Fletcher Hills News

Why Little Dogs Outlive Big Dogs

Big dogs apparently die younger mainly because they age more quickly, researchers say. These new findings could help unravel the biological links between growth and mortality.

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Many of our customers ask for guidance or information ranging from dog park locations to boarding, pet sitters to aviary supplies. We are always amazed at the variety of resources available to pet owners right here in the San Diego area.

Below are some of our favorite resources that we'd like to share...

Veterinary Partner

For a creditable trustworthy source of on-line veterinary information, we highly recommend www.veterinarypartner.com.  The information found there has been vetted by the vets at Veterinary Information Network.  On the main page you should see a little yellow search box in the upper left hand corner where you can “cut and paste” search terms that you may have found using “Dr. Google.”

Pet Emergency and Specialty Center 

For after-hours emergencies we recommend that our clients go to the Pet Emergency and Specialty Center at 5232 Jackson Drive just off of Interstate 8.  You can reach them at 619-462-4800 or www.pescsandiego.com

We accept Care Credit.  For more information and how to apply please click onto the following link: www.carecredit.com

AAHA-AVMA Canine Preventive Healthcare Guidelines

All dog lovers should be aware of the AAHA-AVMA Canine Preventive Healthcare Guidelines: www.avma.org

AAHA-AVMA Feline Preventive Healthcare Guidelines

Folks owned by cats should be aware of the AAHA-AVMA Feline Preventive Healthcare Guidelines: www.avma.org

AAFP/AAHA Feline Life Stage Guidelines

If you're lucky enough to have an old kitty, you are encouraged to read through the AAFP/AAHA Feline Life Stage Guidelines: www.aahanet.org as well as the AAFP Senior Care Guidelines:  www.catvets.com

The Indoor Pet Initiative

Dr. Tony Buffington, my veterinary school advisor at The Ohio State University, maintains an excellent website called The Indoor Pet Initiative with excellent handouts for pet owners:  indoorpet.osu.edu

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center

For questions about animal poison related emergencies you should call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435.  You can find more information here:  www.aspca.org. Have a credit card ready because they do require a fee. All calls are given a case number that involves interaction with toxicology specialists and all of the latest available information. They provide coordination with your local veterinary ER or animal hospital in treating your pet appropriately. This information also gets added to their massive data-base to help other pets in the future.

Got a behavior problem? 

Then you might benefit from pet ownership! But if your pet has you out of line we recommend the following:  www.aspca.org and www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-care-tips/behavior-tips.aspx For more behavior recommendations like how to find a trainer we recommend these websites:  www.dacvb.org and www.avsabonline.org

For the absolute best in dealing with difficult behavior problems we highly recommend Dr. Patrick Melese: www.sdvetbehavior.com

Pet Nutrition

If you're determined to become an animal gourmet be aware that your pet can develop nutritional deficiencies from your new hobby and good intentions.  To avoid this we recommend this site: www.balanceit.com 

Animal Dentistry

Here at Fletcher Hills Animal Hospital we love to talk animal dentistry.  For a discussion primer check out the American Veterinary Dental College:  www.avdc.org 

Pet Medication Online

Interested in purchasing pet drugs on-line?  Check this out before you do! www.fda.gov


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