Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital™ Blog

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 15:26 - M. Penny

It's not just Bob Barker who wants you to have your pets spayed or neutered. There's a whole movement, hopefully coming to a license plate near you! 

 
You can help make it happen! 
 
The State of California is considering publishing a license plate to benefit spay & neuter programs across California, and have committed to doing so ONLY IF enough people are interested. At last check 2,587 people of the needed 7,500 have signed up.
 
The California Pet Lover’s License Plate is sponsored by the California Veterinary Medical Board and administered by the California Spay & Neuter License Plate Fund. A portion of the proceeds go directly to the Spay & Neuter License Plate Fund to pay for free and low cost spay and neuter programs through clinics, shelters and vouchers redeemable at local veterinarians.  
 

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 The license plate itself is beautiful, with a graphic on the left-hand side, created and donated by international actor, artist and animal lover, Pierce Brosnan. It is a painting of two of the animals he and his wife, Keely, adopted -- Shilo the dog and Angel Baby the cat. 
 
Also on the plate are the words spay & neuter saves lives
Tue, 03/01/2011 - 11:48 - manish

Wouldn't you like to make Sunday a little longer? Add a few more hours, say, three (3) of them, right to your Sunday afternoon? Ah, sounds lovely doesn't it? Adding three working hours probably wasn't what you had in mind, but that's what we're doing! Starting this month, Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital is extending its Sunday hours. Instead of operating on Sunday from 9am to 2pm, we will operate on Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Our very first new-and-improved, now with 3 more hours Sunday will be March 6th, 2011. It's all part of our continuing effort to be there for you and your animals.

Fri, 01/21/2011 - 12:38 - M. Penny

What's that

Wed, 12/29/2010 - 12:51 - Carol

People call and ask us about animal-related groups we recommend for the end-of-the-year charitable giving, every year, in December, come rain or shine.

 
It's actually smart family business to consider tax issues now, and that schedule A, entry 16 issue can sneak up on one pretty quickly. First you have to make a decision to have a schedule A
Mon, 12/20/2010 - 14:13 - M. Penny

Being home for the holidays with family and family-animals conjures warm feelings, if not also a warm fireplace.

But sometimes the home is someone else's and it's just not possible to take the four-legged family members, or they need special attention, and basic boarding facilities just won't do. That's why we offer boarding, so they can be here with us, for the times they can't go with you. 
 
During 2010, we expanded our boarding facility to include new luxury boarding. Luxury boarding means larger suites with deluxe bedding for the comfort of home away from home. As with our regular boarding, we include complimentary twice-daily medication administration and periodic email updates throughout the stay.
Luxury boarding, however, only applies to dogs. Even if your cat's personality can fill up a full suite, they are still designed for canines. Besides, what cat wants to be the only feline in a wing full of dogs? Ewww. 
 
Anyway, here is what they look like:
 
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Of course, all animals are given plenty of attention. During the holidays this is particularly true, since we add staff shifts to accommodate the increased boarding population as well as our desire to play with them and share the festivity of the season. 
 
Apparently word's getting out, since we were completely booked for the Thanksgiving week, and we're sure to book up for Christmas and New Years. Already, we only have a few slots left before we have to break out the waiting list. Fair warning, eh?
 
Oh, and one more thing: if you are boarding with us, you can now download the boarding form, fill it out during the many commercial breaks of your favorite football game (or whatever), bring it with you and save some time checking in. Grab it from the forms page
 
Of course, even though we do love taking care of them, we'd still prefer it if you can enjoy a jolly holiday with all of your loved ones, including any fuzzy buddies. Minus any nipping at noses, ho ho ho!
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Fri, 12/17/2010 - 09:51 - M. Penny

This time of year we deck the halls, and adorn the tree, string-up the lights and hang the stockings by the chinmey with care. For cat lovers extra care with tinsel can prevent what we call a string foreign body emergency, or worse, disaster. 

 
Generally, the culprit is a cat toy on a string, but during the holidays tinsel provides an extra danger.  If a cat ingests a string foreign body it can damage the intestines to a fatal result, unless caught fast enough for surgery. 
 
Your clue is violent vomiting. Now, coughing up a hairball is one thing, but if your feline is violently vomiting, particularly if their favorite toy all-of-a-sudden goes missing, pay immediate attention. Take your cat to an animal hospital without delay.
 
Better yet, be careful with your tinsel, and after hanging it, make sure you clean up any extra. Of course, nowhere does it say that tinsel is mandatory. In any case there's no need to worry, just something to know. 
 
It's like holly or mistletoe; if you like to decorate with holly or mistletoe, don't let your animal eat either one. Above the door? Fine. Where cats don't climb? Sure. Decorate the dog's food dish with holly or mistletoe? Uh, no.  
 
It's fairly straightforward. Doesn't take a wise man. Just a little FYI. 
 
Speaking of info, you already know whether your animal tends to eat people food. If so, try to keep the fat intake low. Use your own judgement since you know your pet's GI tract. If you want tons more information about animal-related potential holiday hazards, read this article.
 
And now that you know, you're good to go have some holiday fun! Deck those halls, trim those trees, and whatever else you do -- to thine own elf be true. 
 
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Thu, 12/16/2010 - 15:40 - M. Penny

AKA: You're not going to believe this, but we're starting a blog.

While it's true that we tend to follow the cutting edge of veterinary medicine more than, say, internet technology and social media. It's also true that sometimes the old school beats new fangled, while sometimes a new innovation leaves old ways in the dust. At this point, we're not quite sure if a blog is new or old, but we know this much: if you want to follow what we have to say, we're ready to commit the time to saying it.
 
It could be pet health tips. It could be topical news items about pets. Occasionally, we will let you know about the goings on around here so you can get to know us a little better. Whatever the topic, animals will be involved. That much we know. 
 
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