All Creatures Hospital wishes to thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during our extended “modernization remodel” project.

Please note that we will be closing the hospital completely on: Friday July 10th at 5 pm, all day Saturday July 11th, and all day Sunday July 12th. We will resume all services Monday, during normal business hours.

There will be demolition and new construction of our lobby during this time and we will be unable to accommodate clients and patients entering the building. The workmen will be here on a 24 hour basis performing their work, but we will not have any veterinary staff on duty to answer questions or provide care.

In case of an emergency, please call the Veterinary Specialty Hospital, in Sorrento Valley, at 858-875-7500.

We look forward to the completion of this project as soon as possible, and are excited to provide our patients and their “pet parents” the best care in an updated facility!


Cool dogs have more fun

Summer is here and weather in Southern California is heating up – are you and your dog prepared? Here are some tips to stay cooler these summer months:

1. Walk your dog early in the morning or late at night – try to stay cool during the hottest part of the day. If you have to walk mid-day, see if you can find booties for your dog at your local pet store.

2. Keep your dog hydrated – carry enough water with you on walks and make sure you offer it to your dog often

3. Find innovative ways to cool your dog – fan, wet towel to lay on, kiddie pool, spray bottle, whatever works with your situation. Make sure to spray the paws and stomach, not just the top of the dog, when spraying it with water. A wet towel does more good on the bottom of your dog than when laid on the top of its coat.

4. Let your dog dig! Your dog may resort to finding his own way to avoid the heat. Dogs in nature dig their dens not out of frustration but to find food, hide, give birth or keep cool!

5. Let your dog check the weather. Dogs don’t know why they are being denied a long walk for the day. Allow your dog to step outside and feel for itself that it is too hot, too wet, or too cold to go on a long walk. Instinctually, the dog will understand that it has to shorten its walk, or simply come back inside where it’s safe.

6. Never leave your dog in a parked car. The car retains more heat than an open area, even if it is in the shade. Plus, a dog may get overexcited in the car due to passersby or panic from claustrophobia, making dehydration more likely. On longer trips, make sure you have water for the dog and keep the AC running.

7. Use hot weather as an excuse to swim more often! Have access to a pool? The best activity you can do on hot days is swimming. Instead of walking, take the dog on a swim!


Keep your cats cool

Your cat will probably not go swimming so here are some tips on how to keep your outdoor cats well taken care of, when the heat strikes. Cats can stay cool on their own if you give them the proper resources.

• Place a comfortable bed in a shaded area – use the one he/she is comfortable with and place toys/favorite things in it

• When temperatures reach over 90 degrees, you should refill the water bowls every couple of hours. If you are gone during the day and you have an outside cat, put out two bowls of fresh water. One bowl should be fresh and cool, and the other frozen. The frozen bowl will melt slowly and provide cool water later in the day

• To allow the air to move freely through its fur, brush your cat daily, particularly if your cat has long hair

• Do not tie or confine your cat to an area with asphalt or concrete because these surfaces really hold the heat on a sunny day.

• Wrap a towel around a bag of frozen peas and place it in your cat’s outdoor bed so it can lie on it to cool off

• Take a damp cloth and wipe it over your cat. If your cat will tolerate water, wet it with a spray bottle. Most cats will tolerate the damp cloth better 😉

• When possible, encourage your cat to come inside and enjoy the AC during the hottest part of the summer days or provide extra ways to cool off outside (ice, shade, mist, etc)


Pet conditions that require a trip to the veterinary hospital

Here at All Creatures Hospital, we often see pets with conditions that are in extreme states. A visit to the veterinary hospital prior to the condition worsening would have allowed us to provide intervention before the situation worsened. Below are some of the pet conditions that shouldn’t be ignored. If your pet is exhibiting any of these symptoms or behaviors, make sure to take them in to our veterinary hospital as soon as possible.

Swallowing poisons

If your dog or cat has accidentally swallowed detergent or any type of cleaning agent, a trip to the veterinary hospital is a necessity. Pets are constantly exploring their environment and try as we might to put things away carefully, sometimes accidents do occur. Poisoning is one of the most frequent causes for a tip to the veterinary hospital and is something that shouldn’t be ignored.

Regurgitating food

Dogs often vomit up food or unwanted items that have made their way into their stomachs. However when a dog is regurgitating food, this means they are expelling it from their stomach without any abdominal effort. This is cause for alarm and can signify a serious condition like head trauma or pancreatic cancer. In order to get your pet the care they need right away, it is important to visit a veterinary hospital where they can make the best diagnosis and develop a treatment plan.

Limping or changes in overall gait

If a dog is injured, they may exhibit signs of limping or other signs of an affected gait. A visit to the veterinary hospital can help to ascertain the cause of the limping so your dog can get the fast and immediate care they need. Limping could be demonstrative of broken bones, sprained muscles, torn ligaments, or slipped discs. With a thorough diagnosis and x-ray, it is possible to determine the cause of the limp so it can be treated properly.

If you have any doubts or concerns over the health of your pet, contact us at All Creatures Hospital and we can answer any questions you may have. Its best to take full precautions so your pet can receive timely intervention and optimal levels of care.


June – Adopt a cat month

Brought to you in June by American Humane Association

Each spring during “kitten season,” thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters across the country. That means your local shelter has tons of cute, cuddly newborns, in addition to all the mellow, older cats and everything in between. And the shelter staff are ready to help you adopt your very first cat — or to bring home a friend for another beloved cat!


If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two. Cats require exercise, mental stimulation, and social interaction. Two cats can provide this for each other. Plus they’ll provide more benefits to you. Cats’ purring has been shown to soothe humans as well as themselves – and they have an uncanny ability to just make you smile. A great place to start your search is online. Sites like petfinder.com let you search numerous shelters in your area simultaneously to help narrow your search and more quickly find the match that’s right for you and your new feline friend.

Find a cat whose personality meshes with yours. Just as we each have our own personality, so do cats. In general, cats with long hair and round heads and bodies are more easygoing than lean cats with narrow heads and short hair, who are typically more active. Adoption counselors can offer advice to help you match the cat’s personality with your own.

Schedule a visit with our office within the first few days following the adoption. You’ll want to take any medical records you received from the adoption center on your first visit. Kittens in particular should accompany you to make the appointment – even before the exam itself – so staff can pet the cat and tell you that you’ve chosen the most beautiful one ever.

Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat before it comes home. Visiting the shelter or animal control facility should be a family affair. When adopting a new cat with existing pets at home, discuss with the adoption facility how to make a proper introduction.

Budget for the short- and long-term costs of a cat. Understand any pet is a responsibility and there’s a cost associated with that. A cat adopted from a shelter is a bargain; many facilities will have already provided spaying or neutering, initial vaccines, and a microchip for permanent identification.

Stock up on supplies before the cat arrives. Be prepared so your new cat can start feeling at home right away. Your cat will need a litter box, cat litter, food and water bowls, food, scratching posts, safe and stimulating toys, a cushy bed, a brush for grooming, a toothbrush and nail clippers.

Cat-proof your home. A new cat will quickly teach you not to leave things lying out. Food left on the kitchen counter will serve to teach your new friend to jump on counters for a possible lunch. Get rid of loose items your cat might chew on, watch to ensure the kitten isn’t chewing on electric cords, and pick up random items like paper clips (which kittens may swallow).

Go slowly when introducing your cat to new friends and family. It can take several weeks for a cat to relax in a new environment. It’s a great idea to keep the new addition secluded to a single room (with a litter box, food and water, toys, and the cat carrier left out and open with bedding inside) until the cat is used to the new surroundings; this is particularly important if you have other pets. If you’ve adopted a kitten, socialization is very important. But remember – take it slow.

Be sure to include your new pet in your family’s emergency plan. You probably have a plan in place for getting your family to safety in case of an emergency. Adjust this plan to include your pets. Add phone numbers for your veterinarian and closest 24-hour animal hospital to your “in-case-of-emergency” call list.

If you’re considering giving a cat as a gift, make sure the recipient is an active participant in the adoption process. Though well-meaning, the surprise kitty gift doesn’t allow for a “get-to know-one-another” period. Remember, adopting a cat isn’t like purchasing a household appliance or a piece of jewelry – this is a real living, breathing, and emotional being.