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June 22, 2011 Posted by | Av dogs, av veterinary hospital, Funny pets, Lancaster Veterinary, low cost neutering | , , , , | Leave a comment

MY DOG HAS EAR MITES ! Maybe not ?

From the Desk of Dr. Erin.Sanders Smith Veterinary Hospital

Ear infectionsin dogs and cats can be caused by numerous agents: Bacteria, yeast, ear mites, foreign bodies (foxtails), and/or allergies. Many people tend to see an ear infection and treat for ear mites. Here is some information on ear mites and treatments.

Ear mite infections are more common in cats than in dogs. Dogs can develop ear mites, but more likely they have an ear infection due to bacteria or yeast.

Ear mites are microscopic arthropods resembling ticks. Diagnosis is made by microscopic examination of the discharge from the ear. Infections usually produced a dry black ear discharge commonly said to resemble coffee grounds. The discharge is composed of ear wax, blood, and the ear mites themselves.

The life cycle of a mite lasts 3 weeks from hatching from an egg to reproductive age.

Ear mites are passed from one animal to another through direct contact. If one cat in the household is diagnosed with mites, all cats need to be treated to prevent re-infestation. Outdoor cats are the most susceptible to infestation, followed by cats in multiple cat households. Ear mites are highly contagious from pet to pet, but not to humans.

Signs of ear mites in cats are dark, gritty debris in the ear, itchy ears, wounds from scratching at the ears, constant scratching at the ears. However, these are some of the same signs seen in dogs with bacterial, allergy, or yeast ear infections.

If you think your cat (or dog) has ear mites, please bring them in to be examined by a veterinarian. Misdiagnosis at home can lead to ear infections which are harder to treat and often over the counter medications for mite treatments are being used for infections caused by bacteria or yeast.

June 22, 2011 Posted by | av veterinary hospital, ear infection, ear mites, lancaster family pet, veterinary | , , , , | Leave a comment

Attention Pet Owners ! Summer Hazards

Take a look at these summer hazards for your pets. Being aware is being prepared.

Give Karen and Cassie a call today 661.948.5065 and let us help your pet be prepared for the summer.

June 22, 2011 Posted by | av veterinary hospital, ear infection, ear mites, lancaster family pet, veterinary | , , , , | Leave a comment

Smith Veterinary Hospital June Pet Of the Month!

Muffin West is an adult, neutered male cat whom we have been treating off and on for urinary obstruction and constipation. Muffin was adopted as a stray cat by the West family after an unspecified trauma left him with an injured leg and nerve damage to the pelvic region. This nerve damage has led to Muffin having difficulties urinating and defecating. Muffin has been hospitalized numerous times and has had surgery to help correct the issues. Through it all, Muffin remains one of the sweetest cats ever!

Muffin and his family receive a gift certificate for services here at Smith Veterinary Hospital. 661.948.5065

June 15, 2011 Posted by | AV CAT, av full service veterinary, av pet care, av veterinary hospital | , , | Leave a comment

Local Veterinary Office seeking the clients who love their pets.

Our goal as your other family doctors is to ensure the happiest, healthiest, and longest life for your pet.

On Sunday evening around 9:30 pm I received a email from a client of another local clinic, a great clinic in fact, I would take my pet there if Smith Veterinary Hospital was unavailable. In this email the client explains that she had her dog in for vaccination over the last three years and and see a doctor only briefly while giving the quick vaccination – the doctor did ask if her pet had been in good health since his last visit in 2005. The client stated yes and they went on their way . Next the client states in this email that today her dog was really feeling down. She states that she is not wanting to move or eat or drink. She states to me in the email that the dog is current on vaccination and has never been sick.

She tells me that her pet is 6 years old and maybe a little overweight. But has always been healthy. She was looking information up on the internet and came across an article about Wellness examinations. She was surprised to learn about the fact that pets like people should be seen at least once a year to prevent illness and allow the Veterinarian a chance to examine them and to be proactive against the unknown.

So on Sunday night I respond to her email-

Dear Client

Thank you for your email I am sorry that your baby is not feeling well.  I highly recommend that you get her in to your veterinarian and have them check her. If you do not think she will be ok until morning please take her to the local av er for animals on ave M.

I know this must be scary for you and her.  I hope everything works out.

Please let me know.

Smith Veterinary Hospital


Monday morning I received a call – The client indeed had taken her beloved pet into her doctor and they found that she had a mass the size of a baseball causing her heart not to function well. She was crying and said – the doctor said”I sure wish we had caught this earlier.”  She stated to me that her beloved pet had to be Euthanize. I expressed my condolences and she said to me I wish I had been a better pet owner. I did not know that she should have been seen yearly.

We ended the call with a high note – She stated she would be getting  new pet someday and they would see the veterinarian yearly.

This broke my heart.  We as a hospital spend every moment we can trying to educate how important wellness examination are.  

June 7, 2011 Posted by | AV Best Vet, AV Best Veterinary, av veterinary hospital | , , , | Leave a comment


Gordon,  is an Orange tabby that has no teeth, green eyes, no collar, is AVID microchiped #101596086, he is very friendly. Last seen 5/13/11 on Avenue H4 in  Lancaster.  PLEASE CONTACT SMITH VETERINARY HOSPITAL IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION, we would love to see Gordon reunited with his family.

May 23, 2011 Posted by | AV CAT, av veterinary hospital, lancaster cats, Lancaster Veterinary, LOST PET | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Spring Photo Contest is in Full Swing.. Check out all the details

April 25, 2011 Posted by | av full service veterinary, av pet care, av pet wellness, av veterinary hospital, lancaster family pet | , , , , | Leave a comment

Welcome to the World…

April 25, 2011 Posted by | av full service veterinary, av veterinary hospital | , | Leave a comment

Family Time….

More than ever, pets are part of the family. We spend as much time with our four legged family members as we do with the humans we live with.
Would you like to be rewarded for spending time with your dog?
Smith Veterinary Hospital would like to reward you for attending classes with High Desert Obedience.

1. Complete the puppy or novice obedience class.
2. Bring in your certificate of completion.
3. Receive $35.00 credit on your account good toward any service provided at Smith Veterinary Hospital.
4. Offer is limited to 2 pets per household.
5. Offer is not eligible on products.
6. Offer expires: 60 days from completion of class.


March 21, 2011 Posted by | av full service veterinary, av pet care, av pet wellness, av veterinary hospital, High Desert Obedience | , , , , | Leave a comment


SMITH VETERINARY HOSPITAL MOVIE TRAILER 661.948.5065 We Care About Your Pets We are a full service Veterinary Hospital facility. Our veterinary services include microchip location technology, X-ray, surgery and an in-house laboratory.

March 7, 2011 Posted by | av full service veterinary, av pet care, av pet nutrition, av pet wellness, av veterinary hospital | , , , , | Leave a comment