

Laser therapy sessions last from a few minutes in length (if focusing on one specific area) to up to thirty minutes in length.  The treatment is safe, non-invasive and not painful. Pets often relax and enjoy their treatments.  Laser therapy is often recommended in conjunction with other modalities (such as oral pain medication, massage or therapeutic exercise) to provide the best outcome.

 

Make your appointment Today! Give us a call 626-796-3019

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Ultrasound

Ultrasound is completely safe and non-invasive, it allows our veterinarians to visualize and examine many body organs and systems, including the liver, gall bladder, spleen, kidney, pancreas and bladder. Ultrasound is painless and does not require anesthesia or even sedation in most cases. Sedation is rarely necessary unless an ultrasound-guided biopsy is being performed.

Ultrasound is like ordinary sound except it has a frequency higher than humans can hear. The sound waves are reflected off of internal structures. The returning echoes are then received by the transducer and converted by an electronic instrument into an image on a monitor. Extensive training is required in order to correctly interpret these images.

The ultrasound waves move out from the wand and either become absorbed into organs, pass through them, or are reflected (echo) back. Depending on how many sound waves are absorbed or reflected, an image of the internal organs is formed that can be seen on a monitor.

This test is typically done after blood tests, x-rays, or a physical examination indicates a possible problem. As with people, it can be used during pregnancies. There is a specific ultrasound called an echocardiogram that is used to visualize the heart and blood vessels as well as the valves of the heart.

Ultrasound can “see” some things that can’t be visualized on radiographs. For example, if the abdomen is filled with fluid, the organs can’t be distinguished on traditional x-rays because fluid and tissue have the same density. However, they appear quite different from each other on an ultrasound image, so we can see through the fluid. It is also useful, for the same reason, for seeing inside an organ such as the heart or liver.

If our veterinarian has referred your pet for an ultrasound, please be aware of the following:

To obtain the best quality images, the fur may be shaved from the body part that needs to be imaged.

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Dermatology & Skin Care

Scratching, itching, hot spots…… Your pet’s itchy skin can drive both your pet – and you – crazy.

If the cause of that itchy skin is left untreated, quite serious health problems for your pet may develop.

Diseases of the skin can be painful for your pet and diagnosing the cause can be challenging. Disorders of the skin and ears are among the most common reasons pets visit their veterinarians. Dermatology problems such as these can leave your cat or dog feeling uncomfortable and affect the quality of your pet’s life. The good news is that these problems need not be tolerated.

Skin disorders can be caused by parasitic infestation, allergic reaction, or non-infectious disease and must begin by ruling out one possibility at a time. Our veterinarians believe in trying the simple solutions first before ordering the more expensive diagnostic tests and treatments.  The unfortunate aspect with some of the dermatology diseases is that in some cases the condition can only be managed and not cured.

There are many dermatological conditions we see in pets.  Among these are:

  • Flea allergy
  • Food allergy
  • Environmental allergy
  • Otitis (ear infection)
  • Staph infection
  • Ectoparasites
  • Ringworm

 

Contact us before a small problem becomes a large one! 

Make your appointment today! 626-796-3019

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Ophthalmology

Just like people, pets need eye care

Dogs and cats rely on their keen senses to explore and enjoy their world; it’s important that they have optimal function of all their senses, including vision. Pets’ eyes are susceptible to problems just as humans are and, in fact, can suffer from the same diseases we do.

Many of our pets are curious creatures, they may poke their heads where they shouldn’t, which sometimes results in an eye injury.

Age, injury, disease, and genetics all add up to what may cause your pets to have eye problems. Some species are more prone to various eye problems than others. Don’t hesitate to bring your furry family into Animal Medical Hospital if you notice something wrong. Early Detection and treatment is very important, give us a call 626-796-3019

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Senior Pets

As your dog or cat ages many questions can arise regarding his or her health. The good news is that senior pets are now living longer. Nothing contributes more to the long life of your pet than regular visits to their veterinarian. The reason regular visits are so important for your furry family members is that dogs and cats age much faster than we do. Health problems can develop rapidly, especially in older animals. We want to catch those small health problems before they become major medical conditions. We strongly believe the best and most cost effective care for pets, at any age, is preventative care.

How Often Should Your Senior Pets Have An Examination?

Because our four legged family members can’t always tell us they don’t feel well many problems go undetected.  For the best care your senior pet should be examined every 6 months, which is comparable to a time span of 2 to 3 years in people.

We consider our pets senior citizens after around 7 years of age, in some breeds even as early as 5 years of age.

The Importance of Routine Testing

Along with a detailed medical history and a thorough physical examination our veterinarians may advise to order diagnostic testing. Even in younger or apparently healthy pets, this testing is very important in order to establish baseline laboratory data. Our senior evaluation includes sensitive laboratory tests that can detect the onset of diseases and conditions early, when treatment and prevention are most effective.

Your Pet’s Health Assessment

Using the information gained from the evaluation our veterinarians will provide you with an assessment of your pet’s overall health and will make any necessary recommendations. We will also look for early signs of arthritis, which is common in older pets, as well as dental disease, which can lead to serious medical conditions.

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Surgery

General Information for Surgery

General Surgery Information to Assist You in Preparation

For scheduled surgeries, we perform a pre-surgical visit to go over general surgical information which includes:

  • Physical exam
  • Blood work to minimize anesthetic risks
  • Updating vaccinations if necessary
  • Discussing the surgical procedure
  • Answering any questions you may have about the procedure
  • Discussing any possible complications that may result
  • Provide and review a detailed surgery plan which includes fees.
  • Signing paperwork in order to make the check-in process as efficient as possible

Important Information for Your Pet’s Surgery

  • No food after bedtime the night before the surgery.
  • It is okay to leave water out for your pet prior to surgery.
  • Admittance time is 8:30 am to 9:30 am the morning of the surgery unless otherwise arranged.
  • Please notify us of any medications given 24 hours prior to surgery.
  • Depending on the type of surgery your pet is receiving, additional arrangements may be advised for over night care for further monitoring of his or her recovery. Your veterinarian will discuss this with you at your pre-surgical visit.

Surgery Services

After performing a complete examination and reviewing your pet’s medical state, we will discuss treatment options that may include surgery and put together a plan that suits the needs of both you and your pet.

If surgery is recommended, you can feel comfortable knowing that our veterinarians adhere to the highest level of care standards for all surgical procedures. Whether it’s a simple or complex surgical procedure, we cut no corners in ensuring the safe and smooth recovery of your pet. We always perform preoperative examinations prior to any surgical procedure, and we also suggest preoperative health screens to determine the best choice of anesthetics, IV catheters and IV fluids..

Our doctors will provide appropriate pain relief so that pain is identified and treated if present. Our highly skilled surgical team place the utmost emphasis on pain management to ensure your pet is safe and comfortable throughout the treatment process. Pain medications are administered before, during and after the surgeries are completed.

Our veterinarians, along with our strong support staff, closely monitor your pet from start to finish, tailoring care as needed. Using advanced technology, visual assessment and recording of vital signs is done by one of our well trained veterinary surgical technicians. We monitor your pet’s blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, heart rhythm, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation throughout surgery. A technician is present during the entire surgery and recovery process to maintain the safety and comfort of your pet.

We’re with you every step of the way; we believe that keeping our patients safe, clean and comfortable before, during and after surgery is of the greatest importance and an essential component of your pet’s care and recovery. The veterinarian or the veterinary surgical nurse will call you with an update once your pet has recovered from anesthesia.

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Extractions

Tooth extraction is a common dental procedure performed in most veterinary practices.

Some dental extractions are simple while others can be more difficult.

.Painful teeth may have enamel defects, may be fractured (with dentin or pulp exposure), severely affected by periodontal disease, have pulpitis (inflammed pulp), pulp infection, root abscess, or be associated with a jaw fracture. The treatment options would be to repair any jaw fracture and either treat the tooth by endodontic (root canal or vital pulpotomy) therapy, or by tooth extraction. Traumatic malocclusion can be uncomfortable. With orthodontic therapy, teeth can be saved and the occlusion can be transformed for improved comfort and function.
On occasion teeth extraction is the only option. There may be no reasonable way to transform a particular tooth to a functional tooth. Some owners prefer to extract teeth to avoid further complications or expense. Others want to better understand all treatment options. Some teeth require extraction because they result in malocclusion, dental crowding or teeth grinding.  Supernumerary or persistent deciduous (baby) teeth typically are extracted to avoid crowding and accumulation of debris.

For some pets, the strategic extraction of deciduous (primary or baby) teeth can allow for normal jaw development. This procedure can immediately eliminate a painful traumatic occlusion and allow for a normal occlusion of the secondary (adult) dentition.

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Soft Tissue Surgery

Soft tissue surgery encompasses a very wide range of surgical procedures from spay and neuters to mass or foreign body removals. Even many of the more complicated soft tissue surgeries can be performed at Animal Medical Hospital of Pasadena. We have a highly qualified group of veterinarians to perform many soft tissue surgeries. If a complicated surgery arises Dr. Guy Tarvin or another Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, will perform the surgery.

At AMHP we want to assure you that all steps are taken to provide the best and safest surgical care for your furry family members. Whether a simple or complex surgical procedure, we cut no corners in ensuring the safe and smooth recovery of your pet. We have highly skilled veterinarians and a caring,  compassionate, and experienced team of veterinary technicians and assistants. When a complex or specialized surgery is needed we utilize a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon.

Some of the more common soft tissue surgeries that your pet may need are:

  • Spays and neuters
  • Mass removals
  • Splenectomy
  • Exploratory abdominal surgery
  • Cystotomy- bladder stone removal
  • Diaphragmatic hernia
  • Intestinal obstruction repair
  • Liver biopsy
  • Ear hematoma
  • Anal sac surgeries
  • Open wound management
  • Blocked urethra
  • Cesarean
  • Enucleation

Feel free to call us about surgical questions you may have. 626-796-3019

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Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and neutering are two important surgeries that should be performed on your cat or dog, not only to prevent over population but for their good health too.

Spaying is a surgical procedure in which both ovaries and the uterus are completely removed from your female pet. Also called an “ovariohysterectomy”, this surgery is performed while your pet is under general anesthesia. There are many benefits from spaying your female companion including helping with the prevention of dog and cat over population. Spaying will eliminate the messy heat cycles, which attract male dogs or cats to your house from miles away.

More importantly this simple procedure will help prevent future medical problems associated with the reproductive organs in your pet such as mammary cancer or pyometra (an infection of the uterus.)

Neutering refers to the surgical procedure in which both testicles are removed. There are many benefits to neutering your male companion aside from contributing to the prevention of dog and cat over population.

Neutering can help eliminate undesirable behaviors in your male companion. An unneutered pet may roam and fight for territory. Another very important part of neutering your pet is that it will  help prevent diseases in your pet such as prostate disease and testicular cancer.

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Surgery Information

We know that any surgery for your pet can be a worry for you. To help put you at ease, we have put together our surgery information page.

At Animal Medical Hospital of Pasadena we want to assure you that all steps are taken to provide the best and safest surgical care for your furry family members. If surgery is recommended you can feel comfortable knowing that our veterinarians adhere to the highest level of care standards for all surgical procedures. Whether a simple or complex surgical procedure, we cut no corners in ensuring the safe and smooth recovery of your pet. We have highly skilled veterinarians and a caring,  compassionate, and experienced team of veterinary technicians and assistants. When a complex or specialized surgery is needed we utilize Board Certified Veterinary Surgeons.

To ease your mind further we will discuss the surgical procedure with you and answer any questions you may have regarding your pet’s surgery. Depending on the type of surgery your pet is receiving, additional arrangements may be advised for overnight care, which would be done for further monitoring of his or her recovery. Your veterinarian will discuss this with you at your pet’s pre-surgical visit and we will provide and review a detailed surgery plan, including fees. A physical exam will be provided, lab work will be done (to minimize anesthetic risks), and any necessary vaccinations will be updated. We will require you to fill out paperwork prior to your pets surgery to make the check-in process is as efficient as possible.

We advise IV catheter and IV fluid placement, no matter how small the surgery. This will increase safety during surgery while allowing for quick and easy administration of medication in the event of unforeseen complications during or after surgery. Visual assessment and recording of vital signs is done by one of our well trained veterinary surgical technicians, utilizing the most advanced technology. We monitor your pet’s blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, heart rhythm, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation throughout surgery. A technician is present to assist the veterinarian during the entire surgery and recovery process, maintaining the safety and comfort of your pet.

To assist in the healing process it is important for pain to be identified and treated, our doctors will provide appropriate pain relief whenever needed. We place the utmost emphasis on pain management to ensure your pet is safe and comfortable throughout the treatment process.  Pain medications are administered before, during, and after the surgery is completed. Our veterinarians, along with our strong support staff, closely monitor your pet from start to finish, tailoring care as needed.

Important Information for Your Pet’s Surgery

  1. No food after bedtime the night before the surgery.
  2. Admittance time is 8:30 am to 9:30 am the morning of the surgery, unless otherwise arranged.
  3. Please notify us of any medications given 24 hours prior to surgery.
  4. A deposit equal to the low end of the estimate will be due when your pet is dropped off for surgery. Any balance will be due upon release.
  5. Surgeries are usually triaged although we will do our best to give you an approximate time of surgery for your pet.
  6. The veterinarian or veterinary surgical nurse will call you with an update once the surgery is complete and your pet has recovered from anesthesia.
  7. Upon release of your pet after surgery please follow all directions completely and call us if you have any questions.
  8. Be sure and bring your pet back for suture removal at the recommended time. While sutures are easily removed at the correct time leaving them in too long will make their removal uncomfortable for you pet.
  9. Be sure to keep any follow up appointments. Even if you feel your pet is doing great it is imperative that your veterinarian can visualize the progress.
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Boarding & Daycare

Dog Boarding

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Dog Boarding ~ Home Away From Home

 

Animal Medical Hospital of Pasadena is canine crazy, we offer dog boarding starting at $20 per day. We request that pets be checked in by 5 pm Monday through Saturday, as to give us adequate time to get them comfortable in their beds for the night. Our facility is staffed for caring for your pets on Sunday but not open for drop off or pick up.

Dogs have their own size appropriate housed area with a soft clean blanket or beds at all times. Fresh water is available in their private boarding area 24 hours a day. We feed all dogs the Royal Canin Gastrointestinal diet unless you bring their own food. Feeding is done twice daily in their own private area.

All dogs are taken out to play and have a restroom break at least twice daily.

We want to pamper your baby while they are away from home. We have great fun activities, toys, and treats to choose from. Please see our “Activities and Fun” & “Bathing” pages.

 

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Cat Boarding

Animal Medical Hospital of Pasadena is feline friendly and offers cat boarding for our fabulous cat clientele starting at $17 per day. We request that your pets be checked in by 5 pm Monday through Saturday,  as to give us adequate time to get them comfortable in their beds for the night. Our facility is staffed for caring for your pets on Sunday but not open for drop off or pick up.

Cats have their own housed area with a soft clean blanket at all times. They have access to the litter box and fresh water 24 hours a day. If you would prefer your cat to remain on their normal diet, we will gladly feed what you bring; otherwise they are offered Royal Canin Gastrointestinal diet. Calming pheromones for our feline travelers that may be anxious being away from home are available as well.

We have many great fun activites, toys, and treats to pamper your baby with. Please see our “Activities and Fun” pages for our specials.

 

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Activities and Fun

In addition to their regular restroom and play breaks, Animal Medical Hospital of Pasadena offers exciting extra activities and fun for our boarding pets.

Tension Relieving Kongs

Choose a size appropriate Kong to be stuffed daily with a yummy treat for your dog to play with!  Kongs are your dog’s to go home with at the end of the stay.  Bring them back next time for your dogs to play again!  Kongs with stuffing start at $15.

Happy Tail Hour

For guests with a more delicate mouth. Enjoy a flavorful biscuit. You pets will barking & meowing happy. $2 per service.

Turn Down Service

Lets end the day with a nice turn down service.  After a long day or fun and games, what could be better than someone fluffing your bed and brushing out your coat to help unwind after a long day of play?  Turn down service is $5 a day.

Feline Services will include exercise & interactive toys, calming pheromones to comfort sensitive cat boarders and ease them into their stay with us.

Kitten Kaboodle

Additional Play Time $5 (15min)

Catnip Toys

For our cats and kitties that just can’t resit catnip. Enjoy playtime with a catnip toy during their stay and your cat gets to take the toy home upon departure. $2 per service.

Bathing

Need to be freshened up before you go home from your stay? Have your owner ask us about our specials for our extended boarding stays.

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Grooming

Bathing

Bathing ~ Good Hygiene

 

Bathing is available Monday through Saturday at Animal Medical Hospital. Our team is committed to pampering your pets and making sure their bathing experience is enjoyable. At AMHP, all baths include high quality shampoos and conditioners, blow dry with thorough brushing to reduce shedding, and a nail trim.

For dogs and cats with special skin care needs medicated shampoos can be purchased from AMHP. Medicated baths is one of our specialties. Please call us for pricing 626-796-3019

 

While many groomers express anal glands from the outside, our technicians do a thorough expression rectally for $30, if you schedule anal glands with a grooming service we are offer a 10% discount.

 

Link to Grooming Menu

 

Bathing is essential for a good coat and healthy skin for your pet. Frequency for bathing your dog or cat will depend on the length & type of their coat, how active they are, what environment they are in, and overall health.

A bath is appropriate when you want your pet to smell fresh, look well groomed, and be clean. However, unless otherwise recommended by a veterinarian, frequent bathing, or use of harsh or drying products can dull the coat and cause dry, flaky, and itchy skin. We recommend most pets be bathed and groomed every 4 to 6 weeks.

Our highly skilled team not only clean and pamper your cats and dogs, they also look for any signs of abnormalities that should be looked at by a licensed veterinary technicians. Once checked out by our team they will let you know if an appointment should be scheduled with one of our veterinarians.

Consider your loved one’s needs including nail trimming, ear cleaning, and coat brushing.Consult our professional team for specific recommendations for your pet.

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Fleas

Flea Infestation

 

It’s important to remove fleas not only from your cat and dog, but also eliminate them from your pet’s environment. Your veterinarian can recommend treatment to kill fleas and prevent flea eggs from hatching. This  will help resolve and prevent flea infestations.

It can start with just 2 fleas and before you know it, your house is infested. If left untreated, a female flea can produce up to 1,050 eggs in just 21 days.  Once you treat your pet, adult fleas will be killed and flea reproduction will stop by preventing eggs from hatching. But remember that the fleas you see on your dog are only a small percentage of the problem. For an established flea infestation to be resolved, all of the stages of the infestation must be considered. It may take several months for life stages, including eggs, larvae and pupae to mature and be removed from the environment. This can result in a small number of adult fleas being seen on your dog periodically as the environmental stages are exhausted. In milder climates where the temperature doesn’t get too cold or hot, it may be worse—resulting in a continuous and uninterrupted flea cycle. When the environmental flea population has been destroyed, the problem will end, but keep treating your pet to prevent a new flea infestation from beginning.
Where do fleas and ticks live?
You may not see them, but they’re there. Fleas and ticks can be nestled in hiding places inside and out without you ever knowing it.
* On other pets and animals
*Around shrubbery and bushes in your backyard where other infested animals frequent

In addition, developing stages of fleas may be lurking out of sight:
*In carpets, floors and sofas of your home.

Ask our veterinarians about which flea preventive is right for your pet!

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Heartworm

Heartworm Prevention

 

One mosquito is all it takes to transmit heartworms to your dog or cat. This disease is present year round throughout the country.  Although Southern California has been known as an area with very few cases of heartworm, this is no longer true.  Pets have become more transient often traveling with their owners from state to state for long periods of time.  Due to this travel, and to the many pets brought here during Hurricane Katrina, there are more and more reported cases of heartworm in California.  Prevention is the only sensible way to keep our pets safe from heartworm.

Heartworm larvae are transmitted by infected mosquitoes. When the infected mosquito bites, the larvae pass through the tissue into the bloodstream. Approximately 2 months later they reach the arteries of the lungs where they continue to develop and grow. After entering into the bloodstream, the heartworm life cycle begins with the presence of infected larvae. Left untreated, the Heartworm Larvae can continue to grow and grow. The larvae will mature into adult heartworms in 6 months. Once they arrive in the heart and lungs, they can cause damage as early as three months. If your dog tests positive for heartworm, treatment can be risky, expensive, and often involves hospitalization. Year-round prevention of heartworm disease is highly recommended and simple to do .

What Exactly Is Heartworm Disease?

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition in dogs. It is caused by worms that spend their adult lives on the right side of the heart and the large blood vessels that connect the heart to the lungs. It is transmitted through infected mosquito bites; cats and dogs of all ages are susceptible to infection. Signs range from no sign at all to persistent cough, fatigue, fainting and weight loss. In severe cases your pet can suffer heart failure in dogs and chronic lung failure in cats.  Heartworm disease is usually detected with a blood test.

Treatment is expensive for the owner, and a painful, prolonged ordeal for the dog. All dogs should be tested for heartworm infection before starting a preventive program. Year-round prevention of heartworm disease is recommended versus heartworm disease treatment. Prevention is safe, easy, and inexpensive.

Cats can have heartworm too and should be tested. .

References

  1. Dryden M. Biology of fleas of dogs and cats. The Compendium. 1993;15(4):569-578.
  2. Rust MK, Dryden M, The biology, ecology, and management of the cat flea: biology, ecology and control. Annu.,Rev. Entomol. 1997. 42: 451-73.
  3. Dryden MW, Rust MK. The cat flea: biology, ecology and control. Veterinary Parasitology. 1994;52:1-19.
  4. Taylor MA, Coop, RL, Wall RL eds. Veterinary Parasitology. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK, 2007.
  5. Greene C. Infectious Disease of the Dog and Cat. 3rd ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier; 2006:242.
  6. Center for Disease Control. Ticks. Geographic distribution. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/geographic_distribution.html. Accessed July 23, 2012.
  7. Center for Disease Control. Ticks. Diseases transmitted by ticks. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/diseases/index.html. Accessed July 30, 2012.

Thank you to Peter Weinstein DVM, Steven Kornfeld DVM, MBA, and  Nexgard and Revolution for educating us and our clients.

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Ticks

Ticks are Dangerous

 

The diseases that ticks may transmit can be dangerous and even life-threatening to your cat or dog.
See below for some of the most common tick-borne diseases:

  • Lyme disease
  • Babesiosis
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Canine anaplasmosis
  • Ticks can spread several dangerous and potentially fatal diseases to your dog
  • Ticks can live for years
  • Ticks lay potentially thousands of eggs at once2
  • Ticks drop from a host to lay their eggs
  • Ticks prefer warm temperatures, but some ticks will emerge from a winter thaw to feed

Lone Star Tick
Primarily found in the southeastern, eastern US.

American Dog Tick
Found east of the Rocky Mountains and in limited areas on the Pacific Coast.

Deer Tick
Commonly found in the southeastern, northeastern, mid-Atlantic and upper midwestern states.

Brown Dog Tick
Found throughout the United States.

Gulf Coast Tick
Found in the coastal areas of the US along the Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico
Make your yard less appealing to ticks by cutting grass short and eliminating brush piles.

Treat all your pets both cats and dogs in the household monthly to kill ticks fast and prevent a tick infestation. Remember to treat your loved ones all year long to avoid the onslaught of a potential infestation. Disease and irritation are no fun. Man of us will be traveling with our pets; please don;t forget that different areas in the state and country have more significant problems with these parasites than others.

Here are a few other tips that can help you prevent flea and tick infestations on your pets:

  • There are separate medications for both cats and dogs; ask our veterinarians during your next visit.
  • Periodically wash your pet’s bed cover in hot water and dry it on a high heat setting to kill any flea eggs and larvae.
  • Make your yard less appealing to ticks by cutting grass short and trimming shrubbery.
  • Vacuum frequently in your home, especially carpets where your pets tend to lounge.
  • Cover up all outside crawl spaces and garbage cans to deter wildlife that may carry fleas and ticks.

FOOT NOTES

  1. Dryden M. Biology of fleas of dogs and cats. The Compendium. 1993;15(4):569-578.
  2. Rust MK, Dryden M, The biology, ecology, and management of the cat flea: biology, ecology and control. Annu.,Rev. Entomol. 1997. 42: 451-73.
  3. Dryden MW, Rust MK. The cat flea: biology, ecology and control. Veterinary Parasitology. 1994;52:1-19.
  4. Taylor MA, Coop, RL, Wall RL eds. Veterinary Parasitology. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK, 2007.
  5. Greene C. Infectious Disease of the Dog and Cat. 3rd ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier; 2006:242.
  6. Center for Disease Control. Ticks. Geographic distribution. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/geographic_distribution.html. Accessed July 23, 2012.
  7. Center for Disease Control. Ticks. Diseases transmitted by ticks. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/diseases/index.html. Accessed July 30, 2012.

Thank you to Peter Weinstein DVM, Steven Kornfeld DVM, MBA, and Nexgard and Revolution for educating us and our clients.

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External Parasites

External Parasites ~ Prevention

 

Mites are tiny arthropods related to ticks. Mites that bite include chiggers (too small to see) and occasionally mites that are ectoparasites of birds, rodents, or pets and mites associated with plant materials or stored food or feed. They do not burrow into the skin, but because they are small, they are not readily seen on the skin surface; these are external parasites.

Mites that bite and burrow include Sarcoptes scabiei , which causes scabies, and Demodex mites, which cause a scabies-like dermatitis ( sometimes referred to as mange).

Mites that bite usually cause pruritic dermatitis. Patients are diagnosed by history and, for burrowing mites, scabies-like pattern of skin lesions.

Ear Mites

Ear mites are external parasites that are very small insects that infest the ear canal of dogs and cat are HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS from pet to pet, they are frequently found in entire litters of puppies and kittens. Ear Mites spread by direct contact with an infested animal. They are not contagious to humans.

Common signs of ear mites include scratching at the ears and/or shaking the head. A black, dry, crusty material is observed in the ear canals of infested pets. When examined under the microscope, ear mites look similar to a small crab.

Ear mites irritate the ears leading to raw lesions that may then become infected with bacteria or other germs. Secondary bacterial infection is very common. If left untreated, severe ear infections, as well as deafness may occur.

Since ear mites are infectious to other pets in the household, it is recommended all pets be treated at the same time to prevent infestation spreading back and forth.

It is important that the ears be rechecked on a regular basis until the problem is totally eradicated to prevent recurrence.

Demodex

What You Should Know About Demodex

Puppies and kittens are born without Demodex (dem’ o-deks) mites, but acquire the parasite from their mothers when they nurse during the first few days of life. In most animals, these mites cause no skin problems; the mites become normal skin inhabitants. Some animals, however, may inherit a susceptibility to Demodex mites. Demodicosis, the disease caused by Demodex mites, results when the immune, or protective, system in these animals allows mites to proliferate unchecked.

Signs

Demodicosis is usually a disease of young animals, particularly purebred dogs less than one year old. Veterinarians recognize a localized and a generalized form of demodicosis. Localized demodicosis is characterized by one or more circular, hairless area usually found on an animal’s head, neck, or front legs. The skin in these areas may be red or dark. About 10% of the animals with the localized form of demodicosis later develop the more severe, generalized form. This disease is characterized by patchy, widespread hair loss. The animal’s skin may become thicker, develop folds and crusts, change to a reddish or blackish color, and feel greasy. Bacterial skin infections are common and frequently become severe. Scratching is usually present.

Demodex

Your pet has Demodex mites. Demodex mites are microscopic external parasites that live in hair follicles and skin glands. They can cause hair loss and skin infections. Demodex infestations are treated with insecticides and antibacterials.

The entire life cycle is spent on the host in the hair follicles or sebaceous glands. Adult Demodexmite Demodex is part of the normal skin fauna and is usually present in small numbers in healthy animals.

Diagnosis

Demodicosis is usually suspected when a young purebred animal has hairless areas on its face or front legs. Your veterinarian will perform a skin scraping in the exam room. Demodex mites can be found when the scrapings are examined under a microscope. Finding large numbers of adult mites, immature forms, and eggs is necessary to establish a diagnosis.

Most localized lesions of demodicosis heal with minimal treatment. Generalized demodicosis requires moreaggressive long-term therapy. Bacterial skin infections are treated with oral medications, antibiotics, topical ointments, and medicated baths. Insecticidal dips or sponge-on solutions help reduce the skin population of Demodex mites. Because of the severity of generalized demodicosis, long-term therapy is frequently required. Our veterinarian will monitor the success of therapy by examining skin scrapings to use whether the Demodex mite population has been reduced.

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Internal Parasites

Internal Parasites ~ Prevention

 

Cats and dogs are a favorite nesting ground for parasites and worms. A comprehensive internal parasite examination is done through a fecal test with a fresh stool sample. Before we can treat pets for parasites we need to identify which parasite is in their body.  Keep in mind that, although not easily passed to humans, some parasites are “zoonotic” and can be transmitted to people as well as other animals.

The most common 4 types of worms are:

  • Roundworms
  • Tapeworms
  • Hookworms
  • Whipworms

The most common single cell parasites are coccidia and giardia

A few general statements apply to all parasitic infections:

All deworming medicines are poisonous to some extent and should only be used as needed and under proper conditions.

At this time there is no one dewormer that can eliminate all species of parasites. Consequently an accurate diagnosis is necessary to treat your pet properly.

Diagnosis is usually made from a fresh stool sample (passed less than 12 hours) or, in the case of tapeworms, seeing the segments in the stool.

Most puppies and kittens are infected before birth and, for this reason, will need deworming starting at 6 weeks of age. If hookworms are suspected, stools should be checked starting as early as 2-3 weeks.

Occasionally, for a heavy parasitic infection, 3 or even 4 treatments may be necessary to eliminate the parasite.

The following is a brief description of the common intestinal parasites with their symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and human transmission.

Roundworms:

This is a common worm of puppies and kittens, but can be seen in any age dog or cat.  Diagnosis is made from a microscopic examination of the feces or from a description of the worm if it is seen in the stool or vomitus.Treatment is an oral medication given at 2-week intervals. Symptoms will vary from none to marked vomiting and diarrhea, and abdominal swelling. Transmission to adult dogs and cats occurs by infected feces contaminating the yard. As a result, prevention is accomplished by isolating your pet from infected feces of other animals. For dogs, the heartworm preventives also prevent roundworm infection. Transmission to humans is rare; young children can develop “visceral larval migrans” by eating dirt contaminated with feces.

Hookworms:

This is also a common worm of puppies and kittens but is seen with equal frequency in adults. This parasite sucks your pet’s blood and can cause a severe anemia. Diagnosis is made from a microscopic examination of your pet’s stool.  Treatment is either an oral medication or an injection or both. This is repeated 2 weeks later. Symptoms will vary from none to blood in the stool (dark tar-colored stool) with diarrhea. Severe cases may need a transfusion and hospitalization. Transmission to adults occurs by infected feces contaminating the grass or soil. Prevention, therefore, requires that the pet be kept away from contaminated areas. Two types of heartworm preventive can also prevent hookworm infections in dogs Transmission to humans is uncommon and usually shows up as skin lesions.

Whipworms:

This worm affects dogs only. Diagnosis is also made from a microscopic exam of the feces. Eggs from this parasite pass intermittently, however, so it may be necessary to check multiple fecals before a diagnosis is made. Treatment is an oral or injects able medication given at 3 to 12 week intervals depending on the severity of the infection. Symptoms vary from none to severe watery diarrhea, vomiting, and marked weight loss. Some dogs require hospitalization for treatment of dehydration, malnutrition, and infection. There is no human transmission.

Tapeworms:

This common worm affects both dogs and cats.  Transmission occurs when your dog or cat bites and “eats” a flea.  The intermediate form of the tapeworm is inside the flea’s body and it then attaches to the intestine and begins to grow “segments”.  In about 3 weeks, these segments begin to pass in the stool.  They are approximately ¼ to ½ inch long, flat, and white.  After a short time in the air, they dry up to resemble a small yellow flat seed.  Diagnosis is made from seeing these segments on the stool or on the pet’s back end rather than a microscopic fecal exam.  Treatment is either by oral tablets or by an injection. The tapeworm medication kills existing tapeworms but it does not prevent future infection. The only prevention is strict flea control. There is no direct transmission from dog or cat to a human.

Giardia:

This parasite is not a worm. It is a very tiny single-celled parasite that can live in the intestines of dogs, cats, and man. It is seen most commonly in dogs coming out of kennel-type situations (pet stores, shelters, dog pounds, etc.) but its incidence is increasing.  Symptoms include intermittent or continuous diarrhea, weight loss, depression, and loss of appetite. Diagnosis is made from a very fresh fecal specimen that must be collected at the clinic for optimum results. A surprising number of affected animals are “occult”; that is, they are infected but are negative on these tests even with multiple examinations. As a result, this parasite is often treated without a confirming diagnosis. Treatment is an oral medication administered at home. Prevention involves careful disposal of all fecal material and cleaning contaminated areas. Humans can become infected with Giardia so special care must be taken to wash hands and utensils.

Coccidia:

This is also a single-celled parasite.  It is seen primarily in puppies and kittens, although debilitated adults can also be affected.  Transmission occurs by eating the infective stage of the parasite.  It then reproduces in the intestinal tract causing no symptoms in mild cases to bloody diarrhea in severely affected pets.  Diagnosis is made from a fresh stool sample.  Treatment varies greatly.  Animals showing no signs of illness are often not treated because a mild case is often self-limiting.  Pets with diarrhea are treated at home with an oral medication.  Severely affected pets may need hospitalization.  Prevention involves disposal of all stools and cleaning the pet’s living area.  Human transmission is uncommon but can occur.

Sarcoptic Mange:

Sarcoptes are tiny parasites that burrow into the outer layers of the skin. These mites cause a highly contagious skin disease known as sarcoptic mange or scabies. Diagnosis is made from a fresh stool sample. Sarcoptic mange is treated with insecticides,  coat clipping, parasiticidal dips, and antibacterials. Intense scratching is the most common sign of sarcoptic mange in animals. Scratching leads to hair loss and self-inflected trauma such as skin abrasions. Skin lesions are often raised and reddish and may become infected with bacteria. Thick yellow crusts and wrinkling of the skin develop over time. The skin may feel greasy. Lesions may appear anywhere on an animal’s body, but occur most commonly on the elbows, ear, stomach and chest. Some well-groomed animals with sarcoptic mange may have few or none of these clinical signs. Grooming removes some of the characteristic skin lesions

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Pharmacy

Pharmacy On Site

 

Our hospital is equipped with a large in house pharmacy for the convenience of our clients. Our access to several compounding pharmacies for specialized medications that are not always readily available for your pets due to size, age, etc… enables us to care for your pet needs more efficiently.

Our Pharmacy includes a wide range of medications and preventative medications specific to animal populations, which most human pharmacies do not carry to promote your pets health. Both prescription and over-the-counter medications are available for your convenience. By purchasing medications directly from Animal Medical Hospital Pasadena you can be sure you are getting authentic medications from a supplier that knows your pet and will back up your purchase in the unlikely event of a problem.

Our staff is knowledgeable about the medications we carry and is committed to taking the time to ensure that you go home with the right product for your special pet.  AMHP’s knowledgeable staff is happy to guide you to the most effective way to administer all kinds of medications. Our highly trained team will always give instructions on dosage as well as appropriate administration.

Our prescription refill process makes it easy for you to get your pet’s medicine. As with all prescriptions, your pet must be current on any required examinations or lab tests. Refills can be called in, usually with a 2-3 hour turn around. 626-796-3019

 

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Ear Cleansing

Otic Cleansing for Your Pets Ears

 

Your pets ears need to be kept clean. Our otic cleansing products are for cleaning and as a drying agent in dogs and cats with inflamed and infected ears due to bacteria and or fungi (yeast). Ceramides aid in moisturizing, repairing, and restoring dry, damaged skin.

Otitis means an inflammation of the ear.  It may involve the outer ear, middle ear, or inner ear.

Often more than one part is infected.  Ear infections are often very painful for your pet.

Causes of ear infections include ear parasites (mites), injuries, bacterial or yeast infections, and matted hair in the ear canals, allergy, or foreign objects in the ear canal.  Over-the-counter ear cleaners and the use of peroxide to clean the ears by well-meaning owners often cause the infection because the ears cannot properly drain and dry after cleaning.

Long, floppy ears are more prone to infection because the area inside the ear canal becomes warm, dark, and moist which is the perfect environment for infections to live.  The major problem is that the normal anatomy of the ear does not allow for drainage of ear discharges.

Signs of ear infections include scratching at the ears and/or shaking the head.  Ears are often very red.  A foul, smelly discharge is often present if the infection involves the outer ear.

If ear infections are not properly treated, the infection often becomes “chronic” which means it tends to reoccur.  Recurrent infections cause the ear canal tissue to change in appearance becoming thick and rough.  This often severely impairs hearing causing your pet to become deaf.

The type of ear infection must be determined by examination of the ear discharge under the microscope as well as visually inspecting the ear canal and ear drum with an otoscope.  Due to the severe inflammation often present, sedation is often required to properly examine and treat the ears.

Middle ear infections often occur as a result of infections ascending through the Eustachian tube from the throat and tonsils.  In many of these cases, the outer ear appears to be perfectly normal.  This is because the ear drum prevents the infection from escaping from the middle ear.

Treatment varies with the type infection and length of time the infection has been present.

Systemic antibiotics are often required as well as topical medication.  Chronic infections may require life-long treatment to keep the infection under control.  This is why it is so important that you follow directions and treat the ear for a sufficient length of time!

DO NOT attempt to clean the ear canal with Q-tips!  This only pushes pus and debris further down into the ear which further blocks drainage.

Make your appointment today! 626-796-3019

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Prescription Diets

Prescription Diets Maintain Good Health for Your Pet

 

Often, our pets will develop a condition that requires special nutrition.  When this happens, prescription diets are recommended.  These special diets are created with the intent of meeting specific health requirements to manage conditions ranging from sensitive stomachs to severe food allergies or tartar buildup to diabetes.

Animal Medical Hospital Pasadena currently carries the Royal Canin  line of prescription diets. Check with your veterinarian if a special diet is recommended for your cat or dog.

Dog and cat treats are also available.  We carry hypoallergenic treats for dogs with skin allergies or sensitive stomachs, and a range of exciting treats like chicken and egg soft treats or fruity crunchy treats.

Also available is a Dental Diet by Royal Canin that many people use as treats due to the large kibble size- great for breaking down tartar.

Treat selection varies every few months.

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Dental Diets

Dental Diets Keep Teeth Clean & Pets Healthy

Soft Plaque on the teeth turns into hard tartar, and bacteria. Food particles and enzymes invade the gums, causing periodontal disease which can lead to many other health conditions in your dogs and cats.

In the wild the natural diets help clean the teeth as they gnaw on the hide and sinews of the prey that was devoured; since there is not a lot of loose food particles that will cling to the surface of their teeth. Our pet food for our domesticated pets is certainly more nutritious but formulated foods seem to encourage plaque and tartar build up.

Pet food researchers have looked at a considerable amount of information such as the size of the food, the texture, how it breaks down, and so on, to enable them to design foods that actually remove plaque and tartar as the cats and dogs eat. With this break through we have definitely seen an improvement in the oral health of pets that are fed dental diets, even if it is not their only food.

Some owners feed a regular maintenance food in the morning and serve dental diet for the evening meal. Other pet owners will give individual pieces of the dental diet as a treat.

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Food and Treats

Food and Treats ~ What is Proper Nutrition

 

PROPER NUTRITION:
Food and treats is one of the most important factors in maintaining optimum pet health. Proper nutrition maximizes the body’s potential to perform at its best, as well as fight off disease.

THINK QUALITY:
With pet foods, you get what you pay for. Cheap pet foods use cheap ingredients, have poor quality control, are not well digested, and may have excesses or deficiencies in vital nutrients causing harm to your pet. When analyzed by independent laboratories, cheap foods frequently do not have the level of nutrition stated on the label. Choosing a well-known brand is the best insurance of proper nutrition for your cat or dog.

PETS DO NOT NEED VARIETY:
They will do best if you pick one complete food that is appropriate for the gender, age and activity level, and stick with it. Changes in brands of food often causes digestive upsets, such as vomiting and/or diarrhea. Pets also tend to become finicky eaters when fed a varied diet, causing problems for their owners later on. Any time you do switch brands of food for cat or dog, it should be done gradually by mixing the two diets together for a few days slowly decreasing the old diet with the new diet.

FEED A FOOD DESIGNED FOR YOUR PETS LIFE STAGE:
Puppies and kittens should be fed foods labeled for young, growing pets. Adult pets should be fed a food that is properly balanced for maintenance of health rather than for growing. Foods designed for young growing pets can easily cause obesity in the mature or senior pet. Free-Choice Feeding is discouraged because of the tendency toward obesity.

WHAT ABOUT PREMIUM FOODS?

Premium foods contain superior nutrition over grocery store brands. They are extensively tested and meet rigid standards with no ingredient substitutes. The finest pet foods are formulated with controlled levels of key nutrients like fat, protein, phosphorus, and magnesium to help reduce the risk of such problems as obesity and kidney disease. Better foods may cost more per bag, but the superior nutrition and better digestibility of these foods means you feed less per day, you clean up less stool later, and your veterinary bill for nutritionally-related diseases will be reduced.

WHAT ABOUT TREATS?

Many over-the-counter treats are full of salt and other bad stuff! We carry Royal Canin treats.

C.E.T. Chews are available at the clinic and incorporate enzymes into the rawhide that chemically help keep the teeth clean.

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