Watch Out For Dry Eye!

By Emily Moeller, DVM, DACVO
Veterinary Specialty Hospital

What is dry eye?

The surface of the eye is covered with tears that are produced by glands located around the eye. Tears provide oxygen, sugar, proteins and healing factors to the surface of the eye. Dry eye, or Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca, is a disease of low tear production.

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HOW TO……

Happy Pet.

We answer your questions on how to accomplish a task and make sure your pet remains safe and healthy.

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Training Tips from San Diego Humane Society

San Diego Humane Society.

Have you ever wanted to know the secrets to dog training? While the specifics can vary greatly, there’s a basic formula that will help you work toward harmonious living with your pets. Here are four of the “secrets” of dog training from San Diego Humane Society’s Community Training Coordinator Shauna Romero, CPDT-KA:

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Pet Hygiene

While we can clean up after ourselves to maintain a healthy lifestyle, our pets cannot do the same. Surprisingly, dirt, bacteria and germs can build up in many places more quickly than you think which can expose both animals and people within the household to illness.

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Back to School Blues

Back to School may be music to a parent’s ears, but it can be a tough adjustment for pets who have become used to long summer days of constant entertainment while the kids are home.

“When pets get bored they can exhibit destructive, anti-social or anxious behaviors,” San Diego Humane Society’s Community Training Coordinator, Shauna Romero shared with apl magazine. “Though toys can’t replace human contact and socialization, there are many things you can do to help keep your pets happy and entertained while the kids go back to school.”

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Cool Pets

Tips For Keeping Your Pets Cool.

Summer is here and so is the heat! It is not uncommon for pets to be treated for heatstroke as well as other risks, so we want to share a few safety tips to help make summer a fun and carefree season for your furry friends.

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Nibble and Kibble

Human Treats for Cats.

Ever wondered if what you are eating you can share with your cat? The answer is yes, and here are 7 feline friendly treats ideas your cat will enjoy.

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Soft Surg

The Cone of Shame.

So, what is up with those Elizabethan collars and why do vets say they are so important? Well, despite their shape, E-collars are not meant to help your pet blend in at the lamp store! They are used to deter your pet from licking, chewing, scratching or rubbing an incision, sore spot, wound or bandage. Most post-operative incisional complications occur from self-trauma. Despite the old wives’ tale that dog saliva helps healing, the truth is that licking, chewing or scratching an incision can lead to skin irritation, bacterial contamination of the wound and prolonged healing. Especially traumatizing are the rough spikes on a cat’s tongue; they can even snag skin stitches and pull them out before the wound has healed! Just think of the potential costs associated with these complications – both to your pet’s health as well as your wallet!

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