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Helpful tips, recent news, inspiring tales, cute photos and more fun stuff from The Drake Center.

New Feliscratch for Cats: Now Available at the Drake Center

Do you have a habitual scratcher on your hands? Well you’re not alone. According to recent studies, more than 50% of cat owners in the US have experienced their cat scratching in unwanted locations. Living with a cat that claws unwanted surfaces, such as couches and wood furniture can be frustrating; not to mention costly.

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Tips for Fun (and Safety) at the Dog Park

For many dogs, off-leash parks are an important part of sociability, not to mention exercise. Yet, dog parks are not for everyone. Dogs with aggression issues or poor social skills are not good candidates for example. But if your dog is a friendly sort who enjoys the camaraderie of playing chase with the pack, they can be a terrific outlet for both physical and mental stimulation.

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New Rat Poison Regulations in California: How to Protect Your Pet

By Dr. Heather Kovac

One of the toxins we see our pets getting into fairly frequently in Encinitas are rat baits (rodenticides). Some newer regulations in California could pose a problem to your pets. With a variety of rodenticides on the market, some are harder to treat, should your pet ingest one of them.

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Good Dog! Blog: Bodie Month 1

By Good Dog Bodie

My first month training has flown by! I started my training at 7 weeks old and I will graduate at around 18 months old. I am now 11 weeks old and have all the sudden grown legs!

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Pets Make Us Happy: The Mental Benefits of Pet Companionship

As a pet lover, you know your pet makes you happy. But you may be surprised to hear that science agrees that those warm feelings can lift your mood and even lower your blood pressure!

In fact, the positives are such that pets are now invited into all sorts of therapy settings, such as hospitals, to soothe and calm the patients. There’s even a name for it: “pet therapy.”

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Catnip and Your Cat - What it Is, What it Does, and Why It Doesn’t Affect All Cats

If you’re like most cat owners, you’ve probably bought your cat one of those catnip stuffed mice from the pet store. Maybe your cat rolled around with it in ecstasy and then proceeded to dissect it. Or, maybe your cat gave it sniff and walked on by, tailing swishing in the air without a care.

Perplexing isn't it? Turns out either reaction is common and you'll see why in a moment, but first, let's look at the herb itself.

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