24 Sep

California Insurance Commissioner Goes to the Dogs, and the Cats, and the …

For many years California’s Insurance Commissioner has been tasked with reviewing both the cost and implementation of insurance policies sold to California residents.  Traditionally this has focused on those mundane insurance things like auto, home & health – well if A.B. 2056 is signed into law by the Governor, the Insurance Commission will also have the […]

18 Sep

Declawing Cats Finally Called Amputation

Declawing cats has been illegal in San Francisco since 2009.  The last time I even had a serious conversation about declawing a cat was during the height of the AIDs epidemic when some of my friends argued that it was the only way they would be able to keep a cat in their lives. That said, it remains […]

10 Sep

Resource Guarding in Dogs

I use the term resource guarding all the time at San Francisco’s Pet Camp to refer to a dog who “guards” its food or belongings from people or other dogs and who reacts when you try and take those objects away. I thought this is what the term meant and how pretty much everyone used it […]

3 Sep

Fear Factor

I was reading this month’s DVM360 magazine’s article on the need for veterinarians to prioritize the emotional wellbeing of their patients, and it said some things about stress in pets that took me aback. Frankly, I was really surprised by both the content and tone of the article and here’s why. Dogs and cats have […]

26 Aug

Biotech Drugs for Pets

August is National Pet Immunization month and while we’re all familiar with the standard vaccines, according to a recent article in The New York Times, pet medications may be entering a brave new world. Traditionally pet vaccines and medications have been developed by big pharmaceutical companies who first focus on developing products for livestock and then […]

6 Aug

The Mystery of the Cat Purr

This blog post is by David Aguilar, front desk counselor We all love when our kitties purr with delight. People have been puzzled for centuries on how and why they do it. Cats purr when they are content, but also when injured, under distress or in labor. Cats can purr uninterrupted while inhaling and exhaling. […]

30 Jul

What’s Up With San Francisco’s Dog Safety Net?

For the second time in as many months we’ve been confronted with the possibility of a dog being abandoned at Pet Camp. This kind of stuff hasn’t happened since the first dot-com boom in the late 1990s (so be aware, San Francisco City planners, if you think the current boom is going to last forever […]

23 Jul

Washington Post Blog Blasts Shelter Dogs

Last week, the Washington Post posted a blog entitled, “Why I’d Never Adopt A Shelter Dog Again.” While we posted a link to the blog on our Facebook page when we saw it, we thought the blog deserved more discussion. The author maintains that adopting dogs at a shelter is a “crap shoot” and you […]

16 Jul

Dog Discrimination in Ireland

Earlier this summer we took a trip to Ireland. Sure we saw Virginia’s family farm and castle (seriously there was once a clan castle — 600 years ago), but we also visited several lodging facilities (based on what we saw there’s room for a Pet Camp Ireland location),  played with several Irish Wolfhounds, and saw this amazing […]

9 Jul

Moving with Cats

By Leeann Berry, Cat Safari Ranger Over the last few months I have had to move a couple of times, once with one cat and just recently with two. The specific circumstances are complicated and boring to say the least, so I will skip over why it has happened this way. However, I have gleaned […]