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Camino Animal Clinic as proud to be an AAHA accredited clinic, a prestigious accreditation that only 12% of clinics in the U.S. currently hold (though 60% of clients THINK their clinic is accredited). We meet a certain set of strict standards in the subjects of: Anesthesia, dentistry, pain management, emergency and critical care, diagnostic imaging, continuing education, client services, and others. To learn more about what this means and why you should care, watch this video. PROUD TO BE AAHA!




CAR SEAT SAFETY! Due to the number of traumatic incidents in cars to our canine friends, Camino Animal Clinic recommends dogs be placed in a certified seat buckle system made especially for dogs. Miley jumps right into her seat every time she goes for a ride. ALSO please never leave your pets unattended in hot cars.


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Have you heard of Cold Laser therapy? Laser therapy is great for all sorts of ailments such as arthritis, soft tissue injuries, healing of incisions, decreasing inflammation, etc. All of our staff here at Camino Animal Clinic are trained onthe cold laser to better assist all our patients! Here is a picture of our technician Kerrie performing a laser therapy session. K-LaserUSA
Does your pet seem sore in their backs, legs, shoulders, or hips? Are you interested in knowing more information about the cold laser therapy? Contact us now! (805)497-0969

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SNUGGLES has miraculously fought cancer!

Interesting HAPPY Story. This is Snuggles. Snuggles came out of the shelter in Ramona, a sweet long haired orange girl. One day I noticed that she was looking somewhat heavy, and growing. I then became convinced that she was pregnant (even though she came with a spay certificate.) She continued to get bigger, but I became really concerned that she was not making any milk. I made arrangements to get her to my vet, who wanted to do an ultrasound to see if the kittens were healthy. He called me not too long after I dropped her off, with devastating news. She was not pregnant. She had a huge, rapidly grown tumor. He recommended euthanasia, particularly in light of how fast it was growing, but he asked that he be given a chance to put her under anesthesia to confirm his diagnosis. Once he got in there, he found a tumor the size of a child’s football, but it had no blood supply! Official diagnosis: Adenocarcinoma and it weighed THREE POUNDS!. He decided to try to remove it and save her life. He later reported to me that within moments of coming out of anesthesia, she was purring and grooming herself! This was just amazing. Something to be shared with vet buddies, complete with pictures. He decided to keep her in his office, partly to keep a close eye on her, and partly because everyone in his office fell in love with her. So, for some months, she was an “office kitty”, with no signs of the tumor returning. We won’t know for certain, of course, that it won’t come back, and this makes her pretty unadoptable. But, to my delight, one of the staff at the vet’s office was smitten with her, and was willing to take the risk. Snuggles, now Emma, is living with her very own family now, has her very own kids to sleep with and play with, and is doing so well.
This fabulous and caring vet, who did all of her treatment completely free of charge (because he has a HUGE heart and is compassionate and giving of his time and resources to rescue) is Christopher Frier, at Camino Animal Clinic in Thousand Oaks, CA
Snuggles, now named Emma was adopted by Anat, a vet technician at Camino. The clinic is on Facebook, although I’m not sure how to link to it here. They deserve everyone’s support in the rescue community. (He is a dog guy, too.)


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Do you know what a Lagomorph is?

Meet Neil Diamond, he is a Lionhead and a Lagomorph to boot.


What is a lagomorph you may ask, good question!

Lagomorphs are the members of the taxonomic order Lagomorpha, of which there are two living families: the Leporidae (hares and rabbits) and the Ochotonidae (pikas). Neil Diamond is one of two rabbit neuters we performed this month alone! So if you have a sweet rabbit in need of some veterinary care, think of Camino Animal Clinic for your hare and rabbit needs!

Pomeranians on Parade

Yesterday was “Pomeranian Day” as we had not one, not two but four Pomeranians in the clinic.In addition to the influx of Pomeranians, one special lady was rescued off the street. After a quick scan with the microchip reader we found her owners and she was sent safely home. Just a good reminder that microchips work and are always worth-wild if you pet likes to wander! Happy Holidays from the staff at Camino Animal Clinic!


Winter Holiday Pet Hazards


Pets will investigate new items by sniffing, tossing, chasing and finally by having a taste. Holiday season adornments are attractive to all creatures. The ornaments, foods, gifts, wrapping, ribbons, lights and plants are all curiosities for pets. A few precautions will help you avoid the holiday crowds at our hospital.



  • Several decorative plants are poisonous.
  • Mistletoe and holly can cause stomach upset with vomiting and diarrhea. The berries of these plants are attractive, easily swallowed, and potentially fatal if consumed.
  • Poinsettias, like the leaves of most any plant, can also cause stomach upset.
  • Christmas Trees should be secured so that pets cannot pull them over. Omit preservative from the tree stand water. Don’t spray snow on the tree unless it is labeled for pet consumption.



  • Chocolate is poisonous to cats, dogs and birds.
  • Bones can get stuck in the mouth or perforate the intestinal tract.
  • Scraps from holiday meals can cause gastrointestinal upset and even predispose pets to life-threatening pancreatitis.






  • Ribbons, icicles and strings can damage the intestines and are potentially fatal if consumed.
  • Holiday lights and electrical wires can cause shock or burns when chewed on.




  • Cats enjoy lightweight toys they can bat around. Be sure they are at least 1 inch in diameter without bells, buttons, strings, yarn or squeaky parts that can be detatched and swallowed.
  • Dogs enjoy balls, chew toys and things they can carry around. Beware that some dogs treat a stuffed toy like a friend while others tear them apart. Stuffing from stuffed toys can cause intestinal blockage and irritation. Small balls can  cause choking problems along with intestinal blockage.


If your pet gets sick, call us before giving any medications. Many over the counter drugs, such as Tylenol, are toxic to animals.

We wish all of our patients and clients a safe and wonderful holiday season!

Reunited at last….

What are the chances??… This beautiful boy landed on the shoulder of a regular Camino Animal Clinic client outside of her house and he was brought into our clinic for care. Our staff worked hard by calling other local clinics to find out if he was owned by a local citizen.

Adult cats and kittens for adoption!

We’re Friendly, Furry, and Fun…
And Rescued From Under an Old Shed!
Now, we need to become part of a loving family…
maybe yours?

Introducing Your Puppy To It’s New Home

A new puppy is a source of cheer and warmth everywhere. It is well-documented that the companionship of a puppy has positive benefits for people.