Meet our Vet Student: Stephanie Lo

We believe that work experience is a very important part of student's learning. We also believe that working in summer can help reduce veterinary students mounting debt load! Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) is a collaboration of the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and second and third-year veterinary students at UC Davis and Western University of Health […]

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Feline Rabies: Ensure your kitties vaccination is up to date.

Feline rabies has been documented as far back as 2300 B.C. in Ancient Egypt.  Cats are curious creatures and sometimes encounter raccoons, possums, skunks, or bats while out on their evening stroll. When these wild animals feel threatened by our curious kitties, they may potentially give our furry friends rabies. Rabies is most easily contracted […]

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Meet the Team... Veterinarian Dr. Ryan Elliott

Do you have any nicknames you would like to share? In high school, I was affectionately called Fievel (After Fievel Mousekewitz, the small immigrant mouse in the1980’s animated movie called An American Tail). I got this name because I was easily the smallest boy in school, and remained under 100 pounds until college. In vet […]

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Groveway Adoption Story: Cody Rose

Do you remember this dog?  Back in February 2016, the team at Groveway Veterinary Hospital were working round the clock with our friends at Dublin Creek Kennels to help this beautiful 8 year old, Samoyed looking for a new home. Lucky Cody Rose found her forever home and is settling in amazingly well down in SoCal! […]

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Meet the Team... Dr. Max Salinas

Where is your hometown? Napa How long have you worked at Alley Cat? Since 4/18/2015 What is your favorite animal? I'm a dog and a cat person! What pets do you have? 2 dogs, 2 cats Describe yourself in 3 words: fun-loving, caring, sincere What would people be surprised to know about you? I've been […]

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Alley Cat Small Animal Hospital celebrates 25 years of AAHA accreditation!

Alley Cat Small Animal Hospital is celebrating 25 years of AAHA accreditation! Since 1991, Alley Cat Small Animal Hospital has voluntarily submitted itself to the American Animal Hospital Association’s Standards of Accreditation. “I would like to congratulate Alley Cat Small Animal Hospital on their 25th anniversary of being accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. Choosing to […]

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My pet has fleas... Frequently Asked Flea Questions (F.A.F.Q!)

Q: How do I get rid of the fleas on my pet? A: Fleas are relentless and will jump at every window of opportunity to infest your pet AND your home. Treating fleas on your pet is not enough, you MUST treat your home as well.  Once your pet has fleas, only 5% of the […]

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Meet the Team... Introducing Dr. Jennifer Corsi!

1. Do you have any nicknames you would like to share? Jen, Jenny 2. Where is your hometown? Sonoma, California 3. How long have you worked at Alley Cat? Since December 2015 4. What is your favorite animal? Horses‐my inspiration and motivation for veterinary medicine, my first love Goats‐love their spunkiness Whales‐amazing, have seen humpback […]

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Do you brush your pet's teeth everyday?

The best thing for your pet’s dental health is a daily tooth brushing with pet-safe toothpaste. We are aware of how dental disease affects our pets... We know that the dental tartar you see slowly building up on your pet’s teeth is approximately 80% bacteria and that it damages the gums, the bone beneath and […]

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Why does my pet's breath smell so bad?

Don't turn your nose to Fido or Fluffy's bad breath! That odor might signify a serious health risk! Oral hygiene is a big part of our pet’s health. This month we’re going to discuss some of the problems that good dental care can prevent so that we can better understand and care for our pets. […]

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COMPANION ANIMAL O B E S I T Y

Obesity is the most common nutritional disorder that we see in practice.  Obesity is defined by some as a complex physiological issue with genetic and endocrine causes.  Generally, however, it is a condition of excessive adipose tissue (fat).  The difference between an overweight animal and an obese one is in the percentage that the animal […]

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Mushroom Toxicity

It’s that season again. Fall is here. Pumpkins are ripening and children are picking out their Halloween costumes. There’s something else that’s growing that shouldn’t be picked unless you can positively identify it. Mushrooms! While fascinating and tasty from the grocery store, wild mushrooms should be approached with caution. Never pick and eat a mushroom […]

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Toxicity Part 3 - Plants and Household Items

Previously we’ve discussed toxicity, along with foods and medications that cause it. Let’s look a little broader at the house. There are some common things lying around your own home, unsafe for your pets, which might surprise you. Poisonous Plants Some of those potted plants adorning your house or yard with their beautiful flowers and fragrances might […]

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Toxicity Part 2- Human Foods and Medications

When considering what I pass to my pooch from the table the first thought that occurs to me is: If I can eat it, it should be safe for my dog right? Erm, not quite. There are foods that we can eat which shouldn’t be shared. Our four legged friends have mastered “The Beg” and […]

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Toxicity Part 1: Signs of Toxicity in Pets

Many of us know the horror of coming home to finding something wrong with our four-legged friend. Unbeknownst to us, our pet had gotten into something they shouldn’t have. So many man-made products around the house, plants, and items can cause toxicity in dogs and cats. What does that really mean? Toxicity. It is basically “the degree […]

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Summer BBQs: Giving our pets bones

It’s that time of year again, its summer! Summertime is filled with lots of fun outdoor activities including, fairs, festivals and outdoor BBQs. Outdoor BBQs have to be the number one past time for us during the summer. We love food such as ribs, chicken thighs, wings and steaks. These foods are a delicious treat […]

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Summer Hazards: Foxtails

Foxtails can be an aggravating and painstaking problem for many pet owners. While they are located mostly in the western half of the United States, they are most prevalent in California. Why are they dangerous? Fox tails are more than just an irritation. They can work their way up through the body and into organs, […]

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Outdoor Safety for Dogs in the Summer

There is much to love about the great outdoors. Whether it’s camping, hiking, or a simple day taking a stroll, being prepared is essential for your pet’s safety. Here are just a few things to remember when bringing your four legged companion outdoors: Plants Everybody loves to stop and smell the flowers, but there are […]

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Tips for July 4th Pet Safety

Its the July 4th and time to celebrate! Here are our 7 top tips to enjoy a happy and safe July 4th with your pets! Keep your pets safely indoors to avoid them trying to escape. Make sure your pet can be properly identified. Consider microchipping your pet so that if they manage to escape […]

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Why is it important to Microchip my pet?

4th of July is right around the corner, and many people love bringing their pets along with them for the celebration. Between the fireworks, parades, kids, and crowds, there is a lot that can startle our animals and cause them to run off. It’s important to be mindful of these things, and consider looking into […]

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