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Let’s Do Lunch: Felicia

Meet Felicia, our bubbly and fun-loving receptionist! Felicia is a Bay Area native, born and raised in here in San Jose just a few blocks from West Valley Pet Clinic! As a child, Felicia attended Queen of Apostles Catholic elementary school and loved playing soccer on the local AYSO league. Felicia had many childhood pets including her black lab, Buddy, and many backyard chickens and doves. During her high school years, Felicia loved spending time in her uncle’s dove aviary, where she assisted her uncle with his dove release business. Felicia graduated from Lynbook high school and she is currently continuing…

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Let’s Do Lunch: Robyn

Meet Robyn! The newest addition to our amazing group of Registered Veterinary Technicians here at West Valley Pet Clinic! Robyn was locally raised in the South Bay Area. After four years of high school French, Robyn traveled through France with her fellow classmates. Of the many cities in France Robyn visited, she absolutely loved Nice and she hopes to visit again someday. Robyn’s journey towards a career in animal care also started in high school when she started volunteering at the local wildlife animal rescue here in the Bay Area. From there, she continued her education at Evergreen Community College…

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Leptospirosis: (Not) For People and Pets

This morning, I opened the website for the local news and my eyebrows furrowed in a worried upside down V. “Why” you ask? Thanks to the recent dramatic volumes of rain–which we needed– there has been a reported flourishing of cases of Leptospirosis in pets of the SF bay area — which we don’t! Leptospirosis is a type of spirochete (SPY-ro-keet). This is a spiral-shaped bacterium, often with a curly-cue conformation. For you musically-inclined folks, it sometimes likes to take the shape of a bass clef. Dogs infected with this bacterium quickly become gravely ill with annoyingly non-specific signs: fever,…

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Marijuana in Pets

So…it's legal now. California is about to become a happier state. (Ha). We expect to be fielding a LOT of questions about marijuana use and benefits in pets from now on. We also expect to see a LOT more toxicity cases. In some states that have legalized marijuana for recreation, veterinarians have seen a 4 fold increase in THC toxicity cases. REGARDLESS of what you read on the internet, the basics are this: THC is toxic to pets. Translation: do not feed your dog or cat or bird or rabbit your pot brownies, cookies, ‘bud butter’… do not blow smoke in your pet’s face. READ: PLEASE…

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Whats in My Pet’s Food??

What’s in my Pet’s Food? Ah…marketing. It’s what makes our capitalistic society function. We all fall prey to it. The prettier the packaging, the larger or descriptive the wording, the more times we see a commercial…it’s the way our brains tell us which products are better, right? It works even when we know that flashier doesn’t always mean better. It is especially effective with pet food products. We try to eat healthier ourselves, so we gravitate toward those marketing trends that funnel us toward the more ‘natural’ products. And that is not (usually) a bad thing! But let's make sure we’re comparing…

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Pet of the Month: Sawyer

Meet Sawyer. Sawyer is a pet that we love to see on our schedule. He comes in, sweet and confident, tail wagging, and has no hesitation in sticking his nose in your hands to have his ears scratched. To him, the world was just a large park to explore, populated with people whose sole purpose was to pet him. He was adopted from a local shelter over 10 years ago with the purpose to positively distract the owner’s husband who had recently been diagnosed with cancer. It worked like a charm. Sawyer would sit with his head on her husband’s…

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Pixie Dust and Fairy Dreams

So…..I am coming clean here. I have a confession: I have a hefty cat. His name is Bast. But he also answers to “Big Boy” and “Professor Chubbynecks”. He is a grumpy old cat who other than his weight and the horrible associated arthritis, is in perfect health (he has blood work checked every year). So when I lecture you about your pet’s weight….I really “get it”. It isn’t easy. I have been trying to get him to lose weight for years. I have tried over the counter “low fat” diets, “prescription” / truly restricted calorie diets, reduced intake /…

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BLACK CATS AND HALLOWEEN

While October may be the favorite month of many people who excitedly plan costumes and carve pumpkins in anticipation of Halloween, cat (black cats in particular) have little cause for celebration. The black cat has become almost synonymous with Halloween. Even though the cat’s arched silhouette has become an integral part of the holiday, most people don’t know how cats first became associated with the spookiest day of the year. The cat’s history is one of the most mystical and contradictory. They have been both loved and feared throughout history, although why cats were revered in some places and condemned…

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A Little White Lie

I find that I have developed a habit of lying to strangers about what I do for a living when making small talk…say on an airplane or when chatting with someone I have just been introduced to and will likely never see again.  Now, I consider myself a very honest person. My husband would say sometimes painfully so. I LOVE my job. I frequently tell clients and friends that I have the best and worst job in the world. “Best” because I am rarely bored, love my patients and have wonderful clients. I get to go into work every day…

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How to Medicate a Cat

There is a moment at the end of some feline exams that everyone involved hates….the part where I tell you (the owner) that Fluffy (the cat) is going to need medication. I can see you deflate a little at the prospect of the inevitable daily struggle, and Fluffy is glaring at me, her tail swishing back in forth as if daring me to try to pill her. I don’t envy you.  As the caretaker (I don’t dare imply any ownership) of two felines, I have been in your position many times. I’ve gotten pretty good at pilling a cat, frankly, but have…

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