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Puppy (and Kitten) Love Part 2: Basic Care for a New Kitten

Posted on February 12, 2015 by James Florence

In the previous installment of our two-part series, Dr. David Horne of Companion Animal Hospital in Santa Cruz talked about the basics of puppy care. In part two, we’ll hear from Dr. Donna Baird, associate veterinarian at Companion Animal Hospital, about the basics of caring for a new kitten.

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Puppy (and Kitten) Love Part 1: Basic Care for a New Puppy

Posted on February 10, 2015 by James Florence

Whether celebrating a long-term relationship or discovering a new romance, Valentine’s Day is a time to show appreciation for the loves of our lives. Yet, while the spirit of the holiday emphasizes love between people, there are some of us whose primary object of affection isn’t a person at all, but a dog or cat. After all, what’s a purer source of unconditional love (not to mention cuddling fulfillment) than a beloved pet?

In honor of the love we receive from our furry friends, we’re posting a two-part series on how to care for a new puppy or kitten. Here, in part one, Dr. David Horne of Companion Animal Hospital in Santa Cruz gives an informative summary of the basics of puppy care. Read more

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Keep Your Pet at the Right Weight

Posted on September 12, 2013 by Chris Bjorklund

Do you know how to tell if your pet is overweight? Watch this video to learn how to spot early warning signs. Read more

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Pet Medication

Posted on May 08, 2013 by Chris Bjorklund

Educate yourself about your pet’s medication to ensure the best results. Read more

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Removing Pet Urine Stains from a Wood Floor

Posted on December 04, 2012 by Chris Bjorklund

Watch this video and learn how to quickly deal with cat or dog urine before it damages your hardwood floor. Read more

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Savvy Consumer Tip: How to Keep Fleas Off Your Pets

Posted on August 24, 2012 by Chris Bjorklund

Flea collars aren’t the best way to keep fleas off your cats and dogs. Watch this video to learn why. Read more

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Clean Up Pet Stains Right Away

Posted on June 01, 2012 by Chris Bjorklund

When my Black Labrador got up in years, she would occasionally have accidents inside the house on the wall-to-wall carpeting. Don’t procrastinate when your pet accidentally urinates on your carpets—the crystals in the urine can create an alkaline stain, which can give off a bad odor, discolor your carpets and even damage your hardwood floors.

Here’s what to do: Blot up the urine contamination with a wet terry cloth towel until all the yellow comes up (you can also use paper towels). You don’t want it to spread further, so remember to blot, not rub. A 20/80 mixture of white vinegar and water can be applied to break up the urine crystals and absorb more of the stain. Read more

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