How Often Should My Pet Have A Vet Check-Up?

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Gresham Animal Hospital Offers Top-Notch Care For Your Pet 

The Gresham Animal Hospital team understands that our Gresham clients consider their furry friends to be part of their families. Naturally, you want to seek out high-quality care for your pets. Gresham Animal Hospital is dedicated to providing Gresham families with the professional veterinary services they deserve. Your pet deserves a team that offers individualized care. You’ll find such care at Gresham Animal Hospital. 

How Often Should I Take My Pet To Have A Vet Check-Up? 

Just like people, your pet’s medical needs will change over the course of their lives. How often you need to bring your pet to see the vet will depend on how old they are. 

Puppies And Kittens (Under One Year) 

If you’re with your puppy or kitten from an early age, those early days will see a lot of vet visits. You’ll need to bring in your pet for vaccines every 3 to 4 weeks. This is when dogs commonly get shots to protect against distemper-parvo, rabies, influenza, kennel cough, and Lyme disease. Kittens will receive vaccines to protect against feline immunodeficiency virus, feline leukemia, and other diseases. Pets may also receive medication to prevent heartworm, fleas, and ticks at this age. The visits for these shots will take place over the first 16 weeks of their lives. Around 6 months of age, you can take your cat or dog in to be spayed or neutered.  

Adult Pets (Ages 1 Year To 7-10 Years) 

At this point, you can bring in your pets for regular check-ups every year. Your vet will give your cat or dog a full physical, checking for any issues that should be addressed. Rabies boosters and distemper-parvo boosters also happen a the age of 1 year, and then every 3 years after that. You can aid your vet by bringing in a stool sample from your pet during check-ups so they can check for intestinal parasites. 

Senior Pets (Ages 7-10 And Older 

As your pets reach senior age, they will need a little more care and attention. Twice yearly visits are recommended. Your pets will receive physicals and vaccine shots as needed, as well as blood and urine tests to check for issues with kidneys, liver, thyroids, etc. Mention any behavioral changes to your vet because it could help them diagnose important issues. Even things as seemingly simple as drinking more water or a lack of excitement for walks can indicate issues. 

Rely On Gresham Animal Hospital For Top-Notch Veterinary Care 

Gresham Animal Hospital is equipped to provide the service and treatment your pet needs under one roof. Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your dog or cat needs a checkup, shots, or vaccines. Give us a call at 503.666.1600 to schedule an appointment today. 

New Year’s Checklist For Your Pet

Gresham Animal Hospital Welcomes In The New Year 

The new year has arrived at long last. The team at Gresham Animal Hospital is looking forward to bringing the people of Gresham professional veterinary services in a brand new year! We seek to offer the best in veterinary care in Gresham. At Gresham Animal Hospital, your pet is treated with individualized attention and care. 

Taking Care Of Your Pet In The New Year 

Gresham locals, you’ve probably already chosen a New Year’s resolution for yourself. Perhaps you want to kick a bad habit or reduce stress in your life. Whatever your resolution, the new year gives you a chance to make a positive change in your life. Have you considered making a resolution to improve your pet’s quality of life? Here is a checklist of things you can do for your pet in the new year. 

Measure Out Their Food 

Pet obesity extremely common in both cats and dogs, and it can lead to a variety of complications for your pet’s health. Avoid overfeeding your pet by checking good measurements on whatever brand of pet food you feed them, and measure it every time! 

Exercise More 

This is a resolution both you can your pet can share! Keeping your pet active is another great way to avoid them becoming overweight. You can even try a new activity to keep them interested, such as hiking, doga, etc. 

Play With Them More 

While cats, unlike dogs, may not be as up for outdoor activities, you can increase their activity by increasing playtime. It’s healthy for them and fun for both of you! 

Update Their ID 

Does your pet have an up to date ID tag on their collar? Is the information on their microchip current? Now is an excellent time to make sure that your pet’s ID information is all up to date and accurate. 

Check-ups With Your Vet 

Your pet needs a vet check-up at least once a year, so be sure to schedule their check-up appointment as soon as you can! At Gresham Animal Hospital, we look forward to seeing our four-legged family members and offering the best pet care possible. 

Rely On Gresham Animal Hospital For Top-Notch Veterinary Care 

Gresham Animal Hospital is equipped to provide the service and treatment your pet needs under one roof. Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your dog or cat needs a checkup, shots, or vaccines. Give us a call at 503.666.1600 to schedule an appointment today. 

5 Winter Safety Tips For Pet Owners

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Gresham Locals Rely On Gresham Animal Hospital 

Do you need reliable and professional veterinary services in Gresham? Then be sure to visit Gresham Animal Hospital! Each pet gets personalized care at Gresham Animal Hospital because we know how special each pet is to their Gresham family. You can trust the care of your four-legged, furry friend to the professionals at Gresham animal hospital. 

5 Winter Safety Tips For Pet Owners 

As a pet owner, it’s important to know what your animal’s needs are all year-round. The team at Gresham Animal hospital wants to help Gresham families do their best to care for their pets this winter. Here are a few winter safety tips for pet owners. 

Keep Them Dry 

The cold, wet weather can irritate your pet’s skin. When they come in from outside, be sure to wipe them dry with a towel. Especially be sure to dry their belly, where they’re most exposed to the cold, wet ground. 

Check Their Paws 

Not only can your dog or cat get injuries on their paws while outside, but they can also pick up harmful substances like antifreeze, salt, or de-icers that you don’t want them licking up. Check for injuries and wipe their paws clean when they come in. 

Keep Them Warm 

Some animals will be more sensitive to the cold weather than others – particularly small animals, older animals, or animals with thinning or no fur. Don’t hesitate to give your dog or cat a little sweater if they need it. Adjust time spent outside to how much cold they can handle. 

Keep Dogs On A Leash 

Leashes keep your dog safe! During winter, it can be especially easy for a pet to become lost because snow can disguise familiar scents that would otherwise lead them home. Prevent your pet from becoming lost by keeping them leashed. 

Avoid Cold Cars 

Just like it’s dangerous to leave your pet in a hot car during summer, it is also dangerous to leave them in a cold car during winter. Leave them home for their own safety. 

Avoid Giving Your Dog Table Scraps This Thanksgiving 

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Gresham Animal Hospital Provides Professional Veterinary Care 

Gresham pet owners know that they can rely on Gresham Animal Hospital for caring and professional veterinary services. The team at Gresham Animal Hospital understands that our Gresham customers value the health and safety of their pets. After all, a pet is a member of your family. We dedicate ourselves to offering professional and personalized care for each pet brought to us. Pet owners in Gresham know that Gresham Animal Hospital is a name they can trust. 

Avoid Feeding Your Dogs Table Scraps This Thanksgiving 

As Thanksgiving approaches and you make ready for your big meal, it’s important to remember that – no matter how pathetic and sweet your dog looks while begging for table scraps – it is best to avoid feeding them scrap altogether. There are plenty of issues that feeding your dog table scraps can cause. 
For one, feeding your dog table scraps can give them digestive issues. Our digestive systems are different from a dog’s, and much of our food is too rich and fatty for them. It can lead to vomiting and diarrhea, or even more serious conditions such as pancreatitis. In fact, some of our foods are outright toxic to dogs. Chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions, almonds, macadamia nuts, and garlic are all toxic to dogs. If you don’t know everything that is in a certain dish you could wind up feeding them something quite dangerous! You should avoid even giving your dog bones from the Thanksgiving meal since cooked bones not only lack in nutrition but also are very brittle and can break and splinter in your dog’s mouth or down along their digestive tract. 
Other undesirable results of feeding your dog table scraps are weight gain and encouraging unwanted behavior. Even small table scraps can lead to weight gain for dogs very quickly! Their bodies are smaller than ours and even a simple slice of cheese can increase their caloric intake by quite a bit. Not to mention, giving your dog food when they beg only encourages that behavior. Instead, feed your dog appropriate dog treats to keep them happy and healthy. 

Rely On Gresham Animal Hospital For Top-Notch Veterinary Care 

Gresham Animal Hospital is equipped to provide the service and treatment your pet needs under one roof. Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your dog or cat needs a checkup, shots, or vaccines. Give us a call at 503.666.1600 to schedule an appointment today. 

Why You Should Adopt A Shelter Dog 

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When You Need Veterinary Care In Gresham, Rely On Gresham Animal Hospital 
When pet owners need to take their beloved pets in for veterinary services, they of course want to be sure that their pet is receiving the best care possible. When you’re looking for reliable veterinary care in Gresham, rely on Gresham Animal Hospital. The staff at Gresham Animal Hospital shares a love of animals with our patients, and we always strive to offer high-quality care. Your pet gets personalized care and service at Gresham Animal Hospital. 
Did You Know That It’s Adopt A Dog Month? 
October is known for many things. It brings cool weather, fall colors, Halloween festivities, and spooky movies. Did you know, however, that October is also national adopt a dog month? Both the American Humane Association (AHA) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recognize October as an important month to promote the adoption of dogs. The ASPCA in particular recognizes the importance of encouraging people to adopt dogs from shelters. 
Why Should I Adopt A Shelter Dog? 
While the ultimate goal of any shelter is to give animals a second chance, adoption from a shelter often becomes a ‘last chance’ option for many dogs. Shelters struggle to house all the stay dogs and cats they come across due to overpopulation issues. Limited funding also makes it difficult for shelters to care for the animals they own. It is an unfortunate fact that 20% of dogs get euthanized due to these issues. 
When you choose to adopt a shelter dog, you’re choosing to save a life. When dogs are adopted from shelters, it enables to shelters to continue to fight overpopulation issues. Additionally, when you buy a dog through other means – even through a pet store – you risk unknowingly supporting puppy mills. You’ll likely spend less to adopt a dog from a shelter, too. Many shelters offer to cover spaying, neutering, and first vaccinations! 
Can’t Adopt? Spread The Word! 
If you’re not able to adopt a dog yourself, consider spreading the word about adopting shelter dogs this month. Upload a Facebook status or make a tweet. You might encourage someone else who can save a dog’s life by adopting them. 
You can also consider supporting your local shelters. Your local shelters may be taking donations or may even need volunteers. Maybe they’re running an event to celebrate Adopt-a-Dog month and need help spreading the word. They are sure to appreciate any effort in promoting shelter dogs for adoption! 
Rely On Gresham Animal Hospital For Top-Notch Veterinary Care 
Gresham Animal Hospital is equipped to provide the service and treatment your pet needs under one roof. Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your dog or cat needs a checkup, shots, or vaccines. Give us a call at 503.666.1600 to schedule an appointment today. 

Post Quarantine Separation Anxiety For Dogs 

 

Reliable, Professional Veterinary Care In Gresham 

At Gresham Animal Hospital, we understand that Gresham pet owners love their pets dearly and want them to receive quality care. That’s why our team is dedicated to offering high-quality, professional veterinary services. The team at Gresham Animal Hospital makes sure that each pet we take care of gets individualized and personalized care. We address the unique needs of each of your pets and send you home with the knowledge you need to continue caring for them to the best of your ability. 
Your Dog And Post Quarantine Separation Anxiety 
It’s well known that pets, particularly dogs, feel best when following a steady routine. 2020, however, is the year that upset all routines. For months, many families remained quarantined with only themselves – and their household pets – for company. After months of having everyone at home much of the time, your dog will have gotten used to the extra quality time. Now things are changing. Not only are adults going back to working at their places of business, but children are going back to school. The change can leave your dog feeling lonely, and may even trigger separation anxiety. 
How Can I Tell If My Dog Has Separation Anxiety? 
Depending on how busy you are, you may not notice your dog’s separation anxiety right away, or you may even dismiss the signs. Here are some behavioral changes to look out for that can indicate your dog has separation anxiety. 

  • Increased barking 
  • A change in eating habits/lack of appetite 
  • Soiling accidents in the house 
  • Chewing on furniture or pillows 
  • Pacing back and forth 
  • Hiding 

How Can I Help My Dog Manage Separation Anxiety? 
If you notice your dog showing signs of separation anxiety, don’t stress yourself. There are ways you can help your sweet dog lower their anxiety and get used to the change they’re experiencing. 
Use Exercise 
One way to help your dog manage their separation anxiety is to exercise them both before you leave and after you get home. This is healthy for your dog and will establish a routine that they can look forward to. 
Keep Hellos And Goodbyes Short And Sweet 
If you give your dog highly emotional or prolonged greetings and goodbyes then it is likely to amp up their anxiety when you are gone. Keep them short and simple. 
Try Doggy Daycare 
Do you have long periods of time when there’s no one in your home? Is your dog alone for up to 8 hours? Then consider doggy daycare. Doggy daycare can go a long way towards lessening separation anxiety and it also gives your dog a social and physical outlet. 
Stimulating Toys 
When you’re gone, leave out toys that are both sturdy and stimulating for your dog to play with. Figure out which kinds of stimulating toys they like best. Do they like chewing toys best, or do they prefer something that makes a crinkle or a squeaking sound? 
Practice Leaving Your Dog Alone 
A good practice to prevent separation anxiety is to give your dog practice with being alone. Leave them alone for short periods of time to help them get used to it instead of taking the cold turkey approach. 
With a little help and support from you, your dog can overcome their separation anxiety! Pay attention to their needs and follow these steps to lower their stress and anxiety. 
Rely On Gresham Animal Hospital For Top-Notch Veterinary Care 
Gresham Animal Hospital is equipped to provide the service and treatment your pet needs under one roof. Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your dog or cat needs a checkup, shots, or vaccines. Give us a call at 503.666.1600 to schedule an appointment today. 

Coronavirus Precautions: How To Walk Your Dog Safely 

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Gresham Animal Hospital Provides Professional Pet Care 
When your pet needs veterinary care in Gresham, rely on Gresham Animal Hospital. At Gresham Animal Hospital, we provide knowledgeable and caring medical care for your pets. Our dedication to offering high-quality veterinary services means that each of our patients receives personalized care and individualized recommendations and treatment. Additionally, we aim to send Gresham locals home with the information they need to keep their pets happy and healthy. 
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Precautions 
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed the daily routines of people across the country. Of course, even if you’re working from home and going out less than usual, there are certain tasks that you can’t simply cease doing, such as walking your pets. After all, your dog needs the stimulation and exercise that a good walk provides. Likely, you’ve wondered how to go about this task without risking spreading the Coronavirus (COVID-19). How can you make sure to maintain social distancing while walking your dog? How can you make this daily task easier and safer? 
Tips To Walking Your Dog Safely During The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic 
If You Feel Healthy, Go For The Walk 
As long as you feel healthy and aren’t displaying signs of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), you can go for a walk with your dog. It’s good for the dog, but it can also be good for you. Walks are great for helping with stress, anxiety, and physical health. 
Don’t Make It Social 
It may be tempting, but don’t meet up with friends to walk your dogs together. You should only walk with people of your own household and avoid social contact with those outside it. The more people you meet with, the more chance there is for a spread of disease. 
Wear Your Mask 
Remember to put on your mask or other protective face covering before going out! This protects both yourself and others. 
Don’t Let Your Dog Socialize With Other Dogs 
Your dog needs to social distance, too. If your dog goes to say hi or sniff butts with another dog, prevent them. Contact between your pets is still more contact than is safe for either party. 
Maintain Distance, Pull Off To The Side 
If you’re walking along a path and see someone approaching, pull off to the side to maintain your distance. Don’t depend on the other person to do it first. Stand aside and keep your dog pulled aside as well. 
Leave Your Dog On Their Leash 
When your dog is offleash, you have no way of being able to completely control where they go and what they do. Unless you live in a secluded area with a lot of land, keep your dog on leash. 
Avoid Popular Spaces, Including Dog Parks 
When you’re in popular spaces, you are at risk even if you take every precaution. You won’t be able to maintain social distancing, you’ll likely touch high-touch surfaces others have come into contact with and your dog will be more likely to get too close to other dogs. 
Give Your Dog A Wipe Down After Walks 
There’s no conclusive research on whether or not dogs can get and transmit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) at the moment, but it is better to be cautious. Use something safe for your pets to wipe them down, such as pet wipes, a damp washcloth, or a human-safe wet wipe. 
Make A Plan For If You Feel Sick 
If you do start to feel sick, you need to quarantine from your family and your pet for a period of time lasting until 72 hours after the symptoms have passed. Have a plan for who can walk your dog. If you have a spouse who’s feeling well, they can take over. Otherwise, consider a neighbor or a dog walking service. If that’s not possible, you need to be wearing a mask and gloves every time you interact with your pet. 
Rely On Gresham Animal Hospital For Top-Notch Veterinary Care 
Gresham Animal Hospital is equipped to provide the service and treatment your pet needs under one roof. Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your dog or cat needs a checkup, shots, or vaccines. Give us a call at 503.666.1600 to schedule an appointment today. 

3 Pet Tips Regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people.
At this time, we needed to let you all know that we take the health of all our customers and your pets very seriously. In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have been taking the most careful measures to keep Gresham Animal Hospital even more safe and sanitized. We have ramped up how often and thoroughly surfaces such as door handles, bathrooms, tables & chairs, etc. are sanitized.
Here are three recommendations from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF)

  1. ou normally would, including walking, feeding, and playing. You should continue to practice good hygiene during those interactions (e.g., wash hands before and after interacting with your pet; ensure your pet is kept well-groomed; regularly clean your pet’s food and water bowls, bedding material, and toys).
  2. Out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that those ill with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. Have another member of your household take care of walking, feeding, and playing with your pet. If you have a service animal or you must care for your pet, then wear a facemask; don’t share food, kiss, or hug them; and wash your hands before and after any contact with them.
  3. As always, careful handwashing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease. The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians’ (NASPHV) compendium of standard precautions is a good reference for appropriate infection control in veterinary practices.

97 Percent of Cats and Dogs Don’t Fight Like Cats and Dogs

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In the Spirit of Valentine’s Day

February is the month of romance and love. While we don’t expect cats and dogs to send each other cards or flowers, they do get along much better than they are given credit for. If you have thought of having a home with both you will be encouraged that most homes with cats and dogs get along just fine. If you already have a home with both, you will find some tips to help them get along even better.

Fighting like Cats and Dogs

According to the Webster Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, the phrase “fights like cats and dogs” can be traced back to 1550. William Shakespeare even used a similar term in 1610. The truth is, according to research from the University of Lincoln, 80 percent of homes with dogs and cats actually enjoy each other and get along just fine. Out of the 748 homes that were surveyed, only 3 percent said the cats and dogs couldn’t share the same room.

Amicable but not Close

There is actually an academic definition of getting along. According to researchers Jessica Thompson, Sophie Hall, and Daniel Mills an amicable relationship between a cat and dog is defined as: with a friendly, mutual bond, which is recognizable through the use of affiliative behaviors, maintaining proximity and effective, non-aggressive communication between individuals. So they get along but very few households would define their furry kids as close.

Amicable but not Even

It may be no surprise to pet owners that the dog is more ready to build an amicable relationship and the cat is far more cautious. According to the study published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, cats were 10 times more likely the aggressor—and they dished out more damage. Dogs were more likely to get injured during a fight than the cats. In most cases, however, hissing and growling were enough to get the message across and did not escalate into full-blown battles.

They Don’t Speak the Same (Body) Language

A dog’s friendly enthusiasm can be interpreted as a threat to a cat. In many cat-dog households, you will see dogs trying to get cats to play the way dogs do. Dogs like to chase, play-fight over toys, and sometimes wrestle. Cats do not want to be chased, share toys, and under no circumstances does wrestling with a canine sound fun. It is a non-starter and a hard no. Miscommunication happens the other way around too. A cat’s warning comes across as play to a dog. According to dogs, cats get participation points for hissing and swatting. It is up to us as parents to do the interpreting.

The Best Indicator That They Will Get Along

It’s all about the cat. A cat’s age is the best indicator if you are going to have a cat-dog relationship that works. The younger the cat the better chances you have that both pets will get along.

How Can I Help Them Get Along?

Having an older cat shouldn’t prevent homes from trying to have both cats and dogs. There are even great resources. Wikihow has a great two-part series on making cats and dogs get along. The biggest take-away is starting slow and keep the introduction short. Other tips include letting them smell each other when they aren’t in the same room. Feeding them at the same time on opposite sides of a closed door will allow them to smell each other without confronting each other. And as usual, the cats set the terms, make sure the cat is relaxed. Dogs were domesticated sooner and bred to please us. Cats are a little more independent.

Want More Proof?

Watch this 3-minute compilation of Cats and Dogs getting along.

Gresham Animal Hospital is equipped to provide the service and treatment your pet needs under one roof. Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your dog or cat needs a checkup, shots, or vaccines. Give us a call at 503.666.1600 to schedule an appointment today.

Safety Tips For Pets During Windy Weather

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Are Wind Gusts in Gresham That Serious?

The east winds make high, gusty winds a common occurrence here in the Gresham and Troutdale area. According to the wind forecast, Gresham has already peaked at 17 mph winds and will reach 16 mph again before the end of the month. Just for some context, when winds reach 18 mph, most meteorologists consider this as severe wind weather. When winds gusts go beyond 20 mph you can expect small trees to sway and branches to break—30 mph winds make it hazardous to drive.

Are Heavy Winds a Hazard to My Pets?

Sure, trees and branches take the brunt of the damage from strong winds—but what about pets? The short answer is yes; heavy winds can be a hazard to pets, both directly and indirectly. The number one indirect hazard to pets during heavy wind conditions is damage to fencing which allows frightened pets to escape. Next up is the danger of blowing debris that can cause injury to outside pets. Finally, the mere force of a 40 mph gust of wind can carry a small pet for some distance. Use the following tips to keep your pet safe during windy conditions.

  • Check all fencing periodically. Check again right after a storm.
  • Make sure your gates are locked.
  • Bring your pet inside during the storm.
  • If you let your pet outside keep a close eye on him at all times.
  • Take your dog out on a leash to ensure he is safe and secure.

My Pets Stay Outside

If you have outdoor dogs and cats, here are some safety tips for them during the windy season.

  • Provide a dry, elevated dog house with clean, dry bedding and a flap over the opening to keep drafts out. A good doghouse should be big enough to allow your dog to sit and lay down comfortably but be small enough to hold in his body heat.
  • To make sure a cat has not crawled underneath your car to seek shelter and warmth near the engine, tap on the hood of the car before starting the engine.

Gresham Animal Hospital is equipped to provide the service and treatment your pet needs under one roof. Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your dog or cat needs a checkup, shots, or vaccines. Give us a call at 503.666.1600 to schedule an appointment today.

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