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SLO mayor gives Bixby the 'bone to the city'

San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon gave Bixby the "bone" to the city on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Bixby and her owner, Mike Minnick, have been biking around the country since 2013 to raise awareness for pet adoption. They first stopped in SLO in 2015, and Minnick says "there is zero doubt in my mind that Bixby wants to call the San Luis Obispo area home."

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Pet Vet: His bearded dragon lizard no longer wants to eat

I think a lot of people realize that veterinary medicine can present challenges different from those in human medicine. Certainly, our companions have some similar physiology and structures to our own, however the main challenge is that veterinary medicine patients are not as communicative as humans are with their physicians. I have seldom had a patient "tell me where it hurts."

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How to protect your pet from the dog flu

Veterinarian Marikay Campbell, of Port Royal Veterinary Hospital in South Carolina, describes the vaccination process and talks about what dog owners can to to lessen the chances that their pet will catch the highly contagious dog flu.

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Pet Vet: Diabetes complicates Schnauzer's need for surgery

Macintosh is a 10-year-old Schnauzer that has diabetes. His caretaker Paula has been treating him with an injection of insulin twice daily for the past 16 months and he has been doing quite well. Paula checks Mac's blood sugar level three to four times weekly and he appears to be well regulated. Recently, Mac has developed a mass along the top of his back just behind his shoulders. When Paula first noticed the mass, it was raised and about the size of pea. It now has grown to about one-inch in diameter and has become reddened in color. Paula is understandably concerned about this mass and wants to have it removed but is also very concerned with the increased risk of infection associated with diabetes and surgery.

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It's kitten season at Cat House on the Kings

The no-kill shelter in Parlier has three rooms dedicated to the newest and tiniest arrivals. The kittens need to grow up, put on weight and get spayed and neutered before they can be put up for adoption. Interested adopters should check the shelter's website for available cats: cathouseonthekings.com.

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SLO mayor gives Bixby the 'bone to the city'

San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon gave Bixby the "bone" to the city on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Bixby and her owner, Mike Minnick, have been biking around the country since 2013 to raise awareness for pet adoption. They first stopped in SLO in 2015, and Minnick says "there is zero doubt in my mind that Bixby wants to call the San Luis Obispo area home."
Gabby Ferreira The Tribune
SLO mayor gives Bixby the 'bone to the city' 1:25

SLO mayor gives Bixby the 'bone to the city'

Sassy the shelter dog thinks belly rubs are the best. Watch her flip and flop in glee 1:13

Sassy the shelter dog thinks belly rubs are the best. Watch her flip and flop in glee

How to protect your pet from the dog flu 1:59

How to protect your pet from the dog flu

What to do if you see a dog in a hot car 1:32

What to do if you see a dog in a hot car