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Flea Control Application

It’s still summer! Does your furry friend have flea and other parasite protection? This is the time of year it is needed the most. Fleas especially love warm and humid weather and an infestation can easily get out of control. Almost all flea control products, whether they are topical or oral, are to be administered monthly.

Don’t forget to apply topical products properly. Products such as our SimpleGuard, or Advantage and Frontline need to applied on the skin for it to work best. We love the fine tipped applicator of SimpleGuard–it allows you to really cut through your pet’s coat and apply it to the skin.

Remember, all flea control products work best when applied correctly and regularly.

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Meet Our Staff: Salon Super Star Jose Paredes

Jose has been with us here at VCA Kennel Club Resort & Spa since 2004. When he first started working here, he was a Kennel Attendant, doing our regular cleaning and exercising duties. Like many of our employees, Jose, who goes by the nickname of Merre, excelled at whatever he was asked to perform. In a very short time, he was doing more and more around our resort.

Today, Jose works mostly in our grooming room, where he treats dogs and cats to a wonderful and soothing bath and brush. He has a keen attention to detail and often notices skin issues before clients know there is a problem with their own dog. While he works mostly in the grooming room, Jose also helps out with walks in the afternoon when the grooming schedule allows.

For a few years now, Jose has been one of our night attendants. After a regular day of work, he returns at 6:30 in the evening to do our evening play time, feeding , and medication schedules. You will see his smiling face greet you at the door if you schedule an after-hours services on some nights.


Jose Parades is married to Jose Maldonando’s sister, Lucy, helping to make our operation a true family affair. Jose is a dad to two girls. Melany is 13 years old and Tania is 7. In his spare time, Jose loves to spend time doing fun family outings such as going to the beach, hanging out at the mall, or going out to eat together.

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Microchipping: Advanced Identification

Modern technology allows you to have an invisible leash on your pet at all times. Microchipping is a very safe and effective way to always have some type of identification on your pet.

Microchipping is usually done by your veterinarian. Your doctor, using a syringe, will place the microchip under your pet’s skin around the shoulder area. Microchips for pets are a radio frequency identification device (RFID) that is encoded with a serial number and are about the size of a grain of rice. The chip transmits the number at a certain radio frequency that special scanners can read. After the chip is implanted, it is very important for a pet owner to register their contact information with the chip’s manufacturer.

If a pet is found missing, animal control or a veterinarian will read the chip’s number with a scanner. Once the number is found, a call to the registry will help reunite the pet with its family. While there are a few manufacturers and radio frequencies used, veterinarians and shelters have scanners that are universal.
If you lose your pet, a call to the registry will help find your pet.

Basic contact information is always included with the price paid for a microchip, usually around $40. HomeAgain, one manufacturer, offers a premium service for helping to reunite a pet with its family. Once you realize your pet is missing, if you subscribe to the service, HomeAgain will send out fax alerts to shelters, veterinarians, and other pet professionals in your area, increasing the chances of finding your furry family member.

Hopefully you never have to find out how it works, just be glad knowing your pet has identification.

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