Category Archives: Cancer


Chemotherapy for pets – is it an option?

  Chemotherapy is one of the four major therapies for cancer–the three others being surgery, radiation, and immunotherapy. During most of the consults that we do, chemotherapy is discussed. The looks I get when I recommend chemotherapy for people’s pets can range from unbelief to fright. The first thing that I do is immediately tell owners that chemotherapy is handled much better by dogs and cats than it is by people. Although cancers are similar among dogs, cats, and people, the therapies affect them differently.…

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easter funny dog

Could Your Easter Celebration Make Your Pet Sick?

  Easter and the spring season are a time for celebrating new life. Traditions include egg hunting, decorating, and feasting, especially on chocolates and candies. While these are all great ways to celebrate the holiday, they each pose potential threats for your furry friend. Chocolate candies, decorative plants, and Easter eggs all harbor a probability for toxicity. Animals are innately curious and the interaction or consumption of any aforementioned objects can land you and your pet in the emergency veterinary clinic. Be prepared this holiday…

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There is hope for dogs with cancer!

Chemotherapy Treatment for Dogs – Is There Hope?

    The Ruff Choices Pet Parents Must Make When Their Pet Has Cancer       More and more often these days, dogs are considered true members of the family – and for good reason. But while we (and our pets) most certainly consider this is a wonderful development, all that love and connection has one clear downside: all pets’ lives come to an end, and that end might not be expected or an easy one. Recent estimates suggest that as many as 1…

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Happy Passover! Kosher Foods Your Pets Should Passover!

    The Jewish tradition of Passover starts from sundown April 14th and lasts until sundown April 22nd, 2014.  This is an eight-day spring celebration representing the freedom of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt.  The eating of unleavened bread during Passover is observed, and honors when the Israelites left Egypt. Jews do not eat – or keep in their possession – any chametz, or grains that can become chametz.  These grains include; wheat, spelt, oats, barley, and rye. If you’re a Jewish dog…

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The Chicken, the Egg, and the Rabbit: Which Comes First on My Food Energy List?

  As Easter approaches, our thoughts turn to baby chicks, egg hunts, and chocolate rabbits, all of which create happy thoughts for people and potential health hazardous for our pets. Baby chicks can spread bacterial organisms (Salmonella, etc.) to both people and pets. Taking your dog along for Easter egg hunts may lead to dietary indiscretion and subsequent gastrointestinal illness (vomit, diarrhea, etc.). Chocolate rabbits nestled into festive baskets create an edible target for curious canine mouths and result in toxicity from cocoa based stimulants.…

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Pet Safe Spring Cleaning Instead of Pet Toxic

    As spring is all about making a fresh start, human society feels compelled to engage in spring cleaning rituals to clear out the old and make room for the new. As we undertake this potentially Herculean task (depending on the winter harshness you and your pets endured), it’s vitally important to recognize the potential toxic effects household cleaning products may have on our pets. After all, our cats, dogs and other companion animals live in a shared environment with us and are exposed…

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Dog and Man at ocean sunset

World Cancer Day – In Honor Of @LuckyDiamond – The 10 Warning Signs of Animal Cancer

  Our beloved Lucky Diamond lost her battle with cancer.  In honor we hope this information will help all those who have puppy love in their lives! Please watch this tribute for our Lil Lucky.. Pets have become members of our families and we want to insure that they live the longest and best lives they possibly can. As we have taken better care or ours dogs and cats they are indeed living longer; yet despite this, or perhaps because of this, cancer is…

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The Dish on Hero Dog Ricochet— From Service dog to SURF dog!

  Our dear friend Surf Dog Ricochet (who inspires the disabled to do the impossible ) just donated $10,000 to our Bark Business Tour to help Veterans with PTSD to receive service dogs…          Congratulations to Ricochet for winning 3rd place in the large dog heat, and 3rd place 3rd place in the tandem heat with K9 Kahunas Kona & Antonio at the 2013 Loews Surf Dog Competition- Unleashed by Petco this weekend! We got to chat with Judy Fridono, pet parent of SURFice…

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Maintain your pet's healthy heart

Importance of Periodontal Health in Maintaining Your Pet’s Healthy Heart

  February was National Heart Disease Awareness Month. Though it has passed, it’s good for dog and cat caretakers to promote the best health for their pets’ hearts throughout the year by making a concerted daily effort to improve overall health. This includes focusing on healthy weight management and periodontal disease reduction. The mouth is one of the primary places pet owners can directly contribute to positive changes that benefit the entire body. Periodontal disease is a preventable condition that has negative and potentially life-threatening…

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Dr. Patrick Maheny with Cardiff


Dr. Patrick Mahaney, a Los Angeles-based holistic veterinarian and practitioner of acupuncture for animals, knows what it’s like to have a pet with a life-threatening illness. His Welsh terrier, Cardiff, suffers from Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA), a condition where an animal’s immune system attacks the body’s red blood cells. Although Cardiff’s illness has been difficult to deal with, his dad has never lost hope. Instead, he’s dedicated his veterinary practice to using a combination of Western and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in order to develop…

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