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Posts for: June, 2012

By Heather Beeson of Morena Pet Hospital
June 29, 2012
Category: Pet Safety
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Tips on Keeping Pets Safe this 4th of July

While the Fourth of July may be a day of celebration and fun for people, it can be a terrifying experience for our furry loved ones.  We realize pets are increasingly being considered parts of the family, so it is understandable that you may wish to include them in the holiday festivities.  But fireworks and crowds can be scary and stressful for your pet!  After all, they do not view such noise, flashes, and smoke as a celebration.  Sadly, shelters across America claim that the day after the Fourth of July is one of the busiest times, often becoming inundated with pets that ran away, panicked from the noise of fireworks.

So before you make your barbeque and beach plans, please also take a moment to consider your pets this Independence Day.  Here are some pet safety precautions to keep your pet happy and healthy this 4th of July:

  • It is best to keep your pet INDOORS!  Close all windows and doors.  If you are having guests over, make sure they know to keep your pets inside.  Make up a safe and comfortable place for your pet to escape the noise.  The San Diego Humane Society suggests leaving a TV on or playing music to help drown out the noise.
  • Ensure all of your pets are micro-chipped (and registered!) and are wearing proper identification with updated contact information.  Consider purchasing and setting up the TAGG Pet Tracker, a new product on the market that uses GPS technology to locate your pets.
  • Keep your pet on his/her normal diet.  Although those begging eyes are hard to resist, it is important to stick with your pet’s normal diet.  Scraps from the grill can lead to upset stomachs and potential intestinal obstructions or even worse can potentially be toxic for your pet (onions, avocado, chocolate, grapes, and raisins are all toxic to pets)!
  • Do not leave alcoholic beverages unattended where pets can reach them.  This is no laughing matter.  Alcohol is potentially hazardous to pets, so make sure your pet does not accidentally consume any wine, beer, or mixed drinks.
  • Keep your pet far from fireworks, citronella candles, neon glow jewelry, matches, and lighter fluid.  All can produce gastrointestinal irritation and other health issues if consumed.  Curious pets can experience severe burns or trauma if exposed to lit fireworks.
  • Be sure to only use pet-specific insect repellent and sunscreen.  It is imperative to only use products that are intended for those with four legs, such as Epi-Pet sunscreen for dogs.  Avoid human products—ingestion can result in excessive drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, increased thirst, and lethargy.

Taking these simple precautions will go a long way to ensure your holiday is a joyful occasion to remember.

As always, if you suspect your pet has ingested something poisonous from the picnic table, please contact a veterinarian or the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) at (888) 426-4435.

For additional pet safety tips please visit the following San Diego Humane Society and ASPCA links:

By contactus
June 28, 2012
Category: Uncategorized
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MPH's Adoption Stars of the Week

Meet Enzo and Trouble

Enzo and Trouble are a brother-sister duo, both about 2 1/2 years old and a healthy 12 pounds.

As you can see from their photos, they LOVE each other and have become quite bonded.  That is why ARWOB is looking for a forever home that is able to adopt BOTH siblings.  They are very fun-loving, playful kitties and get along great with other cats, dogs, and kids!

A note from Trouble:  Hi!  Although my name describes me as being a handful, I am a very healthy and loving kitty.  I try my best to behave, but sometimes curiosity gets the better of my brother and me.  Foster Mom has been kind enough to provide us with plenty of kitty furniture & scratching posts to keep us occupied and she even gives us regular pedicures to deter any bad habits!!  We would love to share our love with you! 

If you would like to schedule a Meet & Greet with this adorable brother-sister duo, or any of the other cats & dogs available for adoption at ARWOB and provide them with the loving, forever care they deserve, please fill out an adoption application First at

ARWOB has waived this duo's adoption fee to an APPROVED adoptive home.

If you would like to contact ARWOB for additional information, PLEASE give them a call at 619-977-3593 or email

By Morena Pet Hospital
June 21, 2012
Category: Pet Adoptions
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MPH's Adoption Pet of the Week

Meet "Orejas"

Orejas is an adorable 11 month old male aussie/cattle mix.

Tracing back to his cattle dog roots, Orejas enjoys being around pets & people be it dogs, cats, or some playful children.  He currently weighs 30 pounds and will grow to a size of about 45 to 55 pounds.

We at Morena Pet Hospital work closely with ARWOB (Animal Rescuers Without Borders) to ensure each of their adoptable pets is spayed/neutered, vaccinated, de-wormed, and microchipped.  Orejas is neutered and has plenty puppy love to share with a happy home.

If you would like to meet Orejas or any of the other dogs & cats available for adoption at ARWOB (Animal Rescuers Without Borders) and give them the new starts they deserve, please fill out an adoption application FIRST at

(Orejas' Photo Session by Oh My Dog Photography)

If you would like to contact ARWOB for additional information, PLEASE give them a call at 619-977-3593 or email

By Heather Beeson of Morena Pet Hospital
June 15, 2012
Category: Pet Care
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A lost pet can be one of the most heartbreaking experiences and painstaking realities that even the most responsible pet owner may have to face. The most beloved and cared for dogs and cats can get loose—whether it be from slipping out of collars, running out an open door, digging under or jumping over fences—and fortunately many are returned simply because they were wearing proper identification and microchipped. Sadly, this was not the case for one of our client’s dog, Jimmy.  Here is Jimmy’s story, which tells of the valiant effort his owner put forth to find him and bring him home and what advanced pet-tracking products are available to pet owners today.

Jimmy is a rescue dog and has very skittish tendencies around people, but nonetheless is a very friendly pooch.  “It is the ‘approach’ that makes Jimmy nervous, but once someone is petting him, he won’t pull away”, states Tony, Jimmy’s owner.  An unfortunate event occurred when Jimmy went missing, leaving his owner heartbroken.  Instead of Jimmy being safe in his comfortable home with plenty of food, water, soft bedding, and love to shelter him; he was now outside, scared and alone, hoping to find whatever trace of food and water he could.  Even the occasional Good Samaritan, attempting to befriend and help Jimmy, left Jimmy scared (After all, Jimmy was afraid of everyone!).  Sadly for Jimmy and Jimmy’s owner, these are the situations in which microchipping and id tags are rendered inadequate.

Throughout the time of Jimmy’s disappearance, his owner went to great lengths to see he gets home safely.  Tony posted Jimmy’s photo and story on numerous Facebook feeds, put up numerous posters around town, and visited the shelters.  Tony also created a mailing list to facilitate communication with any and all organizations or individuals that expressed an interest and concern in helping get Jimmy back home; this group later became known as “Jimmy’s Gang”. 

Nearly three weeks had gone by without any sightings of Jimmy, when a call came out of the blue from a gentleman claiming he had Jimmy.  The gentleman found Jimmy walking outside the enclosed dog park in Balboa Park and was able to successfully corner and catch him (Jimmy was still trying to run away from everyone!).  Thankfully, Jimmy’s collar was still on with all of his owner’s contact information.  Jimmy had finally been found!

To Tony’s dismay, Jimmy looked in very bad shape, utterly emaciated and limping severely from being hit by a car.  But reunited now with his owner, Jimmy could get the love and veterinary care he deserved.  Jimmy spent the entire day Thursday and Friday here at Morena Pet Hospital in the care of Dr. Potter and her well-trained staff.  They were able to stabilize Jimmy’s condition: re-hydrate him, treat his infections, and tend to his wounds.  Unfortunately, the x-rays of Jimmy’s leg did not look promising.  After two lengthy consultations, it was decided that Jimmy would be referred to Veterinary Specialty Hospital for either extensive reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation or leg amputation.

Tony had been watching Jimmy on three legs and Jimmy’s resilient nature must have set in because he seemed to be doing surprisingly well with it.  Tony noticed that in fact the injured leg was creating extra weight and leaving Jimmy off-balanced.  Realizing that this was the best option for Jimmy to get on with his life, Tony made one of the toughest decisions to date: to amputate Jimmy’s leg. 

Jimmy to this day is doing well.  The surgery went well and Jimmy is recovering just fine.  Sadly, Jimmy’s story is not an isolated incident.  Many dogs get loose and become too fearful and tend to run away from any person trying to help them.  The good news is there is a new product on the market to ensure your pet’s safe return.  The Tagg Pet Tracker uses advanced GPS and wireless technology to find and track your pet on a map using your mobile device or computer, get directions to his/her location, and find your pet.  This way your dog can run, but he cannot hide!  The system works by attaching a lightweight tracker to your dog’s existing collar (designed to be worn at all times, even when swimming!).  You set up a “tagg zone”, a geofence for your dog, that alerts you should your dog venture out of his/her zone.  And the even better news is Tagg works for cats too!

We are so happy for Jimmy and his owner, Tony.  And want to thank him for his gratitude for our care of Jimmy, who is a wonderful dog!

For more information regarding the Tagg: The Pet Tracker click here:

By Heather Beeson of Morena Pet Hospital
June 14, 2012
Category: Pet events
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Summer is here; which means thousands will be traveling to the Del Mar Fairgrounds for an "out of this world" experience featuring animal exhibits, shopping, rides, carnival games, and the much talked about fair food and drinks! 

We San Diegans know that it simply would not be a fair without some animal fun!  This year farm animals and pet organizations will be showcased, along with a petting zoo and small animal exhibit.  You can see animals on display, farm equipment, animal shows, and of course, the ever-popular Swifty Swine races, where the crowd (both young and old) gets to interact and cheer on their favorite celebrity pig.  Some of the fan favorites include Kevin “Bacon,” Brad “Pig,” Robert “Pattinswine” and Justin “Be-boar.

Other fun animal programs at the Fair:

  • World of Horses: Located in the Infield, the World of Horses features 20 different breeds of horses. Free behind-the-scenes tours are offered daily now until July 2.
  • Turkey Stampede: This fun-filled show is also returning to the Infield! You'll learn all about turkeys, while experiencing some comic relief as these crazy birds race towards the finish line.
  • Junior Livestock Auction, Saturday, June 30: One of the Fair's most enduring traditions, the Junior Livestock Auction is the culmination of a year-long agriculture program, during which these young people get some "hands-on" experience with an animal project of their choice.

Special Animal Events

  • Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge, June 8-9, Chevrolet Del Mar Arena
  • Charity Fair Horse Show, June 12-15, Chevrolet Del Mar Arena
  • Del Mar Classic Amateur Horse Show, June 19-21, Chevrolet Del Mar Arena
  • Grand Champion Judging, June 28
  • Junior Livestock Auction, June 30
  • Master Showmanship, July 4


Here are some highlights of this year's animal interactions


For a list of events visit: