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Ask A Vet: Massages & Other Remedies for Cat Arthritis

Welcome to our weekly 'Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA' feature on 7x7.com. They've enlisted their Co-President, Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, to answer your questions every week. Got a question for Dr. Scarlett? Ask away in the comments!

Q: My cat lives in my hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii, is 15 and has arthritis. She's small but getting frail, and my mom is always giving her gentle massages to make her feel better. Is it okay to do that for kitties with arthritis? And what are some other remedies to give her for arthritis pain besides pain medicine?

It's a Hard Knock Life for an Ocean Beach-Loving Dog

My favorite time to walk my dog on Ocean Beach is during a negative low tide, when the ocean pulls back into itself and reveals a wide-open expanse of wet sand. You can walk south towards Fort Funston and basically go forever. It’s even better if it’s just after a rain, because then the beach is empty. Just me and the dog. I love it.

But that’s probably going to change.

Ask A Vet: Helping Your Cat Get Rid of Severe Dander

Welcome to our weekly 'Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA' feature on 7x7.com. They've enlisted their Co-President, Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, to answer your questions every week. Got a question for Dr. Scarlett? Ask away in the comments!

Q: I have a mature cat (around 12 years old)...he's been experiencing severe cat dander (the worst I have ever seen...lots and lots of flakes all over his coat). At first I thought perhaps he was just getting old because he has up-to-date shots and his flea/tick medicine is current. He is also severely over-weight. We've tried everything to get him to lose weight, but to no avail. Other than his weight his last couple of vet visits have said he's perfectly healthy. Any ideas?
 

Ask A Vet: Should You Splurge on Flea & Tick Medication?

Welcome to our weekly 'Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA' feature on 7x7.com. They've enlisted their Co-President, Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, to answer your questions every week. Got a question for Dr. Scarlett? Ask away in the comments!

Q: I've heard some of the flea and tick prevention medications can be dangerous and even harmful. What is the best and safest way to treat my animals?

Ask A Vet: How To Calm Your Nerves (And Your Dog's) at the Vet's

Welcome to our weekly 'Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA' feature on 7x7.com. They've enlisted their Co-President, Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, to answer your questions every week. Got a question for Dr. Scarlett? Ask away in the comments!

Q: Every time I take my dog to the vet I get nervous for her. I'm pretty sure she can feel my nerves, because she gets nervous too. What's the best way to keep my dog calm when going to the vet?

Frida Kahlo and Other Dog Costume Awesomeness from The Whole Enchihuahua in Dolores Park

Lookin' good, SF chihuahuas! The contestants in this year's The Whole Enchihuahua dressed to the nines and strutted their stuff down the runway at Dolores Park last Sunday.

The winning costume went to Frida Kahlo (above). Her doggie unibrow is truly something else.

The Whole Enchihuahua: A Cinco de Mayo Chihuahua Party in Dolores Park This Sunday

You wouldn't know it from Taco Bell commercials and perezhilton.com, but California chihuahuas have hit some rough times. The Golden State has a massive overpopulation of chihuahuas, so much so that Virgin America has chartered flights of them out of California to New York for adoptions, where they're apparently in higher demand.

With Cinco de Mayo around the corner, 7x7 and the SF SPCA are doing what we can for the little guys by throwing them a party in Dolores Park this Sunday, May 1. We're calling it The Whole Enchihuahua because it's big time. We're talking a chihuahua meet-up and adoption booth,  a Cinco de Mayo-themed doggie costume contest, SF mariachi band Trio Sol de America and all your favorite Off the Grid food trucks.

Ask A Vet: Is Your Dog Scared of Car Rides?

Welcome to our weekly 'Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA' feature on 7x7.com. They've enlisted their Co-President, Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, to answer your questions every week. Got a question for Dr. Scarlett? Ask away in the comments!

Q: Our dog gets crazy anxiety every time we take a car ride. She can't sit still and she's very shaky. What can we do to help her and make car rides more pleasant?
 

Mission: Cats, SF's New Cat Hotel

We're pretty keen on dogs over here at 7x7–if you haven't noticed–but it's time to give some love to our other favorite furry household companions, cats. There's a new kitty hotel in San Francisco called Mission: Cats, which combines everyone's love of live cat webcams (owners can check in on their cats while they're out of town) with plush digs for your cat to get comfortable in when you're on that much-needed vacation.

Ask A Vet: How To Tell If Your Dog Has A Cold

Welcome to our weekly 'Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA'  feature on 7x7.com. They've enlisted their Co-President, Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, to answer your questions every week. Got a question for Dr. Scarlett? Ask away in the comments!

Q: Sometimes my pooch has a little cough. Should I be worried? How do I know if she has a doggie cold? What are the symptoms?

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