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June 19, 2018 DogsPet Care

In the opening scene of The Secret Life of Pets, we watch as a French poodle has had enough of the classical music his owner has been playing throughout the morning. The French poodle quickly changes the music to heavy metal the minute his owner leaves for the day. He then starts jamming, headbanging to heavy metal while it blasts through the speakers. Although this is just an animated movie, a question arises. Do dogs enjoy music and more importantly, do they enjoy the music their owners enjoy playing?

We listen to a lot of music in our households. There is always music playing through the house; it can be coming from the kitchen while a meal is being prepared or in the bathroom while we pretend to be America’s next top pop star. Now, have you ever stopped and wondered, does my dog care about the music I play and how loud I play it?

A Dog’s Hearing

A dog’s sense of hearing is ranked second right after their sense of smell. A canine’s sense of hearing is four times better than the average human. Dogs can hear the frequency of 40 to 60,000 hertz, while a human can hear the frequency of 20,000 Hertz.  This means that sounds that can be acceptable for humans may be uncomfortable for many dogs.

It is easy to look around and agree that all human ears look the same. For dogs, that isn’t the case. Dog ears can differentiate in size, shape, or the amount of hair. There’s the prick-eared wolf, bat-eared corgi, drop or pendant eared basset hound, V-shaped ear vizsla and many more. It may be easier for a greyhound with rose ears to listen compared to a bloodhound with folded ears. This is just because of the fur that surrounds the ear and how the ear lays on the dog.

Not to show off, but while a human may be able to wiggle their ears, a dog has 18 muscles in each ear that makes it possible to wiggle, tilt, raise or lower, and rotate their ears. You may ask yourself how your dog heard the mailman way before he was right at your doorstep. Dogs can move their ear around to locate and focus on sounds.

Do Dogs Listen to Music?

Research conducted by Deborah Wells, a psychologist at Queen’s University Belfast shows that dogs do behave differently in response to the different music that is being played. Dogs seem to act relaxed with classical music and seem to bark and seem tensed with heavy metal. So, you may ask why it is that in The Secret Life of Pets, the French poodle seems to hate classical music but enjoys heavy metal? Is it because the French poodle is being rebellious and won’t listen to anything his owner listens to? Is it because dogs can have a sense of understanding when it comes to music and the poodle in the movie has his specific music taste?

Although music for humans is psychological, there have been studies that show that animals do share the same capacity for music as humans. An animal psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, tells us that dogs enjoy “species-specific music.”

Species-Specific Music: Tunes specially designed using the pitches, tones, and tempos that are familiar to their particular species.

You heard it here folks, dogs might as well have the ability to form their own music taste! And we thought dogs couldn’t get any cooler! Of course, this doesn’t mean that your dog has the same music taste as you do. Actually, for most animals, the music we play throughout the house is unrecognizable. Just like the hertz between humans and dogs are different, so are their vocal ranges and heart rates. Our vocal ranges and heart rates are the reasons we like certain music, and because dogs’ and humans’ vocal ranges and heart races are so different, the music we play is simply just not meant for the ears of dogs.

What Music Does My Dog Enjoy?

If you have an anxious little pup or a huge bulldog, classical music does soothe dogs! Lower frequencies calm the canine nervous systems. Dogs generally like music that is soothing.

Now, don’t go home and play classical music all day long, as you can see in the scene of The Secret Life of Pets, classical music does get boring and heavy metal may be needed. Just remember, some sounds that can be acceptable for humans may be uncomfortable for many dogs.

At Brookhurst Animal Medical Center, Doctor Carlos Lopez would be happy to help figure out if your loved furry one is having difficulties with their pinna or if the music being played at home is the problem.


May 30, 2018 Pet Care

Rabbits can make great pets – they’re cuddly, small, and downright adorable. However, it’s important to understand that they are also a huge investment. Like any other pet, these creatures require lots of space, time, attention, and resources to care for them.

With that being said, there are a lot of rabbit breeds available if you are interested and prepared to take on the responsibility of a pet rabbit. According to the American Rabbit Breeders Association, there are 49 distinct breeds of rabbits with different characteristics from their ears to their fur. Our veterinarian at Brookhurst Animal Medical Center, Dr. Lopez, is trained to treat bunnies, and he has a special place in his heart for the little critters. From his experience, here are a few unique types of rabbits that stand out the most. Some are rare while others are common and make excellent companions. Check out our list of notable rabbit breeds!

  • Lionhead Rabbits: The Lionhead Rabbit is a new breed of dwarf rabbit that originated in Belgium. Its name is derived from its lion-like, wool mane around its head. These intelligent creatures can be trained to use litterboxes and follow basic commands. They can also be incredibly social and energetic pets. If you plan to adopt a Lionhead (or any rabbit at all for that matter), it’s important to have lots of outdoor space for your pet to explore and exercise.
  • Angora Rabbits: There are four different types of Angora Rabbits, but they all share the same long, silky Angora wool. These fluffballs are generally easygoing and playful. Like other rabbits, they are high maintenance creatures. Owners should be especially careful of wool block, which is a condition that rabbits may develop from ingesting their own hair as they groom themselves. Since Angora Rabbits have especially long, thick fur, they’re more susceptible to this condition, which can cause loss of appetite and major digestive problems. Dr. Lopez recommends monitoring your rabbit’s stool and regularly grooming its long fur.
  • Colombian Pygmy Rabbit: The Colombian Pygmy is the smallest member of the rabbit family, with adults averaging around 1 pound each. Unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to own this little bun as a pet because they’re an endangered species due to the loss of their natural sagebrush habitat. However, you can appreciate them in all their tiny glory at the Oregon Zoo, where experts are working to breed and conserve their species in the wild.
  • Volcano Rabbit: As original inhabitants of the volcanos in Mexico, this round rabbit breed gets its name from its interesting home. Unlike other members of the rabbit family, they have short, brown fur and have tiny ears. They’re also known for making a high-pitched squeal to communicate rather than thumping. Unfortunately, they are also an endangered species and it’s improbable that you’ll be able to adopt one.
  • Sumatran Striped Rabbit: The Sumatran Striped Rabbit is known for its striking appearance, namely the distinctive brown stripes on its coat. Unlike the other balls of fluff, this breed is long, lean, and muscular. Little is known about the incredibly rare, nocturnal bunny except that it is intelligent and elusive. The Sumatran Striped Rabbit is so rare, it’s only been sighted a few times and most people are unaware of its existence at all. Unfortunately, as humans continue to destroy Indonesian forests for resources, this rabbit breed faces the threat of extinction from habitat loss.

Rabbits come in all different shapes and sizes. If you’re interested in raising one of your own, make sure you’re properly educated on rabbit care first. Despite how cute and gentle they are, bunnies are the third most abandoned pet after cats and dogs, according to the National Geographic. A great option is to check out the local animal shelter and adopt a rescue rabbit. These extraordinary animals also require medical attention from a veterinary specialist. At Brookhurst Animal Medical Center in Anaheim, Dr. Lopez provides specialized care for exotic pets like rabbits. If you’re ever in need of a rabbit vet in Anaheim, feel free to stop by.



Itching to adopt a pet? Literally?

Despite the wishes of their physicians, an estimated 10% of pet owners who are allergic to their beloved animals still keep them, yet they continue to lead healthy and happy lives. By understanding why they are allergic to certain animals and choosing the right hypoallergenic pet, tons of people are able to control their symptoms and enjoy the companionship of a lifetime. In the battle against pet allergies, here’s how you can own yours – let’s break it down.

Round 1: The Source of Allergies

Many animals produce a type of protein that is found in animal urine, saliva, and dander. Some people have immune systems who can’t handle these foreign substances which is what triggers allergies. Symptoms may include symptoms like teary eyes, itching, swollen membranes and more. Contrary to what many believe, people aren’t allergic to pet hair – they’re allergic to the allergens that are present in pet hair. Allergic reactions can be caused when the allergens become airborne as well, so it’s possible to be susceptible to an allergy attack without even touching the culprit.

Don’t forget, animals can be allergic to things, too! Many dogs and cats experience allergies between each other and some are even allergic to humans. If your pet suffers from allergies, visit a local veterinarian to figure out the best course of action.

Animal Lover Vs. Pet Allergies

Round 2: How to Deal with Symptoms

Pet allergies are annoying; there’s no doubt about it. But taking certain steps can improve quality of living and minimize allergic reactions. Here’s how pet owners deal with dander from their pets:

  • Regular grooming: It’s important to bathe and brush your pet regularly to remove dirt and dander that’s building up. Pets should get their fur trimmed quite often as well to reduce shedding.
  • Air purifiers: Investing in an air purifier will get rid of the allergens floating in the air that cause allergies. Not only do air purifiers get rid of dander, they filter out dust, pollen, smoke, and most other pollutants as well.
  • Allergy medication: Pharmacies offer over-the-counter drugs such as Claritin and Zyrtec that contain antihistamines. These chemicals reduce the natural histamines in the body that cause runny noses, teary eyes, and swelling.
  • Immunotherapy: Some doctors may recommend getting allergy shots. How this works is the doctor will inject the patient with a tiny amount of the substance that they are allergic to, which should stimulate the production of “blocking” antibodies that reduce allergy symptoms. Gradually, the doses will increase and then stabilize. This option isn’t for everyone, so make sure to double check with a doctor.
  • Hygiene: Stay extra clean to avoid getting any dander in the sinus cavities, eyes, or mouth. Some good practices include washing your hands after every encounter with your pet, doing laundry every week including pillows and sheets, and vacuuming regularly. This will eliminate pet hair or mucus around the house that may be causing symptoms. Here’s some more in-depth information about how you can keep your home clean when you have pets.
  • Pet-only areas: Lastly, it may be a good idea to designate a specific area for pets to avoid getting allergens all over the house. Keep them outside or invest in a pet gate, so they’re not shedding all over the house.

Animal Lover Vs. Pet Allergies

Round 3: What Hypoallergenic Pets to Adopt

If your pet allergies are extremely serious, many pets are still available out there. According to Babble, experts have determined some animals produce less allergens or no allergens at all, making them better choices for people who are hyper-sensitive to these substances. There are tons of options out there including certain breeds of dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, birds, and more. Here’s a list of hypoallergenic pets that may be compatible with your allergies.

  • Dogs: Often, allergens are spread when dogs shed their fur around the house. By choosing a dog that sheds less and requires more grooming, it is possible to reduce the amount of fur being circulated around your home. No dog is completely hypoallergenic, but for those who are only mildly allergic, consider the following breeds:
    • Tibetan Terrier
    • Shih Tzu
    • Portuguese Water Dog
    • Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
    • Poodle
    • West Highland White Terrier
    • Bichon Frise
    • Havanese
    • Chinese Cresteds
    • Basenji
  • Cats: The cause of many people’s pet allergies is the protein Fel d 1 found in cat hair. Like dogs, all cats produce this protein, so none are completely hypoallergenic. However, choosing a cat with less fur and shedding can reduce the amount of protein being circulated in the air. Some breeds have less fur or finer fur which can help reduce allergic reactions. According to Catster, here are a few popular ones:
    • Russian Blue
    • Bengal
    • Devon Rex
    • Sphynx
    • Javanese cats.
  • Small mammals: Gerbils, guinea pigs, mice, and rabbits are all awesome pets because they have short fur and they shed less than dogs and cats. Since they are usually left them outside (in the case of guinea pigs and rabbits) or in a cage, the chance that allergens will spread is much lower. There are even hairless rodents and hamster available for people with extreme allergies.
  • Reptiles: Don’t be fooled by their cold-blooded nature, these creatures can be just as friendly and fun as other typical house pets. Even better, they shed no fur or dander, making them the perfect pets for people with pet allergies. There are a variety of different types of reptiles offered at pet stores such as:
    • Iguanas
    • Lizards
    • Turtles
    • Snakes
    • Bearded dragons
    • Geckos

Animal Lover Vs. Pet Allergies

  • Amphibians: Like reptiles, amphibians don’t have fur or dander. Besides being gloriously slimy, many of them are excellent, low maintenance pets for first-time pet owners. Popular amphibians are frogs, salamanders, axolotls, newts, and toads.
  • Pigs: Pigs can make great pets if you have the space and resources to provide for a bigger pet. They have hair instead of fur, so they have may be a better choice for those with pet allergies. It’s important to remember that most pigs do grow to be over 100 pounds large, so make sure that you can provide the space they need. It’s critical to do your research on mini pigs and how to properly care for them!
  • Insects, bugs, spiders, and more: These unorthodox pets produce no dander and they are very unique pets. Tons of people own spiders, ant farms, snails, and even cockroaches. Just be careful not to let them loose in the house!
  • Hermit crabs: These curious, little invertebrates are completely hypoallergenic. Hermit crabs vary in size, color, and change shells as they grow larger. However, they aren’t as low maintenance as people may believe. Hermit crabs can live over 30 years, but they need lots of space, shells, proper humidity, companions, sand, toys, and a special diet. Here’s more information about hermit crab care for beginners.
  • Fish: Fish come with different sizes, shapes, colors, and personalities. These hypoallergenic pets are a classic.

Pet allergies can definitely be in-fur-iating, but they’re no reason to eliminate the possibility of having pets altogether. There are tons of solutions available to treat them and lots of hypoallergenic pets to adopt. If you’re interested, check out your local pet shelter because there are always animals in need of loving homes. For anyone who’s already a proud pet parent, Brookhurst Animal is a veterinary clinic located in Anaheim, CA, and we are just a call away if your pet needs medical attention.


Who knew too much cuteness was a crime? Unfortunately, having over a certain number of cuddly companions can actually result in serious repercussions. In Orange County, each city has its own rules limiting the number of pets every household can have. So for the self-proclaimed cat ladies or dog whisperers, it may be a good idea to check your city’s ordinances about pets to avoid getting into trouble. There are tons of rules for both domestic and exotic animals that range from pet restrictions on dogs to walking catfish.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of pet restrictions in popular cities around Orange County and how you can work with them if you just can’t seem to part with all your precious pets.


As local residents ourselves, we’re quite familiar with pet rules and regulations in Anaheim at Brookhurst Animal.  Let us break it down for you:

  • No more than 3 adult dogs or 3 adult cats in each household
  • Only 1 bird, poultry, rabbit or rodent is allowed per 1800 square feet of property
  • Only 1 pig is allowed per residence
  • Dogs and cats over 4 months old are required to have a license
  • No peacocks or roosters allowed

If you have more than 3 adult dogs or cats, don’t panic. It’s still possible to keep them all by applying for a special permit from the city. As for other exotic pets like reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals, owners are required to get their animals licensed.

Costa Mesa

Like Anaheim, Costa Mesa has similar rules regarding pet ownership which you can read more about in their city ordinance. Here’s what you should know:

  • No more than 5 grown (4+ months old) pets in one household
  • All livestock are prohibited without a special animal permit
  • All pets should be licensed (learn more here)
  • No beekeeping without adequate permission from the city


The city of Fullerton has an extensive set of rules for its residents. We’ve summarized the most basic parts below, but you can check out the full list here.

  • No walking catfish or piranha allowed
  • No more than 4 pets per household in single-family homes with a maximum of 3 dogs
  • No more than 2 cats or dogs per apartment, condominium, duplex or mobile home in any combination
  • No wild animals except for some birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, white rats or mice, nonpoisonous snakes less than 6 feet long, turtles, nonpoisonous toads, lizards, salamanders, newts, chameleons, and kangaroo rats
  • No more than 2 adult horses, cattle, or sheep are allowed for every 33,000 square feet of land

If you want to adopt a few more pets, you might be able to with enough extra land. Some animals need more space to comfortably exercise and it’s courteous to neighbors who may not want to hear or smell your pets.

Garden Grove

  • Only 4 dogs, cats, birds, or other household pets in any combination allowed at each household
  • No more than 10 parakeets permitted on any premise
  • No more than 10 racing pigeons permitted on any premise

One requirement for all these cities in Orange County have is to maintain proper care of your pets. Regardless of how many you own, the most important aspect of owning pets is keeping them healthy and happy. This includes proper food, exercise, equipment, and wellness exams. If you’re looking for an experienced clinic, our vet in Anaheim at Brookhurst Animal Medical Center is available to help you and your pets.

Although these rules may seem inconvenient to pet owners in Orange County, they are in place for good reason! Having certain exotic pets can be a huge threat to the native species and they can seriously damage natural ecosystems. While some adjust well to domestic living like guinea pigs and a few reptiles, others may have natural behaviors that can be difficult to handle and even dangerous for their owners. Limiting the number of pets per household also helps control pet waste and noise in the city. Though it’s difficult to resist the temptation of rescuing the neighborhood stray, it may not always be in your best interest to adopt another dog or cat if you don’t have the resources to care for it. Lastly, it’s always a good idea to check with your local government officials and vet for advice in Anaheim.


March 2, 2018 Pet Care

Sometimes, taking your dog for a walk in the park isn’t exactly… a walk in the park. If you find yourself dreading walks because of the constant pulling, distracted wandering, and barking, it’s time for change! Dog walks provide endless benefits including exercise, blood circulation, mental stimulation and more, but most importantly, they should be a fun way for you and your pet to bond. Luckily, it’s never too late to start training your dog good habits. Grab your leash because we’re walking you through the basics of teaching your dog how to behave better the next time you two go on a stroll.

1. Set a time to walk your dog

Like humans, dogs need routine in their lives because it provides stability and security. By allotting a specific time every day to walking your dog, he or she knows what to look forward to and when to expect it. This can actually help your dog deal with stress and anxiety if and when your family faces any changes because it will be one constant your dog can depend on. Setting aside a time for dog walks also helps you get in the routine of doing it every day! We know it can be easy to put off, but those 30 minutes are important for your dog’s mental and physical health.

2. Get the right leash

Not every leash is made the same. There are unique leashes and harnesses for every dog’s needs. Here are just a few:

  • Regular leash: Typical dog leashes are made of cotton or nylon and they measure around 6 feet long. This may be a good leash to start off with if you’re not sure where to begin.
  • Retractable leash: We’ve reached a consensus in the dog walking community: these retractable leashes aren’t the best choice, especially if you’re just starting out walking your pet. Retractable leashes can be confusing for dogs. Often, they will naturally resist when their leash is pulled and with a retractable leash, there’s always tension. On top of that, there’s the risk that the retractable leash will snap and break, which could hurt you and your dog.
  • Chain leash: If your dog is a gnawer and goes through leashes like biscuits, a chain leash might be a good idea. However, it is also harmful for a dog’s teeth if he or she continues to try chewing through metal, so make sure to switch out leashes should the problem persist.
  • Martingale leash: These leashes are paired with a Martingale collar. The collar sits loosely around the dog’s neck unless the dog pulls, then it tightens without choking the dog. These leashes are good for discouraging pulling during walks, but they’re still quite gentle.
  • Front clip harness: Bigger dogs with a tendency to pull or get distracted on walks may need a front clip harness. These provide the walker with more control over the dog without pulling as much on its neck.
  • Back clip harness: These harnesses may be better for well-trained dogs since they allow more freedom
  • Head halter: These can be useful for dogs that are large and difficult to control with just a regular collar and leash. However, head halters should be used with caution because they are right on the dog’s head and they can cause pain to the dog if they’re fitted and used improperly.

Of course, there are many more options to explore. Every dog has unique needs, so consult a trainer or veterinarian if you’re unsure which is the best choice. Also, owners should take into consideration the material, collar, identification tag, and clip that comes with the leash. It might take some time to figure what’s right for you, but it’s worth it to be prepared! The right equipment can make walks much easier and more fun for both of you.

3. Be the leader

Every walk you take is also an opportunity to train your dog’s behavior. Make sure to reinforce good habits and reprimand bad ones, starting right from your home. Ask your dog to sit calmly before you head out for a walk – this helps enforce obedience from the start. Remember, you’re walking your dog; your dog is not supposed to walk you! Be aware if your dog moves ahead of you and change directions or stops, so you can stay in the lead. You can also bring treats to reward your dog for following your commands and stop the walk if he or she disobeys.

4. Be prepared

Check the temperature. Is it hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk? Then you’ll probably want to reschedule that walk for later. Be conscientious of your environment and don’t put you and your pet in a dangerous situation that could result in a heat stroke or hailstorm.

If you can, try to figure out a safe route for you and your dog where you won’t get lost. For example, if you’re just starting out walking your puppy, it might be a good idea to avoid the scary pit bull around the corner or steer clear of the raucous elementary school two blocks away. Of course, it’s impossible to predict exactly what will happen when you go on a walk like coming across a stray animal or rowdy kids. Regardless of the situation, stay calm and think of a reasonable solution that will keep your dog and yourself safe. If you panic, your pet will pick up on your anxiety and may act erratically.

Prepare yourself with the tools for success. That may include bringing water, snacks, and bags to pick up after your dog. If you’re walking at night, get reflective gear for you and your dog. It can be dangerous to walk around at night, especially in an urban areas where there are many cars. Drivers can easily miss your dog and hurt them without appropriate attire. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so make sure to invest in a reflective leash or collar if you plan on walking at night.

5. Practice

Last but not least, practice makes perfect. Take the time to get your pup adjusted to the leash indoors and practice walking around in a controlled environment like your backyard or even living room. Even if your dog seems like they’ll never get the hang of it, don’t be discouraged! Plenty of dog owners are going through the exact same thing. Going on walks can be incredibly exciting for dogs, so they might not always remember to stay on their best behavior. Training your dog will take time and if yours is being especially difficult, just remember, patience is a virtue. The short-term struggle of teaching your dog how to go on walks now will result in some awesome dog walking adventures for you two in the long run.

Now that you’re a pro at dog walking, at least theoretically, unleash your inner dog whisperer and head outside for some exercise and fresh air! Depending on your dog’s size and breed, you may need to go more than once a day. Ask your veterinarian how much exercise your furry friend needs to stay in shape.  If you find yourself struggling to fit it in your schedule, don’t be alarmed – there are tons of experienced dog walkers in Orange County who can help.

If you have other questions about your dog, Brookhurst Animal is a veterinary clinic located in Anaheim, CA. We understand your pets are an important part of your family and treat them as such. Feel free to reach out if you need advice or would like to schedule an appointment


Between hanging up decorations in your home and preparing to see your relatives, the holiday season can get incredibly hectic. If you haven’t had the chance to get the perfect gift for everyone yet, don’t worry! We have the ultimate holiday gift guide for your dog-loving friends and family.

1. Rescued Wine Pet Candle

We all love our pets, but sometimes, we don’t always love how they smell… Rescued Wine offers soy based candles in different wine-themed scents such as Palm Sangria, Cabernet, and Merlot. The best part? Their candles are made of recycled wine bottles and a portion of each candle’s sale goes to animal rescue groups!

2. Mutt Mitt

Your loved ones will definitely appreciate this gift! Mutt Mitts make cleaning after dogs a breeze and they’re completely biodegradable.

3. Corgi Planner for 2018

Help your friends get a head start on 2018 with this corgi-themed agenda. The charming planner comes in multiple layouts (daily, weekly, monthly spreads) to help keep track of tasks like work, birthdays, and most importantly, dog walks.

4. French Bulldog Socks

Keep frostbite at bay with these French Bulldog socks. They’re a great stocking stuffer for anyone who likes these puppies (and who doesn’t?).

5. Pins, Earrings, Necklaces

Dog Milk is always keeping up with the latest treats for dogs and humans alike and we absolutely agree with their review of these precious dog-themed earrings, pins, and necklaces. If you’re still searching for a gift, this is a definitely a great choice. You can’t go wrong with jewelry and you definitely can’t go wrong with puppies.

6. Dog Sweater

Forget ugly Christmas sweaters, get your friend a hoodie with a dog pouch! This way, they can bring their furry companion to enjoy all the fun holiday festivities together. Just a warning, these sweaters only support up to 10 pounds.

7. Ornaments

These festive ornaments make great decorations for any tree. They’re an affordable stocking stuffer for any puppy or cat lover!

8. Dog Shaming Calendar

This desk calendar is a definite weiner (winner) in our book. Pet Life Today recommends this Dog Shaming 2018 Day-to-Day Calendar and we agree! The New York Times bestseller features hilarious photos of troublemaking dogs, caught in the act.

9. Dog Selfie Helper

A picture is worth a thousand words and a picture with a pooch is probably worth a million. With this dog selfie helper, your friends can finally get cute pictures with their pet for those holiday greeting cards.

10. Personalized Pillow

Taking a tip from Fidose of Reality, we went on the hunt for the perfect personalized and affordable gift for every pet parent. Make the holidays extra special with these personalized dog pillows! The pillow includes a customized monogram of any name and include options including french bulldogs, poodles, labradors, dachshunds, english bulldogs, golden retrievers, pugs, malteses, rottweilers, and yorkies.

Hopefully, this gift guide helps you find the right item while staying under budget. After all, it’s the time to enjoy family, friends, and furry companions, not stress out over buying presents! Don’t forget that the best gift of all for both your friends and their pets is simply being together and making memories for years to come.

If you or your close ones need to take your pets to the vet over the holidays, Anaheim Veterinarian Dr. Lopez at Brookhurst Animal Medical Center is available to help. Please call ahead for animal emergencies and we can provide you with the veterinary care you need.


June 22, 2017 Pet Care

Its the time of the year when it gets pretty hot in Orange County. For our guinea pig parents we want to share some tips on keeping your guinea pigs cool over the summer. To start things out we have this great graphic by When Guinea Pigs Fly.
Preventing Heat Stroke for Guinea Pigs this Summer

The list above does a great job sharing all the different things you can do. We also want to take this time to review why this is so important for guinea pigs.

Heat Stroke is a Common Health Issue for Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs are sensitive to extreme temperatures. They can catch a cold when its too cold and develop heat stroke when its too hot. Remember too that it isn’t just outside where guinea pigs can develop heat stroke.

They can also become dehydrated and overheated indoors. If your guinea pig is in direct sunlight they are in danger of heat stroke.

Unlike humans where heat stroke can happen over a long period of time, guinea pigs do not have the same luxury. When its too hot, guinea pigs only need 10 – 15 minutes before they start suffering from heat stroke.

Temperatures above 80 degrees Farenheit can cause heat stress or heat stroke

In Anaheim, the average summer temperature in Anaheim can go from 78 to 89°F. This means that heat stroke is something our local community members need to look out for.

How to Spot the Symptoms

Signs of heatstroke include:

  • Laying in a stretch out position or on their side
  • Rapid breathing, panting and drooling
  • Dehydration
  • Lack of energy and inability to move
  • Seizures, convulsions and increased heart beat

Keys to keeping your guinea pig safe is to remove their cage/aquarium away from direct sunlight or any other heat sources.

What You Can Do to Prevent Heat Stroke

When temperatures are hot, the most important things to remember is to remove the guinea pigs from any environment that is too hot. If the guinea pigs are outside, take them inside.

If you cannot immediately take them inside, make sure the guinea pigs stay in a cool, shady area. Ensure that they stay hydrated as well.

When your guinea pigs are in their cage or acquariam is near a fan or anything that is providing cool air circulation. However, it is extremely important not to point fans directly at guinea pigs as this can cause Upper Respiratory Infection.

In addition, you can use ice packs or anything frozen to help cool down the guinea pig. Wrap the ice pack, or whatever you choose, in a cloth or newspaper. Guinea pigs can then lay down on the surface and cool their bodies down.

And just like humans, when it is hot for us we drink more water. Same thing for guinea pigs. Ensure that there is ample, cool and clean water for guinea pigs to drink.

What to Do If You Think Your Guinea Pig is Suffering from Heat Stroke

If your guinea pig is already exhibiting signs of heat stroke, your guinea pig is probably already in critical condition. It is important to act fast.

Your number 1 priority is to cool your guinea pig down. If they are outside or in direct sunlight, immediately take them inside away from the source of heat.

To cool down your guinea pig, put a cold wet towel around their body. Other options include putting the guinea pig in cool water. It is important to not put them in ice cold water. That can shock the guinea pig and cause a cold or worse.

You can also get a spray bottle and spray am mist of cool water and also give the guinea pig cold water to drink.

Once you’ve cooled them down, you want to make sure to allow them to relax and recover. Put them in a quiet, dark and cool place. Preferably you want to place them in an area where they are use to and comfortable with. This way the guinea pig’s stress is minimized and they have time to get themselves together from the ordeal.

If your guinea pig becomes unresponsive that is when it is important to take your guinea pig in for medical attention.

How to Know When to take your Guinea Pig in for Veterinary Attention

If your concerned about heat stroke, its best to take your cavy in immediately. Like we mentioned earlier, guinea pigs have a much smaller body that us. Their bodies can react to extreme temperatures immediately.

Without cooling down your guinea pig, they are susceptible to continual seizure and other violent symptoms. So when transporting the guinea pig to the vet in Anaheim, its also important to keep the guinea pig cool during the car ride.

As we all know, cars get hot. You should not under any circumstance leave your guinea pig in the car on a hot day. Make sure the A/C is on and that the car is cooled down.


May 16, 2017 CatsDogsPet Care

Our pets bring happiness and joy into our lives every day. We all know of the perks that come with owning a pet, including the emotional support and physical health benefits they provide us. But unfortunately, some of us just can’t enjoy spending time with furry friends without facing a stuffy nose, itchy eyes, or rashes.

If you’re allergic to animals, know that you aren’t alone. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 3 in 10 people have allergies to dogs and cats.  A common misconception is that pet hair is the main cause of allergic reactions, which is untrue. Allergies are triggered by dander (dead skin cells), saliva, and pet urine. Some of the annoying reactions you might get include mild irritations such as sneezing, a runny nose, itchy eyes, or skin rashes.

So what can you do if you are allergic to furry animals?

We know – it’s tough being an animal lover who is allergic to animals. If you have only mild allergic reactions to animals, and they are not life-threatening, there are a few things that you can do to ease your symptoms.

1. Keep Your House Clean

The first thing you can do to alleviate your allergy symptoms is to keep your home clean. Wipe down surfaces, wash your clothing, and vacuum or mop the floors regularly. These can collect dust, pet hair, and other particles that might be causing your allergies.

2. Use Air Filters (HEPA)

Invest in a High-Efficiency Particulate Air Filter, or HEPA air cleaner, for your home. These can improve the air quality in your rooms by removing allergenic particles, relieving you of your allergy symptoms.

3. Have an Animal-Free Zone

Ideally, this zone would be your bedroom. Keeping your furry friends out of your bedroom will let you sleep peacefully, without the threat of allergic reactions. You’ll also want to create animal-friendly zones in your house as well, where your pet can roam around and play to his heart’s content.

4. Remove Carpets & Rugs

Rugs and carpets can often trap the allergenic particles that cause your symptoms. While vacuuming seems effective, it can stir up the allergens that got stuck to the carpeting and worsen your allergies. You may find it more convenient in the long run to simply remove the carpets and rugs, and replace them with hardwood floors or tiles instead. These are easier to clean, and they do not trap dust and pet hair like carpets do.

5. Over-the-counter Medication

If you have mild allergies, you are probably already familiar with antihistamines. This over-the-counter medication can relieve mild symptoms, allowing you to play with your pets without worrying about allergic reactions.

6. Allergy Shots

If you have more severe allergies and plan to have furry pets for a long time, you may want to consider allergy shots. While it takes a while for allergy shots to fully take effect, it is the most effective way to get rid of your allergies in the long run.

7. Adopt A Fur-less Animal

Lastly, if you are an animal lover looking to open up your home to a new pet, consider adopting an animal without fur. Some of your options are fish, turtles, bearded dragons, geckos, and more fur-less and featherless animals.

If you have any questions about your pet, contact our Anaheim veterinarian, Dr. Lopez, at Brookhurst Animal Medical Center. Our team is always here to help!


April 7, 2017 Pet Care

When you bring pets into your life, it can be difficult to keep your home feeling and smelling clean. We love our furry friends, but as soon as they enter our hearts, they begin wreaking havoc on our homes. It could be hair all over our furniture, muddy paw prints running up and down the stairs, or even just the smell!

Keeping Your Home Clean When You Have Pets

Whether you live in the suburbs on the east side, or the cozy apartments of central Anaheim it can be difficult to keep our homes tidy. Owning pets is one of the most rewarding experiences that life has to offer us, and we would do anything to keep them. Even though it may seem impossible to keep our homes clean, there are some things that we can do on a regular basis to make it easier to keep our homes spotless.

Cleaning Up All That Fur

  1. Regular Grooming
    If you can take your dogs or cats to the vet or groomer’s for a regular brushing, then great! But if not, then it is good practice to brush through your pet’s coat a few times a week. This preventative measure will help stop your pet’s hair from shedding inside your home and causing potential allergies. If you have cats, regular brushing also helps prevent other health problems related to their health, such as hairballs and constipation. Try to do it outside at a time when your dog or cat is relaxed. While this may sound time-consuming, the benefit is that your furry friend’s hair is less likely to end up on the floor or on the furniture.
  2. Vacuuming & Mopping
    In the past, we’ve relied on traditional brooms and dustpans to clean up after our pet’s hair. Vacuums are also great options to quickly clean up small spaces, but who has the time to do that every day? Some of technology’s newest toys can help out here if you are someone who likes a clean house but doesn’t enjoy pushing around a heavy vacuum every day. A Roomba, for example, is a small robot vacuum that can navigate through the floors of your house, essentially picking up all the fur and dust left behind but your furry friend. Another quick option could be a Swiffer mop, which is a low-maintenance tool for picking up small messes on your floor.


Keeping Fido Clean

The obvious solution to keeping your house clean is by keeping your pets clean. Easier said than done, right? Experts suggest that dogs should be bathed only once a month, to prevent drying out the oils in their skin. Unfortunately, this means that we can’t bathe them every single time they start to smell. Other options for keeping our pets clean without having to give them a bath are:

  1. Pet Wipes – Using pet grooming wipes to clean your furry friend is quick and convenient. It’s a great way to prevent him or her from smelling between baths. Even baby wipes could work as an alternative!
  2. Dry Shampoo – You may have discovered dry shampoo for yourself – it’s convenient for when you just don’t have time to wash your hair before work. Dry shampoo is also available for animals, and it’s useful in removing that “pet smell” that Fido might get between baths.
  3. Freshening Sprays – Another way to freshen up your furry friend without bathing him or her is with freshening spray. Sprays are great to use when you are brushing your pet’s fur coat.

As cute and lovable as our pets are, they are horrifically messy. Having a tidy home is essential to maintaining good health for everyone who lives there – you, your family, and your pets. It isn’t impossible to have a clean house when you own pets, and a little extra work can go a long way when you follow these tips and tricks.



March 21, 2017 Pet Care

We know how important it is to take good care of our teeth. Our dentists constantly remind us about the importance of maintaining healthy habits for oral care. On the other hand, when we bring a new pet into our lives we go straight to thinking about what we will feed them, how often we have to take them out for walks, and where they will sleep.

Taking Care of Your Pet’s Teeth

One of the most important parts of keeping your pets healthy is by taking care of their teeth – and not just because of how bad their breath can get. Periodontal disease is one of the most common diseases that pets face, and it can cause them pain and discomfort that they just can’t tell you about. What’s worse is that once your pet develops a dental disease, waiting too long to take care of it could result in an enormous bill to fix the problem.

Caring for your furry friend’s teeth is no easy task, but it’s essential to their overall health. Keep reading the following tips and tricks to learn about how you can protect your pet’s teeth.

  1. Make Sure They Are Comfortable
    When you bring your pets home, it is important that you get them comfortable with people handling their mouth or muzzle area. If they aren’t comfortable, you risk getting bitten and you may not be able to check up on their teeth in the future.
  2. Choose Quality Pet Food
    There are some great brands of pet food out there, and many of them offer dental health benefits. Some treats can not only help clean your pet’s teeth, but also serve as entertainment – those chewable treats could keep them busy for hours!
    When considering options for what to feed their furry friends, many pet owners opt for dry food. This can benefit your pet’s smile by scraping off bacteria from the teeth, preventing plaque from building up.
  3. Brush Their Teeth Regularly
    As humans, we’re taught to brush our teeth at least twice a day for best results. Our pets also need to have their teeth brushed regularly as well, at least once a day or a few times each week.  In order to effectively brush your pet’s teeth, start by building up to it and getting him or her comfortable with you touching their mouth. You should also set a time when he or she is most comfortable, and try brushing at that time every day.
    The toothbrush that you use can either be a human toothbrush, or one that is specific to the type of animal. It is essential that you choose a pet-friendly toothpaste, and it must be safe to swallow.
  4. Consider Dental Care Alternatives
    No time to brush? A good start to cleaning your pet’s teeth is to wipe his or her teeth and gum line to clean away bacteria, dirt, or food. While it’s no alternative to a thorough brushing, it’s certainly better than nothing.
  5. Visit Your Veterinarian
    If you are one of the 95% of pet owners, you probably don’t brush your pet’s teeth. For this reason, it is especially important that you bring your pet in for a professional cleaning. To get a thorough cleaning for your pet, see your veterinarian for a dental check up at least once a year. However, if you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, it is strongly advised that you bring them in sooner.

In order for our beloved pets to live long and happy lives, it is very important that we take care of their teeth! Taking the extra steps to prevent dental diseases will save you from the trouble of dealing with worse problems later. Your pets deserve to be pain-free and have beautiful, healthy smiles. For any questions about dental health for your pet, feel free to contact Our Anaheim Veterinarian, Doctor Lopez at Brookhurst Animal Medical Center in Anaheim or schedule an appointment today.


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