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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?

Celebrate Your Love of Pets at Petchitecture 16, Benefitting PAWS at The Palace Hotel

It's no secret San Franciscans love their pets—just take a look at our 2011 Cutest Dog Poll's comments section for evidence—so we're excited to give you one more opportunity to show off just how adorable they are to the rest of the world. Behold, this year's 16th annual Petchitecture Gala benefitting PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support), taking place at the Palace Hotel on April 23rd.

And the 2011 7x7 Dog Poll Winner Is...

We've always known San Francisco to be a dog-lovin' city, but the heights of our collective obsession really became apparent in this year's 7x7 Dog Poll. The 2011 class of canine cuties inspired more than 25,000 votes, as well as a crop of dog-dedicated Twitter feeds, Facebook fan pages and Flickr accounts. (Also, it must be noted that only in SF would a dog be named Jpeg. We're hoping that we get a CSS, a jQuery and a .Gif next year). 

We picked the original 50 doggie finalists a few weeks ago by photo alone, narrowing it down from over 400 submissions. And the final 7 candidates -- who represented a great range of pooches from large to small, puppy to old-timer -- each had their own lively fan bases.

Ask a Vet: How To Train Hungry Lab Puppies

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: We have a new Labrador puppy that is not a "self feeder"... he is, well, a garbage disposal. Is there any way to train our new hungry puppy?

A: By garbage disposal do you mean your Lab puppy eats everything in site and/or eats really fast?  It isn’t unusual for Labs to do both.  If you get a couple of veterinarians in a room we’ll start talking about all the amazing things we’ve had to surgically remove from dogs—especially Labs.

How Do Seagulls Know When A Baseball Game Is Over?

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!

Giants' opening day is coming up on March 31st in LA, with their first home game on April 8th. That's why the SF SPCA turns its lens on seagulls, AT&T Park's resident wildlife, for this week's Ask A Vet.

Q: How do seagulls know when a baseball game is almost over? It seems like they show up in the seventh inning of every home game!

The Whole Enchihuahua

SF SPCA

Thank you to everyone who came to Dolores Park last Sunday, May 1st for...

The Whole Enchihuahua The Whole Enchihuahua

The winning dog in our Costume Contest was Chiquita, whose human Deanna helped her channel her inner Frida Kahlo.

Ask A Vet: How Do You Introduce Your Dog to Your Newborn?

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: What is the best way to introduce our newborn to our miniature pincher and poodle at home?
 
A: While Mom and baby are in the hospital, bring home some newborn items (such as blanket, or clothing) to introduce to the dog to the baby’s scent. This will lessen the “newness” when the introduction is made.  

Ask A Vet: What Are The Benefits Of Homemade Dog Food?

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 been hearing a lot about homemade dog food. Are there benefits to making my pooches food from scratch? What are the best ingredients for dog food?

Ask A Vet: Are Cats or Dogs Better For City Life?

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: Cat or Dog? Which makes a better pet for City living?

A: Both cats and dogs make wonderful pets and will bring more joy into your home than you can imagine. Don’t be deterred by your urban setting in considering adding a pet to your life.

7x7's Dog Poll: The Search for San Francisco's Cutest Pooch

Every day, I look forward to my morning walk through Duboce Park on the way to the N train. The dog scene there is a constantly evolving comedy (and sometimes drama) of cliques, patrol groups, and ball-chasing competitions. One thing that's unwavering, however, is the adoration owners have for their pets. Everyone thinks that their dog - purebred or mutt - is the cutest.

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