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Dr. Patrick Mahaney, VMD

Dr. Patrick Mahaney, VMD

Dr. Patrick Mahaney is a veterinarian and certified veterinary acupuncturist providing services to Los Angeles-based clients both on a house call and in-clinic basis. Years of clinical experience, including an extensive background in emergency medicine, have provided countless eye opening insights on animals overcoming adversity.

Dr. Mahaney’s unique approach integrating eastern and western medical perspectives has evolved into a specialized house call practice, California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness (CPAW), Inc. As his professional purpose has expanded, he discovered a growing need for pet enthusiasts to experience the triumphs and virtues of holistic care. In addition to providing house calls, Dr. Mahaney offers complementary cancer treatments for dogs and cats at the Veterinary Cancer Group.

Dr. Mahaney’s entry into the pet media world began in 2008, when he began blogging my perspective on veterinary medicine and pet health in Patrick’s Blog. His media presence has expanded to multiple formats, including online, print, radio, and television.

In 2011, Dr. Mahaney participated in his first international veterinary volunteer project with Amazon CARES. Peruvian urban and Amazon Jungle communities were the venues for mobile clinics providing medical and surgical treatments to dogs and cats, most of whom had never experienced any form of wellness care.

With his do-gooder gene activated and the travel bug buzzing, Dr. Mahaney plans more adventures through international philanthropic excursions in the future. As a veterinary insider, he understands the human interest and educational value of exploring the human-animal bond in a variety of media formats.

Articles by This Author

Pet Food: The Good, the Bad, and the Healthy
Pet Food: The Good, the Bad, and the Healthy

You pay close attention to what you and your family eat. You avoid processed foods, pay a premium for organic groceries and read labels religiously. But are you as persnickety when it comes...

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How to Keep Your Pet Healthy & Hydrated

As a veterinarian practicing in warm and sunny Southern California, I know the important role hydration plays in promoting my patients's best health. Water makes up 70-80% of a dog or cat's body mass, so it's a crucial nutrient to maintain normal cellular function. A loss of only 10% of the total body fluids can cause serious illness. Learn how important it is to keep pets hydrated and the signs of dehydration to watch out for.

Best Material for Your Pet’s Dish

What kind of bowl does your pet use? Did you know the type of bowl could be affecting your pet's health?

Fruit & Veggie Treats for Dogs & Cats

Looking for safe, healthy pet snacks? Check the fruit and vegetable drawer in your fridge. Save money and keep your pet healthier.

Safety Tactics for Proper Pet Restraint

How does your canine or feline companion know to stay away from cars, strangers, or poisons? Learn how to control your pet to keep him safe.

Improve Your Pet’s Dental Health

Keep your pet’s mouth healthy all year long by taking good care of your pet’s teeth through a combination of professional and home dental care.

PetSafe Top Topics Veterinarians Wish Pets Owners Better Understood

As a 1999 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, the past 16 years have afforded me many opportunities to witness trends of illness and wellness in my...

Pet Cancer Awareness Month: My Personal Story of Canine Cancer, Clinical Signs, and Quality of Life

For pet owners, learning that one’s beloved canine or feline companion has cancer is one of the worst imaginable conversations that can be had with their veterinarian.

Mutts vs. Purebred Dogs

Should you rescue a mutt or buy a purebred? Are you in love with scruffy beards or mushed faces? Learn about how to choose the pet who's right for you.

Find Your Lost Pet with a Microchip

How do microchips work? Do microchips really help reunite pets with their owners? Get answers to microchip FAQs straight from a vet.

Ask A Vet: Flea & Tick Control FAQs

Get the dirt on fleas and ticks straight from a veterinarian!

Is Your Pet at Risk for Heartworm Disease?

Heartworm is a preventable but potentially life-threatening disease spread by the bite of a mosquito.

Bloat: The Tale of the Twisted Stomach

Is your dog at risk for a potentially life-threatening disease? If you have a big dog who gulps his food, read on!

Improve Your Pet’s Dental Health: Prevention, Diagnosis & Treatment of Periodontal Disease

What's so scary about periodontal disease and how can you keep your pet's mouth healthy?

Ask a Vet: Why Is the Fur on My Dog’s Face or Body Stained Brown?

Have you ever seen a white dog with a dark, stained beard? While it’s harmless for the most part, there are some medical conditions that could cause excessive staining in your dog’s fur.

Frequently Asked Questions about Declawing Cats

Are you thinking about declawing your cat or kitten? Get the facts and answers to your questions before you consider declawing your cat.

Top 10 Pet Healthcare Topics Your Vet Wishes You Knew More About

By Dr. Patrick Mahaney, VMD  Having been in clinical practice since 1999, I’ve observed trends of both illness and wellness in my canine and feline patients. I’ve survived the intensity of...

How to Choose the Right Veterinarian

By Dr. Patrick Mahaney, VMD Dr. Mahaney and one of his many special patients! Choosing the right veterinarian for your pet is a relationship-building experience akin to finding a...

Weight Loss for Overweight Pets: Part 2

Guest post from Dr. Patrick Mahaney, VMD If you’ve read my PetSafe article Pet Obesity: The #1 Nutritional Disease in Pets, you should have a better understanding of the epidemic nature of...

Senior Pet Pain Management

Dr. Patrick Mahaney, VMD As our pets age, they become more likely to suffer from joint pain. Common adult and geriatric disease conditions include arthritis, which is painful joint...

Pet Obesity: The #1 Nutritional Disease in Pets

Guest post from Dr. Patrick Mahaney, VMD You may not even realize it, but your companion canine or feline could be pushing the upper limits of a healthy body weight. Carrying extra weight...

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Proper Grooming and Skin Care for Senior Dogs

By Dr. Patrick Mahaney, VDM CVA CVJ Many pet owners don’t worry about grooming their pet until there’s a problem, such as matting or unpleasant smells. After all, some pets, especially cats...

Water: The Nutrient Playing a Key Role in Canine and Feline Health

By Patrick Mahaney, VMD, CVA, CVJ Living in the perpetually sunny, hot, and dry climate of Southern California has forced me to be especially attuned to the hydration needs of my own dog,...

Go Green with Your Pet This Spring

 By Dr. Patrick Mahaney, VDM, CVA, CVJ Patrick and his dog Cardiff It’s nearly spring, which means putting away the winter coat, spending more time outside, and starting spring cleaning....

Diabetes in Pets: Recognition & Prevention

By Patrick Mahaney, VMD, CVA Veterinarian, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist Upon adopting a pet, most owners don’t consider the possibility their canine or feline companion could develop...

How to Keep Your Senior Pet in Tip Top Shape

Guest post from Dr. Patrick Mahaney, VMD Dr Mahaney and his dog Cardiff (photo credit: When is your cat, dog, or other companion animal considered a senior? There is no...