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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…

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…

This ‘Spice’ is Not Nice—It’s Dangerous

Health officials warn of synthetic drugs’ potentially deadly consequences You may have heard the term “synthetic marijuana.” Contrary to its name, it is not marijuana at all, but a product made of synthetic drugs that affect the brain in a similar way as the active ingredient in cannabis. Also called synthetic cannabinoids, “spice” also goes…

Food Poisoning In The Summertime

What’s not to like? Potato salad, barbecued chicken, and fresh fruits and veggies. Warm weather inspires outdoor outings equipped with picnic favorites. But with summertime staples, perhaps prepared and eaten outdoors, come possible health risks. If food is handled or cooked improperly, it can become contaminated and there’s a chance you can get a food-borne…

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…

Robust Flu Season Still in Full Swing

Although it’s the end of January, flu season doesn’t show any signs of letting up. The season started early, the whole country is still experiencing widespread flu activity, and it looks like it will continue for a while, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “In the past, if you look at…