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As the old adage goes, a dog is a man’s best friend. If you own a dog, you already know that taking care of them is relatively straightforward. From keeping them well feed everyday to giving them enough exercise, there are many things you can do to give your pooch the love and attention that they deserve. Dealing with a sick dog, however, can be very stressful for any pet owner. If you think your dog may be ill or they have started to act in an unusual manner, it may be time to take your dog to the veterinarian. In this article, we’ll take a look at some common signs it may be time to take your pup to a specialist.

At 911 VETS®, we understand how important your four-legged friend is to you, which is why we offer mobile veterinary services throughout the Los Angeles area. We offer a plethora of veterinary services for your dog, from routine house calls and treatment to euthanasia and aftercare. If you’re interested in learning more about our mobile vet services or you’d like to speak to one of our certified veterinarians, contact us today!

Your Dog Has Difficulty Breathing

If you’ve noticed that your dog has difficulty breathing, it may be time to seek help from a veterinary professional. Dyspnea, also known as difficulty breathing, can manifest itself in several forms including wheezing, choking, and respiratory arrest. This can occur when there is a foreign body present in your dog’s throat or if they have an allergic reaction. Dyspnea has also been known to occur when a dog has heart disease pulmonary disease, as well. Breathing issues are almost always an indicator of bigger health problems, so don’t wait to bring your dog to the vet if and when this occurs.

If you live in the Los Angeles area and are in need of an emergency house call for your dog, contact the experts at 911 VETS® right away. We’ll rush to your home to tend to your dog right away, and our veterinarian will perform a thorough inspection of your pooch before recommending the best treatment solution for them.

Your Dog Has Experienced Trauma

If your dog has experienced any type of trauma such as a fall, wound, or getting struck by a car, it’s critical to get them to a veterinarian right away. Even if your dog appears to be fine after an altercation with another dog, scheduling an appointment with your vet is necessary to ensure your dog isn’t injured. Many canine injuries such as a ruptured lung or internal bleeding will not manifest symptoms immediately and some lacerations may be deeper than they actually appear. If you’ve noticed your furry friend limping or crying for no reason, contact your local veterinarian as soon as possible.

Your Dog Shows Signs of Neurological Conditions

Did you know that neurological conditions can manifest in your dog in a variety of ways? From disorientation and incoordination to lethargy and unresponsiveness, there are many telltale signs that there could be something wrong with your pooch. A healthy dog will always act alert and responsive, so if you start to notice that your pup isn’t acting like their happy self, it could be time to call the experts at 911 VETS®.

Your Dog Has Seizures

One of the scariest things you can witness as a dog owner is watching your dog having a seizure. While there are many signs that your dog may be having a seizure, some of the most common symptoms include uncontrollable shaking and tremors, a loss of consciousness, and loss of bowel or urinary control. One of the most common causes of seizures in dogs is epilepsy, and your local veterinarian will be able to properly diagnose this condition in your dog. If your pup has one or multiple seizures within a 24-hour period, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian right away.

Your Dog Has Eaten Something Toxic

If your dog has gotten into a box of chocolates or you discovered a chewed up rat bait while doing some laundry, your dog may have gotten into something toxic. If you suspect your dog has consumed something harmful, call the ASPCA animal poison control at (888) 426-4435 to get immediate advice on what to do. A veterinary toxicologist may advise you to induce vomiting in your dog before seeking immediate medical attention. Make sure you have a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in your house at all times in case you are asked to induce vomiting.


If live near Los Angeles and your dog has difficulty breathing or they have suffered trauma from another animal or fall, contact 911 VETS® today. We offer the best mobile veterinary services in town and we’ll gladly come to your home to tend to your pet.


Adopting a new kitten can be a fun and exciting time, not only for you, but for your new feline friend as well. Just as a human baby has vastly different needs than a teenager, your kitten will have unique care requirements until they grow to become a fully matured cat. At 911 VETS in Los Angeles, our veterinary professionals believe that with proper care and training, your kitten will grow up to live a long and healthy life. If you recently adopted a kitten, or are considering adopting one in the near future, try to incorporate the tips and tricks below as soon as you bring your little furball home.

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Depending on the age of your kitten, their dietary needs and requirements may need to change as they gradually develop. Kittens that are under eight weeks of age typically still need to receive nutrients from their mother’s milk, if possible. Kittens that are between eight weeks and two months of age should be fed high quality, protein-filled cat food to ensure they receive the sufficient amount of calories and nutrients. If you’re unsure of the best type of food to feed your kitten, ask your local veterinarian for recommendations.

Schedule Vaccinations For Your Kitten

Most veterinarians recommend vaccinations to keep your kitten healthy. At 911 VETS in Los Angeles, we offer a variety of mobile veterinary services including vaccinations for your cat and dog. While there are many vaccinations available for kittens and cats, below are some of the most common.

Feline Panleukopenia

Also known as FPV, the feline panleukopenia virus is a highly contagious and life-threatening viral disease among cats. This virus has a negative effect on a cat’s blood cells found in the intestinal tract and can open the body up to viral and bacterial infections. This popular feline parvovirus has been known to cause fever, dehydration and diarrhea among kittens and cats alike. Kittens that are between two to six months of age are at a very high risk for developing this severe disease. Symptoms can include vomiting, weight loss, high fever and anemia.

Feline Calicivirus

Most often responsible for a variety of upper respiratory infections in cats, feline calicivirus is highly contagious among unvaccinated cats. Typically seen in shelters and multicat facilities, this vaccination can be administered as early as six weeks and should be repeated in three to four week intervals until your kitten is at least sixteen weeks of age. If you need a mobile veterinary service to come to your home to administer vaccinations to your kitten, contact 911 VETS in Los Angeles today!

Feline Rabies
As one of the most common feline diseases, rabies is an inflammatory infection that directly affects the central nervous system of your cat. Once this dangerous virus enters your cat’s body, it can quickly spread among various nerve fibers in your cat’s system. Often transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal, rabies can lead to fever, seizures and paralysis.

Bordetellosis is a very contagious bacterial disease that can affect the upper respiratory tract of your kitten. Easily spread in kennels and cat shelters, this disease is most severe in young kittens less than six weeks of age. Common symptoms associated with bordetellosis can include lethargy, sneezing and difficulty breathing. If you’re concerned your kitten may have this virus, contact the veterinarians at 911 VETS in Los Angeles today.

Find A Local Veterinarian

In order to ensure your kitten’s life is a healthy one, find a local veterinarian you can trust to bring your kitten to for vaccinations and checkups. If you don’t have a veterinarian in mind, ask the cat shelter where you adopted your kitty if they have any recommendations. A great vet will be able to give you plenty of kitten care advice and will be able to answer any of your kitten questions on the spot. If you live near Los Angeles and need a mobile vet to come to your home to perform a checkup or to administer kitten vaccinations, contact the cat lovers at 911 VETS in Los Angeles today!

Play With Your Kitty

Once your veterinarian has confirmed your kitten is free of disease and parasites, it’s safe to let your furry feline explore their new home and surroundings. Once your kitty becomes comfortable in their new environment, try to make a point to play with your kitten at least once a day. There are a variety of cat toys, scratching posts and kitty enclosures to help keep your cat entertained and happy. This will not only help you form a strong emotional bond with your cat, it’ll give you an opportunity to learn more about your cat’s personality and play style.

If you’re looking for a mobile veterinary service in Los Angeles, contact the veterinarians at 911 VETS today!


If you have a faithful four-legged friend at home, keeping a close eye on their health is detrimental to the quality of their life and longevity. At 911 VETS Home Pet Medical, we understand how important your dog is to you, which is why we’re proud to provide mobile veterinary services for those times when your pooch needs medical assistance. Like humans, our canine friends are susceptible to all kinds of diseases and illnesses. If you’re a dog owner, it can be very helpful to learn about the common diseases in dogs, so you can recognize when your dog is in distress.

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Did you know that your furry friend in susceptible to pink eye? In addition to conjunctivitis, your canine is at risk for a variety of eye infections, which are luckily easy to spot. Common symptoms of dog eye infections can include discharge around the eye, dark-colored tear-stained fur on the face and inflammation of the eyelid. While there are many different types of eye-infections your canine can catch, below are some of the most popular.

Conjunctivitis – Also known as pink eye, symptoms of conjunctivitis can include red, swollen and itchy eyes with a crusty residue along the eyelid.

Cherry Eye – Cherry eye is the result of an enlarged tear gland that forms a cherry-like mass on your dog’s eye.

Glaucoma – Glaucoma occurs when your pup experiences an increase of pressure in their eyeball. A cloudy-looking cornea and an enlarged eye are both symptoms of this canine disease.

If you start to notice any of these symptoms in your dog, contact the certified veterinarians at 911 VETS Home Pet Medical right away. We offer emergency transport and housecall services to ensure your pooch receives the medical attention they need as quickly as possible.

Canine Cancer

Cancer is among the most difficult diseases in dogs to detect. While there are many warning signs of canine cancer, below are some of the most common symptoms our veterinarians have seen in dogs with cancer.

Smelly & Unusual Odors – Does your dog have unusually bad breath despite your tooth-brushing efforts? If so, this could be a sign of a tumor. Canine tumors are known to have foul and smelly odors, so contact your veterinarian right away to diagnose your pup’s condition.

Lumps – If you start to notice any unusual lumps or bumps on your dog, it could be a sign of a fatty tumor, wart, cyst or another type of infection.

Sudden Weight Loss – If your pooch has been shedding pounds without any change in their diet or physical exercise routine, it’s very possible that an illness could be lurking.

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If you start to notice bald patches on your dog’s coat, or an unusual smell seems to be permeating from their fur, your dog could have a skin infection. Oftentimes, dogs who suffer from skin infections will want to scratch the infected area which can result in scab-like, red bumps on their skin. Allergic dermatitis and hot spots are also a sign of a flea infestation.

Canine Distemper

Canine distemper, also known as hardpad disease, is a serious and dangerous condition that can have a critical effect on your dog’s health. Symptoms of early stages of canine distemper include diarrhea, coughing and a mucus-like discharge from the eyes and nose. As this disease progresses, your pooch could suffer from debilitating seizures. In order to prevent canine distemper in your pup, make sure they receive a distemper vaccine shot from your veterinarian.


This life-threatening condition is most common in large dog breeds such as Great Danes and Mastiffs. When a dog overeats or eats its meals too quickly, it can cause gas and fluid to build up in their stomach, causing them to become bloated. When a dog’s stomach is bloated, their stomach can twist internally, cutting off the circulation to their internal organs. If left untreated, bloat can quickly lead to death. Common symptoms of bloat include:

  • Your dog dry heaves every five to thirty minutes
  • Your dog’s abdomen appears swollen and bloated
  • Your dog appears weak and collapses

Canine Rabies

Canine rabies is a viral disease that can be spread from animal to animal through saliva. Rabies can cause your dog to become overly aggressive, spreading the disease through bite wounds and mouth-to-mouth contact with other dogs. Common symptoms of rabies include behavior changes, fevers and slow eye reflexes. Since rabies is a deadly and contagious disease, all dogs are required to have a rabies vaccination upon adoption.


Heartworn is a parasitic disease spread by mosquito bites, where parasitic worms grow and thrive inside of your dog’s heart chamber. These foot-long worms can wreak havoc on your pup’s heart, blood vessels and even lungs. Symptoms of this life-threatening disease can include difficulty breathing, coughing and congestive heart failure. Heartworm can be very difficult to treat, however your local veterinarian can provide you with a monthly heartworm preventative for your dog.

If you’re worried your dog might be suffering from any of the above conditions, contact the experienced veterinarians at 911 VETS Home Pet Medical in Los Angeles to schedule a veterinary appointment. We offer routine house calls and emergency house calls for those who have a pup that is reluctant to travel, so your dog can be treated in the comfort of their home. Contact our Los Angeles veterinarians online or call us today to schedule a house call for you dog.


In our last blog, we went over two foods that many people keep around the house that are dangerous for feline consumption: bread dough and macadamia nuts. If you haven’t already read it, do so now. In this installment, we look at a few more:

Foods containing caffeine are toxic for our feline companions. This includes chocolate, coffee, tea, and much more. Consumption can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and heart problems. It only takes a small dose to cause death: less than one ounce per pound of body weight.

Meat scraps
Cats are carnivores, there is no denying that. Despite this, they should not be fed meat scraps from your table. The fat can cause your cat serious problems, including pancreatitis.

Chocolate, onions, grapes, sugar-free candy, dairy
We already touched on these foods extensively in our series about foods that are toxic to dogs. But, they are also very harmful and dangerous for cats as well, so we had to include them. Please take the time to read through part one and part two of our last series to get a better understanding on why these foods are harmful for pets.

Your cat is a part of the family, but that doesn’t mean they should eat all of the same things you do! There are many foods that your cat can enjoy that are safe for consumption. Make sure to thoroughly research anything before feeding it to your pet. Call us today if you need a mobile vet in Los Angeles.


In our last two blogs, we discussed five common foods that are hazardous for our dogs. If you have dogs, read part one and part two of that series to learn more. But dogs aren’t the only pets who get into trouble with foods, as many cat owners can attest to! With that in mind, in this next two-part series, we will look at five foods that are hazardous for your cats. Here are the first two:

Bread dough
Bread dough is dangerous for your cat for many reasons. First, the fermenting yeast in bread dough can cause your pet to get alcohol poisoning. This will happen rapidly. Second, the dough will expand in your pet’s stomach, as it provides the warm and dark environment that is essential for bread to rise. This can cause blockages, bloating, and a twisted stomach.

Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nuts are a delicious and nutritious snack for humans. For our pets, it is another story. They are extremely toxic to dogs, and should be kept away from cats as well. There is no conclusive evidence that they are as hazardous to cats as they are to dogs, but when it comes to your pet’s health, it is best to play it on the safe side!

Cats are often pickier eaters than their canine counterparts. But this doesn’t mean they are fully immune to the dangers of consuming hazardous foods. If your cat has accidentally consumed a dangerous food, seek help immediately. Our mobile vet in Los Angeles can provide the in-home service you need. Call today!


911VetTouchIconBringing your dog on your holiday vacation with you just adds to the fun and alleviates the worry of not knowing what is happening with your dog while you are on the road. It is important to do your homework on dog travel. Planes and cars are not designed with dogs in mind and you need to know what to expect when you reach your final destination. By planning your dog travel ahead of time, you can make your vacation a truly relaxing time for you and your dog. Here are the best dog travel tips from your mobile vet in Los Angeles:

Crating Your Dog For Travel

It is natural to feel bad about crating your dog. After all, you most likely wouldn’t want to be crated but don’t project your feelings onto your dog. They actually don’t mind the crate and some even feel safer in one.

  • The most important thing you can do is make sure your dog has been well exercised before he/she goes in the crate. If they have burned off excess energy, they will be more inclined to rest.
  • Make sure there is nothing in the crate that can harm your dog. Leashes and loose collars are especially dangerous items that could present a strangling hazard.
  • Keep your energy positive. Don’t present the crate like it is a prison. Show the dog the crate and open the door. Don’t shove the dog in the crate. Let them go in on their own and only when they are comfortable should you close the door. Walk away with good energy and positive body language.
  • Come back in fifteen minutes. This will work to ease the dog’s separation anxiety next time you crate them but don’t take them out of the crate. Just open the door and let them come out when they are ready.

Driving With Your Dog

It’s usually a good idea to crate your dog when riding in the car. You’ll be less distracted while driving which is safer for both of you. It also prevents your dog from becoming a projectile if you have to stop fast, also reducing the chance of injury for both of you. To prevent motion sickness, don’t feed your dog a lot before the trip.

Taking Your Dog On An Airplane

The first thing you need to do is check with the airline for their rules regarding pet travel. Many require a health certificate and may have other rules you haven’t thought of. You don’t want to be surprised at the airport! Your dog will almost certainly be traveling in a crate and it will probably make everyone’s lives easier if you crate your dog before you enter the chaos of the airport. If your dog isn’t flying with you in the main cabin, do not have a big goodbye scene because it will only upset your dog.

Traveling with a dog can be a fun experience for both of you. Just remember to be prepared as possible wherever you go. Don’t forget to make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise and above all, of course, be calm. A balanced dog makes the best travel companion.



When an emergency arises, it’s important to remain calm and follow preventative steps that you’ve outlined for yourself and for your family. You make a plan in the event of a fire, a flood, or any other household emergency, so why not have a plan for when the situation involves your pet. A sick or injured pet can’t simply tell you what’s wrong and if you panic, you’ll only make the situation worse. As your emergency vet in Los Angeles, 911 Vets® Home Pet Medical™ can come to your home and help keep everyone calm, animals and humans alike.

Time may be a factor in treating your pet, especially if they’ve ingested a foreign object. You may not have the time or the ability to load your pet into the car and drive them to a clinic. With our on-call emergency services, we can be to your house as quickly as possible, equipped with the tools and knowledge to properly care for your pet. We understand that you’re perhaps a bit emotionally distressed due to the situation, and we’ll strive to provide a comforting presence during your pet’s time of need.

Don’t let a situation get out of hand because there’s no plan in place when an emergency arises. Add 911 Vets® Home Pet Medical™ to your plan and we’ll be prepared to be your emergency vet in Los Angeles. We can work with any size of animal and will remain communicative the entire time we’re with you. When something happens, call 310-341-0216 right away.


With Thanksgiving coming up this week and the holiday season about to begin, you’re most likely looking forward to spending time with friends and family. You’ll also have more time to spend with your pets, which will make them very happy. During this festive time of year, it’s important to remember how to keep your pets safe from harm. As your emergency vet in Los Angeles, 911 Vets® Home Pet Medical™ is here to help, but it’s our hope that we don’t get a call from you.

With family and guests frequenting your house during this time of year, it’s essential that everyone knows what your pet can and cannot eat. If grandpa likes to sneak bits of turkey to your dog, it might be best to keep your pooch out of the dining room during dinner. With all the sweets and cookies that are made during the holidays, you should always keep a vigilant eye on chocolates and candies, making sure your dog doesn’t find his way into the goodies. Everyone may know that chocolate is toxic to dogs, but you don’t want to find out how much it takes to make your pet really sick.

If a situation does arise this year, your emergency vet in Los Angeles is standing by, and when you need us, we’ll be there. When you call, we’ll gather the required information and medical history of your pet, and then dispatch a veterinary team to your home. We want to see everyone – including your pets – enjoy the holidays, so please don’t hesitate to call when an emergency occurs.

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