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Welcome to the award winning 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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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 »

What to Do When You Find a Lost Dog

What to Do When You Find a Lost Dog

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital

You wonderful person, you found a lost dog and now you want to find this lost dog's human. If the dog has a collar and a tag, locating the human is usually a no-brainer. But what about when the phone number on the tag is out of order or there is no collar or tag to refer to? Don't worry, there are options. more »

Knowing First Aid Can Save Your Dog's Life

Photo Credit: the paw pad (CC)
Photo Credit: the paw pad (CC)

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital.

When I think of life-saving first aid for a dog in a life-threatening situation, the top three skills I think of are CPR, applying direct pressure and keeping calm. more »

Rehabbing Your Dog After Surgery

Naptime
Naptime

By Erin Troy DVM, CCRP, CVPP, Medical Director of Muller Veterinary Hospital

None of us want to hear that our beloved dog needs surgery. It's scary to think of all the factors involved before, during and after the operation. Once our pup has done well through the procedure itself and has been discharged from the hospital we often celebrate that victory and breathe a sigh of relief. Many families think there is not much left to do. But that's where your efforts really start, and there are many things you can do to maximize your pet's rehabilitation. more »

Four Ways to a Happier Deaf Dog

Four Ways to a Happier Deaf Dog

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital.

There is a funny trait of many owners of deaf dogs. They tell me, as I talk kindly to their deaf dog, “My dog can't hear you,” and then they look really irritated when I continue to prattle along lovingly to their dog as I take him into the treatment room. Here's the deal. Deaf dogs may not be able to hear me, but most of them can still see me. They respond really well to body language. They can respond when I give them a pat. And those noses definitely work when I offer a cookie. So here's my top four tips for a happier deaf dog. more »

Benefits of Being a Dog Parent

The best medicine
The best medicine

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital.

A dog in your life can mean a healthier and happier life for you. There is the obvious benefit of an increase in exercise because you will need to take you dog out for daily walks. But there is also the potential to be more social on those walks if you join a group of like-minded dog people. Walking with others will make you more likely to be consistent with your exercise. In addition, the camaraderie of walking your dog with others is good for your mental health. more »

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

By Gary Richter, M.S., D.V.M., C.V.C., C.V.A., Holistic Veterinary Care, Oakland, CA

Halloween is right around the corner, and so are potential dangers that could affect your dog—loud noises, big costumes, chocolate and other sweets, etc.

Here are a few tips from Dr. Gary Richter, medical director of the award-winning Holistic Veterinary Care of Oakland, California. more »

Tips for Traveling With a Puppy

Tips for Traveling With a Puppy

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital.

Traveling with a puppy means being prepared. Prepared to get your puppy out to eliminate often. Prepared with vaccines. And prepared with distractions. 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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