3 Tales of Thanksgiving Pet Hazards—And How to Avoid Them

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and we know that many of our clients are already planning and preparing for the big day. As a kid, Thanksgiving seemed to magically happen—little did we realize that the wonderful holiday required so much time and hard work. Everyone has a long to-do list, but pet owners have the added [...]

Treats Not Tricks: Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

According to the National Retail Foundation, Americans spent almost half a billion dollars on pet Halloween costumes in 2019. And, while the Livermore Family Pet Hospital team can’t say for certain that every one of the estimated 29 million dogs and cats enjoyed dressing up as hot dogs, unicorns, or cowboys, we can help you [...]

How To Assess Your Senior Pet’s Quality of Life

We all deserve a high-quality life in which we continue to enjoy some of our favorite activities and can independently continue to perform most activities of daily living such as eating and bathing—and the same is true for our pets. Quality of life becomes an especially important topic as pets age, because they often develop [...]

5 Ways to Make Back-to-School Time Easier On Your Pet

As the summer comes to an end, your mind is likely filled with all the necessary to-dos and the supplies to buy to ensure your kids are ready to head back to school. While you may embrace all the chaos that comes with purchasing pens and paper, scheduling physicals and vaccinations, and finding the perfect [...]


Since May 2022 there have been over 3,000 cases of monkeypox identified outside of endemic regions, with 156 cases identified in the United States. With…

Have a Cool Summer With Your Pet Despite the Heat

California’s summer temperatures sizzle, and while you can cool off with a refreshing iced beverage, dip in the pool, and blast from the AC, your pet relies on you to help them beat the heat, and prevent heat-related illnesses, including heatstroke, which can be life-threatening. Read our Livermore Family Pet Hospital team’s tips to help [...]

Stars and Stripes Fur-ever—July Fourth Pet Safety

Traditional July Fourth celebrations can be overwhelming for some pets. The tantalizing smell of grilling meat, the sight of kids splashing in the pool, and the deafening boom of fireworks can trigger uncharacteristic and dangerous pet behavior. Don’t let your July Fourth party fizzle out because you didn’t prepare for your pet and their possible [...]

5 Simple Ways to Add Years to Your Pet’s Life

You try to take care of yourself by exercising, eating healthy foods, and seeing your physician regularly, and your pet can benefit from the same proper preventive care. Our team at Livermore Family Pet Hospital wants to help by explaining simple ways you can prolong your pet’s life. #1: Ensure your pet sees a veterinarian [...]

Me-OW! Alternatives to Declawing Your Cat

Scratching is a natural and healthy cat behavior, but this doesn’t make your scratched furniture, door frames, or curtains easier to accept. Cat owners commonly complain about their cat’s inappropriate scratching which, unfortunately, is a frequent reason cats are surrendered to shelters.  Inappropriate scratching is often motivated by stress, anxiety, lack of resources, or training. [...]

Bloodwork 101: Understanding Your Pet’s Blood Tests

At some point in your pet’s life, they will need blood testing. Whether as part of a pre-anesthetic evaluation or to help diagnose disease, laboratory tests are important tools used throughout your pet’s life, for a variety of reasons. But, while you may be a doting pet owner, willing to do whatever your veterinarian recommends, [...]

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