More Than Myth: Safety Tips For Black Cats On Halloween

halloweenHalloween is one of our nation’s most beloved holidays; iconic images of pumpkins, ghosts, witches, and of course black cats, adorn homes and businesses, storefronts and display cases.

Cats, and black cats in particular, have little to celebrate during this time of year, however. Their risk of injury or worse is higher around the end of October thanks to our society’s myths and legends surrounding black cats.

Black Cats And Halloween

There are plenty of stories that surface each year about black cats being kidnapped, tortured, and even killed around Halloween. Although there isn’t much evidence to substantiate these rumors, the fact remains that black cats have long been symbols of bad luck and overall evil in our culture.


A Growing Family: Introducing Your Pet and New Baby

pet and new babyIn many households, the dog or cat was the first “baby” of the family. After years of being coddled and adored, it’s easy to imagine a pet’s confusion and frustration when an actual human baby abruptly arrives on the scene. Suddenly, all the attention is on this little bundle who seems to do nothing but eat, sleep, and cry all day (and night!).

Every pet owner wants their beloved fur friend to bond with their new baby, but getting there can present some challenges. As you pave the way toward a new family dynamic, take a peek at our tips for introducing your pet and new baby.


Pumpkins, Sweater Weather, the Best Fall Pet Care Tips

While we love our San Francisco summers, we also tend to think we have the best falls around, too. The off-season often means we have less tourists and that our fair city opens up around us. Whether you and your pet are enjoying simple strolls through your neighborhood, or are exploring parts of town you haven’t seen in awhile, take a moment to refresh your memory on the basics of fall pet care. From grooming to safety, there’s always something to keep in mind!


The Stealthy Threat That is Hyperthyroidism in Cats

hyperthyroidism in catsHave you ever wished you could eat whatever you want, whenever you want, and still lose weight? Some cats live this dream, but for them it is often more of a nightmare. Hyperthyroidism in cats is a real and a fairly commonly diagnosed condition, to boot. Fortunately, when properly diagnosed, Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services can often manage these sickly kitties quite effectively.

All About Hyperthyroidism in Cats

The thyroid gland is an important but often forgotten organ that plays a big role in day to day function, whether you are a human, cat, or mouse. The thyroid is part of the endocrine system, the body system responsible for secreting hormones. Be it insulin, growth hormone, or cortisol, hormones are an essential part of physiology.