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2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018

Today’s high stress feline executive lives under a great deal of pressure. Making mission-critical decisions, such as deciding on the most advantageous window seat for napping, and management of distracted, unfocused humans takes a toll on even the most laid back kitty VIP.

2018-04-16Apr 16, 2018

Our work on the Field of Dreams has begun! Just when we were slated to begin work in October 2017, our focus dramatically shifted to the fire response. Now that we’ve moved into the recovery phase, we have also spent the last month finalizing our plans, contractors and initial timeline for the project!

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

Sonoma and Marin animal organizations are coming together to promote microchips for pets during the month of April.  They are offering free microchips at over 25 VIP Petcare clinic locations throughout Sonoma and Marin counties. The lack of widespread adoption of microchips was magnified by the Sonoma/Napa fires.

2018-03-16Mar 16, 2018

Wild animals are in constant need of care and we have a policy of helping them. Usually this means serving as a stop on their journey along the Rescue Railroad (my personal term for the vast wildlife rescue network in our area).

2018-02-28Feb 28, 2018

I’ve grown accustomed to the day to day chaos that is rural veterinary practice, but I wouldn’t say that I’m used to it. I’ve spent the last (nearly) 36 years in practice without ever really knowing what I’ll be doing five minutes in the future.

2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018

Summertime means longer days, warmer temperatures, an increase in outdoor activities and, if you are a dog or cat owner or come in contact with these pets, you know that summertime brings more pests! Especially fleas and ticks. Why are these pesky pests a cause for concern? What should we consider before using pet pesticides and are there alternatives we can use to protect our pets, ourselves and our environment?

2018-06-23Jun 23, 2018

The paparazzi was in full swing for the World’s Ugliest Dog contest as Zsa Zsa, a rescued English Bulldog from Anoka, Minnesota charmed her way into the judges' hearts. Nine years young with a swaggering tongue, Zsa Zsa delivered a shower of slobber as she claimed this year’s title, fully fashionable with hot pink toenails. The girl knows how to win hearts as well as minds!

2018-06-12Jun 12, 2018

There's still time to enter pups for the chance to win for cash, Fame, and Philanthropy at the Sonoma-Marin Fair.  With a face only a fur-momma could love, these pups are put to the test for the world’s best cause and to celebrate that every dog is adorable by promoting the power of community and importance of adoption.  Entries will be accepted between now and Wednesday, June 20th by 5pm PST on the World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest website.

2018-06-01Jun 1, 2018

BioBlitzes bring people together to document biodiversity in one place at one time, recording observations of plants and animals using smartphones or digital cameras and uploading results to the biodiversity recording and social networking platform iNaturalist (www.inaturalist.org). These events connect people of all backgrounds to the outdoors, inspire everyone to protect biodiversity, and at the same time generate invaluable data.

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

June 12th marks the 36th anniversary of my graduation from veterinary school. Experience has its perks, and my profession is filled with puzzles. Over the years, I thought I’d seen quite a few. Until yesterday, that is.

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

One such guiding principle is that dogs must not be chained for more than 3 hours in any 24-four hour period. This makes sense insofar as dogs are four legged bundles of energy and are very sociable. Chaining a dog is not only not normal for Fido, it can have a bad affect on Fido - including claws that grow into the foot pads causing pain and crippling, severe loneliness, and even aggression. 

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

DiArtagnan…Where did he come from? No one really knows. A “Good Samaritan” found him on April 8th and brought him to an emergency hospital. He’s been run over by a car. He can’t walk because both of his back legs are broken. There’s a bone showing. He’s ten months old, maybe. Gray tabby. Not neutered. No microchip.

2018-05-01May 1, 2018

The Home & Ranch Readiness Summit is a free community event being held at The Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California, May 17 through 19, 2018. The event helps pet, equine, and livestock owners prepare themselves, their families, and their animals for emergencies and disasters in a fun and informative environment and provides a forum for everyone from residents to professional first responders to connect, network, and train.

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