CHICAGO (CBS) – Researchers meeting in Chicago have presented findings from three new studies that show health and other benefits from human-animal interaction. Scientists who examined the impact of pets on physical and emotional health and on human social relationships have found positive and lasting effects of pet ownership and pet therapy. “What we’re seeing overwhelmingly is benefits from the interaction,” says Dr. Sandra McCune, Scientific Leader of Human-Animal Interaction at the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition. Based in Leicestershire, England, Waltham conducts scientific research for Mars Petcare whose brands include Pedigree dog food. In one of the studies, University of Maryland researchers looked at elderly adultsRead More →

Did you know that Campus Veterinary Clinic offers a wide range of services for our small animal clientele? We accommodate gerbils, mice, rats, hamsters, and of course, rabbits!      Bunny Basics: Rabbits are “crepuscular” meaning they are most active at dawn & dusk. This is why some rabbits tend to sleep with their eyes open. Rabbits can be easily trained to eliminate in a litter box. Multiple rabbits are no more work than one. Most rabbits like having a bunny companion to keep them company and snuggle with. Know the facts before committing to a small animal. Sadly, behind cats and dogs, rabbits are theRead More →

Today marks the beginning of summer and Campus Veterinary Clinic would like to take a minute to remind our Bay Area friends of the potential hazard created by the rise in temperature. When discussing heat stroke, the best cure will always be prevention, and proper prevention begins with an accurate understanding of the effects of heat stroke and our beloved animal’s vulnerability to its detriment. Heat stroke is a form of non-pyrogenic (non-fever) hyperthermia. Hyperthermia is the elevation of a dog’s body temperature above the normal range of 101 to 102 degrees. When a dog (with no previous sign of fever or illness) has aRead More →

  Foxtail season in Berkeley is officially here, and with it comes a rise in the risk for injury. Foxtail, or hordeum jubatum, is a weed commonly found throughout our neighborhood streets, our hiking locales, and the natural landscape that composes the beauty of Northern California. Foxtails go unnoticed during the rainy season, spreading rampantly and flourishing under the environmental conditions. With the advent of summer these weeds begin to dry, growing brittle as they change from grass green to flaxen in color. It is at this state in the foxtail’s lifecycle that it poses a serious and potentially life-threatening risk to our animals. Risks and Symptoms:Read More →