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SF SPCA's Case for Dogs at the Office

Today is National Take Your Dog To Work Day. Dr. Jennifer Scarlett at the SF SPCA makes the case for why pups are great for the workplace any day. Here's her rationale:

It's been proving that having animals in the workplace improves morale, boosts relationships amongst employees and increases productivity.  

Overall, we know that working in a happy, open and creative environment is good for business – it increases staff retention and decreases absenteeism rates — and you don't have to stress about whether your pup is alright at home.

Estate Planning For You and Your ... Pet

You never know what's going to happen in life, which is why everyone should live by the Boy Scout's motto: be prepared. Luckily, the SF SPCA thinks of everything. This weekend, they're hosting a seminar called Estate Planning for You and Your Pet, featuring a panel of experts to help you make tough decisions when you need to.

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?
 

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