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May is National Pet Month!

May is National Pet Month, a time to reflect on the importance of pets and pet ownership.  Pets bring a lot of joy into people’s lives. However, like so many of life’s everyday joys, it’s easy to take pets for granted. Not this month, though! This month we’re going to learn about National Pet Month and get some good ideas on how to celebrate
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Pit Bull Awareness Day – October 25th

Dogs that fall under the category of “pit bull” are perhaps the most vilified and misunderstood canines on the planet. Members of the general public continue to believe that pit bulls are dangerous, vicious dogs that cannot be trusted around people or even around other animals. In reality, most pit bulls are gentle, affectionate pets that are important members of their immediate family. Pit
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UC Davis Veterinary Blood Bank Having Success

Have you ever wondered where blood comes from when dogs need it during surgery? Well, dogs can be blood donors just like us. In fact, the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital has a blood bank on the premises and is always looking for new donors. The blood bank opened as a service and implemented its community-based canine donor program in February 2008. The hospital’s blood
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Lyme Disease in Dogs

It is hard to get an early diagnosis of Lyme disease in your own dog. The first sign of Lyme disease in humans is a rash, well; animals do not develop this rash. Lyme disease is also not one of the first illnesses that the veterinarian looks for when you take your dog in for a visit. Many other common illnesses can produce some
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The Rein Coat®

A new, therapeutic calming coat for dogs and cats — that WORKS! It has often been said that necessity is the mother of invention.  And that is true for Paula Hege and her beloved English Mastiff, Rabb. Three years ago, Rabb was trapped in a thunderstorm.  So violent was the storm that the creek behind Paula’s home flooded.  The natural instinct of animals is to
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When Puppy Stops Eating

Dog kibble in a white food dish abruptly flashes like a snapshot in my mind. I’m working out at the gym one afternoon when I see this image and I dismiss it once, twice but the third time I understood. This was my first experience with a puppy initiating intuitive communication. Haley is a Boxer  just under a year old who was adopted by
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Benefits of Spaying & Neutering Pets

Most of us know the obvious reasons for spaying and neutering our pets unwanted litters, which ultimately end up increasing the amount of dogs and cats in our local shelters. This in turn increases the euthanasia rate.  In September 2013, the SPCA of Solano County opened a state- of- the- art low cost spay and neuter clinic with a grant from PetSmart Charities.  The
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Poison Prevention

As in years past, a week in March has been set aside as Poison Prevention Week. This is a good time to review what potential poisons we may have in our homes, garages, and outdoors, and make sure they are safely out of reach of children and pets. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to
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