Last updated 3 days ago
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you know how bad pollen can make you feel in the springtime. However, you might not know that your pet may experience springtime allergies as well. Here is a brief overview of how to spot the signs of spring allergies in your pet.
If your pet’s skin starts to flake and dry out or become swollen and itchy, this may be due to contact allergies. This occurs when pollen comes in contact with the skin of a pet that is susceptible to springtime allergies. Contact allergies can lead to excessive scratching of the area of skin that came into contact with the pollen. Dogs have sensitive feet and may attempt to alleviate the itching of contact allergies by licking or chewing. Fortunately, this can be treated using antihistamine medications and creams and ointments.
Another type of springtime allergies that your pet might experience is inhalant allergies. Inhalant allergies occur when your pet inhales pollen, typically from grass and weeds. When your pet experiences inhalant allergies, full body itching may occur, as well as respiratory complications. Inhalant allergies can also be treated by antihistamine medications, as well as immunotherapy and Omega-3 fatty acids. Unfortunately, there is currently no treatment for respiratory symptoms.
Fleas can be a hassle whether or not your pet is allergic; however, if your pet is allergic to fleas, bites can lead to swelling and itching. If your pet is licking or chewing certain spots of skin, an allergic reaction to a flea bite may be the cause. The chewing and licking can also lead to hair loss and sores around the affected area. Flea allergies can be treated using dust and flea baths, and the house should be treated as well.
If you think your pet might be experiencing spring allergies, contact Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic. We are a pet hospital and veterinary clinic that provides pet exams and vaccinations in the San Jose area. Our services include puppy and kitten care as well as dog dental services and animal blood tests. For more information, visit our website or call us at (408) 565-8601.
Last updated 11 days ago
Bringing home a new pet can be a very exciting experience for the whole family. However, it can also be overwhelming for your new pet to transition into a new environment. Here are a few tips for helping your new kitten adjust to your home.
Choose Safe Toys
Choosing toys for a new kitten is similar to choosing toys for a young child; you should always be concerned with choking hazards and toys with other dangerous components. Avoid toys with small parts that may break off, and stay away from materials that should not be ingested, such as ribbons or string. Safe toys include stuffed animals and rolling balls that are not too small that they might accidentally be swallowed.
Adopt in Pairs
When you adopt a new pet, you are usually taking it away from its mother or siblings; in order to prevent your kitten from getting lonely, adopt multiple kittens at the same time. The siblings will help prevent each other from becoming overwhelmed and confused after being adopted into a new home. They will also keep each other entertained by wrestling and playing together. If you adopt a single kitten, be sure to show him plenty of love by picking him up and petting him frequently.
Provide a Comforting Home
When you adopt a new kitten, you must prepare your home beforehand. Kittens need a warm and safe home that is free of hazards. Purchase a kitten bed or make one out of a cardboard box and a soft blanket. Kittens need to scratch, so provide a scratching post or your furniture will pay the price. Be sure to keep the doors to large appliances like your dryer or oven closed, as well as cabinets that may contain household items that are harmful to kittens.
For more information about how to help your new kitten adjust to your home, call Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic at (408) 565-8601. We are a veterinary clinic that serves the San Jose, Santa Clara, Campbell, Los Gatos, and Sunnyvale areas. Visit our website to learn about our puppy and kitten care and our pet exams and vaccinations.
Last updated 12 days ago
Join the Los Gatos K9 Cancer Walk
Walk day registration will open at 9:00 a.m.
Walk and Opening Ceremony will be at 10:00 a.m.
Short Walk Length: .75 miles Long Walk Length: 2 miles
Cancer is a disease that touches many of us, that is why Morris Animal Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure. An estimated 50 percent of all dogs will battle cancer. It is the No. 1 cause of death in dogs over the age of 2.
All dog lovers are invited to walk with their dogs to celebrate the life of their canine best friend or to walk in memory of dogs that have lost their battle with canine cancer. We will have an expo area of dog related vendors and a celebration after the walk. Sign up today and help create a healthier tomorrow for dogs everywhere!
Last updated 18 days ago
The bond between a human and a pet can be very special; when you adopt a dog, you are gaining a lifelong companion. However, it is important to choose the right dog. Watch this video for some insight on how to choose the right dog for you.
When it comes to choosing the right dog for you, think about your personality and your lifestyle. Your dog will rely on you for food, love, and entertainment, which can be significant demands. If you live in an apartment building or you rent a home, be sure to choose a dog that fits within the restrictions in terms of sizes and breeds of dog.
Still unsure which dog is right for you? Call the Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic at (408) 565-8601 or visit our website. We are an emergency pet hospital and clinic that covers the Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Los Gatos, San Jose, and Campbell areas. Stop by today to find out more about our services.
Last updated 22 days ago
At Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic, we understand how important your pets are, and we want you to feel comfortable in trusting us with their health and wellbeing. We take pride in the fact that our office is staffed with only the most competent and caring of professionals. Read on and allow us to introduce you to Dr. Maryssa McKinely.
Dr. McKinley is one of our veterinarians and moved to California after growing up in New York. She studied chemistry at New York University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in 2002. It was during her time at New York University that she entered the veterinary field; she worked as a part-time veterinary assistant during her undergraduate studies. She then worked as a veterinary technician in Kansas City before enrolling in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. After an internship at Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, she finally landed here in California.
Would you like to know more about Dr. Maryssa McKinely or our other staff members? Call Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic at (408) 565-8601 and set up an appointment. You can also learn more on our website, or you can stop by our San Jose veterinary office to meet the team.