Author: Joyia Emard

Don’t Let the Heat Hurt Your Pet

The calendar may not say summer yet, but the heat is on. For our four-legged friends, warm days can spell trouble in the form of heat stroke and heat-related injury. Dr. Beth Parvin, a consultant with the California Veterinary Medical Board, warns that heat stroke in pets is a medical emergency that can quickly turn deadly.…

New Video Helps Victims of Closed Schools File for Financial Relief

The Office of Student Assistance and Relief (OSAR) has a new video to help educate students who attended a closed private postsecondary school to apply for financial relief. OSAR works with students of closed schools and can help them apply for possible reimbursement from the Student Tuition Reimbursement Fund, which is administered by the Bureau…

From Workhorses To Chihuahuas, Veterinary Medical Board Celebrates 125 Years Of Protecting Consumers And Animals

May marked the 125th anniversary of the Veterinary Medical Board. The board was created in 1893 at the request of veterinary professionals who saw the need for more training and higher standards in the care of animals. That first year, the board licensed 69 veterinarians. Back in those days, horses were the main means of…

State Board Celebrates 125 Years of Consumer Protection

Did you know the California Veterinary Medical Board was founded when Californians relied on horses and oxen? The board marks its 125th anniversary this week and remembers veterinary medicine milestones with a newly created historical timeline. You can also read the news release here.    

Fake Nurse Faces New Charges in Ongoing Criminal Case

                A Southern California man pleads no contest in Santa Clara County and now faces 11 new felony counts in Los Angeles after impersonating as a registered nurse. Click HERE to read more.

Don’t Let Your Medications Fall into the Wrong Hands

Prescription Drug Take Back Day is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 28, 2018 Do you have old, unused medications just sitting around your home waiting to fall into the wrong hands? Anyone who enters your home could gain access to those medications and you wouldn’t even miss them. Most abusers say that’s where…

What is an Osteopathic Doctor?

Many people know what medical doctors (MDs) are, but aren’t as familiar with the role of doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs). Both are fully licensed and trained in diagnosing and treating illnesses and disorders, and in providing preventive care. Both can also prescribe medication, do surgery, run tests and see patients. DOs and MDs attend…

Is Your Dog or Cat Giving You More Than Just a Kiss?

What’s not to love about an adorable, wriggling puppy covering your face in wet kisses? Unfortunately, lots of things. Dog and cat licks can cause a number of health problems for the people they share their saliva with. Illnesses you could contract from your pets, called zoonotic illnesses, include hookworms, tapeworms, roundworms, diarrhea, salmonella and…

FDA Warns of Flu Treatment Claims

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers to be wary of unapproved products claiming to prevent, treat or cure influenza or flu and to avoid buying prescription-only flu medicines from unlicensed online pharmacies. This year’s deadly flu season may tempt some consumers to buy unproven flu treatments, and even…

For Some Kids, Four Eyes Are Better Than Two

Children use their eyes to see the world and learn. Poor vision can hamper that learning and can cause self-esteem issues. Children with impaired eyesight often end up falling behind in school or struggling in sports. It’s up to the adults in a child’s life to step in and help because kids don’t realize their…

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