Tagged: pet health

5 Vet Tech Appreciation Week Continues With 2 Guest Blogs


3 aussie mixes sitting at the door

This guest blog was written by one of our Lead Adopt & Shop Volunteers, Keeli Tebeau.

Animal health care has come a long way since Dr. Walter Collins developed the curriculum for veterinary technicians in the 1960s. For all you animal lovers and aspiring vet techs, I share my continuing journey of working in the animal care industry.
When my family decided to share our life with a dog, we visited many animal shelters in both L.A. and Orange counties. We adopted an owner-surrendered 5-month-old Border Collie-Sheltie mixed-breed puppy…and the fun began! Once settled into…

A Day in the Life of a Shelter Vet Tech



Veterinary technicians (or vet techs for short) are one of the many unsung heroes of animal welfare. They play an integral role in keeping the pets healthy and happy during their stay at the animal shelter. Unfortunately, not many people know what a vet tech is or what they do. Here are just a few of the duties that shelter vet techs do on a daily basis:
Support the Veterinarian – On any given day, a single shelter veterinarian may be responsible for the health of several hundred animals in the shelter — not an easy task to do alone!…

Typhus: A Flea Borne Illness


feral cat header

We recently had an incidence of typhus here in Southern California.  Although the disease is rare, the rates are slightly higher in the Los Angeles metropolitan area than they are everywhere else.  According to media reports, the person who recently contracted it here has since recovered.  But many of us still deal with basic questions: what is typhus?  What do feral cats have to do with typhus?  How can we prevent it?

#1: Typhus is rare, and easily treated.
Typhus is a rare bacterial infection that is easily treated with antibiotics.  The disease is characterized by a very high fever,…

Dogs Beware of the Chocolate Easter Bunny!


Chocolate & Pets

It is the day after Easter and homes are filled with chocolate Easter Bunnies. They are safe for happy children consuming them, although not necessarily healthy, but can be toxic for your family pet. Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine. Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, chocolate, colas and some human pain medication. Theobromine is present in chocolate, cocoa beans, colas and tea.

Theobromine and caffeine working together can be toxic to the nervous system as strong stimulants.  These drugs are rapidly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Cocoa powder contains the highest amounts of caffeine – so no hot chocolate for…

Pat On the Back for My Pet Rat!


white hooded rat sleeping in a hammock

“I had two pet rats once…,” try starting out a conversation like that with anyone, regardless of how long you’ve known them, and see how quickly their facial expression turns from interested to, “are you for real?”
When you’re an animal lover, such as I am, and live in an apartment that does not allow you to own cats or dogs you research your options. We did, and we researched a lot! We found that pet rats made wonderful companions because you are able to litter box train them,  they are social animals who enjoy human company, they are small…

5 Green Pet Care Tips


spring sunset

People are becoming more and more aware of how the products they use in their day-to-day lives affect them and our planet. However, something that’s often overlooked is our impact on our pet’s lives! As they aren’t able to control what products we purchase or use, it’s important for us to make sure that we keep them in mind.  I’m going to share my favorite green pet care tips and provide a few easy and cheap ways to help “Green your pet”!

  • Cleaning Up Carpet & Fabric: accidents will happen. When you need to clean up spots on a carpet

Buddy Up to Keep It Up


annie mclaughlin with dogs

Getting in better shape and adopting a healthier lifestyle are common resolutions made at the beginning of every year that are quickly abandoned in the first months out of the gate. Now that March is almost here, many people may already be looking for any source of motivation to continue with their healthy habits. One of the most commonly cited sources for extra motivation to keep exercising is by buddying up with a partner. And if you’re a dog owner, you’re in luck! Your dog is not only an eager partner to take you out for a walk, but they…

The Creepy and the Crawly


brown dog with mange

With Halloween coming up, it’s the perfect month to discuss the microscopic world of little critters. Warning: you may begin to feel very itchy while reading this.
As a vet I get the distinct honor of encountering almost every kind of creepy crawly. You almost have to have a minor in entomology! It’s actually quite a fascinating world. Lice, ticks, fleas and mites were not created equal. Each has their own distinct and different design. Some like lots of hair, some don’t; some only desire one kind of animal, while others don’t discriminate; some can make you deathly ill while…