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Vet Buzz: How We Know Dogs Can Feel Our Emotional Stress

Gotta keep you happy! - Photo Credit: Daria Shevtsova
Gotta keep you happy! - Photo Credit: Daria Shevtsova

By Dr. Sophie Liu, SF SPCA Resident in Behavior Medicine

It’s hard not to feel stressed in today’s environment. So, of course, it makes sense to turn to our fluffy companions for a daily dose of love, affection, and stress reduction. But the same qualities that make dogs such great companions also make them highly attuned to our emotions and behaviors.
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Vet Buzz: Fireworks Anxiety

Vet Buzz: Fireworks Anxiety

By Dr. Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital

Humans love the beauty of a good fireworks show. I am not sure if your dog loves the beauty of a good fireworks display, but I know he does NOT appreciate the noise.

Your dog's sense of hearing is one of his best strengths, but when it comes to those glorious loud kabooms on the fourth of July, his hearing is his greatest foe. To him, those explosions sound like a 747 landed in the front yard, and may send him hiding under the bed, urinating on the floor or chewing up the doorframe to escape. more »

Vet Buzz: Dangers on the Trail

Let's go! - Photo Credit: Pezibear

By Dr. Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital

Summer hiking is here, and you want to take Fido out to romp in the hills! Here are a few things to keep in mind to continue your fun in the sun. more »

Vet Buzz: Dog First Aid Kit

Packed and ready to go!
Packed and ready to go!

By Dr. Sophie Liu, SF SPCA Resident in Behavior Medicine

Before you embark on your next adventure, take a moment to plan and assemble a first aid kit to protect your dog. more »

Vet Buzz: Foxtail

Photo Credit: @baxterthebrit
Photo Credit: @baxterthebrit

By Sophie Liu, DVM

“Foxtails” are the colloquial term for the seed-dispersal unit of a common weed, often called “grass awns” in other parts of the country. Once inside the body, foxtails usually require immediate veterinary care to manually remove them. more »

Vet Buzz: Pyometra

Hi Doc!
Hi Doc!

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM, MS of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland.

Pyometra refers to an infection of the uterus. It is a very serious and life threatening condition requiring immediate medical intervention. Pyometra is preventable. more »

Finding the Right Vet

Finding the Right Vet

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM, MS of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland.

Finding the right veterinarian can be a stressful process. It is important that both you and your furry companion connect and trust the doctor you choose. more »

Typical Tail Injuries and the Ways to Treat Them

Typical Tail Injuries and the Ways to Treat Them

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital

A dog can do a lot of things with his tail; wag, knock your wineglass off the low table, smack you in the face. All things considered, his tail is a pretty active part of his dog body. Active parts of any living creature can get injured. more »

What to Do If You Are Allergic to Your Dog

What to Do If You Are Allergic to Your Dog

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital

Finding out you are allergic to your dog is an absolute bummer. You're a dog person. You snuggle in the evenings, get out on the weekends, trade goofy dog memes with friends. All that is gone now that you found out you are allergic to your dog... or maybe not. There are a lot of questions that need answering. more »

How to Choose Your Next Rescue Dog

Pick me!
Pick me!

By Jeannine Berger DVM, DACVB, DACAW, CAWA, Vice President of Rescue and Welfare, San Francisco SPCA

When rescuing a dog, you can take two different paths. The big question to ask yourself is whether you want “that” dog or “a” dog. Have you already fallen in love with a specific dog, or are you open to possibilities? Depending on your answer, there are different ways to approach the adoption process. more »

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Vet Buzz Contributors

Dr. Bill Barboni
Dr. Bill Barboni of Marin Pet Hospital with his dogs, Rip and Billy. See Dr. Barboni's profile.

Chris Pitts
Chris Pitts, RVT,
of Broadway Animal Hospital
See Chris Pitts' profile.

Dr. Angela Gaeto with dog
Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County. See Dr. Gaeto’s profile.

Dr. Melissa Robinett of Bel Marin Animal Hospital in Novato. See Dr. Robinett's profile.

Dr. Troy
Dr. Erin Troy of Muller Veterinary Hospital in Walnut Creek. See Dr. Troy's profile.

Dr. Stallings
Dr. Rhonda Stallings of Arroyo Veterinary Hospital, Sonoma. See Dr. Stallings' profile.

Dr. Pamela Bouchard of Animal Hospital of Cotati. See Dr. Bouchard's profile.

Dr Berger
Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB, Veterinarian & Behavior Specialist, San Francisco SPCA. See Dr. Berger's profile.

A veterinarian with a dog
Dr. Gary Richter, MS, DVM, of Holistic Veterinary Care. See Dr. Richter's profile.

Dr. Shannon Leggieri DVM, Marin Pet Hospital
Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland.


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