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Top Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet.

1. It helps control the pet population. Current estimates show there are 45 times more cats and 15 times more dogs than humans on this planet. Many countries are forced to euthanize or disregard the suffering of these animals within their societies due to the overpopulation.

2. Sterilizing your pet will help them live longer, healthier lives. The average dog will live up to three years longer if sterilized and altered cats can live up to five years longer than their unaltered counterparts. This is because sterilized animals have a much smaller risk of developing a variety of different tumors and cancers.

3. A sterilized pet is a safer pet. Having your pet spayed or neutered decreases their likelihood to roam, therefore reducing the chances of them contracting diseases or getting hurt while roaming. Nearly 85% of dogs hit by cars are not sterilized. 

Still not convinced? Consider these additional benefits. Spayed pets have no heat cycles, and therefore won’t be bothered by males as much. Neutering your pet reduces the risk of spraying and marking and also decreases aggressive behavior. 

Can you think of any other benefits of spaying or neutering your pet? Let us know in the comments below!
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April Showers Bring May Flowers...and Pet Anxiety?

Storm phobias are a common behavioral problem many pet owners face. Thankfully, there are a couple of solutions that can provide your pet the relief they desire. 

1. Just get through it  - If storms are rare or predictable in your area, or if your pet’s storm anxiety is only minor, try this simple solution.

Place a small crate or cage in a secluded area of your house and drape a rug or heavy blanket over the enclosure to insulate it from the sound and block out any light. Train your pet to use the enclosure as a safe place during storms by guiding them to it with chew treats or toys. Soon your pet will likely start making their way to the safety of the cage every time a storm arises.

If additional support is needed, ask your veterinarian about using benzodiazepines, which can be administered to your pet in anticipation of the storm and help keep them calm.

2. Behavioral Training - Although retraining your pet’s emotional response to thunderstorms can take time, it may be best option. 

Start by playing the sounds of thunderstorms (these can be found on YouTube) over a speaker at a low volume. While the sounds play, sit with your pet offering them their favorite treats as they sit calmly through the noise. Over time, increase the volume until your pet is completely desensitized to the sound.

If you’ve found other solutions to your pet’s storm phobia, let us know in the comments below!
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Keep Your Pet Healthy & Happy This Year
 
With the new year in full swing, it’s time to reexamine how you take care of your pet.  Here are some New Year’s resolutions to follow that will keep your pet healthy and happy in 2015.
 
Annual Exams aren’t just for Humans Your pet may not show obvious signs of a health problem, so it’s always best to take your pet in for an annual check-up.  Heart problems, arthritis and toothaches are just a few of the problems your pet can develop with no noticeable signs or symptoms.  Get regular exams to reduce their risk.  _It’s the most important way to keep your pet healthy in 2015._
Spay and Neuter Your Pets Millions of pets end up in U.S. shelters each year.  Make sure you don’t add to that number by spaying and neutering your pets.  These procedures can be done as early as six to eight weeks old.  Not only will you be helping maintain the pet population, but you’ll also reduce your pet's risk of certain cancers and decrease the chances they get lost by curtailing their eagerness to roam.
No More Parasites Fleas are a pain; they can cause irritated skin, hot spots, infection and even hair loss.  Fleas also like to invite their friends to the party, introducing other parasites to your cat or dog.  Worse yet, if only one of those fleas get swallowed, it can end in tapeworms.  Don’t give parasites a fighting chance, use year-round prevention with flea and intestinal parasite control as well as heartworm prevention.
Rid the Excess Pounds  Obesity is a big problem for pets. Just like people, obesity puts your pet at a higher risk for developing serious health problems such as diabetes, cancer or arthritis.  Keep your pet fit this year by not overfeeding them. No matter how cute they look when they beg.  
Have Fun  Pets just want to have fun!  Pets need mental stimulation to thrive, just like people.  Take your dog on a walk or give your cat something to chase around.  Keeping your pets at play strengthens not only their muscles, but also their bond with you!
 
What pet care tips do you have for keeping your pet healthy and happy this year? Let us know in the comments below!
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While the holiday season brings happiness and cheer, we want to help you avoid possible health concerns for your furry friends. Emergency visits to the veterinarian increase during the holidays, often as a result of getting into something they should not. Below are some general tips to enjoy the festivities with your pet this year:

* Properly dispose of bones. Meat bones can easily splinter and cause serious damage to your pet’s gastrointestinal tract. Make sure you have properly disposed of all of the bones and that the garbage is kept out of reach from your curious companions.
* Pets aren’t for stuffing. Too many fatty, seasoned, unfamiliar foods can lead to pancreatitis and gastroenteritis in your pet. These medical conditions can be painful and even life-threatening. If you decide to give your pet a bite of holiday goodies, make sure it is boneless, lean and well-cooked to avoid salmonella bacteria.
* Avoid the sweets, stick with treats. Many desserts prepared during the holidays, contain chocolate and other toxic ingredients to our pets. Give your pets a treat of their own such as a made-for-pet chew bone or a Kong toy.
* Keep out of the kitchen. Be sure to not leave your pet unattended in the kitchen while you are cooking. The yummy smells can be very tempting to your furry friend.
* Eat, drink, and be merry. The holiday season is a fun and busy time of year for us.

Do not forget that your pets need some extra love and care too. Make sure your pet has plenty of food and water during your festivities.
Share your pet safety tips with our community to make sure our pets stay safe this season.
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The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention reports an estimated 54% or 93 million dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese. And with the holidays around the corner, your pet may be at increased risk for weight gain.
 
What defines pet obesity?
Answer: The animal is 20% or more than their ideal body weight.

Why is this happening?
* Pet owners are overfeeding their furry loved ones.
* Pet food producers may pack their products with byproducts, fillers, and non-digestible ingredients.
 
There are special diets that you can order to help kick start weight loss for pets that are obese. Learn more about pet obesity and awareness here: http://blog.youranimalhospital.com/pet-obesity-awareness/
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I would highly recommend Novak veterinarian they so nice to my new dog and so very professional and helpful to answer all my questions and always made my puppy feel safe and cared for. The veterinarian always had a smile from beginning to the end of my appt. And their grommer trimmed my pups bands asking for nothing in return. Have to try them once to see I will never change. Loretta Reiswig
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The right nutrition plays a huge role in the impact that allergies may have on your pet. Having the correct diet can help eliminate or decrease symptoms. Consider incorporating the following food and nutrients to help improve your pet’s diet:
 
* Protein: Alternative protein sources such as venison or duck can help decrease reactions or intolerances to common food ingredients.
* Essential fatty acids are another ingredient that help to control the symptoms of allergic reactions.
* Antioxidants are critical in helping to maintain a healthy immune system.
 
Learn more about creating a healthy diet for your pet by following the link below, or call us at the clinic for more information.
http://blog.youranimalhospital.com/how-nutrition-can-play-a-role/
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Five Ways Your Pet is Keeping You Healthy

Have you thanked your pet lately? You should. Your pet works hard each day to ensure that you’re physically and mentally strong. Here are some ways the pet in your life is keeping you well.
 
1.     They get you outside Your pet wants to play outside and they want you to come with. By spending time outdoors, you expose yourself to the calming effects of nature as well as fresh air and the Vitamin D supplied by the sun. Make an effort to get outside with your pet more often this Spring.
2.     They reduce your stress Petting your furry friend releases a hormone called oxytocin which is known for regulating stress and anxiety. Next time you’re feeling stressed, give your pet some love. It’s a win-win. They get attention, and you feel more relaxed.
3.     They reduce isolation Pets can help fill the void of living alone. When no one else is around, a pet will always listen and rarely interrupt. Furthermore, pets are great social icebreakers. Whether playing around in a park or taking a stroll through your neighborhood, a pet is always eager to introduce you to the next person they see.
4.     They make you smile Your pet has a personality of its own and isn’t shy about it. When your pet’s funny antics cause a chuckle, it raises serotonin and dopamine levels, which make you feel calm and joyful.
5.     They keep you moving Playing with your pet keeps you active. On average, pet owners have lower blood pressure and cholesterol than non-pet owners. So, next time your pet wants to play, realize they won’t be the only one to receive a benefit.

Can you think of any other ways that your pet is keeping you healthy? Let us know in the comments below!
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Be sure to consider these things before adding a new pet to your family and home:

- Know Your Family - You want to find a new cat or dog that fits your family’s lifestyle and personality.
- Beware of “Free” Pets - Take time to explore the pets at your local animal shelter that are looking for a new home.
- Pet-Proofing Your Home - Make sure you have a safe and spacious environment for your new loved one.
- First Check-up -  Vaccinations, baseline testing, and a clean bill of health are some things you want to start your pet off with.

Learn more about adding a new pet to your family on our blog - http://blog.youranimalhospital.com/do-you-have-room-in-your-heart-for-another-pet/
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Information You Should Know About Senior Pet Care

Older pets experience an increased chance for a range of different diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, endocrine disease and cancer. It is very important to begin preventive health care at an early age since the beginning stages of these diseases often go unnoticed.

Beginning at age seven, cats and small to medium sized dogs should be screened for additional diseases annually. Larger dogs should begin receiving the same screenings at five or six.

Routine wellness checkups help to establish a healthy baseline and identification of illness earlier.

If your pet exhibits any of the following symptoms  for more than average period of time then please consult your local veterinarian:
* Changes in your pets mobility
* Noticeable weight loss or gain
* Loss of appetite
* Diarrhea or vomiting
* Lumps, bumps or irritation to their skin
* Issues with their teeth
* Issues with their ears or shaking of head

Proactive love and care can help lead your pet to a longer life.

Read more about senior pet care on our blog - http://blog.youranimalhospital.com/senior-pet-care-2/
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Leaving your pet in a car on a hot summer day is very dangerous and can even be lethal. Here are just few reasons why your pet should never be left unattended:
 
* An 85 degree day means the temperature in your car can quickly skyrocket to over 100 degrees. NOTE: your car temperature can rise up to 40 degrees per hour, making it much hotter than outside.
* Cracking the windows does not help decrease the temperature inside the car.
* On hot days your car can reach temperatures of 120 degrees within minutes.
 
It’s important to leave your pet at home or in a cooler environment on hot days to avoid heatstroke symptoms including excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, decreased appetite, rapid heartbeat, fever or  vomiting. If your pet shows any signs of overheating, it is imperative to get him or her cooled off immediately and then taken to a veterinarian for additional care.
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Anxiety is often traced back to the early years of life, a traumatizing event or both. There are three main types of anxiety that pet owners should be aware of:

1) Separation anxiety: This is often caused by time away from home.
2) Noise anxiety: Loud and consistent noises such as extreme weather conditions or thunderstorms are often the cause.
3) Social anxiety: Some pets get anxious around other pets or people.
 
Learn more about signs of pet anxiety and how to help your pet during these occurrences :http://blog.youranimalhospital.com/anxiety-in-pets/
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Help prevent your pet from experiencing heat stroke by following these easy tips. 

1) Provide your pet with plenty of cool water and shade, maybe even throw a few ice cubes in their water bowl. 
2) Do not leave your pet in the car. On an 85 degree day the inside of your car can heat up to well above 100 degrees. 
3) If your pet does get too much heat, you can cool them off by applying some cold towels and ice cubes to their head, neck and chest. 
There is a wide range of symptoms a pet experiencing heat stroke may develop. These include heavy panting, vomiting/diarrhea, dehydration, collapse, seizures, coma and death.

Read more about beating the heat in this month’s article! - http://blog.youranimalhospital.com/beat-the-heat/
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332 London Bridge Rd Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
332 London Bridge RoadUSArizonaLake Havasu City86403
(928) 208-4906novakanimalcare.com
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Today 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmTuesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmWednesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmThursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmFriday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmSaturday 9:00 am – 12:00 pmSunday Closed
Our progressive facility and services provide your animals with the latest veterinary medicine, which aids in early detection and the treatment of various diseases. We are continually working towards advancing our medical practices and procedures to ensure your pet receives the most up-to-date treatments possible. Your pets are important family members and we treat them with the same respect and care that they would receive at home. We are committed to raising the standards for veterinary care in Lake Havasu City because we truly care for your pets.
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"Your treated one on one, doctor to pet owner, doctor to pet so to speak."
"We Love our Corgi Katie so want only the best care for her."
"Over priced, bad communication and slow service."
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Charlotte Pettite
4 months ago
We Love our Corgi Katie so want only the best care for her. Novak Animal delivers The vets are so well informed and professional. But you can tell they also love animals as they get down on the floor with your pet and put them at ease..Also all prices are explained clearly, no surprises! We have been using Novak's for 5 years and have always been glad they are they are there for us. I would recommend Novak Animal Care Center to any one who love their pets
Response from the owner - 4 months ago
Thank you for the great review and recommendation, Charlotte. We appreciate your loyalty over the past 5 years and look forward to keeping Katie happy and healthy for many more years to come!
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Tony
a month ago
Over priced, bad communication and slow service. If you care about your pet and need immediate assistance, this place is NOT for you.
Response from the owner - a month ago
Thank you for your feedback. It is always our primary focus to provide exceptional veterinary care and we apologize for the negative experience you had with our hospital. If you wish to discuss your experience further, please do not hesitate to call the hospital manager at your earliest convenience.
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otoniel D
a month ago
This place failed to do the proper test on our pet and is now in a very critical condition due to a poisonous bite. . My pet is currently at another clinic that KNOWS what they are doing, I hope out pet lives to see another day, no thanks to Novak.
Response from the owner - a month ago
Thank you for taking the time to share this experience. We always strive to provide the best possible veterinary care for our patients and take their health and comfort very seriously. When we first saw the pet, there were no symptoms to warrant running any further testing. Post care instructions were to call if there were any concerns or changes. We only learned that the pet’s condition worsened and he had been brought to another hospital when we did a follow up phone call with the owner after the fact. Without being made aware of any changes in symptoms, we were unable to address the issue and offer medical care. We are glad that the pet has been treated and hope he is doing well. If you wish to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to call the hospital manager.
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Ernie Valdez
a year ago
Poor. I had an appointment on a Saturday, the first available I was told for a routine rabies shot for my dog. I arrived 10 minutes early for my appointment and sat with my dog in the reception area. Nothing unusual, normal pet owners arriving and signing in as I did. I sat 20 minutes after my appointment time, then an assistant took me into a room to weigh and take my dogs temperature. After, this I sat in another room for approximately 20 minutes. I thought about leaving with my dog, but since having some initial contact with the staff, I stayed. When, the vet did appear she claimed there was a medical emergency. (RIGHT) I thought, next I was waiting to purchase "stock" in the London Bridge! No one informed me of any potential delays or had the respect to mention there was any delays due to any emergency. I was just there for a routine "shot" I will not speculate what would happen if I had some important issue with my dog that needed immediate attention? I will not risk that choice here!
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Jim Gustav
10 months ago
The doctors are very professional, extremely knowledgeable and go above and beyond to do the absolute best for your pet. They explain everything so you can understand the situation especially the next course of action if needed. Your treated one on one, doctor to pet owner, doctor to pet so to speak. I have complete and total confidence with anything they do. The staff is extremely courteous, caring and compassionate. They too carry a special dedication to put your pet first and foremost. You will see just by calling for an appointment, then walking in.
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Response from the owner - 9 months ago
Thank you for the kind and supportive review, Jim! We are happy to hear that you had such a great experience with our clinic and staff. As pet lovers and owners ourselves, we understand the special role your pet plays as a member of your family; which is why we treat every pet client with respect and aim to educate you throughout the treatment process. Thank you for being such a wonderful client!
Jennifer Tarr
8 months ago
Our experience at Novak Animal Care Center was excellent!! Our little "Kitty" was in sad shape with a cancerous growth on her lower lip and growing bigger by the day. The day we walked in to Novak, we met Dr. Innocenti and we were put at total ease. Dr. Innocenti sat down on Kitty's level and made her feel comfortable right away. I knew we were in the right spot. With Dr. Innocenti's technical and surgical skills and patience, along with her tech, Heather, our Kitty was guaranteed to get better!! The patience, the skills, the laser technology and after care given to Kitty was top notch!! First Class is what we would rate the entire Center. The care and the treatment and the one-on-one treatment from the staff is the best there is. Especially the feelings we felt after leaving Kitty for an extended time, we KNEW she would be safe and secure and when we picked her up, we KNEW Kitty was fine because she told us so in so many ways. Our family is forever grateful for the kindness and finesse provided by the office of Novak and the skills provided by Dr. Christi M. Innocenti.....it was her personality and Heather's that assured us that Kitty was in good hands!! Thank you Dr. I and Heather and Staff for your considerations and kindness and understanding. Love, the Tarr Family and Kitty and Maitai
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Response from the owner - 8 months ago
Thank you for your kind words, Jennifer! We are delighted to hear we were able to treat your pet and that she is doing well! The qualities you described are things we strive for on a daily basis, so it is a great compliment that we are fulfilling these traits! We enjoy having you as a client and hope to continue providing the best possible care for your furry friend.
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Deborah Deibler
9 months ago
We have boarded dogs with Novak off and on since 2002. We boarded our two dogs there last week for a few days and we are very pleased with the service. The facilities are clean and the dogs seeed happy and well tended. We will use again when we need them. Staff very professional and knowledgeable.
Response from the owner - 8 months ago
Thank you for your thoughtful review, Deborah! We are so touched by your kind words and are grateful to have had the opportunity to care for your two dogs. We know how important it is you trust us with the care of your furry friends while you are gone. We appreciate your loyalty as a client and look forward to seeing you and your pups again soon!
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2 years ago
Novak has cared for my dogs for 10 years - I wouldn't go anywhere else in this town. All the staff are friendly and caring, whether in the boarding area, grooming, or vet care. Dr. Tracey is the best!!!
Response from the owner - 2 years ago
Hi Kim, thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review of Novak Animal Care. It is an honor to have had you and your dog as a part of our family for the past 10 years, and we look forward to many more together! On behalf of Dr. Tracy and the entire staff, thank you for trusting us with the care of your pet!