Questions about dental care? We’ve got answers!

Questions about dentistry? You’re not alone! Here are some of our most frequently asked questions: “Why do dental cleanings require anesthesia? I thought a groomer could clean my pet’s teeth without anesthesia” A thorough, professional dental cleaning requires scaling the teeth both above and below the gum line, polishing both the exterior and interior tooth…

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What’s the deal with bloodwork for healthy senior pets?

What’s the deal with bloodwork for healthy senior pets? When an animal comes to the veterinary hospital for an illness, it’s a lot easier to understand why the doctor is recommending blood work, a urinalysis, a fecal sample, or x-rays.  Basically, something is wrong and we are looking for confirmation of what that is and…

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Trick-or-Treat Safety for Oregonian Pets

Halloween is fun scary for us humans, but it can be SCARY scary for pets. Fortunately, it’s easy to keep your pet safe and relaxed in your Hillsboro home if you take a few simple precautions Costumes Make sure your pet is comfortable and can breathe freely. Pets should only wear costumes when you are…

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I work at a vet, and my dog had heartworm infection

In 2009 I had just moved to Oregon.  My husband and I had decided to add another dog to our family.  A cute little rat dog caught our eye at a local adoption event and we just had to have him! Luca Chiweenie quickly snuggled his way into our hearts and we had to find…

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What is heartworm disease and why do I need to give my dog heartworm preventative?

Everything you need to know about heartworm disease but never thought to ask! There is a common misconception that we don’t have heartworm disease here in Oregon. Unfortunately, this is not true, and we’ve seen a steady increase in heartworm diagnoses in Washinton and Multnomah counties in the last few years.  Heartworm is a serious…

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Can my dog really get heartworm in Oregon?

Is your dog on heartworm preventative? Heartworm is a serious disease, but the good news? It’s completely and easily preventable! Myth #1 – We don’t have heartworm disease in Oregon! Fact – Oh, yes we do. Via the CAPC (Companion Animal Parasite Council) surveillance numbers based on veterinary diagnostic laboratory reporting, there were 40 positive cases of…

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Nicky’s Story

Himalayan cats and other short-nosed breeds of cats & dogs can have dental problems at a young age. Sweet Nicky is only 2 but had some serious dental issues due to his breed- short-nosed dog & cat breeds (think Himalayans, Persians, Pugs, and Boston Terriers, among others) have a smaller space for the same number of teeth as…

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Is my pet having an emergency?

How do I know if my pet is having an emergency? What NEEDS to be seen NOW? What can wait until later today or tomorrow? As with a lot of veterinary medicine, what classifies as an emergency can be a gray area.  The list below is far from complete, but it outlines a few of the most…

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“You want me to give my cat what?!?” Pill Training your cat makes medications easy

“You want me to give my cat what?!?” I usually get a look of horror or anxiety whenever I tell an owner that they have to medicate their cat. You can assume at some point during your cat’s life, it will need to be medicated for either an illness or an injury.   A lot of…

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Pet Care Instructions: Food, Water & … Dental Cleanings?

Will a dental cleaning really make my pet feel better? My oldest cat Lula (aka my Princess!) has had some dental issues over the course of her 12 years with me.  While she doesn’t build up tartar very fast and her gums look great, she has a history of tooth resorption – a painful condition…

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What's Next

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    Call us or schedule an appointment online.

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    Meet with a doctor for an initial exam.

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    Put a plan together for your pet.