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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Common Health Concerns in Senior Pets

Not all of the changes in an older pet are normal age-related changes. Many can indicate a medical problem, and if diagnosed early, most are treatable. A particular symptom may not immediately indicate one specific problem, however, as most symptoms can be caused by...

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I found a baby bird! What can I do?

I found a baby bird! What can I do to help it? Contrary to popular belief, if you find a baby bird on the ground here in the Portland area, it is probably NOT abandoned.  Spring is the time of year that most wild baby birds are learning how to fly. To do this, they...

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