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

Vet Pets: Dr. Drake

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. Michele Drake, owner and veterinarian

  • Wilbur, Jack Russell mix
  • Lyle, standard poodle
  • Ruby, DSH
  • Max, DMH

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

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Problems in the Litter Box

Feline urethral obstruction and lower urinary disease are common conditions we see in our feline patients. Luckily, these illnesses are very treatable and preventable. 

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Can Your Pet Make You Sick?

By Jennifer Reed

At The Drake Center, we know that pets are more than just companion animals—they are family. We let them sleep in our beds, share our meals from time to time and lick our faces clean. But love isn’t the only thing going on between people and pets. Humans can contract many illnesses—called zoonotic diseases—from animals, even our furry family members. Thankfully, simple precautions like education, good hygiene and appropriate veterinary care can greatly reduce your risk.

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Is Your Senior Cat in Pain?

While our cats are generally living longer, a feline is still considered a senior at age 11 (about 60 in human years) and geriatric at 15 (76 years for a human). So although your kitty may be young at heart, it is important to remember that senior and geriatric cats are more at risk for arthritis, especially in the hips and spine.

Signs of orthopedic pain are subtle in cats and often not picked up unless the owner is probed with questions about the kitty’s behavior.

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The Key to an Enriched Life

While cats confined to an indoor environment generally live longer and are at less risk for contracting infectious diseases or injuries due to trauma, they are at greater risk for a variety of behavioral problems. These problems include urinating and deficating outside the litter box, anxiety, eating disorders, attention seeking, aggression, self-injury and compulsive disorders like excessive grooming and scratching.

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Watch Your Step This Summer

By Jennifer Reed

The sun is shining and it’s a wonderful time to be outdoors in San Diego.

But beware—if rising temperatures have brought you and your dog out of hibernation, you’re not alone. Dangerous foxtails, ticks and snakes like to come out this time of year, too.

Whether you’re enjoying a walk near the beach, a desert hike or just a romp in the back yard, it’s never too early to keep your eye out for these fair-weather foes.

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Say "Ahh:" February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Have you taken a look inside your pet’s mouth lately? If not, you could be missing some serious clues into Fluffy or Fido’s well-being.

At The Drake Center, we know that periodontal disease affects nearly 85 percent of all cats and dogs over three years of age. In addition to association with liver, kidney and heart disorders, this disease is a frequent source of pain and often leads to poor general health. Brush up on the facts here. (Want a visual aid, too? Check out our dental care video tutorials.)

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Is Uncooked Unhealthy? Things to Know Before Putting Your Pet on a Raw Food Diet

Happy New Year!

The holidays are over and it’s time to start anew. Maybe you’d like to clock more time at the gym, finally finish the scrapbook you started or put more cash in that savings account. Or maybe you’ve made a resolution to eat healthier—and you’d like your pet to do the same.

You’ve likely heard about the raw food movement for humans, but many people are now raving about the benefits of uncooked, homemade meals for their pets. If you’re curious about the craze, read our guide for everything you need to know before tossing the kibble out.

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