Welcome Back Special

There's still time to take advantage of the Good Sam Welcome Back Special! We understand how difficult it can be to keep up with all of the demands on your time and how quickly that time seems to fly by. Start the New Year out right by catching your pet(s) up on their wellness exams! We are offering one free exam per household for one existing patient who hasn't been seen in over 18 months (prior to June 2015). This offer expires on February 28th, 2017 so set up an appointment today!
 

Keep Your Pet Healthy

In our last two newsletters, we broke down your pet's wellness care into daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly tasks. Looking after pets can be overwhelming, especially with so much conflicting information out there. We recommend establishing a regular routine and setting up a reminder system to make it as easy as possible.

You can read the entire two-part article here and here, but here's a short sample to get you started:

Daily: Spending quality time with your pet seems like a no-brainer, but when our lives get busy, it's easy to feed and forget, especially with cats! The predominant myth is that cats need less attention than dogs, but that's not true. Take your pets for a walk, play fetch or catch the feather toy, or simply sit on the couch and tell them about your day. Petting your cat or dog is good for everyone's health and it gives you a chance to monitor their health by checking for lumps, tangles, and funny odors. Besides, after an exhausting day, there's nothing more soothing than a purring cat on your lap or listening to the happy sound of a wagging tail.

Weekly: If you've brought your pet to us before then our doctors will have talked to you about brushing your pet's teeth. Oral health is important! Periodontal disease is all too common and it can cause serious illnesses. What's frustrating is that it's super easy to prevent. Give us a call anytime if you'd like to find out how you can start brushing your pet's teeth. You can also watch our How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth video featuring our very own Chris the super tech and Robbie the wonder dog.

Monthly: Fleas are everywhere! And with our gorgeous year-round California weather, all pets (even indoor-only ones) need a monthly flea preventative. Not only will you repel fleas and prevent an infestation, you're also protecting your pet from icky things like tapeworms, dermatitis, and haemobartonellosis. Make sure to only use a brand that's recommended by veterinary professionals. Just give us a call to see which one is best for your pet.

Find out what else you can do to keep your pet healthy by reading the rest of our two-part article here and here, If you'd like to subscribe to our newsletter for more health tips, you can sign up here.

Rainy Weather Tips

It's raining in California! While we have umbrellas and jackets to protect us from the weather, consider the following tips and activities to help your pet stay happy and safe:

  • For timid dogs who won't go outside when it's raining, use positive reinforcement to reassure them that there's nothing to be afraid of. Walk them in a sheltered area or use an umbrella so they can do their business in comfort. 
     
  • Help outdoor cats stay warm and dry. If they don't have access to a garage or shed, consider making them a DIY shelter. It's easy and affordable. Just cut a hole out of a large styrofoam box or Rubbermaid storage bin. Line the interior with loose insulation material that can dry quickly and hold in warmth.
     
  • Keep indoor cats and dogs from going stir crazy by hiding treats and toys around the house. Introduce new games into their daily schedule like playing fetch down the hallway or chase the string over the couch.

We've got more rainy weather tips in our latest newsletter right here!

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Future topics in January will cover:

  • weekly, monthly, and annual tasks to help your pet live a long and healthy life
  • reasons behind perplexing dog behaviors like eating food away from their bowls
  • easy tips to combat pet obesity 
  • signs that your cat is in pain and what you can do about it
  • ways to socialize your puppy

Happy 2017! We're looking forward to an amazing year with all of you!

Welcome Back Special

 
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We understand how difficult it can be to keep up with all of the demands on your time and how quickly time seems to fly by. Start the New Year out right by catching your pet(s) up on their wellness exams. We are offering one free exam per household for one existing patient who hasn't been seen in over 18 months (prior to June 2015). This offer expires on February 28th, 2017.

Set up an appointment today!

Happy Pawlidays!

Happy Pawlidays from all of us at Good Sam! Whatever your plans for the season, we wish you and your four-legged family a wonderful holiday and happy new year.

If you're still looking for the perfect gift, stop by to pick up a Good Sam gift certificate. They'll be available for purchase through Christmas Eve in $25 and $50 denominations.

Remember, we'll be closing early at 1pm on Christmas Eve, closed all day December 26, and closing early at 4pm on New Year's Eve. We'll be back to regular hours on January 2, 2017.
 

 

Spa Special Ending Soon!

There's only less than a month until our spa special is over! Get your furry kids all spruced up for the holidays and save money. Your pets will get the full spa treatment—bath, pedicure, ear cleaning, anal gland expression (dogs only)—and you only pay for the bath! Space is filling up fast so call today to schedule a spa day for your fuzzy friend! (510) 357-8574

Offer expires December 31st, 2016.