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Pawsitively Impactful: Two Families’ Journey of Volunteerism with Therapy Dogs of ATD

Written by Elise Mebel, Published in Aliance of Therapy Dogs Magazine, Spring/Summer 2024 In the heart of our community of San Luis Obispo, California, two families stand out not just for their dedication to volunteerism but for the unique bond they share with their furry companions. Anna Bates and her 15-year old son, Stevie, along [...]

Embrace the Joy: January is Train Your Dog Month!

by Stephanie Ruggerone January brings not only the promise of new beginnings but also the opportunity to strengthen the bond between you and your furry friend. At the Animal Care Clinic, we're excited to celebrate "Train Your Dog Month" and encourage you to take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life to [...]

By |2024-01-06T19:20:09+00:00January 6th, 2024|Human-Animal Bond|0 Comments

Yellow Star Thistle – another dangerous sticker!

by Dr. Markoff I have noticed a higher than normal amount of a pretty dangerous plant in our area lately. It iscalled yellow star thistle. This nasty little plant is toxic to horses causing a condition that makes them unable to pull food into their mouths (called prehension). When this thistle gets mixed up into [...]

By |2023-07-31T00:16:15+00:00July 31st, 2023|Pet Health Care|0 Comments

Foxtail Dangers are High – What You Need to Know

by Dr. Markoff   We always have troubles with foxtails (grass awns) at this time of year on the Central Coast, but things have been extremely bad this year. In just the past month, Animal Care Clinic has seen 4 dogs develop a condition called pneumothorax and require emergency surgery to remove lung lobes! Foxtails most [...]

By |2024-02-07T01:41:38+00:00June 7th, 2023|Case Studies, Pet Health Care|0 Comments

Beware Sticker Season!

by Bonnie Markoff    It’s Sticker Time! All the rain we have been having is making our hills and fields green – green with stickers! As the grass dries out, we are going to see various foxtails, grass awns and other “stickers” clinging to our pets and wreaking havoc! These stickers can make their way [...]

By |2023-03-23T23:03:41+00:00March 23rd, 2023|Pet Health Care|0 Comments

Sherman – What Did You Eat?

We recently saw 10 month old Sherman when he unexpectedly vomited four times after breakfast. Dr. Barber recommended x-rays of his abdomen and discovered a large amount of rocks and gravel. His family recalled an area of loose astroturf in the backyard with gravel underneath and suspect that's where Sherman ate the rocks. Unfortunately several of [...]

By |2023-03-18T01:31:16+00:00March 17th, 2023|Pet Health Care|0 Comments

Supporting Women at Risk International

The holidays are upon us and once again we are proud to support Women at Risk International with our annual ornament fundraiser. If you've been looking for something special for your tree or as a gift, stop by the clinic to see the beautiful hand made Egyptian glass and Peruvian gourd ornaments. 100% of the [...]

By |2022-12-04T02:17:47+00:00December 4th, 2022|Community Service|0 Comments

Help! My dog won’t go potty in the rain!

Rain is infrequent here on the Central Coast leaving many pet parents frustrated when their dogs don’t want to go outside to potty. Unless your dog likes playing in the ocean, chances are they haven’t had much experience being wet. This can be especially true for puppies if squirt bottles are used for correction. Here [...]

By |2022-11-18T02:43:44+00:00November 7th, 2022|Community Service, Human-Animal Bond|0 Comments

Top Tips for a Pet-Safe Halloween

by Stephanie Ruggerone   While “Trick or Treat” may be fun for us; what about our pets? Like so many other holidays in San Luis Obispo, the weather is nice and we want to include our furry family members in the fun. It is easy to forget our animal companions do not “see what we see” [...]

By |2022-11-18T02:44:10+00:00October 25th, 2022|Community Service, Human-Animal Bond|0 Comments