This Month is ASPCA’s Adopt a shelter dog month

October is a big month for dogs connected to ASPCA. This month they are working extra hard to convince potential dog owners that adopting a dog could be the best decision you could ever make! We have come up with a few tips to bear in mind when researching pet shelters, and to help out along the journey to finding your new member of the…

Ricky and Lucy’s story

Lucy and Ricky have a big story to tell. They had just been enjoying a day at the beach together, and were walking along the shore side by side when they were spotted by a couple of humans. Carrie Colangelo and Chris Fleming had been watching the two dogs for a while from a distance. The dogs were obviously friendly, with their tongues lolling out…

Dog Safety at Barbecues

With spring in full flow this can only mean one thing – its barbeque season! Don’t we all love barbeques? What is not to love about the warm air, delicious smelling meats and friends gathering together? Our dogs love it too. Picking meat scraps from empty plates, licking the utensils clean and making new friends with the guest who serves them under the table. We…

Why do people get dogs?

Why do people get dogs? Dogs have been living alongside humans for thousands of years. Even today there are working dogs: herding sheep, sniffing bags at airports and even providing therapy to suffering people. Why do we allow these animals to live alongside us when they often provide minimal practical use in the household (except perhaps licking the floor clean after supper). It is recorded…

What is Parvovirus and how is it deadly?

Saturdays are always busy here at El Cid. The 28th found the staff here helping carry in a young dog from their car, having received a phone call only minutes before informing us they were on their way. The dog was lethargic, not eating and had bloody diarrhea. Fearing the worst, Dr Garcia immediately went ahead and tested the dog for Parvovirus. Parvovirus attacks rapidly…

Pet Tails – What it means to be AAHA accredited

In February El Cid Animal Clinic had a lot to celebrate about. This clinic is accredited with the American Animal Hospital Association – a prestigious honor, given that only 12% of veterinary clinics in North America hold this accreditation. Being AAHA accredited gives clients a tool for comparing clinics against each other, and allows peace of mind that standards are being maintained by a party…

Pet Tails – Odin lost and found

Odin is one very lucky dog. Back on the 15th December 2014, Odin was snatched from his owners’ parents’ house only two minutes after being put in the yard. The owners even have video footage of the puppy being lifted over their fence by a tall man, though not enough evidence to track down the kidnapper. It was a very dark and hopeless time for…

Make the most of grooming your dog

Pet Tails Make the most of grooming your dog   Although grooming your dog can often turn into a chase around the house with brush in hand, and both parties ending up frustrated and none the smoother, it can actually be a great bonding opportunity. Grooming your dog is so important regardless of their hair length. It removes all of the dead hair and debris…