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Eat. Play. Love.

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

More Than Just Doggie Daycare

When the humans are away, the pets will play! What makes boarding at our facility so special?

The level of care and professional attention our veterinary assistants, technicians and doctors provide is unsurpassed!

Here are just a few things to consider about our kennel services:


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Vet Pets: Jennifer

At The Drake Center, it’s no surprise our families are a bit…furry. From dogs and cats to horses, chickens and an emu, we’d like you to meet the loves of our lives—our pets. 

Proud pet parent: Jennifer Reed, media relations specialist

  • Maya, DMH
  • Tigerlilly, DSH

If you had to choose, would you say you are a cat person or a dog person? Why?


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Bringing Fido? Safety First!

Summer is a great time to get outdoors with your dog, but you should never leave unprepared. Keep your pup safe at fairs, concerts, BBQs and other warm weather events with these tips.

  • Avoid leaving your pet in a parked car during the warmer months, even on mildly hot days. Remember, it only takes a few minutes to cause serious injury—even with the windows cracked.


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Veterinary Veggies: Should You Add Some Home Cooking to Your Pet’s Diet?

You and your pet both know the rule: No table food! On occasion, however, your vet may actually recommend human fare for your furry friend. What’s the deal?

Vegetables are an excellent source of antioxidants—dietary substances that can repair and prevent damage to the body’s cells—for both humans and animals. While antioxidants in tablet form only contain a handful of different antioxidants, vegetables can contain hundreds, many of which work together for an even more powerful effect.


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Integrative Medicine: What Can a Tongue Tell Us?

Did you know you can get clues about how your pet is feeling just by looking at his/her tongue or feeling his/her pulse?

In Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), it is important to look for patterns in order to arrive at an accurate diagnosis. These patterns include the behavior of the pet and the types of conditions the pet is repeatedly experiencing. Regular examinations are the best way to determine any patterns your pet may be exhibiting.

A vital part of any integrative exam is the palpation of the pet’s pulse and the careful observation of the tongue.


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Vet Pets: Mike

At The Drake Center, it’s no surprise our families are a bit…furry. From dogs and cats to horses, chickens and an emu, we’d like you to meet the loves of our lives—our pets. 

Proud pet parent: Mike, veterinary care provider

  • Alexx, borzoi
  • Guthrie, borzoi
  • Broker, borzoi
  • Tilly, borzoi
  • Troubadour, borzoi

If you had to choose, would you say you are a cat person or a dog person? Why?


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Have a Pet-Friendly Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is the perfect time to celebrate our independence with family, food and fun. However, approached without caution, summer fun can quickly turn frightening—or fatal—for our four-legged friends.

From overwhelming noise to overheating and obstruction, this summer holiday can mean significant danger for your pet. Keep your animals safe this Independence Day—and all summer long—with these tips.


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Guest Blog: What to Do if You Find a Lost Pet

In this guest blog post, Katie Woolsey of the Escondido Humane Society explains why you should always turn in stray animals to Animal Control.

Several years ago, I was walking my dog, Blue, when I noticed a young, unleashed pit bull mix ahead, happily sniffing the ground and following behind a woman and her two dogs. My dog is afraid of other dogs, so my eyes are always peeled for loose canines and I was prepared to politely ask the woman to leash her dog as we passed. But as we got closer it became very obvious that the pit bull didn’t belong to her…or to anyone nearby.


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