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Dr. Gill and our team are committed to bringing you and your pets better health by practicing the science of Veterinary Medicine. Northridge based Porter Pet Hospital was founded in 1982. Since then our staff has been performing veterinarian medicine and compassionate animal care in the Northridge area. Porter Pet Hospital is a full-service Animal Hospital with Boarding and Grooming Facilities whose mission is to provide the highest standard of quality and compassion in veterinary care for our patients and welcoming, informative, and supportive service for our clients, while maintaining a superior working environment for our employees.

Porter Pet Hospital offers the Northridge animal community standard medical, surgical, and dental veterinary care. We have an in-house pharmacy, lab, radiology facilities, and Intensive Care Unit, our facility enables you to make one stop for your pet's medical care. We are open for appointments during our normal business hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. We also have Vaccine Clinics daily.

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5 Ways to Help Your Pet Live Longer

1. Feed a High Quality Diet

Pets fed a high quality diet have a shiny hair coat, healthy skin, and bright eyes. A good diet can help strengthen your pet's immune system, help maintain his or her intestinal health, help increase his or her mental acuity, help keep joints and muscles healthy, and much more.

2. Keep Your Pet Lean

Pets that are overweight are at risk for a myriad of health issues. Obesity is the number one nutritional disease seen in pets currently, and studies have shown that being overweight or obese can shorten a dog or cat's life span by as much as two years. Why? Being overweight or obese puts your pet at risk for joint disease, heart disease and diabetes, among other things.

3. Take Your Pet to the Vet Regularly

All pets, including both dogs and cats, require regular veterinary care. However, veterinary care goes far beyond routine vaccinations, even though those are important. A routine examination by your veterinarian can uncover health issues of which you are unaware. In many cases, an early diagnosis improves the chances of successful treatment. Early diagnosis is also likely to be less costly for you than waiting until your pet's illness has become advanced and serious before attempting treatment.

4. Keep Your Pet's Mouth Clean

A common problem among dogs and cats, dental disease and oral health issues can cause your pet pain, making it difficult for him or her to eat. If left untreated, oral health issues may even lead to heart and kidney disease. In addition to regular dental checkups, the most effective means of caring for your pet's mouth at home is to brush his or her teeth at home. If your pet isn't a big fan of toothbrushes, there are other alternatives, including dental diets, treats, and toys. Ask our veterinarian for some recommendations.

5. Do Not Allow Your Pet to Roam Unsupervised

Allowing your dog or cat to roam free may seem like you're doing your pet a favor. However, pets that roam are susceptible to a number of dangers, including automobile accidents, predation, exposure to contagious diseases, exposure to poisons, and more. Additionally, allowing your pet to roam unsupervised may alienate your neighbors should your pet ever "relieve" him- or herself in their lawn or dig up their garden.

6. Prevent Against Parasites

Parasites can cause a variety of health concerns for your pet - and even death. One of the biggest concerns is the potential for them to spread to people. Veterinarians divide parasites into two main categories - ectoparasites (such as fleas, ticks, and mites) and endoparasites (such as heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms). Our practice offers both preventative and curative treatments for parasites. Of course, we prefer to prevent parasites to save your pet the discomfort of parasite infection and minimize your family's risk.

*Information courtesy of petMD.com/Lorie Huston, DVM

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  • Dr.
    Vikraj Gill

    Dr. Vikraj Gill was born and raised in sunny California. He was exposed to the veterinary field as a teenager where he was a kennel assistant, attending to the basic needs of pets.  1 year out of high school, Dr. Gill was accepted and completed his veterinary studies in India from Guru Angad Dev Ji Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU).  After graduating, while studying, Dr. Gill continued to further his knowledge in the field.  He became licensed shortly after graduating and was immediately hired as an associate veterinarian.  He has also done work with rescue groups and different feral foundations while working as a relief veterinarian. 

    Dr. Gill does his best to understand the condition and presentation of each individual pet.  He is interested in the best health and treatments for pets where necessary.  Dr. Gill is a big believer in preventative care for pet health.  Whilst always presenting a gold standard plan of action, Dr. Gill will always take into consideration the owner’s resources compiling the best achievable plan of treatment for the pet. 

    Dr. Gill worked as the chief veterinarian in a small animal practice for 4 years where he was involved in team building and management.  Dr. Gill has newly transferred to Porter Pet Hospital to be the veterinarian for your furry friends!

  • Abbey RVT

    Abbey is a veterinary assistant from Arizona with aspirations to get her RVT license in California. Abbey has been working with animals for most of her life. She enjoys spending her spare time at home with her fur babies. She has two cats and one dog.

  • Annie

    Annie has been working at Porter since 2011 (returning after working here 2003-2004). She is a bright and friendly team member. While Annie doesn't currently have a furry family, she is partial to cats. She has an MBA from West Coast College and is a wife and mother of two. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family.

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  • Idania

    Idania started at Porter as a volunteer from Pierce College in 2012 and has continued on with the team and at Pierce in their Registered Veterinary Technician program. When she is not working or taking classes, she enjoys drawing, arts & crafts, and baking. She has a Maltese dog and 2 cats at home. Her favorite breeds include: Labs, Retrievers, Pitbulls, Calico cats, and Russian Blue cats.

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  • Tomás

    While quiet, Tomás has a great attitude and is always willing to lend a hand when needed. Tomas has been a part of the Porter Pet Hospital team since 2006. He enjoys listening to music, playing soccer, camping, and participating in his church.

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  • Karla

    Karla is a caring and diligent hard worker. She has worked at Porter on and off since 2008. She is married and has two children at home. In her time off, Karla enjoys spending time with her children, camping, running, and going to church.

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