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Written by // Tim Wheaton: Office & Media Manager Categories // My Pets Dr Blog, pet safety


clark 200hOh, Christmas Tree...Oh, Christmas Tree: why dost thou create such a hazard? The tree is the centerpiece of holiday decoration (even though Clark Griswold might argue it's the outdoor lights). We plan the day to get the tree with the family, battle with the Jones'es and find the perfectly full tree for that nook we plotted out in the living room. Once the tree is up, you may not have put the lights on it yet, but your pet's eyes just sure lit up. Especially your cat's. Cats are natural climbers and have an instinctual predisposition to be at a higher level. Be sure to securely anchor your tree as much as possible to avoid curious pets pushing or pulling it over. If you add glass, breakable or edible decorations to your tree, try to keep them higher than your pet's paws can reach to knock them down. Shards of breakable ornaments are sharp and could be very dangerous in a number of ways. Clean up fallen pine needles regularly to avoid ingestion. Keep your pets from drinking the tree stand water and try to avoid adding some of those toxic tree preservatives to the water.


Written by // Tim Wheaton: Office & Media Manager Categories // My Pets Dr Blog, cat health, dog health

Cancer is the Number One Disease-Related Killer of Dogs and Cats

xray prep 300wCancer in pets has a number of similarities to the human form(s) of cancer. Like human cancer, it can occur in virtually any part of your dog's body. Although cancer is more common in dogs than it is in cats, it's often more aggressive in cats.  

Ten of the most common cancer-related conditions:

1.  Lymphosarcoma or Lymphoma
2.  Skin Cancer (Malignant Skin Neoplasia)
3.  Splenic (Spleen) Cancer
4.  Bone or Joint Cancer
5.  Hepatic (Liver) Cancer
6.  Thoracic (Chest) Cancer
7.  Bladder Cancer
8.  Brain or Spinal Cord Cancer
9.  Oral (Mouth) Cancer
10. Peritoneal Cancer

Treating these pet cancers can be a heavy financial burden for pet owners. In 2011, just one pet health insurance provider stated their policyholders spent more than $17.4 million on the top 10 cancer-related conditions. Lymphosarcoma or Lymphoma was the most expensive condition on the list, costing its policyholders an average of $2,367 per pet. 

The importance of pet owners being educated on recognizing the symptoms and the signs of pet cancer is an imperative part of the fight against the disease. 



Written by // Tim Wheaton: Office & Media Manager Categories // My Pets Dr Blog, pet safety

How To Limit The Fright Factor Of This Holiday For Your Pets

Princess Dog CostumeHalloween can be so much fun for the humans in the family, but it can be the complete opposite for the animals in your household. It's common to think of the 4th of July as one of the scariest days of the year for pets, but there's more than just alarming sounds to spook our furry family members on October 31. Let's look at some of the most common issues: 

  • Electric Halloween decorations could be mistaken for treats and your pets could also get entangled in dangling cords or decorations. To avoid these hazards, keep all cords and decorations out of their reach and you can also encase any cords in plastic tubing.
  • Trick-or-Treaters could frighten your dog, even if its his own family members in costumes and masks. Even the friendliest of dog could potentially attack out of fear or run away. It may be best to keep your dog in a quiet and separate part of your home, away from the front-door activity of trick-or-treating families. 
  • A good amount of the treats you have around the house could make your animals sick. Chocolate is toxic to dogs; the darker and less sweet the chocolate, the more poisonous and dangerous it is for dogs. 
  • Halloween pranksters have been known to prey on pets, unfortunately, especially black furred pets. Make sure you keep an eye on your animals Halloween night. 
  • Lit candles and Jack-O-Lanterns are an obvious hazard inside and outside of the home. These can be so easily bumped over by pets, or even by their wagging tails. Make sure to keep these out of their reach. 

Keep Halloween "safe and sane" for all of the members of your family... the upright walkers and the paw walkers.



Written by // Tim Wheaton: Office & Media Manager Categories // My Pets Dr Blog, pet rescue

We're Halfway Through Our Adopt-A-Dog Month And We've Honored Two Adoptive Families Already

oliveadopted2In our previous post, we announced our recognition of Adopt-A-Dog month for October here at Alicia Pet Care Center. That includes a feature each week of an Adopted Dog family of the week. Randomly selected winners receive a $100 gift certificate for use at Alicia Pet Care Center. Your task: write us a little of the story behind how you helped your dog find their furever home with you and include a photo (or a few) of all of you together. We're enjoying getting to know you and your families a little better through this process. There are so many wonderful stories out there. So, tell us yours and who knows? You might just win a gift certificate in the process! 

Send an email with your story and photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today! 



Written by // Tim Wheaton: Office & Media Manager Categories // My Pets Dr Blog, pet rescue

Alicia Pet Care Center Will Be Honoring Adopt-A-Dog Month During October

doggieadoptableBoth the ASPCA and the American Humane Association honor the adoption of dogs during the month of October with Adopt-A-Dog Month. We will be observing this with two promotions of our own. In our office, when you "check-in" on Facebook, Yelp or Foursquare during your visit, your adopted dog is eligible to receive a complimentary nail trim. **

For your second opportunity, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to send your adopted dog's story to us with a photo of them with your family. Tell us a little history of how you found one another. Each week in October, a winner will be randomly selected to be our Featured Adopted Dog. The winner's photo and some of the bio will be posted online and you will also receive a $100 gift certificate to Alicia Pet Care Center. 


** Must have scheduled appointment. Must be current on vaccinations as well as annual exam. Appoint must be booked between October 1, 2013 and October 31, 2013.

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