Cheristin is a cat only topical flea product. It is gentle enough for kittens 8 weeks and older and weighing 1.8lbs or greater. Cheristin starts killing fleas 30 minutes after application, 98-100% of fleas are killed with-in 12 hours. It is a low volume topical dose that continues killing fleas for 30 days after application.
Atopic Immunotherapy (Cytopoint)
This injection is a new therapy that helps reduce clinical signs of atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis can be triggered by seasonal pollen and other airborne allergens. Your dog’s skin can become extremely itchy, red, scaly and irritated. If this goes untreated there is a risk of skin infection. This new medication is designed to target the itch source. It mimics the natural immune system of your dog to help neutralize the main cause of the itch. In studies, Atopic Immunotherapy reduced itching within 1 day after 1 injection, and itching was controlled for about 3-4 weeks, and improved skin irritation caused by atopic dermatitis.
Apoquel is a medication for dogs suffering from itching caused by acute and chronic allergic skin disease. We are excited about Apoquel for several reasons. It is the first Janus kinase inhibitor approved for veterinary use, meaning it effectively targets the itching at the source and blocks the inflammation pathway. It works faster than steroids such as Prednisone and Temeril-P, often reliving itchiness in 4 hours. Apoquel works without the side effects that steroids have, such as excessive drinking, panting and weight gain.
Cryo Surgery has been used extensively in human medicine, and is now available for the use in dogs and cats. Cryo surgery can be performed without anesthesia, in most cases without local anesthesia, and only takes a few minutes to perform. In some cases a second treatment may be needed. Cryo can be used to remove small growths, cysts, warts, skin tags, etc. After treatment it takes approximately 10 to 14 days for the mass to fall off.
Class IV Laser Therapy
Class IV Laser Therapy is now being used by a select few in the animal medical field, including Stonecreek Animal Hospital. Laser Therapy is showing profound results in the area of animal wound and muscle healing, pain relief, rehabilitation, and recovery. There are numerous animal studies which have been published showing the efficacy of laser therapy in cats, dogs, and horses. Please feel free to call our office or inquire with our staff if you are interested in Laser Therapy for your pet. (click here for more details.)
ISO Microchips for International Travel
We are now offering ISO microchips for international travel. ISO microchips can also be used for helping identify lost pets in the United States. Most European as well as many other countries require that your pet have a microchip that meets ISO standards to enter the country.
Dangerous Household plants
If your pet ingests a harmful plant, stay calm and don’t try to induce vomiting. Call our offices or the Animal Poison Control Center 1-888-426-4435.
Mosquito and Heartworm Alert
Southern California has mostly avoided heartworm because of the dry weather conditions. But a change in weather patterns has created a surge in population of the rare Western Tree Hole mosquitoes, which has been known to carry the heartworm parasite. Heartworm can be fatal in dogs and cats. For this reason, it is recommended by all of our doctors that dogs get a yearly blood test to check for heartworm along with their annual updates. There is a simple medication that is available to be given once monthly, which will prevent them from contracting heartworms and other parasites such as roundworm, hookworm and whipworm. This medication should be given for the life of the pet.
What is Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP) and Feliway
Recently science has been able to synthesize the natural pheromones found in dogs and cats. Odorless pheromones can be recognized cats and dogs to provide an anxiety free environment and calming effect. These natural products have no side effects and can be used to help dogs and cats with stress related problems such as urine marking, aggression, separation anxiety, and other behavioral issues. We are now carrying a full line of these products to help our clients special needs.
Three Year Vaccines
A vaccine for Distemper, Hepatitis and Parainfluenza that is given once every three years is available for dogs over one year of age. For adult cats, a three year vaccine for Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia is available. Both vaccines offer excellent protection while reducing the risk of side effects through less frequent vaccination.