12 Dec

The 9 Lies of Cats

The 9 Lies of Cats:

Lie #1 “Indoor cats are never exposed to the outdoors”

Fact: No home is sealed off from the outdoors completely. Many things travel in on our clothes, shoes or other pets. Even windows can cause exposure to the outside world. Even letting your pet just sunbath on your balcony is exposure

Lie #2Only dogs get heartworm”

Fact: As much as we would all love to believe this, it’s false. All it takes is one mosquito to give your cat heartworm. Hearworm can be deadly and is very difficult to prevent. Preventives are a much safer option for you and your cat.

Lie #3 “Litter Boxes only contain litter”

Fact: If you cat’s box isn’t cleaned daily it can have more then just kitty stools in there. Some parasites that can thrive in litter boxes can even be transferred to people, YUCK!

Lie #4 “Fido is the ONLY thing coming through the doggy door”

Fact: Many bugs & vermin can slip right in there with Fido so when your kitty hunts down that mouse, the mouse may not be all he/she catches.

Lie #5 “Shoes make a GREAT place to take naps”

Fact: Shoes are the biggest transporter of parasites. Your shoes touch everything and dirt is a prime spot for parasite eggs. So, for that reason they are not the best napping spot.

Lie #6 “Cat Carriers Protect The Cat From All Outdoor Elements”

Fact: Unfortunately a Cat Carrier does not have a magical barrier protecting your cat from outdoor harm. Even a single trip can accidentally expose your pet to fleas or other parasites

Lie #7 “A Little Dirt Never Hurt”

Fact: Many of us heard that growing up or even tell it to our children “A Little Dirt Never Hurt” well did you know 15% of store bought plants contain Roundworm eggs in their soil? So that dirt, might hurt

Lies #8 “Cats groom themselves therefore they must be clean”

Fact: Grooming is one of the biggest ways cats can get and transfer parasites to their other kitty friends, doggy friends or even you!


Lies 9# “It’s IMPOSSIBLE to get a fecal sample from my cat”

Fact:The easiest way to get a sample is to separate one kitty at a time in a room with a box and water by themselves. They may not like it much, but it’s a necessary thing to help ensure they are healthy and parasite free!

Above all else, your cat’s health is important to us.

Call us today 6612597387 to schedule an appointment

5 Dec

Dog Food Recall

Dog Food Recall

Toxic levels of Vitamin D have been found in several dog food brands by the FDA.
If you have been feeding your dog(s) any of the brands listed below its important to discontinue immediately and call us right away to determine if your pet needs treatment


*Nutrisca Chicken & Chickpea
*Natural Life Products Chicken & Potato
*Evolve Chicken & Rice Puppy
*Sportsman’s Pride Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food
*Triumph Chicken & Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food
*ANF Lamb and Rice Dry Dog Food
*Orlando Grain-Free Chicken & Chickpea Superfood Recipe Dog Food
*Abound Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe Dog Food
*ELM Chicken and Chickpea Recipe
*ELM K9 Naturals Chicken Recipe
*Nature’s Promise Chicken & Brown Rice Dog Food
*Nature’s Place Real Country Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food

Vitamin D toxicity is very dangerous for your pets, symptoms can include, Vomiting, Weakness, Lethargy, Loss of appetite Increased thirst & urination, Blood in vomit or stool, Muscle tremors and seizures.

Therefor it is extremely important to keep a close eye on your pet for any of these symptoms

Read the article provided below to gather additional information regarding the recall:

Dog Food Recall Alert

4 Dec

Holiday Themed Photo Contest

Holiday Themed Photo Contest

Send us in a photo of your pet getting into the holiday spirit to win a FREE exam!

Send us your photos when your pet poses next to or in the christmas tree.  When they look cute laying around, staring at or maybe even scratching on gift boxes. Send it in! Get them dressed up as Santa, the Elves or Reindeer and Send it in! Even if they just love jumping in the snow or playing with snowmen send it in! So email them all to SCVAnimalHospital@gmail.com

We are accepting submissions now through December 21st 2018 and the winner will be announced on December 24th 2018.

We will be posting all phtoso to an album on our FACEBOOK account. The winner will be determined by which photo receives the most likes.

Tell your friends and family like us on facebook to vote for your pet.

Above all else, HAVE FUN!

Winner will receive one free regular office exam, this exam cannot be transferred and has no cash value. Free exam does not expire

28 Nov

Early Bird Dental Special

Early Bird Dental Special

In 2018 our annual February Dental Month Special became so popular we kept it going well into April. This year, we want to give everyone a jump start on this special to let your pet get their pearly whites in time for the holidays! Take advantage of this offer now (December 1st) through February 28th 2019 and not only will your pets breath starting smelling much better but you will also get free exams for an entire year!

  • What the Special Includes:

    * Basic Pre-Anesthetic blood work
    * Pre-Anesthetic Injections
    * Surgical Fluids
    * Anesthesia
    * Dental X-rays
    * Cleaning & Polishing
    * and Free Exams for a full year

  • The Free Exams could be for anything not just dental related.

Does not include extractions or medications to go home.
Call our office today to schedule a consultations with one of our veterinarians


Lets prefect your pets smile in time for the holidays

6 Nov

Canine Influenza Vaccine

Canine Influenza Vaccine

Have you received the flu shot? What about your dog? Canine Influenza H3N2 & H3N8 can run rampant through kennels, clinics and dog parks, but can also easily be transferred dog to dog just through touching noses, sniffing each other through the fence or going for walks.

“More then 100 cases have been reported in California with clinical signs although those numbers are likely much higher. Up to 80% of dogs who catch Canine Influenza get clinical signs and about 5-10% of those require veterinary care.”
Symptoms Can Include:


*Discharge from the Nasal Cavity & Eyes


*Reduced Appetite & Energy Levels

Those symptoms can last for weeks.

Just like the flu virus in humans, puppies, seniors or dogs with compromised immune systems can cause this virus to easily turn deadly.
Dogs with the vaccine can be protected against Canine Influenza and it shortens the length of time that your dog could be contagious. That can help slow its spread during an outbreak.

Why wait to treat the symptoms when we can protect your pet before it they have a chance to catch the virus?

Call us today to schedule your pet’s first Influenza vaccine. If he or she has never had it before, they will need one additional vaccine in 3-4 weeks and then just one vaccine annually.

30 Oct

Urinary Issues in Felines

Urinary Issues in Felines is More Common then you may Think


Cats can be known for their urinary issues, anything from spraying, inappropriate urination and even blockages. Male cats especially have a very small urethra making them prone to these issues. It’s important to monitor your cats output into their liter box, sometimes small amounts of urine or urinating in unusual places can be a sign you cat is on their way to an infection, or worse a blockage. Blockages can cause kidney damage in as little as 24 hours and in the worst case scenario death in as little as 48 hours.

Some Important Guidelines to follow to make sure you keep an eye on your cats urinary health
  •  Keep you little box clean, this is both important because, what cat would want a dirty litter box? But also to make sure you can quickly detect changes in their urine. If there is small amounts of urine, blood in the urine or no urine at all.
  • If your cat is urinating outside their box, bring them into a vets office before assuming it’s behavioral. Yes, Sometimes cats will urinate outside their box for behavioral issues, but we always want to eliminate any potential health issues first.
  • Help Keep your kitty hydrated. Did you know cats get 70% of their moisture from their food? So if you are feeding your cat strictly dry food which only has 5-10% moisture consider adding canned food to their diet, or mixing some water into their normal meals. Cats also tend to prefer moving water over still water bowls. Kitty Fountains are readily available online and in pet stores to help encourage your cat to keep Hydrated
  • Provide your cat with enrichment full environment. Often times stressed cats can have more urinary issues. Making sure your home provides stress relive to your cat is important. Toys, Tree Climbing, Places to hide and easy to access cat boxes.
  • If you have any concerns regarding your cats health give our office a call today 661-259-7387
    Photo provided is our patient recovering from surgery to help his urinary blockage issues.

28 Jun

Should you feed your pets a grain-free diet?

I’m thrilled that pet owners these days put a lot of thought into their pets’ diets. However, unfortunately, many pet owners have fallen for convincing marketing campaigns and trust that companies (not their vets!) will tell them what’s best for their pets.

Grain-free diets are one of the latest food trends to take off in pet care circles. Because of this, many owners now assume grains in pet food are just fillers and that foods without grains are somehow healthier and more “natural.” But there are no scientific studies that support the idea that grain-free diets are better for our pets than diets with grains.

For one thing, grains are not simply fillers! They provide necessary vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. Many pet owners also believe grains are more likely to cause allergic reactions to foods, but grain allergies are very uncommon. If a pet has a food allergy, it’s most likely triggered by animal proteins like chicken, beef, fish or dairy.

Don’t let fancy marketing campaigns guilt you into thinking grains are automatically bad for your pets! A good diet is based on nutrient content, and many foods with grains are great options. Your pet’s diet is important, and if you need assistance selecting one, consult your Santa Clarita Animal Hospital veterinarian.

Dr. John Burkhartsmeyer

24 May

Found Kittens Recuperating at Santa Clarita Animal Hospital

Found Kittens Recuperating

A local resident recently found three kittens in a garbage bag hanging from a tree outside Castaic Sports Complex. These four-week-old orange cuties are currently recuperating at Santa Clarita Animal Hospital, and they’ll need homes soon!

KTLA came by to talk to us about the kittens and the care they’re receiving at our hospital. You can watch their coverage here!

We’re posting updates on the kittens on our Facebook page, so make sure to follow along to keep up with how they’re doing. If you’re interested in adopting one of these kittens once they’re healthy and ready to find homes, please give us a call at 661-259-7387 and ask for an application.

17 Apr

Canine Influenza Identified in Los Angeles County

As of April 7th, there have been 34 sick dogs reported to Los Angeles County. Five were confirmed by lab testing to have canine influenza, and the other 29 are still suspected to have canine influenza. These dogs, including 8 additional dogs that are healthy but have been exposed to the virus, are currently being quarantined.

Common symptoms of canine influenza include:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sneezing
  • Rapid breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Thick, greenish nasal discharge

Because of this outbreak, we encourage you to be extra vigilant in preventing canine influenza. If you suspect your pet has canine influenza, keep them away from all other pets. This disease spreads very easily, so keep your pet at home if they’re showing symptoms and call Santa Clarita Animal Hospital. Also, make sure your pet isn’t sharing food or water bowls, leashes, toys or any other supplies.

To prevent the spread of canine influenza, consider vaccinating your dog against the virus. Give Santa Clarita Animal Hospital a call at (661) 425-9912 to schedule your pet’s vaccination.