Noise Phobic or Just Needy?

Mon, 16 July 2012 by Dr. Fincher

The day when the sky explodes has just passed (I figure that’s how our noise sensitive friends feel), I thought I’d take this opportunity to give some info, hints and tricks to help Independence Day pass with a little less trauma to all next year. Before we touch on suggestions, I’d like to try to

Over the Rainbow Bridge

Mon, 25 June 2012 by Dr. Fincher

I love my pets.  I enjoy how Bentley says “helloooooo” in his funny little howl when I haven’t paid enough attention to him.  I like how Nessa lets the kids roll around on her and can’t get enough attention (ok, maybe I don’t like that all the time, but it is endearing!).  My favorite is

Creepy Crawlies

Thu, 07 June 2012 by Dr. Fincher

Parasite Prevention I don’t like creepy crawlies.  They give me the heebie jeebies.   After I see a flea on an exam table I confess, I feel a little itchy for the rest of the day.  I don’t think I’m alone in these feelings; I’ve heard many an owner shudder with disgust when describing the worms,

Hot Eats or Cool Treats

Thu, 24 May 2012 by Dr. Fincher

This story starts on a snowy day in Kansas.  It’s evening and despite the below freezing temperatures, biting winds and foot of snow on the ground, nature calls and the dogs need to answer.  After several minutes, Bentley requests to be let in and Nessa comes running when called.  Before my husband lets her in,

The Obesity Epidemic

Wed, 16 May 2012 by Dr. Fincher

Even though we know that owners hate hearing it and we always feel a little bad saying it, one of the most common phrases I utter as a veterinarian is as follows; “Fluffy/Scruffy/Bobo is a bit overweight.”  We try to spare your feelings as best we can, but when it comes down to it, our

Introducing Dr. Meghan Fincher

Wed, 11 April 2012 by Dr. Fincher

I thought I would use this first blog entry to introduce myself;  I am Dr. Meghan Fincher.  I recently joined the staff at Central Animal Hospital and am very excited to be a part of this talented team!  My family and I moved to the Bay Area last June from Kansas where I was a

How to Care for your Aging Dog

Fri, 02 September 2011 by Dr. Fincher

A dog that is seven years or older is considered middle- to senior- aged. Like humans, when dogs reach their ‘golden years’, their movements and metabolism start to slow. Their bodies have difficulty absorbing nutrients, and their joints and muscles become weaker. They will also start graying around the face, and their eyes become cloudy. They become more

How to Take Care of Your Cat’s Teeth

Fri, 26 August 2011 by Dr. Fincher

Seventy five percent of cats develop serious dental problems over the course of their lives.  Teeth and gum infections can cause pain, result in losing teeth and even damage to internal organs. These dental problems can be avoided through preventive oral hygiene techniques. The most common of these is Periodontitis. When tartar starts to build

How do I know if my dog has an ear problem?

Fri, 15 July 2011 by Dr. Fincher

Often called ‘OTITIS’ ‘TAKE A WHIFF’–a sour smell isoften the first indication of Otitis.  Also, shaking and scratching at the ears with associated redness. Not sure?  email us at with your questions  or make an appointment with us. The general term otitis refers to inflammation of the ear. The ear consists of three regions:

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