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, […]
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.