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Welcome to the award winning Vet Buzz,'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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Good and Bad of Dog Kisses

Good and Bad of Dog Kisses

By Chris Pitts, RVT, Broadway Animal Hospital

Think your dog may be a good candidate for the Valentine's Day kissing booth? Let's take a quick look at what goes on inside your dog's mouth before you sign him up. more »

Winter Woes and Wags

Winter Woes and Wags

By Aaron Teixeira, MSc
Shelter Behavior Manager, SF SPCA

With winter now in full effect, cold rain, snow and ice can complicate our dogs’ exercise routines. Regardless of the weather, it is important to remember that our dogs still need daily exercise for physical and mental wellbeing. more »

Paring Down Your Portly Pup

Paring Down Your Portly Pup

By Chris Pitts, RVT at Broadway Animal Hospital

Feeling like your dog might be a little plump? If you can't see a waistline on your dog. If you cannot feel his ribs under his chubs, then you might be right. more »

Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?

Photo: lightsoutfilms
Photo: lightsoutfilms

By Dr. Jeannine Berger, SF SPCA Veterinarian & Behavior Specialist

If you’ve ever owned a dog, you’ve probably seen him eat grass and wondered why. A study in 2008 characterized factors that contribute to grass eating in dogs, and it found that nearly 80% of owners reported their dogs ate grass and 68% of them ate grass on a frequent (daily or weekly) basis. Furthermore, less than 10% of dogs appeared sick before eating grass and the vast majority of dogs who do eat grass tend not to vomit afterwards. Therefore, the old myth that “dogs eat grass to relieve an upset stomach” doesn’t quite appear to be true. more »

Choosing a Final Good-Bye Away from the Vet's Office

Choosing a Final Good-Bye Away from the Vet

By Dr. Jeannine Berger, SF SPCA Veterinarian & Behavior Specialist

After giving us a lifetime of unconditional love, devotion, and loyalty, dogs carry only one fault. And that one fault is that they just don’t live as long as we often hope. So, after receiving a lifetime of beauty and selflessness, how do we honor them in their darkest hour? In fact, one of the most compassionate actions we can take is knowing how and when to give them a kind, gentle death. And as bittersweet as the choice may be, planning ahead and being prepared for a pet’s euthanasia often helps make it a very compassionate decision. more »

Shedding Concerns

Shedding Concerns

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

Aside from being the largest organ, skin also plays a critical role in health and, equally, is reflective of your dog’s health. Because of selective breeding, many dog breeds have developed different types of fur with varying maintenance and grooming requirements. All dog coats, however, require a balance of high quality nutrition and some level of grooming care to ensure a healthy skin barrier and a normal coat. more »

Vet Buzz: Keeping Your Dog Cool On Hot Summer Days


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

Dogs love summer fun just as much as we do. But being trapped in those fur coats without the ability to sweat can prove troublesome in the hotter months. To take away the worry of overheating your furbaby, here are a few tips. more »

Vet Buzz: Healing, Health and Happiness for Your Dog

I'm getting better! - Photo Credit: Bruno Cervera

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, Claremont Veterinary Hospital

Advances in veterinary care continue to help us take care better of our four-legged kids. More research has lead to a wider menu of options for treating your dog's challenges, including trauma, pain, osteoarthritis, soft tissue injuries, anxiety and neurological inflammation.
An exciting new device that offers a safe, scientifically proven treatment option at home for your dog is now available. The Assisi Loop, by Assisi Animal Health, is an non-pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory device (NPAID) that can be an adjunct or an alternative to traditional treatments like NSAIDs, analgesics and opioids.  more »

Vet Buzz: Oh No! My Dog is Limping!

Oh no, my leg! - Photo Credit: Honza Groh
Oh no, my leg! - Photo Credit: Honza Groh

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

We’ve all seen it before. You’re out for your daily walk when, suddenly, your beloved pooch lifts her back leg and looks at you with wide brown eyes. Your dog is limping! What do you do? What could it be? more »

Vet Buzz: Keeping the Golden Years Golden

Happy Birthday! - Photo Credit:
Happy Birthday! - Photo Credit:

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

Everyone wants to grow old gracefully, including your dog. Your dog ages in much the same way as a human does, only at a faster rate. 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.

Dr. Sophie Liu DVM, SF SPCA
Dr. Sophie Liu, DVM of SF SPCA, San Francisco. See Dr. Liu's profile.

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