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2019-08-23Aug 23, 2019

From August to October we get to deal with a plague of microscopic blood suckers. I refer, as you undoubtedly guessed, to Thrombicula autumnalis, aka chiggers, or harvest mites. To be fair, only the six-legged Thrombicula larvae are parasitic. These little buggers are about 0.2 mm (roughly 1/100th of an inch) in diameter. The mites are bright yellow-orange in color and pet owners (or sometimes unlucky humans) will sometimes observe them with the naked eye as they sit inside the incredibly itchy lesion where they feed.

2019-07-29Jul 29, 2019

Ah, summer! That wonderful time of year when grasses grow, flowers bloom, and the minds of insects turn towards thoughts of romance! What’s not to love about summer? Unless of course, you’re a dog or cat. Then, the "Summer of Love" is far too likely to turn into the "Summer of Scratch." It’s not fun, and it’s certainly not pretty.

2019-07-17Jul 17, 2019

Emergencies don’t respect plans. They happen! Make a WHAT IF plan. Parents are at work…kids are at school…Grandmom is in a nursing home…best friend is across town. How do you get connected and stay connected? The Go Bag is your GRAB IT and RUN bag of everything you need in an emergency...including your passport, insurance documents, birth certificates, titles to your cars, trust/will, insurance documents, bank account numbers, etc..  Put these in waterproof envelopes & box.

2019-06-29Jun 29, 2019

Last month, we left sweet kitty Puck teetering on the verge of death due to a (presumed) severe infection and S.I.R.S. (Systemic Inflammatory Response to Stress) causing capillary leak syndrome, as we pondered how best to keep him alive. He had been started on MA-JOR antibiotic therapy, but his real problem was the worsening of his vascular integrity. Puck’s SIRS was causing the lining cells of his capillaries to un-couple and his low serum albumen level was allowing fluid to seep out of his blood vessels. Puck’s vascular system was leaking like a sieve. What to do? The IV fluid Puck had been given wouldn’t stay in-side his blood vessels!

 

2019-06-08Jun 8, 2019

The Bird Rescue Center (BRC), located in Santa Rosa, is determined to turn lemons into lemonade. For much of its 43-year history, BRC has been housed on County property—property that is now being sold. “While moving wasn’t our choice,” says Sam Marsh, Vice Chair of the organization’s Board of Directors, “it has presented us with an incredible opportunity to create a center that really supports the work we do.

2019-05-03May 3, 2019

This month we continue our exploration of Nature’s great wonder, the eye. As we move past the anterior chamber and beyond the deep surface of the lens, we leave all familiar structures behind. Welcome to the Posterior Chamber!

This is a strange and dark place. Gone is the sparkling clear aqueous humor that inflates and nourishes the front of the eye. Instead, the posterior chamber is filled with a gelatinous tissue, the vitreous humor, which fills the space behind the lens and in front of the retina. This material not only helps to maintain the spherical shape of the eye, but also serves to maintain the location and flatness of the retina by gently compressing the retina against the fibrous globe. The posterior chamber is dark - exactly like the back of a camera. 

2019-04-29Apr 29, 2019

In 2018, Californians overwhelmingly voted, for the second time, to protect farm animals from cruel and inhumane conditions. Numerous pieces of legislation have been passed at both the state and local level to protect companion animals from mistreatment and discrimination. Now, a proposal to ban the sale and production of fur in the state is working its way through the legislative process.

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