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Posts for: November, 2013

By Heather Beeson-Mazzone of Morena Pet Hospital
November 26, 2013
Category: Pets
Tags: Thanksgiving   pets  


With Thanksgiving nearly upon us, many of us are reflecting on all we have to be thankful for this holiday season.  For many of us pet owners, the love and affection of our pets are chief among the list.  Regardless of the reason why we have pets in our life (companion animals, service animals, and working pets) the human-animal bond is certainly something to be thankful for and one that we must pause to give some thought to.

Below are just a handful of reasons why our staff is thankful for our pets:

Pets always know how to put smiles on our faces! Their crazy habits and strange mannerisms certainly know how to leave us laughing out loud.

They always seem to be happy to have us home and go above and beyond to show us how they missed us!

My pet knows how to keep me motivated…even brings me the leash sometimes to let me know it’s time for some fresh air and exercise!

My pet knows how to get me to rise and shine in the mornings…I’m pretty certain that I won’t have much use for an alarm clock anymore.

Pets just know us…they know our moods: how to console us when sad, how to celebrate with us when we’re happy, and they are unconditional in their love (we don’t even have to ask!).

Whatever your reasons are for being thankful for your pets, we at Morena Pet Hospital hope that you will take the time this Thanksgiving to show your pets how much they mean to you.   So before you get carried up in the hustle and bustle, remember to take a moment to appreciate your pet…perhaps with a pet-friendly treat, a new toy, a longer than usual walk or play-time, or just by giving them some extra attention!

From all of us here, we wish you and your pets a very happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving!

For tips on how to ensure your pet’s safety this holiday, please refer to our Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips article.

By R. deLeon-Mims for Morena Pet Hospital
November 16, 2013
Category: Pet Safety


In response to recent concerns over the heartworm, flea and intestinal parasite prevention Trifexis, we have an excerpt from a statement from Elanco, manufacturers of Trifexis:

November 11, 2013

Since the product came to market in January 2011, all reported potential adverse events have been reported to the FDA and appropriately investigated.  There is no link established between product use and death.

We take the safety of our products very seriously and thoroughly investigate potential concerns related to product use, including the cases explored by WSB-TV.  In the instance of the three litter mate puppies, the investigation is ongoing, but based on the information we have received, there are multiple other factors associated with the unfortunate death of these puppies.  Specifically, via necropsy, all were diagnosed with myocarditis, and inflammation of the heart muscle.  It is noteworthy that with more than 50 million doses of Trifexis dispensed in the U.S. alone, there have been no breed-specific trends or patterns with a similar familial type response as seen in this case.

In the older dog, the pet’s medical history suggests the probability of conditions that were present even before the dog’s first dose of Trifexis, including a potential mass in the animal’s lungs suggested by X-ray.

These data suggest it is unlikely that Trifexis was the cause.  Further, the attending veterinarians have indicated other factors were involved.

If you have any further concerns about the use of Trifexis in your pet, or  suspect that your pet may be having a reaction, please contact our office immediately!


By R. deLeon-Mims for Morena Pet Hospital
November 15, 2013
Category: Pet Safety


Coyotes are common throughout North America, including here in San Diego. From canyons to gated communities to public parks, coyotes have found their way into our neighborhoods. Though they are an important part to our ecosystem, we must take precautions to keep our pets safe from close encounters with coyotes.

Here is a list of safety precautions to help keep your pet safe from coyotes:

1.  Fencing

A coyote can easily scale an 8 foot fence if it has toeholds, so a smooth fence of 6 to 7 feet tall topped by a “coyote roller”, either a DIY PVC pipe roller, or a commercially available one can     keep coyotes from going over a fence. Alternatively a tall topped by     15-20” long extension outward at a 45 degree angle (picture the     fence behind the home plate on a baseball field) can be substituted.     Coyotes dig extraordinarily well, so hardware cloth sunk 2 feet at     the base of the fence is recommended.    

2.  Do not feed coyotes!

Willingly or by accident. Coyotes are opportunistic feeders, and though they enjoy large and small mammals they also enjoy the trash that you left in the backyard! Though 80% of a coyotes diet usually are small rodents, they will scavenge through compost, fallen fruit from trees, garbage, and will also prey on your pet! Please remember to feed your pets indoors, outdoor food bowls may attract coyotes.

3.  Secure your pets indoors.

Especially your cats! If you must let your cat outside, provide a “cat post”. A cat post is your cat's escape route, it is a 7 foot or higher post with a platform at the top of it. Rabbit hutches are also tempting for coyotes, so you may want to bring them inside, or provide protection around the hutch (coyote safe fencing or chain link fencing with a roof). Small dogs should never be left unattended outdoors and larger dogs should be kept on leash.

4.  Bring noise makers or pepper spray with you on walks or when hiking.

If  you encounter a coyote while walking or on a hike, do not turn your back to it, and create plenty of noise if it approaches. Noise allows you to appear larger and therefore more threatening, and hopefully will help you to avoid a confrontation.   

5.  Remove undergrowth and hiding places in your landscaping.    Enclose under porches and decks to eliminate those hidden areas.

6.  Spay and Neuter your pets!

In heat female coyotes can lure intact male dogs to the pack and attack.  During mating season, January through March, coyotes are more likely to attack over territorial issues. 


Additionally, Coyotes are also disease carriers of Distemper, Rabies, Parvo and internal parasites. A recent study determined that 20% of Southern Californian coyotes are positive for heartworm. So, keeping dogs safe may include parasite prevention, both intestinal and heartworm as well as vaccinations.

Coyotes will continue to be close neighbors to us here in San Diego. We need to continue to take the proper precautions to ensure the safety of our families including our furry family members!

Farley, Amy D.V.M. (2013) Keeping Pets Safe From San Diego

California Department of Fish and Wildlife. (2012) “Keep Me Wild” Brochure

Simons-Krupp, Vikki. (2012) Living With California Coyotes. Native Animal Rescue

By R. deLeon-Mims for Morena Pet Hospital
November 05, 2013
Category: Pet Care

Internet sites that sell pet medicines can be reputable pharmacies.  However, many sites are fronts for businesses that are breaking Federal, State and sometimes International laws.  These sites may sell pet medicine that is counterfeit, outdated, mislabeled, incorrectly formulated, or improperly made or stored.  These medicines may not contain the actual drug, may not work as well due to age or being stored in conditions that were too hot, cold, or humid, and may not have the proper directions for use. 

If you find cheaper medication online, please feel free to bring in a copy of the online pharmacy invoice along with shipping costs (or email it to us) for us to price match the medication and purchase the medication from our office.  We feel much more comfortable knowing that our clients are receiving the medication as it was intended from the manufacturer and labeled properly by our staff.  If an online pharmacy refill is still requested, we will gladly give you a written prescription for you to fill at a pharmacy of your choice.

If your pet develops a problem or becomes ill from taking a medication filled with an online pharmacy please contact us immediately to be seen by a veterinarian.  We have had experience with pets having a reaction to the medicine, or the medicine not working as it should.  Second, contact the manufacturer of the medication and report the occurrence.  Third, you should contact the pharmacy where you filled the medication and report the problem and hopefully receive a refund.

To continue to protect yourself, your pets and others, please educate yourself on matters that may effect you and your pet’s health. 



FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine.