Author: Michelle Cave

Greetings! I am an Information Officer with the California Department of Consumer Affairs and I am glad that you took a moment to check out our blog.

Chew on This: Pets Need Dental Care, Too

From an early age, we are taught to take care of our teeth because poor dental care can affect our overall health. But, did you know that good oral hygiene and dental care is just as important for your pet? Just like the mouth of humans, your pet’s mouth is full of bacteria and if…

Bullying Behavior Makes Everyone a Victim

‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.’  Adults of a certain age may have used this adage to deflect verbal taunts and teasing from a bully during their childhood. Bullies as antagonists have remained the same but some of their tactics have changed. The act of bullying is a…

Using Costume Contact Lenses Without a Prescription Could Turn Your Eyes into a Permanent Fright

If you are considering adding costume contact lenses to your Halloween get-up this season, make sure you don’t purchase them from a gas station, online store, or other unlicensed dealers — or you and your eyes could be in for a real scare. Costume contact lenses are also referred to by several descriptive names such…

Life Can be Complicated. DCA’s New License Search is Here to Help!

As a consumer, you are empowered to take charge of your relationship with the individuals who provide various services such as medical and dental care, or automotive repairs. Because of this, the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ (DCA) Office of Information Services–developed a new, more user-friendly license search tool optimized for mobile devices and tablets.…

THE FUTURE IS NOW: FLOATING BUILDINGS MAY BE COMING TO A BODY OF WATER NEAR YOU

Over the last century, sea levels have continued to rise at an increasing rate with no sign of slowing down. Since 1993, the continuous warming of the Earth has resulted in sea levels that have risen at a rate of over one-eighth of an inch per year, due to melting glaciers and ice sheets, and thermal…

Come Join the DCA Team and Become a Champion for California Consumers!

Searching for a job can be challenging.  Searching for a job with the State of California – albeit not impossible – is challenging. The California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has dedicated a page on the department’s website to assist individuals seeking employment. DCA’s careers page is a single source for job listings, examinations and…

Start Your Day Right: Keep Your Phone Out of Sight!

When you wake up in the morning, how soon do you reach for your cell phone? If the time falls within 30 minutes – you are not alone, but this habit may be bad for your health and state of mind.  Researchers assert that what you do upon waking sets the tone for the day.…

Tips for Coping with the Post College Job Hunt Blues

Graduating from a college or university with a diploma is a great academic achievement, and it also marks the end of an era of the structure that organized education provided.  With this change many graduates may be experiencing a loss of identity because they have had the label of “student” for nearly 17 years.  The…

Don’t Let July Fourth Become Your Dog’s Independence Day

Americans love celebrating the Fourth of July with glorious fireworks, but your dogs—terrorized by the noise—could panic and make a run for it. Noise anxiety in dogs is real. Fireworks make loud noises accompanied by bright flashes of light that many dogs find scary. It’s estimated that 40 percent of dogs experience noise anxiety from…

Kids Eye Health Is Not Child’s Play

Do you know at what age your child should have their first comprehensive eye exam? Chances are­­ it’s earlier than you think. A basic eye exam or vision screening may be helpful, but without a comprehensive eye exam, several eye and vision conditions may go unnoticed. To address this–the California State Board of Optometry created…

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