Sierra Veterinary Clinic: Pet Blog

Tips on caring for your pets from the Veterinarians and staff of Sierra Veterinary Clinic in Stockton, California.

Dr. Cindy Yao is a veterinarian at Sierra Veterinary Clinic in Stockton, California.With her bachelors in Biological Science from University of Pacific, and veterinary training at Ross University, it has helped her combine her two passions of animals and medicine. When she's not at the clinic, she enjoys reading science fiction novels, and baking. 

Meet Giardia

Meet Giardia

Seems like lately, we have been seeing a great deal of Giardia in our puppies, kittens, dogs and cats.

Meet Giardia.

Giardia is an organism that causes diarrhea in some, but not all, infected animals including humans. There are different species of Giardia, groups A-G and different groups can affect different animals and humans. For now let’s focus on our dogs and cats.

Giardia comes in two forms: A trophozoite and a cyst. A trophozoite is the mobile form of the organism that can be found in the intestines and sometimes the feces. A cyst is the resistant stage that can survive outside of the host for several months. This stage is where transmission from one host to the other occurs. Cysts survive in areas where the weather is cold and there is a good amount of moisture, like water. However, they are not able to survive in hot, dry areas.

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Is your dog's dry nose a sign of illness?

Is your dog's dry nose a sign of illness?

Questions that come up regarding our pets is why is my dog's nose cold, hot, wet or dry? Is he or she sick?

Possible reasons for a wet nose may be due to humidity. Their noses can act as a barometer and adjusts according to how much fluid is in the environment. Another reason may be that they are sweating. Ways that dogs sweat is through their paws and their noses. When their noses are dry it can also be due to the dryness in the air. Again, like a barometer. If your pet is not feeling well a dry nose may be due to a fever or dehydration.

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Pet Preparedness

Pet Preparedness

There are kits and plans that are made in times of fire, earthquake, or emergency situations for people, but what about our pets? Here are some tips:

Identification is important:

A collar and I.D. with your pets name, address and cell phone number will help return your pet faster. If the collar comes off and is destroyed, microchipping can increase the chances of finding your pet.

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