Growing up I was always surrounded by animals. In the Philippines, my dad bred and trained working dogs for the police force, while my brother and I would catch wild rabbits in our yard. When I was about 8 years old, my parents gave me my first pet, George the Chinchilla. Unfortunately, George became very…

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Back to School Stress

Hello everyone! It’s back to school season, which means busy schedules and lots on the to-do list. And we know an added stress can be getting your cat into the vet office. So, here are some tips to help make the cat carrier a more comfortable place for your feline friend. Try leaving the cat…

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Dr. Imig Reptile Blog

People are always asking me when they need to see a veterinarian for their reptiles. Sometimes your scaly buddy might be sick and not show such obvious symptoms. A sick reptile may have decreased energy, not act themselves, or eat less than usual. Some less obvious symptoms to look for would be abnormal stool color…

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Lids Peeled for Eyeworms

Worms? In the eye? What? Gross! Yes, it happens. We recently diagnosed a pet with eyeworms, and fortunately it’s easily treated. Eyeworms (Thelazia spp) are most commonly found in large animals, though they can also be found in dogs, cats, and even humans! They are transmitted by flies (including the common house fly) that deposit the…

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Earlier this year about 35 cases of Canine Influenza were confirmed in Los Angeles County. These dogs have all been quarantined, and there is no evidence so far of cases outside this group. While most of these dogs have recovered, this is an emergent disease, and officials are urging veterinarians and pet owners to team…

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Winter Tips for Pets

Midwesterners may laugh at us, but when there’s frost on the lawn it’s pretty chilly to us Californians! That includes the four-legged variety! We may not be digging our way out of a snowpocalyse, but here are a few little tips for keeping our furry buddies safe and comfortable this season Bring them in, especially…

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Celebrating Seniors

September is Celebrate Senior Pets Month here at Country Oaks! Dogs and cats are considered senior at the age of 7, much as we hate to admit it. (My eldest cat, Lockheed, is 9, and much on his dignity – when the other cats are watching.) Just like humans, senior pets often become prone to…

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It breaks my heart to see families and defenseless animals endure a disaster. I’m hoping my post will help you and your family before, during and after a disaster. May 14th is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. Prior to Huricane Katrina, rescuers would often help pets when they could, but now there are state and federally…

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