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2020-07-24Jul 24, 2020

400 Goats Arrive for Eco-Friendly Fire Prevention Mission. Caltrans has hired a herder and 400 goats as part of an eco-friendly mission to remove brush along a two-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 101 in Sonoma County between Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg and Canyon Road in Geyserville.

2020-06-23Jun 23, 2020

The recent outbreak of COVID-19, with its animal origin, has made people acutely aware of the close relationship between animal and human health — and the need to regularly monitor disease at the local level,” said Dr. Chris Carpenter, DVM and CAPC’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the growing threat of hookworm, CAPC expands its decade-long mission to regularly monitor parasitic diseases in communities across the U.S. with its new CAPC HOOKWORM Report. New monthly report alerts pet owners, veterinarians and pet services about increases in positive hookworm tests inU.S. metro areas


2020-05-25May 25, 2020

Those who care deeply for pets often hold a deep fascination with the natural world. Many of us are birdwatchers. Who would not be enamored with these ubiquitous, beautiful flying creatures?

2020-04-21Apr 21, 2020

Social media helps fill a part of our collective need to interact with others, but the trouble with the Internet is that any idiot can post ANYthing! A well written and adorned meme can be very attractive and amusing, whether it’s based on truth or not. This is particularly the case when it’s something that we WANT to believe. We eagerly accept as factual a meme that reinforces our beliefs. Worse are the memes that seem to make sense and are accepted without question. These spread and multiply faster than COVID…read on for examples:

2020-03-25Mar 25, 2020

COVID-19 has taken over our lives. We can’t go anywhere or do anything. We can’t even engage in retail therapy, except on line, and nothing is being delivered on time anyway. Besides, we have no room for anything new because there’s ten thousand rolls of toilet paper taking up space in the living room. I WISH we could all start telling COVID jokes: How many COVID carriers does it take to change a light bulb? (None. Who needs a light bulb? All the COVID carriers are out on the beach!). I’m starting this way because I WISH the situation was funny... We’ll take it seriously NOW or we’ll start burying our loved ones. If we don’t do something to invalidate the models RIGHT NOW, 50 to 70% of all Americans could become infected. There are about 331 million of us. That means 165 to 232 MILLION Americans could contract COVID-19. If only 1% of those people die, we’re looking at 2,320,000 dead. As of today, the Sonoma County death rate is 1 out of 21 identified cases = 4.8%.

2020-02-23Feb 23, 2020

Today, I’m offering up an idea that I cannot prove, I have little evidence to support, and that may prove to be untrue. In a universe full of uncertainty, it must be accepted that even the most cautious of us will make mistakes. We WILL, sometimes, draw incorrect conclusions. We are human. It’s our nature to screw up.Recently, DCM cases in dogs associated with legume and pea based (grain-free) diets have spiked, generating great concern. Cats are eating these diets too! I have seen several cats with DCM recently: Two came from the same household and died within hours of presentation, so rapidly that there is no way to be sure of the cause

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