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2019-10-30Oct 30, 2019

I'm Spot's Spleen. Crisis management is not my only talent. Sure, I store a lot of red blood cells and platelets in my red pulp, but my day job is doing immune monitoring and cleaning the blood. Somebody has to do it, and I take pride in my function as the keeper of the erythron. I maintain the condition of circulating red blood cells, and can remove bits of damaged hemoglobin before sending middle aged red blood cells back into circulation, almost as good as new. 

2019-10-20Oct 20, 2019

The Value of Embracing Wild Birds and Domestic Cats.  Many commord n bispecies are losing ground in their struggle to exist. Two familiar birds which have declined are the Dark-eyed Junco and the Barn Swallow.  Juncos are a cute sparrow that comes to feeders. Protect our wild birds while keeping our pets safe.  Cats are not part of the natural ecosystems and they kill small birds, like the Dark-eyed Junco. Keeping cats indoors is also good for their own safety. Photo by Dieter Joel Jagnow from FreeImages

2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019

Like your own emergency kit, the ones you create for your animals should include three to five days of food, water and medications. Some suggestions not mentioned frequently are good photos - especially close up so you can see unique features that make identifying your pet easier. CHIP your pet! Wouldn’t it be wonderful is every pet that was lost during the 2017 fire found its owner? The ones with chips were easy to identify. The ones without ... well...some never found their owners. Putting a notice on your door when you evacuate let’s people know what pets live on your property.

2019-09-29Sep 29, 2019

People like to believe that being a veterinarian is all about animals: helping animals, saving their lives, and soothing their hurts —  and it is. Except when it’s not. I’m in my 38th year of veterinary practice. I’ve learned that every animal has a Person. Hearts are intertwined. Dogs are zen masters who ACCEPT what life brings them. Humans… not so much. When you accept responsibility for helping an Animal, you have to accept the invisible bond that ties them to their Person. You must accept that a part of your responsibility is to help Person 

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.

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