September is Pet Insurance Month and it’s also the perfect time to announce that Roseway Veterinary Hospital will soon begin a new partnership with Companion Protect Pet Insurance! We’re very excited about this partnership because Companion Protect offers comprehensive pet health insurance coverage for a flat low price that doesn’t increase when your pet ages. Accidental injuries, ongoing treatments, wellness exams are all part of the plan—and the best part? Because we will be part of their “VetWork”, you won’t need to pay up front for your pet’s care to get reimbursed. Just a 10% co-pay at the time of service and we submit all the paperwork! We’ll be sending more information on how you can enroll soon!
You probably know Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV) better by its common name: bloat. It’s a life-threatening emergency resulting from excess gas in the stomach, which causes it to twist upon itself. Extra-large dogs over 99 pounds have an approximate 20% risk of developing bloat in their lifetimes and the risk increases with age. That said, the condition can occur in smaller dogs as well. If you have a high-risk dog, it’s important to know the symptoms of bloat, because they can be subtle. They include: • A hard, distended, or “double bubble” stomach • Anxiety • Signs of pain including panting, guarding the belly, anguished/worried facial expression • Unproductive vomiting or heaving It’s important to note that some dogs will not have the classic distended stomach, so it’s best to be cautious and get your pet to the vet right away if there are other symptoms. You can also decrease the chances of your dog getting bloat by making sure they avoid rough play right after eating, using a slow feeder, giving smaller meals more often and avoiding elevated bowls. For some high-risk dogs, we do recommend a procedure called gastropexy. This surgical procedure involves surgically attaching the stomach to the wall of the dog’s body, preventing the “twisting” part of GDV. Often when bloat occurs it takes a while for owners to realize their pet is in distress, and this condition becomes fatal very quickly. So does your big dog really need that? The first step is to determine your dog’s risk of GDV. If he or she is young, gastropexy can possibly be done in conjunction with a spay/neuter, saving your pet the stress of a second surgery. We can provide you with more information about gastropexy and help you determine if your dog is a good candidate. Request an appointment online or give us a call at (503) 360-9695.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, created to remind people how important it is to keep their vaccinations up to date. But that advice isn’t just for humans—it’s vital for pets as well. Vaccinating your pet is a relatively inexpensive but very important way to protect his or her health. In addition to preventing many life-threatening illnesses, vaccinations can keep your pet and family safe from diseases prevalent in wildlife and those that can be passed to humans. At Roseway Veterinary Hospital, we customize our vaccination protocols to the needs of your pet, and we’re working hard to make it easier and less stressful for your animal companion to get this life-saving preventive care. Some of the ways we’re doing this include: using “ultra vaccines”, which are purified and concentrated to reduce the volume of the injection and a faster, less painful experience utilizing Fear Free strategies such as pheromones, blankets, treat boards and handling techniques to distract and put pets at ease opting for an oral bordetella vaccination that doesn’t involve an injection or irritating nasal liquids Even if your pet lives primarily indoors, some core vaccinations are still extremely important to his or her (and your) health. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about them—just give us a call at (503) 360-9695.
…it could save your pet’s life! According to the American Association of Feline Practitioners, 83% of cats visit the vet at least once in their first year with their families. Sadly, over half of them never return to the vet for years until there’s a serious emergency. While it’s true that cats are often low-maintenance pets compared to dogs, cats still need regular wellness care. This is especially important as your feline friend ages, because the fact is that 1 in 3 cats will develop life-threatening kidney disease in their lifetimes. Another potentially dangerous health issue for cats as they get older is hyperthyroidism. Kidney disease is deadly and rarely shows any symptoms until it is well advanced. That’s why early diagnosis is so important. Roseway Veterinary Hospital offers symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA) testing for both cats and dogs. SDMA is a valuable tool in detecting the earliest stages of potential kidney disease. Testing SDMA allows us to act sooner and monitor closely for further development of the disease, giving your pet the best chance at a long, healthy life. Hyperthyroidism occurs when your cat’s thyroid gland produces an excess of thyroid hormone, and untreated it can lead to problems with the heart, kidneys, and other organs. Simple blood tests can diagnose this condition, and it can be easily and inexpensively managed with medication. If it’s been over a year since your feline friend has seen the vet, don’t wait—make an appointment online or call us at (503) 360-9695.
Now is the time to protect your pets against fleas, ticks and heartworms! The more you buy, the more you save… which means you can stock up on the parasite preventives your pet needs and save money! Hurry! These spectacular summer savings won’t last. Schedule an appointment online or call us at 503.360.9695 to protect your pet and save!
If you have indoor cats who might venture outside when the weather’s nice, you probably think they’re protected from most feline disease. Unfortunately, it’s easier than you might think for them to be exposed to deadly viruses. Both feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) are contagious, untreatable illnesses. It’s believed that up to 4% of the cats in the U.S. have one or both viruses. These viruses are primarily spread by bite wounds, although FeLV can also be transmitted through casual contact such as mutual grooming or even from shared litterboxes and food dishes. FIV causes progressive destruction of a cat’s immune system and eventually animals show a variety of symptoms such as diarrhea, gum inflammation, weight loss, and skin and respiratory infections. Cats suffering from FeLV will often be diagnosed with cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia or anemia first. It may take years before a cat with one of these viruses to become symptomatic, but during that time they can spread the disease to other felines. Bottom line? All cats—whether they are indoor or outdoor—should be vaccinated against FIV and FeLV for their own protection and that of other cats. If you have questions about FIV or FeLV or want to book an appointment to get your pet vaccinated, call us at 503.360.9695.
Summer in our area means getting outdoors—hiking, biking, camping, paddling and climbing. If you’re taking your dog on any of those adventures, here are some must-read tips to make sure your pet stays safe: Heat kills! Never leave your pet in a car, even for a quick trip! On a sunny 70-degree day, your car can heat up to over 100 degrees in 20 minutes. Hot asphalt will scorch your pet’s paws—so if it’s too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for your pooch. Depending on where your pet will be riding in a vehicle, a travel crate or seatbelt harness is the best way to go. If you opt for a harness, make sure you choose one that will keep your pet secure in a crash, not just a snap-on device to prevent distraction. TheCenter for Pet Safety recommends that crates be attached to vehicle walls. Having your dog loose, or even tethered in the back of an open-bed pickup is never a good idea. Make sure your pet has ID inside and out. Your dog should not only have a collar and identification tags, but a microchip as well. Don’t let your dog drink seawater, lake water or river water. Water from the ocean can bring on vomiting and dehydration, while lake and river water are often full of bacteria that can cause illness. If there’s a bloom of blue-green algae, your pet could be at risk of liver failure and nervous system damage if they ingest it. Be aware of toxic plants. In the Pacific Northwest, they include English ivy, laurel and holly, rhododendron, tansy, and the appropriately named Death Camas. Keep flea and tick preventive current! Even if your pet is on a preventive, it’s a good idea to check your pet manually for ticks after being outdoors. Watch for wildlife. Coyote, hawks, bears, wolves, and others have been known to track and snatch pets. Raccoons and opossums could fight with them over food. Never leave your pet tied up at a campsite unsupervised. We recommend getting your dog in for a check-up before heading out for summer fun […]
Flowers aren’t the only things that bloom in the spring: this time of year, we see an increase in the number of skin, ear and upper respiratory infections (URIs). Just like us, our pets commonly experience seasonal allergies that may need to be addressed to give them relief. It’s also kitten and puppy season, and these little cuties may come with various infections that need treatment. Skin & Ear Infections: These are commonly caused by allergies and yeast but can also be the result of ear mites (especially in kittens). If your pet’s skin or ears are itchy, crusty or smelly, you’ll want to have one of our veterinarians check them out as soon as possible, as excessive scratching can cause skin trauma and hot spots. Of particular concern, over-the-counter ear meds can cause deafness if a pet’s ear drum is ruptured from infection complications. It’s best not to treat your pet’s ears without having your veterinarian check them first. Upper Respiratory Infections (URI): In addition to seasonal allergies, adopted pets from shelters sometimes have very contagious viruses as a result of being exposed to many other animals. If your feline or canine friend is sneezing, coughing, congested or wheezing, be sure to separate him or her from other pets and come see one of our veterinarians as soon as possible. Request an appointment online or give us a call at (503) 360-9695.
Know who else loves to be on the move when it’s warmer? Fleas and ticks! Problem is, their favorite vacation spot is your pet…and you, if they get close enough. These pests are more than just annoying: fleas can transmit tapeworm and cause hotspots and dermatitis. Ticks are well-known carriers of many potentially debilitating diseases. In the Pacific Northwest, we see anaplasmosis, tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. More concerning is the fact that once fleas and ticks are on your furry friend, it’s a short trip aboard the “pet express” to your home and family. All the tick-borne diseases are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted to humans. That’s why we strongly urge you to make sure your pets have current flea and tick prevention during the spring and summer months. If you have an especially “outdoorsy” dog or cat, year-round flea and tick protection is a must. Our veterinarians prefer Credilio and Bravecto, (a 3-month chewable), but we do carry other options and will be happy to talk with you about what is right for your pet. If you have questions about parasite prevention or want to get your pet in for a consultation, schedule an appointment online or call us at (503) 360-9695.
The Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF) reports that one in four dogs and one in five cats will develop cancer in their lifetime—in fact, it’s the leading cause of death for dogs over the age of two. And just as with people, the longer your pet lives, the higher their risk of developing some form of the disease. The most common types of cancer in dogs include lymphoma, mast cell tumors in skin, and osteosarcoma (bone cancer). Some of these cancers have subtle symptoms or may appear simply as an enlargement or lump that a pet owner might just attribute to aging. In many cases, those bumps may be a benign lipoma (fatty tumor), but it’s much better to be safe than sorry. That’s why it’s important that pets have annual wellness checks—and for pets over seven years old, twice-yearly exams and blood testing are recommended. This is especially crucial for cats, who are experts at hiding illness but often have more aggressive cancers than dogs. Many types of pet cancers are treatable, but the earlier they’re caught, the better your pet’s chances of a good outcome. For more information on pet cancer or to schedule an exam for your pet, make an appointment online or give us a call at (971) 252-3154.