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The Family Pet - Dentistry Family Pet Animal Care - Dentistry Again?
March 1, 2017
by Dr. Michael Trapani
Now that “National Dental Health Month” is finally over, it is time to have a serious talk about keeping our pet’s teeth healthy. 
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The Family Pet Family Pet Animal Care - Communication
February 1, 2017
by Dr. Michael Trapani
“The greatest problem in communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished.”
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Sonoma County Animal Shelter OPEN for Adoptions Sonoma County Animal Shelter OPEN for Adoptions
January 26, 2017
Sonoma County Animal Services’ reports no additional dogs have tested positive for the parvovirus. Today the Shelter will be open for all adoptive services.
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Sonoma County Animal Shelter Dogs with Parvovirus Sonoma County Animal Shelter Dogs with Parvovirus
January 24, 2017

Sonoma County Animal Services’ public shelter remains open to the public but no adoptions will be allowed today. The Shelter’s additional cleaning and decontamination efforts from recent cases of the canine parvovirus are ongoing. The Shelter will open for adoptive services once all dogs are cleared and it is safe to adopt out dogs.

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The Family Pet From the Heart - Part Two
January 4, 2017
by Dr. Michael Trapani
We settled on “Lollipop.” It seems the right name for her. Every well-loved kitty should have their own song, and Lollipop is in fact, “sweeter than candy on a stick.”
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Puppy Love - Canine Companions for Independence Canine Companions International Dinner at the Petaluma Elks Lodge
November 25, 2016
On October 14th a demonstration by Canine Companions International was held at the Petaluma Elks Lodge Elks National Foundation dinner. 
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The Family Pet From the Heart
November 25, 2016
by Dr. Michael Trapani
It has been difficult to write during these last couple of weeks. It seems as though everyone’s life has been full of frustration and distraction. It’s been hard to find a positive focus. All of this abruptly changed three days ago. 
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The Family Pet The Heartworm Conundrum
October 26, 2016
by Dr. Michael Trapani
Throughout all of my 35-year career in veterinary medicine, I have been fighting a battle against heartworms. While this hasn’t exactly been a losing battle, I certainly cannot claim anything like “victory.” Dirofilaria immitis, the mosquito-borne blood vessel parasite of dogs has been a constant threat to my pets and patients. 
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The Family Pet Family Pet Animal Care - What is Value? Part 4
September 26, 2016
by Dr. Michael Trapani
Everyone loves a happy and healthy pet, and all of us want the best possible deal for our pet care dollars. So, when it comes to caring for our pets, WHAT IS VALUE?
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Water Bark Returns to Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon Water Bark Returns to Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon
September 1, 2016
The Spring Lake Water Bark, an event that allows dogs to swim and play off-leash at the Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon, will take place on four dates this September. Water Barks will be held on Sunday, September 18, and Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25. The event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. In addition, September 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is “Mellow Monday” for dog owners who prefer a calmer Water Bark experience.
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Family Pet Animal Care - Neglect- September 2016 Family Pet Animal Care - Neglect
September 1, 2016
by Dr. Michael Trapani

Every profession includes things that we’d rather not talk about; unspoken secrets, deep and dark, and attitudes or events that make us shake our heads in disbelief. The foundation of the veterinary profession is the care and concern of human beings for the animals in our lives. This human-animal bond is the source of the richness and depth of emotion that we receive from the animals with which we live. 

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Family Pet Animal Care - What Really Matters - August 2016 Family Pet Animal Care - What Really Matters
August 1, 2016
by Dr. Michael Trapani

I got a nasty email recently. Someone had taken exception to the rules that all veterinarians are required to follow. This, in the writer’s estimation, made me a money-grubbing thief who wanted to mistreat his pet and cared only about collecting my fee. At issue was the requirement that no prescription can be refilled if the patient has not had an examination within the preceding twelve months.

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The Love of a Dog – Canine Therapy at Sonoma West Medical Center The Love of a Dog – Canine Therapy at Sonoma West Medical Center
June 29, 2016
Beginning on June 1, Sonoma West Medical Center patients started receiving a whole new level of care, and the difference was the start of a new canine therapy program. 
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Lazuli Bunting Lazuli Bunting – Jewel from Central America
June 29, 2016

“One can hardly believe his eyes as this jewel flashes from a thicket, crosses a space of common air, and disappears again all in a trice. Either there has been some optical illusion, or nature has grown unco careless to fling her turquoise about in such fashion.”  William DawsonThe Birds of California - 1923

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Family Pet Animal Care - Miserable Little Parasites — Revisited - July 2016 Family Pet Animal Care - Miserable Little Parasites — Revisited - July 2016
June 29, 2016
by Dr. Michael Trapani

I freely admit that I am not a fan of fleas. In my defense, I point out that I do not discriminate. I abhor blood sucking insects of all kinds. I am not flea-o-phobic: I have equal enmity for ticks, mosquitos, lice, scabies mites, biting flies, and all other insect forms that make a habit of sucking blood or feasting upon living flesh. Did I mention bed bugs? I detest them too.

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The Family Pet: Pain. Is. Bad Family Pet Animal Care - Pain - June 2016
May 27, 2016
by Dr. Michael Trapani

There. I said it! Pain is BAD. Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad! Pain is bad for the body and bad for the soul. Pain hurts! Pain takes the joy out of life. Pain creates misery. It’s no fun.

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Dr. Michael Trapani Family Pet Animal Care - Meet Ralph - May 2016
May 1, 2016
by Dr. Michael Trapani

Meet Ralph. He’s a hangin’ out, used to be feral, half an ear chopped off, cool cat kind of guy. Ralph lives with Carol and Tony, but he’s really his own cat. Ralph has friends, that’s all, friends with benefits (regular meals and a warm place to sleep). He’s a good boy, but kind of shy. Ralph gets along, an’ he don’t start no trouble with nobody. 

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Angry Cat Family Pet Animal Care - My Cat Would Never - April 2016
April 1, 2016
by Dr. Michael Trapani

Rant Warning! The veterinary hospital is a constant source of life lessons on how NOT to behave. It’s Bob. Again. We all know Bob: He’s Dick (from the Internet)’s brother. You know the guy: Bob drives a huge truck and tailgates you mercilessly when you’re going 35 in a 25 zone.

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Dogma Animal Rescue Dogma Animal Rescue for pregnant dogs
March 8, 2016
Six years ago Duane Ledward fostered a pregnant shelter dog and he’s been rescuing dogs ever since. Ledward founded his non-profi t program, Dogma Animal Rescue, to save pregnant, nursing and injured dogs from euthanasia. 
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Vera Foster - Richie Sonoma County Gazette Photo Contest WINNERS
March 6, 2016

More than 100 people entered our contest for Pets & Wildlifephotos. We judged in 7 categories:

Pets: Furry, Feathered & Finned

Wildlife: Furry, Feathered, Finned and Scaled (the latter loosely interpretted to include insects since both fish and amphibians have scales!

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