Even though April is set aside just for heartworm awareness, we don’t want to forget about any of the other parasites that commonly cause infections in pets, and potentially in people as well. Trifexis and Interceptor Plus also protect your dog against other worm parasites, which include: Roundworm – The most common of intestinal parasitic worms, which can cause pneumonia and intestinal obstruction. Hookworm – Often found in dirt where infected animals have been, these will remain in the skin and result in an irritating skin condition. Whipworms – Long lasting and difficult to detect, these can often cause significant damage to the gut. Tapeworms – Caused by ingesting infected animals, tapeworms will make a home in their new host’s intestine (treated by Interceptor Plus only). There are also non-worm parasites we test for that require other prescription treatments. They include: Giardia – As the most common intestinal parasite in humans, this protozoan is mostly waterborne and causes terrible diarrhea. Coccidia – While spread by feces, this will mainly cause diarrhea, but it can also damage the lining of the intestinal tract. Toxoplasma – While cats are considered their primary host, this parasite is transmitted through raw meat and unwashed produce and can affect any warm-blooded animal, potentially resulting in neurological symptoms, fever and paralysis, among other symptoms. If you would like to know more about any of these parasites or think your pet may be experiencing symptoms, feel free to give us a call at 503-360-9695. We know it is much easier to prevent parasite infection than it is to fight it once it has ravaged the body.The best part of knowing about these parasites is that you can buy the proper preventative medication for your pet. It is important, however, not to use just any medication. Many medications purchased online are not legitimate in that they may not be properly labeled or safe and may be from questionable sources. You CAN be sure that the brands and products veterinary hospitals sell are trusted and have come from a legitimate source. Here at Roseway, these products can even be purchased remotely through our trusted online pharmacy partner, Vetsource, and delivered right to […]
April is Heartworm Awareness Month, and we’re glad to get the chance to highlight the importance of preventing this deadly disease. The Pacific Northwest continues to be one of the fastest growing areas for positive cases—in fact, both Spokane and Seattle made the list of the top 10 cities with an increase in positive tests this January, and Vancouver, WA was on the list last year. Heartworms are spread through the bites of infected mosquitos, which leave larvae inside your pet. The worms mature and live in the heart, lungs and blood vessels of infected animals. This is very serious for pets, as it can result in heart failure, lung disease and even death. This is one of the reasons we highly recommend testing and preventative for all dogs. In addition, the cost and ease of the preventative treatment are much preferred to reactive procedures. The two medications we recommend and prescribe are Trifexis and Interceptor Plus. Year-round prevention is the best way to avoid those nasty heartworms, so please be aware of what you can do to protect your pets against this potentially deadly disease. We recommend monitoring your pet and having them screened for internal parasites regularly, which can be done be scheduling an appointment online or by calling 503-360-9695.
At some point in an animal’s life, they will board a vehicle. Some go for daily rides, others get in the car only when they have to go to the vet. Certain pets love it, others may hate it. Either way, when your best friend gets in the car with you, ask yourself—how safe are they? Cars aren’t built with animal seatbelts, which makes it pretty dangerous (for you, for your pet and for other drivers) to drive around with an unsecured pet. Hazardous scenarios can include: Pets finding their way down to the driver’s side of the vehicle and blocking the brakes or accelerator pedal Pets climbing onto a driver’s lap to stick their head out the window, impairing the driver’s road view Pets being an overall distraction (barking, pawing, licking) to a driver, causing them to lose their focus Pets being in the vicinity of an exploding airbag In the case of an accident, pets being flung out of a window Dogs also love to stick their head out of a car window! While this is fun for them and cute to observe, it can be dangerous. Their faces can be struck by debris, insects or stationary objects your vehicle is passing. It is not at all uncommon for us to treat dogs with eye injuries or irritation from this activity. Let’s not forget the importance of dog safety in truck beds. Canines who hang out in the bed of a moving truck have a high risk of being injured or killed. They could fall or jump off the bed, get struck by airborne objects and, if they’re tethered, they could easily get strangled or they could fall off the truck and get dragged behind the car. So how should you safely transport a pet in a car? Animals need to be protected through either a travel harness or a secured pet carrier. This goes for truck beds, too. If they are in the back of a truck, make sure the carrier is well-ventilated. And please always of course use overall common sense when you’re transporting a pet [...]
March 23 is an extremely important day this year. It’s not important because it’s the start of Spring Break—it’s important because it is National Puppy Day! Who doesn’t love an adorable, curious, playful and sweet little puppy? As some of the cutest things ever made, puppies are a source of love, joy and companionship—but it’s not all fun and games. It’s crucial to remember that with great power comes great responsibility—if you have recently taken in a new baby doggie friend, always remember that they will be very dependent on you, as you are basically their world at that point. The first few months you have with your puppy will be very important and will lay the foundation for your canine’s future health and behavior. A puppy is a major lifestyle adjustment, and you can expect many accident cleanups to counterbalance the joy of a baby doggie. To ensure a healthy and happy life for your pup, below are some puppy 101 tips: Make a vet appointment with us immediately. You’ll get important information on vaccines, parasite control, signs to watch regarding illness, spaying/neutering info and more. Shop for high-quality food. Your puppy will grow fast, so you need to select a food that’s made specifically for puppies instead of adult dogs. Also, don’t forget about giving them access to clean, fresh water at all times. Establish a potty routine ASAP. Positive reinforcement, patience and planning are the keys to puppy potty success. Socialization. This is imperative during puppyhood to ensure your puppy grows into a successful, well-behaved dog. Socialization with other dogs, cats and any situations that will enhance their worldview and curb anxiety are highly recommended. This is far from a comprehensive list, but when you bring your puppy in to Roseway Veterinary Hospital our vets will diligently work with you to help your puppy blossom into a wonderful, lifelong companion! So, if you’ve got a baby doggie, we would love to meet them! To make an appointment with us, you can call 503-360-9695 or schedule online. Thank you, and we hope you have an excellent National Puppy [...]
Veterinary medicine is always evolving and what’s considered optimal when it comes to parasite prevention changes often. The latest science on parasite prevention for pets has triggered an update in much of the veterinary community when it comes to recommendations for the best and safest medications.
Not having opposable thumbs can be frustrating—just ask your dog or cat!* That means unless you brush your pet’s teeth regularly or you’ve rigged up some fancy, paws-free brushing and flossing station at your house, your pet goes months or years without cleaning their teeth.
Natural disasters, while frightening to think about, do happen and sometimes without warning. Being prepared and ready for any catastrophic events (flooding, snow or “The Big One”) is the best thing you can do to help you and your extended pet family avoid unfortunate incidents. If you follow the tips below, you can be a step ahead should any emergency arise.
The festive winter holidays make for a spectacularly fun season for us humans. But our decorations, jovial parties and colorful plants put our pets at risk! Here are some tips for keeping your pets safe this holiday season.
While it’s great that pet owners are putting so much thought into their pets’ diets, the truth is that grain-free pet foods and those with exotic protein sources may not be the healthiest choice for your pet.
It can be tough to resist the puppy-dog eyes and persuasive purrs, but all the rich food, decorations and upcoming celebrations can cause problems for our animal companions. Here are some tips to keep your pets safe this Thanksgiving: Don’t leave wine glasses at snout or tail level. Alcohol is a real problem for pets, and overactive tails can knock over glasses. Keep cut flowers and centerpieces out of paw’s reach. Many of the most beautiful plants are poisonous to pets. Ribbons, strings, and sticks are a danger as cats love to play with them and if ingested, they can become caught in the intestinal tract. Potpourri also contains herbs and oils that can be toxic. Careful with the turkey & trimmings! Turkey skin, gravy, and drippings are all high in fat and can cause pancreatitis in pets. Bones are a choking hazard, as is the tasty twine you used to secure your bird. If your stuffing contains raisins, onion, garlic, nutmeg, nuts, butter, or mushrooms, it’s a no-no for fido – and felines, too. If you need more info or have questions about keeping your pet safe and healthy during the holiday, please feel free to contact us at (503) 360-9695.