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Ask the Vet: The problem with bee stings By Stefanie Wong, DVM

Did you know that just like people, some dogs are allergic to bees? Whether it’s because they stepped on one, were investigating a bush too closely or were thinking that the bee was a fun toy to play with, dogs will frequently get stung. Their reaction can vary from mild (treated with Benadryl and then at home monitoring) scaling all the way up to severe (requiring IV fluids and hospitalization).

Kenji and the Rattlesnake

Kenji, a sweet faced 5 year old kitty, came to Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center one night in late August. His front left paw was swollen and he was limping.  Swelling on any part of the body is cause for concern so Kenji’s owners brought him into BRVC Urgent Care.  

Ask the Vet: My Cat Does Strange Things by Kristel Weaver, DVM, MPVM

Who needs television when you have a cat? They are as unique as we are and endlessly entertaining. Some of the strange behaviors we see in our domestic cats are related to wild felid behaviors.

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.”

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