Gratitude

 As the holiday season wraps up and we are greeted with the quiet promise of a whole new year, I find myself thinking about gratitude. Holidays are meant to be full of joy but for many they can also remind us of the absence of a loved one. When you sit down to the...

Guinea Pig Health

 Guinea pigs are charming little pets with great big personality.  Most of the diseases we see associated with these little friends are rooted in husbandry problems. It is hard to know exactly how to house and feed your guinea pig since recommendations have changed...

Chronicles of Finnegan

 It’s been a little while since we’ve given an update on our handsome young cat Finnegan. He passed his first birthday recently and we continue to revel in his substantial purring and penchant for collapsing bodily on top of you when he wants a cuddle. Finn has always...

When is My Puppy Safe?

 It’s that time of year and puppies are arriving in the practice for their puppy series vaccinations.  Most puppy owners recognize the importance of puppy vaccination and the value of preventing diseases like distemper and parvovirus.  However, many new owners are...

Foxtails

In golden Southern California, there is nothing like going outside with your dog once spring and summer set in. I recently hiked Towsley canyon with my children enjoying the hillsides covered with lupines and golden poppies. But another plant I saw everywhere along...

Eyes like Ours

Did you know that animals suffer from many of the same eye problems that we do?  Clinical signs like red eyes, rubbing at the eyes and tear staining can be signs of eye problems and generally mean a trip to the vet is in order. Eye problems can be very painful and...

Pudgy Pets

 At Copper Hill Animal Clinic, we absolutely understand how difficult it is to maintain a healthy weight in a pet who gazes up at us so beseechingly while we eat something particularly aromatic at the dinner table. How could it hurt to give one sliver of chicken, a...

Passion in Dental Care

Pet dental health is a passion of mine. I was fortunate to study under one of the east coast’s prominent board-certified veterinary dentists and ever since have been amazed by the many and varied repercussions of good dental health. Bad breath, swelling of the cheeks,...

The Kitten Chronicles Introducing Finn

We recently added a charming kitten to our household and he has the biggest purr in the universe. Finn was adopted from a wonderful local cat rescue called Forgotten Angels. Many of my clients have questions about adding a new pet to their home so I thought I would...

The Kitten Chronicles: Meet Finn!

 As an owner of a small business, a mother of two, and already having a fair number of pets, I was not in the market for another cat.  Sometimes however, a kitten comes along who gives you no say in the matter. At Copper Hill Animal Clinic, we run our own kitten...

Kitten Adoption

 Many veterinary clinics have kittens and cats for adoption and Copper Hill Animal Clinic is no exception. This year has seen a bumper crop in kittens!  Here are a few medical tips for anyone adding a new kitten to the household. First, get your kitten a veterinary...

What is a Cat Friendly Practice?

 A Cat Friendly Practice, as designated by the American Association of Feline Practitioners, is a veterinary practice which is especially sensitive to the distinct characteristics of felines and is equipped to address both their physical and behavioral needs....

Covered for Emergencies

 A medical emergency is every pet owner’s worst-case scenario. A previously active dog ruptures a ligament in its knee and now can barely walk. A kitty accidentally gets out of the house and is hit by a car. The good news is that the quality of care available from a...

Tick Talk, it’s Time for Ticks!

  California is a great place for ticks to thrive since temperate climates don’t force them to go dormant in the winter. Taking walks at Central park or Placerita Canyon Nature Center are some of the great joys of living in Santa Clarita but you don’t want to come...

Lymphoma in Pets

 In my opinion, cancer is the plague of this generation. I know few who have not been touched by cancer’s icy claws. Personally, I have lost both a dog and cat to cancer and both times it was lymphoma. In the past several months at Copper Hill Animal Clinic we said...