9040 E. Valencia Road #118 Tucson, AZ 85747
8:00am - 5:30pm
7 days a week
Achieved May 19, 2015
Tucson, AZ—Valencia Animal Hospital has achieved the highest level of veterinary excellence following a thorough evaluation by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Valencia Animal Hospital earned AAHA accreditation after a rigorous review of the hospital’s practice protocols, medical equipment, facility and client service. Unlike human hospitals, not all animal hospitals are required to be accredited.
Accredited hospitals are the only hospitals that choose to be evaluated on approximately 900 quality standards that go above and beyond basic state regulations, ranging from patient care and pain management to staff training and advanced diagnostic services. AAHA-accredited hospitals are recognized among the finest in the industry, and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine. AAHA standards are continuously reviewed and updated to keep accredited practices on the cutting edge of veterinary excellence.
Pet owners look for AAHA-accredited hospitals because they value their pet’s health and trust the consistent, expert care provided by the entire health care team. At AAHA-accredited practices, pet owners can expect to receive the highest quality care from well-trained, professional veterinary teams. Only the top small animal hospitals in the United States and Canada have achieved accreditation by the Association.
Lisa Shubitz, DVM, Marc Orbach, PhD, John Galgiani, MD and Vaccine Research Team, VFCE
Valley Fever is a fungal disease in dogs (and other animals) in the southwestern United States. Dogs contract the disease living or traveling through areas where the fungus grows in the dirt. Dogs breathe in the spores and infection can develop in lungs, bones, skin, brain or other sites. The disease costs Arizona dog owners at least $60 million a year for diagnosis, treatment, and follow up care for valley fever. Some dogs die in spite of treatment or because their owners cannot afford treatment. A vaccine to prevent valley fever in dogs will improve animal health and reduce the financial burden of caring for dogs in Arizona and other southwestern states.
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Proper preventative dental care includes regular oral examinations by a veterinarian, dental cleanings and home care. Regular oral examinations that start when your pet is a puppy or kitten can detect developmental problems, plaque and tartar build up, periodontal disease, and oral tumors. Dental cleanings by a veterinarian allow for equipment similar to that used by human dentists to scale and polish teeth. Scaling removes plaque and tartar from the tooth surface and under the gum line. Polishing removes scratches on the tooth and leaves a smooth surface that makes it harder for tartar to accumulate. Home dental care is just as important and can include brushing, giving special dental treats, or applying preventative medication to the tooth surface. Remember, if proper oral health care is maintained throughout your pet s life, they will be happier, healthier, and live longer!
Year round heartworm prevention is critical in Tucson, as heartworm is becoming more prevalent in the wildlife found in southwest. Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes and can be transmitted to your pet with only one bite. Dogs and cats considered by their owners to be totally indoor pets have been diagnosed with heartworm. These worms can obstruct the blood vessels and chambers of the heart. The liver can become damaged as blood begins to back up. Dogs with heartworm generally have non-specific symptoms such as a decreased appetite, loss of weight, and coughing. In some cases, heartworm can cause sudden heart failure. In cats, heartworm is often mistaken for respiratory problems, including asthma. Treatment for heartworm is expensive and very risky. However, heartworm is easily prevented with convenient monthly treatment.
Hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, and whipworms are more common than you may think. Most often, worms are acquired by being passed from mother to baby or by being exposed to another animal that has the parasite. Some worms are even transmitted by ingesting infected fleas! Each of these worms is referred to as parasites because of their need to feed off of their host, which may just be your pet. Additionally, cats are the most common carrier of toxoplasmosis, which can be fatal if passed on to some people. That s right& Internal parasites of pets can also cause disease in humans! Therefore, your pet s feces should be checked yearly to make sure he isn t responsible for spreading disease in your family.