Friday, May 19, 2017

Retired K9 Officer Healthcare Fund!!




VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital is proud to share our inaugural partnership with the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County Retired K9 Officers Healthcare Fund (RK9OHF) to raise money for the coverage of veterinary care costs to canine police officers that have worked to protect our S. Florida community.

In retirement, canine officers often live out their years in comfort with their handlers, or partners. Yet, after a career of service these officers are prone to advance orthopedic and service related conditions in addition to issues associated with a senior pet. Typically, there is no financial support for these officers after retirement.

It is the belief of the RK9OHF that the cost of healthcare should be supplemented. The Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County could not agree more.  As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that collects and manages donations to memorial/ healthcare funds, training programs, education programs and other local nonprofit organizations the Retried K9 Officer Healthcare Fund seemed a perfect extension of their mission. 
 
Under the supervision of the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County, the RK9OHF and VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital provide the best in wellness care to these officers and cover a portion of those costs.

With this partnership, retired K9 officers receive preventative care from VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital at a negotiated rate and the RK9OHF cover a portion of those fees. Total cost to the handler/partner is 35% of the initial bill. 

Please consider donating to the RK9OHC to support our South Florida K9 Police Officers in their retirement.  

Donations can be made directly at VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital
Or by mail at
VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital
c/o Sheriff Foundation of Broward County
Retired K9 Officers Healthcare Fund
2864 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, Fl 33020

100% of all donations made to the Retired K9 Officer Healthcare Fund go to the cost of care for these K9 Officers.

For additional information about this fund please phone VCA Hollywood at 954-920-3556, email us at RK9OHF@gmail.com or reach out to the Sheriff Foundation of Broward County at http://sheriffsfoundationofbroward.org/


Retired K9 Officers Healthcare Fund is a 501(c)(3) serving under the supervision of the Sheriff's Foundation of Broward County- 85-8013389700C-0, tax ID# 65-0898338




Tuesday, May 9, 2017

What you need to know about your new puppy or kitten!!!

Do you have a new puppy or kitten? 

One of the first things you should do when you bring your new pet home is to introduce them to your local veterinarian. Puppy and kitten visits offer a unique opportunity to start you and your new pet off on the right paw! Even if you are a very experienced pet owner and have had puppies or kittens before, each pet is unique and offers an opportunity to learn something new. The more educated you are about your pet, the better you will be able to care for them. Here are a few tips to get you started:

Spaying and Neutering:
We recommend that all dogs and cats not intended for breeding be spayed/neutered, as these procedures can provide a number of medical and behavioral benefits for your pet. Pet neutering can prevent pet testicular cancer, marking, and aggression. Pet spaying can prevent uterine infections, heat cycles, and breast tumors. We can discuss the best age to spay/neuter your pet during their visit!





Puppy & Kitten Vaccinations
Young pets typically require a series of vaccinations within their first year to equip the immune system with antibodies. VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital can develop a vaccination schedule for your pet after the initial wellness exam.





Parasite Testing & Prevention
Many puppies and kittens are born with intestinal worms (contracted by their mothers), which can cause a number of health problems if not treated. This is why deworming should be included with your pet’s first visit as well. To protect your pet from parasites (heartworms, fleas, ticks, etc.) in the future, we also recommend that you keep them on a year-round preventive.



We understand that having a pet can get expensive at times. Luckily there is pet insurance! We have witnessed first hand how Trupanion has helped clients from something as minor as an ear infection to something as major as a foreign body surgery!  Click here to find out more information.






Have more questions? Visit our website and schedule an appointment today!!!! 


Food Allergies: When Good Foods Go Bad !!!!!

Food Allergies: When Good Foods Go Bad 


Many of us know people with food allergies, but did you know that pets can have food allergies too? In honor of Food Allergy Awareness Week, we want to make you more aware of food allergies in pets.

While it’s difficult to determine the prevalence of food allergies in dogs and cats, food allergies may occur in about 10% of dogs and cats with allergies. While you may think this is not very common, consider that in 2007, about 3.9% of children were found to have food allergies.


Pets can develop dermatologic as well as gastrointestinal signs with food allergies. Common dermatology problems include itching throughout the year, skin infections and ear infections. If your pet has these clinical signs, it is recommended that they be evaluated by your veterinarian to determine if a diet trial would be helpful. To determine which diet would be the best, a complete dietary history including current and previous diets, treats, table food and supplements, is necessary.


One common myth is that grains are the most common pet food allergens. In fact, proteins are much more common allergens. When your veterinarian recommends a diet trial, options include home-cooked diets, novel protein diets and hydrolyzed diets. If you decide to use a commercial diet rather than home cooking, we recommend prescription diets as research suggests that some over the counter diets may contain ingredients that are not listed on their label.


The goal is to feed a protein and carbohydrate that your pet has not eaten before. While your pet cannot have any of their previous treats, there are treat options. I like to think of diet trials as an opportunity to find a new food or treat that your pet will like. He might even like the new treats better than the old treats. Don’t forget that chewable flea and heartworm preventatives are flavored so we recommend talking to your veterinarian about non-flavored options.


We recommend that the diet is fed for at least 8-12 weeks before evaluating your pet’s response to it. In one study,2 about 94% of dogs improved by 8 weeks on the diet trial. So even if your pet does not improve within the first few weeks, it’s worth it to continue the diet trial. You may think that sounds like a long time to wait to see a reduction in itching, but we have medications that we can use to keep your pet comfortable during the diet trial. Blood and saliva food allergy tests are available, but they have not been found to be reliable.


If your pet is on a diet trial, it’s important to follow it closely and remember, no cheating allowed! You might think one treat can’t be bad, but even a small amount of a food that your pet is allergic to can cause more itching and infections, which are the things we want to avoid.


Our goal during Food Allergy Awareness Week is to get more itchy pets the treatment they need.

We hope you enjoyed our first dermatology blog post by VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital’s dermatologist, Melanie Hnot. Check back soon for more dermatology information!




1. Branum, Amy and Lukacs, Susan. “Food Allergy Among U.S. Children: Trends in Prevalence and Hospitalizations.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Oct. 2008.
2. Rosser, EJ. Diagnosis of food allergy in dogs. J Am Vet Assoc 1993; 203: 259-262.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WHAT DO PATROL CANINE OFFICERS AND MOUNTED EQUINE OFFICERS HAVE IN COMMON?




WHAT DO PATROL CANINE OFFICERS AND MOUNTED EQUINE OFFICERS HAVE IN COMMON?

THEY WILL ALL BE GETTING THEIR EYES EXAMINED FOR FREE AT
VCA HOLLYWOOD ANIMAL HOSPITAL ON MAY 7

People Love Stories about Animals - Especially Happy Stories
GREAT VISUALS - VALUABLE INFORMATION!!

WHO/WHAT:
VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital (VCAHAH) and Animal Eye Guys (AEG) of South Florida will be providing free eye exams to qualified South Florida working dogs on Sunday, May 7, from 10:00am -3:00pm.

High profile patients include:
Horses from Peaceful Ridge Rescue- Specifically, a retired Equine Officer from Key West!

The complimentary exams will be provided by Dr. Robert Swinger, D.V.M., Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

The exams are being offered as part of the ACVO National Service Dog Eye Exam program. Now in its 10th year, the program offers free eye exams for service animals during the month of May by 250 board certified veterinary ophthalmologists from around the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada.

Since the program launched in 2008, nearly 16,000 service animals have been examined.  In addition to dogs, other service animals including horses and even a service donkey named Henry have received free sight saving exams. 
 
WHERE/WHEN:
VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital
2864 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, FL 33020
954.920.3556

Sunday, May 7, 2017
10:00 am -3


:00 pm

Great Visuals All Morning, However High Profile Patients include:
Equine Officer and Local K9 Patrol officers 11-1pm

HOW:
On-site media contact is Linda Ream. Contact her at linda.ream@vca.com/954.319.0365(C)

MORE INFORMATION:
About VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital
VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital has earned a solid reputation for offering the very best in veterinary medicine as well as the latest technological advances and therapies. Founded in 1947, VCA HAH features 21 veterinarians and more than 100 highly trained technical and support staff members. For more information, please visit http://www.VCAhollywood.com or call 954-826-8871

About Peaceful Ridge Rescue’s mission is to rescue horses from neglect, abuse, abandonment, and slaughter; improve their lives by providing a safe haven for healing and rehabilitation; find a homes for every horse, through a rigorous adoption process, sponsor and foster program; and educate the community through instructional support, and equine-assisted programs. For more information, please visit http://www.peacefulridgerescue.org/ or call 954-240-6080.

About the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists® is an approved veterinary specialty organization of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties, and is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association.  Its mission is “to advance the quality of veterinary medicine through certification of veterinarians who demonstrate excellence as specialists in veterinary ophthalmology.” To become board certified, a candidate must complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, a one-year internship, a three year approved residency and pass a series of credentials and examinations.
  
Media Contacts
Linda Ream, VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital: linda.ream@vca.com /954.319.0365 (C)

WHEN THE SIMPLIEST OF TASKS ARE OUT OF REACH, A TRAINED SERVICE ANIMAL IS THE ANSWER.




WHEN THE SIMPLIEST OF TASKS ARE OUT OF REACH, A TRAINED SERVICE ANIMAL IS THE ANSWER.


Service dogs assist in everyday tasks. Training centers like GOLDSTAR are working everyday to ensure service animals are up for the task of object retrieval, balance assistance, opening and closing doors and much more.
Sunday May 7, 2017, animals from GOLDSTAR Service Dog Center will be returning to the VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital to get their annual checkup with Dr. Robert Swinger of Animal Eye Guys.

People Love Stories about Animals - Especially Happy Stories!!!
GREAT VISUALS - VALUABLE INFORMATION!!

WHO/WHAT:
VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital (VCAHAH) and Animal Eye Guys (AEG) of South Florida will be providing free eye exams to qualified South Florida working dogs on Sunday, May 7, from 10:00am -3:00pm.

High profile patients include:
GOLDSTAR Service Dogs – specially trained service dogs for mobility assistance, companion dogs for PTSD, anxiety, slight autism, and other mental assistance.

These complimentary exams will be provided by Dr. Robert Swinger, D.V.M., Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

The exams are being offered as part of the ACVO National Service Dog Eye Exam program. Now in its 10th year, the program offers free eye exams for service animals during the month of May by 250 board certified veterinary ophthalmologists from around the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada.

Since the program launched in 2008, nearly 16,000 service animals have been examined.  In addition to dogs, other service animals including horses and even a service donkey named Henry have received free sight saving exams. 


WHERE/WHEN:
VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital
2864 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, FL 33020
954.920.3556


Sunday, May 7, 2017
10:00 am -3:00 pm

GOLDSTAR Service Dog Center mobility assistance animals and companion dogs.


HOW:
On-site media contact is Linda Ream. Contact her at linda.ream@vca.com/954.319.0365(C)

MORE INFORMATION:
About VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital
VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital has earned a solid reputation for offering the very best in veterinary medicine as well as the latest technological advances and therapies. Founded in 1947, VCA HAH features 21 veterinarians and more than 100 highly trained technical and support staff members. For more information, please visit http://www.VCAhollywood.com or call 954-826-8871

About GOLDSTAR Service Dog Center
GOLDSTAR Service Dog Center is a licensed dog training facility located in Pahrump, NV specializing in the training of service dogs for mobility assistance. This includes training with a mobility harness for help in keeping balance and walking, object retrieval, opening and closing doors, walking next to a wheelchair/walker, etc. GOLDSTAR also trains companion dogs for PTSD, anxiety, slight autism, and other mental assistance. For more information about GOLDSTAR Service Dog Center visit: http://www.goldstarservicedogs.com/servicedogs.html or contact them directly @702-610-9504 / email: goldstarservicedogcenter@gmail.com.

About the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists® is an approved veterinary specialty organization of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties, and is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association.  Its mission is “to advance the quality of veterinary medicine through certification of veterinarians who demonstrate excellence as specialists in veterinary ophthalmology.” To become board certified, a candidate must complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, a one-year internship, a three year approved residency and pass a series of credentials and examinations.
  
Media Contacts
Linda Ream, VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital: linda.ream@vca.com /954.319.0365 (C)

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VCA Hollywood has been in the business of serving our So Fl pet community for the last 70 years.We have employed the same family values instilled by our founding family- the Dee's.  In fact, many of the Dee family are still employeed today!! Visit our online presence to learn more about us an our commitment to care for you and your pet! 

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