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Protecting Your Pets from Wildfire Smoke

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California’s wildfires and traveling smoke cause unhealthy air quality in our area, and weather and climate experts warn that wildfire season in the state may now be year-round. Wildfire smoke affects more than just people—the smoke can also be hazardous to pets, horses, and other wildlife. If you can see or experience the symptoms of bad air, there’s a good chance that your pet may also feel the effects.

Dogs and cats with pre-existing cardiovascular or respiratory disease are especially at risk of smoke and dust irritation during periods of poor air quality. Senior pets, young puppies, and snub-nosed breeds of cats and dogs (including Himalayans, Persians, French bulldogs, and pugs) are also at a higher risk of complications.

Symptoms
Physical signs of smoke and dust irritation in pets include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coughing or gagging
  • Panting
  • Asthma-like symptoms
  • Eye irritation and watering
  • Nasal discharge
  • Reduced appetite or thirst

How to keep your pets safe
During periods of unhealthy air quality, keep your pets inside your home as much as possible and avoid leaving them outdoors for prolonged periods of time, especially at night. Keep your windows closed and use fans to circulate the air. Air filters should be replaced during hazardous conditions, and replaced again once the air quality improves.

Keep your pet’s bathroom breaks brief, and avoid intense outdoor exercise when the air is filled with dust and smoke. With outdoor exercise off limits, engage your dog with hide-and-seek games or trick training.

Offer your pet plenty of fresh, cool water to encourage hydration, and consider using humidifiers to keep the air moist and provide relief to your pet’s air passage. If your pet is having difficulty breathing or you observe any other signs of respiratory distress, be sure to contact your veterinarian immediately.

Plan ahead for natural disasters
Wildfires and other natural disasters can strike at any time, without warning. Our extended wildfire season is a reminder to have an emergency plan in place to protect both your family and your furry family members. 

To keep your pets safe, microchip all pets, even indoor-only cats, to help ensure that you'll be reunited in the event that you are separated. As you prepare an emergency kit for your family, be sure to include your pets too. We recommend that all pet emergency kits include food and water for at least 5 days, any current medications, a leash and collar, food and water bowls, medical records, a first aid kit, and a current photo of your pet.

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Sunday, 12 July 2020

With the recent shelter-in-place order issued for our community, we wanted to take a moment to let you know that we are open and here for you and your pet!

However with the safety of our clients, patients and employees in mind, our lobby will be closed until further notice. Veterinary services will remain available during our normal business hours with a few adjustments to how we receive you and your pet, including:

Appointments & Medication/Food Pickup

Upon arriving at the clinic, please remain in your vehicle and contact us via phone @ 209-477-4841 to let our team know you have arrived. A team member will then meet you at your vehicle to escort your pet inside for the appointment and/or deliver any products you need to pick up. Payments can be made over the phone, from your vehicle.

We ask that no one who is experiencing flu-like symptoms or who has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus enter the facility at this time.

Refill Requests

To submit a medication or food refill request, please contact us via phone, email or online refill request form. We will contact you when your refill is ready and deliver it to your vehicle upon your arrival.


Thank you for your patience and understanding, and for helping us keep our community safe!

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