Pet Potpourri

Leptospirosis: Important Facts for Every Dog Owner

Leptospirosis: Important Facts for Every Dog Owner

By Tiffany L. Mitchener, DVM According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), leptospirosis is a disease on the rise. The number of cases diagnosed in our pets has dramatically increased in the past few years. In fact, it is the most widespread disease in the world that can be transmitted from animals to humans. […]






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 […]






Picking the Perfect Puppy

Picking the Perfect Puppy

By Tiffany Mitchener, DVM Picking the perfect puppy can be done! The selection of your new puppy must be a careful decision, however, because this little pup will grow into the dog that will be your constant, loving companion for years to come. What breed? Dogs come in very different packages. Size alone can vary […]






Dogs and Ticks Don’t Mix

Dogs and Ticks Don’t Mix

By Tiffany Mitchener, DVM Is there anything worse than finding a swollen, engorged tick on your dog’s body? A tick is more than a physical nuisance. It can transmit serious diseases to your dog as well. Therefore, you should know how to prevent tick infestations and disease transmission in your dog. Tick Basics A tick […]






How to Improve Your Pet’s Veterinary Visit

How to Improve Your Pet’s Veterinary Visit

By Tiffany Mitchener, DVM Do you dread taking your pet to the veterinarian? Does your cat run and hide as soon as the cat carrier appears in your house? Does your dog start shaking with fear as soon as he sees the veterinary clinic’s front door? Does your blood pressure rise with the veterinarian’s persistent […]






Prevent Parvovirus Disease in Your Puppy

Prevent Parvovirus Disease in Your Puppy

By Tiffany Mitchener Most dog owners have heard of the term “parvo.” There is a vague sense that it is a dreaded disease that can strike dogs, particularly puppies. A few owners know that it can be prevented through vaccination, but do not know when or how often to vaccinate. It is time to unravel […]






Cutting Edge Pain Relief for your Pet: Laser Therapy

Cutting Edge Pain Relief for your Pet: Laser Therapy

By Katie Volat If you want the best for your pet, you should look into Laser therapy—one of the most exciting new treatment options available. It is revolutionizing how veterinarians treat a variety of conditions as it is non-invasive, drug-free, and non-surgical. Laser can be used as a sole therapy or it can enhance traditional […]






Kitten Adoption Primer

Kitten Adoption Primer

By Tiffany Mitchener, DVM Tis the season … kitten season, that is! The summer months typically bring an overflow of kittens to our local county rescue organizations. These shelters have one goal, to find homes for all. Is this your year to adopt a new kitten? Where to start? There are many things to consider […]






Cracking the code of Pet Food Labels

Cracking the code of Pet Food Labels

By Katie Volat, DVM, Capitola Veterinary Hospital Step into any well-stocked pet store and take a look at all the options of pet food…it’s overwhelming! You will see endless choices and countless claims of healthy, natural ingredients that will allow your pet to flourish… but can you believe everything you read? Does your pet need […]






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