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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.

Ask A Vet: The Truth About Pit Bulls

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!

Ask A Vet: Dog Beds vs. Human Beds

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!

Scenes of the City: Dogs at Play

For this week's "Scenes of the City", we visited several dog parks including Bernal Heights, Duboce Park and Corona Heights and captured some of the city's dog owners, dogs and dog parks.

All photos and copy by Joseph Schell

Trixie (right) and Shannon stop for a quick photo in Duboce Park.

Ask A Vet: Getting Your Puppy Fixed & Learning Dog Body Language

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 right age to have my puppy fixed?

Ask A Vet: Why Dogs Eat Grass & What To Do About It

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: Hi, Dr. Scarlett! I live in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco, which means I have to watch my dog closely while we go for walks given the large amount of debris. While I haven't changed my dog's diet, I have noticed that he chews and eats the grass in the boulevards when we go for walks. Why do dogs do this, and are there any risks?

Ask a Vet: Warning Signs for Irresponsible Breeders

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 New Year's resolution is to get a french bulldog. Where can I get one and not pay billions of dollars for him/her?

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