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

Pets and Pot Don't Mix

Got pot? That means your pet can get it, too. 

According to the April issue of Trends Magazine, Colorado veterinarians are reporting an increase in dogs poisoned by marijuana since the state has legalized it for medical purposes. Because medical marijuana is also legal in California, poisoning from this dangerous substance may be a growing concern.


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Vet Pets: Dr. Boehme

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: Dr. Kathy Boehme, veterinarian

  • Tikaani, malamute mix
  • Otis, German shepard/pit bull mix
  • Mr. Whiskers, DSH
  • Bob, gecko
  • Several unnamed frogs and fish

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


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Diamond Pet Food Recall Includes Several Popular Brands

Updated May 23, 2012

Diamond Pet Foods has voluntarily recalled several brands of dog and cat food due to a multi-state salmonella outbreak. The company has issued several rounds of recalls for food produced at its Gaston, South Carolina plant between December 9 and April 7. According to Food Safety News, the latest recall—which was announced on Friday, May 18—also involves food produced at a Diamond plant in Meta, Missouri.


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Vet Pets: Mary

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:Mary, Registered Veterinary Technician

  • Morgan, military macaw
  • Jordan, blue fronted Amazon
  • Nikki, Maine Coon mix

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


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Reduce Your Dog's Rattlesnake Risk

Here in Southern California, we have a native population of rattlesnakes. All rattlesnake venom (genus Crotalus) is poisonous to pets. Thankfully, a preventative vaccine is currently available for dogs and horses.


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Pet Problems: Common Conditions for Cats and Dogs

Just like humans and the common cold, longtime pet owners know that some medical conditions are practically inevitable for their furry friends. We’ve all encountered the occasional (or sometimes not-so-occasional) ear infection, skin allergy or UTI with our pets, but just how common is common? According to VPI Pet Insurance and dvm360.com, pet owners turned in more claims for these ailments than any others.


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10 Common Signs of Cancer in Pets

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), cancer accounts for almost half of the deaths of pets over 10 years of age. It’s a scary statistic—and early detection is key to turning it around. 

Our partners at Veterinary Specialty Hospital suggest monitoring pets for these signs and symptoms:


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