The holidays can spell double trouble for pets, even more so for those effected by diabetes. Pioneer Animal Hospital will continue to post videos, articles and graphics throughout this month to help you help understand this disease and what it means to dogs and cats.
Press Release. Nov 24, 2016. Oregon City, Oregon.
Pioneer Animal Hospital staff will be on hand starting 8:00 am, Friday, Nov 25th as their BLACK FRIDAY special NAIL TRIM CARD sale kicks off! These special cards are available for purchase only once a year in limited quantities. Lucky purchasers of the Nail Trim Cards save $20.00 per card- Now that's value for your pet this Black Friday.
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It's a perfectly ordinary day, night... an illness, an accident, or____ . None of us want to think about our own death but what will happen to your pet(s) if you don't make it home?
In the confusion that accompanies a person’s unexpected illness, accident, or death, pets may be overlooked. In some cases, pets are discovered in the person’s home days after the tragedy. To prevent this from happening to your pet, take these simple precautions:
Pioneer Animal Hospital first shared this story with you last summer from KOIN6.
Remember, since pets are considered as property by the law, you need to treat your pets as such when you make out a will. Just as you might bequeath your car or house to a specific relative or friend, you need to do the same for any pets that need to be taken care of.
Be specific but simple: “I leave my dog Happy to my friend Jane Doe.” If you decide to set up a revocable living trust before your death, the instructions are the same, although it’s your choice on whether the caretaker and trustee are the same person (see below).
You should always discuss such arrangements with the person in question beforehand. Just as you should never buy a pet as a gift for someone who isn’t expecting it, you shouldn’t make your beloved dog an unwanted surprise after your funeral. LIVING WILL _ADVANCE DIRECTIVE DOWNLOAD
Be sure to review and update these documents regularly. Circumstances change, so it’s a good idea to take a look at your will or trust annually. Maybe the friend you wanted to take care of your dog moved far away, or changed their mind about the responsibility. Perhaps the pets you originally designated have themselves passed on, and you have to specify new ones. You may have experienced a change in financial circumstances, good or bad, so you need to increase or decrease the money bequeathed.
Remember, if you designate an amount of money to care for your dog to a specific person but do not also specify that your dog still needs to be alive, courts will probably rule that they get the money anyway.
It is possible, by the way, to avoid any problems with the money being misused by leaving it to your veterinarian instead, with a specific written agreement on how much they will get and what treatment they are expected to provide in exchange. Again, plan ahead and discuss it with your vet well in advance of the need.
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A common misconception is that fleas are only a problem in the Spring. The Spring and Fall seasons present the most ideal environmental conditions for them to thrive. BUT if they have made your house our your pet their home, left untreated or not fully treated it is impossible to eradicate the pests!
PAH (Pioneer Animal Hospital) is happy to share the printable handout below with you.
Pioneer Animal Hospital offers a wide variety of flea prevention and treatment products for your pet, home and yard. We are happy to create a customized flea treatment & prevention program to fit your budget.
Pacific Pug Rescue presents the 3rd Annual Pug-O-Ween! This year's theme - Zombie Apugalypse! Special guest Gemma Correll will be attending to do custom pug illustrations.
This year we have a brand new venue - Oaks Park Dance Pavilion! This means plenty of (free) parking, additional seating and more room to mingle. There'll be heavy Horror d'oeuvres, water, soda and a no-host bar.
Activities include custom pug illustrations by Gemma Correll (with $50 donation - reserve your spot online with your admission purchase), silent auction, costume contest, Halloween themed photo-op, and fortunes told by Sasha Ann.
Admission is $15 online or $20 at the door. Visit http://pdxpugoween.com/ to purchase your tickets, reserve your custom illustration and even order a shirt this year's theme design on it!
A special thanks to our silent auction sponsors: Oregon Zoo, Portland Spirit, Oregon Ballet Theater, Portland Center Stage, Deschutes Brewery, The Float Shoppe, Aladdin Theater, Sky High Sports, Mollys Pawtique, Best Bully Sticks, The Vancouver Brewfest, Mary Hill Winery, All You Need is Pug, Doggie Courture Shop, Portland Winterhawks, Kyras Bake Shop, East Burn- Eat Drink Play!, Dave & Busters, Waggo, Portland Rose Balloon, Dutch Brothers- Tigard, Cuddle Clones, NW Adventures/Pumpkin Ridge Zipline, & Sizzle Pie!
Changing a life
There are many proven benefits to be gained from the companionship of pets:
Lower blood pressure
Lower cholesterol levels
Improve cardiovascular health
Relieve the depression associated with serious illnesses
Improve survival rates after a heart attack
From a psychological and emotional standpoint, your pet gives you something to live for and focus on other than yourself. Self-absorption is a serious detriment to good health.
It feels good to be needed and your pet depends on you – even if your family does not. Being needed motivates you to stay well.
Studies have shown that interacting with pets is actually more beneficial than interacting with friends when it comes to your blood pressure. Human friends can be judgmental –your four-legged buddy accepts you exactly as you are in every moment of your life together.
Part of the reason we connect so deeply with animals may be their emotional depth. Studies show that many animals mourn, cry, and demonstrate other ranges of emotion. If you share your life with a pet, you know the love it feels for you is intense and enduring.
Do you have a pet that has made a difference in your life? Share your stories with us at www.PAHCares.com/MyPetsStory
PAH Star Gordon adopts a friend
"We came in for a check up and Gordon (my Rottweiler) ended up adopting a kitten. We have named him Raider and I've attached some pictures for you to see how he is doing." -Michelle
Thank you for sharing Michelle! Gordon is such a sweet boy and so gentle with his new pal. We cannot wait to see them together again and continue their story in pictures.
Your pet can be a PAH Star too!
All clients are encouraged to share photos and their pet's stories.
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September is Animal Pain Awareness Month
Answer the quiz below to find out if you may be missing what your pet is trying to tell you.
Did you know that the veterinary care team at Pioneer Animal Hospital in Oregon City are committed to insuring that animals have a pain free life?
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September is Animal Pain Awareness Month
Cats often have pain from arthritis, urinary problems and many other conditions. It can be challenging to tell if your cat hurts, because cats have a strong natural instinct to hide their pain. There are many options to treat pain in cats and give them a more comfortable life. Please take the quiz below to help determine if your cat is in pain.
Did you know that the Pioneer Animal Hospital care team are committed to insuring that animals have a pain free life?
Dogs are a man’s best friend. Besides other things, they can help you achieve your fitness goals too. After your early morning cuddle with your pet, go for a run or walk with them. It’s one of the best exercises as it makes you super happy too.
Pioneer Animal Hospital is located in Oregon City, Oregon. Established in 1979, they have served happy and healthy pet families for over 35 years!
Call to schedule your pet's next appointment today 503-657-3171.
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(UPI) -- In an experiment designed to illuminate the relationship between humans and dogs -- whether it's defined by a true bond or a love of food -- researchers found most dogs anticipate the praise of their owner as much or more than a food reward.
"One theory about dogs is that they are primarily Pavlovian machines: they just want food and their owners are simply the means to get it," Gregory Berns, a neuroscientist at Emory University, said in a news release. "Another, more current, view of their behavior is that dogs value human contact in and of itself."
Berns and his colleagues began their experiment by training dogs to associated three objects with three different rewards: a pink toy truck with food; a blue toy knight with verbal praise; and a hairbrush with the absence of a reward.
Over the course of 32 trials, the 13 participant dogs were presented with the three objects. The dogs' neural responses to each stimulus were measured using an fMRI machine.
All dogs preferred a reward to none at all. Four dogs showed a particularly strong response to the blue toy knight, while nine dogs responded equally to the two types of reward. Only two dogs were consistently more excited about the pink toy truck and the food reward.
In a second experiment, researchers allowed dogs to follow one of two simple maze paths: one leading to their owner, the other to a bowl of food. Owners sat with their backs turned and praised their dog when he or she arrived.
"We found that the caudate response of each dog in the first experiment correlated with their choices in the second experiment," Berns said. "Dogs are individuals and their neurological profiles fit the behavioral choices they make."
"Most of the dogs alternated between food and owner, but the dogs with the strongest neural response to praise chose to go to their owners 80 to 90 percent of the time," Berns continued. "It shows the importance of social reward and praise to dogs. It may be analogous to how we humans feel when someone praises us."
Eating grass is very common among dogs and cats and usually does not indicate a health problem.
DOGS: There are a variety of reasons a dog might munch on the lawn.
Some studies suggest that dogs eat grass because they do not feel well, while others say that eating grass is a way for dogs to improve digestion, deal with intestinal worms or to fulfill an unmet nutritional need, such as a lack of fiber.
Still, others say it is just an act of boredom. If this seems to be the case, try playing a game of fetch or bringing the dog for a walk to get some exercise and a little exploration of the neighborhood. If a nutritional issue is suspected, try switching to a diet high in fiber and see if the grass munching decreases.
CATS: Eating grass might be beneficial to cats' health.
Some studies suggest that grass serves as a natural laxative and can help break down fur balls as they pass through the digestive track.
While most experts agree that the act of eating grass itself is not harmful, it is important to remember that if the lawn has been treated with a pesticide or some other chemical, it could be toxic if ingested by a pet.
Also, some plants are poisonous to pets and should be kept away from areas that a dog or cat may frequent, especially if they are grass eaters. For a complete list of harmful plants, visit www.aspca.org.
If a health condition is suspected, make an appointment with Pioneer Animal Hospital to have the pet examined.
PIONEER ANIMAL HOSPITAL serving pet families in Oregon City, Milwaukie and Gladstone since 1979. PAH is known for our comprehensive service lines and devoted staff.
Why has my cat stopped using his litter tray?
"I have my cat for nearly two years and recently he is going to the toilet in different places around the house. He still uses the litter tray sometimes, but it has become a regular problem. I caught him in the act and I put him outside, but its still happening. How can I tell him off for this and get him to go back to normal? I don't want to make him live outdoors.”
There are many possible reasons for your cat changing his toilet habits, and this is quite a common problem. The first possibility is that it has something to do with the litter tray itself. If it is dirty or he is sharing it with other cats, it could put him off using it. It should be completely cleaned out every couple of days, with soiled material being removed daily. Wash the tray with just a mild detergent and hot water, as a strong smell such as disinfectant can be off putting. The positioning of the tray is important as cats prefer to go in quiet, hidden locations, where they won't be disturbed by passing dogs or children. Keep food and water bowls well away from the tray, as the presence of food discourages urination and defecation. Cats that avoid ‘contaminated” areas may only use a tray once so you may have to provide trays at multiple sites in the house. Remember that cats learn by experience, so bad associations can cause inappropriate soiling. Therefore, punishing your cat only adds stress and will make the cat more secretive about going to the toilet.
PAH recommends one litter pan per cat plus one extra. For example if you have two cats you will have three litter pans and place them in different locations.
Thorough cleaning of soiled areas is crucial as cats are inclined to go back to the same place.
Home made urine removers
White vinegar odor remover
100ml white vinegar
200ml warm water
Place ingredients in a plastic spray bottle and shake well.
Remove as much urine/spray as you can using a paper towels. Mist vinegar spray over areas of cat urine and rub with a paper towel. An alternative method is to mix the solution in a bucket and dip a clean cloth into the liquid. Rub the stain with the vinegar solution. After the vinegar dries, wipe away both solution and stain with warm water.
Hydrogen peroxide odor remover
5.5oz (220ml) hydrogen peroxide
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 squirt liquid hand soap
Place ingredients in a plastic container and mix well with a plastic or wooden spoon. Apply the solution to cat urine stain, then rinse well with warm water.
A new addition to the household, which could be a human or another pet, can cause anxiety which can upset toilet habits. Similarly, if a cat which normally goes outdoors starts going inside the house, it can be due to other cats or dogs aggressively invading its territory.
Other possible causes are illness, such as urinary tract disease or digestive problems, old age/ impaired mobility, or fear/stress factors. It would be best to consult your vet to verify if there is a physical cause of the problem. He/she may even suggest a change of diet to a more digestible food.
Need an appointment? Contact Pioneer Animal Hospital (503)657-3171.
This guy was found outside Melissa's house yesterday. He had been hanging out for about a month. She was able to get him in a carrier and to work. He is microchipped, but that person gave him away several years ago. She had no further information for me. Please share so I can see if I can find his home. Neuter male, approximately 4 years old, name on microchip was Mumble. Found on S. Ferguson rd. In Oregon city.
The simple answer- Yes, they sure can.
Pets grow accustom to being with the kids and family more during school breaks, especially summer, the longest school break. School begins again and many pets find themselves alone for long periods of time and may have a difficult time adjusting.
What can you do to help your pet?
Create a daily routine that ensures your children and pets will continue to spend quality time together, including:
2. Leave Interactive Toys Out During The Day
Keep your dog busy and stimulated with interactive dog toys like KONGs that you can stuff and even freeze. Puzzle feeders and puzzle toys can also fend off some boredom for your pooch.
3. Leave the Radio or Television On Low
Your dog is probably used to hearing the sounds of the family and kids in particular in the house when the family is at home. Leaving the radio or TV on low volume for them while you're gone can make them feel more comfortable.
4. Dog Walkers and Dog Day Care
Dog Walkers can come right to your home or business and take your pet out for a stroll, or just play with them. Dog Day Care is a nice drop off solution while you are at work or running errands and many dogs love the socialization.
5. Talk To Your Veterinarian
Some pets and pet owners need additional options or a combination of tools to address the pet's anxiety. There are many care plans available.
Dogs have been known to make a snack out of strange things, including garden foliage. But even the most carefully planned gardens may include plants that could be potentially harmful to dogs if swallowed.
So how can you tell if your dog has consumed a plant that he shouldn’t have?
If ingested, some common plants -- including Azaleas, Hostas, and Ivy -- can cause your pup to experience some unpleasant symptoms.
According to the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the most common symptoms of toxic plant ingestion in dogs include vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, changes in urine, and drooling.
Bulbs of any kind are toxic to dogs and can result in gastrointestinal upset, stomach pain, and loss of appetite. Similarly, other specific parts of plants -- such as the berries or blooms -- can carry higher concentrations of toxins.
The Autumn Crocus can cause an intense burning sensation in the mouth, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, liver and kidney damage, and even heart arrhythmias. Although the entire plant is considered toxic to dogs, the toxicity is highest in the bulbs of the plant.
Ingestion of just a few leaves of Azaleas can cause oral irritation with subsequent vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. In severe cases, ingestion can cause a drop in blood pressure, coma, and even death.
Although the entire plant is considered poisonous to dogs, it is the Daffodil bulb that is the most toxic. Ingestion of any portion of a Daffodil can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, arrhythmias, convulsions, and a serious drop in blood pressure.
Dieffenbachia, also known as Dumb Cane, is a common houseplant that can cause oral irritation, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing in dogs. It can also create a burning sensation of the lips, tongue, and mouth.
Although the entire plant of a tulip is considered toxic, it is the bulb that is the most poisonous to dogs. Ingestion can cause significant oral irritation, excessive drooling and nausea.
Also known as the Mother-In-Law plant, the Kalanchoe is a common house plant with small dense flowers. When ingested it can cause vomiting and diarrhea. In rare cases, heart arrhythmias can occur from a poisoning.
The Sago Palm is an extremely poisonous plant to dogs when ingested, causing bloody vomiting and diarrhea, bleeding disorders, liver failure and death.
Oleander is a popular ornamental flowering shrub commonly found in the southern United States and California. Its cardiac glycosides, similar to digoxin, are very toxic to dogs and can cause fatal heart abnormalities, muscle tremors, incoordination, vomiting and bloody diarrhea.
Also known as Sowbread, the Cyclamen is a common household flowering plant with poisonous properties (i.e., terpenoids) to dogs. It can cause oral irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, heart abnormalities, seizures and death.
Especially popular around Easter, the lovely Amaryllis is also poisonous to dogs. Its toxins can cause vomiting, depression, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hypersalivation, anorexia, and tremors in dogs.
Simply brushing up against certain plants can also be harmful to dogs.
Dermatological symptoms of a dog having come into contact with a plant containing poisonous chemicals include rashes, blisters, and itchiness.
If Fido licks toxic sap (either off himself or off of the plant), he may experience such symptoms as coughing, drooling, and lack of appetite. Lapping up toxic saps may cause inner mouth discomfort, including irritation to the lip, tongue, and esophagus.
If you suspect your dog may have ingested or come into contact with a toxic plant, take him to the vet as soon as possible. If you can't immediately get to a vet, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Center (APCC).
Take note of the symptoms he is experiencing, and bring a picture or sample of the plant he may have eaten. Different plant-based poisons will require different treatment. There are antidotes for some, while others may be treated with induced vomiting or stomach pumping.
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Zika virus was first discovered in a monkey with a mild fever in the Zika Forest of Uganda in the 1940s. Nonhuman primates (apes and monkeys) have shown the ability to become infected with Zika virus; but, only a few naturally and experimentally infected monkeys and apes have had any signs of illness at all, and then it was only a mild, transient fever without any other symptoms. A small number of monkeys were reported to have Zika virus in one study done in 2016 in an area of Brazil with high numbers of human illness. More research is needed to better understand the potential for monkeys and apes to be reservoirs for Zika virus. The prevalence of Zika virus in monkeys and other nonhuman primates is currently unknown.
There is also limited evidence from one study done in Indonesia in the late 1970s that horses, cows, carabaos (water buffaloes), goats, ducks, and bats could become infected with Zika, but there is no evidence that they develop disease or pose a risk for Zika virus transmission to humans. There have not been any reports of pets or other types of animals becoming sick with Zika virus. More information on Zika virus transmission is available here.
Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (A. aegypti and A. albopictus). These are the same mosquitoes that spread dengue and chikungunya viruses. At this time there have been no reports of other animals becoming sick with Zika or of being able to spread Zika to people or other animals.
What we know
It is a good idea to protect your pets from mosquitoes. Mosquitoes do transmit other diseases such as heartworm disease and West Nile Virus from pet to pet, which, if left untreated, will cause your pet to die. DEET, which we use to repel mosquitoes can cause neurological signs in pets such as seizures and is not recommended. We do recommend a few topical flea and tick medications that prevent mosquito bites to pets in high mosquito areas.
Other things you can do around your home to help decrease your mosquito numbers would be to eliminate all standing water from planters, tires, bird baths, pools, fire pits and trash containers. These are breeding grounds for the insects and dumping water and cleaning help in the elimination process. Also use your air conditioner when able and keep your windows closed. If you do like to open your windows make sure your screens are in good condition with no holes or tears that would allow mosquitoes inside your home.
Pioneer Animal Hospital offers treatment and prevention plans created for your pet's individual needs within your budget.
PIONEER ANIMAL HOSPITAL
333 Warner Milne Rd., Ste. B
Oregon City, OR 97045
A quick way to tell if you should or should not be walking your pets:
Step out on the concrete and or pavement in your bare feet.
Are you comfortable standing there or is it hot?
If it is hot to you it is hot to them and the answer would be NO you should not be
walking your pet.
If it is mildly warm or cool then the answer is YES. Have a nice stroll.
Keep in mind if the temperature is increasing during your walk so is the temperature on the walking surface.
The pet will suffer the consequences of their master/guardian's bad decision.
This pets paws were burnt while walking on an 80 degree day.
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Oregon City, OR 97045
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