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.

The Importance of Year-Round Flea & Tick Control

As cold as some of our mornings seem in the Pacific Northwest, the fact is that this area often doesn’t get enough sustained subfreezing temperatures to kill fleas, ticks, and their eggs. Don’t overlook the problems these pests can cause: Fleas can trigger dermatitis and hotspots, and infect your pet with tapeworms. One tick bite can transmit numerous dangerous diseases. Year-round preventative medications are the best way to keep fleas and ticks away from your pets, and there are many to choose from depending on your pet’s needs and your budget. Call us at 503-360-9695 if you’d like information on flea and tick control options.

Considering Pet Insurance?

Companion animals are more than just pets—they are part of the family and a member of your pack. As with all loved ones, we want to ensure that they are cared for if disasters occur. Pet insurance makes sure your little buddy is covered. It provides peace of mind, knowing that coverage could save—and extend—the life of your pet. Trupanion is offering a free 30-day trial for Roseway Veterinary Hospital clients, with no obligation and no credit card information required. To get this offer, sign up with our receptionist today!

Prepare Your Pet for Boarding

If you’re traveling this holiday season, now’s the time to make sure your pet’s health certificate is up-to-date and get everything squared away before you head out the door. Here’s a couple reminders to keep you from having any last-minute delays at drop-off: See that your pet’s shots—including Bordetella—are up-to-date prior to arrival and that you have a copy of their vaccination record. In fact, it’s a good idea to call now to confirm that your pet has all the inoculations necessary for boarding and to schedule vaccinations well before the holiday rush if not. If your pet is on a special or prescription diet, check to make sure you have enough for the entire length of stay if the boarding facility doesn’t provide it. You’ll also want to see that both dogs and cats are current on flea/tick and heartworm preventatives before you leave. Bring favorite toys, bedding and blankets from home that will provide reassurance for your pet while you’re away. Exercise your dog before drop-off. This will help relieve anxiety, and keep your dog from getting restless or soiling the kennel space right away. Many people go out of town around the holidays, so boarding facilities fill up quickly! To make an appointment for your pet to get updated vaccinations and/or a health certificate, contact us today.

Roseway Veterinary Hospital is Proudly AAHA Accredited

We are very happy to announce that Roseway Veterinary Hospital is now accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)! After a rigorous review of approximately 900 quality standards including our protocols, client service, medical equipment, and facility, we earned accreditation after opening our doors less than six months ago. AAHA-accredited hospitals are the finest in the industry, and unlike human hospitals, not all animal hospitals are required to be accredited. Only the top small animal hospitals in the U.S. and Canada have achieved accreditation, and Roseway Veterinary Hospital must be continually evaluated by AAHA to retain our status. Your pet’s welfare is the most important thing to us, and we will continue to do our finest to provide you and your furry friend the best possible care. Click here to find out more about the American Animal Hospital Association.

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