Lily

With Myron and Doreen Schonbrun.

Philanthropists Dr. Myron and Doreen Schonbrun have dedicated their lives to making a difference in our San Diego community. The passion they have for the community is the same they have for animals and their longtime family dog Lily. Recently, Lily passed away but before she did, we sat down with all three and spoke about how Lily had touched everyone’s heart.

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San Diego Pet Expo

The San Diego Pet Expo.

a pet’s life magazine was happy to join in all the fun at The San Diego Pet Expo in Del Mar. Four-legged friends received "spa treatments" from local groomers, sampled delicious treats, and learned pet-care tips from animal welfare organizations. Various rescue groups such as Second Chance Dog Rescue, FACE Foundation and more brought awareness to adopting your new best friend.

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Smooch Pooch

The Animal Pad.

The Animal Pad hosted a fundraiser at a private home in Mission Hills to help fund a shelter where they can house the animals that truly need help. Guests enjoyed a Smooch Pooch theme with tacos and cerveza, silent auction and a kissing booth.

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FACE Foundation

Bags & Baubles Fundraiser.

Saving Pets, One Handbag at a Time.

On Sunday, April 30th, pet lovers and trendsetters alike will come together for the most fashionable fundraising event of the season – Bags & Baubles. From 1:00 - 5:00 pm, the San Diego-based Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) will host its annual silent auction fundraising event at an exclusive Rancho Santa Fe estate to raise funds and awareness for local pets in need of life-saving veterinary care.

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Soft Surg

The Cone of Shame.

So, what is up with those Elizabethan collars and why do vets say they are so important? Well, despite their shape, E-collars are not meant to help your pet blend in at the lamp store! They are used to deter your pet from licking, chewing, scratching or rubbing an incision, sore spot, wound or bandage. Most post-operative incisional complications occur from self-trauma. Despite the old wives’ tale that dog saliva helps healing, the truth is that licking, chewing or scratching an incision can lead to skin irritation, bacterial contamination of the wound and prolonged healing. Especially traumatizing are the rough spikes on a cat’s tongue; they can even snag skin stitches and pull them out before the wound has healed! Just think of the potential costs associated with these complications – both to your pet’s health as well as your wallet!

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Your New Horse!

Equine.

Bringing a horse into your family is a big responsibility and comes with new pet-care obligations. These basic tips will help keep your horse happy and healthy. Horses are active animals that need companionship. For this reason, they should be provided with an environment where they can spend most of their day outside exercising and interacting with other horses. Your horse will also need to bond with you; you should be able to provide your equine friend with daily visits where you can pet them and occasionally give them treats.

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Fossils in San Diego

Kids Page.

Believe it or not, millions of years ago, many animals (some of them now extinct) roamed the area we call home! Just think- there were dinosaurs walking the land in Carlsbad. Hadrosaurs and nodosaurs roamed San Diego millions of years ago, and during the Ice Age 200,000 years ago, other animals like the Saber-Toothed cats and Camels called the area home!

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Make It A Date

Spring 2017.

April

National Heartworm Awareness Month.

Wildlife, region of residence, and more can affect your pet’s likelihood of getting heartworms. Whether you have a cat or dog, know the signs of heartworms and talk to your vet about a screening plan. A proactive approach is the best way to keep your pet happy and healthy!

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How to Care for Your Aging Pets

Paws for Thought.

As our pets get older, their needs and capabilities change. Being a pet parent to a senior animal comes with many challenges, but the efforts you make will make the transition easier for both you and your four-legged family members. While consulting your veterinarian can help you determine the specific needs for your animal’s unique health conditions, these tips will allow you to start making the changes your pet needs.

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Baby Season

San Diego Humane Society.

We're officially in baby season, which runs March through October in San Diego. This seven-month period is the peak season of animal breeding – and when animal shelters are flooded with tiny, orphaned kittens and Project Wildlife takes in thousands of orphaned or injured baby animals.

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SWA Travel

Spring Break With Your Buddy!.

Bringing a furry friend along on your Spring Break journey? Cool! Just make sure you let us know in advance and here are some tips:

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Canine Lymphoma

New treatment now available.

By Brenda Phillips, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology).
Veterinary Specialty Hospital.

In January, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, gave conditional approval for the first new animal drug to treat canine lymphoma. Also called lymphosarcoma, lymphoma is a type of cancer in dogs. Lymphoma can affect virtually any organ in the body, but it most commonly starts in organs that function as part of the immune system, such as the lymph nodes, spleen and bone marrow. The signs of lymphoma in dogs vary depending on which organs are affected. Some common signs are lumps under the neck, in front of the shoulders, in the groin region or behind the knees, lethargy, lack of appetite or weight loss. Importantly, many dogs diagnosed with lymphoma do not have immediate signs of illness. Tests to diagnose lymphoma often include aspirates of the abnormal lymph nodes that are submitted to a cytology pathologist, as well as a complete blood count, chest x-rays and abdominal ultrasound.

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