Summer Tips For Your Pet

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Summer Tips For Your Pet

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We all love spending those long summer days outdoors with our pets. Let’s face it, they’re our furry companions and wherever we go, they go too. Keep in mind that like humans, not every pet can stand the heat. Where I come from down in Atlanta, Georgia during the summer, the mornings are hot, the nights are hotter, and the days are the hottest. With record summer temperatures occurring across the country, follow these tips to keep you and your pet safe, happy, and healthy.

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Watch: Vacaville Police Rescue 60 Shelter Animals Before Nelson Fire Strikes

Vacaville Police Rescue 60 Shelter Animals Before Nelson Fire Strikes

Watch: Vacaville Police Rescue 60 Shelter Animals Before Nelson Fire Strikes

By Kendall Curley | Featured on PetMD

Image via SPCA of Solano County/Facebook

According to the Sacramento Bee, the Nelson Fire started around 5 p.m. on Friday, August 10, and “burned through 2,162 acres between Fairfield and Vacaville in Solano County,” in California.

Thankfully, as of Sunday morning, the Cal Fire website reported that it has been 100 percent contained.

However, while the fire was tearing through Vacaville, it started to edge closer and closer to the SPCA of Solano County, where around 60 animals reside.

The Vacaville Police Department explains, “As the Nelson Fire raced towards the south end of town, it looked like the Solano SPCA would be the first to be hit by the flames. Our officers worked with Humane Animal Services, SPCA staff and volunteers to evacuate all they could in a race against the clock.”

The above video is body camera footage from one of the police officers who helped to safely evacuate all 60 of the animals housed within the SPCA of Solano County building.

The Vacaville community then joined together to open their homes to these animals and provide temporary foster homes until the SPCA of Solano County can clean up and become fully operational again. Paws crossed that some of these foster homes turn into forever homes!

 

The SPCA of Solano County may have narrowly escaped the fire, but their building still suffered damage from smoke and lack of power. Luckily, the public has been more than willing to help by donating food and supplies.

In a Facebook post, they say, “Thank you for all the food that was donated. We now have plenty of food for the animals. What we are in need of now is bedding for the animals, towels, blankets, etc and cleaning supplies. Paper towels, large trash bags, bleach etc.”

They are also asking for financial support and donations to help them replace their supplies of refrigerated medications, vaccines and other medical supplies. For more information on how to help, check out their Facebook page.


Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital (OVSH) has been serving the Portland and Beaverton area community since 1979. Drs. Steven F. Skinner (Neurology, Neurosurgery) and Robert T. Franklin (Internal medicine.) We welcome referrals from veterinarians all over the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to help your pet regain health and live a long and happy life.

Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital

Address
9339 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy,
Beaverton, OR 97005.

Phone: 503.292.3001
Fax: 503.292.6808
Email: info@ovshosp.com

Hazards to Avoid While Baking Homemade Dog Treats

Hazards to Avoid While Baking Homemade Dog Treats

Article By Paula Fitzsimmons | Featured on PetMD

Buying manufactured dog treats is a hit-or-miss proposition. “Most of them are loaded with salt, sugar, preservatives, flavorings and colors. Dog treats are made with a wide variation in quality and nutrient content regardless of labeling,” says Dr. Donna Raditic, a board-certified veterinary nutritionist with Nutrition and Integrative Medicine Consultants based in Athens, Georgia.

So how can you treat your pup without giving her something that will contribute to poor health and obesity? One option is to bake your own homemade dog treats. It’s not always easy, especially if you’re not sure where to start. However, if you follow a few basic guidelines, you can make nutritious and delicious homemade dog treats, even if you’re a beginner.

Be sure to talk to your veterinarian if your dog is on a special or prescription diet, says Dr. Susan Jeffrey, a veterinarian at Truesdell Animal Care Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. “For example, if a dog is on a diet to prevent the formation of urinary stones or crystals, the ingredients of the treats may negate that diet. The same can be said for dogs with food allergies and sensitivities.”

Prevent Injury and Illness

Baking healthy homemade dog treats won’t mean much if your best friend is harmed in the process. To help keep them safe, here are some precautions you should take to prevent accidents and foodborne illnesses:

  • The kitchen can be a dangerous place for dogs; they don’t understand the concept of hot stoves and ovens. Keep your pup safe while you bake by securing the area with a dog gate.
  • Avoid using baking molds containing BPA, a contaminant linked to cancer and other health maladies.
  • Don’t use toxic ingredients, including xylitol, onions, garlic, chocolate and raisins, says Dr. Jeffrey, whose professional focus includes preventative care.  If you’re planning to make homemade peanut butter dog treats, read the label carefully. “There are several peanut butters on the market that contain xylitol,” she cautions.

When in doubt, consult the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center for a database of ingredients known to be toxic to animals, or call 888-426-4435 if you think your pet may have ingested a poisonous substance.

  • Cook homemade dog treats to an adequate temperature to kill potential pathogens, such as Salmonella that may be present in eggs and other ingredients, recommends Dr. Jeffrey. “Also, if treats are made out of raw meat, they should be cooked well (about 165 degrees),” she says.

Skip Unhealthy and Unnecessary Ingredients

The ingredients we enjoy in our treats are not necessarily good or even all that satisfying for dogs. For example, there’s no need to use frostings or sugars, says Dr. Raditic, who is also a cofounder of the Companion Animal Nutrition & Wellness Institute (CANWI).

“Avoiding fat is also important, as some dogs can develop pancreatitis with high-fat treats and foods. This is a painful inflammation of the pancreas that can result in hospitalization for a pet,” says Dr. Jeffrey.

What ingredients can you include? Many vegetables and fruits are a safe bet. Some that Dr. Raditic recommends include broccoli, carrots, summer squash, zucchini, Brussels sprouts, pumpkin, cucumber, celery, spinach, kale, dandelion greens, apple (and unsweetened apple sauce), peaches, pears, strawberries, blueberries and bananas.

Count Calories

Feeding your pup too much of any treat can result in nutritional imbalances, “Especially if the dog eats less of the complete and balanced diet and substitutes the incomplete and unbalanced treat,” says Dr. Joe Bartges, a board-certified veterinary nutritionist and Professor of Medicine and Nutrition at the College of Veterinary Medicine, at the University of Georgia in Athens. Keeping your dog’s food intake the same while adding a lot of treats as extras isn’t the answer either since this increases the risk of weight gain.

Treats should not make up more than 10% of your dog’s daily caloric intake, with the remaining 90% originating from a complete and balanced diet, says Dr. Jeffrey. (Dr. Bartges says that treats should comprise less than 5% of daily food intake for dogs.)

The best way to keep track of calorie intake is to weigh the treat on a food gram scale, says Dr. Raditic. “If your dog eats 100 grams a day of a food that provides 35 calories per gram, they are getting 350 calories a day. So your treats may contain 4.0 calories per gram, and if it weighs 10 grams, you are adding 40 calories. So now the total calorie intake is 390 calories, and that can really impact weight management.”

Dr. Jeffrey admits that it can be tricky to accurately calculate the number of calories in homemade dog treats. “One way is to follow a recipe that already has the calorie calculation, versus making up a dog treat recipe on one’s own.” As long as the recipe comes from a reputable source, this can also help you avoid making treats that are actually worse for your dog than the ones you can buy off the shelf.


Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital (OVSH) has been serving the Portland and Beaverton area community since 1979. Drs. Steven F. Skinner (Neurology, Neurosurgery) and Robert T. Franklin (Internal medicine.) We welcome referrals from veterinarians all over the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to help your pet regain health and live a long and happy life.

Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital

Address
9339 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy,
Beaverton, OR 97005.

Phone: 503.292.3001
Fax: 503.292.6808
Email: info@ovshosp.com

Why Is My Dog Throwing Up Bile?

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Why Is My Dog Throwing Up Bile?

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Dog vomiting is a somewhat common occurrence, but it becomes a true health concern when a dog is throwing up bile. If your dog throws up yellow foam, or a yellow-green foam, it’s probably bile, and you should take your pup to the vet right away to determine the cause. Bile is produced in the liver, stored in the gall bladder and released into the small intestine to help break food down. This helps the body digest and utilize the food properly. If your dog is throwing up bile, these are the five most common reasons.

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Get the Right Dog Camping Gear for Camping With Dogs

6 Essential Dog Camping Gear for Camping With Dogs

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By Diana Bocco | Featured on PetMD

Planning to go camping with dogs? The first step is making sure your pup is up to date on vaccines for rabies, distemper, Lyme disease and leptospirosis, and discussing flea and tick prevention with your veterinarian. And the next step is getting the right gear in order to ensure that your pup not only has fun, but also stays completely safe during the trip.

Here are 6 dog camping gear essentials you want to make sure you bring along.

Pet Safety Tips when Camping With Dogs

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Clean and Comfortable Bedding

An important piece of dog camping gear is a warm and comfortable place for you dog to sleep. A thick blanket, a second sleeping bag (folded a few times) or even a small foam mattress might be enough for your pup to sleep comfortably, as long as he’s young and ready to sleep basically anywhere. “If you want your dog to sleep on a blanket to add some cushioning, make sure you take it out in the morning, shake and clean it off well, and then store it until the evening,” recommends Dr. Robin Sturtz, DVM, program director at Long Island University’s Veterinary Technology Program in New York.

If you are camping with dogs that are older, or dogs that have joint problems, it is best to provide them with added comfort in the form of a travel pet bed, like the Carlson Pet Products portable travel bed. “Get a camping-grade dog bed if possible,” says Dr. Sturtz. “A cot is best; that is, something on a frame raised off the ground.”

Not only is a dog cot more comfortable, but it’s smoother and easier to clean than something you place on the ground. “A fluffy material looks comfortable but can quickly become a magnet for dirt and insects,” Dr. Sturtz says.

First-Aid Kit

Fortunately, many of the items in your own first-aid kit can also be used for dog first aid if necessary. “Bandaging materials (except Band-Aids, which won’t stick on fur), antibiotic ointment, and blood clotting gel/powder all work great for pets too,” says Dr. Kent Julius, DVM, owner of Legacy Veterinary Hospital in Frisco, Texas.

Dr. Sturtz also recommends bringing Betadine (which is better for cleansing small cuts and wounds than peroxide), an emergency blanket in case of sudden foul weather or severe injury, and sterile saline eyewash to flush away debris. “If there’s a stick or particle that you can’t flush out, get to the veterinarian immediately,” Dr. Sturtz says. “And bring tweezers with a magnifying glass to remove ticks, thorns, pieces of rock or glass; remember to grasp the head of the tick as close to the dog’s body as you can get, so that the entire tick is removed.” You can also pack a tick removal tool like TickEase, which is a special tweezer tool that comes with a magnifier.

To ensure you are completely covered while camping with dogs, you can even get a first aid kit made specifically for pets, like the Kurgo pet first aid kit.

Camping With Dogs Reflective Dog Leashes and Collars

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Reflective Dog Leashes and Collars

Making sure your dog’s leash and collar have a light-up or reflective covering is also a great idea, so you can keep an eye on him at all times. “If the dog decides to go into the bushes to investigate something, the light will help you extract him safely,” Dr. Sturtz says. “At night, a light that shows the dog and the path can help you avert hazards on the trail.”

For nights out camping with dogs, a flashing light on the collar is even more effective, as it cannot be confused with a light coming from a flashlight or other campers. “Lighted leashes you can turn on and off that have both a steady-state and a blinking light feature are ideal,” says Dr. Sturtz.

The Nite Ize SpotLit LED collar light is a water-resistant neon light that can glow or flash. You can also try the Nite Ize NiteDawg LED leash that’s visible from over 1,000 feet away.

In a pinch, you can always improvise. “A headlamp attached securely to the collar would work well,” says Julius. “Even glow sticks attached to the collar ring work well as long as the pet cannot chew it or remove it.”

Camping With Dogs Bring Food And Water

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Food and Water

It is important to remember to pack plenty of dog food and water when camping with dogs. “A water bowl is important, as some pets cannot drink enough from a water bottle,” Dr. Julius says. “And depending on the location, some outdoor water sources could be contaminated with parasites or dangerous bacteria.” To make storage of water for your dog easier, you can try dog travel bowls, like the Heininger WaterBoy, which allows you to store and serve water to your dog while on the go.

The same is true for making sure you bring your own dog food storage container with you instead of just buying dog food on the go or feeding your pup something he’s not used to. “This will help prevent the upset tummies from a change in diet,” Dr. Julius says. The Gamma2 travel-tainer can help store your dog’s food and feed him, so you can save precious car-packing space.


Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital (OVSH) has been serving the Portland and Beaverton area community since 1979. Drs. Steven F. Skinner (Neurology, Neurosurgery) and Robert T. Franklin (Internal medicine.) We welcome referrals from veterinarians all over the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to help your pet regain health and live a long and happy life.

Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital

Address
9339 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy,
Beaverton, OR 97005.

Phone: 503.292.3001
Fax: 503.292.6808
Email: info@ovshosp.com

10 Common Rabbit Diseases, Illnesses, & Ailments (and How to Treat Them)

10 Common Rabbit Diseases, Illnesses, & Ailments (and How to Treat Them)

10 Common Rabbit Diseases, Illnesses, & Ailments (and How to Treat Them)

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In my time of raising rabbits (and communicating with a lot of others who raise rabbits) I’ve noticed there are certain illnesses and ailments that commonly occur in rabbits. It is important to understand these and also recognize them in a timely fashion so they don’t get out of hand.

So I’m bringing you a list of the 10 most common illnesses and ailments among rabbits (in my opinion) and how you can effectively treat them or stop them from occurring.

Here are the most common illnesses and ailments among rabbits:

1. Ear Mites

The first time I came across ear mites I panicked. Ear mites are tiny little bugs that set up shop in your rabbit’s ears. The ear will look really crusty, brown, and itchy.

So if you see your rabbits scratching their ears a lot, check them. After having a bout with ear mites, I now check my rabbit’s ears almost daily to be sure I keep a jump on them.

But if your rabbits get ear mites, don’t feel bad. My rabbits live in really clean conditions and are fed a proper diet and still ended up with them. What I found in my research is that ear mites often live in hay.

Well, if you are feeding your rabbits a proper diet it should include mainly hay. If you notice your rabbits ears are full of gunk, then it is time to get to work. You’ll need a dropper ( I actually use a squirt bottle like this.)

Then fill it with oil of any kind. I usually use vegetable oil because it is inexpensive, and then place a few drops of oil in the infected ear twice a day for 7 days. This smothers the ear mites and relieves the crusty skin from the ear.

However, it is important to mention, do NOT pick the scabs out of your rabbit’s ears. They will clear up naturally. Picking at it will be painful for your rabbit and also open them up to more possibility of infection. Just let the oil do the work.

But you can try to prevent ear mites by keeping hay in a hay feeder and not just allowing your rabbits to lay in it. I also try to put a drop of oil in each of my rabbits’ ears once a week as a preventative measure for ear mites.

2. Snuffles

Photo by Mumbles Minis Rabbitry

You need to realize up front that it is not normal for an animal to ‘get a cold.’ I made this mistake with my chickens and lost a large portion of my flock one year.

So when you see that your rabbits have nasal discharge or are sniffling then you need to pay attention to what is happening. Other symptoms of the snuffles are matted paws, sneezing, and watery eyes.

Basically, this disease is best prevented by keeping your rabbits on a healthy diet and also keeping your rabbitry clean. The snuffles is a bacteria so if you keep their immune system ready to fight while also not giving bacteria a place to grow, then you should stay ahead of this disease.

However, if by some chance your rabbits develop this disease, then it is usually best to try and treat them with antibiotics, though they are not guaranteed to treat this illness.

So the best way to defeat this disease is to never let it set-up with your rabbits.

3. Heat Stroke

Photo by binkybunny.com

Heat stroke is something you have to really pay attention to when it comes to keeping rabbits. The reason is that they are very well insulated.

So on blistery cold nights you might be fearful of them freezing to death. When in reality if you provide a way to block the wind and give them extra hay (as chewing keeps them warm), then your rabbits should be just fine.

However, summer is a different story. Your rabbits need to be kept in the shade with lots of water as heat can quickly get to them. So if your rabbit is lethargic and it is warmer outside, then you’ll need to act quickly.

Be sure to quickly decrease their body temperature by spraying them gently with cool water. Then you will need to take them to a vet so they can be treated with IV fluids.

But your best bet is to try to avoid heat stroke all together. You can do this by giving your rabbits frozen water bottles. They can lay next to these bottles and absorb some of the cool.

Also, you can blow a fan on your rabbits indirectly so cool air can circulate around them. Don’t blow it directly on them as this can cause problems for your rabbit.

4. GI Stasis

Photo by Vet Girl on the Run

GI Stasis is a serious and often fatal disease. Your best bet is to completely prevent the disease by feeding your rabbits a diet high in fiber which basically means giving them lots of hay.

However, you will recognize GI Stasis because your rabbit will become bloated, lethargic, suffer from loss of appetite, not drink fluids, and also quit going to the bathroom.

If your bun starts showing any of these signs it is important to give them lots of fluids and hay. As well as massage their bellies.

But if you see no movement in their systems, it might be time to call your vet as it could potentially require surgery.

5. Sore Hocks

If you’ve ever seen a rabbit with sore hocks, it just looks painful. But the good news is that sore hocks is easily preventable.

So sore hocks is when the rabbit is either living in less than ideal conditions, or they have no where to rest their feet and their feet become callused and sore on the bottoms. Which are two important things to keep in mind if you are raising rabbits in wire hutches.

It is important to provide your rabbits with either nesting boxes to rest their feet in, a board to rest their feet on, or to provide them with mats.

However, if you have a larger breed rabbit this is very common with them where they have so much weight on their hocks. So be sure that they especially have really clean living conditions and lots of room to rest their feet.

6. Bloat

Bloat is a big deal! If your rabbit develops this it will most likely be a fatal blow to them. So the best way to handle bloat is to prevent it from happening.

But first things first, bloat is when your rabbit’s stomach has an imbalance of bacteria in it. This causes their bellies to look like a balloon and begin to swell.

This disease happens when your rabbit eats too much green food, wet grass clippings, moldy food, not enough fiber in their diet, if they are fed irregularly, or if they eat food that is spoiled.

So keep this in mind when feeding your rabbits. We feed our rabbits protein pellets, but they eat mainly a diet of hay. During the warmer months we use fresh vegetables and weeds as a treat, but they do not get them regularly for this very reason. We also feed our rabbits fodder. They love it, but they don’t get an excessive amount of it either.

It is important to pay attention to what you feed your rabbits. Also, you should pay attention to their poop. Make sure that they are still going regularly and that everything looks like it should.

7. Coccidiosis

This is something you hear talked about regularly if you belong to any type of rabbit group online. As soon as someone posts a stomach issue with their rabbit this dreaded disease is one of the first suggestions thrown out there.

But I’m very grateful for all of the information that has been shared in some of the groups I belong to because I learned a lot about Coccidiosis (also referred to as Cocci.) This is why I stopped raising my rabbits in a colony setting. It makes breeding hard to keep up with and cleaning a lot more difficult too.

So out of fear that my rabbits would develop this horrible disease I decided hutches were a safer bet. Much to my surprise, my rabbits actually appear much happier in a hutch. I think they feel more secure.

But as far as cocci goes, you’ll know your rabbits could possibly have it if they begin to develop diarrhea, have a lack of appetite, won’t drink, become very weak, and their stomach appears bloated. This is a disease that is carried my parasites. The parasites set up shop in the gut of the rabbit and therefore is spread through their feces.

It is usually fatal and will often times set up in baby kits around the ages of 4-6 weeks. If you are raising your rabbits for meat, you’ll need to pay attention for this disease because you will not want to eat a rabbit that has been impacted by this disease.

8. Flystrike

This is a terrible disease and one that I hope you will be able to keep from your rabbits. Flystrike happens when flies lay their eggs in moist areas of skin on a rabbit. These eggs will hatch into maggots within 24 hours.

They then will live under your rabbit’s skin and release poison that will kill your rabbit. Again, the best method to treat this disease is to prevent it.

You will need to be sure that your rabbit’s hind quarters are kept very clean. If you have a rabbit that is overweight or a female that has a large dewlap, then it may be hard for them to clean themselves properly.

If this is the case, be sure to clean your rabbits daily.

Also, be sure to keep their hutches clean and make sure your rabbit does not sit around in soil bedding. You’ll also want to limit the amount of fresh veggies and grass they get as this causes diarrhea which also attracts flies.

But if you notice maggots attached to your rabbit’s hind quarters, you’ll need to immediately call your vet. They will be able to administer treatment in a way that won’t harm your rabbit.

However, if you aren’t near a vet, then you will need to carefully administer these next steps.

First, you’ll need to grab the tweezer and begin pulling the maggots out of your rabbit’s skin. Then you’ll want to soak your rabbit’s bum in warm water. But be sure to dry their hind quarters thoroughly after the fact.

Next, you’ll need to carefully shave off any dirty or soiled hair around their bum. But you must be careful as rabbit’s skin is very thin and you could really harm your rabbit.

Finally, you’ll need to administer antibiotics to your rabbit to insure that no infection sets up. But again, if you have the ability to get to a vet, I’d recommend letting them do these steps as they are able to sedate your rabbit so nothing is uncomfortable for them while they receive this treatment.

9. Head Tilt

Head tilt is another disease that is very common to hear about in rabbit groups, but I’ve also been very thankful for all of the knowledge I’ve gained on this topic from the groups too.

So head tilt is when your bunny flops his head to one side. It is also referred to as wry neck. Their eyes often go side to side in a rapid movement too.

The reason for head tilt is many, and the treatment will depend upon the reason. I’ll go ahead and tell you, a vet will be the only true way to determine what has caused your rabbit’s head tilt.

These are what can potentially cause rabbit head tilt:

Trauma: A blow to the head can cause brain damage which equates to the rabbit holding his head to one side or the other permanently.

Cancer: If your rabbit has a tumor growing in his head, neck, or spine this could cause the rabbit to develop head tilt.

Stroke: We often see similar physical signs in humans that have had a stroke. A rabbit really isn’t all that different. So if your rabbit suddenly develops heads tilt don’t count out the idea of them having had a stroke.

Middle/Inner Ear Infection: If your rabbit has an ear infection, it could be causing signs of vertigo which equates to him leaning his head over.

There are a few other reasons as well such as: cervical muscle contraction, intoxication, and cerebral larva migrans.

But as mentioned above, there is no way of knowing exactly what has happened to your rabbit without the help of a vet. Then understanding what caused the issue will make the treatment vary greatly.

10. Red Urine

The first time I encountered this with my rabbits, I was so glad I had done my research and participated in rabbit groups because I knew what I was looking at.

So red urine just means that your rabbit is urinating a reddish, pinkish, or maybe even a brownish color. But don’t panic. It usually just means that they’ve been eating too much of something like carrots for instance.

However, if nothing in their diet has changed, or they keep urinating odd colors after the food has cleared their system, then it might be wise to get a urine sample and let a vet check it out.

Obviously, there are a lot more illnesses that occur in rabbits. But I do hope that this overview of some common illnesses with rabbits will help you as you raise your own rabbits whether it be for farming purposes or as a pet.

However, we want to hear your thoughts. Is there another illness that you think new rabbit owners should be aware of? If so, what are the symptoms and the treatments for such an illness?


Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital (OVSH) has been serving the Portland and Beaverton area community since 1979. Drs. Steven F. Skinner (Neurology, Neurosurgery) and Robert T. Franklin (Internal medicine.) We welcome referrals from veterinarians all over the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to help your pet regain health and live a long and happy life.

Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital

Address
9339 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy,
Beaverton, OR 97005.

Phone: 503.292.3001
Fax: 503.292.6808
Email: info@ovshosp.com

Pet Safety Tips for Emergencies

What to do if your dog gets stung by a wasp or bee

What to do if your dog gets stung by a wasp or bee

By Andrea Gordon | Featured on Holidays4Dogs

BEE AND WASP STINGS IN DOGS – SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT.

Bee and wasp stings in dogs can happen, would you know what to do? Most dogs are curious creatures and will often chase things that move including small insects.  My Labrador can get quite agitated with bees and wasps during the summer months and seems to get very excited by their ‘buzzing’, especially if they dare to ‘buzz’ round his ears, in which case he will jump up and try to give chase, snapping at them as he goes.

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8 Surprising Facts About Puppy and Kitten Nutrition

8 Surprising Facts About Puppy and Kitten Nutrition

By Paula Fitzsimmons | Article Featured on PetMD

Think you know all there is to know about puppy and kitten nutrition? Are you aware that puppies and kittens are more sensitive to nutritional imbalances than adults, for example? Or that excess calcium intake can cause a puppy to develop orthopedic disease?

Go past Puppy and Kitten Nutrition 101 to learn lesser-known facts about their dietary needs. Then use this knowledge to provide your newest family member with the proper start in life she needs to thrive for years to come.

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8 Signs of Pain in Cats

8 Signs of Pain in Cats

8 Signs of Pain in Cats

Article By Jessica Vogelsang, DVM | Featured on PetMD

Pain it isn’t always obvious to others when you’re experiencing it. Unless it’s a broken leg twisted at a 90-degree angle or a big bruise on your arm, pain is a condition with no obvious external manifestations. Sure, some people are good at going around making sure everyone knows they’ve stubbed a toe or pulled a groin muscle, but other people are more like cats—you’d never know anything was wrong.

Cats are renowned for their ability to mask pain and discomfort. This is a great advantage when out in the wild around a predator, but it’s a big problem in a home when pet owners are unaware that their pet has a problem.

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People Foods Cats Can Eat

People Foods Cats Can Eat

People Foods Cats Can Eat

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You Can Share, Sometimes

Most of your kitty’s diet should be a nutritionally complete cat food, but you can give her a treat from your plate every once in a while. You just need to know how to choose feline-friendly snacks with nutrients she needs.

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