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Here’s To (Safe) Summer Adventure!

We live in an outdoor paradise and summer means hiking, biking, rafting, and getting out in it—but if your dog is coming along, you’ll want to minimize danger. Here are some tips to keep your furry friend safe: Don’t let your dog drink lake or river water, which is 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. Rattlesnakes, scorpions, yellow jackets and other stinging and biting insects are found throughout Oregon. Keep your pet leashed and on trails. Avoid allowing sniffing around rocks and logs where you can’t see to prevent these very dangerous bites and stings. If your pet is bit or stung, he or she may need immediate medical attention. Even if your pet is on a tick preventative, it’s a good idea to check for these little dudes after being outdoors. They can jump from pets to people and carry nasty illnesses, including Lyme disease. Watch for wildlife. Coyote, hawks, bears, wolves, and others have been known to track, snatch and kill pets. Raccoons and possum could fight with your dog over food. Walk your dog on a non-extendable lead and never leave your pet tied up at a campsite unsupervised. Before hiking or heading into any unfamiliar area, make sure your pet is wearing identification and is microchipped—and that the microchip information is current. It’s always a good idea to get in for a check-up before camping or any adventure to confirm that your pet is current on vaccinations, has the parasite protection needed, and that he or she is healthy enough to travel.

Remember, Cats Need Regular Care Too!

According to the American Association of Feline Practitioners, 83% of cats visit the vet at least once in their first year with their owners. However, over half of them never return to the vet in subsequent years. While it’s true that cats seem low-maintenance compared to dogs, kitties still need regular wellness care including exams, vaccines and preventative medications to stay healthy. Plus, when we see cats regularly, we establish a baseline for their health and can often identify changes and diagnose diseases before they get too serious. However, 58% of cat owners say their cats hate going to the vet, so they take their cats less often if they can help it. Even though your cat may despise the vet, it’s better for them (and better potentially for your wallet in the long term) to be checked annually, especially since felines are adept at hiding illness. They can be silently suffering for a long time, unbeknownst to you, and may display their pain when it could be too late. The staff at Roseway Veterinary Hospital can also help provide tips and tools to ease the difficulties associated with cat vet visits.   Don’t wait for this moment—get your feline friend checked today and take the next step to giving them a clean bill of health! To schedule your cat’s next exam at Roseway Veterinary Hospital, give us a call at 503-360-9695 or arrange an appointment online.

Summer Travel Tips for People and Pets

Hitting the road with a furry friend soon? Make sure you plan ahead so everyone, especially your best friend, has a stress-free trip! Here are some tips to make sure your travels go well: As soon as you know when and where you’ll be traveling, contact us to check that your pet’s vaccines are up to date. Also check that your pet’s microchip registration is updated. If you’re taking your pet across state or international borders, health certificates and other documentation from an accredited veterinarian may be required. Our veterinarian can issue both types of health certificates and will ensure your pet is healthy enough to travel. You may need to have sedatives on hand if your pet becomes particularly anxious during travel. We have many different options available to help keep your cat or dog calm. Make frequent stops if you’re driving. At least every three to four hours is best. For the doggies, try to make time to exercise them for an hour before your trip if possible. Find a 24-hour emergency clinic in your destination. If your pet becomes sick or injured, you’ll be prepared. Is your pet on a special or prescription diet? If so, check to make sure you have enough for the entire length of the trip before you leave. Make sure that both dogs and cats are current on flea/tick and heartworm preventatives and have an adequate supply of any prescription medications. For your pet’s comfort, it’s always a good idea to bring toys, bedding and blankets from home! If you have questions or need help preparing your pet for boarding or travel, we’ll be happy to help! Give us a call at 503-360-9695. 

What Should You Feed Your Pet?

The team at Roseway Veterinary Hospital suggests following these basic guidelines when it comes to determining the best diet for your pets: Dogs are omnivores and do best with a meal plan that includes high-quality proteins, grains and vegetables. Cats are true, “obligate” carnivores and must have specific protein and nutrient contents in their diet to maintain health. There are many superior quality, nutritionally sound foods to choose from, so avoid bottom-shelf or generic brands if possible. Don’t worry about food being grain-free unless your pet has a known adverse food reaction or allergies to grains. Most pet food allergies are to a protein source, not grains. Keep table scraps to a minimum and avoid processed foods and anything that may be toxic or irritating to a pet’s digestive tract such as grapes, raisins, onions and garlic. Raw foods (RBMDs), even frozen ones, are best avoided, as these foods can be dangerous. In addition to the potential for nutritional deficiencies and metabolic issues, a large percentage contain pathogens that cannot be killed by freezing, such as e-coli and salmonella. Raw foods have been linked to serious illness and even fatalities in pets. Owners have also become ill after handling these foods. The American Association of Animal Hospitals has issued a statement discouraging pet owners from feeding RMBDs. We understand that some of our clients feel their pets do better on raw food diets. We include this information to help owners make an informed decision regarding the health of all family members. Please follow tips from the CDC if you still prefer to feed your pet a raw diet.   It is ideal to discuss with Dr. Davis the best formula for your pet’s health condition and life stage. For questions or to schedule a nutritional consultation, make an appointment online or call us at 503-360-9695.

Microchips: Your Pet’s Ticket Home

Did you know that nearly one in three pets will become lost during their lives? Even if you have a collar with an ID tag on your pet, it can easily be lost or taken off. Not so with microchip implants, which are an incredibly simple and inexpensive way to find lost pets, keeping them out of animal shelters and getting them back where they belong. Microchipping is a simple process that can be done while a pet is under anesthesia for another procedure or without anesthesia as part of a routine office exam. But not all chips are created equal: at Roseway Veterinary Hospital, we use Datamars brand microchips. Datamars are smaller than other brands, easier to implant, and come with a lifetime registration. They’re also ISO-compliant—which means they are recognized internationally, making them the best choice for pets who travel. To get your pet microchipped before the busy summer vacation season, make an appointment online or call us at 503.360.9695.

Protect Your Pets from Pests

You know who else loves spring and the warmer weather? Fleas and ticks! These pests aren’t just annoying—they can transmit nasty parasites and diseases. Fleas often trigger dermatitis and hot spots and can even transmit tapeworms and cause anemia. Once fleas make it into your home, it can quickly turn into an infestation, which can take a lot of time and effort to eliminate. One tick bite could infect your pet with numerous dangerous diseases. Ticks can also travel from your pet to your family, and some of the diseases they carry do infect people. Preventive medications are the best way to keep fleas and ticks away from your pets. No matter which medication you choose, you should still check your pets for fleas and ticks regularly with a flea comb or by closely examining the skin. If you’re not sure which preventive medication is right for your pet, schedule an appointment online or call us at 503.360.9695. 

Yes, Rabies is Still a Danger

Even if you have pets, chances are you don’t think about rabies much—after all, the rabies vaccine is required in all states including Oregon, and because of that, the disease is not as widespread or common as it used to be. However, rabies is still very much a danger and as deadly as ever. This disease, once fully manifested, is nearly always fatal for both pets and people. Most recently, a cat in Springfield, OR tested positive for the disease. Most veterinary hospitals, including ours, require patients to be up-to-date on the rabies vaccine for the health and safety of the patient, as well as people who come into contact with patients (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis in the event the vaccine is not recommended due to your pet’s health condition). Rabies is a viral disease that is generally spread through saliva, with bites being the most common method of transmission. Rabies is also a zoonotic disease—meaning it can be transmitted from one species to another and can infect both animals and humans. The disease is treatable, but with one major catch: medication must be administered before symptoms appear. Unfortunately, once signs of the disease begin to show, chances of survival become very slim. Fortunately, some simple precautions will help keep your beloved pet and your family safe. The single most important thing you can do is to keep up with your furry friend’s vaccinations. Spaying or neutering will also help, as intact pets are more likely to wander. Finally, don’t let your dog approach wild animals when out for walks or hikes. For more information about rabies or to update your pet’s vaccinations, call us at 503-360-9695. 

Canine Influenza: What You Need To Know

After a recent outbreak of canine influenza virus (CIV) in San Francisco, there has been growing concerns that dogs in the Portland area are at risk due to its highly contagious nature and frequent travel between California and Oregon residents. Fortunately, the team at Roseway Veterinary Hospital has stocked the bivalent canine influenza vaccine to help protect your pooch. What is canine influenza? CIV is a contagious disease with similar symptoms to the human flu including cough, runny nose, and fever. The most common clinical sign of canine influenza is a cough that is unresponsive to antibiotics or cough suppressant therapy and lasts for 10-21 days. How does CIV spread? Canine influenza is easy to transmit and is spread through sneezing, coughing, and nasal discharge, as well as through contaminated objects like bowls, collars, leashes, kennel walls and floors, and through people who have come in contact with infected dogs. Which dogs should get vaccinated? The decision to vaccinate is based on each dog’s risk and lifestyle. At-risk dogs are those with heart or respiratory conditions, canines that have flat faces, dogs that travel or show, and dogs who come in contact with others (through park visits or boarding)—these dogs should be vaccinated. If you feel your dog is at risk, would like to get your dog vaccinated, or have any questions or concerns about CIV, please call us at 503-360-9695.

February Dental Special

How important is it to care for your pet’s teeth? By age three, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have periodontal disease, which can cause mouth pain, tooth loss, and more. Plus, bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause heart, liver and kidney complications. Every February, the veterinary community celebrates National Pet Dental Health Month by encouraging pet owners to take care of their pets’ oral health. We want to help you do that by offering 10% off your furry friend’s entire dental cleaning—including anesthesia and any needed extractions or medications! Spots fill up fast, so make your pet’s appointment today online, or give us a call at 503-360-9695.

Winter Pet Safety Tips

Winter here isn’t so much about snow as it is about cold and ice. Here are a few safety tips for keeping your pet healthy and comfortable this winter. Keep up with grooming. While you don’t want to shave long-haired dogs, you do want to keep the coat and paws trimmed to minimize clinging ice balls, de-icing chemicals, and salt crystals. Dry off after being outside. Remove ice, moisture, and other debris from your pet with a towel after every walk or outdoor excursion. Pay special attention to paws and between toes. Beware antifreeze. Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. Plenty of water. Hydration is just as important in the cold months as it is in the warmer months. Pets need several unfrozen sources of water. Bring them indoors. When it’s too wet and cold outside for you, it’s likely too wet and cold for your pet as well. If you have any further questions or need assistance preparing your pet for winter, give us a call at 503-360-9695.

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