Treat Yourself and Your Pet!

We recently learned that Dr. Attix is a big fan of NBC’s show Parks and Recreation! As such, we are dedicating this week’s post to Dr. Attix and specifically to treating yourself AND your pet! If you are unfamiliar with Parks and Recreation or the “treat yourself” movement, here is a quick clip about both:

Here’s to you Dr. Attix!

With the summer coming to an end, we want to talk a little bit about how to pamper your pet “summer style”! Here in San Diego there are plenty of ways to have a great time with your pet:

Go to the dog beach! This is a great chance for the both of you to get out, walk around, and play! Although Oceanside beaches are not dog friendly, a short drive down to Del Mar, Ocean Beach, or Coronado, will bring you and your four-legged friend to some of the best dog beaches in the state! (more info

Roxy treating herself to a little extra sun while boarding!

Not into the surf and sand? Check out some of the great dog parks located throughout North County San Diego; Including the Carlsbad Ann D. L’Heurex Dog Park and the new Rancho Bernardo Dog Park.






Axle loves to treat himself to high end accesories!

Go shopping. There are many local stores dedicated to you and your pet. Places like Muttropolis, offering high-end fashion accesories, and Dexter’s Deli, specializing in natural pet foods, for your pooch and feline alike. Both Dexter’s Deli and Muttropolis also offer fun events (including pet adoption events, booths at local festivals, and pet-specific parties).

Not looking to go quite that extravagant? No worries! Even a trip to PetSmart can be a fun way to treat you both. With locations throughout San Diego County, PetSmart and their spin-off store, Unleased, are easy to find. While there, be sure to look for the training areas as they often have a bowl of treats out for both you and your pet!


Brush your dog’s teeth! You know how awful it is to wake up with morning breath? Well, imagine living with that all the time! A good teeth brushing, with special doggie or kitty toothpaste, can be a great way to reduce many common dental problems, save you on veterinary bills, and give your pet a great tasting mouth! See our website,, under pet care, for handouts on how toothbrush your pet’s teeth.


After a cuddle session, Hank loves to get a nice, long belly rub from Dr. Fransioli!

Spend time together at home.

Nothing tells your pet you love them like a good cuddle by a sunny window or a round of playtime. This is also a tried and true method to boost your mood too.  Studies show that spending time with pets for as little as 15 minutes can lower your cortisol (the stress hormone) level. For more information on how pets can boost your mood:





However you like to “treat” yourself and your pet, be sure to spend a little time this week dedicated to you and your pet!

Shamus treating himself to some extra air conditioning in the PAH office.

The Joys of Pet Adoption

Why adopt a pet when you can purchase exactly what you want from a breeder or a pet store?  Here are a few reasons why!

  • You can feel good about putting a small dent in the pet overpopulation problem.
  • Every time you look at your new pet you will know that you saved two lives – your pet’s and the animal who will be able to take your pet’s place in the shelter.
  • You know what you are getting- if you take home an adult animal you know what size, temperament, and medical issues you might be taking on.
  • Most shelter animals come fully vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed/neutered.  One less thing to worry about!
  • You will know for a fact that you are not supporting puppy mills or other irresponsible breeders.
  • Your new pet will likely come potty trained and socialized!
  • When you adopt a pet you inspire others to do the same.

So, inspire us!  Share your adoption story with us in the comments section.  We can’t wait to hear about how you and your pets found each other!

Cataract Awareness Month

It’s August, and that means that it is cataract awareness month!  Educate yourself on this common pet problem by reading our FAQs.

What is a cataract?

The eye contains a clear lens that helps the eye to focus.  Any opacity that develops in the lens is a cataract.  Very small cataracts may not cause a problem at all, but larger, cloudier opacities can cause blurry or even totally obscured vision.

If my pet’s eyes are cloudy, does that mean it has cataracts?

Most pets will start to have some hardening of the lens as they age.  This results in a grayish-blue haziness to the eye.  This is NOT a cataract and does not usually interfere with vision.

Why did my dog/cat develop cataracts?

Most cataracts are inherited and can occur at any age and develop at any speed in one or both eyes.  Diabetes or other ocular diseases can also cause cataracts to develop.

What can be done about cataracts?

There is nothing that can be done to reverse a cataract once it has developed.  For certain patients, a veterinary ophthalmologist can perform a surgery in which the lens is removed.  This is a delicate and involved procedure, however it can restore vision almost completely.

What if I don’t do surgery?

Most pets do well even if they are blinded by cataracts.  They should be monitored closely, however, as cataracts can lead to painful glaucoma or luxation (displacement) of the lens.