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2019-01-30Jan 30, 2019

The tapetum lucidum is typically much more developed in animals and is often very brightly colored when compared to that of humans. It is particularly amazing that light sig-nals are perceived when they pass through the retina, and then again when they reflect back off the tapetum! This visual signal amplification helps improve night vision. Development of the tapetum is related to the particular species’ benefit from vision under low-light conditions. Dogs and cats have a well-developed tapetum lucidum, while in hu-mans, the tapetum is developed enough to ruin flash photographs but not nearly well enough for us to stroll at night without a flashlight.

2018-08-19Aug 19, 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.

2019-01-03Jan 3, 2019

I thought our property was free from mountain lions. But, after mysteriously losing four goats within a few months, I learned more about mountain lions than I ever wanted to know.

2018-12-23Dec 23, 2018

A veterinary practice is a doctor’s office, sure, but it’s also a hospital, a surgical center, a pharmacy, and an emergency care center. It’s an employer and community resource and wildlife rescue gateway. It’s part of the community; more than just a busi-ness, it’s an institution. People depend on it for help.And so, I find myself contemplating the future of Bodega Bay Veterinary Hospital.

2018-11-27Nov 27, 2018

A local author's latest book was a finalist in a national book festival. "Edward the White Goose," an illustrated children's book about a lonely goose seeking an adoptive family, is set in Northern California.

2018-11-26Nov 26, 2018

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the hospital the staff were all working to do the impossible. Then in our parking lot, what to our wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer, who staggered and stumbled and moved in a slog to emerge from the settling Bodega Bay fog..

2018-10-27Oct 27, 2018

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, when Dr. T was but a lad freshly graduated from veterinary school, there was a disease of cats called F.U.S. - "Feline Urologic Syndrome." Cats, especially those who preferred dry foods, would make nasty, razor blade-like crystals in their urine. These cats would strain to urinate, pee all over the place (particularly places where the owner would notice, like your bedspread or favorite chair), and pass blood in their urine. Male cats, neutered or otherwise, would obstruct and become completely unable to urinate. These cats could die in as little as 24 hours, and often required several days in the hospital with a catheter in their bladder before they could reliably regain the ability to pee by themselves.

2018-10-12Oct 12, 2018

In the cow-dotted fields of Sonoma County, dairy goat farmer Jennifer Bice has always forged her own path. As her goat dairy company Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery celebrates its 50th year, Bice looks to the future, adapting her farm to the immediate challenges of climate change, drought, and wildfires to protect the animals she loves and the land that sustains them. 

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

The California Towhee is an unassuming bird. It scurries around the ground in suburban neighborhoods inconspicuously, scratching for seeds and insects. It is often described as plain brown and drab, especially when compared to the more ornate Spotted Towhee. However, the California Towhee has some subtleties that are often overlooked. For instance, it has cinnamon-colored feathers under the tail. It also dons a charmingly understated matching necklace.

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

The Spring Lake Water Bark, a leash-free day for dogs to swim and romp on the sand, kicks off at the Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon onSaturday, September 8. Water Bark days will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 8-9, 16, 22-23 and 29-30. No Water Bark will be held on Saturday, September 15 because Spring Lake will be busy with a cross country meet that day.

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