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!

The Importance of Interactive Play for Your Kitten

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If your family has recently expanded thanks to the addition of an adorable kitten, then you may be looking for creative and effective ways to care for your furry friend. One way to ensure that he grows up to be a confident and healthy cat is to play with him every day. The professionals here at our pet clinic encourage interactive play in particular since it stimulates your cat's innate urge to hunt, pounce, and strike. The best tools to have at hand when playing interactively with your cat are toys that include dangling components for your cat to jump and grab at. If your cat is particularly timid, then make sure that the toy doesn't present too large of a challenge.

With millions of cat owners reaching out to their veterinarians for assistance in curbing pet obesity each year, it's not hard to see why cat exercise is so important. If you're curious to learn more about effective ways to promote a healthy lifestyle for your cat, then be sure to speak with a veterinarian at Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic. To find out what sets out emergency pet hospital apart from other pet clinics in San Jose, visit us online or call (408) 565-8601.

A Look at Blood Testing for Dogs

There are a number of reasons why a veterinarian may order blood tests for your dog during a routine visit to your local pet hospital. Whether your vet is scanning for possible allergies or checking his white blood cell count, it's important that you understand what the testing process might entail and what type of results it will produce. Let's take a closer look at blood testing for dogs:

Quick and Reliable Results
Thanks to significant medical and technological advancements, it's now easier than ever to not only have the tests done quickly but to also receive the lab results within a short period of time. Your veterinarian will be able to conduct the testing on-site at your local emergency pet hospital and analyze the results on site as well. This reduces waiting times and gets you the answers you need when it comes to your pet's health more promptly.

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The Art of Interpreting Chemical Values
One of the many reasons why it's important to select a reputable veterinarian is that it takes a certain amount of skill and experience to interpret chemical values from blood work. While the veterinarian may be looking for increased levels of one hormone or another, he or she must also be prepared to look for other oddities or irregularities that weren't previously on the radar but that could be indicative of additional problems.

Appropriate Questions to Ask Your Vet
When it comes to having your dog's blood tested, be sure to ask your veterinarian plenty of questions about the procedure and the results. If your pup is sick, then you have the right to explore every possible route for restoring his health and energy. Be sure to also inquire about pricing before the tests are ordered. Blood testing prices typically vary based on the size of your dog and other major factors.

Here at Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic, we offer a variety of services in addition to blood testing. From dental exams and teeth cleaning to flea control and vaccinations, our emergency pet hospital is your one stop clinic for comprehensive veterinary care. To book a visit with a veterinarian, call us today at (408) 565-8601.

Choosing a Weighted Vest for Your Dog

If your dog is overweight, then be sure to talk to your veterinarian about the benefits of purchasing a weighted vest for your best friend. As the friendly pet expert in this video shares, weighted vests are an excellent tool for pet owners to use to encourage weight loss and to curb bad habits or destructive behaviors. When shopping for your dog's weighted vest, take into account his or her size and weight.

Once you've found the right vest for your four-legged friend, place ten percent of his or her body weight into the vest's pockets. As your pet grows used to the vest and shows signs of weight loss and improved health, increase the weights to be approximately 20 percent of his or her body weight.

Are you interested in learning more about how you can help your pet shed excess pounds and live a healthier, happier life? If so, then be sure to call (408) 565-8601 today to schedule a consultation with a veterinarian here at Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic.

Helpful Tips from LAVC: Assemble Your Own Disaster Kit/Supply!

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With the Napa earthquake in recent memory, it makes sense to either assemble or renew your own disaster kit/supply.  

In addition to replacing outdated survival and first aid materials, it is good to review contact information, check that your own medications and medical history (in case you cannot tell someone) are also updated.  If you wear contact lenses or glasses, this is a good place to put an old pair of glasses.

Be sure to include any pet medications your pet may absolutely need, such as heart failure medications (heartworm preventative is not that essential), ongoing medications such as thyroid replacement pills, allergy medications.  You may want to include any microchip information in there as well, or other pertinent medical information, special ID markings, such as tattoos.  A simple slip leash for each dog would be a good idea.  If you have cats, placing the earthquake kit near the carriers will keep those close to each other.

What Preventative Health Care for Dogs Entails

Becoming a pet owner means taking on a number of new responsibilities. You are now responsible for taking care of your dog now as well as ensuring that she is healthy and happy for the future. These tips can help you provide preventative health care for your dog:

Staying Up-to-Date on Vaccinations
One of the best and most important ways to protect your dog’s health is to keep her up-to-date on all of the necessary vaccinations. Dogs need vaccinations starting from an early age in order to strengthen their immune systems and protect them from numerous diseases and illnesses. Your veterinarian can answer any questions you have about vaccinations for parvovirus, distemper, kennel cough, and rabies.

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Visiting the Veterinarian Regularly
Plan to visit the veterinarian at least once a year for regular checkups and vaccinations. Your veterinarian is an important link between you and your dog’s health. During visits, the veterinarian will check your dog’s eyes, ears, mouth, and body to make sure she is healthy and not suffering from any signs of disease. Your veterinarian can also make recommendations for improving your dog’s health or behavior.

Neutering or Spaying
Fixing your dog is important for keeping the pet population under control. This action can also help protect her health and future. Spaying your dog will improve her behavior and prevent the irritability associated with going through heat, making it easier to train her. Ask your veterinarian more about spaying and neutering and how they benefit pets as well as their owners.

Keeping Your Dog Clean and Groomed
Cleaning and grooming your dog do much more than keep her looking great; they also protect her health and help her live a happier life. Regular bathing removes dirt and debris that may buildup on your dog’s coat. Brushing removes tangles to ensure healthy growing. It is also important to trim your dog’s nails regularly so that she can walk properly and avoid painful breakage.

Start ensuring a healthy future for your dog with help from the veterinary experts here at Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic. Discover the many reasons to visit our pet clinic by giving us a call at (408) 565-8601.

The Latest Heartworm Regulations for Dogs

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Heartworm prevention should be a priority for all dog owners. Dogs can contract heartworms after being bitten by an infected mosquito. A few months after the initial bite, the heartworms fully mature and start reproducing in the dog’s lungs and heart. Heartworm disease is a serious condition that can be fatal, which is why it is essential for dog owners to learn about prevention.

The latest heartworm regulations for dogs come from the Companion Animal Parasite Council. The council has recently urged veterinarians and dog owners to start requesting microfilariae tests along with the antigen tests that are typically performed to detect heartworms. The microfilariae test is beneficial because it can detect baby heartworms in dogs. Performing both tests provides the best prevention techniques for protecting your dog’s health.

Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic offers a variety of pet clinic services, including tests and vaccinations. Find out how our veterinarians can help your dog by giving us a call at (408) 565-8601.

People Food that Can Be an Occasional Treat for Dogs

You would never dream of eating your dog’s food, but you have probably wondered whether it is okay to give your dog some of your food. There are many food that your veterinarian will recommend keeping away from your dog, but there is plenty of people food that is perfectly acceptable as an occasional treat:

Peanut Butter
If your dog hasn’t tried peanut butter yet, he is in for a treat! Peanut butter is a popular people food that pet owners feed their dogs. This creamy food is packed with a variety of vitamins and nutrients, including vitamin B, vitamin E, protein, and niacin. If your dog has to take a pill, try putting it in peanut butter to make it more appealing.

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Let your dog enjoy a lighter creamy treat by giving him yogurt as a snack. Yogurt is another great source of nutrients, providing both protein and calcium. Look for yogurt with live bacteria that works as probiotics for your dog. Avoid yogurt that contains sugars and artificial sweeteners to provide a healthy and tasty treaty to your furry friend.

Green Beans
Vegetables are good for you and your dog! Green beans are a great option when you want to give your dog a treat or a snack. These vegetables contain vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber, and manganese. You can help your dog lose weight by replacing some of his food with low calorie green beans that are healthy and filling.

Apple Slices
Some fruits are also healthy snack options that are safe for dogs to eat. Apple slices provide a crunchy snack and many health benefits. These fruits contain vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber. Crunchy foods are also good for polishing your dog’s teeth and removing leftover food particles that can lead to tooth decay.

Learn more about which foods your dog can and cannot eat by contacting the pet hospital staff here at Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic. Discover our veterinary clinic services on our website or call us at (408) 565-8601 to schedule an appointment.

Preparing Your Puppy for Its First Veterinary Visit

Welcoming a puppy to the family is always fun and exciting. But along with the excitement comes the responsibility of finding a veterinarian and starting regular visits to protect your pet’s health.

As you will see in this video, the first veterinary checkup is important for analyzing your dog’s health and educating you about proper care. Your veterinarian can answer any questions you may have about your puppy or how to care for him at home. You will also learn about vaccinations and when your puppy should start getting them.

If you are ready to schedule your first veterinary visit, contact the friendly staff at Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic. Call us at (408) 565-8601 to set up an appointment at our pet hospital and find out what you need to bring.

People Foods That Can Harm Your Pet

Is your pet an experienced beggar? Although pets may think they want—and sometimes love—certain types of “people food,” many foods that are safe for humans can be harmful to cats and dogs. If you think your pet has eaten a food that could be potentially harmful, call your veterinary clinic immediately for care instructions.


Neither dogs nor cats should be allowed to eat chocolate. All chocolate, including white chocolate, contains a chemical compound called theobromine; chocolate also contains caffeine. Both theobromine and caffeine can overstimulate your pet’s cardiovascular and nervous systems, causing vomiting, diarrhea, agitation, muscle tremors, irregular heartbeat, seizures, and even death. 


Avocados and foods made with avocado, such as guacamole, can be toxic for dogs. These fruits contain a substance called persin, which can also be found in the leaves, seeds, and bark of the plant. If you grow avocados at home, make sure to keep your dog away from the plants and any dropped fruit using a fence or a leash.

Onions and Garlic
All members of the onion family can be toxic to dogs and cats in any form, including raw, cooked, and powdered. The chemical compounds found in onions and garlic attack your pet’s red blood cells, causing weakness, vomiting, and anemia. Symptoms can take up to five days to appear, so call your veterinarian immediately if your pet has eaten onions or garlic. In severe cases, your pet may need a blood transfusion.

Grapes and Raisins
Grapes and raisins can cause digestive discomfort and kidney failure in dogs. Although you may have heard that grapes and raisins can be used as dog treats, avoid this practice and talk to your veterinarian about treats that are healthy and safe for your pet.

If you have questions about your pet’s diet or are concerned about foods he’s eaten, call Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic at (408) 565-8601. Our experienced veterinary staff can help you handle any pet health issue, from routine checkups to pet surgery. Click through our blog to learn more about important pet health topics.

Get to Know Dr. Emily Seymour


At Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic, our veterinarians bring a combined 33 years of experience to the field of pet care in San Jose. Dr. Emily Seymour was born and raised near Philadelphia, PA. During her undergraduate studies in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Boston, she also played on the women’s rugby team. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Dr. Seymour spent time living and working in Cody, Wyoming, and Copperas Cove, Texas, before pursuing veterinary medicine in her home state at the University of Pennsylvania. Today, Dr. Seymour enjoys traveling—her favorite destination is South America and she has spent summers in both Argentina and Ecuador. Her family includes her husband, Travis, her Shar Pei/Rhodesian/Pit Bull mix, Dottie Lou, and her three cats: Schroeder, Tilly, and Scoop; she also raises goats, ducks, guinea fowl, and chickens.

Dr. Seymour, Dr. Bowden, and Dr. Nagel are pleased to provide pet care at Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic of San Jose. We offer dental exams, pet surgery, spay and neuter services, vaccinations, microchip implants, and more at our comprehensive small animal clinic serving dogs, cats, rabbits, and pocket pets. Visit us online or call (408) 565-8601 to learn more.

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