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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

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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

June 21, 2019
Canine influenza is spread via direct nose-to-nose contact as well as via aerosolized droplets from coughing, sneezing and barking. Contaminated droplets can also land on surfaces such as floors and walls, food and water bowls, collars and leashes. It can also spread via people traveling between infected and healthy dogs. The virus (if it's not killed by cleaning agents) remains infectious on surfaces for 48 hours, clothing for 24 hours and on hands for 12 hours. The incubation period (the time before a dog shows symptoms of the disease) is 2-4 days from when they are exposed. Unfortunately, dogs are most highly contagious during this time frame. Read More

June 20, 2019
Itching, Scratching, Chewing, Oh My!
If your dog scratches, itches, or chews, he may be experiencing allergies. Similar to people this time of year, dogs can also develop allergies to grasses, pollens, weeds, and other environmental allergens. One of the most... Read More

May 8, 2019
The question about the link between heart disease and diet has become a common conversation at my hospital since the FDA released a warning statement. This link is still under investigation, and as a result, there are still many uncertainties surrounding this topic; however, there are new findings that might help you choose an appropriate diet for your pet. Read More

March 16, 2019
Telehealth has hit the veterinary space! Certainly, the way consumers interact with human health care providers has changed and pet health care is not far behind. Perhaps you have already interacted with a veterinary health care service online. Read More

March 13, 2019
On November 8, 2018, the Camp Fire was sparked in Butte County, California and quickly became the most devastating and deadly fire in state history. Almost immediately, hundreds of volunteers from across the country poured in to provide assistance to the people and pets affected by the rapidly moving flames. Read More

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