Sarit Dhupa and Vivianne Villanueva Dhupa

Passionate about animals and our San Diego community, Vivianne Villanueva Dhupa and Sarit Dhupa have devoted their lives in helping animals and their owners live life to the fullest.

apl: What inspired both of you to get into the pet industry?

Sarit - I come from a family of physicians, I am the 42nd Doctor in my family! My decision to pursue animal medicine was largely based on childhood experiences with animals as I was born and raised in Africa.

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Paws & Pints

La Jolla Veterinary Hospital's hosted the 4th Annual Paws & Pints fundraiser benefiting FACE and Rancho Coastal Human Society. The event featured auctions, raffles and lots of fun with supporters and their furry friends.

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Pet Day on the Bay

Hornblower has offered this popular, pup-friendly Pet Day on San Diego Bay which consistently serves up a tail-wagging good time for seventeen years! Hornblower invites dogs to cruise for free with their owners. Pet Day on The Bay - the only pet-friendly event of its kind in Southern California hosts over 500 guests and their pets every year! Pet Day is also a towel and blanket drive and fundraiser benefiting the homeless animals of Helen Woodward Animal Center.

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Walk for Animals

a Pet's Life Magazine was in attendance on  Saturday, May 6, 2017, to cover San Diego's largest dog walk: the Walk for Animals - San Diego, a 2-mile walk at NTC Park at Liberty Station benefiting the San Diego Humane Society.

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Make it a Date - Summer 2017

JULY - Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month.

If you are looking for a pet, then boy are you in luck, July is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month! There are many abandoned bunnies ready to hop into your heart and home.

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Canine environmental allergy and allergen specific immunotherapy (ASIT)

by Nicole A. Boynosky BVMS, MS, DACVD.

Atopic dermatitis (AD) or environmental allergy is a complicated disease which may often include a combination of genetic factors, environmental factors, skin immune dysfunction, diet and skin barrier dysfunction. AD is an over-reaction to typically innocuous environmental allergens such as pollens, molds, etc. Dogs absorb allergens across their skin. In dogs with concurrent skin barrier deficiencies, allergens penetrate deeper into the skin and are taken up by specialized immune cells. Allergy manifests itself in different ways, the most common being pruritus (itching). Signs of pruritus are scratching, licking, chewing, biting, and rubbing.

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92101 Dog Solutions

Downtown San Diego start-up brings "a backyard alternative to high rise living pooches."

Entrepreneurs Tricia Crespin and Oscar Urteaga remember waking up in the middle of the night countless times because their dog, Teddy, needed to go potty. “My dog Teddy was born with a heart murmur and it progressed when we moved downtown,” Tricia tells a pet’s life magazine. “The medication he was taking acted as a diuretic, making him have to pee a lot.”

Like most dog owners who live in a high rise, they researched different options to have a dog pee patch that could be placed on the patio. “We tried every product and service we could find,” adds Oscar. “Nothing worked because all the products used artificial turf or soil-less grass, and our dog desired texture and scent of real, fresh grass.”

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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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