Pet Food Recalls


See the latest pet food recalls compiled by a trusted source, The American Veterinary Medical Association.

Click the image to access recalls and alerts announced by the U.S. FDA and/or manufacturers in the last 90 days. You also can view recalls within the last year.


Advice for Cats

Encouraging Cats to Drink Water

When cats eat prey, their food has a high water content (about 70% water). Dry foods contain only 10% moisture, and canned foods are 70-80% moisture. Therefore, canned foods approximate the normal moisture intake from diet for a cat. Dry foods on the other hand require a terrific amount of water intake to increase the moisture in the intestine to that of the original cat diet. When cats fail to drink enough water, they can develop urinary problems from the high concentration of the urine that encourages the formation of crystals. Cats that have had urinary issues have a 90% recurrence rate of problems if there are no long term steps taken to avoid the crystals. Interestingly, in my experience, many of these cats seem to have problems around the same time each year – ie some have problems when the weather gets very hot, some have problems when the weather gets very cold, etc. Perhaps they don’t like to drink cold water, or maybe they fail to increase their water consumption as we all should when the weather gets hot. There are a number of ways to encourage moisture consumption to avoid these problems.

  • Feed canned food. While not every canned food prevents urinary crystals, canned food is a method of increasing moisture intake. Any cat that has had urinary issues should have their urine checked on the canned diet that they enjoy eating to insure that the urine appears to be adequately diluted and crystal free on that particular food. Changing foods can change the urine composition rapidly.
  • Many cats are very particular and prefer to drink only when the water is presented a certain way. I call them “fetish drinkers.” Maybe they like the water on the shower or bathtub after a bath, maybe they like the sink (drips from the faucet or drinking the water as it lands in the bowl of the sink), maybe they like a particular glass or bowl – whichever way they prefer their water, it is important for us to maintain fresh water in the way they prefer to encourage them to drink plenty of water.
  • Provide plenty of places for your cat to drink water. A bowl in each room or multiple drinking stations throughout your home make it less of an effort for your kitty to get a quick lap of water.
  • Buy a cat fountain. Most cats will drink more when they are presented with circulating water in a fountain. My favorite is called Cat Mate (not Pet Mate). It is simple to clean (important in keeping the water tasting fresh), very quiet (less scary for nervous cats), and provides water in a variety of ways which encourages cats to find the presentation site they prefer – ie small waterfall, a ramp, circulating pool, etc.
  • Consider methods of enhancing water to encourage water intake. Many of us will drink more liquids if we have flavored liquids like herbal teas or juices. Likewise, cats will often drink more water if we add flavor to the liquid. One way to flavor their water is to mix a can of tuna packed in water or canned chicken with about 3 cups of water. Mash the meat into the water, and then freeze the liquid and meat bits in an ice cube tray. Pop the cubes into a plastic bag, and keep in the freezer. You can thaw or warm one ice cube at a time to provide the flavored water that your cat may like.

During periods of intense crystal formation, I do recommend using a prescription food designed to prevent crystals. Ideally this would be the canned versions of these foods, but if your kitty will only eat dry make sure you are using these diets only. Start making modifications to encourage water consumption. Have the urine checked to insure that that the urine is becoming less concentrated and the crystals are no longer present.

It is important when urinary problems are present to try to encourage water consumption quickly. If you have ever made rock candy from sugar water, or watched sugar come out of solution at the bottom of a cup of tea as it cools, you will recognize that concentrated solutions can rapidly cause large accumulations of solid matter. In the case of the bladder, these are stones. Stones and crystalline debris can obstruct the urinary outflow from the bladder and lead to obstruction. This condition is an emergency, and cats will die if the urethral obstruction is not relieved within a very short period of time. If your kitty is trying to urinate and nothing is coming out, or only small amounts, please see a veterinarian immediately.

By Eleanor Dunn Veterinary House Calls


Refill Your Pets’ Prescriptions Online


Don’t have time to make a stop at The Grand Lake Vet? Order your pets’ prescription medications through our online pharmacy!

A warning from the FDA:
​Purchasing Pet Drugs Online: Buyer Beware
Be careful purchasing prescriptions for your pet from that are not affiliated with our hospital.


Online Pet Portal


Our Pet Portal can provide you and your pet with the following:

  • Ability to check your pet(s) history with our hospital and see the communications we have sent to you (email and text) through our communications software.
  • Decide how you would like us to communicate with you. Turn on/off email/text communications, i.e. you can turn off texts so we only send you emails. Its your choice!
  • Update your personal contact information.
  • Update your pet(s) information.
  • Request an appointment with us.
  • Provide feedback.
  • Refer a friend.
  • Order from our online pharmacy.

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Recommended Emergency Clinics & After Hours Care

If your pet has an urgent issue or an emergency and it is outside our normal business hours, please contact:

PETS Referral Center
1048 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94710
510-548-6684

VCA Bay Area Veterinary Specialists
14790 Washington Ave.
San Leandro, CA 94578
510-483-7387

SAGE Concord
1410 Monument Blvd
Concord, CA 94520
925-627-7243


Other Pet Resources

In Home Euthanasia: Peace for Pets
Saying goodbye is a pet owner’s most difficult task. Dr. Evelyn Ivey provides loving hospice and euthanasia services in the comfort of home. She provides consultations for pet owners who have questions about Quality of Life, Euthanasia, and other aspects of End of Life care. To learn more about Peace for Pets, or to contact Dr. Ivey, visit www.PeaceForPets.net.
Veterinary Partner
www.veterinarypartner.com
Do you have questions about animal health, medications, therapies, surgery, behavior, or safety? Learn more about a health issue concerning your pet.

Companion Animal Parasite Council
www.capcvet.org
The mission of CAPC is to foster animal and human health, while preserving the human-animal bond, through recommendations for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of parasitic infections.

Brushing Your Cat’s Teeth
Narrated, step-by-step instructions on how to brush your cat’s teeth.

Separation Anxiety
http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/top-tips-overcoming-separation-anxiety
For many dogs, even the slightest change in your daily routine can be upsetting. The experts at the ASPCA have outlined some tips for helping your pet overcome separation anxiety.

Veterinary Oral Health Council 
List of products proven to reduce tartar
Products included in the VOHC Accepted Product List have been tested under VOHC protocol requirements to prove that they meet or exceed the Veterinary Oral Health Council’s effectiveness standards for retarding accumulation of dental plaque and/or tartar (calculus). When used according to the directions on the product package, the product will be a useful home oral hygiene aid to help keep your pet’s mouth and teeth healthy. http://www.vohc.org/

The Dirt on Fleas
Watch Dr. Michael Dryden’s video below that discusses fleas and how to treat for them.


Canine Massage with Victoria Tugwell
http://www.thebodyworkadvantage.com
We are excited to partner with Victoria Tugwell, RVN, CAP, CBW, EBW, LVCYT. Call us today to see if massage with Victoria is appropriate for your doggie friend.
“Victoria became a qualified veterinary nurse with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons UK in 1987. Whilst working in the veterinary field, her roles have included managing the smooth running of hospital teams, surgical teams, training nurses, and starting and growing a satellite veterinary practice.
She has studied Canine Rehabilitation and Holistic Veterinary Medicine – Chi Institute Florida” (http://www.thebodyworkadvantage.com/id1.html).