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2019-03-12Mar 12, 2019

Conservation biologists from Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) shared the exciting news that two mountain lion kittens were born at Trione-Annadel State Park in early February to a female mountain lion being tracked by ACR’s Living with Lions research study.

 

2019-03-01Mar 1, 2019

Every student of anatomy has heard it a thousand times: "Structure Follows Function." We need only to study the structure of a particular organ to glean precious insight into its func-tion. When looked at closely, the structure of the eye is nothing less than astounding. Be-fore we can discuss the health or disease of the eye, we must consider its structure.Every student of anatomy has heard it a thousand times: "Structure Follows Function." We need only to study the structure of a particular organ to glean precious insight into its func-tion. When looked at closely, the structure of the eye is nothing less than astounding. Be-fore we can discuss the health or disease of the eye, we must consider its structure. Diseases of the lens are many and common. Age itself leads to drying of the lens tissue, which decreases lens flexibility and leads to far-sightedness. When the drying process is more severe it creates the noticeable fogging of the lens (nucle-ar sclerosis) seen in many of our senior dogs.

 

 

2019-01-30Jan 30, 2019

The tapetum lucidum is typically much more developed in animals and is often very brightly colored when compared to that of humans. It is particularly amazing that light sig-nals are perceived when they pass through the retina, and then again when they reflect back off the tapetum! This visual signal amplification helps improve night vision. Development of the tapetum is related to the particular species’ benefit from vision under low-light conditions. Dogs and cats have a well-developed tapetum lucidum, while in hu-mans, the tapetum is developed enough to ruin flash photographs but not nearly well enough for us to stroll at night without a flashlight.

2019-01-03Jan 3, 2019

I thought our property was free from mountain lions. But, after mysteriously losing four goats within a few months, I learned more about mountain lions than I ever wanted to know.

2018-12-23Dec 23, 2018

A veterinary practice is a doctor’s office, sure, but it’s also a hospital, a surgical center, a pharmacy, and an emergency care center. It’s an employer and community resource and wildlife rescue gateway. It’s part of the community; more than just a busi-ness, it’s an institution. People depend on it for help.And so, I find myself contemplating the future of Bodega Bay Veterinary Hospital.

2018-11-27Nov 27, 2018

A local author's latest book was a finalist in a national book festival. "Edward the White Goose," an illustrated children's book about a lonely goose seeking an adoptive family, is set in Northern California.

2018-11-26Nov 26, 2018

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the hospital the staff were all working to do the impossible. Then in our parking lot, what to our wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer, who staggered and stumbled and moved in a slog to emerge from the settling Bodega Bay fog..

2018-10-27Oct 27, 2018

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, when Dr. T was but a lad freshly graduated from veterinary school, there was a disease of cats called F.U.S. - "Feline Urologic Syndrome." Cats, especially those who preferred dry foods, would make nasty, razor blade-like crystals in their urine. These cats would strain to urinate, pee all over the place (particularly places where the owner would notice, like your bedspread or favorite chair), and pass blood in their urine. Male cats, neutered or otherwise, would obstruct and become completely unable to urinate. These cats could die in as little as 24 hours, and often required several days in the hospital with a catheter in their bladder before they could reliably regain the ability to pee by themselves.

2018-10-12Oct 12, 2018

In the cow-dotted fields of Sonoma County, dairy goat farmer Jennifer Bice has always forged her own path. As her goat dairy company Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery celebrates its 50th year, Bice looks to the future, adapting her farm to the immediate challenges of climate change, drought, and wildfires to protect the animals she loves and the land that sustains them. 

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