The Skinny on Fat Pets

Well-loved pets are often too-well-fed pets: two recent surveys found that in the past 10 years, the number of overweight dogs has increased 158%. For overweight cats, the percentage is even higher at 169%. One in every three pets is overweight, and that problem causes a 17% rise in vet care costs for dog owners and a 36% increase for cat owners. Just like with humans, carrying extra weight can cause or exacerbate health problems. The most common obesity-related diseases in canines include osteoarthritis, urinary tract disease, hepatitis, diabetes, and congestive heart failure. For cats, you can add asthma, chronic renal disease, hypertension and gallbladder disease to the list. There are a few things you can do to adjust your pet’s lifestyle and get him or her on the road to a healthier weight, including: • Measuring your pet’s food to make sure you’re not overfeeding • Placing food into toys that require interaction with your dog or cat to receive a food reward (food puzzle) • Hiding kibble around the house so that your cat must hunt for food, or put it high on a kitty tree • Spreading meals out throughout the day (but make sure the total amount fed for the day is the correct amount) • Play with your cat or dog using love and attention, not treats If you’re concerned about your pet’s weight or have questions about feeding and exercise, don’t hesitate to schedule an exam online or call us at 971-252-3154.

The Importance of Wellness Exams

  • The Importance of Regular Wellness Exams
When we regularly examine your pet, we establish a baseline for their health. That way we’re more likely to identify issues before they’ve progressed, perhaps even before your pet exhibits external symptoms. Prevention is easier in the long run for your pet (and your wallet!) than treating disease once it’s already advanced. Your pet’s health is always our number one priority, which is why we recommend annual wellness exams for young, healthy pets to ensure that your animal companion remains in good health. These visits allow us to check on crucial health concerns, so we can continue to help you manage them properly. Senior pets and pets with chronic issues often require more frequent exams so we can closely monitor their health. It's worth noting that wellness care doesn't just happen in our office. We can advise you on how to keep your pet well through proper dieting, exercise, home dental care and other smart strategies. Wellness exams at Roseway Veterinary Hospital typically include checking: Breed and age Pet history to determine past exposures Microchip status Allergies Vitals such as weight and temperature Diet type and habits Vaccine history and risk factors History of viral testing Parasite check Mouth and teeth Eyes, skin and ears Digestive and circulatory systems Musculoskeletal system Neurological system Outdoor activities And much more! It’s important for us to educate our clients on the ins-and-outs of vet visits—these vital check-ups are more than just taking your pet in once a year for vaccines. It's important to remember that prevention is always the best (and least expensive) way to get ahead of any potential problems. If you have any additional questions on all of the things we examine on your pet, or if you’d like to make an appointment, contact us today!

Prepare Your Pets for Fireworks

  • Prepare Your Pets For Fireworks
Fireworks season is here and while you may enjoy them, the racket can be downright terrifying for your animal companion. If your pet trembles, whines, drools, or clings to you when he hears loud noises, he likely suffers from a condition known as noise aversion. There are several things you can do to help your pet get through these events. Turn on soothing music to dull the noise or try distracting your dog with games and toys. Above all, avoid punishment, praise, or comforting as these actions only reinforce the reaction. If behavior modification and distraction aren’t enough, there are other remedies to try including Thundershirts, herbal tinctures, anti-anxiety medications and sedatives. For more information or to schedule an appointment for your pet, contact us.

Heat Safety for Pets

  • Pet Heat Safety
We may be known for our rain, but the Northwest can get some serious sizzle in the summer. Many animals—especially those outdoors—struggle to keep cool because they can’t process heat as effectively as we do. It should go without saying as things warm up that you should never leave your pet in the car on warm, or even sunny, spring and summer days. Even with a window cracked on a 70 degree day, the interior of your car can reach 100 degrees in as little as 20 minutes. Hot vehicle interiors aren’t the only danger: hot asphalt can scorch your pet’s paws. Before you head out for a walk, put your own palm on the pavement—if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pooch. Shade and plenty of cool, fresh water are essential if your pet is outdoors, and you should always be alert to signs of heat stress such as excessive panting, drooling, or a change in gum color. If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, contact us immediately.

Here’s To (Safe) Summer Adventure!

We live in an outdoor paradise and summer means hiking, biking, rafting, and getting out in it—but if your dog is coming along, you’ll want to minimize danger. Here are some tips to keep your furry friend safe: Don’t let your dog drink ocean, lake or river water, which may contain harmful bacteria (such as leptospirosis), algae and/or parasites. Ocean water can also cause serious digestive upset and dehydration and may even increase some pets' seizure risk. Rattlesnakes, scorpions, yellow jackets and other stinging and biting insects are found throughout Oregon. Keep your pet leashed and on trails. Avoid allowing sniffing around rocks and logs where you can’t see to prevent these very dangerous bites and stings. If your pet is bit or stung, he or she may need immediate medical attention. Even if your pet is on a tick preventative, it’s a good idea to check for these little dudes after being outdoors. They can jump from pets to people and carry nasty illnesses, including Lyme disease. Watch for wildlife. Coyote, hawks, bears, wolves, and others have been known to track, snatch and kill pets. Raccoons and possum could fight with your dog over food. Walk your dog on a non-extendable lead and never leave your pet tied up at a campsite unsupervised. Before hiking or heading into any unfamiliar area, make sure your pet is wearing identification and is microchipped—and that the microchip information is current. It’s always a good idea to get in for a check-up before camping or any adventure to confirm that your pet is current on vaccinations, has the parasite protection needed, and that he or she is healthy enough to travel.

Remember, Cats Need Regular Care Too!

According to the American Association of Feline Practitioners, 83% of cats visit the vet at least once in their first year with their owners. However, over half of them never return to the vet in subsequent years. While it’s true that cats seem low-maintenance compared to dogs, kitties still need regular wellness care including exams, vaccines and preventative medications to stay healthy. Plus, when we see cats regularly, we establish a baseline for their health and can often identify changes and diagnose diseases before they get too serious. However, 58% of cat owners say their cats hate going to the vet, so they take their cats less often if they can help it. Even though your cat may despise the vet, it’s better for them (and better potentially for your wallet in the long term) to be checked annually, especially since felines are adept at hiding illness. They can be silently suffering for a long time, unbeknownst to you, and may display their pain when it could be too late. The staff at Roseway Veterinary Hospital can also help provide tips and tools to ease the difficulties associated with cat vet visits.   Don’t wait for this moment—get your feline friend checked today and take the next step to giving them a clean bill of health! To schedule your cat’s next exam at Roseway Veterinary Hospital, give us a call at 503-360-9695 or arrange an appointment online.

Summer Travel Tips for People and Pets

Hitting the road with a furry friend soon? Make sure you plan ahead so everyone, especially your best friend, has a stress-free trip! Here are some tips to make sure your travels go well: As soon as you know when and where you’ll be traveling, contact us to check that your pet’s vaccines are up to date. Also check that your pet’s microchip registration is updated. If you’re taking your pet across state or international borders, health certificates and other documentation from an accredited veterinarian may be required. Our veterinarian can issue both types of health certificates and will ensure your pet is healthy enough to travel. You may need to have sedatives on hand if your pet becomes particularly anxious during travel. We have many different options available to help keep your cat or dog calm. Make frequent stops if you’re driving. At least every three to four hours is best. For the doggies, try to make time to exercise them for an hour before your trip if possible. Find a 24-hour emergency clinic in your destination. If your pet becomes sick or injured, you’ll be prepared. Is your pet on a special or prescription diet? If so, check to make sure you have enough for the entire length of the trip before you leave. Make sure that both dogs and cats are current on flea/tick and heartworm preventatives and have an adequate supply of any prescription medications. For your pet’s comfort, it’s always a good idea to bring toys, bedding and blankets from home! If you have questions or need help preparing your pet for boarding or travel, we’ll be happy to help! Give us a call at 503-360-9695. 

What Should You Feed Your Pet?

The team at Roseway Veterinary Hospital suggests following these basic guidelines when it comes to determining the best diet for your pets: Dogs are omnivores and do best with a meal plan that includes high-quality proteins, grains and vegetables. Cats are true, “obligate” carnivores and must have specific protein and nutrient contents in their diet to maintain health. There are many superior quality, nutritionally sound foods to choose from, so avoid bottom-shelf or generic brands if possible. Don’t worry about food being grain-free unless your pet has a known adverse food reaction or allergies to grains. Most pet food allergies are to a protein source, not grains. Keep table scraps to a minimum and avoid processed foods and anything that may be toxic or irritating to a pet’s digestive tract such as grapes, raisins, onions and garlic. Raw foods (RBMDs), even frozen ones, are best avoided, as these foods can be dangerous. In addition to the potential for nutritional deficiencies and metabolic issues, a large percentage contain pathogens that cannot be killed by freezing, such as e-coli and salmonella. Raw foods have been linked to serious illness and even fatalities in pets. Owners have also become ill after handling these foods. The American Association of Animal Hospitals has issued a statement discouraging pet owners from feeding RMBDs. We understand that some of our clients feel their pets do better on raw food diets. We include this information to help owners make an informed decision regarding the health of all family members. Please follow tips from the CDC if you still prefer to feed your pet a raw diet.   It is ideal to discuss with Dr. Davis the best formula for your pet’s health condition and life stage. For questions or to schedule a nutritional consultation, make an appointment online or call us at 503-360-9695.

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. 

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