Pet Care

Susan O’Reilly is a 32-year veteran of the pet care industry and owner of Dublin Creek Kennels, Inc., a Diamond Certified company. She can be reached at (510) 221-6358 or by email.

How to Groom Your Dog

Posted on October 02, 2017 by Mari Patrick

DUBLIN — Most dog owners leave grooming to professionals, but with some basic guidelines, you can do it yourself. First, you’ll need a couple of tools: a slicker brush and a metal comb. You’ll also need a grooming table; if you don’t own one, a card table will work fine for smaller breeds—just pull it up to a door and tie the dog’s leash to the doorknob. For larger breeds, you can sit on the ground with your dog and tie its leash to a doorknob.

Once you have your tools, follow these steps:

  1. Pick a section of your dog you’d like to start with. Pull the hair away from the skin and brush it out with your slicker brush.
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Video: How to Groom Your Dog

Posted on October 02, 2017 by Mari Patrick

Host, Sarah Rutan: Most dog owners go to a professional for grooming services, but with a little guidance, you can handle this task yourself. To learn more, we’re in Dublin with Monica Cain of Dublin Creek Kennels, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Susan O’Reilly.

Monica Cain: Hi. My name is Monica. I’m a professional dog groomer here at Dublin Creek Kennels. This is Shakira. She is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. My expert tip for the day is how to properly brush your dog at home.

First, you will need a slicker brush and a metal comb. If you do not have a grooming table at home, Read more

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Video: Socializing Your Dog

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

ROHNERT PARK — Host, Sarah Rutan: Besides exercise and nutrition, an important part of caring for a dog’s health is providing opportunities for socialization. Today we’re in Rohnert Park with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mike Campbell of Paradise Pet Resorts to learn why. 

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Mike Campbell: I always advise people – and my tip to them is to really don’t underestimate how beneficial daycare and socialization is to dogs. I mean, they’re pack animals by nature. We see them at home. We like to think that we give them everything they need as people, but I think dogs need dog interaction. They communicate well amongst themselves. Read more

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The Benefits of Dog Daycare

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

ROHNERT PARK — Many dog owners make a habit of leaving their dogs home alone while they’re at work during the day. However, there’s a better option that not only ensures your dog is supervised, but actually nurtures its physical and emotional health as well: dog daycare at a local pet kennel.

As dog owners, we like to think we give our dogs everything they need, but there’s one thing we aren’t able to provide: interaction with other dogs. Dogs are pack animals by nature, so socialization with other members of their species is an important part of life for them. By bringing your dog to daycare instead of leaving it at home during the day, Read more

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Caring for Your Pet’s Dental Health

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

ANTIOCH — Periodontal disease is a common condition found in dogs and cats—in fact, 70 to 80 percent exhibit symptoms by the time they reach three years of age. The most basic form of periodontal disease is gingivitis, which is an infection in the gums. If caught early, this condition can be easily treated, but if left unchecked, it can lead to infection of the deeper structures that support the teeth. This can result in problems like pockets, loose teeth and loss of bone, and in severe cases, it can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream, which can damage vital organs like the heart and kidneys.

To prevent this detrimental progression, you need to be proactive about caring for your pet’s oral health. Read more

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Video: Laser Treatment for Pets

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

ANTIOCH — Host, Sarah Rutan: If your pet is experiencing chronic arthritis, urinary tract infections or another painful condition, therapeutic laser treatment can be a beneficial option. To learn more, we’re in Antioch with Dr. Brie Duff of Antioch Veterinary Hospital, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Dr. Howard Schutzman.

Dr. Brie Duff: If your pet is experiencing something like chronic arthritis, pain or trauma, chronic urinary tract infections, or even skin disease, whether it’s focal area or throughout the body, then therapeutic laser would definitely benefit your pet.

What it’s going to do is decrease inflammation, decrease pain, and increase healing times. And all of it is non-invasive and doesn’t cause any side effects. Read more

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Video: Sonograms for Pets

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

ANTIOCH — Host, Sarah Rutan: Pet health issues can be difficult to diagnose, but thanks to innovations in medical imaging, there’s now a simple, non-invasive way to detect internal issues. To learn more, we’re in Antioch with Dr. Ken Gonsier of Antioch Veterinary Hospital, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Dr. Howard Schutzman.

Dr. Ken Gonsier: So, one of the benefits of abdominal ultrasound is that, you know, we don’t have to do a whole lot of prep work for our patients. Rarely do the patients have to be sedated. We often do have to shave the hair of the abdomen, so that we can make good gel contact with the probe of the ultrasound. Read more

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