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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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Make It a Date

Winter 2017.

January
National Train Your Dog Month

Grab your pup and head to your local animal training expert including the San Diego Humane Society because January is National Train Your Dog Month! Implementing healthy behavior habits can be fun and has many benefits for both you and your four-legged friend.

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San Diego Center for Children

By: Kathryn Anderson, LMFT.

Most dog owners can tell you how comforting it is to come home at the end of a long day and be greeted by a wagging tail and kind furry face. So, you can only imagine how powerful that experience may feel for a child who is struggling to feel comforted due to their mental, emotional or behavioral disorder.

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8 Pet Apps

Pet Tech.

We have compiled a list of eight pet apps to help make your life, and your pets life, easier. These apps will help set reminders for walking, safety tips, or manage the need of your pets.

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What are Rabbits Really Like?

San Diego House Rabbit Society.

Are rabbits soft and fuzzy? Most definitely. Are rabbits as cuddly as they look? Not necessarily.

Is a rabbit more like a cat or a dog? Neither. A rabbit is like a rabbit. Are you expecting your rabbit to come running when called? They seldom do. However, having a carrot in hand may help. I have learned to call my rabbits out from under the bed about 10 minutes before I need them. They seem to show up "on time" this way.

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From Rescue to Recovery

San Diego Humane Society’s Special Response Team.

In early December, San Diego Humane Society’s Special Response Team rescued 78 dogs from a very sad hoarding situation in El Cajon. The team discovered these dogs living in horribly unsanitary conditions with dirt and feces piled up around them inside the house. Worse, most of the dogs had never been outside.

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Making Fur Fly

By Lynn Bruns.

This year when you are making your travel plans, do not worry about leaving your furry family members at home. Southwest Airlines invites your MVPs - that's Most Valuable Pets, of course -onboard for your next trip.

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Hydrotherapy

By Matt Cleveland, DVM, DACVS.

Hydrotherapy (water therapy) comes in different forms. Underwater treadmill therapy and swimming are the two mainstays of hydrotherapy and both are fantastic options for patients needing to improve strength, joint range in motion, coordination, limb function and potentially stimulate more rapid post-operative healing.

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