Reposted from ~ July 18, 2014 By Alison Gwinn If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, then cats and dogs must come from Jupiter. How else to explain some of their, well, alien behaviors? Just what, exactly, is a dog thinking when he rolls around in something stinky? If a cat naps on a computer keyboard, is it because she’s expecting an email? We went to the experts (the human kind!) for answers. My dog seems to run in his sleep. Could he be dreaming? Perhaps. “We can’t ­really ask them,” says veterinarian Melissa Bain, associate professor at the UC Davis School ofRead More →

Reposted from Warmer days tempt us to spend more time outdoors, frequently in the company of our dogs, who enjoy running and rolling in the grass and sniffing the flowers. The downside of this wonderful time of year is the potential for all of those lovely growing things to provoke allergic reactions. Like us, dogs develop environmental allergies. Is this a condition we just have to contend with year after year, or is there something more we can do to help our pups? In an allergic condition, the immune system overreacts to a perceived invader. Normally, a dog’s immune system can distinguish between a threatRead More →

Does this sound familiar: You’ve just arrived home after a tiring day at the office and you’re greeted by a tornado of energy! Your pup is jumping, spinning, shaking his tail… he’s going absolutely berserk! You inspect the layout of the room; something feels… off. Then you notice it: the couch cushion with bite marks; someone’s ripped out the stuffing! Then you take an even closer look around the room and find your favorite leather boots, demolished. The trash bin in the kitchen has been toppled over and rummaged through, and then you get a call on your cell phone. It’s your neighbor calling toRead More →

When we first met Olive she was in bad shape. The City of Berkeley’s Animal Care Services (BACS) brought Olive into our clinic after she was found injured on the side of road, most likely from being hit by a car. Her back was broken and she wasn’t expected to live. After receiving a few weeks’ worth of hospitalization, Olive began to turn it around. Her back fully healed, she gained some healthy weight and her sweet tempered disposition began to reveal itself. Campus Veterinary Clinic has provided a round of vaccinations. She’s had blood work tested and has been cleared of any signs of leukemia or FIV. WeRead More →

  Don’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. More →

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 containRead More →