Rabies Advisory – Infected Bat Found Inside Lake Oswego Home

On June 15, 2018, The Oregonian reported that a bat testing positive for the Rabies virus was found inside a Lake Oswego home. While no one was bitten by the bat, it is possible that the dog and two cats who reside at the home had contact with the bat. Fortunately, all of these pets were…

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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 diagnosed Dilated Cardiomyopathy, a life-threatening heart disease, in pets as a result of eating…

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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 for 95 of the cases reported. Dairy was the second highest…

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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 have high liver or kidney values or may…

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Dr. Beedle Answers Your Questions About Canine Influenza

Canine influenza is a highly contagious airborne disease, much like kennel cough (Bordetella). The virus can travel in droplets from a cough or sneeze and can be transmitted by contact with contaminated objects (for instance, a chew toy or water bowl). Dogs can spread the disease without showing symptoms. There is a mild form of…

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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 the pet’s overall health, a problem with anesthesia/spay/neuter, or infectious/contagious diseases. Level…

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My vet says my pet needs a dental cleaning and I’ve got questions.

Why does my pet need a dental cleaning? Regular dental cleanings are needed to prevent periodontal disease. Periodontal disease takes place below the gum line. It is caused by the bacteria living on dental plaque and tartar eating away at the bone surrounding teeth. This process leads to gingival inflammation, bone loss, infection, and tooth loss. It…

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Kim’s CIV Story

This post was written by Kim, one of the Frontier Veterinary Hospital managers. Prior to moving to Oregon and starting work at Frontier in the fall of 2016, I lived in Chicago and managed a small animal vet clinic there for many years. I had the rather unlucky situation of being there at essentially “Ground…

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URGENT: Canine Flu Update

UPDATE 3/1/18: There have now been 3 confirmed cases of CIV in the Grants Pass area of Southern Oregon. There is a current outbreak of the H3N2 strain of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) in Silicon Valley that stretches from the San Jose area to San Francisco, with recent expansion east to Reno, Nevada. As of…

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My pet is having an emergency and Frontier is closed! What do I do?

As available as your Frontier Family is, we are not a 24-hour hospital.  So what should you do if your pet is having an emergency and Frontier is closed? If your pet is having a critical emergency, go to the facility that is closest to your geographical location for stabilization. Examples of a critical emergency are: Massive hemorrhage – bleeding Anaphylaxis/Shock…

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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.