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A diamond and gold dog collar modelled by Richie (with Flo). Harrods department store on November 29, 2007 in London, England.  (Photo by Rosie Greenway/Getty Images)

Animal Update: Positive Reinforcement Trumps Prong Collars When Leash-Training Dogs

Some dog owners use prong collars in order to get their pets to obey, but some animal experts are not encouraging their use and provide alternatives to the “medieval” training device.

08/04/2014

Sea Stars

Animal Update: What’s Causing Millions Of Starfish To Die Along The Pacific Coast?

In recent months, starfish, also known as sea stars, have been dying by the millions up and down the Pacific Coast. Over 20 species have been affected according to Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, a veterinarian with the San Francisco SPCA.

07/28/2014

King Neptune the sea lion was found in Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf on August 17, 2011 with an apparent gunshot wound. He is being treated at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. (Marine Mammal Center)

Animal Update: What To Do If You Find Injured Wildlife

Dr. Jennifer Scarlett from SF’s SPCA says coming across injured wildlife in the Bay Area may be common especially during the summer. She has tips on handling these types of situations.

07/21/2014

Medical marijuana at a dispensary. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Animal Update: More Bay Area Dogs Headed To Clinics With Marijuana Poisoning

Dr. Jennifer Scarlett says the trend of dogs being rushed to clinics with marijuana poisoning is a reality for the Bay Area and has some advice if your pet encounters what could be a very scary ordeal.

07/14/2014

dog in car

Animal Update: Avoiding And Treating Heat Stroke For Pets

Summer is here and sometimes it can be a troublesome time for pets (dogs especially) who can easily suffer heat stroke if you don’t take some basic precautions.

06/23/2014

2 of 14 dogs rescued from inside a car in Monterey (CBS)

Animal Update: Taking Dogs On Summer Road Trips

Tips from the SF SPCA’s Dr. Jennifer Scarlett on how to make the most of a road trip with your dog.

06/09/2014

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Animal Update: Exotic Animals As Pets

The legality of owning exotic animals varies in the United States across state lines. Dr. Jennifer Scarlett with the San Francisco SPCA calls the country a “patchwork of laws”.

05/12/2014

Kittens.

KCBS Animal Update: Foster Care For Kittens

Is it kitten season at the animal shelter? Dr. Jennifer Scarlett with the SF SPCA says judging by the bags under her eyes that yes, it is.

04/28/2014

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Animal Update: Looking For Pica In Pets And How To Treat It

If a remote control looks appetizing to your pet or dirt, rocks or any assortment of other non-nutritive things, it may be because they are suffering from a disorder called pica, which can actually affect humans too.

03/17/2014

(Photo Credit: Jordan Spielman)

KCBS Animal Update: Harbor Seals’ Seafood Diet—Similar To Humans, Aids In Research

Dr. Jennifer Scarlett with the SF SPCA says Harbor seals are helping with human health research because they live on or near the shore and eat similar seafood to humans.

03/10/2014

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