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United States Shorthair Cat Breeds

Published by VCA Inc. in Cat Breed, Cats, Pets, shorthair December 9, 2016

Cat enthusiasts may easily identify a cat’s breed at first glance. However, with so many cat breeds throughout the world, many are harder to identify. Also, where many cat breeds originate from is a mystery to most cat fanciers. For this reason, we will be breaking down cat breeds by country, starting with the United States.  As so...

BenBen, Saddest Cat on the Internet Raises Money to Save Strays

Published by VCA Inc. in Associate Veterinary Clinics, Canada, Cats, Happy Tails, Lifesaving, Pets, Shelters & Rescues November 30, 2016

Meet BenBen from Vancouver.  Dubbed the ‘saddest cat on the Internet’ due to his worried look and down-turned eyes, BenBen was rescued back in April. Not only was BenBen in bad shape, but he was only one day away from being euthanized.  A BC SPCA officer brought him in to the Vancouver Animal Emergency and Referral Centre. He needed immediate...

Shelter Puppy Receives Rare Life-Saving Heart Surgery

Published by VCA Inc. in Dogs, Happy Tails, Lifesaving, Pets, Puppy, Shelters & Rescues, VCA Animal Hospitals November 29, 2016

As an animal behaviorist and trainer of animals, Cynthia Royal has worked with a wide variety of domestic and exotic animals from birds to zebra. “While every animal encounter is an exciting, enjoyable adventure, only a few have captured my heart enough to make them a permanent member of my family.  Then, one night on the evening news,...

National Pet Cancer Awareness Month – Maddox’s Story

Published by VCA Inc. in Cancer, Cats, Dogs, Lifesaving, Pets, VCA Animal Hospitals November 27, 2016

In honor of National Pet Cancer Awareness Month, the team at VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists wanted to tell a story that is personal to their hospital. This is Maddox’s story. His owner noticed a slight limp after playing at Chrissy Field, which turned out to be osteosarcoma, a bone tumor. VCA wanted to tell his story to build...

Saving Shadow – VCA & Marley’s Mutts

As the holidays grow near, we often reflect on moments that stick with us, and when it comes to animal welfare, there are many. Saving the lives of dogs in need is simply a day in the life for the folks at Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue (MMDR), based out of Kern County, CA.  In late 2014 Ashley, an...

Pet Food Pantry Winter Food Drives

Published by VCA Inc. in Cats, Charities, Dogs, Holidays, Pet Food Pantry, Pets November 17, 2016

VCA Charities and Hills Nutrition have teamed up once again for the Pet Food Pantry Winter Food Drive in Sacramento, CA. Although the Pet Food Pantry provides pet food throughout the year in partnership with other food pantries for the homeless, the Winter Food Drive provides a chance for other much needed donations to come in and be...

Puppy vs Stairs

Published by VCA Inc. in Dogs, Pets, Puppy November 15, 2016

When you first bring a puppy into a new home, they have so much to explore! New sights, new sounds, and new obstacles to overcome. A puppy, just like a new baby, must learn how to walk, run, and yes how to walk up and down those stairs! Stairs like many other new things in the house are...

Breed of the Week – Exotic Shorthair Cat

Published by VCA Inc. in Breed of the Week, Cat Breed, Cats, Pets, shorthair November 12, 2016

Although most cat breeds are shorthaired, the Exotic Shorthair is in a class of its own. The name exotic can be a bit misleading however since this kitty was bred in the US around the 1960’s. This Persian lookalike comes with the same amount of cuteness and a lot less grooming. The Feline Facts Ancestors / Breeding:  Persian, Burmese,...