Max O'Hanrahan


We’re kicking off the New Year with a handsome critter by the name of Max. Although Max is a low-key dude that doesn’t like a lot of fuss, he graciously accepted our nomination this month.

Max’s story begins in Philadelphia, where his companion Brigid first met him at a shelter when he was just a little black ball of fluff. Brigid picked him up and when he purred in her arms she melted. It was a sign that this friendship was meant to be.


Max helps Brigid with her metalwork.

Max likes his life drama-free and so opts to be an indoor kitty. For amusement Brigid will throw him bunched up pieces of scratch paper to chase and occasionally he will bat them back to her. Max is also partial to grooming sessions and has a particular chair he sits in when getting pampered with a hairbrush treatment.

Likes: cheese, dried liver, ear massage

Dislikes: the outdoors, vacuums, citrus scents



dog-and-toothbrush1Don’t turn your nose to Fido’s or Fluffy’s bad breath! That odor might signify a serious health risk, with the potential to damage not only your pet’s teeth and gums but its internal organs as well.

To address the significance of oral health care for pets, the American Veterinary Medical Association and several veterinary groups are sponsoring National Pet Dental Health Month in February.

The link below is an informative podcast on the dangers of ignoring the warning signs of periodontal disease. Stay informed and take advantage of Campus Veterinary’s FREE dental exams and month-long 25% discount on all dental services.

Molly_LarsonaIt’s not easy picking an outstanding critter to feature on our blog. We have so many to choose from! Miss Molly Larson waltzed into our offices the other day and laid on her boxer charm. She got us hook, line and sinker! Although she doesn’t always like to visit the vet she is a very brave and stoic lady. She may be a senior but that doesn’t stop her from enjoying all that life has to offer! Her companion Erika shares:

Molly is a 13 year old boxer/pug (bug) who was adopted as a puppy from the Sonoma County animal shelter. I met her when she was 8 and her previous companion could no longer care for her. I was asked by Molly’s auntie if I had room in my home for her, and I did! Her newest nickname is “grandma.”

Likes: sleeping, butt scratches, seaweed and parties

Dislikes: going to the vet, large groups and loud people


Did you know the following common household substances could prove to be fatal for your pet? Campus Veterinary Clinic wants YOU to be aware!


Chocolate contains an alkaloid called “theobromine,” which is in the same family as caffeine and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, agitation, racing heart rate, hypertension, tremors, seizures and death. For a 50 pound dog as little as 1 oz. of baking chocolate (or 8 oz milk chocolate) can cause signs of poisoning. Theobromine is incredibly difficult for dogs & cats to metabolize.


Xylitol is a naturally occurring substance that is widely used as a sugar substitute. Products that may contain xylitol include sugar-free gum, candies, breath mints, baked goods, cough syrup & toothpaste (to list a few). Though safe for human consumption, xylitol is extremely toxic to both cats & dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure or even death.


While ingesting marijuana is not usually fatal for dogs it can have dramatic effects, including depression, tremors, twitching, wobbliness, vomiting, coma and more. Owners should seek treatment immediately. Dogs may need IV fluids or anti-nausea medications.


Snail Bait usually comes in pellet form which your pet can find very attractive because it resembles dog kibble. The pellets are sometimes combined with molasses, apples and bran which is added to attract the slugs and snails. Unfortunately, this also attracts your dog to them. A  small amount of snail bait is fatal for dogs. Approx. 1 tsp per 10lb of bodyweight will cause death in 50% of ingestions.

Spanning the distance of Hearst Avenue between Sacramento Street and Martin Luther King Jr Way is one of Berkeley’s most treasured public spaces: Ohlone Park. Long and narrow, the park offers a variety of simple features: basketball courts, multiple children’s play areas, open fields for soccer matches, yoga classes or just catching some sun. Towards the northeast corner of the park lies one of it’s biggest draws: Ohlone Dog Park. Having made several “Top Ten Lists” over the years, Ohlone continues to build on its reputation of providing a clean, open space for dogs to run and race highlighted by a sense of community that is both experienced and encouraged by the many regulars who frequent the park. If pet ownership is comparable to “parenthood,” then Ohlone is the playground. Let the kids run while you swap stories with the other parents.

OhlineOn the last Friday of each month, the Ohlone regulars get together for an informal celebration (accompanied by snacks and drinks) to further this notion of togetherness. You are never alone at Ohlone. The park is conservative, yet beautiful. Simple, with depth. An air of accountability resigns over the park. Commonality & respect are nearly tangible. The evidence of which can be seen in the animal behavior: humans who strive to live in harmony often raise animals who adopt the same sensibilities. One of the more common misconceptions regarding animal socialization is that the need for it ends with puppyhood. Nothing could be further from the truth. While the foundation for good behavior is laid during the first few months, good owners encourage and reinforce social skills and responsiveness to commands throughout the dog’s life.  When it comes to dog parties in Berkeley, Ohlone is the place to be!



As you make your descent through the trails in Redwood Regional Park one of the first things you’ll notice is the temperature cooling. The dry brush at the higher points of the park begin to give way to darker green vegetation. Before you notice it, you’re under a redwood canopy. Fern grows rampant and the cold ground is soft, damp and easy on the paws. Not every trail in the park is off-leash; some are shared with horses and bicyclists. Most trails, though, are perfect for practicing off-leash commands.

   An hour long hike can satisfy two of your dog’s most basic needs: exercise and exploration. A dog perceives the world through his nose. His brain is specialized for identifying scents. For comparison’s sake, the average human employs about 5 million “scent receptors,” while the typical beagle uses 225 million! Hiking in Redwood affords much more than a quality physical workout for your pup; it provides him with mental conditioning by giving him the stimuli he needs to keep his senses sharp. Make sure you’re current with all your pet’s vaccinations, and while you’re on your hike be mindful of wild mushrooms, the transference of poison oak, and foxtail (especially during the summer months).

Directions to RRRedwood Regional Park is located just a few miles over the ridge from downtown Oakland. It’s a hidden redwood forest whose peaceful groves give little evidence of its bustling past. In the mid-1800s, what is now Redwood Regional Park was the scene of extensive logging to supply building materials for the Bay Area. If you enjoy the solidarity that nature can afford, combined with convenience and accessibility, then spend an afternoon with your pup at Redwood Regional Park, you’ll both be happy you did.

Visit for a downloadable park map, park events calendar and park hours.


Muddy Paws, Happy Dogs

Bring a sweater because the coastal bluster can give you a chill! Bring a friend and pick up a cup of coffee from The Sit and Stay Café. Bring your “chuck-it” and play fetch on the grassy fields. Walk and talk while your dog romps in the mud or in the brush circling the delta. Life is not where you go—it’s who you travel with. If you have a “water dog” at home, bring him out and be prepared for muddy paws.

Dp EtThere are beautiful views of the Golden Gate and Marin County from this landscaped 23-acre park at the west end of Central Avenue in Richmond. This is one of the largest public off-leash dog parks in the nation with over 500,000 dog visits per year. The park is open from 5AM to 10PM and has two FREE parking lots.

A favorite with park visitors is Mudpuppy’s Tub & Scrub, a dog washing and dog-specific retail shop facility. There are full service and do-it-yourself dog baths, plus great toys, treats, and supplies. Call (510) 559-8899 or for more information on these facilities, or see Also visit, a website created by the Point Isabel Dog Owners & Friends for dog park events including social hours, clean-up campaigns, and dog training sessions.

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