5 Benefits of Using a Mobile Veterinary Practice

5 Benefits of Using a Mobile Veterinary Practice

If you have ever found it difficult to take your pet into a physical veterinary hospital for routine examinations and/or treatment when they were under the weather, then you know how stressful and difficult it can be. Your pet might be scared, you might despise sitting in traffic, and there are other nervous animals in the office. Thankfully, pet owners in Orange County have the option to choose housecall veterinary services for their pets that eliminate the need for dealing with the difficulties of in-office veterinary care.
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5 Benefits of Choosing a Mobile Veterinary Practice

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1. Less Stress for Your Pet

Many pets experience anxiety riding in the car, and most pets experience anxiety at the veterinary clinic. Scheduling housecall veterinary appointments eliminates this stress and allows your pet the opportunity to receive all the care they need in the comfort of your home.

2. More Accurate Wellness Examinations

Since pets are not as stressed when we examine them, our baseline examinations and vital sign recordings are a more accurate representation of your pet’s actual condition.

3. More Convenient for You

Whether you have mobility limitations, lack your own means of transportation, or simply don’t want to sit in traffic on the way to the veterinary clinic, housecall appointments save you time and stress by bringing your pet’s care right to your doorstep.

4. Great for Multiple Pet Households

Additionally, housecall appointments with a mobile veterinary clinic are much more convenient for households with multiple pets. We can see all of your pets at the same time. As a result, you don’t need to cart multiple pets to the veterinary clinic at once or come in multiple times for individual pet appointments.

5. Reduced Exposure Risk to Contagious Diseases

There are lots of other animals at the veterinary hospital, and many of those animals are sick. If they have contagious diseases, this can put your pet at risk of exposure – even though veterinary professionals work hard to maintain a sterile environment.
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Mobile Veterinary Care in Orange County

Advanced Mobile Veterinary Care is a full-service mobile veterinary clinic providing wellness care, preventative treatments, diagnostics, sick pet care, and more to pets living in Orange County. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of a mobile veterinary clinic or establishing your pet’s veterinary care with our mobile team, we welcome you to contact us today.

How to Keep Pets Safe on the 4th of July

How to Keep Pets Safe on the 4th of July

If we could ask them, every pet would probably say that the 4th of July is their least favorite holiday. The weather is hot, the noises are loud, and almost everywhere feels unsafe for pets. For this reason, taking extra precautions on the 4th of July holiday is important to keep your pet safe and comfortable.
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6 Fourth of July Safety Tips for Pets

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1. Microchip Your Pet

Pets get easily frightened by fireworks. As a result, the 4th of July is a day when pets commonly get scared, run away, and go missing. Before the holiday, be sure your pet’s collar ID tags are current and readable. You should also seriously consider outfitting your pet with a microchip which provides them with permanent identification that a veterinary clinic or animal shelter can read in the event their collar or tags come off.

2. Create a Safe Indoor Environment

If you can, take your pets out to exercise early in the day and then later create a safe haven for them inside your home. If you are entertaining, be sure your pet cannot escape your house as guests come and go. Set them up in a quiet room with white noise, food, water, and their favorite bed.

3. May your pet benefit from prescription medication?

For some animals, no amount of comfort can ease their fears/nerves with noise phobias. Please talk to your veterinarian to see if your fur baby may benefit from sedatives. There are options available that are safe for most pets.

4. Check Your Yard

Make sure your fence and gate are secure so that your pet won’t be able to escape if they become frightened by fireworks and panic.

5. Keep Human Foods Out of Your Pet's Reach

If you’re having a cookout, be sure to keep all foods and beverages out of your pet’s reach, as many of our favorite foods and drinks are toxic for pets.

6. Avoid Heatstroke and Dehydration

If you’ll be outside or camping with your pet, ensure they have access to fresh water and shade throughout the day to avoid dehydration and heatstroke.
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Summer Safety for Pets With Advanced Mobile Vet Care

With Advanced Mobile Vet Care, we can bring everything your pet needs to stay safe this summer and on the 4th of July right to your doorstep. Whether your pet is in need of a microchip or parasite preventatives, we’re here to help you and your pet enjoy the summer sun while staying safe. To learn more or schedule an appointment, we welcome you to contact us today.

What You Should Know About Getting Your Pet Neutered or Spayed

What You Should Know About Getting Your Pet Neutered or Spayed

Spay and Neuter Awareness Month began on February 1st, but spaying and neutering pets is an important topic of discussion for veterinarians and pet owners every single day of the year because spaying and neutering are not only essential to your own pet’s health and happiness but also the wellbeing of the community at large.
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The Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Pets

1. Prevent Unwanted Litters and Overcrowded Animal Shelters

One of the main upsides of spaying and neutering benefits the entire community. Preventing your pets from producing unwanted litters of puppies and kittens also reduces the number of animals that wind up in animal shelters and increases the adoption demand for pets that are currently in animal shelters. As a result, the community carries an easier burden and fewer homeless animals are lost to euthanasia.

2. Avoid Behavior Problems

Sterilizing pets before they reach reproductive maturity prevents many undesirable behaviors that are related to reproduction such as territorial behaviors like excessive aggression, spraying, and territory marking in addition to yowling and howling and the instinct to wander.

3. Reduce Risk of Contagious Disease

Sterilized pets come into contact with fewer animals. As a result, they are less likely to contract a contagious disease from another dog or cat living near your home.

4. Reduce the Risk of Cancers of the Reproductive System

Sterilizing pets also reduces the risk that they will develop certain cancers of the reproductive system. It completely eliminates the risk of male pets developing testicular cancer and of female pets developing ovarian or uterine cancer.
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Spay and Neuter Tips for Pet Owners

For your pet to enjoy all the benefits of sterilization, they should be spayed or neutered before reaching reproductive maturity. Puppies are typically spayed or neutered between six and 18 months of age. Kittens are typically spayed or neutered between eight weeks and 12 months of age.
Spaying and neutering are considered routine surgical procedures, and complications rarely occur. However, you should watch your pet closely after the procedure. In the days following a spay or neuter procedure, be sure to limit your pet’s physical activity, make sure their stitches stay intact, prevent your pet from licking the incision site, and avoid bathing for at least 10 days.
To learn more about spaying and neutering dogs and cats or to schedule an appointment for your pet, we welcome you to contact Advanced Mobile Vet Care today.

Is Your Dog Losing Its Hearing or Vision?

Is Your Dog Losing Its Hearing or Vision?

Thanks to advancements in veterinary medicine, our pets are living longer than ever before. As a result, age-related health issues, like loss of hearing and vision, in pets are becoming increasingly common.
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Hearing Loss in Dogs

Hearing loss in dogs occurs due to the loss of tiny, hair-like cells inside the inner ear that pick up the vibrations of sound waves.
Hearing loss occurs gradually in dogs, and they often lose hearing in one ear before the other and also lose the ability to hear certain frequencies of sound before others. For example, they might not be able to hear a woman’s higher-pitched voice while they can still hear a man’s deeper voice.
Signs of hearing loss in dogs include:
You can test your pet’s hearing by snapping your fingers behind their head to see if they react.

Vision Loss in Dogs

When a dog begins to lose its vision, you might notice it bumping into objects, struggling to stay on the sidewalk, stumbling over the edge of the curb. Your dog might be afraid to go down the stairs or run into outdoor plants at night.
Additionally, your dog might struggle to recognize you and catch objects. You might also notice a change in the appearance of their eyes.
Vision loss in dogs can occur as a result of several conditions, including:
If you notice signs of vision loss in your dog, it’s important to seek veterinary care right away. Some of these conditions can be treated and can also be quite painful when they are not.
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Stress-Free Veterinary Visits With Advanced Mobile Vet Care

If you have a dog suffering from vision or hearing impairment, we welcome you to establish care with the team at Advanced Mobile Vet Care. By bringing our veterinary clinic right to your doorstep, we can take the stress and worry out of getting your senior pet the veterinary care they need to stay happy and healthy throughout their golden years.
With our mobile veterinary services, your pet can get all the veterinary attention they need from the comfort of their familiar surroundings. To learn more or to schedule your dog’s next house call appointment with Advanced Mobile Vet Care in Orange County, we welcome you to contact us today.

How to Tell If Your Pet Has Allergies

How to Tell if Your Pet Has Allergies

Like people, dogs and cats can have allergies, too. Allergies occur when a person’s or animal’s immune system encounters a normally harmless substance (called an allergen) like a food protein, dust, or pollen, and mistakes it for something dangerous like a virus or bacterium. As a result, the immune system attacks the allergen, triggering the resulting histamine response that is associated with sneezing, itching, burning, and watery eyes.
In pets, allergies tend to look a little different than they do in people. This can make them difficult to detect if you don’t know what to look for.

What Do Allergies Look Like in Pets? 5 Signs Your Pet Has Allergies

1. Itching

The most common symptom of allergies in pets is incessant itching – the kind of itching that keeps you and your pet awake at night. They might scratch, lick, or bite at their skin.

2. Frequent Infections

Pets with allergies tend to develop frequent skin and ear infections. As a result, your pet’s ears and skin might have a foul odor and appear inflamed and irritated.

3. Skin and Coat Problems

Pets with allergies tend to develop rashes, hot spots, and scabs on their skin. They might also start to lose hair and develop bald spots.

4. Gastrointestinal Upset

Allergies can also lead to vomiting, diarrhea, or other symptoms of gastrointestinal upset in pets.

5. Respiratory Concerns

Pets sometimes experience respiratory symptoms from allergies which might include discharge from the nose and eyes, red eyes, coughing, and wheezing. If your pet experiences any wheezing, seek emergency care right away, as this problem can be life-threatening.
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Diagnosing and Treating Pet Allergies

The first step in diagnosing and treating a pet’s allergies is to rule out other potential causes of the pet’s symptoms. Once an allergy has been confirmed, it’s essential to determine the type of allergy (environmental, seasonal, flea, or food). Our veterinarian will then recommend a treatment plan accordingly. This might include:
We base allergy treatment plans on each pet’s individual needs.

Pet Allergy Appointments With Advanced Mobile Vet Care in Orange County

Serving Orange County, Advanced Mobile Vet Care brings your pet’s allergy care to your doorstep with our fully equipped mobile clinic and highly experienced veterinarians. Whether you suspect your pet has allergies, need to adjust their allergy medications, or want to talk with our veterinarian about a different allergy treatment strategy for your pet, we welcome you to contact our mobile veterinary clinic today.
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Vaccinating Your Pet – What You Should Know

Vaccinating Your Pet – What You Should Know

There’s been a lot of controversy buzzing about vaccines lately, but we’re here to explain the truth about vaccines, how they work, and why you absolutely should (and, in some cases, have to) vaccinate your pets.
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How Do Vaccines Work?

Vaccines train the immune system to recognize and fight diseases before they have a chance to invade the body. A vaccine contains antigens, which are partial or inactive viruses. They resemble viruses but don’t actually transmit disease.
Vaccinations stimulate the body’s immune system, causing a mild immune response without making the patient sick. If exposed to the virus in the future, the body will recognize it and fight it immediately, reducing the severity of illness or preventing it altogether.

Are Vaccines Safe for My Pets?

The benefits of vaccination far outweigh any risks. As with any medical treatment, there is always a small risk that a pet could have an adverse reaction to a vaccine. These reactions, however, are usually mild and are also quite rare.
Vaccinations usually cause slight tiredness and temporary soreness at the injection site following administration. Our veterinarian will ensure you’re aware of the signs and symptoms of an adverse reaction. You can monitor your pet following vaccination and contact if anything unusual occurs.
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Why You Should Vaccinate Your Pets

The diseases that vaccinations prevent are usually dangerous and highly contagious, and vaccination is the safest and most effective way to protect your pets from these diseases.
Vaccination protects your human family members from exposure to a variety of zoonotic diseases (those that can be transmitted between humans and animals). Several vaccinations, including the rabies vaccine, are required for pets by law.
Vaccinations are much less expensive than the cost of treating the diseases they prevent. Additionally, it saves your pet from suffering illness. Vaccinations keep our communities safe by limiting the spread of contagious diseases throughout the pets, wildlife, and people in our community.

Schedule a Wellness and Preventative Care Appointment With Our Mobile Veterinarian

If you have a new puppy or kitten or if your pet is due for vaccine boosters, you can make sure they’re protected without having to leave home. Our mobile veterinary clinic will recommend a schedule of vaccinations for your pet based on their individual exposure risk. Plus, we’ll bring your pet’s wellness and preventative care right to your doorstep.
To learn more or schedule an appointment, contact Advanced Mobile Vet Care in Orange County today.
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How to Tell if It’s Too Hot Outside for Your Pet

How to Tell if It’s Too Hot Outside for Your Pet

Summer has almost officially arrived. While it’s fun to get some sunshine with your dog, it’s also important to remember that what’s too hot for them might not be the same as what’s too hot for you, and exposing them to hot temperatures, sunshine, and pavement could put them at risk of heatstroke and burns.
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When is it Too Hot for Your Pet?

Unlike humans who can sweat, dogs are only able to cool down by panting, and this means that they can overheat much more quickly. That being said, there’s no set temperature that is considered too hot for dogs because several factors actually affect what’s too hot for a dog.

Humidity

The humidity makes it more difficult for dogs to cool themselves by panting. Even if it’s relatively cool outside, high humidity could make it too warm for a dog.

Access to Shade and Water

Shade and access to cool water will help a dog stay cool on a warm day.

Breed and Size

Generally, the larger the dog, the more difficult it is for them to cool down. However, some smaller, brachycephalic (shorter snouts) breeds have an even more difficult time staying cool because their shorter, squished noses make painting less efficient.
Additionally, breeds that originated in cooler climates like huskies, malamutes, and Samoyeds usually overheat more quickly and cannot tolerate the same high temperatures as other large breeds.

Weight

Extra weight also factors into a dog’s ability to keep cool. A svelte dog will cool down more quickly, while one that’s carrying around a few extra pounds is more prone to heatstroke.

Age

Puppies younger than six months and senior dogs will also overheat more quickly.

Signs of Heatstroke in Dogs

On warm days, provide your dog with plenty of water, shade, and a wading pool. Plus, learn the signs of heatstroke which include:
Despite your efforts to keep your pets cool in the summer, heatstroke can still happen. If a dog or cat suffers heat stroke, this is an emergency, and you should seek veterinary care immediately.

Emergency Veterinary Care in Orange County

Our veterinarian at Advanced Mobile Veterinary Care in Orange County is available for most hours of the day for emergency pet care. If your pet is showing signs of heatstroke, take steps right away to cool them down gradually and contact our veterinary staff and we will do our best to bring our emergency veterinary services to you. If after hours contact us or your local 24-hour emergency hospital.