6 Pet Holidays You Can Celebrate in November

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November is a pet awareness month for Adopting Senior Pets, National Senior Pet Awareness, Pet Cancer Awareness, and Pet Diabetes Awareness. We also have six pet holidays this month; National Cook for you pets Day, National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day, National Black Cat Day, National Take A Hike Day, and of course the National Dog Show. We are going to quickly breakdown the national awareness issues and then list the holidays in chronological order.

NATIONAL AWARENESS MONTH FOR…

Adopt a Senior Pet

Senior pets are the last to be adopted and at the greatest risk for euthanasia. There are lots of benefits to adopting a senior pet.
Use the following link to find a senior dog to adopt near you.
Use the following link to find a senior cat to adopt near you.

Pet Cancer Awareness

The Animal Cancer Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for cancer by funding research in and increasing public awareness of comparative oncology, the study of naturally occurring cancers in pets and people.  You can learn more about this organization at http://acfoundation.org/

Pet Diabetes Awareness

It is estimated that 1 in 300 adult dogs and 1 in 230 cats in the US have diabetes. Pets with diabetes end up with extra sugar left in the blood which leads to lethargy and other health problems. If you suspect that your pet might have diabetes you can take this quiz: https://usa.petdiabetesmonth.com/risk-quiz.aspx. Important note: If you select mixed-breed the quiz will take you directly to product advertising. We recommend seeing a vet for a proper diagnosis. Some symptoms to look out for are excessive thirst, increased urination, weight loss, and increased appetite.

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS FOR…

NOV 1st: Cook for Your Pets Day
Nov 3rd-9th: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week
Nov 7th: National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day
Nov 17th: National Black Cat Day
Nov 17th: National Take a Hike Day
Nov 28th: Every Thanksgiving you can catch the National Dog Show on NBC right after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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.

“You’ll see how much we know, and you’ll know how much we care.”

 

How To Detect And Prevent Heatstroke In Pets (For Dogs, Cats, Birds, Rabbits And Even Bearded Dragons)

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August can be the hottest month in the Willamette Valley. This year is looking to bring us just that. The biggest cause for concern in August is heatstroke, the technical term is hyperthermia. There is a lot of information on the prevention and detection of heatstroke in dogs, cats, and birds, but we wanted to cover some of the other types of pets that that are common as pet patients. Scroll down and find out how to detect and prevent heatstroke in dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, and even bearded dragons (at Gresham Animal Hospital we don’t provide reptile care, but we can recommend a great place that does).

PREVENT HEATSTROKE IN DOGS

Signs of Heat Stroke. Dogs can’t sweat to cool themselves off, so they have to pant to circulate cooler air into their bodies. Watch out for excessive panting, drooling, and reddened gums. More serious signs of heatstroke include vomiting, diarrhea, and incoordination.
How to Prevent. Plenty of ventilation and plenty of water. Because they cool themselves off with the surrounding air, you want to make sure the temperature of the air they are circulating is not too hot. Finding a place for them in the shade makes a huge difference. The biggest cause for heatstroke in dogs is when they are left in a car. If you plan on leaving Fido in a car, make sure the window is open. If they are in a crate, make sure it is well ventilated. If your dog is showing signs of heatstroke or becomes unconscious, get him in a bathtub or hose him down immediately. If you use a hose, make sure all the hot water runs out before you cover your dog. Focus on the back of the head and the neck. Do not submerge the head underwater and avoid getting water up the nose or in the mouth. Then call your nearest animal hospital.

PREVENT HEATSTROKE IN CATS

Signs of Heat Stroke. Cats, like dogs, pant when they try to cool down. Although they do not sweat like humans, they can sweat through their paws. If you notice that the paws are extremely damp, then they may be trying to regulate their body temperature. If your cat is grooming excessively, this is also a tell-tale sign that your cat is trying to regulate its body temperature. You can always take your cat’s temperature; 104 degrees or higher is cause for concern. More serious symptoms include a red tongue, vomiting and diarrhea, rapid pulse, and rapid breathing.
How to Prevent. Because cats are more independent you need to provide them with more options than a dog. You need multiple options for shade, multiple options for ventilation, and multiple options for water. If your cat is conscious, get her close to water as soon as possible. DO NOT force her to drink as this may lead to choking. Then contact your local veterinarian hospital for help.

PREVENT HEATSTROKE IN BIRDS

Signs of Heat Stroke. Birds pant too, but it doesn’t look or sound the same as when dogs and cats do it. Panting for birds is breathing with the mouth/beak constantly open. You may notice that they are holding the wings away from the body. Finally, you may notice that your feathered friend is more agitated and anxious.
How to Prevent. The common causes of heatstroke for birds is direct sunlight on the cage. Like dogs, most causes of heatstroke happen to birds while you are transporting them in a car—make sure they are out of direct sunlight and have proper ventilation. They can also overheat when owners use heat lamps, heating pads or wrap them in towels for too long. If your bird shows signs of heatstroke, the first thing you want to do is keep your bird calm. Moving your bird to a quieter place without noise and distraction is a must. You can mist the bird with water until her skin is wet. Keep her feet and legs moist with cool water. Again, birds are prone to being anxious, a quiet environment will make your bird more cooperative. Call your local veterinarian immediately.

PREVENT HEATSTROKE IN RABBITS

Signs of Heat Stroke. Unlike dogs, cats, and birds, bunnies can’t pant or sweat! The combination of hot temperatures and a thick coat of fur makes rabbits the largest at-risk animals for heatstroke. You can tell if your rabbit is at risk of heatstroke (hyperthermia) by checking the temperatures of its ears and feet. These are where they are trying to rid themselves of heat—like exhaust pipes. Other signs include breathing faster, open mouth breathing, and lack of appetite or restlessness.
How to Prevent. You can always add ceramic tile to your rabbit’s environment and keep a fan nearby for those warmer days. If your rabbit is showing signs of heatstroke, move him to a cool environment, 60-68 degrees if you can manage it. Get those ears wet and blow on them either with your mouth or fan—do not use a hairdryer (hopefully for obvious reasons). Mist the belly and hind legs with cool water. DO NOT dip in cold water, this could result in shock—which would be bad. If your rabbit becomes too distressed during the recovery efforts, stop what you are doing and let the rabbit relax.

PREVENT HEATSTROKE IN BEARDED DRAGONS

Signs of Heat Stroke. Yes, even desert reptiles can suffer from heatstroke. With bearded dragons, the most popular reptile pet, it is a little harder to detect. First, you need to be familiar with your dragon’s normal behavior. If your dragon shows signs of lethargy, laziness, and loss of appetite these could indicate overheating.
How to Prevent. Your dragon shouldn’t be outside for more than 30 minutes to an hour in the heat. You should also slowly acclimate him to being outside in the sun in small time increments. Start at 5-10 minutes a day for a week before jumping to a full half-hour. The most important tool for preventing heatstroke is a thermostat. Any reptile keeper should have a thermostat to control the temperature of its environment.
At Gresham Animal Hospital, we do not offer pet care for Bearded Dragons but can recommend Avian & Exotics for reptile and amphibian care.
Bring your family pet in for checkups, shots, and vaccines at Gresham Animal Hospital! We have been providing personal, individualized care to our patients and their owners since 1944. Our hospital is equipped to provide the services and treatment your pet needs under one roof. Call us at 503.666.1600 to schedule an appointment for your furry family member.

“You’ll see how much we know, and you’ll know how much we care.”

 

5 Tips Pet Owners May Forget When Prepping A Pet For July 4th

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Whether you are hosting a party on the Fourth of July, going to one, or staying in and enjoying the holiday on the couch, you will want to make sure your pet is prepped for the Independence Day celebration and all that it entails. The busiest day of the entire year for local animal shelters is July 5th. More dogs and cats are lost during the 4th of July than any other day. While many pet owners may already have a tried and true method for helping their furry family members cope with all the screaming fireworks that light up the July 4th sky, the most important thing is to ensure the comfort and safety of your pets by keeping them at home and removed from any firework activity.
Here is a quick checklist to help keep your dog and cat safe for the 4th of July.

  1. IDENTIFICATION TAGS
    ID tags can get worn out, rubbed off or even outdated. Check the ID tag around your pet’s neck and make sure that the info is readable with the correct contact information. Sometimes, as owners, we are so used to seeing the tags, that we don’t often check them to see if they need updating.
  2. MICROCHIPPING
    If your pets are not microchipped talk to your vet about microchipping. At Gresham Animal Hospital we offer microchipping for pets in case your pet loses its collar. We recommend Home Again, the leader in microchipping for pets. To date, they have reunited over 2 million pets. It is also an “insurance policy” to prevent your pet from getting adopted away from you—or worse yet euthanized.
  3. UPDATE YOUR MICROCHIP INFORMATION
    Whichever microchip provider you choose to go with, you will want to verify that your information is correct with them and up to date. If you are not sure who your provider is check with your veterinarian. If you rescued a dog from the Humane Society or had your pet microchipped at Gresham Animal Hospital, you will want to log in to Home Again, the largest microchip provider. Once you log in, you can verify that all your information is correct and even add a photo of your dog or cat. If you need help logging in, you can call toll-free 1-888-466-3242.

If you are not sure of your provider but have your microchip ID, you can use Pet Microchip Lookup.

  1. DOUBLE CHECK ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS
    This is an important step. If your pet is spooked and wants to find a way out, it will. Make a quick check of all the doors and windows. Even ones you would think your dog or cat would never try to escape through. Also, check your screens and make sure they are intact and can’t be pushed through.
  2. GET PETS INSIDE WAY BEFORE THE FIREWORKS START
    Once the fireworks start there is no going back until they end. Make sure you have all your dogs and cats inside before dusk. Most fireworks start before it gets completely dark.
  3. BONUS TIP! EXERCISE YOUR DOG OR CAT
    The more active your dog or cat is before the fireworks, the more likely he or she will stay calm for the rest of the evening. If your dog is already used to daily walks, take an extra lap or two. If your cat is a busy body pull out that laser pointer and really tucker him out.

PREPPING YOUR PETS: FINAL THOUGHTS
We know you love your pets and we hope this list provides a few reminders that you might have overlooked. It doesn’t hurt to double-check these important safety tips again before all the action starts so that your pet stays calm and comfortable throughout the night. Then make it a tradition to revisit this checklist on an annual basis and check items off prior to your 4th of July celebration.
Letting the team at Gresham Animal Hospital care for your pets is one of the best things you can do for their health. Our team is skilled, professional, and willing to work with your pets’ specific needs to ensure a quality experience is had by both pets and pet parents alike. 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.

“You’ll see how much we know, and you’ll know how much we care.”

 

3 Plants Your Dog And Cat Should Avoid

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It’s springtime and the plants and trees in your neighborhood are blooming with new flowers. The beauty of the blossoms and the scent may attract your dogs and cats, but for a few of them beware.
We don’t want to be alarmists. For the most part, your furry friend knows what to avoid or quickly learns what to avoid after suffering some mild poisoning. But if you have a new puppy or kitten, you may want to keep an eye out for three common plants that you may not know are toxic.

DAFFODILS

These flowers contain lycorine, which triggers vomiting. If your pet eats the bulb, plant or flower it can also cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, and even possible cardiac arrhythmias or respiratory depression. Crystals found in the outer layer can also cause severe tissue irritation and secondary drooling.

RHODODENDRON

Beautiful and toxic. Not just for dogs, for humans too, so don’t eat them either. These can be mildly to severely poisonous for dogs, depending on the amount ingested, as well as the hybrid of the plant (which comes in various colors). They can suffer from burning on the lips and mouth, salivation, nausea, severe vomiting, coma, and it can be lethal. It doesn’t take much to get a dog sick; in fact, if an animal ingests as little as 0.2% of their body weight in any part of the plant, they can be serverely poisoned.

TULIPS and HYACINTHS

The poison in these plants are mostly concentrated in the bulb and the toxicity is mild to moderate. The biggest concern is when a dog digs up a freshly planted bulb. When ingested by a dog the symptom may include drooling, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate, and breathing.

OTHER TOXIC PLANTS

For a full list of toxic plants, you can check out the three links below:
Toxic Plants in the Pacific Northwest
Oregon Veterinary Medical Association List of Poisonous Plants
Common Backyard Plants that May be Poisonous

WHAT IF MY DOG or CAT is POISONED?

Call your veterinary hospital right away. Gresham Animal Hospital is equipped to provide all the services and treatments 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.

“You’ll see how much we know, and you’ll know how much we care.”

 

What is Happening in Your Pet’s Brain When They See You

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First, any pet owner knows that your furry (or feathered) family member recognizes you and the rest of the household. There is, however, some difference as to how your pet may greet you when you first come home. If you are a cat owner, you may get different shades of aloofness. Birds can be the most excitable of the bunch—unless, that is, you have an Energizer puppy. Well, it seems that these differences in the way you are received by your pet all comes down to how they perceive you. Let’s break down the perceptions for each type of pet.

CATS THINK YOU ARE ANOTHER CAT

According to John Bradshaw, a cat-behavior expert at the University of Bristol, cats treat humans like other cats. Putting their tails up in the air, rubbing around our legs, and sitting beside us and grooming us is exactly what cats do to each other. Sure, they can tell humans are a different shape and larger, but socially they treat humans as their peers. Your cat thinks you are just a bigger version of them. This also makes sense why cats are more aloof than a dog or bird. Cats, in general, are not highly social animals. In fact, the largest reason cats go to the hospital is because they get in fights with other cats.
Most cat owners know that their pet has learned to tolerate them—even love them. A good indication is when your cat kneads you, they are signaling that they trust you and are hoping for some type of grooming in exchange—just as their mothers would.

DOGS KNOW YOU ARE HUMAN AND WANT TO PLEASE YOU

While dogs and cats have roughly the same intelligence, the biggest difference is the behavior that dogs display around humans. Where cats socially treat humans as they would other cats, most dogs were bred to perform for humans. So they are constantly watching for cues on how to act and how to behave.  Jobs like hunting, fetching, and herding all require dogs to take cues from their owners. If it seems like dogs pay more attention to their human counterparts it is because they are.
Dogs also take it a step further. They can determine how you are feeling and read facial cues. What is also interesting is dogs are actually more conscious of these cues than humans are. Humans develop an unconscious understanding of another human’s tone of voice, body posture, and even pheromones. Dogs pick these up too, but on a more conscious level where they are actively processing these cues to determine how to behave.

CAN A BIRD LOVE?

Science won’t go as far as saying love, but they are comfortable using the terms “emotional bond” or “emotional attachment.” They qualify these types of bonds and attachments as emotional because the bird can develop these bonds regardless of who feeds them. In other words, it is not a transactional bond—it is truly an emotional one that usually lasts the entire bird’s life. It is not unusual for a bird to pick one household member to follow around the house—even if they are not the one who feeds it.
There are multiple factors that may determine how a bird chooses to bond with a human (or even other pets), however, the biggest factor is who gets to the bird first. The strongest bonds develop early.

THE TAKEAWAY

Your pet loves you. Even if it’s in different ways and for different reasons, depending on the type of pet. If your cat is more social, they will see you as a momma. A dog is truly your best friend and is constantly trying to read you. They can read you so well that they might be able to beat you at poker. A bird’s bond is permanent and unshakable. Most birds mate for life and are capable of mourning the loss of a loved one.
So when your cat seems to ignore you, or your dog is naughty, or even if your bird seems to be distracted. Know that they still love you.
Gresham Animal Hospital is equipped to provide the services 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.

“You’ll see how much we know, and you’ll know how much we care.”

 

Spay and Neuter: Fixing What is Not Broken

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February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. Spay and neuter is the #1 way to end pet homelessness before it begins. The reason why awareness starts in February is to encourage owners to sterilize their pets before the spring and summer months when there is a rampant overproduction of puppies and kittens. With overproduction, animal shelters experience an increase in animal intake.
The biggest challenge for pet owners is not whether they should fix their pets—but when. Statistics provided by the National Council of Pet Population reports 79% of pet owners don’t know when they should spay or neuter their pets. According to Gresham Animal Hospital’s Spay and Neuter Page we recommend ideally it should be between 3 and 6 months of age.  Plus, it’s a short procedure that can be done in a few hours.
For the rest of you, we have four benefits to getting your pet spayed or neutered. Below are the main bullet points followed with more details for each item.

BENEFITS OF SPAYING OR NEUTURING YOU PET

  • Fight overpopulation and crowded shelters
  • Your pets live longer
  • Lower medical costs
  • Reduce undesirable behaviors

FIGHT OVERPOPULATION AND CROWDED SHELTERS

Let’s address the sad news first—don’t worry, we will get to the positive benefits after these alarming statistics. There are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. Barely half of these animals are adopted. According to the Humane Society, nationwide there are 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters annually.

YOUR PETS LIVE LONGER & LOWER RISK OF PET DISEASE

Now we can talk about the positive benefits. Your pets statistically live longer! A USA today article reports that neutered male dogs live 18% longer and spayed female dogs live 23% longer. There are two factors that extend the life of altered pets. After they are altered, they have less reason to roam. Another factor is the reduced risk of certain types of cancers.

LOWER MEDICAL COSTS

A family pet is worth every penny to increase its health, but lower medical costs also means fewer medical procedures, and less discomfort for your furriest member of the family. The biggest risk of an unaltered pet is the reproductive system. Procedures on the reproductive system can run into the thousands.

REDUCE UNDESIRABLE BEHAVIORS

Roaming, aggression, and excessive barking are undesirable behaviors that can be reduced by spay and neutering in both cats and dogs. The biggest behavioral issue is marking or spraying.
Unneutered dogs are more prone to urine-marking (lifting their leg). This is mostly true with male dogs, but female dogs may do it, too. Neutering your dog should reduce urine-marking and may stop it altogether.
For cats, the urge to spray is extremely strong in an intact cat, and the simplest solution is to get yours neutered or spayed by 4 months of age before there’s even a problem. Neutering solves 90 percent of all marking issues, even in cats that have been doing it for a while. It can also minimize howling, the urge to roam and fight with other males.

PASS ON THE MESSAGE

We may not be able to save all 2.7 million cats and dogs that get euthanized every year, but we can definitely reduce it. Most pet owners are on board with spaying and neutering, but just don’t know when to do it. Let them know it can be done between 3-6 months of age. If they don’t have time to read this blog, tell them to go straight to the video below.
 

Gresham Animal Hospital is equipped to provide the services 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.

“You’ll see how much we know, and you’ll know how much we care.”

 

Top Pet Trends for 2019

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Make 2019 all about smart choices for not just yourself, but also your beloved pets. Aside from the same old annual resolutions—eat better, exercise out more often, work less (or more—depending on your priorities, etc.)—make 2019 the year that you and your pets live your absolute best lives. Now, that is not to say you aren’t doing just that already, but these new trends might inspire you to try something new.

Technology will be big again in 2019

Many pet parents are known to invest in technology for the health and safety of their furry family members. A majority of pet owners already microchip their pets. Many have also done DNA testing to determine allergies or potential health problems. Pet health continues to become a priority as owners become more aware of best health practices. This year will be known as the year for pet apps on mobile devices for pet health.

Think Fitbit for Pets

Products like FitBark attach to your dog’s collar. It monitors activity levels, quality of sleep, distance traveled, calories burned, and overall health and behavior 24/7. The best part of FitBark is it connects to your own health device. You can link it to your Fitbit, Apple Healthkit or Google Fit device (or just use your iOS or Android phone to track your steps) and chart progress side-by-side. Check out FitBark

HI-Tech Tracking with the Whistle

The Whistle doesn’t hook up to your health device, but it does do some pet activity monitoring. Its features are more focused on tracking your dog using a combination of cellular and GPS technology to give you the fastest and most accurate tracking nationwide. Unlike Bluetooth-only trackers which have a range of 50 feet, Whistle 3 will locate your pet down the street or 3,000 miles away! Check out Whistle.

DNA Testing for Dog (we will get to cats too)

While many products have been around for a while, many predict there will be an uptick in DNA testing for dogs and cats. Let’s start with the top two popular options for dogs. When deciding on DNA testing for your dog some are better at defining ancestry and breed while others are better at determining risk of diseases. Wisdom Panel is known for having the largest breed database (over 350 breeds). While Embark only has a database of 250, they test for over 165 diseases. With their comprehensive genetic testing, you can better plan for healthy aging with information on everything from genetic diseases to drug sensitivities. Keep your dog healthy longer by testing for genetic diseases that occur later in life including glaucoma, degenerative myelopathy, and dilated cardiomyopathy, three of the most common adult-onset diseases in dogs.

Cats can get DNA tests too!

The cat DNA testing industry is smaller and newer, but there are a couple of competitors out there that want to help you identify your cat breed. Basepaws is the newest DNA testing kit out there and can track potential health issues and determine ancestry. A neat feature of Basepaws is they will continually update you as they grow their database of health and ancestry markers. HomeDNA is the leader in Cat DNA and a little bit more spendy. For the extra bucks you get the results are faster and an interactive on line LifePlan to help with your cat’s lifetime health needs

Are you trendy?

Have you aleady owned or tried some of these products? The overall trend this year are tools providing insights to our pet’s health and that is being driven by technology and DNA testing.  The health of your pets is always a trend at Gresham Animal Hospital.
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.

“You’ll see how much we know, and you’ll know how much we care.”

5 Feline-Friendly Ways to Cat Proof Your Christmas Tree

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If you have had your cat(s) for a while, you may have already found your own solutions for keeping both your tree and your cat safe from the hazards of frolic and play. New owners, however, may find out that bringing home a Christmas tree (or any plant during the year) is considered fair game for most cats.
From deciding what tree to buy to setting it up and decorating, here are some useful tips to help keep your cats and tree from hurting each other. The safest solution is an artificial tree, especially if your cat is notorious for eating what it shouldn’t. These tips are for those who opt for the real thing.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THAT BASE

Once that tree falls over, it is a danger for your kitty and a mess to pick up. If you can keep the tree upright, you have won most the battle. You have two options. The first is to spend a little cash on a sturdier tree stand. Popular Mechanics has a great 2018 Top Ten Tree Stands list. The list is based on multiple factors like ease of use, the amount of water it can hold, and of course, sturdiness. The best one for cats is probably the Goliath. The second option is to get a smaller tree with fuller branches at the base.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Christmas trees are not just where the presents go, it is also the focal point of your holiday décor and that means there are only a few places where it will look just right. This means you may have to look around to make sure you are not tempting your cat with nearby launch pads to jump onto the tree. A couch or table next to the tree is an invitation for cats to pounce from a perch.

HOLD YOUR HORSES (ORNAMENTS)

For some cats, if you wait a few days before you put up your ornaments, they can become bored with the tree. Give them a chance to get used to the tree and investigate it before you put up all those tempting decorations.

LOW-HANGING FRUIT (AGAIN ORNAMENTS)

A cat’s perspective is going to be below the tree. If you can keep the most tempting ornaments from the bottom, it can prevent the cats from becoming interested. The shinier the ornaments below, the more tempting the cat will be to explore all the way up the tree.

AGENT ORANGE (PEEL)

Cats naturally hate the scent of oranges, so keep orange peels under the tree to repel your cat. If it’s a plastic tree, a small amount of Citronella oil shaken into a bottle of water and misted on to the tree makes it smell unpleasant to the cat but fresh and citrus-like to you. You can apply the scent around the base.
But don’t be discouraged when decorating your home for the holidays, because there are ways to ensure a safe Christmas tree for cats. And there are plenty of decorations you can use to cheer up your home that won’t break and won’t pose pet safety hazards for your beloved feline.
Have a safe holiday season from everyone at Gresham Animal Hospital!
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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.

“You’ll see how much we know, and you’ll know how much we care.”

 

Helping Your Dog Adjust To Shorter Days

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These days, many pet owners are leaving before dawn and returning home long after dusk. Managing the shorter days and the dearth of sunlight can be difficult for us humans, but it can be especially rough on our pet companions. Here are a few tips to keep your dogs (and to some extent, cats) healthy and well adjusted.

Go For A Walk

Invest in a reflective collar and find a comfortable route for early morning and evening walks. A vigorous walk once a day is great for you and your pets mental health which is especially tender during cold, dark winter months.

More Calories

If your dog is a healthy weight, gradually introduce more fat into your dog’s diet.  Cold weather requires more calories to maintain body temperature Help their body adjust to winter weather and keep them warm by boosting their caloric intake.

Brush More Often

Brush your pets out more often when the weather turns chilly. As our long-hair pets adjust to lower temperatures their hair can become stiff and matted a lot quicker than it would in the short-haircut days of summer.

Face the Sun

Raising your pet’s bed off of the floor will keep them warmer, facing their bed toward south-facing windows will also give them the full benefit of the occasional sunny day.
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.

“You’ll see how much we know, and you’ll know how much we care.”

 
 

No Thanksgiving Bones for Fido. Why Most Bones are Bad.

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Many dog owners know that bones, especially cooked turkey bones, can be bad for dogs. This doesn’t stop the number of increased vet visits during the holidays for bone-related injuries.
There could be many factors why owners are still giving dog bones as a treat, after all, giving a dog a bone is a cliché. Many of us grew up during a time when dogs got ALL the leftovers. So don’t feel bad, here is an opportunity to find out why bones, and especially cooked bones, are bad for your furry family member.
The cooking process makes bones more brittle, increasing the likelihood they might splinter and cause internal injury to your dog. Plus, nutrition-wise, cooking can also remove the nutrition contained in bones. This splintering of the bones can cause injuries from the mouth to the tail-end of your pup, so lets start with the mouth injuries and work our way down.

MOUTH AND TONGUE

Cooked bird bones can splinter after the first bite. These splinters are naturally pointy and sharp and can cause a bloody mouth or pierce the tongue.

LOOPED AROUND the JAW

Not only is this painful for your pooch, but also this is also frightening to your dog. This usually requires a trip to the veterinarian.

ESOPHOGUS or WINDPIPE

Before those bones get to the stomach they need to go down the esophagus, even it makes it pass the esophagus, your dog can still gag and bring the splintered bone back up. This is also true if the dog accidently inhales while eating—except this will impact her breathing.

STOMACH and INTESTINES

Injury to this area almost always results in surgery. If the bone does damage to the stomach or intestine.

CONSTIPATION

Constipation can happen for two reasons. One, like all the prior risks we mentioned, those bone fragments can get stuck and cause other food not to pass. Two, the calcium in bones are also a stool firming agent.
We want your best friend to stay healthy this holiday season. There are plenty of treat alternatives and human food is rarely a good option for fido.
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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