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    The Latest Heartworm Regulations for Dogs

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Heartworm prevention should be a priority for all dog owners. Dogs can contract heartworms after being bitten by an infected mosquito. A few months after the initial bite, the heartworms fully mature and start reproducing in the dog’s lungs and heart. Heartworm disease is a serious condition that can be fatal, which is why it is essential for dog owners to learn about prevention.

    The latest heartworm regulations for dogs come from the Companion Animal Parasite Council. The council has recently urged veterinarians and dog owners to start requesting microfilariae tests along with the antigen tests that are typically performed to detect heartworms. The microfilariae test is beneficial because it can detect baby heartworms in dogs. Performing both tests provides the best prevention techniques for protecting your dog’s health.

    Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic offers a variety of pet clinic services, including tests and vaccinations. Find out how our veterinarians can help your dog by giving us a call at (408) 565-8601.

    People Food that Can Be an Occasional Treat for Dogs

    Last updated 11 days ago

    You would never dream of eating your dog’s food, but you have probably wondered whether it is okay to give your dog some of your food. There are many food that your veterinarian will recommend keeping away from your dog, but there is plenty of people food that is perfectly acceptable as an occasional treat:

    Peanut Butter
    If your dog hasn’t tried peanut butter yet, he is in for a treat! Peanut butter is a popular people food that pet owners feed their dogs. This creamy food is packed with a variety of vitamins and nutrients, including vitamin B, vitamin E, protein, and niacin. If your dog has to take a pill, try putting it in peanut butter to make it more appealing.

    Yogurt
    Let your dog enjoy a lighter creamy treat by giving him yogurt as a snack. Yogurt is another great source of nutrients, providing both protein and calcium. Look for yogurt with live bacteria that works as probiotics for your dog. Avoid yogurt that contains sugars and artificial sweeteners to provide a healthy and tasty treaty to your furry friend.

    Green Beans
    Vegetables are good for you and your dog! Green beans are a great option when you want to give your dog a treat or a snack. These vegetables contain vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber, and manganese. You can help your dog lose weight by replacing some of his food with low calorie green beans that are healthy and filling.

    Apple Slices
    Some fruits are also healthy snack options that are safe for dogs to eat. Apple slices provide a crunchy snack and many health benefits. These fruits contain vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber. Crunchy foods are also good for polishing your dog’s teeth and removing leftover food particles that can lead to tooth decay.

    Learn more about which foods your dog can and cannot eat by contacting the pet hospital staff here at Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic. Discover our veterinary clinic services on our website or call us at (408) 565-8601 to schedule an appointment.

    Preparing Your Puppy for Its First Veterinary Visit

    Last updated 18 days ago

    Welcoming a puppy to the family is always fun and exciting. But along with the excitement comes the responsibility of finding a veterinarian and starting regular visits to protect your pet’s health.

    As you will see in this video, the first veterinary checkup is important for analyzing your dog’s health and educating you about proper care. Your veterinarian can answer any questions you may have about your puppy or how to care for him at home. You will also learn about vaccinations and when your puppy should start getting them.

    If you are ready to schedule your first veterinary visit, contact the friendly staff at Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic. Call us at (408) 565-8601 to set up an appointment at our pet hospital and find out what you need to bring.

    People Foods That Can Harm Your Pet

    Last updated 28 days ago

    Is your pet an experienced beggar? Although pets may think they want—and sometimes love—certain types of “people food,” many foods that are safe for humans can be harmful to cats and dogs. If you think your pet has eaten a food that could be potentially harmful, call your veterinary clinic immediately for care instructions.

    Chocolate

    Neither dogs nor cats should be allowed to eat chocolate. All chocolate, including white chocolate, contains a chemical compound called theobromine; chocolate also contains caffeine. Both theobromine and caffeine can overstimulate your pet’s cardiovascular and nervous systems, causing vomiting, diarrhea, agitation, muscle tremors, irregular heartbeat, seizures, and even death. 

    Avocado
    Avocados and foods made with avocado, such as guacamole, can be toxic for dogs. These fruits contain a substance called persin, which can also be found in the leaves, seeds, and bark of the plant. If you grow avocados at home, make sure to keep your dog away from the plants and any dropped fruit using a fence or a leash.

    Onions and Garlic
    All members of the onion family can be toxic to dogs and cats in any form, including raw, cooked, and powdered. The chemical compounds found in onions and garlic attack your pet’s red blood cells, causing weakness, vomiting, and anemia. Symptoms can take up to five days to appear, so call your veterinarian immediately if your pet has eaten onions or garlic. In severe cases, your pet may need a blood transfusion.

    Grapes and Raisins
    Grapes and raisins can cause digestive discomfort and kidney failure in dogs. Although you may have heard that grapes and raisins can be used as dog treats, avoid this practice and talk to your veterinarian about treats that are healthy and safe for your pet.

    If you have questions about your pet’s diet or are concerned about foods he’s eaten, call Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic at (408) 565-8601. Our experienced veterinary staff can help you handle any pet health issue, from routine checkups to pet surgery. Click through our blog to learn more about important pet health topics.

    Get to Know Dr. Emily Seymour

    Last updated 1 month ago

    At Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic, our veterinarians bring a combined 33 years of experience to the field of pet care in San Jose. Dr. Emily Seymour was born and raised near Philadelphia, PA. During her undergraduate studies in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Boston, she also played on the women’s rugby team. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Dr. Seymour spent time living and working in Cody, Wyoming, and Copperas Cove, Texas, before pursuing veterinary medicine in her home state at the University of Pennsylvania. Today, Dr. Seymour enjoys traveling—her favorite destination is South America and she has spent summers in both Argentina and Ecuador. Her family includes her husband, Travis, her Shar Pei/Rhodesian/Pit Bull mix, Dottie Lou, and her three cats: Schroeder, Tilly, and Scoop; she also raises goats, ducks, guinea fowl, and chickens.

    Dr. Seymour, Dr. Bowden, and Dr. Nagel are pleased to provide pet care at Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic of San Jose. We offer dental exams, pet surgery, spay and neuter services, vaccinations, microchip implants, and more at our comprehensive small animal clinic serving dogs, cats, rabbits, and pocket pets. Visit us online or call (408) 565-8601 to learn more.

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