16 Oct

Why pets end up in shelters?

I was reading Tuft’s University “Your Dog” newsletter and was  intrigued by a short article with the same title as this blog. For years I have repeated the standard mantra that poor behavior resulted in dogs being abandoned. Well it turns out that this “fact” was based on research performed by the National Council on […]


3 Oct

CPR Classes for Dog and Cats – Are They Worth It?

There are a plethora of classes being offered to teach pet care professionals (non-veterinarians) CPR and almost an equal number of pet care professionals tout themselves as being CPR certified. That’s great – more education is always better than less. But is CPR where pet professionals should be spending their finite time and training resources? […]


28 Sep

World Rabies Day – September 28

At Pet Camp, we are extremely concerned with pets’ health & safety issues, while in the United States we almost never hear of a person dying from rabies every year some 55,000 people die from the rabies virus.  In Europe and the Americas the rare rabies deaths we do see are almost always caused by bat bites.  In […]


24 Sep

Dogs and Politics Day – September 23rd

Yes, it’s true there is a Dog in Politics Day. Now many think this simply confirms that most politicians are dogs – but we know that you can’t go around insulting dogs that way! Turns out that this holiday stems from the famous 1952 “Checkers” speech when then candidate for Vice President Richard Nixon introduced […]


7 Sep

Cat Talk

Get along better with your cat than anyone else?  You’re not alone.  A survey shows that 33% of cat owners reported communicating better with their cat than with their significant other and 31% say that after a rought day they’d prefer to talk to their cat than any person.  And who knows you best?  According to 39% […]


15 Aug

Pet Sitters vs. Pet Lodging: Which is Right for Your Dog?

When you’re unable to care for your dog, there are two main options:  you can bring your pet to a pet care facility or a pet sitter can come to your home.   At Pet Camp we understand that there is no single pet care services solution that is perfect for every dog.  Here are some […]


31 Jul

Update: Pet Camp Welcomes Our First Ambass-a-Dog!

The San Francisco Animal Care & Control (SF/ACC) is sure tossing homeless dogs around the city a bone with the introduction of their new WOOF, Ambass-a-Dogs, & Special Forces pilot program! Pet Camp is delighted to welcome our first Ambass-a-Dog – Sheba! Sheba was chosen to kick off the pilot program because she is extremely […]


19 Jul

WTF? Really, the cost of a dog bite is over $38,000?

According to StateFarm, California is number one — in dog bites.  The insurance company paid over $20 million in claims for 527 dog bites in California in 2011, averaging over $38,000 per claim. According to the New York TImes, the nationwide average is a bit lower at $29,000 per claim. I’m not belittling dog bites.  I’ve been […]


17 Jul

Walmart: Will you save money? Will your pet live better?

Last year we wrote about a proposed federal law that would require veterinarians to provide all pet owners with written information about off-site (read non-veterinarian) options to fill pet prescriptions (we’ve included the text of that blog below). The bill is still working its way through Congress but it has gotten new attention with the […]


10 Jul

Top Ten Reasons to Visit the Veterinarian

It’s true – this list is not nearly as entertaining as David Letterman’s, but it’s still pretty interesting. Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. has released its Top Ten reasons dogs and cats visited a veterinarian in 2011: Dogs Ear Infection Skin Allergies Skin Infection Noncancerous Skin Growth Upset Stomach Diarhea Arthritis Urinary Tract Infection Bruise or Contusion […]