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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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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 »

Canine Snoring

Paw on the snooze button. <br/>Photo Credit: morten.dk (CC)
Paw on the snooze button.
Photo Credit: morten.dk (CC)

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

Snoring is caused by obstruction of the nasal passages or trachea that leads to airway constriction. The first thing to know about snoring is that it can be both normal and abnormal in dogs, and there are numerous reasons for each. more »

Benefits of Adopting an Adult or Senior Dog

Grey is the new black. Photo Credit: Lisa (CC)
Grey is the new black. Photo Credit: Lisa (CC)

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

Adult and in particular senior dogs are often overlooked at shelters in favor of boisterous puppies. However, there are many benefits to adopting an adult or senior pet. more »

Vet Buzz: Car Travel

Road trip! Photo Credit: Brandi Schmeling
Road trip! Photo Credit: Brandi Schmeling

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

As you pack up the car for an adventure this fall, don’t forget your favorite four-legged companion. Car travel can be a fun and safe experience with your pet if you adhere to a few easy tips. more »

Balancing Your Dog's Diet

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Where's the treadmill? Photo Credit: Jacek.NL (CC)

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

Dogs should be on a food appropriate for their activity level, life stage, and desired weight. When dogs need to lose weight owners can cut back their calories starting with a 20-25% reduction. Many times overweight dogs eat an appropriate amount of food but get too many treats. 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. 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.

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. Shannon Leggieri DVM, Marin Pet Hospital
Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM of Marin Pet Hospital in San Rafael, CA. See Dr. Leggieri's profile.






 

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