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Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

April 30th is Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, a day to celebrate shelter dogs and cats and the joy they bring to our lives. But the celebration isn’t all this day is about; it’s meant as an encouragement for those looking for new pets to seriously consider adopting animals from shelters. Every year, millions of pets wind up in shelters, and many never find forever homes. Another way to acknowledge Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is by helping to decrease the number of pets who end up in shelters. You can do this by: Microchipping your pet. Microchipping greatly reduces the number…

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We Want the Heart, Not Heartworms

April is Heartworm Awareness Month, and we’re glad to get the chance to highlight the importance of preventing this deadly disease. Heartworms are spread through the bites of infected mosquitos, which leave larvae inside your pet. The worms grow up and live in the heart, lungs and blood vessels of infected animals. This is very serious for pets, as it can result in heart failure, lung disease and even death. This is one of the reasons we push prevention so hard. In addition, the cost and ease of the preventative treatment are much preferred to reactive procedures. We carry many…

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AAHA Accredited Again!

Every year the American Animal Hospital Association (or AAHA) evaluates veterinary practices to see if they meet that year’s medical, technical, and personal standards and award them accreditation, or official recognition. We are proud to say that, upon this year’s evaluation, we not only met but exceeded the expectations of the AAHA, resulting in our best score to date and our second year of re-accreditation! We couldn’t be happier to be among the 12-15% of practices in the US and Canada who can boast AAHA accreditation, because we know it means you and your pet are being provided with the…

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Of Pets and Arthritis

It’s that time of year! The sun is shining finally and the fresh air beckons! Dog parks are bursting with wiggling, happy dogs working feverishly to expend that pent-up energy from the rainy season and cats are stretching out those long legs and having to move from sun spot to sun spot rather than curling into a tight warm ball in the corner. It’s a joyful time of year for pet owners, but it’s also a common time of year that we hear concerns from clients who are noticing a stiffness or slowness to rise in their older pets the day…

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It’s Dr. Olsen!

Meet Dr. Danielle Olsen, one of our fantastic veterinarians and a true local who was born and raised in Cupertino. Dr. Olsen is a graduate of UC Davis Veterinary Medical School, and after operating her own house-call business for almost a decade, she has returned to our hospital to continue working “the best job in the world!”When Dr. Olsen is not working at West Valley Pet Clinic, she is heavily involved in organized veterinary medicine, including representing the local VMA to advocate for animals at the statewide level. She also volunteers to help underprivileged animals, and she has even traveled…

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Planning a Road Trip With Fido

The joy of having a pet means taking them on vacation with you. If you’re hitting the road soon with your best friend for Spring Break, make sure you plan ahead and travel accordingly so both of you have the most comfortable trip possible. Here are some tips for pet traveling success: Plan a visit with us before you leave. Make sure your pet’s vaccines are up to date and that you haven’t missed a dose of their flea, tick and heartworm preventative medications. Check those chips. Please make sure your pet’s microchip registration is updated with your current address and contact…

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Pet Poison Prevention

National Poison Prevention Week, which was enacted by Congress in 1961, always occurs on the third week in March. This year for 2019, it falls from March 18 to March 24th.So, what exactly is the purpose of National Poison Prevention Week?This specific week has been set aside to highlight awareness and prevention of poisoning, and what to do if any unfortunate scenarios occur. At West Valley Pet Clinic, we use this week to remind our clients about their pets, and the potential dangers their furry friends can encounter if they get poisoned from everyday household objects.Since pets are just naturally…

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Meet Jill!

Jill Fulton is the magic behind the scenes at West Valley Pet Clinic. As our practice manager, she makes sure everything runs smoothly, including making sure our OSHA and AAHA standards are exceeded and all the humans are happy (with this staff, that’s definitely not a rough gig!). Jill hails originally from Michigan but has made Northern California her home for the past 20+ years and has been a part of West Valley for the last 10 years. On her off time, she loves to travel and learn about different cultures. Some of her favorite past adventures have included Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong…

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Give Your Pet Something to Smile About!

Did you know that it’s currently pet dental month? Also, did you know that last month was also pet dental month, AND next month will be pet dental month? The point is, oral pet care never ends.Without proper dental hygiene routines, pets develop periodontal disease, which is the most common disorder affecting our pets nationwide. By age three, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. At advanced stages, bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause heart, liver and kidney complications.Lack of opposable thumbs means your pet isn’t going to…

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Meet Dr. Hsu!

A Bay Area native, Dr. Jenny Hsu joins our team after graduating cum laude from UC Irvine and with honors from UC Davis. Dr. Hsu is fluent in Korean and English and has many skills in veterinary care—she is certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture and is also Low Stress Handling Certified. Dr. Hsu currently sees dogs and cats, and her additional professional interests include soft tissue surgery, diagnostic imaging, dentistry and general/preventative medicine.Dr. Hsu genuinely loves her job and is very passionate about animal health care. She feels very accomplished when she can make a pet feel better, and especially…

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