Holiday Puppies and Kittens!
This Christmas you can add an additional furry friend to your family! Check out our Puppy and Kitten Wellness Plans, which include a comprehensive exam with one of our great Doctors, core vaccines, diagnostic testing/deworming, spay or neuter. You will also automatically be enrolled in our rewards program which includes an additional exam, a nail trim, and 10% back on all purchases. This rewards credit can be used for any services or items in the clinic. Call in today for more information.
Holiday Travels with your Pet
The first big choice is whether to bring your pets along for the ride or leave them at home. While the decision depends much on the particular needs of your pets, there are a few general trends. Cats tend to do fairly well in their home environment, however a pet sitter would be necessary to check in on them daily. On the other hand, a dog may be more inclined to want social engagement such as taking walks thoughout the day and some play time. If you decide to take your pet on a trip with you, he/she should have ID tags and you should carry copies of documents showing that your pet is current on vaccines. If your pet is microchipped (which is a good idea if you are traveling with him/her), please ensure that the microchip company has your most current contact information.
You may want to consider a wellness exam for your pet to ensure your pet is in good health before taking them on a trip. If your pet is elderly, has health challenges or dislikes traveling, you may want to elect having them stay at home with a friend or family member. A pet boarding facility is also an option. If your pet is not accustomed to staying in a boarding you may want to consider a trial run.
Whatever the method of travel you are planning to choose, please ensure that you are well informed of the travel requirements. You may refrence the AVMA for tips on all modes of travel with your pet. Also, confirm that the hotel you are choosing is pet-friendly and accommodating to meet the needs of your pet. Prior to your travel, it is best to be informed of the name and location of a AAHA accredited veterinary hospital should a medical need arise for your pet. AAHA accredited veterinary hospitals are recommended for providing the best standard of care for your pet.
Click on this link for tips for traveling with a pet from the American Veterinary Medical Association:
National Cat Lovers Month!
This month we celebrate all of our cat lovers who have opened their hearts and homes to these loving, sassy, and loyal fur babies! We fully understand the joyful anticipation of joining your families and building lasting memories together! We thank all you who have shared your loving and funny pictures and videos, brightening our days always!
National Mutt Day!
December 2nd is national mutt day, we celebrate our mixed breeds and mutts. Although we may not know what mix they are, we do know they are mixed with an abundance of love & joy for years to come!
With so much going on during the holiday season it is important to remember to keep our pets safe, healthy and happy. Below is a list of common holiday no-no’s to avoid:
Chocolate: Chocolate can be extremely toxic to dogs and is all around us during the holiday season. If consumed, it may cause severe health concerns and require an unanticipated trip to your veterinarian or emergency room. To avoid this concern please ensure that ALL chocolate is unacccessible and out of reach for your pets.
Tinsel: Although beautiful on the tree, it can be very intriguing to pets who may be tempted to comsume. Consumption of timsel may likely lead to a potential blockage requiring immediate emergency attention.
Holiday Plants: Poinsettia and Mistletoe are poisonous to pets so making sure that they are out of reach will help any possible risk of ingestion.
Holiday Foods: Any food containing Grapes, Raisins, onions, garlic, macadamia nuts, chocolate and alcohol should be kept far from reach as these are toxic to your pet.
Noise & Commotion: The holidays can be filled with lots of fun and excitement, for pets however this can get very overwhelming. Make sure you keep them in a room where they feel safe and can remain calm.
Tis the Season for Giving!
This holiday season we are reaching out to the OPV families with the hope of requesting your love and support to our local shelters, all of which are committed to helping the many pets awaiting a loving family and home. Otay Pet Vets welcomes all our community of pet lovers to join us in donating beds, blankets, toys, kennels, leashes, all to benefit the shelters in providing a warm and cozy place for pets awaiting their forever loving home.
The F.A.CE Foundation is a not-for-profit 501 ©(3) public charity, providing financial grants for pet owners who are financially unable to meet the cost of the pet’s emergency and critical care needs. Otay Pet Vets is grateful to have partnered with The F.A.CE. Foundation which has provided the necessary support to ensure the best care for your pet is available during this time of critical need. This year the F.A.CE Foundation is having a fundraiser to raise money in preparation for the needs of the upcoming year, your donation will be generously matched by their Boards President. The Foundation for Animal Care (FACE) goal is to create a world where no family pet is subject to loss of life due to financial hardship. We sincerely appreciate your support to the FACE Foundation and the may family pets in critical need.
Donate today by clicking the link below.
So, according to Dr. Anderson, I have pawsitively been a good boy this year! So, i’ve been thinking… my mom and dad hung a stocking for me, but I have a dilemma, IT’S EMPTY!! I was hoping you could help me out with this. I would love a few scrumptious bones, some fuzzy tennis balls, and a laser pointer. I can’t ever seem to catch that red dot! Anyway, Happy Howl-idays Santa and I can not wait to see what you bring!
P.S. Can I lead your sleigh tonight, and if you’re missing any cookies it wasn’t me…
On behalf of Dr. Kevin & DebbieAnderson, Dr. Lauren Salcido, Dr. Lynda Elliott, Dr. Andrew Zuckerman, Dr. Naomi Urbina & Staff, We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to you all for the opportunity this year in providing the best care for your pets, Large to Small, we love them all!!!
Merry Christmas & Happy Healthy New Year to all of our Otay Pet Vets Families!