No More Bad Breath!

MaryLou lends a reassuring hand to dental patient while Annie from Pet Dental Services performs a routine dental cleaning.

MaryLou lends a reassuring hand to dental patient while Annie from Pet Dental Services performs a routine dental cleaning.

Just imagine how your teeth would look and feel if you did not brush daily — so much for a second date! Pets also suffer from bad breath and unsightly tartar build-up when routine dental care is neglected. Many pet owners aren’t aware that bad breath may be a symptom of serious gum disease and joke that Fluffy needs a breath mint.

Hi! I am Mary Lou. As a kid growing up, we had a cockapoo who lived to be 18 but only had a handful of teeth left. We thought this was perfectly normal — dogs got old, their teeth fell out. Working at Founders, I learned that’s not true!

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Pet Health Insurance — You can’t afford to be without it!

Me sharing a moment of affection with my rescued pit bull mix, Brad Pit. I just purchased Petplan for him (one of the companies we are reviewing) with coverage up to $20,000 per year for a monthly payment of $36. Yes, even vets need pet insurance!

Me sharing a moment of affection with my rescued pit bull mix, Brad Pit. I just purchased Petplan for him (one of the companies we are reviewing) with coverage up to $20,000 per year for a monthly payment of $36. Yes, even vets need pet insurance!

An unexpected illness or injury could cost you thousands of dollars to save your beloved pet. At Founders, we worry that you could be forced to make critical health care decisions based on cost alone. That’s why a good pet insurance policy is so important for your peace of mind and ours too! You can’t predict the future of your pet’s health, but you can prepare for it. We can help you make the best choice.

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“Up to 8% of clinically ill dogs may die from complications of canine influenza, H3N8…”

scared dogWhat’s the implication of that jaw dropping statement — or this quote by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA): “The AVMA believes there is urgent need for an effective canine influenza virus (CIV) vaccine to improve the health and welfare of animals and reduce the financial impacts of canine influenza.” Good grief! Will our dogs drop like flies? What’s up Doc?

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Luv-a-Bully March catches attention of American Dog Magazine!

Over 100 angry dog owners marched down Brea Blvd to City Hall in peaceful protest.

Over 100 angry dog owners marched down Brea Blvd to City Hall in peaceful protest.

On October 24th at 10am, more than 100 outraged dog lovers (and maybe a few cat lovers) marched down Brea Blvd and Birch Street in protest of unfair breed discriminatory ordinances in a growing number of cities scattered all across the country.

With signs waving, tails wagging, and cars honking, activists walked more than two miles in a loop to Brea City Hall. More than 90 events were well attended in cities all across the United States and Canada, in a national campaign to create social awareness about the danger of allowing renegade cities and insurance companies to impose restrictions on dog ownership.

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Halloween WARNING: The sweet kiss of death for dogs!

Trick, treat, or poison.

Trick, treat, or poison.

Hi! I’m Karen Delaney. I have been working at Founders part time for 2 years while attending college. I really enjoy helping your pets, while receiving free on the job training on pet health care. Today I want to share important information that could prevent a tragedy in your family…

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Pet Owners May See Tax Break — Paws Up for HAPPY — HR 3501

Lolita

Lolita

Hi! I’m Eric Christensen and this is my first time blogging with you. I sometimes man the front desk, taking calls and scheduling appointments — but my real job at Founders is that of Hospital Administrator. The staff likes to call me the ‘Computer Guy’ since I worked in the computer industry during my first three lives and now keep the computers up and running at Founders. I am also known as ‘Cat Guy’ here at work — being the only employee to have all feline housemates and no canines (see photos). I still love dogs, but cats just seem better suited to my laid back lifestyle.

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Homeless dogs and plastic are best recycled

Debbie and Tigre

Debbie and Tigre

Hi, I’m Debbie Tamayo. This is my first time blogging — which proves you can ‘teach an old dog new tricks” … which is the topic of this post.

First a little about me: I have worked in the veterinary profession as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) with over 10 years of experience and a lifetime of loving animals. Founders has stood out as a wonderful place to work because Dr. Terifaj has not only established a great clinic, but also found it in her heart to embrace the animal rescue world. Working with rescue groups is especially close to my heart, and I realized this recently when someone asked me: “What would you do if you won the lottery?” Read the rest of this entry »

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Scarier than a haunted dog house on Halloween

What is scarier than a haunted dog house on Halloween? If you guessed having your dog confiscated as illegal property by Animal Control Officers banging on your front door or sneaking into your backyard — Bingo! If you guessed the ghost of Cruella De Vil, you’ve missed the nightmare of breed discrimination facing dog owners terrified by the question: Will my dog be next? 

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Welcome to Founders Undercover!

Tiffanie with hospital goof-ball Brad Pit.

Tiffanie with hospital goof-ball Brad Pit.

Hello, I am Tiffanie. I’m a student at Cal Poly Pomona, the same university where Dr. Terifaj did her undergraduate studies before transferring to UC Davis to earn her veterinary degree — just an FYI. I will be graduating soon and taking the state test to become a licensed veterinary technician. I’ve been working part time at Founders for the last 2 years — learning a lot about the veterinary profession and getting some great paws on experience! You may have met me in an exam room, helping the doctor or greeting you and your pet at the front desk. Today, I have the pleasure of welcoming you to Founders Undercover, our new blog!

Our dedicated staff (veterinary technicians, office personal, groomers, and the docs!) has decided to share our experiences — the good, the bad, and the funny — about what it’s like to work behind the scenes at a veterinary practice. We call Founders Undercover our own version of Animal Planet! One of us will post something of interest each week about stuff that happens here at Founders in hopes that you find it inspirational, educational, or just plain fun…

We welcome you to leave comments and share your stories, too! However, should you have any medical questions that concern your pet, please call us at Founders Veterinary Clinic, 714-990-0661, for advice.

Don’t forget to visit us weekly for new updates — we are going to TELL IT ALL.  And please tell your pet lover friends to join us…thanks!

–Tiffanie

PS:  Check out Dr. Terifaj’s personal blog, Dog-Breath  — An outspoken commentary of ideas, healthy insights, and occasional rants that will bust your dogma.

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