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Welcome to Vet Buzz, DogTrekker.com's pet health blog with the latest in veterinary medicine, valuable tips and seasonal guidelines to keep your dog safe and healthy at home and on the road. Whether it is caring for an elderly dog, holistic approaches to health care, toxic algae blooms or tick and rattlesnake warnings, our Vet Buzz contributors have you covered.

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Tick-Borne Disease

India in the spring flowers.<br/>Photo Credit:  Kate Merriman (CC)
India in the spring flowers.
Photo Credit: Kate Merriman (CC)

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

As rain and floods sweep across the state it seems appropriate to discuss tick-borne diseases. Ticks thrive in moist, humid, lush environments, particularly following periods of rainfall. In winter and spring especially, dogs are at greater risk of becoming exposed to ticks during walks, hikes or even in their own backyards. With certain ticks come certain diseases to which dogs (and people) are vulnerable. more »

Leptospirosis and Your Dog

Photo Credit:  dogrando (CC)
Photo Credit: dogrando (CC)

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

As water levels rise across the Bay Area this winter, so has the number of documented canine leptospirosis cases. This has led to a flurry of articles, TV segments and worried owners calling veterinarians to ensure their dog has the “lepto vaccine."

It is essential that, as a dog owner, you know the facts, risks and warning signs of leptospirosis to minimize the likelihood of your dog contracting the disease. more »

Common Questions About Senior Dogs

Senior dog, Harley - Photo Credit: Kevin Sando (CC)
Senior dog, Harley - Photo Credit: Kevin Sando (CC)

By Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County.

Here are some answers to common questions about senior dogs. more »

Canine Dental Health

Healthy teeth, happy dog! Photo Credit: Rennett Stowe (CC)
Healthy teeth, happy dog! Photo Credit: Rennett Stowe (CC)

Dental development

Dogs have a set of baby teeth and a set of adult teeth just like people do. more »

Dog Sitting vs. Boarding

Vacation? Photo Credit: TheGiantVermin (CC)
Vacation? Photo Credit: TheGiantVermin (CC)

By Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County.

As much as we'd like to always take our four-legged family members with us when we travel, unfortunately, there are times when we have to leave them behind. Here are some things to consider when deciding whether to board your dog or leave him with a dog sitter. more »

Unsafe Toys

Photo Credit: Nisakorn Keanmepol (CC)
Photo Credit: Nisakorn Keanmepol (CC)

By Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County.

There is no one definition of an unsafe toy. Many toys can be unsafe in the mouths of the wrong dog. more »

Winter Tips for Visiting the Desert With Your Dog

Desert Dog. Photo Credit: Ken Bosma (CC)
Desert Dog. Photo Credit: Ken Bosma (CC)

1. While winter temperatures in Southern California deserts are mild, heat can still build up fast inside a car. Be very, very cautious about leaving your dog unattended, even for a short while. If you must step away for a few minutes, make sure the outdoor temperature is below 60 degrees, and leave the windows cracked.

2. Bring water—lots of water. Dogs, like people, need frequent hydration in a desert climate. It’s a good idea to carry water for both of you wherever you go, whether on foot or in a vehicle. If you’re dog isn’t trained to drink from a water bottle while hiking, carry a collapsible bowl. more »

Disaster Preparedness

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM/MS, Marin Pet Hospital, San Rafael, CA

No one can predict when a natural disaster may strike. When it does, it is essential to have a plan for every member of your family including the four-legged ones. more »

Understanding and Treating Arthritis

Photo Credit: Mark Robinson (CC)
Photo Credit: Mark Robinson (CC)

By Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County.

Arthritis is the general term for inflammation in a joint. Early in life bones are well protected by cartilage at the joint surfaces and well padded with joint fluid. As dogs age, this cartilage starts to break down and the joint fluid is thicker. Therefore bones are less protected from wear and tear creating this joint inflammation and often pain. more »

Microchipping Your Dog

Where did my people go? Photo Credit: Ella Novak (CC)
Where did my people go? Photo Credit: Ella Novak (CC)

By Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County.

Microchips are small metal implants that go underneath the skin into the connective tissue. The purpose of the microchip is to uniquely identify your dog. 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.

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

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. Jennifer Tavares, VMD,
of Broadway Animal Hospital
See Dr. Tavares' profile.






 

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