Paws for Thought

Equine Therapy.

Horses are known for having the astonishing capacity to help heal the lives of adults and children who have suffered traumas. San Diego County offers various equine therapy ranches that are dedicated to helping heal. Whether you are seeking treatment of eating disorders, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, grief, mental health anxiety or something else, many options exist.

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Sit! Stay….cation!

Traveling with your pet is an amazing experience, but, it may be difficult for your pet. Sometimes, traveling far from home is not an option for a short vacation, so these outstanding San Diego hotels will spoil you and your pet making sure you all enjoy a well-deserved vacation. Here are the best four hotels who are ready to pamper your pooch!

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Summer Health Dangers

How to Protect Your Pets.

Summer is a fun time of year but it also brings rising heat and humidity, even here in San Diego where our weather seems so perfect. We share tips to keep your pets safe and keep them cool this summer.

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Pet Travel

Flying the Furry Skies.

The TSA is expecting long lines at their security check points during the busy summer travel season – especially when you are traveling in the morning. The TSA recommends arriving at the airport at least 2 hours early for domestic travel and 3 hours early for international travel. So bust out the sandals, your pet carrier, and let’s fly!

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Fact or Fiction?

“My dog is geriatric, so I shouldn’t anesthetize him.”

The short answer is fiction, “age itself is not a disease”. With that said, with aging does come some significant changes in organ function, how the body responds to stressors, and therefore risks associated with anesthesia may be increased.

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Apartment Friendly Pets

If you are living in a pet friendly building and are looking to add a furry friend to live with you, the size will matter. Consider whether you would prefer a pet you can curl up or prefer to watch at a distance. Always make sure to do your research but here is a helpful guide to help determine if your new friend will be happy, and most of these can easily be adopted at your local shelter!

Rabbits: Size and behavior make rabbits the perfect pet for an apartment. They are happy to roam around or being in a cage and they are furry and love to be snuggled.

Fish: Fish make for a perfect pet as they are easy to take care of and do not require much space. They are beautiful to observe just make sure you clean the tank consistently.

Turtle and Reptiles: They are playful; you can interact with them but they are independent.

Cats: Cats make for a perfect apartment pet. No need to be walked, they groom themselves and sleep for over 14 hours each day.

Birds: They can live happily in small spaces, make for a great companion and serenade you with music.

Dogs: There are many great dog breeds who enjoy smaller spaces but make sure to consider the size, energy levels and noisiness.

Guinea Pigs: They have a friendly and playful personality making for a perfect pet in a small space. They are also a very affordable pet to maintain.

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FACE Foundation’s 6th Annual “Bags & Baubles”

Shopping to Save Pets and Help Families.

On Sunday, May 1st, animal lovers and fashionistas will unite for the premier fundraising event of the season, Bags & Baubles. From 1 - 5 pm, the Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) will host its 6th annual Bags & Baubles in Rancho Santa Fe to raise funds and awareness for local pets in need of critical or life-saving veterinary care.

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GiddyUp!

San Diego Horse Trails

Whether in the mountains, the desert, the beach or the trails in Rancho Santa Fe, horseback riding is a sport that takes advantage of San Diego’s perfect geography and climate. These are just a few ideas for you to take in the scenery while horseback riding. Get out there and enjoy!

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Vision Care

Nicole Roybal, DVM, DACVO.

Although our pets can’t tell us what they’re seeing, there are actually many clues that can help us piece together how dogs and cats view the world. The most significant difference between our eyes and those of our pets is in the structure of the retina. The retina is a layer of tissue at the back of the eye that is responsible for transforming light entering the eye into electric signals that are then sent to the brain for vision processing. The cells that make up the retina have been carefully examined and results have given us some interesting insight into the lives of the animals that share our world.

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Saved by Project Wildlife!

Boz, the Hooded Oriole.

When a young Hooded Oriole became unable to survive in the wild due to poor nutrition and a heavy parasite load, Project Wildlife, a program of San Diego Humane Society, intervened with the meticulous care needed to rehabilitate this local bird.

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DogZenergy

Brittany Alwerud from DogZenergy.

Meet the Brittany Alwerud from DogZenergy, the most innovative and trusted dog walking service in San Diego.

APL: What pets do you currently own?

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