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It’s that time again where the kids are heading back to school, leaving the house empty all day. But that’s not completely true if you have a furry little friend at home who is going to be waiting for someone to return. When the back to school seasons comes around, you need to be thinking about how this change in routine is going to affect your pets.

You may notice that when you leave your pet alone, he or she may start to cry, chew things other than their toys or even try to escape the house. It is possible that your pet just needs to be trained a little more. However this behavior may also indicate distress, especially if your pet starts acting this way as you are preparing to ...

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Pets provide companionship and fun, but for some people a dog or cat can also trigger sneezing, sniffles and worse. Does an animal allergy mean a life without Fido? Not necessarily.


There is a myth that pet allergies are triggered by animal hair, but they are actually caused by a protein found in pet skin (or dander), saliva and urine. Some dog breeds are labeled “hypoallergenic” as they shed less, but no dog is 100% hypoallergenic – even hairless dogs still have some allergen. Each animal is different, and a particular pet allergy sufferer may do better with one breed than another.


If you’re allergenic and want to get a dog or cat, consider looking for shorter hair a...

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Ticks Suck!

Ticks are a very serious threat to your dog’s health. There are ways to get rid of as well as prevent these tiny pests from threatening your dog’s health. The United States has about 200 tick species whose habitats include woods, beach grass, lawns, forests, and even in some urban areas.


They have a four stage life cycle, egg, larvae, nymphs, and adult. Depending on its species, a tick may take less than a year or up to several years to go through its four stage life cycle. Adult females of some species lay about 100 eggs at a time. Others lay 3,000 to 6,000 eggs per batch.


Infectious Disease That Ticks Can Carry
Ticks can carry various infectious organisms that can tra...

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Spring is here! Exciting as this may be, it also means the beginning of rattlesnake season in Southern California and especially Orange and our canyon communities. Dogs are at risk for rattlesnake bites and are about 20 times more likely to be bitten by venomous snakes than people. In addition, dogs are about 25 times more likely to die if bitten. Snake bites are very painful, often life-threatening, expensive to treat, and can cause permanent damage if the dog survives. Most bites are to the head region but are occasionally to the shoulders, legs or thighs. Bites around the head increase the risk of severe complications since the venom are toxic and disrupt blood vessels.

We have a vaccin...

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The FDA warns giving dogs store-bought bone treats could kill them

Before you go out and buy bone treats for your dog this holiday season, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning for pet owners. The FDA has received 68 reports of pet illnesses, including 15 deaths related to these seemingly harmless treats. In total, around 90 dogs were involved in the reports (some reports included more than one dog).

As most of you conscientious pet owners know that it's not a good idea to pass dogs turkey and chicken bones under the table, the FDA says what we vets have been saying for years that processed and packaged bone treats sold at pet stores and online can also lead to symptoms...

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Bottle feeding kittens





Bottle Feeding A Kitten



As you guys know, we take care of A LOT of cats. And with kitten season underway, we're busy taking care of these lil babies! This is Daisy, our technician bottle feeding a kitty whose mom was too sick to nurse. We're working to get these babies off to a healthy start!


The time between late spring and early autumn is known as “kitten season”. During this time of year, unaltered cats reproduce prolifically. A female cat can become pregnant as young as 5 months of age. Ways you can help out: 1.Spay or neuter your cats.


2. Help your local shelter during kitten season.


3. Care for homeless or feral cats in your area.


4. Become a foster cat pa...

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Dog Stung By A Bee






We’re heading into Spring and with the change of season, our thoughts turn to Easter celebrations, spring cleaning and much-needed home improvement projects. Before you embark on seasonal chores, please be careful of potential sp ringtime hazards for your furry friends.
Any insect or spider can cause problems if they bite or sting your pet. A bite or sting can cause swelling, redness, and itching. Some animals can have an allergic reaction to a sting or bite that may result in mild hives, facial swelling, vomiting, difficulty breathing or even collapse.


What to Do:
1. If the stinger can be found, scrape it out with a credit card or other stiff material. Alternatively, us...

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