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Up to $25 off Trifexis and Comfortis!

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Only two more weeks left to save up to $25 on Trifexis or Comfortis!

 

Both Trifexis and Comfortis are flavored tablets that can be administered orally, so no residue, no worries about washing off after swimming, bathing, or grooming.

Call us at 415.664.0191 for more information on how to save on your pet’s heartworm and flea preventatives.

For more information visit http://www.trifexis.com and http://www.comfortis.com

 

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October is Pet Dental Month!

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Celebrate with us by receiving $50 off your pet’s dental cleanings all month long.

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Research shows around the age of 2 years old, 70% of cats and 80% of dogs have some signs of dental disease. If left unchecked, periodontal disease and tooth loss may leave your pet prone to infections and that may affect other organs.

Just like people, pets need preventative dental health care to avoid painful problems later in life.

Ask your veterinarian if it’s time to schedule a dental for your furry family member. Call 415.664.0191 to make to make an appointment today!

 

Welcome Dr. Robin Kelly!

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Irving Pet Hospital would like to welcome Dr. Robin Kelly to the IPH family!

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Dr. Robin Kelly received her B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Zoology and a minor in English from San Diego State University in 2004. She made her way to Northern California and graduated from the U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. After graduating, she completed a one year internship at Bay Area Veterinary Specialists in San Leandro, CA. Dr. Kelly has been working as an emergency veterinarian at Pet Emergency and Specialty Hospitals in Ventura and Thousand Oaks, CA for the past 4 years until starting at Irving Pet Hospital this June.

Dr. Kelly’s areas of professional interest include pain management, emergency and critical care, and ophthalmology. She is a member of the California Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Ventura and Santa Barbara Veterinary Medical Association, and Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.

At home, Dr. Kelly has a cat named Gabriella, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Molly, and a horse named Crimson.  In her spare time, she enjoys riding and showing her horse, hiking, traveling, baking, and going to basketball and baseball games.

June is Adopt-A-Cat Month!

Friday, June 7th, 2013

“Kitten season” aka adopt-a-cat month is here!

Kitten season takes a toll on animal shelters as space and resources become limited. There are many fun and loving cats waiting for new homes and families. Visit your local shelter  with an open mind and open heart.

Fore more information, visit http://www.sfspca.org/ or http://www.americanhumane.org/

 

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Natura Pet Expands Voluntary Recall of Dry Pet Foods Due to Possible Health Risk.

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Natura has expanded it’s voluntary recall if dry pet foods. Below is their release found on their  website. Please visit  http://www.naturapet.com/about/contact-us or (800) 224-6123 for more information.

Dear Natura Family,

On March 18, 2013, we informed you of a voluntary recall on select Natura products.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are extending our recall to include all Natura dry dog, cat and ferret food and treats that have expiration dates on or before March 24, 2014. We are sorry for the disruption, but we simply want to ensure that every product meets our highest quality standards.

Natura canned products and Mother Nature biscuits are not affected. (see Treats table below for further detail).

Please read below for more information about the recalled products and how to replace your pet food if it is included.

Your pet’s health and safety are our #1 priority. We are taking all actions necessary to ensure that our products meet both your expectations and ours. Our Fremont plant has been focused on quality enhancements and is now shipping new product to stores that will be on shelves soon.

As fellow pet owners feeding Natura products, we share your disappointment and again, we are very sorry. For additional inquiries, contact us at http://www.naturapet.com/about/contact-us or (800) 224-6123.

Sincerely,
Employees of Natura Pet Products

Updated Product Information

Natura has issued a voluntarily recall of all dry products with an expiration date on or before March 24, 2014, for the following brands.

Innova
EVO
California Natural
HealthWise
Karma

To clarify what is meant by “treats” in our communication above, only the following “treat” products are included in the recall:

Treats Included in Recall

Innova Cat Treats

EVO Wild Cravings Turkey & Chicken Formula Cat Treats

EVO Wild Cravings Herring & Salmon Formula Cat Treats

EVO Wild Cravings Weight Management Cat Treats

EVO Wild Cravings Herring Formula Dog Treats

EVO Wild Cravings Red Meat Formula Dog Treats

EVO Wild Cravings Turkey & Chicken Formula Dog Treats

EVO Wild Cravings Weight Management Dog Treats

NO other Natura biscuits/bars are included.

 

A goodbye from Kelly Lam

Monday, April 8th, 2013

It has been an honor being a part of the Irving Pet Hospital family for the past four years. I feel so proud to have been a part of such a knowledgeable, caring and compassionate team and I am so grateful for everything you guys have taught me. I can only hope that I’ll be able to find a hospital in Santa Barbara as amazing as IPH!

“Honey” wants to thank all of you for being so gentle with her during her frequent visits and for calling her a ‘sweetie’ even though she has tried to take a few tech’s fingers a couple times.

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Pumpkin Carving Contest!

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Our annual Staff Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest starts next Monday October 29th!  Come by our hospital between October 29th and October 31st to vote on the best pumpkin carved by Irving Pet Hospital employees.  One lucky voter will win a gift basket filled with doggie or kitty goodies!

Foxtails are arriving…minimize your pet’s risk!

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

With the arrival of warm weather comes one of the canine’s (and sometimes feline’s) worst summer foes:  the foxtail.  Foxtails are sadly one of the reasons why spring and summer months at Irving Pet Hospital are so busy.  Animals are often presented to us with symptoms such as sneezing, head shaking, squinting or limping – all of which could be symptoms of a pet being affected by a foxtail in its body.  Before you go hiding in your house thinking that foxtails have invaded the streets of San Francisco, take a moment to learn about what a foxtail is, and find out why this seemingly harmless plant can be a hazard to your pet.

What is a foxtail?

Foxtails are grass awns, or seeds, that are especially prevalent in the Western United States.  These seeds form bushy spikes that resemble the tail of a fox, which allows the foxtail to easily cling onto animals.  At first glance, they almost resemble wheat grass in appearance. These plants generally sprout up in spring, and are often found along the edges of grass lawns or wild fields.  The sad truth is that as long as your pet goes outside, it is almost impossible to eliminate all chances that your pet will come across a foxtail.  Foxtails are very light in weight and can easily be carried by wind so they can practically be found anywhere outside.

Why should pet owners worry?

As the weather warms, foxtail plants dry out and the pointy seed pods begin to scatter. These seeds have one-way barbs that allow the seed to work its way into an animal’s skin, coat and mucous membranes, but not work its way back out.  This irritating physical quality almost makes it impossible for the seed to detach from an animal’s skin once it penetrates the surface.  Foxtail weeds also shed tiny black seeds which can also work their way into the animal’s coat and skin and cause irritation.

We often find foxtails between the toes (most common), in the nose (also very common), and in eyes, ears, mouth and basically everywhere else on the body.  Animals with long hair coats are at a greater risk.  Once a foxtail enters the body, it can even work its way through into the interior body cavity such as lungs and abdomen, causing very serious infections as they migrate through and get lodged in body tissues.  If left unattended, a tiny foxtail in the skin can cause a baseball-sized abscess, requiring surgical removal that can sometimes almost be as challenging as finding a needle in a haystack!

 

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Sore on foot from a foxtail track

Signs to look for

Some of the common symptoms seen in pets that are affected by foxtails are

  • Excessive licking of a specific area on the body
  • Swelling between the toes or on other parts of the body
  • Drainage
  • Pawing at the nose or muzzle
  • Head shaking
  • Sneezing (especially if nasal discharge is bloody)
  • Squinting (foxtail hidden beneath the upper or lower eyelid)

*If you notice any of the above signs, call us to consult with a medical staff member immediately.  Finding and removing a foxtail before it can embed and cause an infection will save a lot of trouble.  These grass seeds will rarely fall out on their own so the problem tends to worsen the longer you wait.

 

Removing a foxtail can be very difficult and painful for an animal and should therefore be performed by a veterinarian.  A doctor will often provide the animal with an analgesic and/or sedative to minimize their discomfort. An antibiotic may also be prescribed to treat or prevent infection.

Preventative measures

Keep areas outside your house where your pet has access to free of weeds, and keep pets away from dry grassy fields or roadsides when you take them out for walks.   Since it’s almost impossible to have complete control over what your pet will come across when they are outside, it is also extremely helpful to conduct a full body inspection for foxtails after every walk.  Concentrate on areas between the toes, in and around the ears, armpits and groin.  Keeping your pet’s coat clean and well groomed will decrease the chances of seeds accumulating. Clipping the hair between paw pads in dogs will also greatly reduce the potential for clinging foxtails and allow easier screening.

Part of being a responsible pet owner is to pay close attention to your pet on a regular basis. They don’t know what is good and bad for them so it’s up to you as an owner to be educated and aware.  If you are ever in doubt that your pet may be a victim of a foxtail, don’t hesitate to call us and speak with a medical staff member.  Although foxtails can be a hazard to animals, taking proper precautions and paying close attention to your pet will greatly reduce the chances of it causing any problems.  So go out there and enjoy the sun!  Don’t let the fear of foxtails keep you and your pet inside this summer!

Updated Recall Information

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

RECALL INFORMATION

UPDATED: CORRECT PRODUCTION CODE INFORMATION

Diamond Pet Foods Expands Voluntary Recall of Dry Pet Food Due to Potential  Salmonella Contamination 

Batches of the brands manufactured between December 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012 are affected


Consumer Contact: 866-918-8756
Media Contact: 816-255-1974

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 5, 2012

Diamond Pet Foods today announced that it is expanding a voluntary recall to include batches of nine brands of dry pet food formulas manufactured between December 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012 due to potential Salmonella contamination.

In April 2012, Diamond Pet Foods initiated three voluntary recalls of Diamond manufactured dry dog food. Although none of the additional products being recalled have tested positive for Salmonella, the company is pulling them from store shelves as a precaution. Diamond Pet Foods is coordinating efforts with federal and state health and regulatory agencies and decided to independently expand the recall to ensure the safety and well-being of customers and their pets.

The company stated: “We have taken corrective actions at our Gaston, S.C., facility and voluntarily expanded the recall out of concern for our customers and their pets.”

Brands included in the recall include:

  • Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
  • Country  Value
  • Diamond
  • Diamond  Naturals
  • Premium Edge
  • Professional
  • 4Health
  • Taste of the Wild

To determine if their pet food is recalled, consumers should check the production codes on the back of bags that have a number “2” or a “3” in the 9th position AND an “X” in the 10th or 11th position. The best-before dates for the recalled brands listed above are December 9, 2012 through April 7, 2013.

The following graphic is an example of how to read the production code and best before date:

The recall affects only products distributed in the following U.S. states and Canada.  Further distribution through other pet food channels may have occurred.

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Canada

The Kirkland Signature products included in the recall include:

  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Lamb, Rice & Vegetable Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Mature Dog Chicken, Rice & Egg Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Dog Formulated with Chicken & Vegetables (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Maintenance Cat Chicken & Rice Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Cat Formula (December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
  • Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain Salmon Meal & Sweet Potato Formula for Dogs (December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)

To determine if their pet food is recalled, consumers should check the production codes on the back of bags must have both a number “3” in the 9th position AND an “X” in the 11th position. The best-before dates for the recalled brands listed are December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013.

The recall affects only products distributed in the following U.S. states, Puerto Rico and Canada.

  • Alabama
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New  Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Canada
  • Puerto Rico

Diamond Pet Foods apologizes for any issues this may cause consumers and their pets. Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact Diamond Pet Foods via a toll free call at 1-866-918-8756, Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST.  Consumers may also go to a special website, diamondpetrecall.com, for more information. The company is working with distributors and retailers to ensure all affected product is removed from shelves.

Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Individuals handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. People who believe they may have been exposed to Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. According to the Centers for Disease Control, people who are more likely to be affected by Salmonella include infants, children younger than 5 years old, organ transplant patients, people with HIV/AIDS and people receiving treatment for cancer. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have received a limited number of reports of salmonellosis, the illness caused by Salmonella. We are working with the CDC, but due to patient confidentiality, we cannot comment further.

 

For more information, please visit the FDA website and Diamond Pet website.

Diamond Pet Food Recall

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

We apologize this is a bit late.  These foods were NOT recalled in California.

RECALL INFORMATION

Diamond Pet Food issued a recall on April 10, 2012 for a limited number of dry dog food bags. That recall was expanded today to include certain lots of its Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul dog food. Laboratory analysis completed by ODA’s Consumer Protection Laboratory showed the pet food tested positive for Salmonella contamination.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it. Symptoms of infection may include fever and gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain. The illness primarily impacts young children, frail and elderly people and those with weakened immune systems. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill. Anyone exhibiting signs of a Salmonella infection should contact a healthcare provider.

“People typically contract a Salmonella infection by ingesting food or water that has been contaminated,” said Dr. Beverly Byrum, ODA Laboratory Director. “In this case, however, an infection can occur by putting objects or fingers that have touched a contaminated product, such as pet food, into the mouth or by touching a pet or, in extreme cases, a person, that is infected.”

Pets that have consumed food contaminated with Salmonella may also become ill. Signs of an infection in a pet include decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may also become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and may vomit. If your pet is exhibiting any of these signs, contact your veterinarian.

“It is important to note that healthy pets can also be carriers of Salmonella, even if they are not exhibiting signs of illness, and they can still infect other animals or humans,” said Dr. Byrum.

Consumers who believe their pet has consumed the recalled product should limit contact with the animal by humans and other animals, and be sure to thoroughly wash any hands or objects that come in contact with the animal.

Update: specifics regarding lots/formulas are as follows: 

We encourage consumers who have purchased Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula dry dog food with the specific production codes and best before dates to discard the product. Diamond Pet Foods apologizes for any potential issues this may have caused our customers and their dogs.  No dog illnesses have been reported.

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula – dry dog food:

35 lb – CLF0102B31XCW,    Best by Date 27/JAN/2013

35 lb – CLF0102B31XCW,    Best by Date 28/JAN/2013

35 lb – CLF0102B32XWR,    Best by Date 28/JAN/2013

6 lb – CLF0102B3XALW,     Best by Date 28/JAN/2013

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula dry dog food is manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods and was distributed in Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia, who may have further distributed the product to other states, through pet food channels. The company is working directly with distributors and retailers who carry these products to remove them from the supply chain.

(information provided from http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/04/recall-alert-chicken-soup-for-the-pet-lovers-soul/)

 

RECALL INFORMATION

Diamond Pet Foods Voluntary Recall of Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice Formula and Diamond Puppy Formula

Diamond Pet Foods has issued a voluntary recall of Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice Formula dry dog food and Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food. The company took this precautionary measure because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No dog illnesses have been reported.

Customers who have purchased the following product with the specific production and “Best Before” codes should discontinue feeding the product and discard it:

Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice Formula – dry dog food:

6lb – DLR0101D3XALW, “Best Before” Date 04 Jan 2013 


20lb – DLR0101C31XAG, “Best Before” Date 03 Jan 2013

40lb – DLR0101C31XMF, “Best Before” Date 03 Jan 2013 


40lb – DLR0101C31XAG, “Best Before” Date 03 Jan 2013 


40lb – DLR0101D32XMS, “Best Before” Date 04 Jan 2013

Distributed in:
Alabama
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
Maryland
Michigan
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Virginia

Diamond Puppy Formula – dry dog food:

6oz Samples – DPP0401

8 lb – DPP0401B2XALW, “Best Before” Date 07 Apr 2013 


20 lb – DPP0101C31XRB, “Best Before” Date 11 Jan 2013


20 lb – DPP0101C31XME, “Best Before” Date 11 Jan 2013


20 lb – DPP0401B22XJW, “Best Before” Date 06 Apr 2013


40 lb – DPP0101C31XME, “Best Before” Date 11 Jan 2013


40 lb – DPP0401B22XJW, “Best Before” Date 06 Apr 2013


40 lb – DPP0401A21XAW, “Best Before” Date 06 Apr 2013


40 lb – DPP0401B21XDJ, “Best Before” Date 07 Apr 2013

Distributed in: 

Alabama
Florida
North Carolina
Ohio
Georgia
Kentucky
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Maryland
Michigan
Tennessee
Virginia

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

People infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Pet owners, who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact Diamond Pet Foods at 800-442-0402, 8 am – 6 pm EST, Monday through Friday, or visit www.diamondpetrecall.com.

(information provided from http://www.diamondpet.com/information/)

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