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Welcome Dr. Myrrh Sagy!

“I treasure the opportunity to affect the lives of others in both large and small ways. Whether it is a puppy or a kitten coming in for a first exam, an owner whose pet has a complicated medical problem, or difficult end of life decisions, veterinary medicine gives me many opportunities to touch the lives of both people and pets on various levels. It is the most satisfying work I can imagine.” –Dr. Sagy

The Value of Vaccinating with Your Veterinarian by Erin Selby

Vaccines--something all pet owners are familiar with. Vaccines are important because they protect our beloved best friends form some brutal, debilitating and sometimes fatal diseases such as distemper, parvo, feline leukemia, and of course rabies. Not only do vaccines help protect your pet’s life but in a sense, they save you money too. If an unvaccinated pet becomes infected treatment usually involves aggressive therapies and prolonged hospitalization and costs add up quickly. When it is time to vaccinate your pet you have a choice.

Mayor of San Ramon Reunites Family with Lost Cat

Thanks to San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson a family has been reunited with their cat at Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care after two years apart.

Ask the Vet: Why is My Cat Straining to Urinate? By Stefanie Wong, DVM

A number of things can cause cats to strain to urinate. The most common cause, however, is a disease called Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (also known as feline interstitial cystitis or FIC). FIC can be life-threatening (and if not caught early enough, fatal).

Dogs, Poison Oak, and You

Do you love taking your dog with you hiking and camping? Well then this tip is for you! Poison Oak is widespread in Northern California and not only is it possible for you to get Poison Oak from your dog, it is pretty common too!

Kitty Korner: Tips for Administering Liquid Medication

Medicating your cat is usually a daunting propsal. When dealing with pills or tablets, you can often disguise the medication inside of a tasty treat (but even then our cats seem to know when a pill is hidden inside and will refuse the offering). Giving your cat an oral liquid medication can feel almost frightening to many cat owners - we know how much they can struggle when restrained and we hate to cause them any discomfort. The best thing to do is to remember this is truly for their own good and try the tips listed below to help make giving liquid medication to your cat as easy and stress free as possible!

Getting to Know BRVC: Employee Spotlight by Erin Selby

I put myself in their [the client's] shoes. That pet is their baby. My dog is my baby; my best friend. They make you smile every day. You want to watch these animals get better.”

Ask the Vet: Why Get Pet Insurance? by Stefanie Wong, DVM

One of the more common questions I get asked on a daily basis is, “Should I sign up for pet insurance?” Read below to see if pet insurance would be a good thing for you and your pet.

Kitty Korner: Hairballs by Erin Selby

A hairball is a small collection of hair or fur that forms in the stomach of a cat. Cats ingest the hair while grooming themselves. Hairballs are expelled from the stomach by means of vomiting. They are often cylindrical in shape and can include bits of food and other debris along with the densely packed fur. 

Ask the Vet: Becoming a Veterinarian by Stefanie Wong, DVM

When I was in elementary school and we wrote down what we wanted to be when we grew up, one of the more popular selections (alongside astronaut and firefighter) was to be a veterinarian. Now that I’m in practice, I often have clients come in with their children who also want to be a vet when they grow up. If you have a child who would love nothing more than to work with animals when they grow up or you wonder what it takes to become a veterinarian, this article is for you.

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