As you gather with family and friends this New Year’s Eve, waiting for the ball to drop and celebrating the ups and downs 2016 has brought, we at Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services are counting down as well…our top 10 blogs of 2016 that is!

The goal of our weekly blogs is to provide you with relevant, interesting, and useful pet care information. We are pleased that so many of you have been reading and enjoying our blogs, and we are committed to continuing to bring you current and interesting topics in 2017.

Without further ado, we bring you our top 10 blogs of 2016…

  1. Helpful Tips to Giving a Pet Medication Giving a pet medication may seem like one of the most arduous of chores. No matter what you do, your pet spits the pill out or runs for cover. Read More…
  2. Ear All About It:  What You Need to Know About Pet Ears They may be small, large, floppy, or pricked, but all of our pets have ears. Most of the time they are cute, expressive, and nice to stroke, but for some pets, ears can be the source of big problems. Learn what you should know about pet ears and how to steer clear of issues. Read More…
  3. Protecting Pet Paws During the Summer Months Although the Bay Area boasts cool to moderate temps, even during the summer, most states have experienced higher than average temperatures the past few years. Couple this with increased exposure to UV rays and our love of outdoor activities, and it’s understandable why pet paws may be more at risk. Read More…
  4. The Nitty Gritty on Canine Influenza Most of the infectious diseases we treat in veterinary medicine have been around for a while. We know them and what to expect when a pet contracts them. Every so often, though, a new infectious disease emerges and we are caught unaware as it begins to affect our pet population. Most recently, this has been canine influenza. Read More…
  5. Summer In The City: Pet Friendly Activities In San Francisco According to Animal Planet, San Francisco is the most pet-friendly city in the U.S.A. With more dogs than human residents under age 18, this is not a surprising designation. From dog parks to beaches, and hundreds of pet-friendly establishments, our amazing city has nearly endless opportunities for pets and their owners to get out and have some fun this summer. Read More…
  6. Job Recommendations for the Animal-Loving Kid Whether your first job was to earn a little pocket money or gain essential life experience, you likely recall how it shaped your future. Sure, not all of us end up in the same field as our first gig, but one thing always leads to another. For an animal-loving kid or ambitious teen, there are loads of different opportunities that open up a lifetime of learning – and even reveal future career paths. Read More…
  7. Bloat in Dogs: Its Causes and How it Can Be Avoided Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), or bloat as it is more commonly known, is a serious emergency that occurs when the stomach fills with gas and expands, oftentimes twisting (volvulus) in on itself. But, bloat in dogs, while common, is still a mystery to pet owners – particularly when misinformation on its causes (chewing ice, for example) abounds. Read More…
  8. The Do’s and Don’ts of People Food for Pets Even the most strict pet owner has had the urge to slip their special friend something from the table from time to time. It is a natural urge for us to want to show our affection through food, and pets are not exempt from this tendency. Read More…
  9. The Right Way to Remove a Tick from Your Pet You’re petting your dog, when all of a sudden you feel that foreboding little lump… Yuck! It’s a tick! Now what? How do I remove a tick!? Read More…
  10. Pet Poisoning Dos and Don’ts You just spent the entire morning baking a German chocolate cake from scratch for your Aunt Mildred’s 80th birthday. You admire your work and glance at your watch. You just have time to sneak in a quick shower before the party. Read More…

We are so grateful to our wonderful patients and clients! It’s our honor to care for your pets and we look forward to continuing to partner with you in the coming year. Wishing you the very best in 2017, from all of us at AIMSS.