We know bringing your pet in for blood work can be a hassle, especially when your pet needs multiple tests completed over multiple visits. To make things easier for you (and your wallet), Roseway Veterinary Hospital is now offering several new low-cost, comprehensive IDEXX lab packages. There are four packages in total, with both small and large panels for cats and for dogs: Small Panel—Canine Tests 14 chemistries, complete blood count (CBC), fecal analysis, lab 4Dx (for heartworm and tick-borne diseases) Costs $175 (save $104 by purchasing the package!) Large Panel—Canine Tests small panel + 12 more chemistries, thyroid value (T4), urinalysis Costs $250 (save $231 by purchasing the package!) Small Panel—Feline Tests 14 chemistries, complete blood count (CBC), fecal analysis, feline triple test (for FELV, FIV, heartworm) Costs $170 (save $99 by purchasing the package!) Large Panel—Feline Tests 25 chemistries, complete blood count (CBC), thyroid value (T4), urinalysis Costs $199 (save $157 by purchasing the package!) With these panels, our veterinarians are able to get a comprehensive view of how your pet is doing internally. Detecting values and information that are outside the average range could mean early solutions, avoiding bigger problems down the line. To learn more about these new packages, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 503.360.9695.
Halloween is a fun, spooky and often tasty time for us humans—but many treats associated with Halloween can put your pet’s health at risk. Chocolate and xylitol are two major ingredients in your favorite candies that could have major consequences if they get in your pet’s paws. Chocolate can cause upset stomachs (including vomiting and diarrhea), heart arrhythmia, panting, hyperactivity, kidney failure, increased urination, hypoglycemia, muscle spasms, seizures and even death if large amounts are consumed. The dangers hidden in chocolate are caffeine and theobromine. Theobromine is a chemical compound found, along with caffeine, in the methylxanthine family, which is full of substances that are toxic to dogs and cats. Theobromine itself is only toxic in certain quantities; the minimum dose in order to be counted as toxic ranges from 46 to 68 mg/lb, and there’s a 50% chance of death if a dog consumes 114 to 228 mg/lb or more. Theobromine is found in different concentrations depending on the type of chocolate. Dark and baking chocolate are the most dangerous, but even white chocolate contains small amounts of this toxic chemical. Xylitol is a natural sweetener used in things like sugarless chewing gum, peanut butter, toothpaste, baked goods and many diet/sugar-free foods. Dogs enjoy its sweet taste, but it is extremely toxic to them and can cause vomiting, loss of coordination, seizures, extremely low blood sugar and fatal liver failure. The reason xylitol is so toxic for dogs is because, unlike in humans, it stimulates a rapid release of insulin from the pancreas, which may result in an extreme decrease in blood sugar levels. This is a condition, known as hypoglycemia, can occur within 10–60 minutes of ingestion and needs to be treated right away. While xylitol does not seem to be as dangerous for other pets, ferrets have been known to react similarly to dogs, with low blood sugar and seizures. Make sure to check the ingredients of products that commonly contain xylitol and keep them well out outside the reach of your pets. It can be difficult to keep an eye on everything your pet consumes, so […]
Keep your eye on the Roseway Veterinary Hospital Facebook page this Halloween! We’ll be publishing a post specifically for this fun costume contest. All you, the pet owner, have to do is take a picture of your adorable pet in their adorable Halloween outfit and post it in the comments of this contest post! Whoever gets the most likes on their pet’s picture will be crowned the winner, so you’ll want to be sharing that post to gain the “likes” of as many friends, family members and distant relatives as possible! The contest will consist of both a dog and cat category and each will have its own winner, so don’t limit your creative designs to just one of your pets. Winners will be notified via Facebook on November first. The prize? $25 in hospital credit! We can’t wait to see the terrifyingly adorable you put together!
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 is changing the way we do pet insurance! They offer comprehensive pet health coverage for a flat low price that doesn’t increase when your pet ages.Illnesses, injuries and 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 flat co-pay and 10% deductible at the time of service – and we submit all the paperwork! Watch for 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. Often when bloat occurs it takes a while for owners to realize their pet is in distress, and this condition becomes fatal very quickly. Extra-large dogs over 99 pounds have an approximate 20% risk of developing bloat in their lifetimes, and the risk increases with age. The condition can occur in smaller dogs, as well. If you have a high-risk dog, it’s especially important to know the symptoms of bloat, because they can be subtle. They include: • A hard, distended, or “double bubble” stomach • Anxiety and/or lethargy • Signs of pain including panting and/or guarding the belly • 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 and giving smaller meals more often. If you have questions about GDV and your pet’s risk, 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 […]