Shoebox Living: Successfully Sharing a Small Space with a Pet

WestPark_iStock_000048163856_LargeLife is brimming with paradoxes – a fact that we’re confronted with around every corner in our fair city. For example, San Francisco’s rental apartments are among the smallest and most expensive in the country, but the culture is quite possibly the most pet-friendly.

So, how can an apartment dweller responsibly meet the needs of a pet in a micro-unit? Sharing a small space with a pet might feel like you’re sharing a dog house instead of a new condo, but our tips will turn you and your pet into the healthiest pair on the block. Continue…

We’ve Got a Bee In Our Bonnet Over Easter Pet Safety!

AIMSS_iStock_000059350762_LargeFor many of us, Easter is wonderful holiday filled with color, candy, food, and family. Unfortunately,  a lapse in your attention could land your curious pet in deep trouble! From chocolate and Xylitol ro Easter grass and Lilies, this holiday is just hopping with opportunities for your pet to find trouble.

Thankfully, your friends at AIMSS have put together some recommendations for best practices in Easter pet safety!

Chocolate Bunnies and Candied Eggs

The two biggest offenders this holiday? Chocolate and Xylitol. Continue…

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Ah-choo! Coping With Seasonal Pet Allergies

Image copyright Catherine Lane 2015Spring can be a time for exciting adventures on the trails, or simply inviting the fresh air in through open windows. Either way, your pet is likely exposed to brutally high levels of pollen from some of the Bay Area’s most productive, allergenic trees, such as the alder, ash, and junipers.

But seasonal pet allergies also include an aversion to ragweed and different types of grass, begging the question: What are you to do for your pet when spring allergies come along? Animal Internal Medicine & Specialty Services have some ideas to help you – and your sneezing, itching pet – find relief. Continue…

5 Important Qualities of a Responsible Pet Owner

AIMSS_iStock_000013202613_LargeIf you’re lucky enough to be a pet guardian, you’ve probably made a thoughtful decision to commit to your pet’s lifelong health and wellbeing. You likely strive to be a responsible pet owner, seeking out resources and providing your fur friend with everything he or she needs to be healthy, safe, and content.

Since February is National Responsible Pet Owners Month, we want to take a moment and celebrate all the ways pet guardians make life amazing for their pet companions.

5 Essential Steps to Being a Responsible Pet Owner

  1. You keep your pet healthy. As a responsible pet owner, you know that wellness exams are critical to keeping your pet in optimum health.These exams provide essential screenings and vaccinations to keep your fur pal wagging (or purring). But you don’t stop there! Wellness care includes grooming, dental cleanings, and parasite prevention (farewell fleas, ticks, and mosquitos!). You’re also committed to enhancing your pet’s health through at-home care. Good for you! Continue…