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.

Yes, Your Dog Can Catch the Flu Too.

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM, MS of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland. Over the past three months, almost every other call we’ve received at our hospital has been regarding the “dog flu.” While cases of canine flu are on the rise in California, as an informed dog owner, it is important to understand what canine flu is, which dogs are at risk, the clinical signs of canine fl  Read more.

The Benefits of Crate Training

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital Crate training is awesome! Puppies and adult dogs alike can really benefit from having a place to call their den. Crate training can cut down on inappropriate elimination in the house, diminish your dog's stress, and simplify traveling with your furry friend. Make the crate as inviting as possible.  Read more.

What bones are safe to give your dog

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital I admit it, as a veterinary professional, I cringe when people ask me which bones to feed their dogs. I have seen too many cases of diarrhea from dogs chewing on bacteria-laden bones, vomiting from swallowing a chunk of bone, surgery from bones that will not pass through the intestines, and broken teeth from chewing.  I have also had to remove  Read more.

Tips for Visiting the Desert With Your Dog

• 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. • Bring water—lots of water. Dogs, like people, need frequent   Read more.

Traveling with a blind or deaf dog

Deaf or blind dogs can be great travel companions. Most of the issues these dogs have when on vacation have more to do with the disorientation they feel from being in a new place, and less to do with their physical handicaps.  Read more.

Keeping the Holidays Safe for Dogs

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital. The holidays can be stressful and full of temptation for pets as well as people. Those friends and family you entertain can be seen as invading hordes to your dog. All the lovely, butter-filled treats you work so hard to prepare can cause GI upset and pancreatitis in your dog. Those gorgeous decorations you work so hard to hang, can be awfully te  Read more.

Motion Sickness

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital. Traveling with your dog over the holidays is not always easy when your dog has a tendency to get motion sickness. There are a few things you can do to prevent or reduce the vomiting associated with motion sickness. And then there may be a few issues you will need to iron out with the help of your veterinarian.  Read more.

Cushing’s Disease

By Dr. Jennifer Tavares, VMD, and Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital. Cushing's disease can mimic a lot of other conditions. With its main disease signs of increased water intake, increased urination, increased appetite, a decrease in skin quality, the onset of lethargy, obesity, and loss of muscle tone, it can look a lot like kidney disease or a low thyroid hormone level to y  Read more.

Pica

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM, MS of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland. “Your dog ate what?!” This sentence is uttered in disbelief by veterinarians and veterinary staff every day. Pica is a medical term referring to the act of seeking out and eating non-food items. It is a serious, common and sometimes life-threatening condition often faced by dog owners and their veterinarians.  Read more.

Socializing Your Dog

By Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County. Beyond all the medical care, feeding, and changes to the household that a new dog will bring, you also need to consider the socialization of your dog. Just like people, puppies take time to learn about their environment and the people that are going to be in their lives which is why it is important to so  Read more.

The Importance of initial Core Vaccines in Dogs

By Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County. Over the years, veterinarians have seen a growing trend in clients who decide not to get their pets vaccinated. Sometimes it is the misplaced fear that the vaccines will cause more problems than they prevent but other times it is the lack of funds by the people who have acquired a new pet.  Read more.

Unexpected Toxic Substances in the Kitchen

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM, MS of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland. While a well balanced kibble is the best maintenance diet for your furry friend, reality is an occasional table scrap may “sneak” into your dog’s daily or weekly routine. So if you are cooking alongside your four-legged companion it’s essential you know the “OKs” and “absolutely n  Read more.

Bringing Home A New Dog

By Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County. There are a lot of things to think about when bringing a new dog into your home. Beyond all the medical care, feeding, and changes to the household that a new dog will bring, you also need to consider the socialization of your pet.  Read more.

Pet Insurance

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM, MS of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland. One of the most frequent questions I receive from pet owners is "Should my dog have health insurance?" The pet health insurance industry is growing rapidly. With many different companies and plans available it has become difficult for owners to navigate the many options and decide which plan, if any, is best fo  Read more.

Sun Safety for Your Dog

By Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County. Summer's here! It's essential to protect your dog from the hazards of hot weather and practice sun safety. Sun safety means avoiding the dangers of both sunlight exposure and heat exposure. While plenty of dogs have thick coats to protect them from sunlight, many dogs with white or light colored   Read more.

Snake Bites

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM, MS of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland. With abundant rainfall across the state the hills are green with lush landscape this spring. As rodents thrive in this green environment so do their predators. This year promises to attract an increased number of snakes following their rodent prey into areas we frequent with our dogs. It is important to know how to avoid,  Read more.

Water Safety

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM, MS of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland. There is no better exercise for your dog’s health than swimming. But before you and your furry friend dive in this summer, there are certain precautions you should take to maximize health benefits and minimize hazards.  Read more.

Is Your Dog Itchin’ and Scratchin’?

By Melissa Robinett, DVM, Bel Marin Animal Hospital, Novato, CA It’s late spring and allergy season is in full swing. As all humans with allergies know, we still don’t have a cure for this condition. The same is true for our allergy-prone canine companions, so management of this chronic, often frustrating disease is the goal.  Read more.

Marijuana Toxicity

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland. With the passing of recent legislation legalizing marijuana in California, many pet parents have raised questions regarding marijuana use and toxicity in dogs.  Read more.

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