This is what happens when you don’t brush your dog’s teeth…

I brush my teeth every day. I would hope and expect you do the same. If we didn’t brush our teeth, not only would we have bad breath, but our teeth would accumulate tartar, cavities and other problems that are not only very painful, but could cause us to lose our teeth! So what about Read More …

What’s that mass on my kitty’s ear?

It’s just a little mass. Maybe it’s nothing, right? Anytime I speak to owners who are reclaiming their lost pets about a mass (or masses) that we noticed on their pets, the most common response I hear is, “Our vet said it was nothing.” In veterinary school, we are taught that no mass can be Read More …

Shelter Kitten’s Blood-Filled Eye

A group of three kittens arrived together at the San Jose animal shelter. One of the kittens was not like the others. His left eye was filled with blood, obscuring his vision. What happened to the kitten’s blood-filled eye? While there are many reasons that an animal’s eye can be filled with blood, a condition Read More …

George the Rottweiler

George, an adult male Rottweiler, got into a bit of trouble when he was out running around loose as a stray dog in San Jose. George came to the San Jose animal shelter covered in ticks and with a degloving wound to his hind leg. One of the most common reasons dogs and cats get Read More …

Radical Bilateral Mastectomy Saves Shelter Dog’s Life

When a female dog is not spayed, it is only a matter of time before she develops one of two things: a pyometra (infected uterus) or mammary cancer. Studies show that spaying a dog before her first heat cycle virtually eliminates the dog’s risk for mammary cancer. Unfortunately, many of the dogs that we see Read More …

Chester – A Kitten with 3.5 Legs

Chester weighed just over a pound when he was brought to the San Jose Animal Care Center as a stray kitten. He was tiny and sweet with 3.5 legs instead of 4. Whatever happened to the missing half of his left hind leg is a mystery. It is possible that something traumatic occurred, causing that Read More …