Let’s Talk Ticks

Let’s Talk Ticks! Warmer weather means more time outside on our beautiful Central Coast. Whether hitting the trails, socializing at the dog park or just relaxing in the backyard with our furry friends, we are all targets for ticks! With our mild climate ticks can be found all year round but tend to be worse in the warmer spring and … Read More

When to Take Your Dog to the Vet Immediately

Has your dog ever been injured or in discomfort and you have found yourself wondering if it is a situation that needs to be addressed immediately or if it can wait and be monitored? This can be a difficult situation and there is not one easy answer that fits all situations. Here are a few situations that should always be … Read More

Common Dog Owner Mistakes

I love meeting first-time dog owners. They’re so enthusiastic about their new family member and all that the future has with them. I want to do everything I can to make sure they are receiving sound advice to build a bonded healthy relationship. Because I talk to so many dog owners, I see some of the same mistakes over and … Read More

The Buzz on Grain Free Diets

Recently, there is quite a buzz in the media and on the internet about grain-free diets and heart disease. With so much information it can be difficult to know what to believe. Below are the most current updates from the veterinary field as well as the best recommendations for your pet. Since 2014 veterinary cardiologists have been documenting a heart … Read More

Geriatric Pet Care

Is my pet too old for anesthesia?  It’s a reasonable question, but one that’s increasingly less applicable to modern veterinary medicine. With advances in veterinary care, our pre-procedure screening, anesthetic drugs, techniques and monitoring tools are safer and more effective than ever before. Age itself is not a disease, however as our pets age the likelihood of developing a disease … Read More

Pet Insurance

Over the past two decades the number of treatment options and services available to our pets has grown exponentially. Just in our immediate area we have available to us advanced surgical services, physical therapy modalities, specialist veterinarians, a CT scanner, specialty and emergency hospitals as well as a cancer treatment facility. With these advances in medicine, surgery and diagnostic imaging … Read More

Did you find a new lump on your dog?

Did you find a new lump on your dog? What should you do? What types of lumps are dangerous? How are they diagnosed? What are treatment options? To identify what may be the cause for a lump, make an appointment with your veterinarian.  First, some background information is needed: What is your pet’s age and breed? How long has lump … Read More

Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm disease is a potentially life-threatening condition caused by parasitic worms that can live in the heart and lungs of dogs, cats and other mammals. The good news is that this disease is very preventable by giving your pet medication. Owners must be vigilant with prevention throughout their pet’s life to keep them protected. The mosquito is the only vector … Read More

Canine Ear Infections

Ear infections are one of the most common conditions in dogs. An estimated 20 percent of dogs have some form of ear disease. The canine ear canal is vertical, forming an L-shape that tends to easily hold fluid. This makes dogs more prone to ear infections. In addition to conformation, things such as moisture, allergies, wax build up, foxtails, excessive … Read More

Pet Dental Health Month

Dental Disease in Pets The doctor has found dental disease in your pet, what does that mean?Just as in people, plaque accumulates around the teeth, hardening into calculus (or tartar) in about 24 hours . Bacteria can grow and cause an infection of the gums, tooth pulp and jawbone. Infected gums and teeth are constantly painful and affect your pet’s … Read More