Paws and Relax: Managing Stress in Cats

Like people, cats can experience stress, which is an immediate response to a threat that activates the body’s fight-or-flight response. Chronic stress can cause physical and emotional issues for felines, manifesting in problem behaviors such as scratching and urinating outside the litter box. Our Valley Center Veterinary Clinic team explains feline stress causes and how [...]

Take Your Pet Grooming from Good to Great

Some pet owners prefer to leave pet grooming to the professionals, and others enjoy the opportunity to save money, strengthen their pet-owner bond, and promote their furry friend’s health and well-being at home. Regardless of where you are on the spectrum, you can always learn how to elevate your pet-grooming game. Our Valley Center Veterinary [...]

Feline Scratching 101

Cats scratch for numerous reasons, but their claws can cause significant damage, and your first impulse is likely to yell at your feline friend. But, punishing your cat for scratching can induce stress and exacerbate the situation. Our Valley Center Veterinary Clinic team knows that cat owners are frustrated by destructive scratching, so we explain [...]

Itchy Pet FAQs

Spring is a pleasant time for most people, except allergy sufferers who deal with sneezing, itchy eyes, and other hay fever symptoms. Pets with allergies may also dread spring, which can cause them to develop itchy, red, inflamed skin. Parasites and skin infections can also contribute to a pet’s year-round  itchiness. Our Valley Center Veterinary [...]

Chronic Kidney Disease in Pets: Early Detection Benefits and Strategies

An estimated 1% of dogs and 2% to 3% of cats have chronic kidney disease (CKD)—a progressive decline in kidney function—but this number increases dramatically as pets age. Around 10% of senior dogs and up to 35% of senior cats may develop this condition. Without adequate kidney function, a pet’s quality of life can rapidly [...]

Giardia in Dogs: Myths and Facts

Nearly every dog will be impacted by intestinal parasites at some point, and chances are high that Giardia will be the one they encounter. Depending on the population studied, researchers have found around 8% to 25% of dogs carry Giardia germs, but many don’t show any signs, which makes Giardia easy to spread. Many dog [...]

10 Signs It’s Time to Schedule a Veterinary Visit

Your pet can’t tell you when something feels amiss, but they do communicate by displaying illness signs. Every pet should visit the veterinarian at least once per year for a wellness examination, but concerns often pop up between routine visits. Any change in your pet’s behavior is cause for concern, but some signs are more [...]

Thirst or Appetite Changes in Pets

Pets are creatures of habit and like to stick to a routine, but as your pet ages or they develop health problems, their habits will change. An increase or decrease in the amount your pet eats or drinks are extremely common disease signs, and you should bring these to the attention of our Valley Center [...]

Heartworm and Pets: The Facts

Mosquitoes transmit heartworms, and pets in all 50 U.S. states have been affected. While infection rates vary depending on weather patterns and annual mosquito populations, the risk is always present. Although this disease is entirely preventable, many heartworm-infected pets die every year with or without treatment. Read our Valley Center Veterinary Clinic team’s disease facts [...]

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