When it comes to your pet’s dental health, it’s what you can’t see that could be the most damaging to your furry friend. We offer full mouth digital dental x-rays, which are necessary for catching problems under the gum line that can’t be seen with the naked eye. It’s also where most serious periodontal disease and abscesses occur. February is National Pet Dental Health Month, and during that month we’ll be offering 10% off your pet’s entire dental, including exam, cleaning, and anesthesia. Appointments always fill up fast during this promotion, so make your appointment now to ensure that you get the savings—and your pet gets the dental care he or she needs. Call (503) 360.9695 for details and to book a spot for your pet!
At Roseway Veterinary Hospital, we’re always looking for ways to improve pet health care—including how to make it more accessible and affordable for pet parents. We know sometimes the costs can be overwhelming, and we’ve seen the heartbreak when a family must make decisions about their beloved pet’s health and life based on financial concerns alone. That’s why we’ve partnered with Companion Protect pet insurance, which offers coverage that is simple to understand, affordable and comprehensive. The Companion Protect plan offers up to 90% coverage (less deductible) for injuries, illness, accidents and even partial coverage for prescription foods and medications. Other advantages include: Low deductible & co-pays 97% claim approval Free annual wellness exam Multi-pet, animal welfare and military discounts Fixed premiums that don’t increase as your pet ages Companion Protect coverage also functions similarly to human insurance in that we are an in-network provider and can handle claims processing for you. This means that the portion of your bill covered by Companion Protect is taken care of right away meaning less headache and out-of-pocket expenses for you! Base rates start as low as $44.99/mo. for dogs and $22.99/mo. for cats. To get a quote for your pet, text QUOTE to (503) 855-0477, and you can start the enrollment process here. You can also reach out to us at (503) 360.9695 or directly to Companion Protect at (800) 304-9930 if you have further questions.
Cats like to be clean and they’re also creatures of habit—so when there’s a litter box problem, you can be sure your pet is trying to tell you something. That “something” could be an issue with the box itself, a behavioral development, or a medical condition. The most common problems are when your cat starts going outside the litter box, refuses to use the box, or is attempting to eliminate more frequently than usual. Your first step in addressing a litter box problem is to have your feline checked by a vet. Medical conditions are frequently the cause of sudden litter box issues and include: Urinary tract infections (UTIs) Feline interstitial cystitis Urinary bladder stones Urinary blockage Cats may also be more vocal, groom themselves frequently near the rear end, and have a tender abdomen if the problem is medical. If a medical cause has been ruled out, stress, negative associations or environmental factors might be the culprit. Non-medical reasons why your cat may be avoiding the box are: An unclean litter box Too few litter boxes for the cats in the household A cramped litter box A litter box with a hood or liner Not enough litter in the box An uncomfortable location that doesn’t allow for privacy and multiple escape routes A change in the kind of litter used Inability to get into/out of the box due to aging or other mobility issues Negative associations—something may have happened while the cat was using the box that frightened or upset them. If your cat had a medical condition that has been resolved, he or she still may associate the box with painful elimination. Stressors like moving, adding new animals or family members to the household A conflict with another cat in the household A new preference for eliminating on certain surfaces or textures like carpet, potting soil, or bedding Some of these issues have simple fixes such as cleaning the box more frequently, getting a larger box, removing the hood (most cats don’t like lids), or putting more than one litter box box in the home. Other problems, like […]
If you’re going to need a place to park your pet over the holidays, NOW is the time to call us about getting them ready! You'll need to make sure your pet is current on vaccinations and parasite prevention for them to stay at any reputable facility. In addition to the core vaccines, we also highly recommend the canine influenza (CIV) vaccine for any pet staying at a boarding facility. An outbreak of CIV at the Oregon Humane Society this summer shows how important it is that pets be protected in such environments, as this virus is very contagious. Keep in mind that the CIV vaccine requires a booster to be administered 2-4 weeks after the first shot is given, and your pet will need the full series to be protected. Don't be caught unprepared this holiday! Call us now to get your pet ready for boarding: 503.360.9695
So have you heard the long-range weather reports? Looks like the Portland area may be in for some snow this year…which means folks will be using de-icers or “ice melts” to make driveways and walkways safer. Problem is commercial de-icing products are usually full of chemicals that are dangerous for pets. They could ingest them when cleaning themselves or suffer significant skin irritation (and even burns). The most common ones are made of calcium carbonate, calcium magnesium acetate, or chloride salts of potassium, magnesium, and sodium (“rock salt”). Gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea and vomiting as well as elevated blood sodium levels can occur when a pet ingests these products. The calcium-based salts are also known to cause irritation just from resting on the tender skin of bellies and paw pads. Ethylene glycol-based ice melts can be even more dangerous as they contain the same active ingredients as antifreeze, which is deadly if ingested. What about de-icers labeled “pet safe”? These products are often urea-based, and while they do cause less irritation to skin, they’re not as good at melting ice. That’s why walkways and parking lots in most towns and cities and around local businesses don’t use pet safe products. To avoid problems with chemical de-icers, avoid walking through it when possible. If your pet does come into contact with it, be sure to to rinse their paws with water and a gentle soap or shampoo. You might also try booties if you think they will be tolerated. At your own home, we recommend ditching the de-icers and using kitty litter or fine-grain sand instead, as both are environmentally friendly as well as safe for your pet. Bundle up and be safe—and call us if you have questions about keeping your pet safe & healthy this winter: (503) 360-9695.
Just like people, overweight pets have a higher risk of developing diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure and certain forms of cancer. More concerning is the fact that a new study from the University of Liverpool has shown that overweight dogs are likely to live 2½ years less on average than dogs with a healthy body weight. While increasing exercise and activity will help, weight loss for pets is mostly about diet. How much and how often are important, as is the caloric content of the food. We use and recommend Purina Pro Plan OM weight management pet foods and also offer online ordering and home delivery through our website. We can also save you some money on Purina OM now through December 31st. Visit the online ordering platform and use clinic password, IDUFM and promo code, OM-D9NY9 to get 30% off on your first autoship order! Be sure your pet is current on their annual exam, as Purina OM does require a prescription from your veterinarian. And as always, if you have questions about helping your pet shed pounds or need to make an appointment, we’re here to help! Call us at (503) 360-9695.
If your pet has bad breath and tartar, it should definitely be addressed. But what can be worse is what you don’t see or smell in your furry friend’s mouth. Roseway Veterinary Hospital offers and will now be recommending annual full-mouth dental radiographs (x-rays), which are key to making sure your pet maintains a healthy mouth. Most of the time, pets getting a dental cleaning have more significant problems below the gum line, which can’t be seen with the naked eye. They include: Broken or absorbed roots Abscesses and infections Impacted, un-erupted teeth Bone or soft-tissue tumors Bone loss due to periodontal disease Dental radiographs are done while your pet is under anesthesia for a dental cleaning. Although it’s a quick, painless procedure, it does require films to be placed at specific angles in the mouth while both open and closed, something pets aren’t able to understand and tolerate. In addition to identifying current dental problems, these full-mouth dental x-rays also help our vets determine possible future issues so preventative action can be taken. If it’s been over a year since your pet has had a dental exam or cleaning, make an appointment today by giving us a call at (503) 360-9695.
Making sure your pet has the benefit of the latest technology is important to us at Roseway Veterinary Hospital. One of the better advancements when it comes to veterinary medicine is the surgical laser. Our veterinarians use an Aesculight CO2 Laser to make incisions for most surgeries, and there are many good reasons why: Minimized bleeding: The laser beam seals blood vessels as it cuts, allowing for procedures that wouldn’t be possible using a scalpel. Using the surgical laser, we can remove tumors and lesions inside small cavities such as the throat and nose, as well as perform types of eye surgery. Less anesthesia: Surgical lasers tend to shorten the time it takes to complete procedures, which means less time under anesthesia for pets. Less pain: In addition to sealing blood vessels, the surgical laser also seals nerve endings and lymphatics as it cuts, which makes for less post-op pain and swelling. Infection risk is reduced: Surgical lasers sanitize the site, destroying bacteria—and because the laser does not actually touch the tissue during surgery, the risk of infection is decreased even more. Faster recovery time: Because there’s a reduced risk of infection, less bleeding, swelling and pain, recovery time is shortened. If you have questions about surgical lasers or your pet is scheduled for surgery and you want to know more, call us at (503) 360-9695.
As anyone with a ruined pair of shoes will tell you, dogs love to chew. It’s an instinct—but so many products out there are not only unsafe but can be really unhealthy for your pet. Chewing is actually good for pets as it relieves boredom and can also help improve dental health. Here are some recommendations from our vets when it comes to chewy/crunchy treats: As a rule, if the chew is too hard for you to put a dent in with your fingernail—such as a deer antler or femur bone—it’s too hard for your pet and may damage their teeth and gums. Rawhide should be given under supervision ONLY. If you have an aggressive chewer, try enzymatic rawhide which will allow large chunks that are swallowed to be digested easily. Use caution with table scraps and beware of low-end pet store treats. The ingredients may be low-quality or contain the artificial sweetener xylitol, which is toxic to dogs and cats. Cooked or raw vegetables are also good treats – especially raw baby carrots. We also offer a variety of safe and effective treats and chews at our hospital or via our online pharmacy. They include: • Dental Chewz from Purina • Dental Snackers from Purina • Lean Treats for dogs and cats • Feline Greenies Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (503) 360-9695 if you have questions about treats and chews for your pet!
Pet cancer is on the rise—here’s what to look for So you’re snuggled up to your furry best friend scratching the “kick button” and you feel it: a lump that wasn’t there before. It’s understandable to be concerned, because one in four dogs and one in five cats will develop cancer in their lifetime. November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month, which was created by the Animal Cancer Foundation to raise awareness of the prevalence, symptoms and treatments for cancer in our companion animals. We think it’s very important that pet parents to be as educated as possible about pet cancer, especially when it comes to identifying those lumps and bumps your pets will inevitably get as they age. The types of lumps that may appear include: Lipomas—these are usually benign lumps made of fatty tissue, commonly found in older dogs Sebaceous cysts—blocked oil glands that look like a pimple Warts—caused by a virus and usually appear around the mouth and eyes Hematomas—a blood-filled blister that forms under the skin, common on a dog’s ears Injection site lumps – may be inflammatory, but may also develop into a cancerous sarcoma (especially in cats) Mast cell tumors—common skin cancer in dogs Insect bites – can lead to complications depending on the type of bite Regardless of the kind of lump or bump you think your pet has, it’s never safe to assume it’s harmless. Be sure to get it checked by a vet as soon as possible. Before your appointment you may want to jot down the answers to these questions, which will help your pet’s doctor make a diagnosis. Has the lump or bump appeared suddenly or has it been there a while? Has the bump or lump stayed the same consistency or had the same appearance or has it recently changed? Does the lump seem to separate from the underlying tissue or does it seem fixed in place? Is there only one lump that you have found recently or are there multiple bumps? Finally, has your dog had any changes in behavior such as loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, […]