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  • 27 Jun, 2017

Shatto Veterinary Center Blog

By 7041111342 27 Jun, 2017
By 7041111342 19 Jun, 2017
As the temperature gets warmer (or for LA, as it stays warm), we see more fleas on our pets even with the diligent application of monthly flea preventatives. It makes our pets miserable and us miserable.
A lot of our clients say "Fluffy never goes outside! He can't possibly have fleas!" Unfortunately, this is not the case!
The fleas can be transmitted by...US! We can carry fleas right into the house and if Fluffy is not on his monthly flea preventative, the fleas will thrive. 
Fleas are a nuisance for a variety of reasons; they cause itching, irritation and can cause multiple health problems such as intestinal parasites and FAD.  
FAD, or flea allergic dermatitis, is a reaction to the saliva of the flea as it takes a blood meal. It causes red, itchy spots, hair loss, and dandruff. 
The best way to get rid of fleas is prevention! Flea preventative should be a year long treatment. 
There are many different types of flea preventatives on the market. It is not a one-size fits all so some research is advisable before investing in a flea medicine. 
Here are the different types of flea treatment we provide and the categories they correspond to:
1) Topical
Topical flea treatment is usually applied at the base of the neck, between the shoulder blades. Make sure to part the hairs so that the medicine can be applied onto the skin. When using topical treatments, avoid bathing with harsh soaps that can strip the medicine rendering it inefficient. It is best to apply the treatment about 24-48 hours after a bath so that the body's natural oils can help disperse the flea treatment. I recommend exercising caution when using a topical flea treatment with babies or young kids in the house as they can touch the pet and put their hand in their mouth. 
 a)Vectra for Cats+ Vectra 3D
    -Vectra for Cats protect against fleas, flea eggs and larvae
    -Vectra 3D protects against fleas, flea eggs, larvae, ticks, mosquitoes, mites, lice and biting flies.
 b) Revolution
    -Revolution for cats protect against fleas, heartworm, and treats and controls hookworm, roundworm and ear mites.
    -Revolution for dogs protect against fleas and heartworm, and treats and controls ear mite and sarcoptic mange. 
*Because Revolution protects against heartworm, a heartworm test must be done before putting the pet on Revolution.

2) Oral tablet
Oral flea treatments need to be given after a meal or with a full meal to diminish any adverse reactions. 
 a)Bravecto (only for dogs)
   -Bravecto a flea preventative chew that can be given every 12 weeks. Its convenient dosage makes it a popular choice among dog owners however, we recommend it for a non-active dog. It protects against fleas and ticks.
 b) Simparica (Only for dogs)
   -Simparica is a  once a month flea preventative chew that protects against fleas and ticks. It is well known for its continuous protection from day 1 to day 35! Giving owners a little slack when they forget to dose their dogs in 30 days.
 c) Trifexis (Only for dogs)
   -Trifexis is a once a month flea preventative chew that prevents fleas and heartworm, and treats and controls intestinal worms such as hookworm, roundworm and whipworm.
* Because Trifexis protects against heartworm, a heartworm test must be done before putting the pet on Trifexis.

   
By 7041111342 22 May, 2017
Does your dog wake you up at night with scratching, licking and/or chewing sounds? If so, you are not alone! Almost 10% of dogs worldwide are affected with atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory skin disease most likely triggered by environmental allergies. Usually the dog's skin becomes itchy and thus becomes red, raw and irritated from scratching. Hairloss, skin and/or ear infection may be seen concurrently. It drives our dogs crazy and, frankly, us crazy!
Well, thanks to Zoetis, it may all be in the past!
Zoetis came out with a new, innovative therapy to treat atopic dermatitis, Cytopoint. 
Cytopoint is a biological therapy, non-drug treatment, in the form of a single injection. A single injection can provide on average 4-8 weeks of relief, giving the skin time to heal and us a good night sleep!

How can a non-drug treatment treat this condition?
 Well, the injection contains antibodies that are very similar to the ones our dog's have. It neutralizes one of the main proteins that sends "itch" signals to the brain, thus, reducing scratching.   

Is it safe for my dog?
Yes! Cytopoint is an antibody, not a drug or pharmaceutical treatment. It is naturally broken down and recycled in the body. It is not processed by the liver or kidney, unlike drug treatments, which often are. Therefore, there is no need to come in for the biannual liver and kidney screen that usually accompanies drug treatments, saving you time and money. 
Cytopoint can be used on all dogs, even those with previously diagnosed diseases and with most medications. 

Although Cytopoint gives 4-8 weeks of relief, every dog is different. Please monitor your dog during treatment and re-dose when your dog starts to scratch. 
Please call (213) 352-1252 to schedule an appointment to see if Cytopoint is right for your dog! 

For more information, please navigate to the link below. 
http://www.cytopoint4dogs.com/

*All of the information was obtained from Zoetis's website and from the Cytopoint brochure.
By 7041111342 10 May, 2017
Some of you may know that we offer laser therapy as one of our veterinary services. Most of you may be wondering what exactly is it? Is it the same type of laser that we see when we get laser hair removal? Does it hurt? How does it help my pet? Well today, I am going to try to give you a little more insight as to the laser therapy we offer. 
  • What is laser therapy?
Laser therapy is a pain free, surgery free, drug free way to treat a variety of problems. It can treat injury, wounds, dermatological problems, pain, fracture, arthritis, and many more conditions. It provides relief and promotes healing: It accelerates the body's natural healing process through photo-bio-modulation. 
Now, let me get more science-y: The photons, or packet of light energy, in the laser light beam, drives deep into the affected tissue. The photons stimulates the cell to make more ATP, or cellular energy. ATP is essentially fuel for the cell. A cell needs ATP for repair and rejuvenation. An injured or damaged cell cannot make ATP as fast or as efficiently as a healthy cell. Therefore, the laser therapy will stimulate those injured cells into making more ATP to repair itself faster. 

  • Does it hurt my pet?
The laser light creates a gentle and soothing warmth that relaxes the pet (trust me, I felt it for myself!).

  • How long will it take?
Laser therapy treatment depends primarily on the condition being treated, number and size of sites,  size of the pet, length of its coat, color of coat and color of the skin. It can range anywhere from 2 minutes (for simple conditions) to 1 hour long (multiple sites).  

  • When will I see results?
Results may vary by patients and by condition. Some pets may see results in as little as one or two sessions and others may need a series of sessions to see improvement. 

Laser therapy is a great treatment for all types of conditions, however, it is not a one-size fits all type of treatment. Some pets may not be suitable for laser therapy and some pets may not benefit from it. Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Sung in order to determine if Laser therapy will be right for your pet. 

For more information, head over to Companion Therapy Laser's site!
http://www.litecure.com/companion/for-pet-owners/?_ga=2.260005833.275863532.1494441620-649205364.149...
By 7041111342 01 May, 2017
Canine Influenza is a disease caused by an influenza virus. It is not zoonotic, meaning it does not affect humans. However, despite what the name implies, it can affect some cats. This particular strain of Canine Influenza, H3N2 virus, was detected in LA county after 35 dogs were imported from China to LA county. Those dogs were tested positive for Canine Influenza H3N2. They have since been placed in quarantine to block further transmission of the virus. 
There are several things you can do as pet owners to prevent the spread of Canine Influenza Virus.

1) Vaccination against Canine   influenza , including H3N2 strain

2)Isolation of sick animals for 3 weeks

3)Frequent hand washing by animal owners and handlers - wash hands after handing each animal.

4) Not sharing equipment or toys between healthy and sick animals.

5) Testing any sick animals

6) Taking your pet to the veterinarian if he/she is sick

7) Do not take your dog to public areas if he/she is sick

Some symptoms of Canine Influenza in dogs are:

Fever, lethargy, coughing, loss of appetite, sneezing, nasal discharge

However, some dogs may not show any symptoms.

In severe cases, pneumonia can result from infection of the virus. 

Please call us at 213-352-1252 to schedule a Canine Influenza vaccine.

By 7041111342 01 May, 2017
Is your pet vomiting or is it just regurgitating? Is your dog or cat sick? Do you need to be worried? 

There is a difference between vomiting and regurgitation. When Fluffy vomits, she is forcefully expelling substance from her stomach. When Fluffy regurgitates, substance from the pharynx or esophagus is expelled without much force.

It can be difficult to tell whether the moist substance you stepped on while walking in the dark is vomit or regurgitation. 
You should observe the pet in action to get a better understanding of which it is.
While vomiting, Fluffy will most likely start heaving, and often, nausea and drooling may be seen. 

Vomiting can be due to numerous problems. It will be difficult and often impossible to give a diagnosis over the phone. If you suspect your pet is vomiting, you should always bring your pet in. The sooner it is diagnoses, the better the outcome.

*Topic brought to you by Petplan Pet Insurance
https://www.gopetplan.com
Petplan magazine 2017; no. 1, Issue 31

By 7041111342 26 Apr, 2017
CAT (Purrfectis), a prescription we all can use!
By 7041111342 26 Apr, 2017
A prescription we all need :) 
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