Heart Disease in Cats: What Every Feline Fanatic Should Know

OVRS_iStock_000003578356_LargeHeart problems are serious business, no matter what your species. And cats are no exception. Unfortunately, heart disease in cats can be very difficult to detect. That’s where your family veterinarian may recommend a consultation with one of the veterinary cardiologists at OVRS to help in diagnosing, treating and managing your cat’s heart condition. Learn what every cat owner should know about their feline friend’s cardiovascular health. Continue…

Celebrating Our VECCS Level 1 Accreditation

OVRS_iStock_000009827806_Large (1)You may already be aware that Oakland Veterinary Referral Services highly values staying at the cutting edge of veterinary medicine and at the forefront of veterinary standards. As part of that focus, OVRS recently obtained our VECCS Level 1 Accreditation in order to certify our ability to provide emergency and critical care for seriously ill or injured animals. Keep reading to find out what this means to you and your pets. Continue…

Ear Polyps in Pets: What Pet Owners Need to Hear

OVRS_iStock_000017177169_LargeMost times an ear infection is a pretty easy problem to solve. Sometimes, though, we will run into an infection that won’t clear or that keeps on coming back. In this instance, it is likely that there is something going on that is predisposing that ear to have problems.

One of the more common diagnoses in complicated ear infections in pets are ear polyps. Find out what you need to know about ear polyps in pets and how they affect your animal. Continue…

Portosystemic Shunts and Your Pet

OVRS_iStock_000015910808_MediumPortosystemic shunts (PSS), or liver shunts, are an abnormality in a pet’s blood flow through the liver. The liver normally filters toxins and impurities from the bloodstream. In a pet with a PSS, though, an extra blood vessel allows the blood to skip circulation through the liver. This prevents proper cleansing of potentially harmful substances from the body.

As you can imagine, a PSS can result in some pretty serious consequences. At Oakland Veterinary Referral Services, we are able to accurately diagnose and treat liver shunts medically as well as surgically. Continue…

Starting the New Year Right with Winter Wellness for Your Pet

CatIt seems like from the time we carve the Halloween pumpkins to the time we bid farewell to another year at a festive party (or in our jammies), our attention and time is maxed out with the winter holidays and all the tasks they bring. Because of this, it’s no wonder we sometimes forget a follow-up wellness appointment for our cat or that extra walk to the park we promised our dog.

The holidays have a way of overtaking our attention, but the New Year can bring many opportunities for improving the quality of life for that pet who gives you so much love year-round. Here are a few ideas…. Continue…