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Customized Health Care For Pets
The world wasn’t made with a cookie cutter. The truth is that every Being is one of a kind. At Centinela Animal Hospital we celebrate these differences and our doctors and staff work with you to see that your pet gets the exact healthcare needed. We start with a deep interest in your needs and then search out the best, least invasive techniques to apply. Our goal for each pet we treat is a great, active life. We stress both quality and quantity of life, so that all associated with our office are free to grow and expand and manifest the very best of their God-given qualities.
Puppy Wellness Information
The road to health starts with a safe home, good nutrition, and basic medical care.
The path to wellness is distinct for each of us and for each of our pets. The word “doctor” means, “one who teaches.” That’s why our doctors take extra time to find out about each pet we treat, and then strive to deliver effective treatments based on your puppy’s exact needs. Not every puppy has the same risks and so each puppy’s wellness care is tailored to their specific needs. Our veterinarians can assist your puppy with the following: Puppy selection and genetic counsel. Physical examinations and medical treatment. Immune system growth (vaccines, and immune testing). Nutritional programs. Training and behavior. Parasite control programs.
Care That Grows With Your Puppy
Puppies need very special care starting at birth and proceeding throughout their entire lives. We encourage people to keep healthy appearing puppies home and isolated as their new immune systems begin to develop. The perfect diet at this stage is mother’s milk, which contains numerous health building substances. By two-weeks of age your puppy is ready to begin it’s wellness program with it’s first parasite treatment. Parasites sap strength and nutrition, as well as, exposing people to risk of infection. Proper nutrition and parasite control are helpful elements of creating wellness for your puppy. We recommend deworming every 14 days until 8 weeks of age, and then monthly until 16 weeks of age. Puppies need monthly appointments from 8 weeks until 16 weeks for routine care. Spaying or neutering follows if applicable at 5-6 months of age. Proper wellness care sets your puppy up for a long and happy life!
Answer these questions so that we can get to know your needs better.
Why did you get this puppy?
a.) Companionship b.) Showbreeding c.) Protection
What diet do you feed?
a.) Commercial Diet b.) Home prepared diet c.) Combination of above
Where did this puppy come from?
a.) Private Party b.) Pet Store c.) Rescue/Shelter
What would you like help with regarding this puppy?
a.) Routine Care b.) Training c.) Other
A Path For Wellness
Wellness is an expression of survival. It isn’t some far-off thing, but rather, something quite intimate. Wellness means being able to go and do and be the best you can be. For a puppy, wellness means having the strength to handle the major blocks to its existence. At Centinela Animal Hospital we work hard to bring information and products to your family that improve wellness. After all, it is easier and far more rewarding to create wellness than fight disease. Too many people spend an entire life’s worry on trying to avoid death and disease. When we focus on creating wellness, the result is a far happier and more rewarding relationship with our pets and families. Life is about living. It’s about action. Join us in living at its best!
Senior Pet Health Evaluation
Customized Health Care for Your Aging Pet
Aging occurs more rapidly in pets, and no two are the same. An 8-year-old pet is equal to a person in their 50’s. Disease of organs can sneak up and early detection can assist our furry friends to live longer, more pain-free lives.
What is Included?
13-point physical exam, comprehensive blood panel, EKG reviewed by board certified cardiologist, urinalysis, stool check for parasites, and heartworm test if pet is at risk. A customized health program is designed from the results.
Senior Pet Facts
80% have dental trouble.
30% have hidden disease.
Pets over 8-years-old may have altered brain function.
With early detection many cancers can be successfully treated.
Dramatic Increase in Bat Rabies
Nine bats have tested positive for rabies so far this year, eight within the past 30 days. Normally our department detects one rabid bat a month, so this represents a dramatic increase in the frequency of rabid bats. ...
(see attached report for a summary of these recent cases).
West Nile Virus Update
West Nile Virus (WNV) continues to circulate in Los Angeles County. This year, there have been five County residents confirmed to have WNV (see attached report). Infected birds and mosquitoes have been found throughout the County, but no infected horses. Recently , there has been an increase in infected birds being found in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valley areas. The five Vector Control Districts are treating potential mosquito breeding areas to reduce their numbers and are posting areas where infected mosquitoes have been found.
Statewide, there have been 206 people that have contracted WNV this year, with most living in Central California or Riverside County. Five individuals have died. 209 horses have been infected and 93 have died or were euthanized. As expected, a bulk of the human and animal cases are in Central and Northern California this year, in areas that were relatively spared last year. Generally, infections peak the second year that the infection is circulating in an area.
Please continue to report birds, horses, tree squirrels and other animals that you think might have West Nile Virus to our hotline: 877-747-2243. Surveillance continues throughout the County.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Karen Ehnert, DVM, MPVM
Senior Veterinarian County of Los Angeles
Veterinary Public Health and Rabies Control
Cancer And Diet
There are no proven diets for dogs suffering with cancer with the possible exception of lymphosarcoma. Cancer cells are primitive in their use of nutrients and production of energy and we desire to feed patients in ways that improve the own cells’ ability to gain nutrition and produce energy while making it harder for the cancer cells to live. This is theoretical not proven.
Since cancer cells prefer high sugar diets, and since high sugar intakes can increase inflammation and decrease immune function, we recommend restricting carbohydrates in veterinary diets used for patients with cancer. However, it is most important that sick patients eat food, and it can be challenging to get them to follow any prescribed medical feeding program. First get them to eat but try to feed them higher protein and vegetable diets with lower carbohydrates.
There are many high quality, high protein commercial diets available. Hill’s prescription diet N/D has been shown to be beneficial in lymphosarcoma and it may be helpful in other cancers as well, but research is needed to prove that. Innova EVO foods are excellent as are grain free diets. It is usually best to avoid dry foods, and patients on chemotherapy or suffering from immune suppression should not be fed raw diets.
These dietary guides are provided to assist our clients in feeding their dogs. None of the diets in this handout are complete and balanced and our veterinarians recommend consulting with a board certified veterinary nutritionist to assist in properly formulating long-term diets. According to Susan Wynn, DVM, a veterinary nutritionist with extensive experience in holistic diet formulation, canine cancer patients need diets that follow these basics:
1. 50% protein (cooked organic fish or poultry are considered best but any meat that they will eat is acceptable).
2. 50% veggies (green beans, broccoli, zucchini, frozen or fresh).
3. Flax or olive oil (1tsp per 20lbs of body weight per day).
4. A human balanced daily vitamin supplement (one pill per for dogs over 20lbs of body weight and one half pill for those under 20lbs.
5. Calcium carbonate (250mg fed per day per each 15lbs of body weight).
6. If you use this diet for cats use 80% protein, 20% veggies, and 250-400mg of taurine added per day.
7. Spices can be used such as tumeric (less than one tablespoon per dog per day), garlic (one clove for pets over 40lbs of body weight per day given five days on and two days off, and one-half clover for dogs under 40lbs). Garlic is not recommended for cats.
8. Fish oil (1 extra strength capsule -500-600 mg of DHA and EPA- per 10-20lbs of body weight for dogs and cats).
Other nutritional supplements may be recommended by your veterinarian depending upon many other situations. Your pet’s specific condition determines its needs. Medicinal mushrroms are commonly used. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) comes from green tea and slows tumor growth while reducing tumor blood supply. 1-2mg per pound of body weight is a good starting dose, and more may be prescribed as needed. Resveratrol from red grapes (and wine), phytoestrogens, and quercitin may be used in conjunction with balanced antioxidant formulas. Giving individually high levels of vitamin c, selenium, vitamin E, and vitamin A may actually create stress as these vitamins depend upon other vitamins to allow their proper function. Proper balance is critical.