Pet Potpourri

Should You Keep Your Cat Indoors?

Should You Keep Your Cat Indoors?

By Tiffany L. Mitchener, DVM Did you know that an indoor cat lives twice as long as an outdoor one? Strictly indoor cats live an average of 12-15 years. Strictly outdoor cats usually do not live past age five, and a cat that spends time both inside and out has an average lifespan of eight […]

Why We Vaccinate Our Pets Against Rabies

Why We Vaccinate Our Pets Against Rabies

By Tiffany L. Mitchener, DVM Most Americans have never seen an animal with a case of rabies. The image of the mad, aggressive, salivating animal has been fostered by Hollywood — think “Cujo” or “Old Yeller.” Most people have a vague sense of unease regarding the disease and know the importance of maintaining their pets’ […]

A Dog Owner’s Guide to Canine Flu

A Dog Owner’s Guide to Canine Flu

By Tiffany L. Mitchener, DVM The newspaper headlines have struck fear in every dog owner this summer: “Canine flu has killed two North Carolina dogs…” Charlotte Observer, 6/7/17 • “Dog owners, beware the rise of canine influenza,” The Courier-Journal, 6/29/17 • “As dog flu outbreak widens, experts call for flu shots,” Orlando Sentinel, 6/30/17 What is […]

Protect Your Pet from Sun Exposure

Protect Your Pet from Sun Exposure

By Tiffany L. Mitchener, DVM With the long “dog days” of summer approaching, it is time to get outside and get active. But time spent outdoors increases sun exposure for you and your pet. Too much sun can lead to a sunburn or worse — skin cancer. You know how to protect yourself from the […]

Pets and Microchipping

Pets and Microchipping

By Tiffany L. Mitchener, DVM Capitola Veterinary Hospital It is the moment that strikes fear in the heart of every pet owner…the moment that you realize that your pet is missing. It is time to swing into action with neighborhood searches, posted flyers, and shelter checks. At this moment of crisis, if there was a […]

Raw Pet Food Diets

Raw Pet Food Diets

What Every Pet Owner Should Know By Tiffany L. Mitchener, DVM Raw food pet diets are increasing in popularity, but feeding raw food to our companion animals has inherent risks. This article examines what every pet owner should know before deciding to make the switch to a raw diet. What is a Raw Food Diet? […]

Safe Summer Travel with Your Dog

Safe Summer Travel with Your Dog

By Tiffany L. Mitchener, DVM The summer season is upon us! School is out for many families, and vacation time has arrived. Long sun-filled days prompt many folks to start dreaming of hitting the road to explore faraway places. The Decision: Do I bring Fido or leave him behind? The decision of whether or not […]

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