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August 24, 2012
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MPH's Adoption Star of the Week

Meet Remi!

Remi is an adorable, spayed female, young cat (approx. 10 months old) available for adoption at Animal Rescuers Without Borders. She was adopted on 4/2012 when she was just a kitten, but sadly her family can no longer keep her due to financial hardship and loosing their home.

Remi is a very social, loving, well adjusted kitty who loves to play and be petted.  She lives in a home with a couple young children and a very social, easy going golden retiever.  Remi is an indoor kitty and is just GORGEOUS with the most amazing emerald green eyes.

Although her foster parent has both dogs and cats in the home, Remi tends to do better with the dogs. She can live with other cats, but would prefer being the only cat in the home. 

We would LOVE to find Remi a home SOON as she misses being in a home environment.

Please, file an adoption application for Remi online at and ARWOB will contact you to set up a play date, thank you!

By Morena Pet Hospital
August 17, 2012
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MPH's Adoption Star of the Week

Meet Marvel!

Meet Marvel. She is a 2-month-old Lab/ Border Collie/ terrier mix who weighs about 3.5 lbs at the moment. She has had her first vaccination in the series, has been dewormed, and is otherwise healthy.  She is your normal playful and curious pup with lots of motivation to learn the ropes around the household.

Her mom is a border collie/terrier mix (looks like a mini border collie but the size of a terrier, we expect the dad was some sort of lab mix).  FoxFace, the runt of the litter and sister to Marvel, is MUCH smaller and has a brother (much larger), thus we believe this litter can be anywhere between 25-45 lbs when full grown depending on which sibling is adopted. 

Marvel has more of a stolkier body and shorter legs with an amazing outgoing loving personality!

It appears that Marvel will be attending tonight's ARWOB Dog & Cat Adoption Event on Friday, August 17th, 2012.

Friday August 17th, 2012 6:00 PM until 08:00 PM
Location: Unleashed by PETCO in Hillcrest (619) 725-0850
Map: 308 Washington Street San Diego CA 92103

If you would like more information on Marvel or any of the other dogs and cats available for adoption, PLEASE contact ARWOB at 619-977-3593 or email at

By Heather Beeson of Morena Pet Hospital
August 16, 2012
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Taking a road trip with your pet seems simple enough, right?  You put your pet in the back seat, shut the car door, and you are off.  It also makes those long cross-country travel experiences more fun and enjoyable for the whole family.  Glenn and Dianna thought they would just be taking another scenic vacation with their dogs--stopping in Arizona, California, and making their way up the west coast, back to their home in Canada.  While traveling with your pet seems harmless enough, these pet parents found out this is not always the case.

Unfortunately, Ema, one of Glenn and Dianna’s four labs had become ill during the trip and was experiencing difficulty breathing and a hard time swallowing her food.  When her symptoms continued to progress, Glenn and Dianna decided to seek veterinary care.  She presented to us here at Morena Pet Hospital, in which routine diagnostic tests were run as well as x-rays. After evaluation, she was prescribed antibiotics and a cough suppressant.  Dr. Potter requested that Glenn and Dianna continue to monitor Ema as they pressed on with their drive back to Canada and to keep in touch with regards to how she was doing. 

It seemed by the time they had reached Washington; Ema had taken a turn for the worse.  They quickly made an appointment with a local vet there and mentioned that Ema’s cough had not been improving with medications.  She was still suffering from a non-productive cough, retch, and gag motion.  Dr. Potter had remained in the loop as promised and wanted to rule out fungal pneumonia.  She recommended the veterinarian there in Washington to repeat the x-rays and run a few additional diagnostic panels to test for fungal diseases including aspergillus, blastomyces, coccidiomycosis, and histoplasma.   Sure enough, Ema had tested positive for coccidioides!  Ema was started on a prolonged period of an anti-fungal medication (fluconozole) for one month beyond resolution of her clinical signs and continued taking the cough syrup on an as needed basis (mostly at night when her cough seemed the most agitated). 

Ema had developed a systemic fungal infection Coccidioidmycosis, more commonly called Desert Fever or Valley Fever.  This fungus is acquired from the environment and is typically found in sandy, desert regions of the southwest United States, most prevalent in Southern California, Arizona, and southwest Texas.  The infection originates in the lungs and has a tendency to spread to the lymph nodes, bones, and other organs if left untreated.  Many pet owners, especially those just passing through these desert areas, would think nothing of their dog nosing around in the sand and underbrush or being caught in a dust storm, leaving many pets, especially dogs, susceptible to inhaling this fungal organism. 

If you are traveling with your pets in these southwest desert regions and they begin to exhibit any of the following symptoms, please seek veterinary care as soon as possible.

  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Bone swelling or lameness
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Lethargy
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Skin lesions


Dunham, A., RVT and Guptill, L., DVM, PhD, DACVIM. Coccidioidomycosis. Saunders Small Animal Practice Client Handouts. Elsevier, Inc. 2011.

Tilly, Larry P. and Smith, Jr., Francis W.K. Disease Caused by Coccidioides, A Type of Fungus (Coccidioidomycosis). Blackwell’s Five Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline. Blackwell Publishing, 2008.

By contactus
August 03, 2012
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MPH's Adoption Stars of the Week

Meet Twilight and Bella!

Twilight can be a little bit of a shy guy but he is a very sweet kitten! He loves to come snuggle in your lap. He has beautiful, big blue-green eyes. He purrs when you pet or snuggle with him.

His sister, Bella, is also available for adoption.  Bella is a very sweet and social kitten. She likes being around people and she loves to play and snuggle. Bella runs to you and loves to talk to you about her day when you get home from work. She would be a wonderful addition to your family!

This brother-sister duo is in need of a loving, gentle, forever home.  They have been in a foster home, along with siblings Cheddar and Cream Cheese, who can also be seen on the ARWOB website.  If you would like to meet this Arwob's infamous brother-sister duo or any of the other cats and dogs available for adoption, please FIRST file an adoption application online at

Summer's Adoption Fee is $120 or $175 for a pair.  The adoption fee covers all the costs for their care which includes microchipping, spaying/neutering, vaccines, deworming, etc.
Bella & Twilight                                        Cheddar & Cream Cheese