Rattlesnake season is upon us! Advanced Veterinary Care is offering a Discount on Vaccine

Rattlesnake Vaccine

Rattlesnake season is upon us!

Unfortunately, hot summer weather dramatically increases rattlesnake activity in our beautiful hills, putting us and our pets in potential danger.

What can you do to protect your dog? Here are some tips:

  • Vaccinate your dog with the rattlesnake vaccine.
  • Keep your dog on leash, and near the center of the trail whenever possible.
  • Work with your dog to ensure he comes when he is called, so that if you hear or see a snake, you can get your dog away quickly and effectively.
  • Stay on wide, established trails instead of hiking through areas where snakes can easily hide.
  • Don’t allow your dog to burrow, sniff around in bushes or otherwise try to tangle with wildlife.
  • Consider installing snake-proof fencing on your property.

Signs of a snake bite include puncture wounds from the fangs of the snake, bruising, rapid swelling and pain. If you suspect your dog may have been bitten, immediately seek veterinary attention; if at all possible call ahead, so our veterinary team can prepare. The doctors and staff at Advanced Veterinary Care are experienced at treating rattlesnake envenomation and are prepared to provide aggressive care for your pet, including anti-venom, in the event that they are bitten.

The rattlesnake vaccine is not indicated for every dog. Dr. Riehl and Dr. Thomas are happy to make a recommendation as to whether or not your dog should be vaccinated based upon his or her lifestyle and degree of potential exposure. Please call our office today at 760-736-3636 to schedule an appointment for your dog’s vaccine or to find out if the vaccine is recommended for your pet. Dogs who have never been vaccinated for the rattlesnake vaccine will need a booster in 2-3 weeks from the first vaccine. Both vaccines will be discounted by 50% if performed within the month of July.

Offer good through July 1st-31st. The discounted cost of the vaccine is 14.50. Vaccinated animals still require timely, aggressive emergency care in the event of a bite.

Advanced Veterinary Care is committed to your pet’s health and safety this summer.

Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo Hills

Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo 

1691 Melrose Dr Suite # 110
San Marcos, CA 92078

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department-Fireworks Safety


It’s a colorful and spectacular salute to our nation’s independence. Fireworks, however, can cause injuries and spark fires.

As the Fourth of July approaches, the Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Unit is reminding San Diegans it’s illegal to possess and use fireworks in the county.

It’s also illegal to transport fireworks from elsewhere into San Diego County or to make homemade fireworks and explosives.

Hundreds of pounds of illegal fireworks are confiscated in the county each year. Items are collected at various points of entry or dropped off at Sheriff’s Stations or Substations, as well as fire and police stations.

For your safety, the Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Unit routinely dispose of fireworks and other hazardous items.

Under California law, illegal fireworks include sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers and other types that explode, go into the air, or move on the ground in an uncontrollable manner.

Those convicted of possessing and/or using fireworks could be fined up to $50,000 and sent to prison or jail for up to one year. Fines can be significantly increased depending on the amount of property loss or if human suffering is caused by a fire set.

A Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) study shows eight people were killed and more than 11,000 thousand were injured while handling fireworks across the country in 2013.

Children under the age of five suffered the most fireworks‐related injuries.

Let’s leave the fireworks to the professionals. Don’t allow children to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be hot or ignited and can explode at any time.

To learn more about the Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Unit, go to: http://goo.gl/FKF2mI.

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Live High Buy Low in San Elijo Hills


Low HOA, Low Tax rate, Low Interest Rates 

Unique Single Story Homes

Set in the breathtaking hills of North San Diego County, Sanctuary by Richmond American offers a distinctive new home collection with a wealth of personalization options. Featuring two highly desirable single story floor plans, and two 2-story floor plans, including 3 – 7 bedrooms and up to approximately 4,200 square feet with ocean and mountain views. 

These homes are nestled in an exclusive area of San Elijo Hills, with many of the homes enjoying spectacular back country views that extend to Big Bear. Most homes border open space, giving the neighborhood a special connection to the outdoors and a sense of spaciousness. Homes priced from the high $800,000s. 

For more information on San Elijo Hills and the surrounding area, please visit sanelijohills.com or check us out on Facebook.

North County San Diego Fireworks Shows for July 4th 2015

North County San Diego Fireworks

North County San Diego Fireworks Shows for July 4th 2015

From San Elijo Hills you can view several different shows in the distance. What is your favorite spot to watch fireworks in San Elijo Hills? Please share your tips.

Oceanside: 6/27- Independence Day Parade on Coast Hwy from Wisconsin Ave to Center Civic Drive, 10am. (760) 754-4512  www.oceansideparade.com.

Oceanside: 7/3 Firework Show Celebration at Rancho Del Oro in Oceanside 9:15pm www.visitoceanside.org

Park Hyatt Resort Aviara 7/4 4th of July Fireworks Show. Watch display from the Aviara golf course. www.parkaviara.hyatt.com.

La Costa Spa-Omni Resort : 7/4 – Fireworks display (for hotel guests and registered members only). www.lacosta.com.

Camp Pendleton: 7/4 – 4th of July Beach Bash and fireworks. Vendors and live entertainment all day. Fireworks show starts after dusk. www.mccscp.com

Del Mar Fairgrounds 7/4 – San Diego County Fair at Del Mar Fairgrounds. Fireworks display begins approx. at 9:30pm followed by concert by America and the Navy Band Southwest. (858) 793-5555 www.sdfair.com

Escondido: 7/4 – Independence Day Celebration in Grape Day Park and California Center for the Arts with fireworks display and Marine Band. 130 Woodward Avenue, Escondido, 92025. www.ci.escondido.ca.us

Legoland:  7/4 – “Red, White and Boom” Fireworks show begins early approx. at 8:30pm and is choreographed to a spirited American music tribute. www.legoland.com.

Poway: 7/4 – Old Fashioned Fourth at Old Poway Park. Fireworks from Poway High School begin approximately 9pm. www.poway.org/oldpowaypark

San Marcos: 7/4 – Fireworks show and entertainment at Bradley Park, Rancho Santa Fe Road and Linda Vista Drive. Activities begin at 6pm and fireworks display is at 9pm. www.san-marcos.net.

Temecula: 7/4 – Star Spangled 4th of July Parade & Extravaganza, 2-10pm. Regan Sports Park at 30875 Rancho Vista Road, 92592. www.cityoftemecula.org

Vista: 7/4 – Red, White, & Boom Independence Day Celebration, 9pm. Moonlight Amphitheatre in Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive. (760) 726-1340 ext. 1571. www.cityofvista.com

Times and shows subject to change please confirm on respective websites.

Channel 10 Report Raises Guardrail Questions About Twin Oaks Valley Road Crash

4th of July fireworks celebration returns to San Marcos

San Marcos City Fireworks

The City of San Marcos is hosting its annual 4th of July Celebration, on Saturday, July 4th at Bradley Park, 1587 Linda Vista Dr. in San Marcos.

The evening’s free entertainment featuring The Polyester Express will begin at 6 pm. Children’s activities include face painting, party jumps and more. Food concessions will include hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, snow cones, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Local businesses and individuals contribute funds to make the fireworks display possible. To date, over half of the funds have been raised.

For more information or to help the San Marcos Fireworks Fund Raising community campaign reach the $25,000 goal, visit www.san-marcos.net/specialevents to donate online or call the City’s Community Services Department, (760) 744-9000.

Lakehouse Craft Brews & Gourmet BBQ

Lakehouse Craft Brews & Gourmet BBQ
Lakehouse Craft Brews & Gourmet BBQ 
Lakehouse Hotel & Resort is partnering with Firestone Brewery for a beer tasting and BBQ on July 11 from 1pm.-4pm. $20 ticket includes gourmet bbq lunch served on the pool deck, 4 beer tastings and a souvenir tasting glass. 

San Marcos City Council adopted a balanced budget for fiscal year


On June 9, the San Marcos City Council passed and adopted a $66.9 million general fund budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16, which begins July 1. The general fund pays for important services such as fire protection, law enforcement, street and park maintenance, recreation services, land use planning and general administration.

The City strives to improve the budget document to make it easier for individuals unfamiliar with the government budgeting processes to understand. The budget document includes revenue and expenditure summaries for each department, and was enhanced to show departmental budget requests and the recommended requests by the City Manager. The document also summarizes each department function, outlines how the budget supports the City’s strategic goals and includes information on non-general fund spending.

“The goal is to make it easier to learn about the City’s budget, programs and services while presenting a more accurate depiction of costs and where each dollar is being spent,” said Finance Director Laura Rocha. “As stewards of the public dollar, the City is committed to continually improving transparency and accountability.”

Overall, the City’s finances remain steady and the budget for the new fiscal year supports the policy to maintain a reserve of at least 40 percent of the projected general fund expenditure. Despite the mixed pace of economic recovery, the City has benefited from moderate revenue increases. Sales and property tax, which account for 50 percent of general fund revenues, have increased by more than four and eight percent, respectively.

“As the economy continues to recover and challenges remain for all levels of government, San Marcos is positioned well and has maintained a slow and steady fiscal approach moving forward,” said City Manager Jack Griffin.

Setting a new precedent, City Council approved a revision to the General Fund reserve policy in May to reduce reserve levels from 50 percent to 40 percent. This move makes funds available to incrementally reduce the city’s backlog of facility and infrastructure rehabilitation and replacement projects.

To support the change, the budget also sets aside 2.6 percent of the General Fund for long-range maintenance of City buildings, roads and sidewalks, lighting and storm drains, parks and landscaping, and equipment and vehicle replacement. As San Marcos ages, it becomes increasingly important to maintain existing infrastructure.

“The 2015-16 budget exemplifies City Council’s commitment to invest in the future of San Marcos,” commented Griffin. “By making small investments over time and supporting long term financial planning, the City is taking steps to control future costs.”

The budget set-aside will help the City address the accumulated maintenance project backlog, reduce long-term costs and improve the quality of life in San Marcos.

For more information, please contact the city’s Finance Department at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3126.

Come and support our second annual Carnival for Cancer


Come and support our second annual Carnival for Cancer. Last year, we raised over $1,200 and plan on doubling it this year! We will have carnival games, a bounce house (sponsored by the Houston Team), and a raffle. A few of the raffle prizes include a $50 101 Diner gift card, $25 Epoch gift card, and two movie tickets. Plus, there will be a bake sale and plenty of fun! Please come and join us on June 27, from 10-2, at Questhaven Park! Let’s fight back and knock out cancer once and for all!

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