A Message regarding Canine upper respiratory infections

To all our friends and family of Roseway Veterinary Hospital:

We know that there has been a lot in the news recently regarding a new respiratory disease affecting dogs in Oregon and a few other states. We know that you are concerned about your dog’s health and look to us for answers and guidance. To that end, here are a few things we know about the disease and a few things to consider regarding your family member’s safety and health:

  • A respiratory illness is affecting our canine patients in some areas of the United States including Oregon.
  • Diagnostic testing has not yet confirmed the cause.
  • We are taking precautions at Roseway Veterinary Hospital if any respiratory disease is suspected in any of our patients coming to the hospital.
  • We have no reason to believe this illness can cause disease in people or cats. We (the veterinary community) do NOT believe that it is caused by the COVID-19 virus.

We are currently advising the following for our canine patients:

Ensure respiratory vaccines are up to date for eligible dogs, including Bordetella (aka kennel cough), Parainfluenza virus and canine influenza virus (which we currently have in stock). To reduce the risk of exposure, you may want to try to limit your dog’s time around other dogs. This may mean reducing or suspending time at doggy daycare or grooming facilities, limiting time in boarding facilities (and considering in-home pet-sitters) and avoiding dog parks and other public areas.

In the meantime, monitor your dog closely for any of the following respiratory signs: coughing or productive coughing (e.g., mucus from the mouth after coughing), sneezing, discharge from the nose or mouth, rapid or labored breathing, lethargy or weakness, decreased appetite or complete absence of appetite, or fever. If you notice any of these signs in your dog, please schedule an appointment with us for further assessment and notify the hospital of respiratory signs in advance of your arrival so that precautions can be taken to prevent infecting other dogs. If an appointment cannot be scheduled within 2-3 days with us, or if worsening or more severe signs are noted, please seek same-day care at an urgent care or emergency hospital facility. Please remember antibiotics should only be used under the direction of a veterinarian in response to clinical signs. Antibiotics do not prevent disease; they do not treat viral diseases and should not be started in patients without symptoms indicating a need for antibiotics.

We know that this can be scary, but we are here to help.

Pet Spay & Neuter in Portland, OR

Learn more about our pet spay & neuter services below.
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Pet Spay & Neuter

Support the fight against animal overpopulation

Every year, thousands of stray and unwanted animals are euthanized in shelters across the United States. Many of these deaths are the avoidable result of owners failing to spay and neuter their pets. The unexpected offspring of these liaisons often fill shelters and are never given the chance at happy, loving lives.

Ovariohysterectomy (Spaying)

An ovariohysterectomy (commonly called spaying) is a routine surgical procedure performed on female cats and dogs. The process involves removing the patient’s uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, rendering the animal incapable of reproduction. Roseway Veterinary Hospital recommends spaying your pet at approximately 6-12 months.

This procedure has many notable benefits including:

  • Prevents unwanted pregnancies
  • Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine tumors
  • Removes the possibility of uterine infections
  • Reduces the risk of mammary tumors

Castration (Neutering)

Castration (commonly called neutering) is performed on male cats and dogs. This process removes the animal’s testicles, making them unable to impregnate females. Neutering is advised when your pet is 6-12 months old.

Neutering offers many important health benefits:

  • Prevents unwanted reproduction
  • Eliminates the risk of testicular and prostate tumors
  • Has the potential to reduce certain unwanted behaviors
What to expect after surgery

Roseway Veterinary Hospital is proud to offer state-of-the-art surgical facilities and equipment. We continue to utilize innovative surgical techniques and technology to remain at the forefront of veterinary medicine. Our veterinarian uses an Aesculight CO2 laser to make incisions, greatly reducing bleeding, inflammation and discomfort.

Although neutering is less invasive than spaying, your pet will need recovery time after either procedure. Lethargy is common for the first couple days following surgery, but some pets may require medication to reduce over-activity, stress and excitement. Your pet will also be sent with pain medication to ensure its comfort post-surgery. It is essential that owners do not allow their pet to lick or chew at the incision and wearing an Elizabethan collar may be necessary until it is fully healed.

To learn more about spaying and neutering, or to schedule an appointment, call us at (503) 446-2450 today or request online.