An Unusual Canine Case – Small Dog with Strange Oral Trauma

When you work in an animal shelter that sees 17,000 animals every year, you see some unusual things. Although this specific case may not be the strangest, it was noteworthy because of how easily it could have been overlooked. This case was so easy to overlook that when our team did a physical examination on Read More …

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 …

Shelter Dog with Cancer Finds Hospice Home

Honey came into the San Jose animal shelter with a litter of her puppies, seemingly in good health. However, when the shelter’s veterinary staff examined her, they noted a few mammary masses on her belly. The veterinary staff added Honey to a list of animals that needed non-routine surgery – basically anything that isn’t a 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 …

Shelter Helps Senior Dog with Giant Mass

At 11 years old, Viola found herself in the care of the San Jose Animal Care Center. Like many dogs, Viola was scared in the unfamiliar shelter environment. The shelter’s behavior team worked with her to help her feel more comfortable in her new environment. Once she was finally warming up to people, it was time Read More …