With increased publicity on the issue, it is fairly common knowledge that cars are not always the safest places for pets. Precautions need to be taken when bringing a dog along, especially if he or she will be left unattended in the car for any period of time.

The California Penal Code states that you may not leave an animal unattended in the car if the weather is too hot or too cold, there’s inadequate ventilation, food and/or water, or any other circumstance reasonably expected to cause an animal suffering, disability or death.

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS), like so many other animal shelters throughout the state, is bursting with kittens. California’s temperate climate provides a desirable landscape for prolonged breeding which in turn gives way to "kitten season." What often results are more little ones in need than shelters and rescues can handle without the help of the community.

The summer months can be uncomfortable — even dangerous — for pets. To keep pets safe and cool this summer follow these helpful tips.

Given the recent news stories and statewide mandates, you have no doubt heard how the drought is affecting our community. You may be less aware of the ways it can impact our pets.

With little frost to mitigate their reproduction and rain to wash them away, fleas are now in greater abundance. Fleas are not only annoying but pose serious health risks to pets if left untreated. Monthly flea treatments are more important than ever along with regular bathing to ensure your pet’s health.

Dear Flora: 

My name is Betty Beagle, and my guardian is a really good guy.  I gotta say, I don’t know why, but when we are out for a walk, he sometimes places his foot on my back near my tail, pushes down with his foot, and says “Sit, sit, sit!” while he’s doing it!