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Hank gets ready for a safe summer adventure

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Hank, a Boston Terrier, wears a life vest

Hank, a Boston Terrier, is getting ready to go kayaking in the Elkhorn Slough Reserve at Moss Landing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Hank is bundled up in his Fido Float.

It’s time to get your pet ready for summer. Give Alison a call for a grooming appointment (760) 436-6619. Also remember to keep an eye out for hot spots on your dog’s skin.

The life of Chip

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Here’s a nice blog, Chip Picschip as a tiny, baby chipmunk, about a hiker who discovers a nearly frozen, barely alive chipmunk. She was able to nurse the little guy back to life and he has become a part of the family.

Here was Chip as I found him: curled up, cold, appearing to be dead, in the middle of a trail in the Olympics.

Over the next hour, as I held him in my hand, he warmed up and started to move. Here he is nestled in my fleece hat. He’s just a few weeks old … eyes still closed, very immature.
The life of Chip

Tasty Liver Cookies for your Dog

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Black Lab at Alcala Pet CareYou know it is Thanksgiving time when the smell of these liver cookies fills the air at Alcala. We’ve been making batches of these goodies for our guests for many years. In fact, we originally published this recipe on our Alcala Pet Care web site 10 years ago.

Dogs absolutely love this recipe. What’s not to enjoy, you’ve got liver and garlic? You can vary the recipe by adding an egg, fresh garlic, different types of flour, etc. Feel free to play with the recipe. Your dog will love anything with that much liver.

  • 1 pound of raw liver
  • 1 cup flour—- (whole wheat works well)
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Liquefy liver in blender, do not use a hand-held blender stick. I made that mistake and burned out the motor. Add dry ingredients to the liver. Grease cookie sheet. Drop teaspoonfuls of mixture onto cookie sheet and flatten with bottom of glass dipped in water and cornmeal.  Alternatively, you can spread the liver mixture over an entire cookie pan and cut them into cubes after the sheet has cooled.

Bake for 15-20 minutes. This makes a huge batch.

The aroma is better for the dogs than company, so don’t cook them the day of a big party. You’ll want to keep the finished cookies in the refrigerator.

These are also great for training your dog. Dog shows are filled with people carrying liver treats in their coat pockets.

Dog vaccination schedules by Dr. Jean Dobbs

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

puppies-grassDr. Jean Dobbs is not one to follow the pack when it comes to animal health. She’s opened minds about hyperthyroidism, animal blood banks, and the most effective vaccination protocols for your pets. Unlike other veterinarians; Dobbs recommends fewer vaccinations with strategic timing, rather than an annual series of shots.

The Jean Dobb’s vaccination schedule has been published many times on the internet. Alcala Pet Care requires the industry standard vaccinations, and rabies is required by law. However, we will honor the alternative vaccination schedule, with written notification from your veterinarian. Rabies, however, is always required. Your dog must have a current bordatella vaccination before visiting a kennel, play park, or daycare facility.

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For the pet dog that has everything

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Where do you find that special toy or furniture for the dog that has everything?

bent plywood bed for a catThe big box stores have lots of stuff, but haven’t you seen the same toys and outfits on a dozen other dogs?

The Alcala Pet Care shoppers have been keeping an eye out for the more unique boutiques and shops. The following is a growing list of places to find fun, unusual, healthy, and luxurious items for your dog.

Shop till you drop

We can’t guarantee the quality of these shops, just the selections. Please let us know if you have good/bad responses.

What are your favorite shops? Leave a comment below.