Summer is Coming!

Summer is Coming!

Summer is just around the corner and our pets are enjoying the longer days basking in the sun, both indoors and out. As pet parents it is important to educate ourselves about the potential risks to our pets’ health from sun exposure. Just like us, our pets can experience negative effects from sun exposure. They get painful sunburns that scab and peel. And, they can get skin cancer associated with sun exposure including malignant melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma. At particular risk are animals that have light skin pigmentation and/or have very short fur, including pets that have been shaved for the summer. Here are some steps that you can take to keep your pet healthy this summer. Routinely check your pet’s skin for abnormalities. When examining your pet pay particular attention to the muzzle, ears, lips, and to the skin around the eyes and nose. Exams on dogs should also include a thorough inspection of the belly and inner thighs. Look for red or black spots / crusts – they can be as small as a pinprick – and scabs / wounds that do not heal. It is a good idea to schedule a monthly reminder to check your pet’s skin and ask your groomer or anyone else involved in your pet’s care to let you know if they notice any suspicious areas. Consider keeping your pet in the house during peak sun hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). When your pet is outside, ensure that there is a safe, shady spot to rest. Close your blinds to keep cats out of sunbeams during peak sun...
September 2016 Pet of the Month: Shiva

September 2016 Pet of the Month: Shiva

My name is Shiva Brownrigg. I was born in Questa, New Mexico, around June 1, 2004. I hunted and foraged with my mom there until August, when she weaned me by leaving me at some nice people’s house. They took me inside while she watched from afar. They had a friend visiting, who took me with her back to San Francisco. I’d never even been on a leash before, and I had to deal with cars, sidewalks, big stairs, and a big, black 13-year-old Belgian Shepherd who didn’t really like dogs! (I quickly endeared myself to her, though.) I was housebroken in two weeks, and then we moved to Sausalito, where I had a big yard, got to go running three times a week with my mom, and went to doggie daycare every day! I got really good at playing ball and then hiding in the grass on walks to ambush mom! My step dog-mom died a year later. I missed her, but I was happy I finally got to be Alpha! In 2006, I took my first of many airplane rides to New Mexico! This was no fun at all, and I was always really happy to get there! I love running free in the woods, and I’m really good about staying on the property and checking in. I also liked going back to Marin, where I could sit by the glass slider and watch for people and dogs to walk up the street. It was cool to live in two different states for a while. I’ve been to some other places, too. Out of the country, even....
August 2016 Pet of the Month: Annabelle

August 2016 Pet of the Month: Annabelle

Hi. My name is Annabelle, and I have been chosen as Pet of the Month for August (thank you, Dr. Kelly and staff!). I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I was born on November 30, 2009. My biological dad is from Colorado, and my biological mom is from Wisconsin. I have 14 brothers and sisters, making us a litter of 15 (my poor mother!), and I am the runt. In January 2010, I was adopted by Cindy and Bob Rinaldi and their family from Illinois. They have given me a wonderful home filled with love. In January 2016, I began to feel ill. My mom took me to the doctor. After a few tests and bloodwork, I was diagnosed with lymphoma. This was very upsetting to my mom and dad. We were just getting ready to move to Santa Fe in six weeks when we received this awful news. Mom and Dad got me into a cancer center in Illinois as soon as possible. It is there I began my treatments. We moved to Santa Fe in March of 2016. My dad found Veterinary Cancer Care in Santa Fe, where I have continued my treatment. Dr. Kelly and her staff have been wonderful. They have given me treats, baby food, and parts of their lunches (can’t get better than that). Above and beyond the traditional cancer treatment, I also take many supplements to increase my immune system. I am happy to say that after 26 weeks of treatment, my lymphoma is in remission. I will continue to be evaluated and monitored by Dr. Kelly...
Welcome!

Welcome!

Welcome! We are happy that you have found us in this huge world of the Internet. It is our pleasure to get to reach out to you in a personal way, even if we never meet you. If we could look every pet owner in the eyes who is just learning that their pet has cancer, we would tell you that pet cancer is treatable.  In many cases, your pets can still live out their natural life expectancy even with a diagnosis of cancer. But your pet’s quality of life, not the quantity of their days, is the most important concern. There are so many treatment options now in addition to chemotherapy. Some of the common therapies that we use in addition to or instead of chemotherapy include: both the melanoma and lymphoma vaccines, a variety of therapies that kill cancer by targeting its blood supply (antiangiogenics), and immune system support and stimulation. We also believe that most patients’ quality of life can be improved by modifying their nutrition and adding in specific vitamins and supplements. The American Veterinary Medical Association maintains a database of animal health studies that is worth investigating to see if there is a clinical trial that may help your pet. What we are trying to say is that there are options and with options comes hope. If you are a pet lover who isn’t facing this diagnosis, we are glad you are here too! Prevention of cancer is one of our passions. We want to give you information and action steps to help your pet live as happy and healthy as possible. Please stay tuned and...