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Canine Influenza – What You Need to Know

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CANINE INFLUENZA IN THE NEWS

You may have heard news reports about the Canine Influenza Virus (CIV). While it is not currently a major problem in California or the U.S., we want to address news of the virus to inform and quell some of our clients’ concerns.

The first strain of CIV diagnosed in the world,  H3N8, was identified in 2004 in racing Greyhounds at a track in Florida. A vaccine was developed for this strain in 2009.

Another CIV strain, H3N2, which affects dogs, and rarely cats, was diagnosed first in South Korea in 2007, and in the United States in the Chicago area in March 2015.

(H3N2 is NOT the same strain as H3N2v, the swine flu, which effects pigs and humans.)

It is not currently known whether the H3N8 vaccine works to prevent or lessen the symptoms of the H3N2 virus.

There have been no reports of dog flu spreading from dogs to any humans, so do not fear.

We currently have the H3N8 vaccine available at the hospital, but we do not recommend it to our clients, unless it is needed for your pets to travel (some states and countries require it). The dog flu currently does not pose a threat large enough in California to necessitate routine vaccination.

The DHPP vaccine, Bordetella vaccine, Rabies vaccine, and if you’re a hiker or desert resident, the Rattlesnake vaccine, are the inoculations currently recommended to keep your pup healthy and protected.

The doctors at the hospital are monitoring the situation with updates from the CDC and the American Veterinary Medical Association, and we will change our recommendations if the virus ever shows signs of becoming a larger threat.

SYMPTOMS of CIV

High fever, trouble breathing, loss of appetite, consistent dry or wet coughing, running nose, running eyes, lethargy.

Some dogs with CIV show no symptoms, but some can develop pneumonia and severe  respiratory infections.

DOGS AT RISK

Dog who go to dog parks, stay in boarding facilities, or have daily visits in a dog-friendly office are more likely to contract CIV then dogs who are mostly indoors. This is especially true if you live in a state that has had a CIV outbreak, such as Illinois or Indiana.

Older dogs, sick dogs, brachycephalic dogs (Boxers, Pugs, Bulldogs, etc.), and dogs with a history of respiratory infections will be more susceptible to developing severe respiratory illness and/or bacterial infection as a result of contracting CIV.

The percentage rate of dogs who die as a result of contracting CIV is very low. Some estimates put it as low as 1%, some go as high as 10%.

HOW DOGS GET CIV

H3N8 and H3N2 are very contagious ! It spreads easily from surfaces, air, clothing, and shoe contamination, and dogs can spread the virus for up to 24 days, even if they do not show any symptoms. From the AVMA:

Canine influenza is spread via aerosolized respiratory secretions (via coughing, barking and sneezing) and contaminated objects (kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collars and leashes) and people moving between infected and uninfected dogs. The virus can remain viable (alive and able to infect) on surfaces for up to 48 hours, on clothing for 24 hours, and on hands for 12 hours.

The incubation period is usually two to four days from exposure to onset of clinical signs. The highest amounts of viral shedding occur during this time; therefore, dogs are most contagious during this 2-4 day incubation period when they are not exhibiting signs of illness. Virus shedding decreases dramatically during the first 4 days of illness but may continue up to 7 days in most dogs and up to 10 days in some dogs with H3N8 canine influenza. Intermittent H3N2 shedding for up to 24 days can occur.

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

If your furry baby is showing signs and symptoms of CIV and you think your dog might have canine influenza, bring your dog to the hospital – before you bring your pet in, tell the staff if your dog has been coughing so we can determine if your dog needs to be brought in through another entrance and isolated.

There are two main types of tests, the PCR test, which involves simply swabbing your pets’ oral cavity (throat), as well as the serum test, which requires drawing blood. Currently, the PCR test is more reliable and is the hospital’s first choice when diagnosing CIV.

Treatment depends on the severity of your dog’s infection. Most dogs will not have severe symptoms, and keeping your dog hydrated with fluids and a long period of rest will be all your pup requires. Some dogs have more severe symptoms and develop secondary infections, in which case antibiotics and other medication may be used.

PREVENTION

Currently, in California, you do not need to worry about CIV. We do not even recommend vaccinating for canine influenza at the current time. The best prevention is to stay informed, and be on top of your dog’s vaccinations and general health.

For more information please visit:

CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/canineflu/keyfacts.htm

AVMA : https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Reference/Pages/Canine-Influenza-Backgrounder.aspx

(photo at top by Scott Robinson/Wikimedia Commons)

Breed Specific Rescues in California

Dashing Dalmatian (Maja Dumat/Wikimedia Commons)
Dashing Dalmatian (Maja Dumat/Wikimedia Commons)

Adoption is one of the most humane things we can do as pet owners and animal lovers.

However, one of the things we hear often from people who decide to buy from a breeder is:

I want a purebred,” or, “I’ve had such a good experience with “X” breed, I can’t imagine having any other type of dog.”

We understand, and we’re here to tell you:

YOU CAN RESCUE ANY KIND OF PUP UNDER THE SUN !

 

(photo by Podenco Ibienco/Wikimedia Commons)
Frolicking Ibizan Hound (photo by Podenco Ibienco/Wikimedia Commons)

 

There are literally HUNDREDS of breed-specific rescues that specialize in every breed imaginable, from Keeshonds to Otterhounds to Xoloitzcuintles.

Below is a list of breed-specific rescues in California, organized alphabetically by breed name.

Preference towards a breed or desire for a designer dog should never be a deciding factor when trying to decide between adopting or buying.

Adopting a pet, instead of buying one, ensures that an animal who’s already out there, waiting in a shelter or rescue for a loving home, finally gets the best thing she could ever ask for – a loving and happy life.

Adopting a rescue dog also helps the rescue or shelter organization you adopt from continue its work rescuing and caring for animals in need.

 

(photo by Steve-65/Wikimedia Commons)
(photo by Steve-65/Wikimedia Commons)

BREED SPECIFIC RESCUES IN CALIFORNIA, Listed by breed name

This is by no means a comprehensive list, so if there is another organization you know of or work for, please email us to let us know, and we will add it !

The amazing Afghan Hound (Томасина/Wikimedia Commons)
The amazing Afghan Hound (Томасина/Wikimedia Commons)

 

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Affenpinscher

American Brussels Griffon Rescue Alliance and American Affenpinscher Rescue

http://www.abgra.org/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

 

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Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound Rescue of Southern California
San Dimas, CA
http://www.afghanhound.net

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

 

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Airedale Terrier

Abandoned Terrier Rescue Association
http://www.atrarescue.com/

South Bay Purebred Rescue
http://www.sbprdogs.org/

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Akita

A Passion for Paws Akita Rescue

http://www.apassionforpaws.org/

 

TikiHut Akita Rescue Association (TARA)

http://www.tikihutakitarescue.com/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

 

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Alaskan Husky (see Husky)

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Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute Rescue of Southern California
http://www.alaskanmalamuterescue.com

 

Bay Area Siberian Husky Rescue
http://www.bayareasiberian.org/

 

Northern California Sled Dog Rescue
http://www.norsled.org

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

 

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American Bulldog (see Bulldog)

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American Eskimo

 

California American Eskimo Rescue

http://americaneskimodog.rescueme.org/California

 

Heart Bandits American Eskimo Rescue of California

http://www.heartbandits.com/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/
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American Pit Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier

 

Angel City Pit Bulls

Los Angeles, CA

https://www.facebook.com/angelcitypitbulls/

 

BadRap Rescue Network
http://www.badrap.org

 

Bullies and Buddies Pit Bull Rescue

http://www.bulliesandbuddies.com/

 

Dr. Doghouse Bully Crew Rescue

http://www.ddbcr.com/

 

Karma Rescue

karmarescue.org

Nike Animal Rescue Foundation
http://narfrescue.org

Nor-Cal American Pit Bull Terrier Rescue
http://www.angelfire.com/ca5/NorCalPitResQ/

Pit Bull Rescue Central
http://pbrc.net/index.html

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

 

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Anatolian Shepherd

Anatolian Shepherd Rescue Network
http://www.nasrn.com/

German Shepherd Rescue of Burbank-Tehachapi-Southern California
http://www.gsrescue.org

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/
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Argentine Dogos (Argentinian Mastiff)

 

DARN -Dogo Argentino Rescue Network

https://www.facebook.com/DogoRsq/

 

Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoption

http://gentlegiantsrescue.com/

 

Redwood Empire Mastiff Club

http://redwoodempiremastiffclub.com/Rescue.html

 

The Rescue Barn

http://www.bullmastiffrescue.com/

 

West Coast Mastiff and Large Breed Rescue

http://www.wcmastiffrescue.com/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

 

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Australian Cattle Dog

 

Australian Cattle Dog Rescue, Inc.

http://www.acdrescueinc.com/

 

Redwood Coast Cattledog Rescue

https://www.facebook.com/RedwoodCattledogRescue/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/
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Australian Shepherd

 

Aussie Rescue of Southern California

http://www.aussierescuesocal.com/

 

Aussie Rescue and Placement Helpline, Inc.
http://www.aussierescue.org

Aussie Rescue San Diego

http://aussierescuesandiego.org/

Norcal Aussie Rescue

http://www.norcalaussierescue.com/

North Bay Canine Rescue & Placement
http://www.northbay-canine.org

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

 

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Australian Terrier

 

Australian Terrier Club

http://www.australianterrier.org/

 

Australian Terrier Rescue, Inc.
http://www.australianterrierrescue.org

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

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Beautiful Basset Hounds (Eda/Wikimedia Commons)
Beautiful Basset Hounds (Eda/Wikimedia Commons)

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Basenji

Basenji Rescue and Transport

http://www.basenjirescue.org/links.htm

 

The Medfly Brigade Basenji Rescue

http://www.basenjirescue.com/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

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Basset Hound

Basset Hound Rescue of Southern California
http://www.bassethoundrescue.org

Basset Rescue Connection
http://www.bassethoundrescue.com

Golden Gate Basset Rescue

http://www.ggbassetrescue.org/

Northern California Basset Hound Club Rescue
http://www.ncbhc.com

San Diego Basset Rescue
http://www.sandiegobassetrescue.org/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

 

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Beagle

Beagles & Buddies
http://www.beaglesandbuddies.com

Northern California Beagle Rescue (NCBR)
http://www.norcalbeagles.com/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/
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Bearded Collie

Bearded Collie Club of America

http://beardedcollieclub.us/rescue/

Rescue Me! Bearded Collie Rescue

https://www.facebook.com/beardedcollie.rescueme.org/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

 

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Beauceron

Beauceron Club of America Rescue

http://www.beauce.org/rescue.htm

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

 

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Bedlington Terrier

Bedlington Terrier Rescue of America

http://btca-heart.com/

Bedlington Terrier Wellness & Rescue Association

https://www.facebook.com/Bedlington-Terrier-Wellness-Rescue-Association-138266572253/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/
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Belgian Shepherd

Belgian Sheepdog Rescue Trust

http://bscarescue.com/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

 

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Belgian Malinois

German Shepherd Rescue
Burbank, CA
http://www.gsrescue.org

West Coast Malinois Rescue

http://www.woofproject.org/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/
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Belgian Tervuren

Belgian Tervuren Rescue Inc.

http://www.belgiantervurenrescue.com/index.php

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

 

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Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Northern California
http://www.bmdcnc.org/

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Southern California
www.bmdcsc.org

NorCal Bernese Mountain Dog Rescue

http://www.bmdrescueca.org/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/
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Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise Club of America
http://bichonrescue.org/

Bichon FurKids Rescue

http://www.bichonfurkids.org/

Small Paws Rescue
http://www.smallpawsrescue.org

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

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Black and Tan Coonhound and Bluetick Coonhound

Coonhound Rescue

http://www.coonhoundrescue.com/

Gentle Jake’s Coonhound Rescue (Canada)

http://www.coonhoundrescue.ca/adoptable-hounds

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/
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Bloodhound

Bloodhounds West Breed Rescue, Inc.

http://bloodhoundswest.org/rescue/

Southwest Bloodhound Rescue

http://rescueabloodhound.tripod.com/southwest.html

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

 

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Border Collie

Border Collie Rescue of California
http://www.bcrescue.net

Border Collies in Need of Southern California

http://www.bordercolliesinneed.org/about.html

Border Collie Rescue of Northern California

http://www.bcrescuenc.org/

North Bay Canine Rescue & Placement
http://www.northbay-canine.org/

Northern California Border Collie Rescue and Adoptions

http://www.norcalbcrescue.org/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/
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Border Terrier

Border Terrier Club of America Rescue

http://www.btcoa.org/rescue/rescue.html

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

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Borzoi

Borzoi Rescue Northern California, Inc.
http://www.brnc.org

Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions

http://www.gentlegiantsrescue.com/borzoi.htm

National Borzoi Rescue Foundation

http://www.nbrf.org/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

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Boston Terrier

Boston Brigade Rescue

http://www.bostonbrigade.com/

Boston Buddies: Southern California Boston Terrier Rescue

http://www.bostonbuddies.org/

Wonder Dog Rescue

http://wonderdogrescue.org/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

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Bouvier des Flandres
Southern California Bouvier des Flandres Club
http://www.scbdfc.com

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

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Boxer

Boxer Orange County Rescue

http://www.boxerocrescue.org/

Boxer Rescue Los Angeles

http://www.boxer-rescue-la.com/

Chico Boxer Rescue
http://www.chicoboxerrescue.com/

Nor Cal Boxer Rescue
http://ncbr.org/

San Diego Boxer Rescue
http://www.boxerrescueproject.com/

West Coast Boxer Rescue
http://www.westcoastboxerrescue.org/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

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Brazilian Mastiff (see Fila Brasileiro)

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Briard

Briard Rescue and Haven (Arizona)
http://www.briardrescue.com/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/
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Brittany

American Brittany Rescue
http://www.americanbrittanyrescue.org

National Brittany Rescue and Adoption Network

https://nbran.org/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/
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Brussels Griffon

American Brussels Griffon Rescue Alliance and American Affenpinscher Rescue

http://www.abgra.org/

National Brussels Griffon Rescue, Inc.

http://www.brusselsgriffonrescue.org/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/
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Bull Terrier (Miniature) (see Miniature Bull Terrier)

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Bull Terrier (Standard)

Bull Terrier Club of America Rescue

http://bullterrierclubofamericarescue.com

Bull Terrier Rescue Inc.
http://www.bullterrierrescue.org/

Bull Terrier Rescue of Southern California

http://www.btrescue.us/

Orange Coast Bull Terrier Club Rescue

https://www.facebook.com/orangecoastbullterrierclubrescue/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

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Bulldog (American, English, and French)

American Bulldog Rescue California

http://americanbulldog.rescueme.org/California

Bulldog Rescue Network of America

http://www.rescuebulldogs.org/

French Bulldog Rescue Network

http://www.frenchbulldogrescue.org/

Nor Cal French Bulldog Rescue

http://www.norcalfrenchbulldogrescue.org/

Northern California Bulldog Rescue

http://www.norcalbulldogrescue.org/

Southern California Bulldog Rescue

http://www.socalbulldogrescue.org/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

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Bullmastiff

American Bullmastiff Association

http://www.bullmastiff.us/rescue.html

 

Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoption

http://gentlegiantsrescue.com/

 

Redwood Empire Mastiff Club

http://redwoodempiremastiffclub.com/Rescue.html

 

The Rescue Barn

http://www.bullmastiffrescue.com/

 

West Coast Mastiff and Large Breed Rescue

http://www.wcmastiffrescue.com/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

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Cairn Terrier
Cuddly Cairn Terriers (Ronald Müller-Hagen/Wikimedia Commons)

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Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terrier Club of Southern California
https://www.facebook.com/CairnTerriers/

Cairn Terrier Club of Northern California Rescue
http://ctcnc.net/rescue/rescue.htm

California Cairn Rescue

http://cairn.rescueme.org/California

Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network

https://www.cairnrescue.com/store/dogs/

Recycled Pets Rescue
http://www.recycledpetsrescue.com

Southwest Cairn Rescue

http://www.southwestcairnrescue.com/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

 

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Cats

Purebreds Plus

http://www.purebredsplus.org/index.shtm

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Bay Area Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club Rescue

http://www.backcsc.org/rescue.html

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of Greater San Diego

http://www.cavalierclubofsandiego.com/Rescue.htm

Cavalier Rescue U.S.A.

http://www.cavalierrescueusa.org/

Cavaliers of the West Rescue

http://www.cavaliersofthewest.org/rescue.html

Lucky Star Cavalier Rescue

http://www.luckystarcavalierrescue.org/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/
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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief & Rescue
http://www.cbrrescue.org

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

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Chihuahua

Chihuahua Rescue
http://www.chihuahuarescue.com/

Chihuahua Rescue & Transport, Inc.
http://www.chihuahua-rescue.com

Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego

http://chihuahuarescueofsandiego.com/

Lovebugs Rescue

http://lovebugsrescue.org/

Nike Animal Rescue Foundation
http://narfrescue.org

Power of Chi Chihuahua Rescue

http://www.powerofchi.org/

Ready Pet Chihuahua Rescue

http://www.readypet.org/

South Bay Pure Bred Rescue

http://www.sbprdogs.org/

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Chinese Crested

Animal Rescue Volunteers, Inc.
Simi Valley, CA
http://www.arvl995.org

Crest-Care
San Diego, CA
http://www.crest-care.com
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Chow Chow

Adopt-A-Chow LA
Los Angeles, CA
http://www.adoptachowla.com
(310) 306-2871 , joan@adoptachowla.com

Chow Dog Rescue, Inc.
Claremont, CA
http://www.chowdog.com
(909) 623-2469 , rescue@chowdog.com

Companion Animal Rescue Effort
CA
(209) 534-3469 , donsue@lightspeed.net

Dog Rescue Network
Atascadero, CA
(805) 461-8453 , thedrn@hotmail.com

Los Angeles Chow Chow Rescue
Van Nuys, CA
http://www.concentric.netl–Eadut/
eitanadut@hotmail.com

Moonshine Chow Chow Rescue & Adoption
Visalia, CA
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/R…94/rescue.html
(559) 735-0412 , chowfull@hotmail.com

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(408) 629-8293 , ert4dogz@aol.com
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Cocker Spaniel (American)

Animal Rescue Volunteers, Inc.
Simi Valley, CA
http://www.arvl995.org
(805) 579-8047 , arv1995@aol.com

Doggie Protective Services for Homeless Tails
Redlands, CA
http://www.petfinder.org/shelterslCA276.html
(909) 307-8925 , marthabwright@cs.com

San Diego Dog Rescue
San Diego, CA
http://DogRescue.250free.com
(858) 614-2150 , sddogrescue@cox.net

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(408) 629-8293 , ert4dogz@aol.com
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Cocker Spaniel (English)

Animal Rescue Volunteers, Inc.
Simi Valley, CA
http://www.arvl995.org
(805) 579-8047 , arv1995@aol.com

English Cocker Spaniel Club of America
Alexandria, CA
http://www.ecsca.org/rescuehome.html
703-548-7641 , ecresgr@comcast.net

English Cocker Spaniel Club of America
CA
http://www.ecsca.org/rescue.html
(650) 261-1054 , gormish@aol.com

San Diego Dog Rescue
San Diego, CA
http://DogRescue.250free.com
(858) 614-2150 , sddogrescue@cox.net

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(408) 629-8293 , ert4dogz@aol.com
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Collie

Central Valley Collie & Sheltie Rescue
Sacramento, CA
http://members.tripod.com/–MikeLove…ie-Rescue.html
(916) 363-5683 , mlove@pacbell.net

Chekia Dog Rescue
Ridgecrest, CA
http://hometown.aol.com/hbridgecrest…/business.html
(760) 377-3534 , avondell@juno.com

Southland Collie Rescue
Altadena, CA
http://www.collie.org
(626) 398-8987 , lassieresq@aol.com

 

 

Dashing Dalmatian (Maja Dumat/Wikimedia Commons)
Dashing Dalmatian (Maja Dumat/Wikimedia Commons)

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Dachshund

Camp Winnie and Pooh
Rio Linda, CA
http://www.doxyrsq.org
(916) 991-7084 , vernita.richardson@worldnet.att.net

Coast 2 Coast Dachshund Rescue
Desert Hot Springs, CA
http://www.c2cdr.org
(760) 251-8628 , sadeegodiva@aol.com

Dachshund Club of America Region II
CA
http://www.ptw.com/-raisinl/Rescue.html
(909) 391-4784

Dachshund Rescue & Placement
Lancaster, CA
(661) 943-4888 , doxykeeper@aol.com

Dachshund Rescue of North America
San Diego, CA
(858) 513-7939 , pawlvr@aol.com

Dachshund Rescue of Southern California
CA
http://www.delgadog.com
delgadog@ix.netcom.com

Dachshund Rescue on the Central Coast
Santa Barbara, CA
http://www.angelfire.com/ca3/DOXFILES/adoption.html
adoptioninfo@mail.com

DRNA for Central CA Coast
CA
kborello@aol.com

For The Animals
Hawthorne, CA
(310) 679-3435

Jerry and Renee Findley’s Dachshund Rescue
San Diego, CA
unkfin@ixpres.com

K9 Haven
Campbell, CA
http://www.k9haven.org
(408) 371-2662 , k9haven@k9haven.org

Recycled Pets Rescue
Encino, CA
http://www.recycledpetsrescue.com
(818) 986-0201 , randi@recycledpetsrescue.com
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Dalmatian

Antelope Valley Dalmatian Rescue
Quartz Hill, CA
http://www.avdalrescue.homestead.com
(661) 949-1795 , easytospot@earthlink.net

Dalmatian Club of Northern California Rescue
CA
(415) 281-0542 , dwyerdal@pacbell.net

Dalmatian Rescue of the Central Coast
Pacific Grove, CA
http://www.dalmatianresq.com
(831) 372-8215 , mocodalresq@aol.com

Dalmatian Rescue of West Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
http://www.petfinder.org/shelterslCA422.html
(310) 488-9190 , gmckenziel@earthlink.net

Friends For Pets Foundation
Sun Valley, CA
http://www.friendsforpets.org
(818) 767-5919 , diane@friendsforpets.org

Save the Dalmatians of Southern California
Gardena, CA
http://www.savethedals.org
rescue@savethedals.org

Sierra Foothills Dalmatian Club Rescue
Roseville, CA
(916) 771-0282 , k9spot@infostations.com
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Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Carol Hamilton’s Dandie Dinmont Terrier Rescue
CA
(626) 330-4708 , katiedid.dandies@worldnet.att.net

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of America
Pleasanton, CA
(925) 846-9520 , mckiltydd@aol.com
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Doberman Pinscher

Aztec Doberman Pinscher Club of San Diego
CA
http://www.aztecdpc.com/rescue/index.shtml
(619) 443-8944 , vicscribe@aol.com

Doberman Pinscher Rescue
Fillmore, CA
http://www.dobierescue.org
(805) 524-5102 , staff@dobierescue.org

Doberman Rescue of Sacramento
Gold River, CA
http://www.doberescue.com
(916) 635-7877 , karendobie@doberescue.com

Dog Works Canine Rescue
Vacaville, CA
http://www.dogworks.org
(707) 448-3850 , jladyman@castles.com

Gwen Lucoff’s Doberman Pinscher Rescue
Malibu, CA
(310) 457-4460 , zumadobies@aol.com

Nina Culver’s Doberman Pinscher Rescue
Sun Valley, CA
http://www.dobermanrescue.net
(818) 767-1166 , rescueddobes@aol.com

Northern California Doberman Rescue
Red Bluff, CA
(530) 529-6590 , danjodobies@snowcrest.net

SOAR-Shepherds and Others Animal Rescue
San Bernardino, CA
http://www.SOAR.petfinder.org
(909) 887-0289 , soarrescue@msn.com

T.C. K-9 Rescue
Los Banos, CA
(209) 827-9240 , cherryholmes@reachme.net
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Dogue De Bordeaux (Bordeaux Mastiff / French Mastiff)

Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoption

http://gentlegiantsrescue.com/

 

Redwood Empire Mastiff Club

http://redwoodempiremastiffclub.com/Rescue.html

 

The Rescue Barn

http://www.bullmastiffrescue.com/

 

West Coast Mastiff and Large Breed Rescue
http://www.wcmastiffrescue.com/

 

English Setter (Wikimedia Commons)
Elegant English Setter (Wikimedia Commons)

E

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English Bulldog (see Bulldog)

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English Jack Russell Terrier (see Jack Russell Terrier)

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English Setter

Canine2ndChances
Poway, CA
(858) 486-9963 , elizabethhoughton@sbcglobal.net

Gold Country ES Fanciers
Sacramento, CA
(916) 689-8346 , pendragnes@aol.com

Inland Empire English Setter Club
Riverside, CA
(909) 685-5803 , santanes@aol.com

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English Springer Spaniel (see Springer Spaniel)

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Eskimo (see American Eskimo)

 

 

 

Fila Brasileiro (Pleple2000/Wikimedia Commons)
A fancy Fila Brasileiro (Pleple2000/Wikimedia Commons)

F

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Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)

Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoption

http://gentlegiantsrescue.com/

 

Redwood Empire Mastiff Club

http://redwoodempiremastiffclub.com/Rescue.html

 

The Rescue Barn

http://www.bullmastiffrescue.com/

 

West Coast Mastiff and Large Breed Rescue
http://www.wcmastiffrescue.com/
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Finnish Spitz

Anita Thomas’ Finnish Spitz Rescue
Anza, CA
(909) 763-2135
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Flat Coated Retriever

Great Western Flat Coated Retriever Club of So Cal
Simi Valley, CA
(805) 582-9078 , bristolret@aol.com
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Fox Terrier

Abandoned Terrier Rescue Association
Somis, CA
http://www.geocities.com/atrarescue/
(805) 386-3757 , atrarescue@aol.com

Jumpin Jacks Rescue
Sacramento, CA
(916) 366-6890 , jjjackrescue@aol.com

Kimberlie Lehman’s Fox Terrier Rescue
San Diego, CA
(619) 464-5454

Northern California Fox Terrier Rescue
Concord, CA
http://home.att.net/-gsdmom/foxterrierrescue.html
(925) 685-8550 , sylshire@pacbell.net

Southern California Fox Terrier Rescue
CA
http://www.foxterrierrescue.com
(661) 269-5658 , caldicot@juno.com

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French Bulldog (see Bulldog)

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Great Pyrenees
The guardian Great Pyrenees (Don DeBold/Wikimedia Commons)

 

G

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German Shepherd

German Shepherd Rescue
Burbank, CA
http://www.gsrescue.org
(818) 558-7560 (days) , sheprescue@yahoo.com

German Shepherd Rescue of N. CA., Inc.
Emeryville, CA
http://www.savegsd.org
1 (866) SAVE GSD

German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley
Sacramento, CA
http://www.gsrsv.org
(916) 457-4950 , bab43@msn.com

German Shepherd Rescue of San Diego
San Diego, CA
http://www.members.tripod.com/-GSD4U/index.html
(858) 576-1016 , dogman@adnc.com

Milo Foundation
Willits, CA
http://www.milofoundation.org
(707) 459-4900 , milo@pacific.net

San Francisco Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue, Inc
Menlo Park, CA
http://www.sfgsrescue.org
(925) 210-7466 , ivartanian@aol.com

Siskiyou German Shepherd Rescue
Yreka, CA
(530) 465-2276 , sagewolf@sisgtel.net

Siskiyou German Shepherd Rescue
Yreka, CA
http://www.SiskiyouGermanShepherdRescue.org
(530) 465-2276 , sagewolf@sisgtel.net

T.C. K-9 Rescue
Los Banos, CA
(209) 827-9240 , cherryholmes@reachme.net
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German Shorthaired Pointer

California GSP Rescue
Bonsall, CA
http://Nmembers.cox.net/deluzgsp/
(760) 726-4813 , scalgsprsq@nctimes.net

Canine2ndChances
Poway, CA
(858) 486-9963 , elizabethhoughton@sbcglobal.net

German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America
Redlands, CA
(909) 798-3491 , casdorph@juno.com

German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue
San Carlos, CA
http://www.gsprescuedogs.com
(650) 367-1941 , whilton@attglobal.net

Sandy Rust’s German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue
CA
(760) 363-7307 , blumis@cci-29palms.com
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German Wirehaired Pointer

GWPCA Rescue
CA
http://www.gwpca.com/rescue.htm
afterhours@worldnet.att.net
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Giant Schnauzer

Bay Area Shih Tzu & Toy Breed Rescue
San Jose, CA
(408) 266-1221 , toydogrsq@aol.com

Giant Schnauzer Rescue of So. CA
Westminster, CA
(714) 893-5821 , giantschnzrescue@earthiink.net
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Golden Retriever

ARF: All Retriever Friends
Sunland, CA
http://www.arfdogs.com
(818) 951-8686 , aiiretrievers@aol.com

BARC (Retrievers and Friends of So CA)
Temecula, CA
http://www.retrieversandfriends.com
(909) 696-2428 , info@retrieversandfriends.com

Gold Haven Golden Retriever Rescue
Littlerock, CA
http://www.golden-rescue.com
(661) 944-1140 , wpickett@gnet.com

Golden Retriever Club of Greater LA Rescue
Los Angeles, CA
http://www.grcglarescue.org
(818) 700-5200 , hurd@pacbell.net

Golden Retriever Club of San Diego County Rescue
San Diego, CA
(619) 449-1991 , grcsd@aol.com

Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary
Sacramento, CA
http://www.homewardboundgoldens.orgl
(916) 655-1410 , jjsgoldens@direcway.com

Norcal Golden Retriever Rescue
Menlo Park, CA
http://www.golden-rescue.org
(510) 262-0597 , info@golden-rescue.org

Retrievers and Friends of Southern CA
Temecula, CA
http://www.retrieversandfriends.com
(909) 696-2428 , info@retrieversandfriends.com
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Gordon Setter

Golden Gate Gordon Setter Club Rescue
Middletown, CA
(707) 987-9463 , bluewin@saber.net

Nancy Thompson’s Gordon Setter Rescue
CA
(916) 989-1633 , nmthom@aol.com

Sandy Rust’s Gordon Setter Rescue
CA
(760) 363-7307 , blumis@cci-29palms.com
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Great Dane

2nd Chance Great Dane Rescue
El Cajon, CA
http://jamonline.shutterfly.com/my/o…21b3197f6b4564
(619) 444-4743 , angibearl8@aol.com

Great Dane Club of California
CA
(818) 885-7208

Great Dane Rescue of Northern California
San Jose, CA
http://www.angelfire.com/stars2/cadreaming/rescue.html
(408) 531-9885 , lisavanbuhler@yahoo.com

Great Dane Rescue of Riverside County
Lake Elsinore, CA
http://www.danerescue.org
(909) 678-5464 , jpneet@inland.net

San Diego Great Dane Rescue
San Diego, CA
http://www.danerescue.org
godwin@cts.com

San Gabriel Valley Great Dane Rescue
Glendora, CA
http://www.6stardanes.com/rescues.html
(626) 963-0935 , geetchy@earthlink.net
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Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees Assoc. of So. CA Rescue Inc.
Devore, CA
http://www.greatpyrrescue.org
(909) 887-8201 , info@greatpyrrescue.org

Great Pyrenees Rescue of Northern Calif, Inc
Georgetown, CA
http://www.gprnc.org
(916) 452-PYRS , whtfire@pacbell.net
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Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

GSMD Club of America Rescue
CA
http://www.gsmdca.org/Rescue.htm
rescue@gsmdca.org

Kathy Ungar’s Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Rescue
CA
(805) 255-1167

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(408) 629-8293 , ert4dogz@aol.com

SwissyRescue
Pleasanton, CA
http://www.swissyrescue.com
(925) 426-5656 , dmwalker@swissyrescue.com
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Greyhound

Dog Works Canine Rescue
Vacaville, CA
http://www.dogworks.org
(707) 448-3850 , pnoel@ix.netcom.com

Golden State Greyhound Adoption
Walnut Creek, CA
http://www.goldengreyhounds.com
(925) 946-0426 , 4greyts@ca.astound.net

Greyhound Adoption California
Sunnyvale, CA
http://www.greyhoundadoptioncalifornia.com
(408) 749-0899 , sassae@att.net

Greyhound Adoption Center
La Mesa, CA
http://www.greyhoundog.org
(877) GR8TDOG , greyhound@greyhoundog.org

Greyhound Connection
San Diego, CA
http://www.greyhoundconnection.org
(619) 286-4739 , dogs@greyhoundconnection.org

Greyhound Pets of America/California
La Habra Heights, CA
http://www.fastfriends.org
(800) 298-5743 , gpa@pacbell.net

Greyhounds Friends for Life
CA
http://www.greyhounds.org/gffl/
(800) G HOUNDS

Northcoast Greyhound Support
McKinleyville, CA
http://www.northcoastgreyhounds.net
(707) 839-4765 , cara@northcoastgreyhounds.net

Operation Greyhound
El Cajon, CA
http://www.operationgreyhound.com
(619) 588-6611 , opgrey@aol.com

Retired Greyhound Adoption Service
Palo Cedro, CA
(530) 474-1618 , spine8@cs.com

Retired Racers
Acton, CA
http://www.retiredracers.com
(661) 269-2544 , greymail@retiredracers.com

Southern California Greyhound Adoption League
Irvine, CA
(949) 552-5661 , greytjoy@msn.com

Southern California Greyhound Adoption League
Spring Valley, CA
(858) 486-5532 , greytjoy@msn.com

The Hemopet/ Pet Life-line
Irvine, CA
(714)252-8455

The Needle Nose Crew
Laguna Hills, CA
http://www.ocnow.com/community/groups/needlenosecrew/
(949) 552-1373 , gogreys@juno.com

 

Stunning Siberian Husky (Kazisdaman/Wikimedia Commons)
Stunning Siberian Husky (Kazisdaman/Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

H

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Harrier

Harrier Club of America, Inc.
Inyokern, CA
http://www.harriers.net/harriers/max.html
(760) 377-4758 , auborn@harriers.net
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Husky

Bay Area Siberian Husky Rescue
Campbell, CA
HTTP:/NWWV.BAYAREASIBERIAN.ORG
(800) 473-BASH (2274) , bashrescue@bayareasiberian.org

 

Husky Haven of L.A.

http://www.huskyhavenofla.org/

huskyhavenofla@hotmail.com
Phone: 661-266-9779 or 661-675-9065 (cell)

 

Husky Helpers
CA
http://www.geocities.com/Petsburgh/Haven/4619/
(760) 364-3039 , huskyhelpers@yahoo.com

Northern California Sled Dog Rescue
Vallejo, CA
http://www.norsled.org
(707) 448-1818 , norsled@aol.com

San Diego Huskies, a nonprofit rescue group
Chula Vista, CA
http://www.sandiegohuskies.com
(619) 934-0315 , sandiegohuskies@aol.com

Siberian Husky Camp
Cajon Valley, CA
http://www.huskycamp.com
deana@huskycamp.com

Siberian Husky Rescue/Referral of CA
Danville, CA
http://www.sibernet.org/SHRR/index.html
(925) 820-1162 , shrrca@aol.com

Southern California Siberian Husky Rescue
Pomona, CA
http://www.biswebdesign.com/socalsiberescue/
(909) 865-7565 , kenandlisaignacz@msn.com

 

Intelligent Irish Water Spaniel (northlondondogs.co.uk)
Intelligent Irish Water Spaniel (northlondondogs.co.uk)

 

I

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Ibizan Hound

Ibizan Hound Club Rescue
CA
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/P…446/rescue.htm
joma182164@aol.com

Kathleen Faulconer’s Ibizan Hound Rescue
Thousand Oaks, CA
(805) 379-1208 , rocket98@gte.net
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Irish Setter

Irish Setter Club of San Diego Rescue & Adoption
CA
(909) 302-3377 , rsetters@pe.net

Irish Setter Club of So. Calif. Rescue
Riverside, CA
http://www.geocities.com/iscsc2001
(909) 685-8747 , snflwrkate@aol.com

Irish Setter Club of the Pacific
CA
http://www.wigwag.com/iscp/
(209) 295-1666 , mlarson@volcano.net

National Irish Setter Rescue
CA
(909) 780-7333 , shawnee@pe.net

Norcal Irish Setter Rescue, Inc.
CA
http://home.earthlink.net/–wildwind…scue/index.htm
(707) 823-1422 , doofieteah@aol.com
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Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniel Club of America
Los Angeles, CA
http://clubs.akc.org/iwsc/page9.html
(323) 874-0944 , browndog@aol.com
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Irish Wolfhound

Cheryl Riggs’ Irish Wolfhound Rescue
Phelan, CA
(760) 868-4214

Irish Wolfhound Rescue Trust
San Fernando, CA
(818) 894-8988
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Italian Greyhound

California Italian Greyhound Rescue
Sacramento, CA
http://home.earthlink.net/-naturacuriosa/
(916) 922-8797 , stardustbeauty@hotmail.com

Italian Greyhound Club of America
CA
http://italiangreyhound.org/rescue.html
(310) 479-7605 , littleiuv2@aol.com

Rescue Committee
Concord, CA
(925) 673-0854 , dogsigs@aol.com

 

 

Jindo (101dogbreeds.com)
Galloping Jindo (101dogbreeds.com)

J

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Jack Russell Terrier

Harris Ranch Rescue
Forestville, CA
kariree@aol.com

Inland Empire Jack Russell Rescue
Aguanga, CA
http://www.jrtrescue.org
(909) 763-0942 , laura@jrtrescue.org

Jack Russell Terrier Club Rescue
CA
(714) 633-0294

Jack Russell Terrier Network of Northern CA
Walnut Grove, CA
http://www.jrtnnc.com
(916) 775-1973 , info@jrtnnc.com

Jumpin Jacks Rescue
Sacramento, CA
(916) 366-6890 , jjjackrescue@aol.com

Recycled Pets Rescue
Encino, CA
http://www.recycledpetsrescue.com
(818) 986-0201 , randi@recycledpetsrescue.com

 

Russell Rescue California

http://www.russellrescueca.com/

 

URTC Paws For Thought Rescue
Anza, CA
http://pawsforthought.homestead.com
(909) 763-4128 , pawsftrescue@cs.com
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Japanese Chin

JCCARE Inc.
Santa Monica, CA
http://www.japanesechinrescue.org
(310) 393-4934 , chicklett@aol.com

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(831) 663-3235 , ert4dogz@aol.com
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Jindo

Jindo Club of America
Redlands, CA
http://www.jindojunkie.com/jindofiIe…/photowebsite/
(909) 794-2955 , jndoclub@yahoo.com

 

 

Keeshond (Wikimedia Commons)
Cold-weather Keeshond (Wikimedia Commons)

K

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Keeshond

Bay Area Rescue Keeshonden, Inc.
Los Altos, CA
http://www.keeshondrescue.org
(650) 949-1528 , info@keeshondrescue.org

Keeshond Club of Southern California
CA
(949) 586-5989 , karnds@aol.com

Northern California Keeshond Club Rescue
Sacramento, CA
(530) 753-3244

San Diego Keeshond Rescue
San Diego, CA
(619) 284-8632 , keeslaura@earthlink.net

Southern California Keeshond Rescue
CA
http://www.foreverkees.com
(805) 527-4096 , susan@foreverkees.com
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Kerry Blue Terrier

Kerry Blue Terrier Club of No. CA Rescue
El Cerrito, CA
http://www.kerryblues.org
(510) 237-7306 , my3kerries@home.com

Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation
Solvang, CA
http://www.kerryblues.org
(805) 686-0809 , jjoers@kerryblues.org
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Korean Jindo (see Jindo)

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Kuvasz

Kuvasz Fanciers of America
Northridge, CA
http://members.aol.com/kfa4kuvasz/rescue.htm
(818) 77BWDOG , kuvaszresq@aol.com

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(831) 663-3235 , ert4dogz@aol.com

 

 

Lovely Lakeland Terrier (Wikimedia Commons)
Lovely Lakeland Terrier (Wikimedia Commons)

 

L

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Labrador Retriever

All Retriever Friends
Sunland, CA
http://www.arfdogs.com
(818) 951-8686 , allretrievers@aol.com

Animal Rescue Volunteers, Inc.
Simi Valley, CA
http://www.arvl995.org
(805) 579-8047 , arv1995@aol.com

BARC (Retrievers and Friends of So CA)
Temecula, CA
http://www.retrieversandfriends.com
(909) 696-2428 , info@retrieversandfriends.com

Central California Labrador Retriever Rescue
Stockton, CA
http://www.cc-labrescue.org
(209) 951-3697 , jackilab@lodinet.com

Dog Rescue Network
Atascadero, CA
(805) 461-8453 , thedrn@hotmail.com

Friends For Pets Foundation
Sun Valley, CA
http://www.friendsforpets.org
(818) 767-5919 , diane@friendsforpets.org

Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc.
CA
http://www.labrescue.org
(650) 361-0261 , jjacques@ccnet.com

Retrievers and Friends of Southern CA
Temecula, CA
http://www.retrieversandfriends.com
(909) 696-2428 , info@retrieversandfriends.com

Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue
Chatsworth, CA
http://www.sclrr.org
(888) 554-2522 , sclrr@sclrr.org
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Lakeland Terrier

Abandoned Terrier Rescue Association
Somis, CA
http://www.geocities.com/atrarescue/
(805) 386-3757 , atrarescue@aol.com

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(408) 972-8454 , ert4dogz@aol.com
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Leonberger

Leonberger Rescue, Inc.
Waldoboro, CA
http://www.leonberger.com/LeoRescue
(207) 832-5227

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(408) 629-8293 , ert4dogz@aol.com
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Lhasa Apso

Bay Area Shih Tzu & Toy Breed Rescue
San Jose, CA
(408) 266-1221 , toydogrsq@aol.com

Lhasa Happy Homes
Los Angeles, CA
http://www.lhasahappyhomes.org
(310) 74-LHASA , lhasahappyhomes@aol.com

Recycled Pets Rescue
Encino, CA
http://www.recycledpetsrescue.com
(818) 986-0201 , randi@recycledpetsrescue.com

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(408) 629-8293 , ert4dogz@aol.com
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Lowchen (Little Lion Dogs)

Bill Dreker’s Lowchen Rescue
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 479-8654 , bill.dreker@seiko-la.com

 

 

Bull Terrier (left) and Miniature Bull Terrier (right) (Pleple2000/Wikimedia Commons)
The tall and short of it – Bull Terrier (left) and Miniature Bull Terrier (right) (Pleple2000/Wikimedia Commons)

M

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Maltese

Animal Rescue Volunteers, Inc.
Simi Valley, CA
http://www.arvl995.org
(805) 579-8047 , arv1995@aol.com

Bay Area Shih Tzu & Toy Breed Rescue
San Jose, CA
(408) 266-1221 , toydogrsq@aol.com

Heart Bandits of Southern California
Ridgecrest, CA
http://hometown.aol.com/hbridgecrest…/business.html
(760) 377-3534 , avondell@juno.com

K9 Haven
Campbell, CA
http://www.k9haven.org
(408) 371-2662 , k9haven@k9haven.org

Lhasa Happy Homes
Los Angeles, CA
http://www.lhasahappyhomes.org
(310) 74-LHASA , lhasahappyhomes@aol.com

Maltese In Need Intervention Society
Riverside, CA
(909) 682-4526 , liberty77@aol.com

Margie Rickards’ Maltese Rescue
CA
(909) 371-7464 , bichonpook@aol.com
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Mastiff (English)

Helping One Dog at a Time
Atascadero, CA
http://members.aol.com/rontobin/index.htm
(805) 466-9208 , rontobin@aol.com

Mastiff Club of America
Pleasant Hill, CA
http://www.mastiff.org
(925) 899-0286 , cottini@aol.com

Mastiff Club of America
Santa Clara, CA
http://www.mastiffrescuesw.com
(408) 249-1419 , heatherfordl@yahoo.com

Redwood Empire Mastiff Club
CA
(925) 426-2430 , lamars3@aol.com

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(408) 629-8293 , ert4dogz@aol.com

Southern California Mastiff Rescue
Santa Paula, CA
http://mastiff.org/exhibithall/rescue/index.htm
(805) 525-4980

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Mexican Hairless (see Xoloitzcuintli)

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Miniature Bull Terrier

Monterey Bay Bull Terrier Club
Spreckels, CA
brigadoonbt@aol.com
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Miniature Pinscher

IMPS (Internet Miniature Pinscher Service, Inc)
Mar Vista, CA
http://www.minpinrescue.org
(877) MIN-PI N1 , km2play@aol.com

Kristen Billiu’s Miniature Pinscher Rescue
CA
http://www.geocities.com/blktnminpins/rescuemain.html
dvldgs@pacbell.net

Min Pin Rescue
Los Angeles, CA
(626) 483-9765 , casimms54@aol.com

Miniature Pinscher Club of Greater Los Angeles
San Bernardino, CA
(909) 887-3703

Nina Culver’s Miniature Pinscher Rescue
Sun Valley, CA
(818) 767-1166

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(408) 363-8142 , ert4dogz@aol.com

 

The renowned Neapolitan Mastiff (Ewa Ziemska/Wikimedia Commons)
The renowned Neapolitan Mastiff (Ewa Ziemska/Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

N

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Neapolitan Mastiff

American Neapolitan Mastiff Association
CA
http://members.aol.com/anmal/private/rescue.htm
anma1@aol.com

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(408) 629-8293 , ert4dogz@aol.com
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Newfoundland

Newfoundland Club of Northern California
CA
http://www.artmodern.com/ncnc.html
ncnc@artmodern.com

Newfoundland Club of Southern California
CA
(661) 259-2794 , saanchem@hotmail.com
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Norwegian Elkhound

Norwegian Elkhound Association of Northern CA
CA
(408) 535-0212 , rescue@elkhound.com

Norwegian Elkhound Association of So. Cal. Rescue
Fullerton, CA
(909) 351-2554 , marbri96@earthlink.net

 

 

A short-coated Old English Sheepdog (Squigman/Wikimedia Commons)
A short-coated Old English Sheepdog (Squigman/Wikimedia Commons)

 

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Old English Sheepdog

Old English Sheepdog League of Northern CA
Santa Rosa, CA
(707) 579-1848 , blumtn@earthlink.net

Old English Sheepdog Rescue of Southern California
Tehachapi, CA
http://www.oesrescue.com
(310) 392-3366 , oes@bnis.net
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Otterhound

Otterhound Club of America
CA
http://clubs.akc.org/ohca/#ohca
(626) 447-1977 , w_kline@hotmail.com

 

 

Precious Papillon (Ron Armstrong/Wikimedia Commons)
Precious Papillon (Ron Armstrong/Wikimedia Commons)

 

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Papillon

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(831) 663-3235 , ert4dogz@aol.com

Southern California Papillon Rescue
Studio City, CA
(818) 883-1889 , paprescue@aol.com

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Pekingese

Bay Area Shih Tzu & Toy Breed Rescue
San Jose, CA
(408) 266-1221 , toydogrsq@aol.com

Carol Pearson’s Pekingese Rescue
Santa Maria, CA
(805) 922-1231 , pekepak@msn.com

Lois Frank Thomas’ Pekingese Rescue
Wilton, CA
(916) 687-7249 , peke12491@aol.com

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA PEKINGESE RESCUE
San Clemente, CA
(949) 400-5735 , ervinga@cox.net

Pacific Coast Pekingese Club Rescue
Port Hueneme, CA
(805) 483-0969 , pekein2@aol.com

Pekingese Club of Central California Rescue
Wilton, CA
(916) 687-4813 , tamirutter@earthlink.net

Pekingese Rescue Service
Half Moon Bay, CA
(650) 726-7092 , pekerescue@geocities.com

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(408) 972-8454 , ert4dogz@aol.com
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Pit Bull Terrier (see American Pit Bull Terrier)

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Pointer

Friends For Pets Foundation
Sun Valley, CA
http://www.friendsforpets.org
(818) 767-5919 , diane@friendsforpets.org
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Polish Lowland Sheep Dog (see Aponc)

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Pomeranian

Lhasa Happy Homes
Los Angeles, CA
http://www.lhasahappyhomes.org
(310) 74-LHASA , lhasahappyhomes@aol.com

OC Pom Rescue of Southern California
CA
http://www.mbfonline.com/pomrescue/
(714) 441-0961 , cc.pom.rescue@juno.com

Patricia Andrusenki Pomeranian Rescue
Temple City, CA
(626) 286-3552

Small Breed Dog Rescue
Seal Beach, CA
http://hometown.aol.com/sbdogpage/index.htm
(714) 892-3830 , carol65441@aol.com

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(408) 629-8293 , ert4dogz@aol.com
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Poodle

Bay Area Shih Tzu & Toy Breed Rescue
San Jose, CA
(408) 266-1221 , toydogrsq@aol.com

Betty Janz’s Poodle Rescue
Grass Valley, CA
(530) 273-7943

CANINE COUSINS
GARDEN GROVE, CA
(714) 750-7913 , mplant@aol.com

K9 Haven
Campbell, CA
http://www.k9haven.org
(408) 371-2662 , k9haven@k9haven.org

New Hope For Animals
Beverly Hills, CA
(310) 276-8982 , poodlequeen@earthlink.net

Nor Cal Poodle Rescue, Inc.
Alameda, CA
http://www.norcalpoodlerescue.org
(925) 295-0353 , sepaden@home.com

Poodle Club of Central California
San Rafael, CA
(415) 457-4648 , cabpudel@pacbell.net

Shih Tzu/Poodle Purebred and Mixed Breed Rescue
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 568-1919 , dalanni@yahoo.com

Small Breed Dog Rescue
Seal Beach, CA
http://hometown.aol.com/sbdogpage/index.htm
(714) 892-3830 , carol65441@aol.com

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(408) 972-8454 , ert4dogz@aol.com
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Portuguese Water Dog

Marilyn Rimmer’s Portuguese Water Dog Rescue
CA
(858) 273-8552
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Pug

Little Angels Pug Rescue
Pasadena, CA
http://www.lapr.org
(626) 795-3944 , pugdude@ix.netcom.com

Northern California Pug Club Rescue
CA
(925) 830-9445 , tomray@slip.net

Pug Rescue of Fresno
Fresno, CA
(559) 225-2033 , pugresgoffresno@aol.com

Pug Rescue of Sacramento (PROS)
Sacramento, CA
http://www.pugpros.org
(916) 484-4158 , apugforme@aol.com

Pug Rescue of San Diego County
San Diego, CA
http://www.pugbutts.com
(619) 685-3580 , pugsandiego@yahoo.com

Pug Rescue of Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
http://www.pugrescuesb.com
(805) 564-7202 , khp@prodigy.net

Pug Savers
Rocklin, CA
http://www.pugsavers.com
(916) 484-5004 , rescue@pugsavers.com

Pugs’N Pals of Southern California
Newport Beach, CA
http://www.pugdogrescue.com
(949) 262-7843 , pnp@pugdogrescue.com

 

 

Reclining Blue Rat Terrier/Wikimedia Commons)
Reclining Blue Rat Terrier/Wikimedia Commons)

 

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Rat Terrier

American Rat Terrier Rescue Corporation
Tujunga, CA
http://www.americanratterrier.comI
(818) 951-8888 , info@americanratterrier.com

Ratbone Rescues
Grass Valley, CA
http://www.ratbonerescues.com
(530) 274-1350 , btkoff@jps.net
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Rhodesian Ridgeback

Bay Area Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Rescue
Concord, CA
http://www.barrc.org

Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue of Northern California
Concord, CA
http://www.ridgeback.org
(925) 825-9258 , resgrij@ridgeback.org

Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue, Inc.
Claremont, CA
http://www.ridgebackrescue.org/regio…nia/index.html
kleanos@ridgebackrescue.org
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Rottweiler

rottie.rescue, inc.
Oakland, CA
http://www.rescue-rottie.orgl
(510) 888-3565 , victoria@rescue-rottie.org

Rottweiler Rescue of Los Angeles CA
http://members.cox.net/rrla/beverly.htm
(818) 765-5997 , judi.becker@home.com

Rottweiler Rescue of Northern California
Sheridan, CA
http://www.rronc.com
(530) 755-4880 , rottskp@aol.com

Second Chance Rottweiler Rescue, Inc.
Napa, CA
http://www.tvpup.com/asecondChance/scrr.html
(530) 753-3281

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(408) 629-8293 , ert4dogz@aol.com

Southwestern Rottweiler Club of San Diego
El Cajon, CA
http://www.srcsd.net
(619) 645-8800 , webmaster@srcsd.net

Yolo Canine Academy
Woodland, CA
http://www.yolocanineacademy.com
(530) 661-0213 , doozermoo@aol.com

 

 

Super cute Sheltie (Karen Arnold/Wikimedia Commons)
Super cute Sheltie (Karen Arnold/Wikimedia Commons)

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Saint Bernard

Adopt A Saint
La Mirada, CA
http://www.adoptasaint.orgl
(562) 965-2162 , info@adoptasaint.org

Andi Annexstein’s Saint Bernard Rescue
Tehachapi, CA
(805) 823-1308

Saint Bernard Adoption and Rescue of Clovis
Clovis, CA
http://home.earthlink.net/–stbarc/
(559) 322-0412 , stbarc@earthlink.net

Saint Bernard Rescue Foundation, Inc.
Clearlake, CA
http://www.saintrescue.org
(707) 994-9745

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(408) 979-1485 , ert4dogz@aol.com

St. Bernard Club of the Pacific Coast Rescue
CA
http://www.stbernard.org/home.shtml
(707) 996-4319 , bigdog@ncal.verio.com
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Saluki

San Angeles Saluki Club
CA
tsent@ix.netcom.com

STOLA-Saluki
San Francisco, CA
http://www.stola.org
(209) 785 6485 , stola@gazehound.com
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Samoyed

Northern California Sled Dog Rescue
Vallejo, CA
http://www.norsled.org
(707) 448-1818 , norsled@aol.com

Pyles Of Smiles Samoyeds
Anderson, CA
http://www.pylesofsmiles.com
(530) 357-2800 , sammies@pylesofsmiles.com

Samoyed Rescue of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
http://socalsamoyedrescue.org
(714) 956-6180 , whitecotton@earthlink.net

San Francisco Samoyed Rescue, Inc.
San Carlos, CA
http://www.sfsr.org
(650) 364-4462 , pinecrest.1@rcn.com

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(408) 629-8293 , ert4dogz@aol.com
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Schipperke

Angels Gate Schipperke Rescue and Animal Education
Long Beach, CA
(562) 428-9832 , schipstar@aol.com

Schipperke Club of America – Region 5
CA
(408) 246-6660 , lyzk@concentric.net
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Schnauzer (Miniature)

Charles Buckner’s Miniature Schnauzer Rescue
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 374-7701 , minirescue@yahoo.com

Miniature Schnauzer Club of Northern CA Rescue
CA
http://members.aol.com/mscncl/
(650) 591-9918

San Joaquin Miniature Schnauzer Club Rescue
Pittsburg, CA
http://www.sjmsc.com/rescue.htm
(925) 838-0220 , gensta@aol.com

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(408) 972-8454 , ert4dogz@aol.com
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Scottish Deerhound

Scottish Deerhound Rescue
Cupertino, CA
(408) 257-0103 , ladybank@worldnet.att.net
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Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier Rescue of Southern CA
Westminster, CA
(714) 893-5821 , scottierescue@earthlink.net
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Shar-Pei

California Chinese Shar Pei Rescue
Redding, CA
http://www.californiasharpeirescue.com
(530) 549-4965 , info@californiasharpeirescue.com

California Shar-Pei Rescue
Redding, CA
http://www.californiasharpeirescue.com
(530) 549-4965

Sandy Priest Shar-Pei Rescue
San Diego, CA
(619) 698-1364

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(408) 488-1323 , adoptarescuedog@aol.com
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Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie)

Central Valley Collie & Sheltie Rescue
Sacramento, CA
http://members.tripod.com/–MikeLove…ie-Rescue.html
(916) 363-5683 , mlove@pacbel1.net

Del Dios Sheltie Rescue
Ramona, CA
(760) 788-7328 , dpriemer@pacbell.net

Heart Bandits of Southern California
Ridgecrest, CA
http://hometown.aol.com/hbridgecrest…/business.html
(760) 377-3534 , avondell@juno.com

Independent Sheltie Rescue
Gilroy, CA
(408) 847-8665 , sheltierescue@aol.com

Sacramento Valley Shetland Sheepdog Club-Rescue
North Highlands, CA
http://www.homestead.com/sheltieduz/svsschome.html
(916) 334-2251 , sheltieduz@dog.com

Sheltie Rescue Inc.
El Cajon, CA
(619) 447-3968 , ksmiller@pacbell.net

Shetland Sheepdog Club of No. CA Rescue
CA
http://www.wetware.com/sheltierescue/
(510) 728-9411

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(831) 663-3235 , ert4dogz@aol.com

Southland Sheltie Rescue
La Habra, CA
http://members.aol.com/sheltirscu/sheltie.html
(562) 691-6038 , 76523.3360@compuserve.com
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Shiba Inu

Central & Northern CA Shiba Inu Rescue
Modesto, CA
(209) 524-7631 , wodkasibs@aol.com

Shiba Inu Rescue
Riverside/San Bernardino, CA
(909) 982-2523 , starbuc164@aol.com

Shiba Rescue of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 558-1195 , aratingal3@aol.com
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Shih Tzu

Animal Rescue Volunteers, Inc.
Simi Valley, CA
http://vww.arvl995.org
(805) 579-8047 , arv1995@aol.com

Bay Area Shih Tzu & Toy Breed Rescue
San Jose, CA
(408) 266-1221 , toydogrsq@aol.com

Chihuahua, Springer Spaniel & Shih Tzu Rescue
Reseda, CA
(818) 343-0360

Lhasa Happy Homes
Los Angeles, CA
http://www.lhasahappyhomes.org
(310) 74-LHASA , lhasahappyhomes@aol.com

National Shih-Tzu Rescue
Chula Vista, CA
(619) 479-8338 , jenmai@juno.com

Shih Tzu/Poodle Purebred and Mixed Breed Rescue
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 568-1919 , dalanni@yahoo.com
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Siberian Husky (see Husky)

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Silky Terrier

Silky Terrier Club of America Rescue
Ridgecrest, CA
http://members.tripod.com/SilkyRescue/
(760) 375-4735 , anahab@ridgenet.net

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(408) 972-8454 , ert4dogz@aol.com
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Smooth Fox Terrier (see Fox Terrier)

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Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

Rover Rescue
Redondo Beach, CA
http://www.roverrescue.com
(310) 379-0154 , cathy@roverrescue.com

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of Northern CA
Belmont, CA
http://www.scwtcnc.org/rescue.shtml
(415) 255-8250 , rescue@scwtcnc.org

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Rescue
Westminster, CA
(714) 893-5821 , wheatenrescue@earthlink.net
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Springer Spaniel (English)

English Springer Rescue America, Inc.
Oceanside, CA
http://www.springerrescue.org
(309) 276-5525 , springerrescue@hotmail.com

Golden Gate ESS Rescue
Oakland, CA
http://www.homestead.com/Springers/
(510) 482-3199

San Diego Dog Rescue
San Diego, CA
http://DogRescue.250free.com
(858) 614-2150 , sddogrescue@cox.net

Springer Spaniel, Chihuahua & Shih Tzu Rescue
Reseda, CA
(818) 343-0360
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Staffordshire Bull Terrier (see American Staffordshire Bull Terrier)

 

Frozen tundra-friendly Tibetan Mastiff (Tibetan Paradise/Wikimedia Commons)
Frozen tundra-friendly Tibetan Mastiff (Tibetan Paradise/Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

T

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Tibetan Mastiff

ATMA Rescue
San Diego, CA
(619) 543-1166

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(408) 629-8293 , ert4dogz@aol.com

 

 

Vivacious Vizsla (Briantresp/Wikimedia Commons)
Vivacious Vizsla (Briantresp/Wikimedia Commons)

 

V

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Vizsla

Pet Adoption Fund
Los Angeles, CA
(818) 996-4049

Vizsla Club of Northern California Breed Rescue
Pleasanton, CA
http://vizsladogs.com/vcnc.htm
(925) 846-4022 , vizrescue@aol.com

 

Cardigan Welsh Corgi (left) and Pembroke Welsh Corgi (right) (David Crosby/Wikimedia Commons)
Two peas in a pod – Cardigan Welsh Corgi (left) and Pembroke Welsh Corgi (right) (David Crosby/Wikimedia Commons)

 

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Water Spaniel (see Irish Water Spaniel)

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Weimaraner

Friends For Pets Foundation
Sun Valley, CA
http://www.friendsforpets.org
(818) 767-5919 , diane@friendsforpets.org

Northern California Weimaraner Rescue
Reno, CA
http://www.sfweims.com
(775) 972-7804 , windwalker@powernet.net
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Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)

Animal Rescue Volunteers, Inc.
Simi Valley, CA
http://www.arvl995.org
(805) 579-8047 , arv1995@aol.com

Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of Southern California
Yorba Linda, CA
(714) 897-2685 , hbturin@aol.com

Helen Turin’s Cardigan Welsh Corgi Rescue
Yorba Linda, CA
(704) 528-5489 , hbturin@aol.com

St. Anthony’s Canine Rescue
Lomita, CA
http://www.mindspring.com/-corgially/CORGIALLY.Ink/
(310) 326-2022 , corgially@mindspring.com
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Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)

Animal Rescue Volunteers, Inc.
Simi Valley, CA
http://www.arvl995.org
(805) 579-8047 , arv1995@aol.com

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of Southern California
Escondido, CA
(760) 480-8348

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Rescue of the Inland Empire
San Bernardino, CA
(909) 887-5057 , brittaniacorgis@aol.com

St. Anthony’s Canine Rescue
Lomita, CA
http://www.mindspring.com/-corgially/CORGIALLY.Ink/
(310) 326-2022 , corgially@mindspring.com
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Welsh Terrier

Abandoned Terrier Rescue Association
Somis, CA
http://www.geocities.com/atrarescue/
(805) 386-3757 , atrarescue@aol.com

WTCARES
Cupertino, CA
http://www.best.comibddj/wtcaresI
(408) 725-0424 (eves only) , ddj@best.com
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West Highland White Terrier

Small Breed Dog Rescue
Seal Beach, CA
http://hometown.aol.com/sbdogpage/index.htm
(714) 892-3830 , caro165441@aol.com

West Highland White Terrier Club of CA Rescue
Rancho Mirage, CA
(661) 288-1042 , elaine8g@attbi.com

West Highland White Terrier Rescue of CA
El Cajon, CA
http://www.WestieRescueCA.com
(619) 579-6395 , westierescueca@cox.net

Westie Rescue of Northern California
San Jose, CA
http://www.sfbaywestieclub.com/rescue.htm
(408) 274-8718 , gilmer@best.com

Westie Rescue of Northern Nevada
CA
(775) 828-1832 , westiesinreno@aol.com

Westie Rescue Southern California
Westminster, CA
(714) 893-5821 , westierescue@earthlink.net
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Wheaten Terrier

Wheaten Terrier Rescue of Southern California
Westminster, CA
(714) 893-5821 , wheatenrescue@earthlink.net
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Whippet

AIIBreed Rescue
Yucaipa, CA
http://www.allbreed-rescue.org
(909) 795-4867 , scallbreedrescue@aol.com

Greater San Diego Whippet Association
National City, CA
(619) 477-4222 , normandjo@aol.com

NCWFA Whippet Rescue
Burlingame, CA
(650) 342-8868 , jbenson@houndtogs.com

Southern California Whippet Association
Glendora, CA
http://www.breedclub.org/whiprescuel.htm
(626) 963-1038 , abillups@aol.com
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Wire Fox Terrier (see Fox Terrier)

 

The serene Xolo (http://knowledgebase.lookseek.com/Xoloitzcuintli.html)
The serene Xolo (knowledgebase.lookseek.com)

 

 

X

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Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican Hairless)

Kathleen Faulconer’s Xolo Rescue
Thousand Oaks, CA
(805) 379-1208 , rocket98@gte.net

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(831) 663-3235 , ert4dogz@aol.com

 

 

Strong little Yorkie (Dmitry Kalinin/Wikimedia Commons)
Strong little Yorkie (Dmitry Kalinin/Wikimedia Commons)

 

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Yorkshire Terrier

Bay Area Shih Tzu & Toy Breed Rescue
San Jose, CA
(408) 266-1221 , toydogrsq@aol.com

For The Animals
Hawthorne, CA
(310) 679-3435

Recycled Pets Rescue
Encino, CA
http://www.recycledpetsrescue.com
(818) 986-0201 , randi@recycledpetsrescue.com

Small Breed Dog Rescue
Seal Beach, CA
http://hometown.aol.com/sbdogpage/index.htm
(714) 892-3830 , caro165441@aol.com

South Bay Purebred Rescue
San Jose, CA
http://www.sbprdogs.org
(831) 663-3235 , ert4dogz@aol.com

Yorkshire Terrier Rescue Alliance of So. Cal
Hollywood, CA
http://www.homestead.com/YTRA/index.html
(323) 467-0658 , richere@earthlink.net

Join the Fight Against Shark Finning

As a follow up to our post from last year about the terribly cruel and environmentally devastating practice of shark finning for Shark Fin Soup, we’d like to share this great campaign that was spearheaded last year by former NBA super star Yao Ming.

After retiring from the Houston Rockets in 2011, Yao Ming returned to China and began a career of advocating for animal rights as a celebrity ambassador for WildAid; in particular, Yao has focused on the traditional Chinese practice of shark finning for Shark Fin Soup, which entails catching sharks, axing off their fins while they are still alive, and dumping them back into the water, where they ultimately die from starvation and suffocation, or are eaten by other animals.

Here is one of the videos Yao Ming made with WildAid to raise awareness about the cruelty of shark fin soup.

Yao Ming – Shark Fin Soup from WildAid on Vimeo.

Sharks, vital creatures at the top of the marine food chain, are suffering tremendously under this practice, with over 55% of shark species now close to extinction due to  excessive hunting by shark fishermen. Currently, approximately 73 million sharks are killed for shark fin soup each year. The enormous growth of shark hunting is partially due to the growth of China’s affluent middle class. As the affluent middle class in China has increased exponentially in the last few decades, the demand for shark fin soup, a dish that is traditionally a symbol of wealth and status, has increased as well.

Several U.S. states and territories have banned the sale and possession of shark fins, including California, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, Illinois, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands – but there is still a dire need for legislation in the U.S., China, and around the world where the practice of shark finning continues to be prevalent.

WildAid Shark Infographic from WildAid on Vimeo.

Organizations such as WildAid,Stop Shark Finning, and  Shark Truth are committed to saving our sharks from an inhumane death and preventing our marine ecosystems from suffering a devastating loss. Join them in their campaigns or just spread the awareness to your friends and family !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Safety for Pets !

Holiday dog knocked over tree

Hanukkah may be over, but we still have Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve left in 2015! And no matter what you celebrate, the love we have for our pets is a universally celebrated tradition.

Keeping your pets safe over the holidays is easy !

Just being careful with unsafe items and leaving them out of the reach of  curious paws can make all the difference.

Here are a few tips to make sure this holiday season is a happy AND safe one for your pets.

Christmas Hanukkah cats

1) Candles!

Menorah lights, Kinara candles, and Christmas votives are beautiful traditions, but keep them away from the tails and paws of cats and dogs.

Do not put lit candles in the way of roaming curious pets, and make sure to blow out any candles before leaving a room or the house.

The fringe-like fur of a tail can easily burn when swept alongside a lit candle, and a rambunctious dog can easily knock into a candle that is sitting on a low coffee table, causing a tablecloth or rug to catch on fire.

 Christmas poinsettia

2) Holiday Plants

Poinsettias are toxic for pets. So are mistletoe, holly, holly berries, rosemary, and lilies. Lilies can also cause irreversible kidney failure in cats (lily nephrotoxicity).

Almost all holiday-themed plants should be kept far far away from your pets’ mouths.

The degree of toxicity depends on the weight of your pet and the amount of the plant your pet has eaten. If you suspect your pet has ingested an unsafe amount of a holiday plant, take your pet to your veterinarian right away.

Signs of toxic poisoning include vomiting, drooling, diarrhea, seizure, collapse, and unconsciousness.

 

Christmas cat in tree butt

3) The Tree

The tree ! Whether it’s real or fake, the tree is anything but safe for your pets. Especially for kitties. Kitties looooove to make trouble with the tree.

Keep lights high! Don’t let dogs and cats chew on low-hanging lights and give themselves an electric shock.

Use safe decorations – go for plastic instead of glass, in case the ornaments get knocked off the tree or end up between jaws – Plastic ornaments won’t shatter as easily.

Keep ornaments with string and whispy angel hair out of the reach of your pets as well, to prevent any chance of dangerous string ingestion. Read more about linear foreign body dangers in our previous blog post here.

If your kitties love to climb the tree, make sure to anchor your tree to the wall, or give it a heavy, sturdy base, to prevent the tree from tipping over and hurting your pets or possibly causing damage to your home.

If your tree is REAL – keep cats and dogs away from tree water!

The tree water can contain insecticide, pine resin, and chemicals, everything your cat or dog should not ingest. The pine needles themselves are very dangerous for cats and dogs to digest – they can cause perforations or obstructions in the G.I. tract if ingested, and are toxic.

A couple of tips for keeping pets away from the tree:

  • Put aluminum foil around the base of your tree. The noise will alert you when pets are too close, and the noise itself may scare pets away.
  • Use a tree skirt to cover up tree water and the bottom portion of your tree.
  • Use strong citrus scents around the tree. Cats and dogs may not like these smells and may leave the tree alone because of them.

Christmas Cat Dog eating

4) Holiday Foods

Chocolate and cocoa contain theobromine, which is toxic to both dogs AND cats.

Grapes and raisins are toxic for cats, dogs, and ferrets as well. Ingestion of grapes and/or raisins can cause acute (immediate) kidney failure in pets.

Excessively fatty foods (such as fat scraps from meats), foods with onions, foods with garlic, and foods with bones should not be given to your pets.

Foods with lots of fats and oils can upset your pets’ digestive systems. Onions and garlic, fresh and in powder form, can cause anemia in cats as well as dogs. Onion and garlic poisoning can have a delayed onset, so if you suspect your pet has ingested them, contact a veterinarian immediately.

Be mindful over the holidays of what leftovers and what treats you give to your pets. We all want our beloved animals to join in on the festivities and to make them feel like they are part of the fun, but let’s do so in a way that will not make them sick or compromise their health.

Christmas dog beer

5) Alcohol and Caffeine

Toxic for your pets! Keep away!

Christmas dogs gum

6) Sugarless Gum and Candy containing Xylitol

Toxic for your pets! Keep away! Most sugarless gum and candy include xylitol as an ingredient.

 

If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic or poisonous, don’t wait ! Contact a a qualified pet poison hotline immediately, such as the ASPCA animal poison center at 1-888-426-4435.

Or take your pet to a 24-hour hospital ! ASEC (Animal Specialty & Emergency Center) on Sepulveda Blvd and VCA TLC on Santa Monica Blvd are two 24-hour animal hospitals.

Know the symptoms of toxic poisoning: vomiting, drooling, diarrhea, seizure, collapse, and unconsciousness.

Holiday Cat staring at Christmas lights

Happy Holidays from the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital! We hope that no matter what tradition you hold dear, that you celebrate it with loved ones, good fun, good cheer, and lots of warm snuggles.

 

Photo credits :

Mountain Dog looking guilty in front of the tree photo:

http://www.collegehumor.com/post/6852810/dog-feels-bad-for-knocking-over-christmas-tree

Hanukkah kitty:

gifsboom.net

Poinsettia photo:

Scott Bauer/Wikimedia Commons

Cat and Dog milk n’ cookies:

http://www.pet360.com/

Dog with a beer:

http://thepetproductguru.com/

Pups with bubblegum:

http://www.petwellnessnetwork.com/

Kitty in tree photo:

http://insyncexotics.blogspot.com/2012/12/celebrating-christmas-with-your-pets.html

Dog Bite Prevention: Tips for Parents and Dog Owners

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Rose Shahrzad Moezzi and Joon Moezzi spending quality time together. – photo by Mom Liz Rose Moezzi
As a follow-up to our last blog post about preparing your pets for a newborn, we want to raise awareness about Dog Bite Prevention to make sure that your children are prepared for pets!

About 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the U.S., and children are by far the most commonly injured group. Senior citizens, home service providers, mail carriers, and utility meter readers are also frequent dog bite victims.

There are approximately 70 million dogs living as household pets in the United States – and most of them are angels. But whether you have a good dog, a naughty dog, a difficult dog, or an excitable dog, it’s important to remember that ANY dog can bite. Most children, if bitten, are bitten by a dog the child knows, meaning a pet in the home, or the pet of a familiar person.

Media reports and cultural prejudices will give the impression that certain breeds are more prone to attacking than other breeds, such as Pit bulls, Rottweilers, and Dobermans, but there is little scientific evidence to support these claims. Little white fluffy dogs bite just as much as big square-jawed guard dogs, and any dog can do damage to a child.

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Keep your dogs healthy! Sick dogs and dogs in pain are more likely to bite. – imgur.com
Here are some great tips on preventing dog bites from the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), plus some other guidance from the staff at the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital:
Tips for parents to help prevent children from being bitten by dogs:

– NEVER leave an infant or a young child alone with ANY breed of dog.

– Teach your children not to approach unfamiliar dogs or stick their hands or fingers through fences and gates in an attempt to pet dogs.

– Have your children always ask permission from the dog owner before petting any dog – and make sure the dog looks happy and calm before letting your child approach, even if the owner says it’s okay.

– Educate your children on dog body language – remember, most dogs bite out of FEAR, not aggression. Show your children videos and pictures online of dog body language – growling, curled lips, teeth showing, hair standing up on the neck and back, tail curled under the body, and trying to hide underneath objects- these are all signs that mean “stay away!”

– Don’t let your children run past dogs – dogs naturally love to chase and catch things, so don’t give them a reason to become excited or chase.

– Never let your children disturb dogs that are sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.

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Educate children about dog body language with diagrams like these. – contact Lili Chin at DoggieDrawings.net if you want to order posters
Tips for dog owners to prevent your dog from biting:

– If you’re considering welcoming a dog into your home, don’t do it on impulse. Dogs take medical care, training, and love and attention. Improperly trained dogs, unsocialized dogs, neglected dogs, and dogs in pain are more likely to bite.

– If you get a puppy, play with him and socialize him early. Make sure to pet him and talk to him while he’s eating, so he gets used to physical attention while feeding.

– At ANY age, make sure your dog is properly trained – the old adage “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is absolutely incorrect. A dog who is properly cared for and trained at ANY age can become calmer, less anxious, and more submissive. Make sure your dog understands basic commands like “Sit,” “Stay,” “No,” and “Come.” If you need recommendations for trainers, please ask us here at the hospital – we’d be happy to give you names and information.

– Keep your dog healthy! Vaccinate your dog against rabies. Check your dogs’ teeth and ears regularly – these are places painful infections can hide, and dogs can’t use words to tell us they’re not feeling well! Dogs in pain are much more likely to bite then healthy dogs.

– Have your dogs neutered and spayed! According to current studies, neutered and spayed dogs are less likely to bite, as they are calmer and less aggressive. And as an added bonus, neutered and spayed dogs are less likely to run away from home.

– Be a responsible dog owner: Make sure your gates and fences are properly secured so that your dog cannot get out. Spend time with your dog and make sure she has plenty of exercise, and is mentally stimulated and tired by the end of the day. Dogs that are left in yards to fend for themselves all day and all night have a much higher chance of developing behavioral problems that can lead to biting.

– Watch your dog in all situations, and recognize her body language. The best way to prevent your dog from biting is to understand her behavior, when she is scared, and when she is in pain.

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Dog facial language – ASPCA
What to do if your dog bites someone:

– Get control of your dog immediately and restrain him. Take him away from the person who just was bitten and confine your dog if possible.

– Check on the victim’s condition, and if necessary call 911.

– Provide the victim with your personal information and information about your dog’s most recent rabies vaccination. If your dog has not had a rabies vaccination, tell the victim immediately because he/she may have to undergo post-exposure rabies prophylaxis.

– Consult your vet for advice on how to prevent your dog from biting in the future. Trainers, behaviorists, and, if necessary, medications, are all tools available for overly anxious or aggressive dogs.

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Dog Body Language – ASPCA
What to do if you are bitten by your own dog:

– If your own dog bit you, confine your dog immediately and call your veterinarian to check on your dog’s vaccination records. Seek medical attention, especially if your dog has not had a rabies vaccination. If your dog has not been vaccinated for rabies, ask your doctor if post-exposure rabies prophylaxis is necessary.

– Take your dog to the vet to be examined. If your dog is in pain, or if your dog is sick, that may be the reason your dog lashed out. If physically your dog is healthy, but your dog still seems anxious and aggressive, talk to your vet about behaviorists, trainers, and medications available to help calm the dog.

What to do if you are bitten by someone else’s dog:

– Seek medical attention immediately. If the owner is there, ask for the owner’s personal contact information and their veterinarian’s contact information to check on the dog’s vaccination records. Ask your doctor if post-exposure rabies prophylaxis is necessary.

– If the dog is alone, or if the owner ran away without giving you any information, it is important to contact authorities to help prevent this from happening to another person, possibly a child or a senior citizen. Tell the police/animal control department everything you can remember about the dog – size, appearance, location, and whether you’ve seen the dog previously.

Here are some links for more information and resources about Dog Bite Prevention:

American Veterinary Medical Association – Dog Bite Prevention

ASPCA – Dog Body Language

HealthyChildren.org – Dog Bite Prevention

LivingWithKidsAndDogs.com – A Parents Guide to Dog Bite Prevention and other articles

PetEducation.com – Interactions Between Children and Dogs

(beautiful drawing on home page by Harrison Weir/Wikimedia Commons)

 

Bringing Home Baby ! Prepare Your Pets for a Newborn

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Rose Shahrzad Moezzi and her doggie sister Joon Moezzi.
In the spirit of our own Melanie Bellomo Shifflett having a baby, we wanted to share some tips from professionals on how to prepare your pets for a newborn.

If you are expecting a baby, it is a good idea to start thinking about ways to make the adjustment from your fur babies being the center of attention, to your human baby being the center of attention, a little easier on your pets.

Animals are emotional creatures, and can react with distrust, jealousy, and attempts at dominance, especially if they are not accustomed to being around infants.

These are all suggestions, and any new training methods will of course effect individual animals differently. If you are concerned with your pets reacting to your newborn in any aggressive ways, please consult an animal behaviorist for one-on-one training.

All sources slightly differ in approaches expectant pet owners should take – and we encourage you to read through as many sources as necessary, and to decide on the right methods for your pet.

 

Below are some general guidelines, as well as first-person recommendations from two recent mothers and gold star pet owners, Melanie and Liz, both of whom worked or are currently working at the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital.

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Joon and Rose
General Guidelines:

Basic obedience.

If your dog doesn’t respond to the commands “Sit,” “Stay,” “Lay Down,” and “Off,” it is time to sign up for an obedience class. Many are available in the Los Angeles area, from dog training centers like Zoom Room, to private trainers that will work out of your own home. We work with a few behaviorists and trainers at the hospital, and would be happy to give our clients recommendations. Your dog jumping on you or pulling on his leash may not be anything more than an annoyance right now, but with a baby in your arms, that sort of behavior can be downright dangerous.

Scent introductions.

Bring the new cleansing and care products that you will be using for your baby into the house early, and let your dog smell them. Sprinkle yourself with baby powder and baby lotion and let your dog smell these new products on you.

Object introductions.

Leave baby blankets, carriers, strollers, and other baby items around your home so your pet gets used to how they look and smell, and is not threatened by them when the baby comes home and starts using them. Take your dogs for walks with the empty stroller, so she gets used to walking a little slower, and not pulling on you when you’re with the stroller. Also, the introduction of these new items will teach your pet that these are not for their playtime, and should be left alone. Make sure that your pet knows these new items are off-limits through repetitive, consistent commands like “Off” or “Down,” and of course using positive reinforcement for good behaviors.

Set psychological boundaries.

If your pet is used to being with you 24-7, sitting on your keyboard, lying on your feet, and snuggling in your bed, and you know that this will have to change once the baby arrives, start separating yourself from your pet slowly for short periods each day, and build up to more and  more time. Put her in a separate room or outside. This is a good thing for your pet and she WILL get used to this separation. More importantly, getting your pet accustomed to time away from you BEFORE the baby arrives will mean that your pet will not focus on the baby as the cause of this separation and develop jealousy, like she might if the separation happens SUDDENLY when the baby comes home. This way, you can focus on your newborn without having to worry that your pet is not used to being away  from you.

Set physical boundaries.

Before the baby arrives, designate a room or a section of a room as the “baby-zone,” where pets are not allowed. This way, you will already have a safe zone for your newborn when you bring your baby home. Once the baby is settled in, you should start letting your pet in that room only with direct supervision.

Make a plan for pet care during delivery.

Ahead of the delivery date, have a family member or friend commit to caring for your pets while you are in delivery. Have your pets’ food instructions, beds, toys, and veterinarian information ready to go, in case there is an unexpected event or emergency. If you set all this up ahead of time, you won’t have to worry about what will happen with your pets at the last minute.

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Joon and Rose

 

Once your baby is home.

Make sure your pet is sitting and in a calm state before being introduced to your newborn. This may require that you greet your pets by yourself at first, because they will undoubtedly be anxious and excited to see you when you first come home, especially if it’s been a few days. If possible, have someone else hold the baby while you greet your pets first.

Never let your pet put his paws or teeth on your baby. Your baby should be the dominant one in the baby-pet relationship. Reward calm, submissive behavior with treats and praise. If your pet will not calm down, remove your pet from your immediate area until she calms down, or can be taken on a long walk. Hopefully that will not be necessary, as you want the baby to be a positive in the lives of your pets.

Always be present when your pet is interacting with your newborn. Never leave your baby alone with an animal, even a small one. Your pet may not be aggressive, but she may snuggle up to your baby for warmth or love, which could possibly suffocate an infant.

Have extra toys and playthings around to distract your pet from becoming too rambunctious around the baby. Rather than constantly reprimanding an energetic animal with “No,” “No,” “No,” entertaining toys can divert their attention in positive ways.

Once your baby is older and wants to start playing with your pets, protect your pets! Always teach young children to be gentle with animals and pet them nicely. Any rough jerks, tail pulling, or pinching could upset even a gentle animal, and lead to a dangerous situation.

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Melanie with baby George, with Scout and Marsha watching intently.
Melanie’s Baby Story & Tips !

Before Melanie and her husband Michael brought home baby George, the pair already had their Shepherd mix Scout, their terrier mix Marsha, and a clan of 4-5 cats at home to take care of. Quite a group! And Melanie prepped all her pets with aplomb. She is a true pro. In Melanie’s words:

 

Exercise !
We started doing more walks and hikes than normal a couple months out. This just helped them feel more content in general and we knew that once the baby arrived and we were going to both be off of work that the walks and hikes were going to be possibly the only activity we would be able to participate in, aside from changing diapers. I know this is advised against usually because they say that once the baby arrives you have less time for your pups, but we knew the opposite would be true for us. So this was a special time to reconnect with our dogs and remind them that they’re special and help the transition when the babe arrived. The more secure they felt the better they’d do. That was our logic. And it seems to have really helped.
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The family goes hiking !
Physical Boundaries:

 

We started to make a couple areas of the house off limits. Normally they have the  run of the roost, so we started getting them used to not being able to go everywhere they wanted at any time for any reason. So now the baby’s room is a “No-fly zone” and we keep the cats out of our bedroom, as well. This has helped keep things a little more sane and definitely more clean.

 

Cats:

 

Speaking of cats, a couple weeks prior to our due date, we put them into boarding at the hospital. The reason for this was two-fold. ONE: we didn’t want to have to worry about coordinating their care once “D-Day” arrived and TWO: our cats are friggin’ angels when they come home from boarding. Super well-behaved, don’t pee on anything, extra loving, etc. We were trying to set up a situation where they would be so thrilled to be home that they wouldn’t even think twice about the kid. Which they didn’t. We blissed them out on  catnip as soon as they got home and it’s been a love fest ever since. Maybe this method will be frowned upon, but guess what? It’s genius so get on board.

 

Pre-planning Pet Care:

 

We did not board the dogs and had family members on call to care for them when the big day arrived. THIS WAS SO IMPORTANT. Our labor and delivery became really complicated and George ended up in the NICU, leaving us gone from home and the dogs for an entire week. Having my mom and sister available to stay with them and walk them made a huge difference (for them and us!).

 

Help from Robots:

 

Lastly, and this has been one of the best decisions we have made as dog owners slash new clueless parents: WE BOUGHT A ROOMBA. Holy wonderful gift of joy. Not having pet hair covering our floors has been amazing. And not having to sweep twice day? Come on. That little robot has already paid for itself. Now we can feel good about putting George on his floor gym, etc., knowing that he won’t need to be pet hair-rollered within an inch of his life every time we pick him up.

 

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Scout protects baby George from scary fireworks on the 4th of July.

 

Reassurance:

 

I must say that the dogs were pretty skeptical of George the first few weeks. Didn’t really want to engage or come near him. But we continued to remind them (in doggy language) that they were still our babies and that they were loved). They now have become George’s little buddies and protectors. Just recently over the 4th of July holiday when my neighborhood became a loud scary boom-boom-room reminiscent of Lebanon circa 1983, our shepherd, Scout, glued herself to wherever George happened to be whenever the fireworks went wild. Usually she’s trying to hide in the cat’s covered litter box for shelter, so to see her be brave for her new pal was incredibly heartwarming.

 

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Rose lying on her doggie sister Joon .
Liz’s Baby Story & Tips !

Liz Rose, a consummate dog lover and experienced dog owner, former tech at BHSAH, and all-around magical human being, had her very young bully/Staffy/Catahoula Leopard Dog, Joon, at home before she and her husband brought home baby Rose. Her pre-planning skills, intelligence, and foresight into the needs of her pet, as well as what her own needs would be, are enviable and admirable. From Liz! :

Mental preparation:

We tried very hard to make the space for the baby before she came home. You really want to work on preparing them for the new dynamic and new social hierarchy. I made it a priority to have all the energy calm and clean, with good vibrations for all. Juggling is really hard, but doable. Get your dog exercised and loved and he/she will not feel jealousy.

Getting your Dog used to Babies:

We played newborn crying sounds on YouTube to get Joon less spooked and more acclimated. I also had friends bring their babies over to get Joon used to being around them. And we also tried to carry a doll around and give it attention.

Boundaries:

Before the baby arrived, we spent time in the nursery, rocking in the chair and not letting Joon sit on our laps in there. We worked on making some general boundaries everywhere.

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Joon supervises Rose during playtime.

 

Training:

I also trained her really intensely while walking her on a leash, encouraging her to stay calm and close to me, and not letting her pull. Keep training the dog and encouraging them to sit and keep their manners.

Pet care Preparations:

Once the baby comes, a new Mom isn’t going to be out and about the first 1-6 weeks. Have a dog walker on call and a doggy daycare situation set up, and even fun boarding care set up to use if necessary.

Make sure your dog’s had all the necessary interviews and paper work submitted before the baby arrives. We sent Joon to doggy daycare 3-4 days a week initially, so she could come home feeling really great (she loves it there). We wanted a healthy transition for her from only child to new sister!

Stock your House with Necessities:

Make sure you have a lot of extra treats and dog food at home, because it’s hard to get to the market with the new baby.

Supervision:

I really worked hard on the transition. I trust Joon with the baby 100%, but it’s always still a good idea not to leave a pet alone with the baby, until your child is a little older.

 

Thanks so much for sharing your experiences and your tips, Melanie and Liz! And congrats on your lovely new bundles of joy.

 

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Scout gets comfy with George in the car.

 

Further reading:

Here are a few links that will give you advice on how to prepare for your baby. Some of the tips may seem extreme, like carrying around a toy baby, or playing tapes of baby sounds on repeat for your pets, but they can work !  And nothing is too “over the top” or silly when it comes to protecting your newborn and making the lives of your animals happier. When the babies are happy, Mom and Dad can relax more as well.

ASPCA (Preparing dogs for a new baby)

ASPCA (Preparing cats for a new baby)

Humane Society

Parents.com

If you have any pics of your babies, both human and animal, together, please send them to us and we will put them up on our Facebook page !

4th of July Madness ! Fireworks Anxiety in Pets

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Independence Day is this Saturday! And while we all cannot wait for cold brews, warm tofudogs, and watermelon slices, we should also consider the most important 4th of July tradition – Fireworks !

Fireworks are beautiful, wondrous magic, but our pets absolutely hate them. Cats and dogs are scared of the loud bangs and pops, even if they are in the distance. And the flashes of light can seem scary and foreign.

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Got a nervous baby?

 

Dogs may drool excessively, bark, urinate and defecate without control, shake or tremble, and try to hide in response to the noise. Cats will run, hide, and refuse to eat.  Some pets will even chew through screens or break through windows in an attempt to escape the scary noises ! Even if the fears seem excessive, our pets cannot help having noise phobias. It is completely instinctive. And scolding does not help a frightened animal, it will make their fears worse.

Let’s try to help our babies out in nice ways and make this a less scary holiday for them <3

 

BHSAH tech Emma Katz uses a comfy shirt and headphones with soothing music to try and reduce fireworks anxiety in her 10-year-old pup

 

  • If you have an outside cat, bring him/her in to the house for the night. If she’s scared, she may run far away, or into the street. Bringing her inside for the night will insure that she is safe.
  • Take your dog(s) on a longer-than-usual walk early in the day, before fireworks start. This will tire them out and help reduce anxiety levels.
  • If you have a skiddish dog, or even a non-skiddish dog, as any dog can be scared of fireworks, try keeping him in the bedroom with a comfy bed and a toy that he likes. This will prevent him from running outside if the door is opened, and lessen the tendency to bark or howl excessively.
  • If you’re going out, leave your pet with a toy she is familiar with, and a shirt that smells like you, safely in a closed room. The more safe and secure an animal feels, the less stress and anxiety she will experience as a result of fireworks.

 

 

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Glamour ! Wrap your babe up in a comfy shirt, fabric, or Thundershirt to reduce anxiety

 

  • Try wrapping your pet in a Thundershirt, or other soft t-shirt or fabric – some dogs feel very comforted being wrapped up in a Thundershirt and they can make a world of difference. There is also a Thundershirt for cats !
  • If your pet has an unusually high level of anxiety, and sequestering him in a room with toys and a comfy bed will not do, you can talk to your veterinarian about medicating with a mild sedative. One of the medications we use for this kind of behavior is Acepromazine, a sedative often used for pets when they have to travel by airplane.

 

Fireworks Dahlia nervous on bed

 

  • If further action is needed to help combat your pet’s severe noise phobias, we can recommend wonderful behaviorists that specialize in tackling these anxieties.

 

Have a great time on Saturday, and Happy 4th of July to all our clients and friends from the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital !

 

(Fireworks pic by Ian Kluft/Wikimedia Commons)

(All dog pics of patient Dahlia Underhill by her dad Jason)

Don’t Leave Pups in the Car ! Avoiding Hyperthermia in Dogs

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Keep your pup healthy during the warmer months ! Always provide plenty of fresh cool water
It’s summer !

So we are re-posting our warnings about hyperthermia in doggies. It is so important to be careful of hyperthermia in your furries during the summer months ! And never, ever, leave a dog in a car during a hot day, even if the windows are cracked and the car is in the shade. Summer activities with your dog are the absolute best, as long as they are done in a safe way.

The most important thing to know about heat prostration, or hyperthermia, is that it is an emergency.

Dogs can die within minutes when their bodies start going into hyperthermia. This happens when panting, a dog’s main way of cooling herself down, no longer works. When a dog can no longer cool herself down, her internal temperature rises, and once she reaches 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, she will start to go into shock.

Immediate measures must be taken to cool your dog down and transfer her to a hospital for intravenous fluids if she is showing signs of heat stroke.

If you cannot get your dog to a hospital right away, take steps to cool her down: Transfer your dog to a cool environment and use a cool wet towel to moisten and cool down her neck, armpits, stomach, and paws. Place a direct fan on the moistened areas to cool down her core more rapidly. Do not use cold water or ice on your dog because that will constrict the blood vessels, inhibiting blood flow which is essential to cooling down your dog’s core. Do not force feed water, because that can be dangerous.

Symptoms of hyperthermia include:

  • Rapid heavy panting
  • Glazed eyes
  • Dry mucous membranes (dry nose)
  • Grey gums
  • Diarrhea (may be bloody)
  • Vomiting
  • Staggering
  • Collapse
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness

 

CARS

Heat Stroke Car Chart

 

The scenario that we all think of when we hear about dogs suffering from heat stroke is  the dreaded CAR. Dogs being left in the car and consequently collapsing and dying is all too common. Even with the windows open, and in the shade, on a hot day, leaving your dog in the car is not an option. Studies have shown that cracking a window just does not work.

Here is a link from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) about dogs suffering from heat stroke when left in cars with a time-lapse temperature chart that shows external vs. internal car temperatures.

On a day that is a lovely 85 degrees outside, after only 10 minutes it will be 114 degrees inside your car!

Even 70 degrees after 10 minutes can become 90 degrees in a closed car.

Do not leave your dogs in your car, and encourage your friends and loved ones to do the same. If you see a dog left in a car in the heat of summer and the dog has collapsed, call 911 immediately!

If it is not an emergency but you are confident that the dog has been left in a dangerous situation, call your individual police station. Here are some numbers for your reference:

Beverly Hills Police Station: (310) 550-4951

West Hollywood Sheriff Station: (310) 855-8850

Los Angeles / Hollywood Police Station: (213) 485-4302

 

BE SMART AND HAVE FUN

Play with your pooch early in the morning or late in the day during the summer to avoid those blazing hot hours! Leave your furry at home with lots of fresh water if you have to run errands. Be sure to bring along plenty of water for both your dog and yourself if you go hiking. Encourage your dog to love water, the sprinkler, and the hose 🙂 Also, if your pooch has a thicker coat, give her some relief by getting her a short summer cut. She will thank you for it with her cool, doggy smiles.

There is so much fun to have with your dog in the hotter months, just make sure to keep her cool and happy, so you will enjoy your hot days and warms nights together happily! Woof woof.

OTHER CAUSES OF HYPERTHERMIA

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Aside from the car, dogs can suffer hyperthermia for a variety of different reasons and in a variety of different scenarios. Here are some common situations that should be avoided.

  • Leaving dogs for long periods of time in the sun without shade or fresh water.
  • Leaving dogs on asphalt with no shade.
  • Exercising excessively (or even regular amounts) in hot or humid weather.

 

Dogs that have a history of heat stroke, dogs that have respiratory conditions, and dogs with upper airway diseases, such as laryngeal paralysis and collapsing trachea, will be more sensitive to heat and humidity.

Also, short-nosed (brachycephalic) dogs, such as Pugs, French bulldogs, English bulldogs, American bulldogs, King Charles Spaniels, Lhasa Apsos, Chow Chows, and the Pekingese, among many others, are more susceptible to heat stroke, because they are not able to pant effectively enough to cool themselves down.

(Adorable photo of black lab drinking water by Gopal Aggarwal  http://gopal1035.blogspot.com)

 

 

California Sea Lion Pup State of Emergency

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You made have heard about the unusual amounts of starving and exhausted sea lion pups that have been washing up on California’s beaches. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared the situation an “Unusual Mortality Event.”
If you see a sea lion pup on the beach, please do not attempt to touch, move, or approach the baby ! They are in distress and their  care should be left to professional marine mammal rescue workers.
Please call one of these rescue numbers and report the sea lion pup with them:

California Wildlife Center: 310-458-WILD (310-458-9453)

Marine Care Center: 800-39-WHALE (800-399-4253)

Marine Mammal Care Center: 310-548-5677

 

In only the first three months of this year, 2,250 sea lion pups and yearlings ended up sick and dying on the beach, compared to 35 in a regular year. The count continues to grow.

The situation is the worst here in Southern California, where sea lions breed in the Channel Islands, off the coast of Santa Barbara.

Even though some people have been callously disturbing these animals, poking and prodding them, throwing things at them, and taking selfies with the dying pups, even more good people have been trying to help.

The veterinary staff and environmental researchers at the eight marine mammal rehabilitation facilities across California have been busy trying to save the sea lion pups, as well as trying to figure out what is causing this extraordinary situation.

Sea Lion pup being tube fed by Marine Mammal Center staff. Photo by Sarah Van Schagen.
Sea Lion pup being tube fed by Marine Mammal Center staff. Photo by Sarah Van Schagen.

 

The basic situation is this: Mother sea lions typically nurse their pups for 1-2 days, and then leave their pups to look for food for a few days. This year, food has been scarce, so mother sea lions have been away from their pups for longer periods of time. When the sea lion pups become hungry and can no longer wait for their mothers, they try to look for food themselves – but they are too young and inexperienced to provide for themselves, and they quickly become exhausted and starve, and end up washing ashore.

Why is there less food available for sea lions?

Researchers think the problem lies with a few different factors. First of all, the Pacific Ocean is currently in an El Nino climate event, which raises the temperature of ocean water considerably. When there is a change of temperature in ocean water, the populations of high-quality desirable fish like sardines and anchovies, as well as other prey that the sea lions prefer, are greatly reduced. Desirable prey move up north to escape the warm waters or die off due to inhospitable temperatures.

Another contributing factor to the lack of nutritious food may be due to the fact that the sea lion population overall is very high. According to NOAA spokesman Jim Milbury, there are currently about 300,000 California sea lions living along the Pacific, which is 10 times what the population was before the Marine Mammal Protection Act was passed in 1972.

Either one of these factors, or both factors combined, can be causing this considerable deficit in available food sources for nursing sea lion mothers. Researchers are still trying to decode the exact science of this sea lion pup emergency.

 

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The non-profit Marine Mammal Care Center (MMCC) in San Pedro has been operating in full swing, taking care of all these sea lion pups.
They are having a free “Seal Day” event on June 28th to raise awareness about the sea lion pups and to help raise funds for their care.

Admission is free, and there will be live music, movie screenings, crafts and games, and food to enjoy.

Sea lion pups being released by MMCC staff after rehabilitation.
Sea lion pups being released by MMCC staff after rehabilitation.

 

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One of our vet techs, Alyssa Tamayo, has been volunteering at MMCC for years, and she shared some words with us about what it’s been like during this unusual event:

BHSAH: What has is been like to work with the sea lion pups? How does the rehabilitation usually take place?

AT: As an experienced animal care volunteer, I am involved from the very beginning of the rehabilitation process. For the new animals that arrive at the center, I perform physical exams, tube feed, and give subcutaneous fluids. I also assist the husbandry manager and veterinarian if the animal needs further treatment upon arrival. During an animal’s stay, the goal is to get the pup eating whole fish competitively with other pups in the same pool. The rehabilitation process for a patient can take weeks, and sometimes even months. The most rewarding part of volunteering is when I help release our successfully rehabilitated patients back into the ocean.

 BHSAH: What you would tell the average person to do if they saw a pup?

AT: If people see an emaciated sea lion pup that isn’t going back into the ocean, they should call an animal rescue company. California Wildlife Center and Marine Animal Rescue are two animal rescue companies that will pick up injured/sick marine mammal from any Los Angeles County beach and bring them to the Marine Mammal Care Center for rehabilitation. Only animal rescue personnel, who have been trained to handle wildlife, should touch these pups. Sea lion pups are very cute and furry, but the public should not pet or carry them to provide aid. Even sick sea lions pups will bite if they feel threatened.

 BHSAH: What have people at the MMCC been saying about the sea lion pup situation?

AT: The influx of sea lion pups during the Winter and Spring months have been overwhelming. More than 800 pounds of fish are thawed a day to help feed these animals. The Marine Mammal Care Center has received over 500 marine mammal intakes this year, and the majority of them are malnourished sea lion pups. Most of the volunteers are saddened by this unusual mortality event (UME) occurring for sea lion pups. Staff, volunteers, and interns have been working hard rehabilitating the sea lions that they can save.

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Hungry sea lion pups getting much needed nourishment at the MMCC.

 

( All photos by the Marine Mammal Care Center unless otherwise noted.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rattlesnake Awareness – Take a Bite Out of Venom

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It’s that time of year again – Rattlesnake Season!

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We had a client come in to the BHSAH last week with their beautiful dog Cassie, who was bitten several times on the muzzle. Above left is Cassie’s normal appearance, and above right is Cassie with swelling around her face and muzzle due to snake bites.

Thankfully, the owner had been vaccinating Cassie for rattlesnake venom for many years, and she recovered fine after only 1 and a half days in the hospital.

If you live in Southern California and you like to walk around in natural environments with your dog, it is so important to get your dog the rattlesnake vaccine. The rattlesnake vaccine is not a magical cloak of immunity, and any time a dog is bitten she should be immediately RUSHED to the hospital;  BUT the vaccine will give you more time to get to the hospital, and will slow the effects of the rattlesnake venom in your pet.

Please see our blog post about the rattlesnake vaccine here – you will find details about the type of snakes the vaccine guards against, symptoms of a rattlesnake bite to look out for in your pet, and tips on what to do if you see a snake while walking your pet.

(Rattlesnake pic by Dawson from Wikimedia Commons)