We have developed this page of links to help our clients navigate some of the information on the web. Check back frequently for new links and updates.
There is so many places with information about pets. We like PetPlace.com (http://www.petplace.com/) for general information. There is information on new puppies and kittens, kennel training or litter box training. There is medical information on most diseases and excellent advice for behavioral disorders.
A lot of good health related information at the public sight for the Veterinary Information Network or VIN called Veterinary Partner. We are proud members of VIN. We use VIN to get information on the latest therapy for our patients http://www.veterinarypartner.com/
For indoor pets both cats and dogs with behavior problems we recommend the indoor cat and dog initiative sponsored and hosted by Ohio State University http://indoorpet.osu.edu/
This instructional video from the Cornel Feline Health Center shows how to introduce and then brush cat's teeth. It is a 4 week program. http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/pet/fhc/brushing_teeth
Some pets require special services for disabilities and handicaps that pets may have throughout their lives we like: http://handicappedpets.com/www/
Information on Diabetes Mellitus
Home care and home blood glucose testing are becoming easier with the advent of the new glucometers that use very small amounts of blood to test glucose levels. With a simple ear prick that most pets tolerate well a glucose level can be done. This information is used to change the amount on insulin given per our instructions. These websites are excellent sources of information.
- Ear pricking how to
- Comparison of various meters for pets
Information about AAHA
We are Proud Members of the American Animal Hospital Association and have passed a rigorous set of standards to become certified. You can get more information about AAHA here.
- American Animal Hospital Association
Information Traveling and Health Certificates
Some countries ask you to use the U.S.-origin international health certificate, APHIS Form 7001 (U.S. Interstate and International Certificate of Health Examination for Small Animals). This is the only form we provide here at SCVH. All other forms and requirements are the sole responsibility of the owners of the pets. Please print and bring all the forms (except APHIS 7001) and information, in English, for us to use. The process can take weeks to months taking more than one visit and examination. Also please be aware that many requirements have a strict timeline that must be adhere to for the health certificate to be valid. For this reason get started early when considering travel.
Each country establishes its own rules for entry of animals from the United States. You will need to meet the requirements of the destination country. Some countries require a specific health certificate they have developed. Many of these may be found at: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/regulations/vs/iregs/animals/
Click on the destination country and choose the species that you will be sending. The corresponding document will have the detailed requirements of the destination country. The testing requirements are to be fulfilled by a veterinarian. Drs. Cuellar, Rigoni, and Kelly are all accredited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The animal must be examined by a veterinarian who will issue the health certificate. Sometimes, the health certificate must also be endorsed by a USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services (VS) official veterinarian. In California the Area Veterinarian-in-Charge USDA, APHIS, VS 10365 Old Placerville Road Suite 210, Sacramento, CA
95827-2518 Phone: (916) 854-3950 Fax (916) 363-3919
There is excellent information on this Frequently Asked Questions page: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/regulations/vs/iregs/animals/animal_faq.shtml#fourteen
While there are many sites with pet travel information one of the most complete is http://www.pettravel.com/
Information about Rescue Groups
We work with some rescue groups as our way to give back to some of the homeless and unwanted cats and dogs. Rescue groups do such great things for the pets in their care and can always use a helping hand or contribution. The following groups work closely with us on the health of their pets.
Reverse Sneeze Video
We often get cases of dogs that seem to be choking or coughing or sneezing. They are making a strange noise in spasms and appear to be having trouble. Most of the time this is "reverse sneezing" which is considered normal in dogs. Please watch the video for an example. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UyBrb0Hhpk
Information Pursuing a Career as a Veterinary Paraprofessional
Students who have a passion for helping and caring for animals should look into obtaining a veterinarian technician degree as the first step in becoming a veterinarian. While few schools offer these programs online, this sight has gathered the best programs for your convenience. http://veterinariantechnician.org/