Best Practices to Keep Your Pet Safe From Snakes

Equipped with extra joints and mobile jaws to swallow prey larger than their heads, snakes have earned the reputation of terrifying predators. While many varieties aren’t venomous, and some aren’t longer than 10 centimeters, snakes generally inspire dread and fear. Unless you live in a place where they don’t exist, such as Hawaii, New Zealand, [...]

Pepe le Pew: What Should You Do When Your Pet Gets Skunked

Ah, nature. There is nothing quite like it. From the beauty of the forests to the endless array of wildlife living amongst us, nature is a wonderful place to relax and kick back with our four-legged friends.  Nature, of course, does come with a price sometimes, and that is especially true when your dog encounters [...]

Ground Rules: Dog Walking Etiquette 101

Your dog’s daily walk is a cornerstone of their routine. Not only does walking provide them with much-needed exercise; but being outside in the fresh air and interacting with the world around them is important for dogs and people alike.  This simple activity may seem like a no-brainer, but not everyone views dog walking in [...]

The Rattlesnake Vaccine: Should Your Pet be Protected?

Rattlesnakes are nothing to sneeze at. If you’ve lived in California long enough, you have probably either encountered a snake or know someone who has. Dogs are at particular risk for rattlesnake bites due to investigating grasses, shrubs, and other prime rattlesnake habitat with their noses. Each year, the staff at Bowman Veterinary Hospital treats [...]

Taking the Lead: The Dangers of Retractable Leashes

In a perfect world, our dogs wouldn’t need to be leashed, rather they would joyfully, and safely, accompany us as we go about our daily tasks. As this is clearly not the case for the vast majority of us, the daily leashed walk has become an important part of dog ownership.  Retractable leashes may seem [...]

Embracing the “Dog Days of Summer”

The star that rises and sets with the sun during the high summer is known as Sirius, or the Dog Star. Forever shining brightly in the constellation Canis Major (Big Dog), Sirius was perceived by ancient people as bringing about the hottest temperatures of the year, giving way to the famous expression “the dog days [...]

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