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The Vet is In: Caring for Your Pet’s Nails

The Vet is In: Caring for Your Pet’s Nails

Animal claws (nails) are made of a tough protein called keratin. Claws help animals and birds catch prey, dig holes, andclimb or perch in trees, and are also used for defense. But injury or neglect of pets’ nails can lead

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Animal Advocate: What A Dog Really Needs

Animal Advocate: What A Dog Really Needs

“Woof-woof-woof, woof-woof-woof, woof-woof-woof.”  The incessant barking of a lonely dog can go on for hours. Dogs are intelligent, social creatures. To be left isolated with no stimulation or company goes against their very nature. Dogs evolved as active partners with

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The Vet Is In: Pet Allergies

The Vet Is In: Pet Allergies

Allergies are states of hypersensitivity, where the body’s immune system overreacts to an otherwise harmless substance. They can be set off by insect bites, pollen, mold spores, mites, fabric, food and much more. Just as with people, allergies can wreak

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Estate Planning: Planning for Your Pets

Estate Planning: Planning for Your Pets

You may have put the rest of your affairs in order, but have you made plans for your pets? Hopefully, by now you have created a basic estate plan by doing the following: Signing Durable Powers of Attorney to make

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Healing Power of Pets

Healing Power of Pets

Meet five foothill residents who are living proof that pets can be the best medicine.

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The Vet Is In: Rattlesnakes

The Vet Is In: Rattlesnakes

By Dr. Marv Ordway The western rattlesnake is the only venomous snake in our area that can inflict a painful and rarely fatal bite. In the foothills, rattlesnakes come out of dormancy in March when the temperature is above 70

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The Vet Is In: Over-The-Counter Meds

The Vet Is In: Over-The-Counter Meds

Just like people, animals suffer aches, pains and strains that make them uncomfortable but may not require emergency care. Dogs may tumble off rocks while hiking, get kicked by deer, or commit dietary indiscretions with foul consequences. Cats can also

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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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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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