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2018-05-02May 2, 2018

One such guiding principle is that dogs must not be chained for more than 3 hours in any 24-four hour period. This makes sense insofar as dogs are four legged bundles of energy and are very sociable. Chaining a dog is not only not normal for Fido, it can have a bad affect on Fido - including claws that grow into the foot pads causing pain and crippling, severe loneliness, and even aggression. 

2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017

“It Don’t Matter To Me” is an awesome song by Bread, but other than these five words, has absolutely nothing to do with this story. That is completely fitting.

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

DiArtagnan…Where did he come from? No one really knows. A “Good Samaritan” found him on April 8th and brought him to an emergency hospital. He’s been run over by a car. He can’t walk because both of his back legs are broken. There’s a bone showing. He’s ten months old, maybe. Gray tabby. Not neutered. No microchip.

2018-05-01May 1, 2018

The Home & Ranch Readiness Summit is a free community event being held at The Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California, May 17 through 19, 2018. The event helps pet, equine, and livestock owners prepare themselves, their families, and their animals for emergencies and disasters in a fun and informative environment and provides a forum for everyone from residents to professional first responders to connect, network, and train.

2018-04-16Apr 16, 2018

Our work on the Field of Dreams has begun! Just when we were slated to begin work in October 2017, our focus dramatically shifted to the fire response. Now that we’ve moved into the recovery phase, we have also spent the last month finalizing our plans, contractors and initial timeline for the project!

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

Sonoma and Marin animal organizations are coming together to promote microchips for pets during the month of April.  They are offering free microchips at over 25 VIP Petcare clinic locations throughout Sonoma and Marin counties. The lack of widespread adoption of microchips was magnified by the Sonoma/Napa fires.

2018-03-16Mar 16, 2018

Wild animals are in constant need of care and we have a policy of helping them. Usually this means serving as a stop on their journey along the Rescue Railroad (my personal term for the vast wildlife rescue network in our area).

2018-02-28Feb 28, 2018

I’ve grown accustomed to the day to day chaos that is rural veterinary practice, but I wouldn’t say that I’m used to it. I’ve spent the last (nearly) 36 years in practice without ever really knowing what I’ll be doing five minutes in the future.

2018-02-02Feb 2, 2018

Taken as individuals, rats are pretty decent creatures. Human-raised, humane-bred rats, that is. It’s hard to find a cleaner, smarter, more outgoing pet for a young child than a common domestic rat.

2018-01-22Jan 22, 2018

In many parts of the country the song of the American Robin represents the arrival of spring. Here in Northern California, we have come to welcome the American Robin as a winter visitor, as well as a spring nester.

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