Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic
We are a local San Jose Veterinarian with 33 years of experience. We offer personalized care for Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Ferrets and Small Rodents. We love your pet as if they were part of our own family!

Taking Care of an Overweight Pet

Just like humans, pets might be overweight for a multitude of different reasons. The problem could lie in the pet’s eating or exercise habits, or it could be a symptom of a medical condition and warrant a trip to the vet clinic. Keep reading for help in taking care of an overweight pet.

Feeding vet clinic San Jose

People typically associate obesity and overweightness with an unhealthy diet, and this is the culprit behind many cases. Unlike humans, pets use their mouths for an extensive range of different purposes, and often do not know when to stop eating. If your pet wolfs down the entire meal as soon as it is presented, then it is wise to be extra cautious when controlling the portion size. Be sure to feed your pet appropriately according to your veterinarian’s instructions, and only choose healthy brands of pet food.


A pet that lives a sedentary lifestyle is much more likely to be overweight than one that gets plenty of exercise. Dogs, cats, and all types of other pets need to expel their energy, and the healthiest way to do so is by exercising regularly. Take your dog on walks every day, and if you have a backyard, let him run around for a while. Even if you have an indoor cat, providing fun toys to play with can help her practice her predatory instincts and remain active; this will act as a strong combatant to obesity.


If you feed your pet healthy meals and go out for walks on a daily basis, then the problem might have to do with a medical complication. Be sure to take your pet to the veterinarian in order to diagnose the problem and begin a treatment plan; the sooner you address the problem, the better the prognosis.

For more tips on taking care of an overweight pet, contact Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic or visit our website. We are a vet clinic near San Jose that specializes in pet dental health, dog grooming, and flea bites. Please do not hesitate to call us at (408) 293-3448 or stop by to learn more today.

How to Care for a Puppy

You do not have to have a veterinary background to adopt a puppy, but it is important to understand your role as your puppy’s parent. Watch this video to learn how to care for a puppy.

Your puppy does not start off understanding the rules, so it is crucial that you display patience when training him. Be sure to create and foster a safe environment for your new companion, and offer plenty of water as well as proper puppy food. Encourage good behavior by offering treats, petting, and other types of praise as rewards. Alternatively, discourage bad behavior by ending playtime or temporarily ignoring your puppy.

Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic is a pet hospital that is proud to provide dog grooming, boarding, and other veterinary services near San Jose. You can learn more about our practice by visiting our website, stopping by to see us, or calling us at (408) 293-3448 today.

Does Your Pet Have Seasonal Allergies?

The stuffiness, itchiness, and overall discomfort that come along with seasonal allergies is not fun to deal with, but humans are not the only ones affected; your pets may have seasonal allergies too. If they do, it is wise to bring them to a local vet clinic to have them checked out. Read on if you wonder if your pet has seasonal allergies.

Indicators of Allergies dog allergies San Jose

Although humans and animals can both experience seasonal allergies, their symptoms may manifest in different ways. Allergic symptoms present in cats and dogs typically affect the skin. You may find your dog biting at his own body or your cat scratching herself more than usual. Unfortunately this scratching can lead to more problematic symptoms like open sores and scabs. Watch out for hot spots, or red areas where your dog might experience hair loss. The sooner you take your pet to the veterinarian and have these allergic symptoms treated, the better the outlook for your pet.

Food Allergies Versus Environmental Allergies

Seasonal allergies only occur during certain parts of the year. Allergies that continue year round may have little to do with the weather and more to do with your pet’s diet or immediate surroundings. Take note of when your pet seems to experience allergic symptoms so that you can determine whether or not they are due to seasonal allergies. Talk to your vet and change your pet’s food if that is the cause of the allergies.

Allergy Development

Sometimes allergies that start on a seasonal basis might continue all year. Instead of building up immunity to allergens, your pet may become more and more vulnerable as exposure continues. This can turn a seasonal issue into a permanent one, so be sure to have your pet treated immediately.

If you think your pet might have seasonal allergies, please do not hesitate to call Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic at (408) 293-3448. We are a vet clinic near San Jose that offers boarding and dog grooming services. You can find out much more about our clinic by visiting our website or stopping by to see us today.

Arroyo Animal Clinic - A Letter from Dr. Umeda

Dear Arroyo Clients,

I want to let you know that I will be stepping down at the end of January, as owner of Arroyo Animal Clinic after almost 28 years of ownership. It has been an incredible journey and an honor and a true pleasure to have served all of you and your precious pets.

Some of you have been with me from day one, and some from even before that, when I was at Serra Veterinary Clinic. That is, and will remain, very special to me.

I cannot express my appreciation for your continued trust in me to take care of your pets for all of these years.

Why step down and retire? I have also owned Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic for 15 years now, and will continue to do so for a bit longer. Ownership of two small businesses can be very taxing over time. I will be 62 very soon, had a major health event two years ago when my aorta sprung a leak and I was out recuperating for several months, and it is just that time for me to reduce my responsibilities and be able to relax. The longest vacation I took during my ownership was a two week vacation just this past October with my family. I missed too many vacations with my family because of my responsibilities here.

I will be leaving the clinic with the very capable Dr. Michelle Gonsolin. Dr. Gonsolin has been here for over 8 years, and so if very familiar with how things are done here at Arroyo.

Dr. Megan Nakagawa, who has been here over 5 years, will also be staying, along with Dr. Mary Ruth, who has been working part time and started here as a veterinary assistant for me before going to veterinary school.

Michelle, my long time (over 17 years!!) office manager, will also be staying, along with the rest of staff that you know and love.

I will continue to be around in the area, and you might even see me here at Arroyo, subbing if someone gets sick or goes on vacation. I will not be practicing at Lincoln, except in an emergency.

I hope that you will continue to support Arroyo Animal Clinic and Dr. Michelle Gonsolin, and all the wonderful staff here. I’m sure they will continue to earn your trust and support.


Paul Umeda, DVM

The Importance of Spaying and Neutering

neuter San JoseBefore adopting a new pet, it is important to understand how to take care of your new companion. You should also understand the advantages you can enjoy if you have a veterinarian spay or neuter your new pet. Keep reading for a look at the importance of spaying and neutering.

While you might think there is no such thing as too many puppies and kittens, thinking about homeless animals may change your opinion. Spaying and neutering your pets can prevent them from reproducing when you let them outside. Failing to spay and neuter your pets, on the other hand, may contribute to the population of feral animals. In addition to population control, spaying and neutering can also help to keep your pet safe and healthy. This treatment can reduce your pet’s risk for a range of health complications and effectively extend your pet’s lifespan.

Would you like to learn more about the importance of spaying and neutering? Feel free to call Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic at (408) 293-3448. Our vet clinic near San Jose specializes in dog grooming, flea bites, and cat teeth cleaning. Please visit our website or come in and see us for more information about our veterinary clinic.

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