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Backyard Chickens & Marek’s Disease

by Dr. Claire Peterson Here at Frontier Veterinary Hospital, we are seeing more and more pet chickens as people are exploring how awesome it is to have fresh eggs straight from your own backyard! Unfortunately, I’m also seeing a lot of chickens coming in that either...

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Pet Safety Alert: Rodenticide Ingredient Changes

People in the Portland Metro area routinely experience problems with unwanted rodents in or around their homes. Our mild climate and abundance of resources provide excellent habitat for these critters. The most popular method of controlling unwanted rodent populations...

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Is my pet’s flea and tick medication safe?

Some of you may have recently seen news reports about the FDA’s announcement on the potential for neurologic side effects with some flea and tick preventatives. These are products in what is called the ‘isoxazoline class’, which includes Nexgard, Simparica, Credelio,...

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Tick Talk

Ticks are a common parasite in the northwest. Although present year-round, they are most frequently encountered in spring and summer. We often get calls from clients, concerned that their dog (less often cat) has a tick on them. Quite often, dog parents will mistake a...

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Grain-Free Pet Food Advisory

With many people avoiding grains in their own diets, pet food companies have recognized this trend and developed grain-free pet foods marketed to health-conscious pet owners. While grain-free foods can be fine, a concern has been raised by cardiologists who have...

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Food For Thought: Does Your Dog Need A Grain-Free Diet?

Is Grain-Free Healthier? The short answer to this complicated question is - it depends! While food allergies do exist, protein sources are far more often the culprit rather than grains. In one study with 278 dogs, beef was the most common allergen, being responsible...

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Why do Whole Health Plans include lab work?

Each of our Whole Health Plans includes labwork - but why? Puppy & Kitten Whole Health Plans:  Chem/CBC/PT/PTT (plus twice a year fecal for puppies and FeLV/FIV testing in kittens). Helps screen for congenital or acquired diseases that may be a health concern for...

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Why is lab work recommended for healthy pets?

Why is labwork important for healthy animals?  There are 4 main reasons: 1. To make sure nothing is wrong with a patient that we’re not aware of. Unrecognized toxin exposure - Pets that have been exposed to or ingested a toxin (unknown to their pet parents) may...

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