Vaccines: The Basics. Why should I vaccinate my pet?

In this age of technology, we have information about virtually anything at our fingertips. The Internet is flooded with outdated or incorrect information, especially regarding medical advice. We are here to set the record straight! Let’s dive in and talk about vaccinating your pet. Why are vaccines important? Vaccines provide your pets’ body with immunity […]

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Exciting Announcement! New owners at Alley Cat Small Animal Hospital!

To: Our Valued Clients, Patients and Friends, Thank you for choosing Alley Cat Small Animal Hospital for your pet’s veterinary care and well-being. Our clients and their pets are the reason we continue to thrive in a community that we have served since the mid 1980’s. We write to you today with some exciting news! […]

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Let’s talk about vaccines: What in the world is Leptospirosis?!

Let’s talk about vaccines!  One of the most simple things you can do to keep your pets healthy is to keep them up to date on their vaccinations. Vaccines can help protect your pets against diseases that can make them sick and in some cases can be fatal. Leptospirosis a bacterial infection found in the […]

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My pet has Fleas, Oh My!! What should I do?

Parasites are a pet owner’s nightmare! They are unwelcome guests that come and stay, mostly unseen, and cause a number of health issues. Fleas can cause a number of problems for people and their pets. The most common for the pet are: Flea Allergy Dermatitis A severely allergic reaction from the saliva of the flea […]

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Meet the Team... Pinole Pet Hospital Clinical Director, Dr. Emily Lin!

Do you have any nicknames you would like to share?  Em, M, M&M Where is your hometown?  San Francisco, CA How long have you worked at Pinole Pet Hospital? Since May 2013 What is your favorite animal?  Giraffes!  Those long legs, that elegant neck, those crazy spots, and those lashes that go on forever.  Plus, […]

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What Heartworm prevention is best for my pet?

What is Heartworm Disease? Heartworm Disease is a very serious and potentially fatal condition your pet can contract through a bite from an infected mosquito. This infection causes foot-long worms to live in your pet’s heart, lungs, or associated blood vessels. What are clinical signs of Heartworm Disease? - Coughing - Exercise intolerance - Severe […]

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What should I expect at my pets dental appointment?

First off, Oral Examination The doctor will note any changes in body weight, eating habits, or other behaviors that indicate dental disease. Abnormal signs to look for include: pain drooling bad breath discolored, fractured, mobile, missing teeth inflammation bleeding. The complete examination includes, probing, and radiographic examination.  Then a precise treatment plan will be set in […]

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Walks and Trails in Pinole

I moved to California from Arizona in 2013. Unfortunately, I couldn't bring my dog with me and miss her dearly. Along with missing her, I realized one of the great benefits of owning a dog is going for walks with them. Back home I’d walk the dogs along a dirt path every day. I missed […]

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February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

February is National Pet Dental Health Month! There's no better time to bring awareness to your pet's oral hygiene. So lets talk teeth! Did you know that by the age of 2  nearly 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal (gum) disease? This infection is caused by a build-up of […]

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Getting a new pet? Don't miss this checklist for pet owners!

Thinking of surprising a loved one with a new pet this Christmas? Please think carefully about delivering a well-meaning but misguided gift of a new pet to an unprepared home! Consider adopting a new pet very carefully, here is a checklist to help you prepare. Questions for All Adopters: Do you have any other pets […]

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Taking Your Pet To The Vet!

Do you ever have a hard time getting your pet to the vet? A veterinary hospital can be a very scary place for your pet to go… So many different smells, other animals, and don't forget about all the new people! Hospital visits can be distressing for both the pet and owner, however, there are […]

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Meet the Team - Dana Atterbury, Lead Client Service Representative at Pinole Pet Hospital

1.   Do you have any nicknames you would like to share? Because my name is so short, I never really had a nickname! 2.   Where is your hometown? Harrisville, MI 3.   How long have you worked at Pinole? I worked at Pinole for 3 years before Dr. Juricek retired, so a total of 4 and […]

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Separation Anxiety in Dogs

It is the end of summer! Children are heading back to school and vacations are over for another year. Some dogs experience separation anxiety when the fun is over, since they are so use to having someone with them almost 24 hours in a day. Well, what exactly is separation anxiety in dogs and why […]

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What are "foxtails" and why are they a danger to my pet?

Foxtail season is here and can be a potentially expensive problem for you and painful your pet. So what are Foxtails? Foxtails are barbed grass awns that can be irreversibly lodged into your pet. They can be very painful and can cause infections. Foxtails tend to go unnoticed until it has become a nuisance. Foxtails […]

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How do I protect my pet against heartworm disease?

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal illness found in many species. It can be easily avoided by pet owners through effective and inexpensive preventative treatments. What is heartworm disease? Dirofiliaria Immitis, is a parasitic worm, more commonly known as the heartworm. It causes a serious disease predominantly in dogs, but also cats and […]

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My dogs eaten chocolate, what do I do?

Good for You, Not for Fluffy! March is Pet Poison Prevention Month. While certain foods may be tasty  to you, some can threaten your dog or cat. Here is some information on a few of the "people foods" you should avoid feeding to your pet. Use caution and prevent your pet from having access to […]

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Why should I Spay or Neuter my pet?

Almost every day we are asked by pet owners: “Why is it so important to “fix” our animals?” Aside from preventing excessive reproduction, there are many health and behavioral factors involved. The biggest reason that animal health professionals recommend these procedures is to reduce the population of accidental and unwanted litters. There is a huge problem in […]

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How do I brush my pets teeth at home?

Do you brush your teeth everyday? Then why not brush your pet's teeth too? How do I brush my pet's teeth at home? Daunted by the idea of getting near Fido or Fluffy's mouth? Dr. Lauren Hoffman provides you with a guide to looking after your pet's teeth at home and a demonstration of good brushing […]

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February is Pet Dental Health Month

Dental disease is by far the most commonly seen clinical condition by veterinarians. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has recognized periodontal disease as the most commonly seen clinical condition in today’s veterinary offices. Fortunately, periodontal disease is completely preventable in the comfort of your own home with very little time and energy. Periodontal disease […]

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Why should I train my puppy? Tips for a well behaved dog.

Everybody loves a new puppy. They’re cute, they’re cuddly and they give great kisses! Unfortunately, they can also be naughty little devils! They chew up your favorite things, they use your best carpet for a toilet and they drive you nuts with their high energy levels! One thing that often gets forgotten when you get a […]

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