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Inguinal Hernias
A hernia in dogs is a weakness or opening within a muscle that allows other tissues to pass through an opening in the muscle and rest just below the surface of the skin. A hernia can have very serious complications. Find out more about symptoms and treatment.
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Tips for a Safe Halloween for Los Banos Pets
Halloween comes with a few potential dangers that can impact pets if they aren’t prepared ahead of time. If you want to dress up your pet and/or bring him or her along for the festivities, we have a few tips.
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Addison's Disease In Dogs
What exactly is Addison's disease? Find out more about the symptoms and diagnostic tests here.
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Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injuries
Damage to the CCL is a common injury and it often doesn’t take too much considering the size of this ligament. If some of those fibers are torn, it is called a ligamental tear. If the entire ligament is torn, it is a rupture. Find out more about this condition.
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Senior Pet Wellness
Our pets can't stay young forever. Learn what you can do to keep your senior pet happy and healthy.
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Adult Pet Wellness
Most people get puppies and kittens regular veterinary care but adult pets need preventive wellness care, too. Find out what you need to be doing for the health of your adult pet.
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Puppy/Kitten Wellness Care
Here is what you need to know to give your puppy or kitten the best wellness care in the first year of its life.
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Symptoms of Food Allergies
Sometimes it is hard to know what could be wrong with our animal friends. Pet food allergies are common and fairly straightforward to deal with; you just need to know what to look for.
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Misconceptions About Pet Food Allergies
Balanced nutrition plays a very important role in keeping our pets healthy. In fact, there aren’t many things that owners do on a daily basis that have a greater influence on their pets' well-being. Pet food allergies are common but there are some misconceptions floating around out there. Take a look at the misconceptions and the truths below.
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How To Read A Pet Food Label
There is an overwhelming number of pet foods in stores, so, how do you know which one is right for your pet? It can be confusing. Learning how to read the pet food labels is a good place to start.
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Canine Parvovirus (Parvo)
Get the basic facts about canine parvovirus (parvo) vaccinations for dogs in Los Banos
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Kennel Cough
Get the basic facts about Bordatella (kennel cough) vaccinations for companion animals in Los Banos
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Leptospirosis
Get the basic facts about leptospirosis vaccinations for dogs in Los Banos.
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Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
Get the basic facts about Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) for cats in Los Banos
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Rabies
Get the basic facts about rabies vaccinations for companion animals in Los Banos
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Do-It-Yourself Pet Vaccination - Not Worth The Risks
Proper vaccination against preventable disease is one of the most responsible ways of caring for your pet but vaccinating at home can have some problems. Find out more.
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Vaccines - Benefits vs Risks
Your veterinarian is always talking about the importance of vaccinating your pet. But what exactly are vaccines and what are the associated benefits and risks?
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Pet Wellness Exams - What Are They?
Comprehensive physical wellness exams are the backbone of your pet’s wellness program. Veterinarians recommend regular wellness exams for the same reason your physician and dentist recommend them – if you can detect a problem in its early stages, it's more likely to be treated and resolved with less expense, less difficulty and better success. Find out what happens during a wellness exam.
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Annual Wellness Exams (video)
Los Banos Veterinary Clinic recommends regular wellness exams for the same reason your physician and dentist recommend them – if you can detect a problem in its early stages, it's more likely to be treated and resolved with less expense, less difficulty and better success.
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Roundworm
The most common parasitic worm is Roundworms (Toxocara canis). Almost all dogs become infected with them at some time in their lives. Roundworm can be passed to humans. Find out more about this parasitic worm.
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Hiking With Your Dogs in Los Banos and the Surrounding Areas
Los Banos is beautiful for hiking and what is more fun than hiking with your best friend? We want to make sure that you are totally prepared when you bring your dog with you on your hiking trip to make sure all of you stay happy and healthy when traveling or hiking outdoors.
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Tick-borne Illness - Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is one of the many diseases that ticks can transmit to pets and humans. Know the signs to look for and how to prevent it.
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Heatstroke - What to watch for in Los Banos
Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention. Read more about the symptoms and treatment of heatstroke in pets.
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Flea Allergy Dermatitis - What Los Banos Pet Owners Need To Know
Fleas are everywhere in Los Banos and one flea bite can cause terrible itching in a pet who is flea allergic. Pets who are flea allergic are allergic to the flea’s saliva. This allergy causes dermatitis when they are bitten by a flea. Find out more about symptoms and treatment.
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How To Remove a Tick
If you find a tick on your pet, here is how to remove it...
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Transmission of Hookworm and Whipworm
Find out how pets get infected with hookworm and whipworm... and how to prevent them.
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Ear Mites in Cats
We talk a lot about parasites like heartworm and fleas but what about mites? Ear mites are parasites that can be easily prevented, especially in cats. So, let’s find out more about ear mites…
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Indoor Cats At Risk For Heartworm
Even Los Banos cats characterized as indoor cats are at risk for heartworm. Read more about cat heartworm.
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Heartworm Incidence Maps - What Is the Risk For Los Banos?
Where does Los Banos fall on the heartworm incidence maps? What is the risk for Los Banos pets? Find out...
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Canine Flu Information For Los Banos Dog Owners
You probably know about the ongoing epidemic of canine influenza (sometimes called dog flu) in the Midwest. Though there has been no mention of cases of canine flu here in Los Banos, we want to make sure your questions get answered.
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April Is Heartworm Awareness Month
Even though April is Heartworm Awareness Month, you will hear us say that your pet needs to be on a heartworm preventive all year long. This is because the North Valley has the highest incidence of heartworm disease in California.
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Heartworm - Basic Information
Heartworm disease is a potentially fatal parasitic infection that occurs in our dog and cat companions.
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Pet Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease in dogs and cats is bad, but it doesn’t always mean they have to lose teeth because of it. If caught soon enough, there is a chance that a milder form of treatment could reverse the damage from the disease and protect the tooth.
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Anesthesia-Free Dental Cleanings Are Dangerous
Most pet owners are not aware how dangerous anesthesia-free procedures can be for the good health of their pets.
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Broken Teeth and What To Do If Your Pet Has One
Luxations and avulsions can occur because of accidents, falls, and, most commonly, fights. Both are emergencies and time is of the essence if you want to save the tooth.
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What Not To Chew
Here are a couple of items that we strongly recommend you disallow for the well-being of your dog’s teeth and overall health.
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Dental Health Products
You can use additional home care products as listed below in combination with brushing for better oral home care.
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Kitten Dental Problems
There are a couple of important issues that can happen to kitten teeth that we want to let you know about. Call your vet if you see any of these issues in your kitty's mouth.
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Pet Teeth Brushing
The purpose of dental home care is to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent the development or progression of periodontal disease and to maintain good gingival health.
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Puppy Dental Problems
There are a couple of important issues that can happen to puppy teeth that we want to let you know about. Call your vet if you see any of these issues in your puppy’s mouth.
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Signs of Dental Disease
Dental disease is progressive; here we describe and identify the stages of dental disease.
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Holiday Pet Safety
Tips to keep your pets safe during the holidays
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Food Allergies in Pets
A pet food allergy, just like those in people, can be quite common and easy to manage. Find out more about food allergies in pets...
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Practice Excellent Dog Park Etiquette in Local Los Banos Dog Parks
To ensure that these places stay dog-friendly, we have to make sure that our pets are on their best behavior. Therefore, we have a few etiquette tips to consider and brush up on before visiting these places:
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The Dos and Don’ts of Puppy Potty Training
Trials and tribulations of puppy training are often a conversation we have with new pet owners when we see their puppies for the first time. If your pet is slow to learn, keep trying! Here are some of the top dos and don’ts that we share with clients as they undergo the puppy potty training process.
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Pet Foods are Not Created Equal: The Right Way to Introduce New Food Options
Here are some tips for incorporating new foods into your pet’s diets, broken down by the specific needs for both cats and dogs.
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Dog Deafness: More Common Than You Think
Any dog has the ability to be born with or become deaf throughout his or her lifetime. Similarly to people, there are a handful of factors that can lead to canine deafness, but some breeds are definitely more susceptible than others.
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Thinking About Becoming a Pet Owner? Read This Advice First
Are you thinking of bringing a new furry friend into your clan? This is a big decision and one that shouldn’t be decided on a whim. Here are the top three most common mistakes that new pet owners make so that you can address them early-on in your search for your perfect pet!
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The Facts and Treatment Options for Ear Infections
Ear infections are hands down some of the most common medial issues we see at Los Banos Veterinary Clinic. We even tell pet owners that most dogs will have some sort of ear infection at some point in life.
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Protect Your Pet from Fleas Year-Round in Los Banos
Since we have a very agreeable environment and yearly temperatures, fleas don’t have much of a down time and are always active. Especially if your pets enjoy time outdoors, it’s important to consider yearlong flea preventatives to keep your pet healthy and your home flea free!
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Why Maintaining a Healthy Weight for Your Cat May Prevent Senior Arthritis
At Los Banos Veterinary Clinic, we know that this excess weight is an issue for young cats that can turn into a larger problem as cats age. That’s why we like to stop this cycle early-on and help pet owners adopt proper habits.
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Preparing for a Safe Road Trip with Pets
Here are some tips to keep in mind before leaving for your trip that will help your furry and human companions get the most out of this summer road trip.
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Keep Maggots and Botflies Off Your Pets
Summer months when the adults maggots are alive and laying eggs are the most common months for potential cases in the Los Banos area.
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How Microchipping Your Dog Today can Help You Reunite Tomorrow
Since the odds of reconnecting pets are so great, we encourage all pet owners to consider microchipping as a preventative measure for forever-lost pets.
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How to Stop Your Pet from Chewing
Training your pet to stop or avoid chewing can take time and patience from both of you. Most owners find success when they have a positive attitude and set realistic expectations for their pets
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Most Los Banos Households Contain Pet Toxins: Breakdown of Poisonous Substances
As a pet owner, you should take it upon yourself to limit as many harmful elements as possible within your home or at least limit pet access to them.
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Snow in July or Dog Dandruff? Tips for Preventing and Treating the White Flakes
Pet dandruff is very common, especially in the summer months when the warmer, drier air can cause flaky skin. The good news is that dandruff is typically avoidable and treatable.
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Staying Out of The Weeds When it Comes to Foxtails
At Los Banos Veterinary Center, we see a handful of serious foxtail cases a year, so wanted to share some more information to keep you well-informed during these summer months.
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Tips for a Safe Fourth of July with Pets
Festive fireworks are a major source of worry and fear for most pets due to their ultra-sensitive hearing, so as the holiday approaches, we wanted to share some tips for a successful Fourth of July.
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From the Doctors: What You Need to Know about Vaccines
Our Valley Oak Veterinary Center doctors talk about vaccinations this week...
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How to Prepare Before Adopting a Cat
June is National Adopt a Cat Month, so if you’ve considered adopting a furry friend to join your family, this is the perfect time to learn more about the process and make the necessary preparations!
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Symptoms of Kennel Cough in Dogs: Why it Shouldn’t be Ignored
Has your dog been coughing or making noises that make you think that he or she is choking on something? Intense coughing is one of the warning signs of kennel cough.
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