San Francisco SPCA “Ask a Vet” Provides Weekly Expert Pet Advice on and Twitter

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The San Francisco SPCA is offering the public two ways to get expert answers to their pet questions: through a weekly feature on and open Twitter sessions on Fridays afternoons. Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, DVM and co-president of the SF SPCA, answers at least one question every Wednesday on and responds to questions on Twitter @sfspca from 12:00 to 1:00 pm Pacific Time on Fridays.

Pet owners can submit questions to “Ask a Vet” about topics ranging from how to address behavioral problems to health concerns to how to decide what kind of animal to adopt. Recent topics include how to get a dog to stop sleeping in the bed, what to do about terrible dog breath, and why your dog eats grass at the park.

The majority of animals surrendered to shelters are relinquished because of behavioral or medical problems. “To the degree that we can, we’d like to end animal abandonment by teaching the public how to address their pets’ behavioral problems and by offering sound preventative medical advice,” said a San Francisco SPCA spokesperson. "In addition, it is important for people to have a readily accessible and free forum to get this information."

Dr. Scarlett is the recent recipient of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Meritorious Achievement Award 2011 for her work in animal welfare. Her weekly feature on is a Dear Abbey-style advice column that answers questions selected from numerous public entries.

On Fridays the San Francisco SPCA answers questions on Twitter at @sfspca from 12:00 to 1:00 pm Pacific Time. Recent Twitter topics include how to treat respiratory infections in cats, the importance of regular dental cleaning, and the advantages and disadvantages of natural flea repellants.

For additional information about “Ask a Vet” or for more information about pet adoption and care, call the SF SPCA at (415) 522-3000 or visit their website at