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.

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

Winter Tips For Pets That Most Owners Forget

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We all want to be good pet owners, and we get better at it every year. There may be a few winter tips that we neglect. We scoured some cold weather tips from both the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and American Veterinary Medical Association for some of the lesser-known tips for keeping your furry family member tip-top in the winter. These tips apply to cats and dogs.

Towels…Lots of Towels

The cold weather can cause your pet’s skin to get itchy and flaky. Towel dry your pet as soon as they come inside. If you are going on long walks you may want to bring a towel with you to make sure they stay dry. Keeping the bellies dry where more skin is exposed can be very important.

Check the Paws

Paws can get injured or damaged during cold weather. Accumulation of debris like ice, rocks, or frozen dirt between the toes can be painful for your pet and lead to further injuries. If you can, clip the hair between your dog’s toes to help prevent debris accumulation. Again, towels come in handy to wipe the paws after a walk.

The Fur is Not Enough

It is easy to assume that pets can withstand colder weather due to their fur. They get cold too. Consider a sweater, even consider multiple sweaters so you have a dry one on-hand at all times. If the sweater gets wet, it can make your pet colder.

Watch out for Antifreeze

Coolants like antifreeze can be lethal for cats and dogs. If you see a spill, clean it up. Use a towel and wipe the paws when they come inside to make sure your pets did not walk in any chemicals while they were out and about.

Winter Wellness Exam

You should get your pet checked once a year. Also, keep in mind that cold weather can worsen some medical conditions. Wintertime is a great time to get that annual check-up to make sure your pet is as healthy as possible.
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.”

 

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.

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