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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? 

Ask Your Vet: How Much Should You Feed Your Pet? By Stefanie Wong, DVM

For this month’s article, we polled our technicians to see what are some commonly asked questions they get from pet owners. One of the questions they get asked a lot is: how much should I be feeding my pet...

Rattlesnake Vaccine for Dogs

Rattlesnakes live in a variety of habitats. They are found in wetlands, deserts and forests, from sea level to mountain elevations. Rattlesnakes are most active in warmer seasons, from spring to autumn. In southern latitudes they are occasionally found year-round.

Ask Your Vet: Are Bones Healthy for Dogs? By Stefanie Wong, DVM

Wolves and coyotes in the wild eat bones, so it is a common thought that our pet dogs can eat bones as well. Thankfully, most owners are aware of the dangers of cooked bones, especially chicken bones for example. The cooking process makes these bones more brittle, and when chewed they often splinter into multiple sharp fragments that can cause damage as they are going down the hatch. However, it’s important to know that all bones – cooked or raw, regardless of what type of animal it comes from – can present real dangers to your pet.

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