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Ask The Vet: Bloat Awareness by Stefanie Wong, DVM

Have you ever heard of GDV or bloat? Gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV) is a life-threatening emergency that we frequently see at Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center. To learn what it is, how we diagnose it, how we treat it and how you can prevent it, keep reading.


Ask the Vet: Heat Stroke by Stefanie Wong, DVM

With the impending transition from spring to summer, temps climb into the 80s and 90s and sunny blue skies are the norm. Although you and I can change into shorts and t-shirts, our pets often have a harder time coping with the warm weather...


Hot Weather & Summertime Activities Safety Tips

We have gathered all of our hot weather tips from previous posts and made one handy list. We cover how to keep your pet cool, heatstroke symptoms, pool parties, hiking, camping and even how to keep your pocket pets cool! This is an indispensable resource for protecting your pets when it is hot outside!


Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

The Fourth of July is the perfect summer celebration - warm weather, a day off work, delicious barbecued food, plus friends, family, and fireworks! It's hard to find a more winning combination which is why it is not a surprise that the Fourth of July is a favorite holiday for many people; for our pets, however, it is a different story.


Safety Tips for Taking Your Dog to the Beach by Nikki Smith and Erin Selby

Summer is a great time to take your dog to the beach. We are lucky to live close to so many dog-friendly parks in the East Bay. Some staff favorites are Point Isobel, Muir Beach, Del Valle, Ocean Beach, and Crissy Field. The best way to enjoy the beach with your dog is to be prepared and follow these safety tips:


Ask the Vet: Foxtail Safety by Stefanie Wong, DVM

As we head from spring to summer, the green hills will gradually turn golden brown. This time of year is prime foxtail season. The foxtail (also referred to as grass awn) seems pretty harmless at first glance but it can be very dangerous to our pets...


Foxtails... Not just for dogs! by Erin Selby

Wednesday night we received a phone call from an owner who found something sticking out of his cat Rudy's eye…something that looked like a splinter or a piece of dry grass! Obviously anything having to do with the eye, and especially with a foreign object sticking out of the eye, requires immediate veterinary attention! Right away an appointment was scheduled for Rudy to see Dr. Trevor Miller.


Hot Weather Tips for Pets

Summer means hot weather! That hot weather poses a potential danger to your pets. Keep reading for warm weather tips and general guidelines, information on heat stroke, and even suggestions for keeping your small mammal pets (rabbits, guinea pigs, etc) cool in the summer time.


Ask the Vet: Disaster Preparedness by Kristel Weaver, DVM, MPVM

What would you do with your pets in the event of a disaster? This month’s article discusses preparing for an emergency. If you don’t have a plan for yourself and your family, this is a good time to take care of that too!


Snail Bait Toxicity

Why is snail bait bad for dogs? 


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