Summer Is Here!

The sun is out and the weather is warm. Perfect for bringing our furkids out to play and enjoy it with us. Sometimes we often forget, if it’s hot for us, it’s even hotter for them. If you must go out to a place where dogs are not allowed, better to leave them at home. Be safe with your pets during the summer heat.

Lily Toxicities

Lilies are beautiful, come with most flower arrangements, and are in many homes especially during the Spring and around Easter time. Unfortunately, most cat owners are unaware of the dangers a lily possesses for cats.

All members of the scientific species Lilium, have toxic principles that cause acute kidney injury and kidney failure in cats. It’s not just the petals, but the water in the vase, the pollen, the leaves, the stem and essentially every part of the lily.

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International Women’s Day

Millbrae Pet Hospital is celebrating International Women’s Day with the introduction of one of our DVM’s, Dr. Melissa Ryce.

Dr. Ryce is a Bay Area native but went to college in New Orleans, which she called home for many years. After being displaced by Hurricane Katrina she moved to higher ground in the California Sierra Foothills and worked as a veterinary ER nurse. She went to vet school at St. Matthew’s University in Grand Cayman and performed her clinical year at the University of Illinois and at UC Davis. After graduating from vet school she operated the only emergency clinic in the city of New Orleans for a year before returning to her beloved San Francisco Bay Area. She has worked at San Francisco and Peninsula hospitals since 2015, including Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services in San Francisco and San Mateo, and Millbrae Pet Hospital. She loves the fast pace and gratification of emergency room medicine but also loves to be able to provide wellness and care for pets young and old in general practice.

When Dr. Ryce isn’t practicing veterinary medicine she enjoys horseback riding, exploring nature, cooking, and the many musical offerings of our culturally diverse Bay Area.

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Pet dental health is very important when it comes to your pets’ wellness. We at Millbrae Pet Hospital want to inform you on how you could keep your pets oral health in tip top shape.

It is ideal that your pet’s teeth are checked at least once a year by a veterinarian. There could be a potential for secondary health related diseases if periodontal disease progresses too much.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is the most common disease found in adult canines and felines. It is a bacterial build up in which it forms plaque. Plaque can then turn into a hard substance when in contact with saliva for a long period of time and become calculus. When the calculus build up gets below the gum line, that is when the bacteria can secrete toxins and damage tissue. This will lead to inflammation and infection. Periodontal disease is highly preventable.

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Canine Influenza


It’s flu season again, but did you know that our dogs and cats are susceptible too?
All of us at Millbrae Pet hospital are interested in keeping you and your pets safe. If you watch the news you have heard about the flu, both human and canine. The flu is a clinical illness secondary to one of the influenza viruses. Influenza viruses that cause disease in humans are named after 3 core proteins A, B, and C. Influenza A viruses are further described by their common surface proteins and get labels such as H1N1. Influenza A viruses are responsible for most outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics in the world. It is also responsible for the recent canine influenza outbreak and the terrible flu season California is experiencing in general.
We at Millbrae Pet hospital wanted to take a minute to talk with you about how this virus can effect your pets.

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Over the Hill? Helping Your Pet Enjoy Their Golden Years

pet enjoy their golden yearsDo you have a senior pet? WIth advancements in pet nutrition and wellness care, our pets are living longer and healthier lives. It’s not uncommon for pets to live into their teens (and even 20’s for cats!). However, it’s important to realize that older pets need special attention and care to help them stay healthy and happy as long as possible..

Here are some tips for senior pet care. Together, we can help your pet enjoy their golden years in style!

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Too Late for Pet Costumes? Never!

pet costumesAlthough Halloween only comes around once a year, you may discover there are other opportunities to play dress up with your pet. New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and the Fourth of July are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to opportunities for your four-legged friend to strut their stuff.

On the other hand, some animals may need all 365 days to get used to next year’s costume. Don’t let another October 31st come around without preparing your pet for the main event of the year. Pet costumes make a big impact on a crowd, but they come with their own list of safety precautions.

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With the Autumn Breeze Comes Fall Pet Safety Concerns

fall pet safetyWith its crisp air, cool breezes, and colorful leaves, people and pets alike can find much to love about fall. While we may be enjoying the changing season, it’s important to keep in mind the many dangers that autumn can present to our furry friends. Household toxins, cooling temperatures, and an approaching holiday season aren’t without their risks, making fall pet safety an important consideration for pet owners everywhere.

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Ask the 8-Ball: Should You Build a Catio for the Happiest Cat on the Block?

Does contentment equal kitty containment? Keeping your cat inside the home definitely keeps him or her safer, but the safety and security therein may not necessarily hit the “happiness button.” To be sure, many cats long to go outside (if only to breathe the fresh air, listen to the birds, and possibly climb a tree), but the risks are often too great.

However, you might not need to endure constant escape attempts or longing gazes out the window. When you build a catio (an enclosed patio designed just for cats), nature comes to your pet while ensuring a safe place to rest, perch, and observe.

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