Flowers aren’t the only things that bloom in the spring: this time of year, we see an increase in the number of skin, ear and upper respiratory infections (URIs). Just like us, our pets commonly experience seasonal allergies that may need to be addressed to give them relief. It’s also kitten and puppy season, and these little cuties may come with various infections that need treatment. Skin & Ear Infections: These are commonly caused by allergies and yeast but can also be the result of ear mites (especially in kittens). If your pet’s skin or ears are itchy, crusty or smelly, you’ll want to have one of our veterinarians check them out as soon as possible, as excessive scratching can cause skin trauma and hot spots. Of particular concern, over-the-counter ear meds can cause deafness if a pet’s ear drum is ruptured from infection complications. It’s best not to treat your pet’s ears without having your veterinarian check them first. Upper Respiratory Infections (URI): In addition to seasonal allergies, adopted pets from shelters sometimes have very contagious viruses as a result of being exposed to many other animals. If your feline or canine friend is sneezing, coughing, congested or wheezing, be sure to separate him or her from other pets and come see one of our veterinarians as soon as possible. Request an appointment online or give us a call at (503) 360-9695.
Know who else loves to be on the move when it’s warmer? Fleas and ticks! Problem is, their favorite vacation spot is your pet…and you, if they get close enough. These pests are more than just annoying: fleas can transmit tapeworm and cause hotspots and dermatitis. Ticks are well-known carriers of many potentially debilitating diseases. In the Pacific Northwest, we see anaplasmosis, tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. More concerning is the fact that once fleas and ticks are on your furry friend, it’s a short trip aboard the “pet express” to your home and family. All the tick-borne diseases are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted to humans. That’s why we strongly urge you to make sure your pets have current flea and tick prevention during the spring and summer months. If you have an especially “outdoorsy” dog or cat, year-round flea and tick protection is a must. Our veterinarians prefer Credilio and Bravecto, (a 3-month chewable), but we do carry other options and will be happy to talk with you about what is right for your pet. If you have questions about parasite prevention or want to get your pet in for a consultation, schedule an appointment online or call us at (503) 360-9695.
The Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF) reports that one in four dogs and one in five cats will develop cancer in their lifetime—in fact, it’s the leading cause of death for dogs over the age of two. And just as with people, the longer your pet lives, the higher their risk of developing some form of the disease. The most common types of cancer in dogs include lymphoma, mast cell tumors in skin, and osteosarcoma (bone cancer). Some of these cancers have subtle symptoms or may appear simply as an enlargement or lump that a pet owner might just attribute to aging. In many cases, those bumps may be a benign lipoma (fatty tumor), but it’s much better to be safe than sorry. That’s why it’s important that pets have annual wellness checks—and for pets over seven years old, twice-yearly exams and blood testing are recommended. This is especially crucial for cats, who are experts at hiding illness but often have more aggressive cancers than dogs. Many types of pet cancers are treatable, but the earlier they’re caught, the better your pet’s chances of a good outcome. For more information on pet cancer or to schedule an exam for your pet, make an appointment online or give us a call at (971) 252-3154.
According to the American Humane Society, our feline companions go to the veterinarian about half as often as dogs. The number one reason? Owners say their cats hate going to the vet and they themselves dread the drama. The result is that cats only get vet care when they’re really sick—and often, that illness might have been able to be avoided with preventive care. There are some things you can do to make taking your cat to the vet easier on you and your pet. Some tips you might try: Take short, practice car rides before the actual appointment, so they’re more familiar with the ride. Get your cat used to being handled and picked up with gentle head-to-tail holding, petting, and touching. Leave the carrier out and open at home for your cat to smell and investigate. Try putting a favorite blanket or bed inside. Use pheromone sprays such as Feliway inside the carrier and on bedding. Put a towel over the carrier before going outside. If possible, schedule your appointment for less busy times at the hospital If your freaked-out feline is still super scared, give us a call when you’re on your way and Roseway Veterinary Hospital will do our best to put you and your cat in a room right away to avoid the anxiety of waiting in the lobby. That being said, if your kitty does have to wait in the lobby, we have a separate cat waiting area and offer Feliway-infused blankets to ensure that your cat feels as comfortable as possible before they are seen by one of our many Fear Free Certified staff members. While it’s true that cats can be low-maintenance pets compared to dogs, they still need regular wellness care including exams, vaccines and preventive medications to stay healthy. So—how long has it been since your cat saw the vet? If it’s been over a year, go online or call us at (971) 252-3154 to set up an appointment today!
May is National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month, and while you may already be perfectly aware of your own allergies, make sure you consider your pet’s reactions to the environment as well. Grass, dust and other environmental allergens are significantly more present this time of year, and our pets can be allergic to them, too. Symptoms of allergies in pets are similar to ours and may include: Coughing Wheezing Sneezing Runny nose Watery, itchy and/or red eyes Itchy, flaky and/or red skin Frequent baths can remove environmental allergens from your pet’s coat, and wiping his feet before he comes inside can keep him from tracking allergens indoors. You should also vacuum and dust your home regularly to keep it allergen-free. If you suspect your pet is suffering from seasonal allergies, give us a call at (971) 252-3154. Your Roseway Veterinary Hospital veterinarian will be able to give you a rundown of the many available treatment options, including medication and diet changes, and discuss which option would be best for your pet!
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.