Posts Tagged ‘dog’

Calling All Dogs in NJ for a FairyTAIL Weekend!

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Coming This September 7 and 8.

In a not so far away kingdom called Woodstown, NJ, there exists a place called Salem County Fairgrounds, where a festival for dogs and dog lovers, takes place every year. Dogs from near and far away lands come with their human friends to enjoy the magic of Fido’s Festival USA®.

That’s right we said ALL DOGS. Restrictions—None! No breeding papers required. You can’t help who your parents are. All are welcome at Fido’s Festival USA® an all-inclusive dog festival. Come on out because this is your time to shine, and you don’t even need a pedicure or a frilly bow! This year we have planned a fairyTAIL themed festival that will include storybook themed contests. Show off your special talent, compete in a Frisbee contest, and dress as your favorite storybook character for our costume contest. It doesn’t matter if you are an adopted stray or a champion at Westminster, as long as you’re a dog you belong at Fido’s Festival USA®.

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Super Bowl Dog Performance

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Check out some photos from the first ever Purina Pro Plan Canine Combine, featuring a spectacular performance from NFL Legend Daryl “Moose” Johnston and his dog, Gunner.

The event took place Wednesday, Jan 30, at The Westin in New Orleans in a football themed arena. Daryl and Gunner, along with other dogs from the Pro Plan Performance Team, showed off some of the amazing moves they’ve learned with the Pro Plan P5 app, developed by Purina.

Photo 1:
Football legend Daryl “Moose” Johnston completes a touchdown pass to his dog Gunner during The Purina Pro Plan Canine Combine, on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 in New Orleans, LA. After weeks of training with the new Pro Plan P5 app developed by Purina, Moose and Gunner wowed fans in town before the big game. (Photo by Cheryl Gerber/Invision for Purina Pro Plan/AP Images)

Photo 2:
Football legend Daryl “Moose” Johnston completes a touchdown pass to his dog Gunner as his 11-year-old daughter Evan watches during The Purina Pro Plan Canine Combine, on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 in New Orleans, LA. After weeks of training with the new Pro Plan P5 app developed by Purina, Moose and Gunner wowed fans in town before the big game. (Photo by Cheryl Gerber/Invision for Purina Pro Plan/AP Images)

10 Tips for Responsible Pet Ownership

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

February is Responsible Pet Owners Month, and the veterinarians of VCA West Los Angeles share their Top 10 Tips for Responsible Pet Ownership
LOS ANGELES – Responsible Pet Owners Month is right around the corner in February, and several of VCA West Los Angeles’ veterinarians wanted to share their tips for responsible pet ownership. Whether you need to hone your parental instincts or not, these 10 tips will certainly make your canine or feline happier and healthier.

Animals are very good at coping and hiding their medical ailments. Because they cannot speak, by the time they start showing symptoms, their ailment can be very advanced. Therefore, if an owner is wondering if their pet should see a veterinarian for noted symptoms, odds are they should. -Dr. Johnny Chretin, DACVIM, Oncology

Notify your veterinarian if you notice any sudden change in your pet’s weight (gain or loss) as such changes can indicate the presence of a significant health problem. Early recognition is key to ensuring a good outcome. -Dr. David Bruyette, DACVIM

Many common foods that you eat may be harmful to your pet. Avoid feeding your pet foods such as grapes, raisins, chocolate, onions, garlic, macadamia nuts, and foods with caffeine such as coffee or tea. -Dr. Karen Eiler, DACVIM

Keep your veterinarian’s business card in your wallet; if you have to take your pet to an emergency clinic they will appreciate this information. -Dr. Teresa Reiser, DACVECC

It is important for an owner of a pet who has been diagnosed with a serious medical condition to obtain adequate information so that goals for their pet can be met. Speak with their veterinarian, research online, and/or seek referral to a specialist if necessary. -Dr. Johnny Chretin, DACVIM, Oncology

Many people don’t realize that marijuana and tobacco are toxic to pets and they should not be exposed to the smoke or allowed to ingest the plant material. -Dr. Karen Eiler, DACVIM

Notify your veterinarian if you notice any sudden change in water drinking and/or urinary habits as these changes can be signs of serious medical conditions such as kidney disease and diabetes. -Dr. David Bruyette, DACVIM

Medications that are safe for people can be very harmful to your pet. Do not give your pet any medications without first consulting with a veterinarian. -Dr. Karen Eiler, DACVIM

Food does NOT equal love – feeding an unbalanced diet or feeding to excess can be bad for your pet’s health. -Dr. Teresa Rieser, DACVECC

Exercise is just as important for pets as it is humans. It promotes mental and physical health and is a great time for bonding. -Dr. Johnny Chretin, DACVIM, Oncology

VCA West Los Angeles will open its newly-constructed animal hospital early this year. For the past 14 months, construction crews have been hard at work on VCA West L.A.’s new hospital, just one block south of its current location. The facility will be nearly 42,000 square feet, house state of the art treatment equipment, and provide parking for over 230 vehicles, all of which make it the largest small-animal hospital in the western United States.

VCA will host an open house on March 16 from noon – 6 p.m., open to the public, at the new VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital, located at 1900 South Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025.