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

Obesity in Pets

Obesity in pets is a growing problem, and the repercussions are serious. According to research from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), 58 percent of cats and 53 percent of dogs in the U.S. were overweight as of 2014. A Purina 14-year study also showed that the expected lifespan of your pet can be increased by up to 15% … Read More

The Annual Exam: The Core of Your Pet’s Preventative Care

In human medicine, preventative care has become the standard of care, and veterinary care should be no exception, but pet owners do not always understand the benefits of regular check-ups for their pets. Annual veterinary exams can catch manageable conditions such as diabetes and dental disease, prevent issues with internal and external parasites, and slow the progression of common problems … Read More

October is Cat Month

Have you ever wondered why your cat behaves a certain way and if there is a reason for the behavior? Is it even normal behavior? How do you know when a behavior should be seen by your veterinarian? Here is a discussion of a few cat behaviors that may have you asking your cat “what are you doing over there?” … Read More

Why deworming your pets is more than just a good idea!

Intestinal parasites are common in cats and dogs with several of the most common parasites able to infect humans too. Hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms are three of the most frequently seen intestinal parasites in our furry friends and all three can be transmitted to humans. The disease caused in people can range in severity with some effects being permanent. Hookworms … Read More