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November 25, 2019
Some tips for choosing the right kitten for your family this holiday season! Read More


November 25, 2019


November 1, 2019
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October 22, 2019
As Halloween approaches it's important that pet owners are aware of the danger that chocolate boxes and candies pose for our pets. Dogs are infamous for their less than discriminating taste in foods; with chocolate in particular they appear as powerless to resist as we are. And while most cats won't eat it on their own, they can be coaxed to eat it by owners or others who think they're giving the cat a treat. So it's important to keep chocolate and treats out of reach for our furry friends this time of year (and every day!). Read More


September 18, 2019
When is your pet considered senior? And what exactly does that term mean? Again, generally speaking, dogs and cats are considered senior at about 7 years old. But how an animal ages and its longevity varies considerably between breeds. Cats generally have a longer average lifespan than dogs, and small breed dogs tend to live longer than larger breeds. Read More


September 17, 2019
What types of grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs?

Poisoning has occurred in dogs following ingestion of seedless or seeded grape varieties, commercial or homegrown fruits, red or green grapes/raisins, organic or non-organic fruits, and grape pressings from wineries. Foods containing grapes, raisins, and currants (such as raisin bran cereal, trail mix, granola mix, baked goods) are all potential sources of poison. Read More


September 17, 2019
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued an alert about reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating certain pet foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients. DCM is a disease of the heart muscle that leads to reduced heart pumping function and increased heart size. The alterations in heart function and structure can result in severe consequences such as congestive heart failure or sudden cardiac death. While the most common cause of DCM is genetic, on rare occasions other factors can also result in the condition, particularly in breeds that are not frequently affected. Read More


September 5, 2019
Cyanobacteria (also called blue-green algae) and
algae can form harmful algal blooms (HABs) in
lakes, ponds, and rivers. Many HABs produce toxins
that can harm animals and people. The water may
have a scum or be discolored (e.g., green, blue,
yellowish, red, or brown). Some blooms may occur
along the bottom of the waterbody or become
detached and float to the surface or along the
shoreline.

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November 30, 2019
We are lucky to live in a climate with mild winters. We are also lucky to live close to so many different terrains – deserts, beaches, and the mountains! Because many families travel with their pets to snowy places like Tahoe, I have included some extreme weather tips in this article. Hopefully with a little planning and precaution, your pet stays warm, happy and healthy this winter. Read More


July 10, 2019
We are proud to announce a new addition to our BRVC family - Dr. Lauren Colby has joined our team of highly skilled veterinarians! Read More


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