Oso’s Dental Disease – The Root of the Problem

Oso was adopted from the San Jose animal shelter a few years ago as a young, healthy dog. Recently his owner brought him back to the shelter, requesting that he be euthanized. The reason for euthanasia: bad breath and bad teeth. Our shelter’s veterinary team could not even evaluate Oso’s teeth because he would try Read More …

Tabby Kitten with Infected Wounds on Abdomen

A kitten was found with large infected wounds on the side of his abdomen. The wounds were draining yellow discharge, an indication that they were infected. His wounds were closed and a drain was placed in the area to help release the discharge instead of having it accumulate under the skin and form an abscess. The kitten was then given pain Read More …

Lizzie’s Makeover – Dreadlock Dog Gets Groomed

Lizzie the dreadlock dog had heads turning as she walked around the San Jose animal shelter. There was no question that Lizzie had not been receiving the care she needed. While we were not quite sure what breed Lizzie was when she came in, we knew that her breed was one that required regular grooming to prevent painful Read More …

Shelter Fights to Save 16-Year-Old Dog

Precious – a blind & deaf 16-year-old dog – was recently surrendered by her owners to the San Jose Animal Care Center, which is an open-admission municipal animal shelter. However, because the San Jose shelter is devoted to saving as many lives as possible, as evinced by its ~90% save rate, the shelter staff had its veterinary team Read More …

Feral Mom Cat with Prolapsed Uterus Reunited with Kittens

One afternoon in July, a community cat was brought into the San Jose Animal Care Center’s medical clinic alongside her newborn kittens. The feral cat had a large, red, fleshy mass protruding from under her tail, a condition the veterinary medical team quickly identified as a prolapsed uterus. The team sprung into action. The feral cat Read More …

Tiny Orange Tabby Kitten with Unusual Tail Injury

At the San Jose animal shelter, we are regularly amazed by how animals can persevere through very serious injuries. One case we recently saw was a tiny, fluffy, orange tabby kitten who came in with a broken tail. The kitten was full of energy and very playful. He would run around his kennel, roll around, and reach for Read More …