May 21, 2019 0

In honor of National Rescue Day, we wanted to provide everyone with the resources to adopt a new best friend for life! There are millions of dogs and cats in need of loving homes in the US and we encourage anyone who is looking for a pet to take in a rescue instead of purchasing from a breeder or store.

To get you started, here is a list of pet shelters and pet adoption organizations in Orange County. We recommend stopping by their storefront to meet your furry friend before adoption. Just remember to call and check for their hours before heading out! Many of these organizations keep their headquarters private and bring animals to different locations, like vet clinics or pet stores, for adoption.

Orange County Humane Society
21632 Newland St, Huntington Beach, CA 92646

OC Animal Care
1630 Victory Road, Tustin, CA 92782

German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County
Newport Beach, CA

Laguna Beach Animal Shelter

20612 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Cat Shelter
6904 Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Cats in Need of Human Care
1411 S Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92832

Newport Beach Animal Shelter
20302 Riverside Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660

OC Small Paws
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

The Pet Adoption Center of Orange County
Pet adoption service in Lake Forest, California

OC Shelter Partners
Victory Rd, Tustin, CA 92782

Irvine Animal Care Center
6443 Oak Canyon, Irvine, CA 92618

Southern California Bulldog Rescue
Santa Ana, CA

OC Animal League, Inc.
Petsmart at 17940 Newhope Street, Fountain Valley, CA

Orange County Pit Bull Rescue
La Habra, CA

11561 Salinaz Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92843

Caring Friends Cat Rescue
Petsmart at 2741 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92782

Mission Viejo Animal Shelter
28095 Hillcrest, Mission Viejo, CA

Pet shelters test their animals for diseases and parasites before they allow them to be adopted. Your animal should be in fairly good health with most of their shots completed. Some organizations provide medication or extra shots (if needed) for a small cost. Because rescues have a higher risk for health issues, we recommend new owners take their pets to the veterinarian after adoption. If you need a checkup for your pet, our veterinarian at Brookhurst Animal Medical Center can diagnose and treat your pet’s illnesses. We’re always happy to help! If you’ve been looking to adopt an animal, we hope you are inspired to pick up a rescue today! These sweet, gentle animals make amazing companions and they deserve love just as much as anyone else. It’s our goal at Brookhurst Animal Medical Center to help as many of them as possible. Let us know your experiences with rescues and how they’ve impacted your life. We’d love to hear!



May 9, 2019 0

If you haven’t had your cat spayed, there’s a definite possibility that she can become pregnant, even as a house cat. Unlike dogs, many owners allow their cats to roam around the neighborhood at their own leisure if their cats are able to navigate the streets and return home regularly. Cats are also much smaller and often have an easier time “escaping” home by climbing out of windows or sliding through doors. Obviously, we can’t spend all our time regulating our cats’ activities, but we also can’t ignore them if and when they become pregnant! Here’s what to do if your cat is expecting!

Symptoms Your Cat is Pregnant

Cat pregnancy is usually around 3 months long, but it varies with every cat. It can be as short as 60 days and as long as 72. Your cat is unlikely to show any major symptoms of pregnancy in the first few weeks. When the physical signs do start to show, here’s what you can expect:

  • Swollen nipples: After two weeks, you may notice your cat’s nipples “pinking up” or getting larger and red
  • Nausea: Pregnancy can affect your cat’s digestive system, causing nausea, vomiting, or change in appetite.
  • Swollen stomach: Like humans, cat’s stomachs also get bigger when they are pregnant.
  • Weight gain: Expecting cats may gain weight to store nutrients and fluid to sustain themselves and their babies.
  • Behavioral changes: A change in hormones can cause your cat to act differently. Every cat is different, but a few examples include acting more maternal, increased affection, or longer naps.
  • Heat cycles stop: Most cats go through heat cycles or estrus every 10 – 14 days, but this will stop if your cat is pregnant.

Some of these symptoms could be caused by other conditions. Because every cat is different, it can be difficult to tell for certain whether your cat is pregnant unless you see a veterinarian. They can conduct a medical examination of your cat and administer an ultrasound to verify whether your cat is really pregnant.

Cat Pregnancy

Though there will be some physical and behavioral changes, most cats are very independent throughout their pregnancy. If you are concerned about her health, you can switch to premium food to provide extra nutrients for your cat and her kittens. Pregnant cats may also have the urge to nest. Provide her with towels, blankets, or pillows in a box, so she can have her privacy and comfort. For the duration of the pregnancy, avoid touching your cat’s stomach or abdominal area because her kittens are developing in there.

Cats can deliver their litters on their own. A sign that your cat is about to go into labor is if she starts breathing heavily and her nipples create a milky discharge. Her body temperature will also drop 12-24 hours before labor and she may seek privacy. Most litter sizes are between 2 – 5 kittens. Each cat is different, but most take 10 – 60 minutes to rest between delivering each kit. If her birth takes more than 3 hours, you may want to take your cat to a veterinarian.

After birth, your cat will remove the amniotic membrane, then lick her kittens to stimulate their breathing as they suckle for milk. The placenta and umbilical cord should also be chewed off at this point. If not, you may want to talk to your vet about how to do this for your cat or simply bring your cat to the vet.


Being pregnant, giving birth, and raising kittens can be exhausting and strenuous on cats. It can also be expensive for you! As much as we all love little kittens, it can be difficult to raise or find families for them all. If you want more cats, there’s no shortage of homeless cats that can be adopted at the shelter. To avoid contributing to the overpopulation of cats, it’s highly recommended that cat owners have their pets spayed or neutered early on. The best time to do so is before your cat reaches sexual maturity, between four and six months. If your cat is already pregnant, wait until she has given birth and healed from the process.

Not only does spaying and neutering your cat help control the cat population, it provides a lot of health benefits to your cat. You can reduce their risk of developing uterine, ovarian, prostate or testicular cancer, tumors, and hernias. Pets who are spayed and neutered often exhibit less aggression and temperament problems because their hormones are stabilized. Spaying and neutering also effectively eliminates the heat cycle for female cats, so they don’t spray territories, exhibit mood swings, or attract unwanted 

To find out if your cat is pregnant, stop by Brookhurst Animal Medical Center! Our Anaheim veterinarian can give your cat a checkup and medical advice for a healthy pregnancy. We also provide spaying and neutering services for animals who need them. We’re always happy to help!


March 27, 2019 0

Most dog foods are made with ingredients like meat, poultry, fish, grains, vegetable oils, and added vitamins and minerals. Ideally, these ingredients should provide enough nutrients for dogs to live a long and healthy life on kibble alone; however, our veterinary team encourages owners to incorporate other foods into their pets’ diets, too. Not only will this combat taste fatigue, dogs can benefit from eating a variety of foods and gain more nutrients that aren’t always available in regular dog food.

Pet owners often associate dogs as carnivorous animals. While dogs do need more protein, they’re actually omnivores with the capacity to eat fruits and vegetables as well. Since their food is already high in protein, treating your dog to fresh produce occasionally can be a nice change of pace. Not only are fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and minerals, they have a high water and fiber content. It is important to note that dogs cannot eat all the fruits and vegetables that humans can, owners should be careful when they’re feeding their pets new foods.

Since there are so many fruits and vegetables, our veterinary experts at Brookhurst Animal have compiled a comprehensive list of fruits and vegetables that dogs can eat. Next time you have some scraps leftover, check if your dog might enjoy it first! Chances are, it may not only be edible for canines but also a delicious treat.


Leafy Greens & Cruciferous Vegetables

Though dogs can consume some raw vegetables, keep in mind that they only have canine teeth, so it can be difficult for them to grind crunchy greens up on their own. If you notice your dog struggling to chew, cut up or cook their vegetables before you serve them to your pet. Too much indigestible fiber can also cause bloating or gas, so be conscious of portion sizes.

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Cabbage
  • Collard greens
  • Arugula
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussel sprouts

Root Vegetables

Dogs have different digestive systems than humans and they struggle to digest sugars as easily as we do. Since root vegetables are high in sugar, it can take a lot of energy for your dog to digest them. If you still want you pet to benefit from the carotenoids, flavonoids, vitamins, and sterols that these veggies provide, cook them and serve them in small amounts. This will make it easier to digest for your pooch. Here are some popular root vegetables dogs can eat:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Turnips
  • Beets
  • Yuca

Unlike the veggies listed above, onions and garlic are toxic to dogs. If you keep them around to for your own cooking, make sure they’re safely stowed away where your pets can reach them.

Beans, Stems, Pods, Grains, & Fruit Vegetables

Vegetables are chock full of water, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They’re especially refreshing for dogs during the summer when it gets really hot. At Brookhurst Animal, we have tons of patients who love eating zucchini or cucumber! Just remember to slice up the vegetables before serving them, so they’re not choking hazards. Corn needs to be removed from the cob to keep puppies from choking.

  • Zucchini
  • Cucumber
  • Corn
  • Pumpkin
  • Squash
  • Asparagus
  • Celery

Dogs can also eat certain nightshade vegetables, like tomatoes and eggplants, but only in small quantities. These vegetables contain solanine, a substance that can be harmful when it’s excessively consumed by dogs.



Fruit is known as nature’s candy because it’s so sweet and delicious. Berries, in particular, are a quick and easy snack because they don’t need to be peeled or chopped. Here are a few types of berries that your dog can enjoy with you next time:

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Cranberries

Not all berries are ideal for our furry friends, though. Raspberries should be eaten in moderation because they have high amounts of xylitol, a natural sweetener that can be toxic to dogs in high doses. Berries with pits or seeds should be avoided because dogs can accidentally swallow them, leading to health complications. A notable berry offender is the grape! Not only do most grapes have large seeds, they can also lead to kidney failure even when eaten in small amounts.

Tropical fruit

Take your pet to puppy paradise with these delicious tropical fruits. Just remember, most of them do need to be prepared by opening, peeling, cutting, etc, before your dog can enjoy. It’s also best to eat these fruits fresh because the canned versions can be saturated in sugar, causing stomach upset

  • Coconut
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Apricots
  • Dragon fruit
  • Kiwi

Citric fruits like grapefruit, lemons, or limes can irritate your dog’s stomach, so they’re not the best choice for pets. Another “tropical” fruit that dogs definitely can’t have is the avocado. They contain persin, a fungicidal toxin, that can be poisonous to dogs. So as much as your pups want to  participate, definitely keep them away from the salsa and guac on taco night!

Household Fruits

Since berries and tropical fruits can be more difficult to buy (especially out of season) and preserve, most people don’t usually have them on hand. Below are the most common fruits that dogs can eat:

  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Cantaloupe
  • Watermelon

Feeding your dog juicy, fibrous foods isn’t just beneficial for your dog, it can be helpful for owners, too! Certain fruits, like apples, can clean the teeth naturally and reduce unpleasant “dog breath”. They can also regulate your dog’s digestion and bowel movements by incorporating moving fiber through the body.

Remember, not all animals are the same. One dog may love eating cucumbers while another could be deathly allergic. If you notice your pet coughing, vomiting, or behaving abnormally, stop feeding them the fruit or vegetable that may have caused it and take them to the vet immediately. Getting your animal treated or diagnosed can help prevent major problems later on! At Brookhurst Animal Medical Center, our Anaheim veterinarian is always prepared for veterinary emergencies. Give us a call if you would like to make an appointment or swing by. We’re here to help!


February 25, 2019 0

Dogs and cats are primarily meat eaters, so why do we sometimes catch our pets chewing on grass in the yard? As strange as it seems, it’s actually quite common behavior and it’s not necessarily dangerous. In fact, it can actually be a good sign in some cases. Read on to understand what exactly attracts your pets to those glorious blades of greenery.


Most cats are pure carnivores, so they actually can’t digest plant matter. In fact, some plants can even be poisonous to your pets! Luckily, grass is harmless, but it can help expel unwanted toxins from the body. When cats need to get rid of bones, hair, fur, or other indigestible materials, they may eat grass as a laxative or to trigger a natural gag reflex. Similarly, dogs often use grass as a way to ease an upset stomach.

Eating grass often results in vomiting, but unless the vomit is excessive or contains blood, owners don’t have to be too concerned. Just make sure to keep your pet well hydrated and keep an eye out for any other symptoms of distress. If the grass eating and vomiting persists over a long period of time, however, it could be a symptom of a different problem. Your pet’s foliage habit could be their way of treating worms, food allergies, overeating, etc. The best way to find out is getting your pet checked up by the veterinarian. Better safe than sorry, right?

Dietary Deficiencies

Dogs are naturally omnivores in the wild, so grazing on your front lawn may be their way of satisfying a natural instinct to consume greens. This doesn’t mean, however, that you should start feeding your dog a vegan diet. Their diet still needs an adequate amount of quality protein from meat, but they may be craving a fibrous supplement.

Likewise, cats may eat grass even if they can’t digest it because grass contains dietary benefits. For example, it has folic acid, which regulates oxygen. If your pets are regularly eating grass, this may be a sign that they are lacking vital nutrients. Consult with your veterinarian about making changes to your pet’s diet if you believe this is an issue. You can start incorporating certain fruits and vegetables for dogs and vitamins for cats.


Let’s face it, there’s not much for animals to do when they’re stuck at home all day. Cats and dogs are intelligent, playful, curious creatures and they may simply want to know what grass tastes like. If they like how it tastes or feels, they may just continue gnawing on it for fun. It’s similar to how humans like to eat sugary treats or fast food! It may not necessarily be healthy, but it satisfies a specific craving.


While eating grass may be normal, there are still precautions owners need to take for their pets. Grass in public spaces could be treated with harmful pesticides, fertilizers, or chemicals that are harmful when they are digested. Certain plants are also toxic to animals and it can be easy for your pet to accidentally ingest them when they’re grazing grass.

To prevent your furry friends from consuming the wrong plants, limit their grass eating habit to your own yard where you can control the environment. There are also specialty wheat and oat grass kits designed for in-home use if you don’t have an outdoor area. And if your pet does enjoy a little nibble outside once in a while, keep an eye out to make sure they’re not overdoing it. Lure them over with a little treat – it’s sure to be more appetizing than a handful of grass!

We hope that answers your question! There are a lot of reasons your pet could be attracted to eating grass and that’s okay as long as they are carefully monitored before, during, and after their “snack”. Our Anaheim veterinarian is trained to treat both domestic and exotic animals at Brookhurst Animal Medical Center. If you have questions or you would like to book an appointment, give us a call! We’re happy to help.


November 27, 2018 0

For many people, dogs are not seen as just pets, but a part of the entire family. We love taking them everywhere we go and including them in our daily activities. Whether it be to the local coffee shop, outdoor mall, or even running errands. As much as we love taking our dogs everywhere we go, not all places allow it. Here is a list of 5 restaurants in Orange County that welcome you and your furry friend!


Lazy Dog Restaurant

With multiple locations in Orange County like Brea, Orange, Irvine, and Huntington Beach, you are likely to find a location that works for you! Lazy Dog Restaurant is well known for it’s a dog-friendly environment and even has a small menu for your pet. They offer brown rice, chicken breast, and grilled hamburger patties to keep your dog in tip-top shape! All that they ask of your pet is that they do not bite, bark, or beg.

The Cliff

577 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA, 92651

The city of Laguna Beach is more dog-friendly than most other cities in Orange County, making this the perfect location to spend your day! Unlike many other “ dog-friendly” restaurants, The Cliff takes the prize. They have an entire menu dedicated to dogs with items like Salmon Patties, Liver Bites, Oatmeal, and Prime Rib. All their items are made with fresh, organic ingredients to ensure the best for your dog. If you get there at the right time, they even have “Yappy Hour” for you and your dog to enjoy!

Rock & Brews

7777 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA, 90620

If you love burgers and beers, this spot is for you! It is a great family friendly location and has an amazing selection of rock ‘n roll music as well. They have an outdoor patio area for you and your dog to eat, relax, and enjoy the music. To make you feel even more at home, this restaurant has a menu called “Givin’ The Dog a Bone” including items like hot dogs, bacon, veggie patties, and bacon. Rock & Brews has a wide selection of specialty draft beers and even offers “bowser beers” so your pup can enjoy the experience as well (non-alcoholic of course)!

Haven Gastropub

109 South Glassell St, Orange, CA, 92866

This Old Town Orange restaurant is a crowd favorite, with items like chicken liver toast, skillet cornbread, and blue crab and yellow corn beignets. Haven Gastropub partners with Orange County-based dog food company, JustFoodForDogs. In partnership with them, Haven has five different choices on their menu for your dogs. They offer beef with potatoes, chicken with white rice, lamb, fish, and turkey. Your dog will feel right at home at Haven Gastropub and will enjoy their food just as much as you enjoy yours!

Bluewater Grill

630 Lido Park Ave, Newport Beach, CA, 92663

Located on the Lido Peninsula, Bluewater Grill is right on the water, giving you a perfect view while you enjoy delicious, sustainable seafood. Along with the amazing dishes served to people, they also offer a menu for dogs called Bluewater Bone Appetit. The menu contains items like chicken, salmon, and their specialty, Meat Roaf. This item is made up of beef, rice, and diced zucchini.

We hope you enjoyed our suggestions for dog-friendly restaurants in Orange County. If you get a chance to eat at any of them, let us know what you and your pooch’s favorite dishes were. At Brookhurst Animal Medical Center, we love bringing the pet community together through our favorite thing, food! Our Anaheim veterinarian, Dr. Lopez, loves being able to bring his pets out on foodie adventures with the rest of the family. With that said, it’s also important to keep an eye on what your pets are chewing on. What’s safe for humans may not necessarily be safe for pets. If you ever have a pet food questions or pet emergency, give us a call at our veterinary clinic in Anaheim, CA and we’ll be happy to help.



April 15, 2017 0

Rabbits are some of the cutest and friendliest creatures that you can own as a household pet. Many people who live in Anaheim have opened up their homes to rabbits, primarily because they are a good option for people who don’t have the resources or space to have a dog or cat. Rabbits are known for their fun personalities which makes them great companions.

The furry little guys are extremely entertaining and fun-loving. There are dozens of breeds of rabbits available to adopt. They are very social, so they will want you to spend time with them! On top of that, rabbits can live anywhere between 10-12 years – with the proper care of course. This is especially wonderful, because studies have shown that petting a rabbit can significantly reduce stress levels. Other benefits include small living spaces and fairly low maintenance.

On that note, if you are thinking of adopting a pet bunny, it is important to consider that:

They Are A Financial Responsibility

Owning any kind of pet comes with a financial responsibility. Initial fees include the adoption fee which are usually inexpensive.  Additional costs include housing, food, and supplies to bunny-proof your home.  On-going costs include food, litter, and visits to the veterinarian. It also is very important that you invest in getting your bunny spayed or neutered.

They Are Social Animals

They don’t like to be alone. They love spending time with you, but you will have to make time for them every day. Since they are social creatures, rabbits will tend to get into trouble if they are not entertained.

They Don’t Like Change

Rabbits get stressed out when they travel or are placed in an unfamiliar environment. If you plan to travel often, you may have to consider getting a pet sitter. Airlines do not often allow rabbits to fly in-cabin. If you travel often, getting a rabbit may not be the best option for you.

They Don’t Just Eat Carrots

Contrary to popular belief, rabbits cannot live solely on carrots. These colorful vegetables are very sweet, and should be given to your pet rabbits as an occasional treat. For regular meals, rabbits should be fed fresh hay and salads.

They Will Chew

If you plan to keep your rabbit inside the house, be aware that they will chew on anything that they can get their paws on. Investing the time to bunny-proof your home is necessary to prevent any accidents with electrical wires and furniture.

When you start thinking about adopting a bunny, consider both the benefits of having one as a pet, but be sure that you’re able to take care of one before bringing him or her home. Many rabbits have been abandoned, and are constantly searching for loving homes.

Every year after Easter, animal shelters find themselves with an overwhelming amount of abandoned rabbits that were meant to be gifts. For that reason, the decision to bring any kind of pet into your life is very important. They are delightful little creatures.

For more information on caring for rabbits, contact Dr. Lopez at Brookhurst Animal Medical Center. As a leading veterinarian in Anaheim, Dr. Lopez provides excellent care to all kinds of exotic animals.


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