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Is Your Pet Microchipped?

There have been millions of happy reunions of lost pets and their families since the use of microchips in pets began about 25 years ago. Microchips are quickly and easily implanted by veterinary technicians and have no negative effects. They provide a permanent ID that will last your pet’s lifetime.

August 15 is “Check the Chip Day.” Pets that come in for any appointment that day will also receive a scan to make sure their chip is identifiable and documented. If your pet is already microchipped, this is also a good time to make sure that your contact information is complete and up-to-date.

Poster about microchipping from the AVMA. Microchipped dogs are more than twice as likely to be returned to their owner.

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Fleas, Ticks, & Foxtails

As we all begin to move about more this summer, it’s very important to keep up with our pet’s parasite prevention plan. Fleas don’t take a break for a pandemic, and if you start hiking the trails again, there will be ticks to worry about too.

Simparica Trio or the combination of NexGard and Heartgard will kill fleas, ticks, and intestinal parasites and also prevent heartworm disease. For any of these flea/tick medications, we are cautious with dogs that have a seizure history, but there are few side effects otherwise.

Pets that spend time outdoors can end up with foxtails in their fur, eyes, ears, and feet this time of year. The best prevention is to avoid areas where there are foxtails, but if you can’t, carefully screen your pet when they come inside. If your dog or cat is shaking their head or sneezing violently or licking their feet, please call us for an appointment. It’s important that we see your pet quickly, as foxtails can migrate throughout their body and be difficult to find.

Cara’s Travel Tips

A PDF of Cara Yanussi’s experienced advice for taking a road trip with your pet(s) is available here.

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Alameda Pet Hospital is now hosting in-person examinations for pets of vaccinated clients on a limited basis. We are also continuing our curbside care. We still require all clients to call or text us upon arrival, even for those who plan to enter our building for their animal’s examination. Masks are required.

When you arrive, please call us at 510-523-1626 and select option 2.


Text the phrase “I’M HERE” to 510-523-1626. Be sure to include your first name, last name, and your pet’s name.

Exams & Non-Urgent Questions

We are utilizing several alternatives to phone calls due to our extremely high call volume. Please reach out to us via email at or text us at 510-523-1626 for refill requests, non-urgent questions, or appointment requests.  Please include your full name and your animal’s name when texting us. We will get back to you within 1-2 business days.

We require 24 hours notice minimum when canceling an appointment. There may be a fee for a violation of this policy. Please communicate with our staff if you are unable to keep your appointment.

Due to increased demand for services, we require a deposit for new clients. This fee will be applied to the first veterinary visit. If the appointment is canceled more than 24 hours in advance, the funds will be refunded to the card used. If the appointment is rescheduled, the deposit will roll over to the new appointment.

Prescription Refills

If your pet needs a prescription refilled, you might want to try our online pharmacy so that your order can be delivered directly to your home. Medication refill requests may also be submitted via email or text (510-523-1626). Requests received before 12 pm for medications with refills previously authorized will be available for pick-up after 4 pm the same day, otherwise the next day. Medications without previously approved refills must be approved by one of our veterinarians. Please allow an additional business day for approval.

Coronavirus Information

For the very latest information on COVID-19, you can check these sites:

CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
WHO – World Health Organization
WSAVA – World Small Animal Veterinary Association

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If you need veterinary care for birds, reptiles, or small mammals, click here for Dr. Granzow’s list of local exotic vets.

Our New Office Hours

8:00 am–6:00 pm

Our reception area will be closed daily from 12:30–2:00 pm for training and lunch breaks.

We are happy to announce that we are again accepting new clients!

Contact Us

(510) 523-1626

Alameda Pet Hospital
2275 Buena Vista Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
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