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.
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.
Animal Update: What To Do If You Find Injured WildlifeDr. 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.
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.
Animal Update: Avoiding And Treating Heat Stroke For PetsSummer 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.
Animal Update: Taking Dogs On Summer Road TripsTips from the SF SPCA's Dr. Jennifer Scarlett on how to make the most of a road trip with your dog.
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”.
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.
Animal Update: Looking For Pica In Pets And How To Treat ItIf 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.
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.
Animal Update: Breast Cancer in DogsThough surprising to some, breast cancer is one of the most common cancers found in female dogs, but pet owners should know there are ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the cancer.
KCBS Animal Update: The Evolution Of Cat Litter Dr. Jennifer Scarlett informs us that kitty litter has only been around since the 1940s, meaning having cats as full-time indoor pets is a relatively new thing and that we're still learning about their behavior.
KCBS Animal Update: Animal-Assisted TherapyDr. Jennifer Scarlett with the SF SPCA talks about the benefits of Animal-Assisted Therapy and how you can get your pet training so that they can help others in need.
KCBS Animal Update: Living With Animals Adapting To Urban EnvironmentsDr. Jennifer Scarlett with the SF SPCA says animals adapting to the urban environment is about more than just squirrels learning how to steal your sandwich at the park from one another and that we should learn to live in harmony.
KCBS Animal Update: Tail Wagging Might Not Mean Dogs Are HappyWe love it when we see a dog wagging its tail and we assume they’re happy, but is it really that simple? Dr. Jennifer Scarlett with the San Francisco SPCA says “of course not”.