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It’s All About the Dogs: September is “National Service Dog Month” and “Responsible Dog Ownership Month”

It’s no secret we love our dogs. Most of us can’t imagine living without them since they provide unconditional love and companionship. They also serve and protect us. And for the disabled, trained service dogs are invaluable.  To show appreciation and bring awareness to the amazing work service animals play in the lives of millions…

“Check The Chip Day” Is August 15

For many pet lovers, losing a furry friend can almost be as devastating as a death in the family. And according to the American Humane Association, nearly 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the United States every year. Even worse, less than 23 percent are reunited with their owners. Pet owners…

World Immunization Week is April 24-30

Immunization can save millions of lives each year. That’s the most important message the World Health Organization (WHO) wants you to know during World Immunization Week, which is observed April 24-30. World Immunization Week grew from a local and international grassroots effort. The goal of the public health campaign is to raise awareness and increase…

Understanding Senate Bill 2: The Building Homes And Jobs Act

The Building Homes and Jobs Act, also known as Senate Bill 2 (Atkins) became effective on Jan. 1 and will impact consumers who refinance their homes. Although the Department of Consumer Affairs’ California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) monitored the bill prior to it becoming law, the program falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of…

New Livestock Law (SB 27) Will Regulate Animal Antibiotics

With Senate Bill 27 (SB 27) now law, California becomes the first state to significantly support the move toward judicious use of antibiotics in livestock, including new restrictions on how antibiotics can be used. SB 27, which was authored by Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), took effect January 1, 2018, and is a ground-breaking step…

Beating The Post Holiday Blues

‘Tis the season to be jolly. That’s what the old Christmas song says anyway. But once those pretty presents are unwrapped, the festive parties are a memory and the hustle and bustle of the season winds down, many people are left singing the blues. According to the American Psychological Association (APA) the post-holiday blues are indeed a…

Fire Victims: Don’t Get Burned Twice By Rushing to Rebuild

With the recent spate of wildfires in Northern and Southern California and other catastrophes throughout the country, many people need to repair or rebuild their homes and properties. However, now more than ever, the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) urges consumers to be extremely cautious and do your homework before hiring any contractor. “While fire…

What You Should Know Before Hiring A Property Manager

Whether you’re a big or small asset landlord, chances are you’ve considered hiring a property manager.  While property managers can be tremendously helpful and ease your workload, they can also be a detriment if they aren’t chosen wisely. The California Department of Consumer Affair’s Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) has a guide with tips to…

Searching for Alternative Healing? Try Naturopathic Medicine

Although naturopathic medicine has been around for centuries, it has experienced an increase in acceptance as an alternative or complement to conventional western medicine over the past 10 years. Rebecca Mitchell, Executive Officer of the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Naturopathic Medicine Committee (NMC), believes that naturopathic medicine will continue to grow and become an…

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