pets

Rachel Showalter

San Luis Obispo County has a significant homeless population, many of whom own pets. A program offered by Cal Poly veterinarian students helps many of these pets receive health care. 

In advance of her performance at the Fremont Theatre in San Luis Obispo on Saturday, March 4th, Paula Poundstone chats with Marisa Waddell about touring, pets, kids, libraries and happiness (her forthcoming book is The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness).

Santa Barbara County

UPDATE: October 22, 2015 at 10:25 a.m.

Ringworm is showing up with greater frequency in the Santa Barbara County pet population, according to local veterinarians who say they're seeing an increase in treating the skin condition in their private practice clinics.

Flickr member anneheathen

Santa Barbara County's Animal Services is rewriting its ordinance on dogs and owners rights and responsibilities.

The Public Health Department has already drafted the proposed changes to the existing ordinance and is holding two meetings this week to hear public feedback.

Mission Animal Hospital

Jul 28, 2014

Broadcast date: 7/30/2014

There’s a local veterinary hospital that offers a new community outreach program for the pets of housebound seniors and people in eldercare, including free house calls and services.  Donna Cheek learns about the program and the cutting edge holistic approach Mission Animal Hospital takes to animal wellness.

Losing Beloved Pets

Jun 27, 2014

It's traumatic to lose a beloved pet, but planning ahead can help ease the pain during that difficult time.  Donna Cheek learns how during her conversation with Christine Johnson, co-owner of Eden Memorial Pet Care in Paso Robles.

Nothing is more therapeutic than a faithful friend, and there is no friend more faithful than a beloved pet.  Tune in for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett and guest Dr. Steven Paulick, about the mental health benefits of animal companions, and how we can best care for our pets who so selflessly care for us. 

Therapy Dogs

Apr 25, 2014

Who is "Reno" and what makes his brand of love so special to patients at a local hospital?  Donna Cheek will find out when she talks to therapy dog owner Cheryl Rempe and Nurse Lorene Campbell of Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.

Pet Hygiene & Overpopulation

Jan 29, 2014

Donna Cheek has an informative conversation with Dr. Timothy Bell about his love for animals, pet dental hygiene, and Bell's specific efforts to win the war on pet overpopulation.