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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Children’s Nature Retreat

The Children’s Nature Retreat welcomes visitors of all ages, allowing everyone to enjoy and explore the beautiful and tranquil surroundings at their leisure. This magical and serene ranch-style retreat in Alpine, with its 20-acres of terrain, is a safe haven to over 80 domesticated livestock from around the world. The retreat is specifically designed to help children develop a sense of wonder for nature and its inhabitants through unstructured exploration and learning. Fun and educational ‘interactive presentations’ are available for everyone to learn and foster an appreciation for animals, nature, sustainable farming and the ecosystem.

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Ruth Melero with Jack & Russel

M Winehouse, a quaint Wine Bar, sits nestled in the heart of Little Italy and has two dogs that are often there greeting guests. Entrepreneur and owner Ruth Melero followed her dream and opened a beautiful pet-friendly space with great atmosphere that offers international wines, specialty drinks, beers and bubbles for locals and tourists alike. When she is not working, she enjoys pampering her two loves, Jack & Russel. She shares why they bring sunshine to her life.

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Lakeside Pet Expo

Guests and their pets enjoyed the 1st Annual Lakeside Pet Expo to benefit Dogs on Deployment and San Diego Chief Petty Officer Spouse Association. A wide variety of exhibitors from San Diego participated and various rescue groups brought many adorable pets who were ready to find their forever homes, and many went home with new families!

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Join the Furry Family

The Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) has saved the lives of over 1,600 beloved pets over the past ten years, and they aren’t close to slowing down. FACE is made possible by a passionate team of veterinarians and concerned citizens, who work tirelessly to save the lives of dogs, cats, rabbits, and other furry family members when their owners cannot afford medical treatment in emergency situations.

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Hold Your Horses!

Believe it or not, the horse you see today- whether on a farm, a parade, therapy or even working with the police- have all evolved over the past 55 million years from an animal about the size of a dog! Originally found only in North America, during the last Ice Age, they crossed land bridges to Asia and Europe.

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