The Vet Is In: Eye Problems

The Vet Is In: Eye Problems

With many health problems affecting dogs and cats, it may be safe to wait a day or two before scheduling a visit to your veterinarian. Eye problems are a different story. With these, the watchwords are prevention and quick intervention,

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Spring Rescue? Call for Advice First

Spring Rescue? Call for Advice First

A songbird chick tumbles from its nest. A baby squirrel writhes helplessly on the ground. A fawn nestles in grass, no doe in sight. What’s an animal lover to do? Call (209) 484-1928, or 532-5529 (8am-noon weekdays only), says wildlife

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Wildlife Has A Friend in Rose Wolf

Wildlife Has A Friend in Rose Wolf

For Laura Murphy of Tuolumne, who heads the Rose Wolf Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, it’s all about setting injured and orphaned birds and animals free. “We don’t make pets of them,” she says. “Our goal is to get them

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Animal Advocate: Hard Times for Animals, Too

Animal Advocate: Hard Times for Animals, Too

These hard economic times are having an impact on the animals as well. Dealing with job losses, home foreclosures, and uncertainty of what the future holds is forcing many families to make difficult decisions. More pets are being surrendered, and

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The Vet Is In: Lost Pets

The Vet Is In: Lost Pets

Can you imagine being lost and unable to find your family? Sadly, pets are lost more often than you might expect, with tragic consequences. Unexpected events can separate even the most faithful dogs and cats from their loving homes. If

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Animal Advocate: Who Will Care for Our Pets?

A few years ago I was facing a major surgery and it brought to the forefront this question: “Who will care for our beloved pets should something catastrophic occur and I am not able to?” I checked with friends and

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The Vet Is In: Euthanasia

Euthanasia is the final act of kindness when a pet is suffering from an incurable disease or severe, irreparable injury. Less frequently, a pet is euthanized due to aggressive or unacceptable behavior. In all cases, it is the veterinarian’s responsibility

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Animal Advocate: Rabies

Not everyone is aware that the state of California is a declared rabies area. Rabies is a virus that attacks the central nervous system and, once symptomatic, it is almost always fatal. The virus is endemic in the skunk and

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The Vet Is In: Heartworms

Heartworm is a common parasite that is transmitted by mosquitoes and poses a major threat to your family pets. An ounce of prevention in this case is worth more than a pound of cure – it can save your dog’s

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How to Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

“They love to work and they love the attention. It’s a great way to bond and they need that at any age.” – Sherry Galka, trainer

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Animal Advocate: Controlling Pet Overpopulation

Having worked in the animal welfare field for more than 20 years, I know that controlling pet overpopulation is the single most important way to reduce euthanasia. Adoption is helpful but spay/neuter is the key. The excess numbers of dogs

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The Vet Is In: Ticks

Here are two good reasons to check your pet daily for ticks: your pet’s health, and your health. The more you know about these disease-carrying arachnids, the more you’ll understand how vital it is to avoid them. Ticks need blood

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Animal Advocate: Wildfire Preparation

Those of us in the Sierra Nevada foothills live with the very real threat of wildfires. Having to get pets and belongs out during an emergency is stressful under any circumstance, but some advance preparation can help to make things

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The Vet Is In: Periodontal Disease

Bad breath in dogs and cats often signals periodontal disease, the most common disease we see in companion pets. Here’s how it happens: Bacterial buildup on the teeth leads to plaque formation The plaque hardens and turns into tartar, the

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Friends Indeed to Animals in Need

For the past eight years, Darlene Mathews and other members of Friends of Animal Control have worked tirelessly to find new homes for stray and abandoned dogs and cats. But more help is needed to fulfill their dream: a loving home for every animal in need.

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Animal Advocate: When a Pet Goes Missing

Nothing is worse than that sense of panic when your beloved dog or cat is missing. The gate was left open and Rover went exploring. The screen is pushed out and Fluffy is nowhere to be found. What do you

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The Vet Is In: How Much Food?

How often and how much to feed your dogs and cats can be a tricky issue in part because of that look. You know the one: “I’m hungry, please feed me.” And an hour later, the same look. I hear

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Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

By Irwin Schwartz Spaying is the surgical removal of the reproductive organs of a female animal. Neutering is the surgical removal of the reproductive glands of a male animal. Females and males should be spayed or neutered by 6 months

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Love Story: Tuolumne County Humane Society

Love Story: Tuolumne County Humane Society

The Humane Society has a mission: place stray or abandoned cats and dogs with loving families. This is the story of a husband and wife who, inspired by their daughter, have helped find homes for thousands.

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Cowboy’s Special Mission

Cowboy’s Special Mission

Thousands of Tuolumne County seniors know Cowboy by name. At Skyline Place, residents have thrown two birthday parties for this frequent visitor, a 160-pound Leonberger instantly recognizable by his huge head, lionesque mane, pan-sized paws and trademark red vest. For

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Therapy Dogs Bring the Love

As the dogs arrive there’s a sense of excitement in the room, an awakening. Smiles, outstretched arms and murmurs of welcome greet the dogs and their handlers, who have interrupted a droning TV show to the delight of the white-haired

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