Point Loma Veterinary Clinic

1964 Sunset Cliffs Blvd
San Diego, CA 92107




Parasite Control and Heartworm Awareness Month

Simparica Flea Medicine for Dogs
-Is the most effective flea and tick control medication available for dogs.
-Virtually eliminates all fleas and ticks on your pet within 8 hours.

-Controls nearly 100% of fleas and ticks for 30 days after an oral dose.

During the month of April, you receive 1 free dose if you purchase a 6-dose package of Simparica.  If you enroll in Zoetis Rewards Program, you get the equivalent of an additional dose for free ($15 value).

Canine Heartworm Disease is caused by large worms that live in the heart of a dog.  Mosquitos spread heartworms when they remove microfilaria larvae in the blood from an infected dog and bite a non-infected dog.  Due to the constant influx of dogs and people coming into San Diego County, we have a rising incidence of heartworm disease. We believe that Proheart is the best way to prevent heartworm infections; an injection of Proheart 6 medicine will prevent  heartworm infections for 6 months.

During the month of April, we are offering a 50% discount on heartworm tests and a 10% discount on Proheart 6 injections for your dog.

There are 6 intestinal parasites that can be present in dogs and 4 intestinal parasites that can infest cats in our area.  Not all parasites cause diarrhea or make your pet lose weight. Only 2 intestinal parasites are visible to the eye. Unfortunately there is no single deworming medicine that will kill all intestinal parasites.  If you submit a freshly collected fecal sample, we can check for all of the intestinal parasites that might be present in your pet.

June:  Dental Health Care Month

It is much harder for your pet to pick up it's food if the front teeth are missing, and it is much harder to chew food if several of the pre-molars and molars are loose, infected, or missing.  Dental disease is the most common medical abnormality that affects dogs and cats.  Many dogs and cats start developing periodontal disease (the loss of bone and tissues around the tooth roots) due to infection below the "gum-line" by 4 years of age.  Your pet doesn't have to have visible tarter to have periodontal disease.

Anesthesia is necessary to clean all of the surfaces of the teeth (including the spaces between the gum tissue and the teeth), check for pockets of infection around the tooth roots, to inspect all of the teeth to see if they are loose, cracked, or have the equivalent of cavities, and to take dental X-Rays.  The anesthetics that we use today are much safer than what we had available 20 or more years ago.

Pets experience discomfort when they have dental disease but they don't know how to tell us and they rarely stop eating.  We believe what is best for your pet's health and comfort and the best way to avoid tooth loss is to schedule an anesthetic teeth cleaning at least once a year beginning at 4 years of age for all dogs and cats.