Category: Veterinary Medical Board

When Your Pet’s Caretaker Needs Help

Veterinarians go into their field of work with the best intentions.  Like many individuals in passion-driven professions, veterinarians want to help…animals. Working with patients that cannot communicate through spoken or written word – such as dogs, cats, and the occasional reptile – may seem ideal and stress free, but veterinarians experience the same personal and…

No deje que el 4 de julio se convierta en el día de la independencia de su perro

A los estadounidenses les encanta celebrar el 4 de julio con espléndidos fuegos artificiales, pero sus perros – aterroizados por el ruido –  podrían entrar en pánico y salir huyendo. La ansiedad por el ruido en los perros es real. Los fuegos artificiales hacen ruidos fuertes acompañados de brillantes destellos de luz que a muchos…

Protect Your Pets: Beware of Using Online Pharmacies

Buying online prescription drugs for yourself can be a risky proposition. The same applies when ordering pet medications from an online pharmacy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns pet owners to be extremely careful if buying from an online retailer. Similar to some online pharmacies for people, online pharmacies for animals may be…

Dog Flu is No Walk in the Park

The flu isn’t just for humans. Dogs can catch the flu from other dogs, and, similar to the human flu, is highly contagious. According to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, dog flu—or canine influenza—is spreading throughout the country, including in California. According to a San Francisco Chronicle article in January, one pet hospital…

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…

People Foods Can Be Dangerous for Pets

What may be innocuous foods for you may be highly toxic for your pet to consume. Before you slip them a snack, know what foods can be harmful—or even life-threatening—to your pet. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), here are…

Fireworks: Fun For You, But Not For Your Pets

Those fireworks that help make the Fourth of July such a fun outdoor celebration can be a nightmare for pets—especially for dogs. The booms and pops of fireworks can trigger high levels of anxiety in dogs, and that fear can manifest in destructive behavior, excessive barking, cowering, hiding, and shaking. There are, however, several ways…

What You Learned on Your Summer Vacation

When we were kids, the only thing we had to worry about during summer vacation was what to do with all of that time off. As adults, we have other summer-related things to worry about—like how to keep our pets cool, how to protect our homes when we are away, how to prep the car…

Dodge the Dog Bite

As the summer heat soars, so do reports of dog bites. According to several veterinary and insurance sources, there’s an estimated population of 70 million dogs living in U.S. households and each year more than 4.5 million people – most of them children – are bitten by dogs.  If you routinely enjoy outside activity, then there’s…