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San Elijo Hills Real Estate Market Update-April 2021

The average home selling in San Elijo Hills is selling for 109% of the listing price in an average of just 17 days. The price per square foot has jumped from $336 per square foot in 2020 to up to $466 in March of 2021. Currently, only four active homes for sale in San Elijo Hills and 16 homes are pending in escrow. With only 12 homes selling in March. Low mortgage rates and historically low inventory of homes for sale make now the time to sell your San Elio Hills Home. Please call or text 760 496-8134 and we can talk about safely selling your home.

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A car ran a San Elijo Hill’s red light, pushing another car into a hydrant Tuesday Evening

Tips for a Calmer Feline Veterinary Visit

Experts recommend that all adult pets see a veterinarian once a year for a wellness visit.  These exams allow the veterinary team to screen for medical, husbandry, and behavioral concerns on a regular basis.  This gives owners tools to help their pet live as long and as happy a life as possible, while potentially identifying early signs of illness and disease allowing for early intervention.  Unfortunately, studies have shown that many cats are not getting these visits on a regular basis. This is not because cat owners do not love their feline family members, but because they are concerned about the emotional well-being of their pets.  

Many feline owners report that their cats feel an extreme level of stress when going to the vet, which may manifest as hiding, cowering, howling, and even aggression.  As a result, many cat owners avoid veterinary visits, sometimes until their pet is very sick.

There are, however, ways to make a cat’s veterinary visit a much lower-stress experience. Working in concert with your pet’s veterinarian and staff, techniques can be employed to lower your cat’s anxiety level before, during, and after the veterinary visit.  These calming techniques begin at home, days before your scheduled appointment.

Start with the Carrier:
The choice of carrier/crate is extremely important.  You may choose a hard or soft carrier depending on your and your cat’s preference, but whichever you choose, it should have a few traits:

  • It should be big enough for your cat to lie down in while still being light enough for you to carry from the bottom
  • The carrier should have at least two openings – one at the front and one on the top
  • It should be easy to take apart so that the cat doesn’t have to be dragged out of the carrier for the exam
  • It should be sturdy, secure, and quiet

Most cats flee at the sight of the carrier because they only see it when they are being taken to the vet.  This does not need to be the case.  You can train your cat to love its carrier!  First off, do not “hide” the carrier; this will only signal your cat to flee and become stressed when you remove the crate from its hiding place.  Leave the carrier out at all times and fill it with soft bedding.  Place it in an area that the cat likes to rest and leave the door open, encouraging your cat to use it as a sanctuary.  Many cats prefer elevated surfaces, so place the carrier on a secure table or shelf off of the floor.  Play with your cat near the carrier, so it becomes part of an enjoyable environment.  You may also place favorite toys, treats, or feline calming pheromone spray (“Feliway”) to encourage your cat to go into its carrier.  If your cat is reluctant at first, take the top off or the carrier leaving only the bottom tray and the soft bedding.  Once your cat starts to use the carrier for sleep, you can put the top back on and continue to encourage your cat to use the carrier as a safe space.

Calmer Transportation:

When it comes time to take your cat to the vet, give yourself time to make it a calmer experience.  Don’t rush to shove your cat into the carrier and go.  Take the time to lure your cat into the carrier with treats or toys.  Place familiar smelling objects in the crate before transport.

Once your cat is in the carrier, cover the carrier with a familiar smelling towel and/or one infused with calming pheromone spray.  When moving the crate, carry it from the bottom, at chest height, to prevent too much movement/swinging.  

In the car, place the carrier somewhere with lower visual stimuli and little motion.  The ideal place is on the floor behind the passenger seat.  Keep the towel over the carrier on three sides so the cat has the option to look out of the carrier or hunker in a darker space.  Play quiet, calming music while driving as cats may become stimulated by loud noises, and drive calmly trying to avoid sudden starts and stops.

At the Vet*:

Working with the veterinary team, you can make your cat’s time at the veterinary clinic a calmer experience.  Leave your cat in the safe space in the car for as long as possible.  This may mean calling the reception for check in or walking to the reception desk to check in while leaving your cat in the car, weather permitting.  Once in the hospital, keep your cat’s carrier on an elevated surface facing away from the open space of the waiting room where other animals may over-stimulate your pet.  

Once in the exam room, remain quiet and calm.  Open your cat’s carrier, but do not force them to exit.  Offer tasty treats and play with toys if your cat is interested.

*If your veterinarian is currently offering curbside service, leave your cat comfortably in their secure spot in the car until the veterinary staff member comes to get them for the exam.

The Return Home

Remember that your cat may still be in a heightened state of arousal when they come home.  This may interfere with their interactions with other pets in the household.  When you come home, take the carrier to a quiet, safe space and allow your pet to leave the carrier on its own. Watch for signs of stress or aggression between pets due to behavioral changes or foreign smells on your cat.  Distract other pets with treats or play while your cat acclimates to being back home.

Other Tips and Tricks

  • Bring your cat’s favorite high-value treats along to the veterinary visit.  Encourage staff members to feed your cat if your pet is willing to eat
  • Feed your cat less that morning so they arrive to the appointment hungry and willing to take treats
  • Purchase calming pheromone spray (“Feliway”) and spray covers, blankets, your car, and yourself 15 minutes before leaving for the vet

For very stressed cats, anti-anxiety medication can make veterinary trips a much calmer experience.  Appropriate use of these medications can help your pet immensely, resulting in less fearful visits which will ultimately benefit your pet’s health by decreasing stress and allowing for more comprehensive examinations.  Talk to your veterinarian about options for your specific pet.

If your cat has significant fear issues when going to the vet, discuss these concerns with your veterinarian so that their team can devise a plan to make the visit as low-stress as possible.  This will help your pet get the wellness care it needs to help it live as long and happy a life as possible.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our hospital at (760) 736-3636.

Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo 

1691 Melrose Dr. Suite # 110
San Marcos, CA 92078

Summer Camp 2021 – Can We Go?

With rates of COVID-19 trending down in California, and schools opening back up for in-person instruction, will our kids be able to enroll in summer camps this year? Dr. Jaime Friedman’s latest blog gives a positive outlook for our kids getting out there and being social again. Take a look at it HERE

Children’s Physicians Medical Group (CPMG), in partnership with Rady Children’s Health Network, is dedicated to offering outstanding healthcare for your kids, from birth through age 18. Have you checked out our website?  We can help you find a doctor, explain why CPMG is right for you and allow you to view videos on our doctors and other health topics.

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Assault with a Deadly Weapon – San Marcos | News Release | San Diego County Sheriff

Assault with a Deadly Weapon – San Marcos Deputies need information of a 17-year-old who was stabbedPost Date:02/21/2021 2:41 AMA 17-year-old male who had been stabbed was located in the Sports Park at 1105 Elfin Forest Road in the San Elijo Community, San Marcos.It happened on Saturday, February 20th, around 8:00 p.m.. The San Marcos Station patrol deputies responded to a radio call of a 17-year-old male who sustained a stab wound.  When deputies arrived, they located the injured juvenile.  The San Marcos Fire Department evaluated the injured victim and coordinated his transport to Children’s Hospital via

.  The victim provided limited information as to what occurred and who was involved.  Deputies were unable to locate a crime scene at the park and the suspect is still outstanding.  The victim is currently in stable condition, receiving medical care. Anyone with information can call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

Source: Assault with a Deadly Weapon – San Marcos | News Release | San Diego County Sheriff

Teen stabbed in San Elijo Hills, airlifted to hospital – The San Diego Union-Tribune

A teen was stabbed in San Marcos around 8 p.m. on Saturday as suspects fled the scene, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.The attack took place near San Elijo Middle School on Elfin Forest Road. The victim, a 17-year-old boy, was flown to Rady Children’s Hospital with moderate to serious injuries.

Anyone with information can call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

UPDATE –The boy was reported to be in stable condition.

Source: Teen stabbed in San Marcos, airlifted to hospital – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Best electric bikes: ebike types explained & how to choose the right one – BikeRadar

Thinking about buying an electric bike? Here’s everything you need to know. This is a good topic for San Marcos trails and SEH. Wear a helmet be kind to others on the trail. Do not ride on wet trails.

Source: Best electric bikes: ebike types explained & how to choose the right one – BikeRadar

With spectacular surfing, reminders on how pollution and sand reach the ocean – The Escondido Creek Conservancy

With Spectacular Surfing, Reminders On How Pollution And Sand Reach The Ocean

The western terminus of the Escondido Creek, spectacular surfing at Cardiff State Beach in January reminded us how a clean and natural watershed makes for a clean ocean, and why the work of The Escondido Creek Conservancy is so vital.As surfers carved across wave faces buffeted by offshore winds, Conservancy board member Richard Murphy was there to photograph them. What the pictures don’t show is upstream pollution that invariably finds its way to the beach.“Once it gets into the storm drain system,” said Greg McBain, “it’s on its way to the ocean.”McBain, a retired civil engineer who specialized in water and wastewater, is a former Conservancy board member. He consults with the Conservancy on our efforts to improve water quality in Escondido Creek.Pollution, he said, often begins on the streets when motor oils, antifreeze, and other contaminants wash from the pavement into gutters and storm drains, and then empty into the creek.

A piece of trash, especially after a heavy rain, can travel nonstop from Escondido to Cardiff State Beach. Plastics, when absorbed by marine life, make their way up the food chain and can contaminate the seafood we eat.Nitrogen compounds in fertilizer make for a green lawn but, when washed into watersheds, can cause algae blooms that deplete creeks and lagoons of oxygen, killing insects and fish.“People need to act responsibly in terms of what they’re letting out into a storm drain or sewer,” McBain said.So must government agencies. State and federal laws require local jurisdictions to prevent pollutants from entering watersheds. The most common prohibited discharges come from: irrigation runoff; trash; vehicle washing; hosing down or pressure-washing streets, sidewalks or parking lots; swimming pool discharges, or sewer overflows.Residents can help by reporting suspicious discharges:County of San Diego: 619-338-2073City of Escondido: 760-839-4668City of Encinitas: 760-633-2787Back at the beach, rivers and creeks are “the dominant source of fine-grained sediment that enters the ocean,” according to a U.S. Geological Survey Report, and at many surf breaks, that sand improves surfing conditions.

The damming and channeling of creeks and rivers alters the natural flow of sand, gravels and small stones, which has led to increased coastal erosion, flooding and property damage.  A natural creek bed, by contrast, would contain a balance of rock, gravels, and sand, which reduces erosion during flood events. The Conservancy’s work to preserve land within the Escondido Creek watershed reduces flooding and minimizes pollution which would otherwise ultimately end up in the San Elijo Lagoon and at the beach. The more natural a watershed is, the less erosion and over-siltation occurs, making for healthier and cleaner waters, and a better surf break.In addition to basic hydrology, education programs offered by The Conservancy explain how trash and pollution upstream can damage habitats and oceans downstream. The programs emphasize taking action, such as litter clean-ups or letter-writing to corporations and government offices to appeal for solutions to litter, single-use plastics, and environmentally-harmful practices.

The programs reach students at every elementary school in the Escondido Union School District. As a result, we have seen improvements to our creeks and beaches and expect that positive trend to continue.But you don’t have to be a student to get involved. The Conservancy organizes litter clean-ups for all ages, as well as habitat restoration events, which benefit ecosystem health and, consequently, human health. Contact us today and join us for more beautiful beaches, cleaner communities, and a more prosperous planet.For three decades, nonprofit The Escondido Creek Conservancy has worked to preserve and protect the Escondido Creek watershed in North San Diego County for wildlife and people alike. That includes water monitoring and hauling thousands of pounds of trash from the creek and its tributaries. In the City of Escondido, the Conservancy works with City staff to improve Reidy Creek, which drains into Escondido Creek, and is urging the creation of a new ‘Park with a Park’ at Grape Day Park to add new park space and create a natural drainage feature to clean storm water. For more information on the Conservancy’s work, see: Reidy Creek and Grape Day Park.Open Richard Murphy’s surfing photos at Cardiff State Beach

Source: With spectacular surfing, reminders on how pollution and sand reach the ocean – The Escondido Creek Conservancy

Twin Oaks Valley/San Elijo corridor paving project begins Feb. 16

A major paving project along Twin Oaks Valley Road and San Elijo Road is set to begin Feb. 16 with an anticipated completion date of June 2021.

The roughly $2 million project will repair and resurface one of San Marcos’ most highly traveled corridors stretching between Rancho Santa Fe Road and State Route 78. Work is scheduled to begin Feb. 16 with traffic signal work and pavement repair through April. The last order of work will include applying slurry seal and restriping the entire corridor.

Traffic will be impacted throughout the construction period with lane closures and delays. For the latest details, visit the City of San Marcos’ Road and Traffic Alerts webpage, which will be updated throughout the run of the project.

“This important project is part of necessary street maintenance to prevent premature failure of our roads,” said Lewis Clapp, Principal Civil Engineer for the City of San Marcos. “This project will ultimately extend the life of the pavement and it is an important component of the City’s strategic Pavement Management Program.”

Pavement Coatings Co. has been contracted by the City of San Marcos to make these improvements. Property owners along the corridor directly impacted by the project will receive additional information via mail from Pavement Coatings Co. prior to their work in each area. During the slurry seal period, directly impacted property owners will receive an additional written notification two days prior to work beginning, and “No Parking” signs will be placed on roadways to define the work areas for each day.


WHEN:                 Feb. 16-June 2021

SPECIFICS:           The project includes signal modifications, road resurfacing and striping

IMPACTS:            Traffic will be impacted during construction with lane closures and delays              

MORE INFO:       Road and traffic alertsCONTACT:           Kyle Wright, Construction Manager, (760) 744-1050 Ext. 3209

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