Pet Emergency Preparedness

Pet Emergency Preparedness Do you have an emergency plan for your family? Does it include your pets? Many have not thought about what they would do with their pets in an emergency. You can never completely control what will happen during an emergency, you can take steps to be as prepared as possible for advance-notice disasters, like wildfires and rolling … Read More

Safe Holidays with your Pets

Holidays can be such a wonderful time with family and friends coming home. It can also be a time when holiday treats can easily end up unexpectedly ingested by the family pets. Please be especially careful with the following common holiday treats during the next couple months and seek medical attention if accidentally ingested: Chocolate can cause seizure and death … Read More

BirchBark Foundation

The holidays are a time of giving for people in our community. There are programs in place in our community for families and children, but there is also an incredible local organization helping provide medical care for family pets in need in our community as well. BirchBark Foundation is an organization helping to fill this need for over six years … Read More

Do You Brush your Dog’s Teeth?

It’s that time of year again at your veterinarian’s office where the smell of your pet’s breath is the number one topic. February is National Dental Health Month for Pets. Does your pet have stinky breath? Are his teeth more yellow-brown than pearly white? If so, he may be a part of the 80% of pets that show signs of … Read More

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 does increase. It is these diseases (known … Read More

Multi Modal Therapies for Animals

We are so fortunate to live in an age of advanced medicine and surgery in both human and veterinary medicine. We are all too young to remember the days before penicillin was discovered, or before life saving surgeries had been invented. We often take for granted the availability of things like antibiotics for an infection, or pain control to relieve … Read More

Helpful Cat Grooming Tips

Have you ever noticed the amount of time a cat will spend lounging in the sun, grooming themselves from the tips of their ears to their tail? It seems that this is at least a daily occurrence if not more frequent. Despite all the grooming our cats do on their own, many cats still require assistance in grooming to prevent … Read More

Leptospirosis in Dogs

Many dogs in our area love swimming at the Carmel Valley River, the beach and the lagoon, but a dangerous disease lurks in these areas – one that can sicken you as well as your dog. Leptospirosis is caused by a bacteria spread through soil, water, and the urine of infected animals. If not caught and treated early it can … Read More

Six Tips for Keeping your Dogs Cool in the Summer Heat

During the long hot days of summer, it can be difficult to stay cool — especially when you’re wearing a fur coat. It’s easy for your best friend to overheat, which poses dangers to his health. Luckily, there are some simple ways to help keep your dog comfortable during the hot summer months. Please remember certain breeds are more prone … Read More

Protecting your Dog from Rattlesnakes

As temperatures warm and the days lengthen, the reptiles come out to play. This includes the infamous Rattlesnake. While the distinctive sound strikes fear and caution into the hearts of even the bravest of souls, our dogs do not always respond the same. Here are a few ways that we can help protect our curious canines against snake bites. The … Read More