ABC Veterinary Hospital provides all general medical care for your pet. Our old-fashioned, hands-on approach includes loving and getting to know you and your pet. We are San Diego's leading animal veterinary hospital, specializing in quality care, low costs and great service. We exceed our clients' expectations for the health care of their pets. Our services include:
You have made the right decision to spay/neuter your pet.
Spaying or neutering is one of the most important preventative health measures you can provide for your pet.
Spaying/Neutering helps pets lead longer, healthier lives.
For females, the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer and of mammary tumors is significantly reduced. Spaying also eliminates heat cycles and their associated problems.
Neutered males tend to be less agressive; the likelihood of testicular and prostate cancer decreases; the urges to "mark" their territory may lessen, and a neutered male is less likely to want to roam in search of potential mates.
You are doing the right thing to help eliminate dog/cat overpopulation.
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One of the most common pet health problems arise from oral uncleanliness. It's very difficult to keep your pet's teeth clean, and oral health problems are common. Research shows that by age two, 70 percent of cats and 80 percent of dogs have some sign of dental disease. Problems start with a sticky plaque buildup, which hardens into tartar. If left unresolved, it leads to gingivitis, a painful condition caused by inflamed gums. Eventually, periodontal disease could develop. Pets may lose teeth and are prone to infections that can affect other organs in the body.
Keeping your pet's teeth and gums healthy is actually very easy. First, ask your veterinarian about a professional prophylaxis that cleans the teeth. Next, feed your pet a larger kibble specially made for dental care. This food wipes the teeth clean as your pet chews. Also, start brushing your pet's teeth. Ask your vet to teach you how to do this properly. Several factors contribute to oral health problems including: Age: Dental disease is more common in older animals. Breed: Small dogs are prone to overcrowded, misaligned teeth, making them harder to clean. Food: Sticky foods can lead to a more rapid buildup of plaque.
If your pet has oral health issues, you'll notice several things, and bad breath is the first sign. Other indications are: Dribbling saliva, sore mouth, difficulty eating, yellow or brown tartar on teeth, bleeding gums, pawing or rubbing the mouth, loose teeth or tooth loss. Even if your animal isn't showing these signs, ask your veterinarian for a dental checkup and advice on how to keep your pet's mouth clean.
Healthy Teeth and Gums
Minimum plaque and tartar on teeth surface.
Plaque, Tartar, and mild bad breath.
Early Periodontal Disease
Inflammation/Swelling and Moderate Bad Breath.
Advanced Periodontal Disease
Bleeding gums, mobile teeth, and Severe Bad Breath.
Established Periodontal Disease
Pustular discharge, bleeding and Severe Bad Breath.
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Parasite Prevention not only protects your pet, but it also protects your family.
Roundworm, whipworm and hookworm are all 100 percent preventable. These intestinal parasites that pets and wildlife may be harboring can be shed in their feces at parks, playgrounds and sandboxes. The microscopic eggs of these intestinal parasites are often unknowingly ingested by children as they play.
The Center for Disease Control recommends a schedule of multiple dewormings to reduce the chance of infection. It is important to have your pet's feces examined yearly by a licensed veterinarian to ensure your pet is not harboring parasites. Many of the parasites do not cause your pet to become symptomatic until long after an infection has taken place.
How do roundworms harm people?
Roundworms enter the body when ingested as eggs that soon hatch into larvae. These larvae travel through the liver, lungs, and other organs. In most cases, these "wandering worms" cause no symptoms or apparent damage. However, in some cases the produce a condition known as visceral larva migrans. The larvae may cause damage to tissue and sometimes affect the nerves or even lodge in the eye. In some cases, they may cause permanent nerve or eye damage, even blindness.
How do hookworms harm people?
Hookworms larvae typically move about within the skin, causing inflammation in the affected skin. This is called cutaneous (skin) larvae mirgans. One type of hookworm can penetrate into deeper tissues and cause more serious damage to the intestine and other organs.
Take steps to prevent infection.
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Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)
Extracapsular Cruciate Repair
Medial Patellar Luxation (MPL)
Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO)
Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO)
Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis (JPS)
Angular Limb Defority Correction
Osteochondritis Dessicans (OCD)
Joint Luxation Repair
Carpal and Tarsal Arthrodesis
Many canine diseases can now be prevented through vaccination. A vaccination schedule prepared by your veterinarian can thus greatly contribute to good health and a longer life span for your dog. Below are the most important diseases for which vaccines are currently available:
Canine distemper is a widespread, often fatal disease. All dogs should be vaccinated against distemper, starting with distemper-measles vaccination at 6-9 weeks of age.
Canine adenovirus type-1 and type-2cause infectious hepatitis and respiratory infection, respectively. Hepatitis caused by adenovirus type-1 may cause severe kidney damage or death. Adenovirus type-2 is an important factor in kennel cough.
Canine bordetella (B. bronchiseptica) may contribute to kennel cough. This bacterial infection can occur alone or in combination with distemper, adenovirus type-2 infection, parainfluenza, and other respiratory problems.
Canine leptospirosis is a bacterial infection which may lead to permanent kidney damage. The disease is easily spread to other pets and to humans.
Canine parainfluenza is another cause of kennel cough. Although parainfluenza is often a mild respiratory infection in otherwise healthy dogs, it can be severe in puppies or debilitated dogs.
Canine parvovirus infection is a disease of widespread distribution which may cause severe dehydrating diarrhea in dogs of varying ages. Parvovirus infection is especially dangerous for puppies.
Rabies, one of the world�s most publicized and feared diseases, is almost always fatal. Rabies virus attacks the brain and central nervous system, and is transmitted to humans chiefly through bite of an infected animal.
Many feline diseases can now be prevented through vaccination. A vaccination schedule prepared by your veterinarian can thus greatly contribute to good health and a longer life span for your cat. Below are the most important diseases for which vaccines are currently available:
Rabies, one of the world's most publicized and feared diseases, is almost always fatal. Rabies virus attacks the brain and central nervous system, and is transmitted to humans chiefly through bite of an infected animal. In 1981-82, for the first time, more cats than dogs were reported to have rabies. This situation has led many authorities to recommend rabies vaccination for all cats.
Feline panleukopenia (feline distemper) is among the most widespread of all cat diseases, and is extremely contagious. Characterized by fever, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea, feline panleukopenia causes high death loss, particularly among kittens.
Feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR) is a highly contagious respiratory disease characterized by sneezing, loss of appetite, fever and eye inflammation. As the disease progresses, a discharge is noticeable from both nose and eyes.
Feline calicivirus (FCV) is another serious feline respiratory infection. Often occurring simultaneously with FVR. Signs of infection are similar to FVR (fever, loss of appetite, nasal discharge), but calicivirus infected cats may also have ulcers on the tongue.
Feline pneumonitis is caused by the organism Chlamydia psittaci. Signs of pneumonitis are similar to those of FVR and FCV (sneezing, fever, loss of appetite, nasal discharge, inflamed eyes).
Feline leukemia is a viral disease which can take several forms. Some cats have transient infections with few ill effects. Others have persistent infections varying in severity, some of which may be fatal over time. Extensive scientific research has shown no relationship between feline leukemia and human leukemia.
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The doctors at ABC Veterinary Hospital and independent contractor Daniel J. Frankel, DVM, MS, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgery offer a spectrum of surgical procedures, including:
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We offer complete hospital and clinic care, including: X-ray, ultrasound, in-house laboratory, EKG, general medicine, orthopedic and general surgery, dentistry and dermatology, spay, neuter and vaccination programs.