Hot Weather Pet Safety

Heat:  If it’s too hot for you…it’s too hot for your pets! Hot concrete and asphalt can burn precious paws. Place the top of your hand (not the more toughened palm) on the surface and hold for 5 seconds.  If it feels comfortable to your skin, then it should be safe for your dog or […]

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Santa Clarita, California resident Joyce Culberhouse received a Christmas miracle last year…a call she had been waiting almost four years to receive!  “We never stopped looking. She is our baby!” she explained after holding her Shih Tzu Shawnee in her arms for the first time in 44 months.  Shawnee was stolen in April 2015 from […]

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Tips for Dealing with Diabetes in Cats

Dealing with a diabetic cat certainly brings about more owner responsibility. When hearing of your cat’s diagnosis, one may feel disheartened or worried about the cat’s wellbeing and health. While diabetes is something that must be treated daily, there are ways to make things easier. Here we will offer tips for dealing with diabetes in […]

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Preventing Fleas, Ticks & Lick Sores

More than 2,000 species of fleas exist, but the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) is the one most responsible for the relentless itching suffered by both cats and dogs. To some pets, fleas are an annoyance, but to others…one or two bites from a flea can make the animal down right miserable!  When a flea bites […]

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Springtime Pet Safety Tips

One Spring morning, two Dachshund pups were playfully exploring their fenced yard when Rudy caught Abigail off guard and bounded at her from behind the rose bushes.  As Abby took a tumble landing dazed and confused, a bumble bee buzzed passed her.  The twosome, quickly distracted by this new found fun, attempted to play a […]

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Affectionate, gentle, energetic and built for long days in the field.  Vizslas are known to be an athletic breed – eager and graceful trotters possessing great stamina and making them ideal jogging or biking companions.   Picture Annie:  a Heartworm positive two-year-old Vizsla who is currently on restricted activity during treatment.  Annie arrived at the […]

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BITE WOUNDS, Including Sucking Wounds to the Chest

Bite wounds are often disguised by fur and can develop into an abscess if they are not discovered and immediately treated. Just because you don’t see blood, DO NOT assume that your dog has not been bitten after a squabble with another animal.  Feel him all over gently and carefully. He will let you know […]

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Holiday Pet Safety

INGESTED POISONS: Dogs, Cats, Birds, Rabbits & Guinea Pigs

Many species love to chew. That spray bottle, aerosol can or other container under your cabinet can be deadly if an animal punctures it and ingests the liquid inside. Some cats spend time pouncing on the greenery – but as few as two petals or leaves from “true” lilies (Easter Lily, Tiger Lily, Day Lily […]

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In addition to what goes into our pets’ mouths, dogs and cats can be poisoned by toxins that are absorbed, inhaled or injected into their bodies.  Knowing what, where (which body part) and how much Fido or Fluffy got into determines your course of action.   Paws and snouts are primary areas of contact, but […]

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INHALED POISONS: Dogs, Cats & Birds

Imagine you and your dog step out the front door to get the mail.  Depending on the time of day, you might notice the scent of your neighbor’s stew wafting across the breeze.  As you reach the street, if a car recently passed, exhaust may be present while finally, if you have a scented rose […]

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The Importance of Spaying & Neutering

FACTS* In the vicinity of 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, roughly 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.  Estimates show that the number of dogs and cats entering U.S. shelters annually has declined from 7.2 million in 2011.  The biggest decline was in dogs (3.9 […]

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HYPOTHERMIA (aka Frostbite)

Near Chagrin Falls, Ohio, a pooch named Beau went out his doggie door during a blizzard to answer nature’s call.  The eight-year-old 13 lbs. pooch did not quickly return, and to his owner’s dismay, found him outside looking like a white statue.  According to Beau’s Veterinarian, Dr. Carol Osborne, “We quickly wrapped him in blankets […]

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