American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) – This organization provides standards to raise the bar of veterinary excellence, making sure our pets receive the care they deserve. Check this site to view their pet care library and find out if your animal hospital has AAHA accreditation!
Pets with Diabetes – This is a very thorough site with information on everything from diabetes basics, terms, injection tips, complications to support and personal stories from other pet owners with diabetic dogs and cats.
Skin Conditions/Itching – Skin problems and itching are some of the most common complaints we hear from pet owners and can also be some of the most frustrating conditions to treat. This site My Pet Itches from Pfizer has great information on different skin conditions in dogs and cats, signs and causes, common therapies and treatments, and what you can do.
Heart Disease – Heart disease is scary. It is common, especially among certain breeds, of both dogs and cats. There is nothing much you can do to prevent it but it is treatable. Cats and dogs also tend to get different types of heart disease. IDEXX Laboratories has a couple great sites with info on heart disease, diagnosis and detection, and treatment. Your Cat’s Heart is specific for cats and Your Dog’s Heart is specific for dogs.
American Heartworm Society – Though heartworm isn’t our most common parasite in California it is here and likely on the rise. This is a top source on heartworms in dogs and cats.
Dogs and Ticks – This site was created by IDEXX Laboratories (our primary lab for testing) and has great information on ticks in our area, a map showing tick borne diseases in our area, information on how to deal with and prevent ticks and some fun games.
Inherited Disease/Disorder Database – There are a couple good databases online. One is the Canine Inherited Disorders Database from the University of Prince Edward Island. Search by breed or disorder plus much more information on inheritability. The University of Cambridge School of Veterinary Medicine also has their own version of a Dog Inherited Disease Database.
The Indoor Pet Initiative – Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine has an entire site dedicated to helping people understand the physical and behavioral needs of companion cats and dogs, as well as recommendations for managing common behavioral issues. Check out the site For Cat Owners and the site For Dog Owners!
Association of Pet Dog Trainers – Use the trainer search to find member trainers near you or check out their plethora of information on behavior and training tips, dog/cat specific information, dog park and safety information an d lots of great FREE online webinars!
Online Digital Dog Training Textbook – This is a great informational site for dog owners. Dr. Ian Dunbar is a veterinarian, behaviorist, and trainer that is known among the veterinary and dog training world. His online textbook has training starting before you bring your puppy home, to puppy training, adult training and behavior problems. Also check out his podcasts and other training/behavior media.
Dr. Sophia Yin – Dr. Yin is another veterinarian and behavior specialist. Check out her website for articles on dog and cat behavior, training tips and tricks, videos, books and more. She lives and works in San Francisco, California.
Nutrition Support Service – Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine has some great information on calories, choosing a diet, comparing pet foods, myths & misconceptions and much more!
Purina Diets – We carry and recommend Purina’s premium line of dog and cat food Pro Plan. We also carry a full line of Purina’s Veterinary Prescription Diets. These links will give you more information on the Purina diets we prescribe and recommend.
Reading Pet Food Labels– Here’s a page from the FDA that explains and goes through how to read and interpret pet food labels. There are certain regulations on the information that should be present, which can be very confusing.
More pet owners are interested in making home-made diets for their pets. This can be dangerous for your pet, especially cats, if specific nutritional needs are not met! Here are two websites that will assist and provide you and with diet recipes and reliable diet supplements so you can create balanced diets for your pet(s) at home: Balance IT or PetDiets.com.
Sage Veterinary Specialty Centers – This group of veterinary specialty hospitals are located all across the California Bay Area. We often refer clients for special services with their pets and we work often with many of the specialty veterinarians.
Pet Specialists of Monterey, Inc. – This is Dr. Greg Marsolais’ new hospital in Monterey that we will very likely be referring to in the future as they get their specialty services up and running.
Microchip Lookup – AAHA has now launched a site to aid in microchip identification, petmicrochiplookup.org. The purpose is to identify which registries should be contacted if a lost pet is found to have a microchip since there are multiple registries, not just one.
Pet FBI – Another great resource if you have either lost or found a pet is Pet FBI. They have online lost/found pet databases, information on what to do, who to contact, how to protect your pet, order ID tags and much more!