Traveling With Your Pet – 4 Tips To Make Summer Travel a Breeze

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Summer adventures are right around the corner, but if you’re a pet parent who prefers to travel with their beloved companion, planning expansive trips can be difficult. Avoid common travel dilemmas by considering these few tips to maximize you and your pets comfort on long car rides, flights or other modes of travel.
1. Bring Food and Water From Home — Don’t rely on roadside convenience shops to nourish your pet on a long road trip. Make sure you have plenty of their everyday food with you and make sure to pack travel dishes for Fido as well
2. Call Ahead — Airlines, hotels, rental cars; many arrangements can be made much easier with a simple phone call. Automated booking may be easiest for lone travelers, but you can learn very specific regulations and guidelines by having a conversation with a booking agent, hotel manager or flight attendant.
3. Travel on a (Mostly) Empty Stomach — Your pet is far less likely to get airsick on an empty stomach. Limit large meals on travel days in favor of a few small treats. If your flight is particularly long, feed your pampered pet a smaller amount than normal approximately two hours before you leave.
4. Visit The Vet — Before embarking on your big summer trip, pay a visit to your trusted vet to review any potential travel issues your pet may have. Your vet may update prescriptions pre travel or provide medications that mae travel easier for timid or anxious pets.
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 pet’s specific needs to ensure a quality experience is had by both pets and pet parents alike.
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Heartworm Awareness Month – How To Protect Your Pet From Heartworms

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April is National Heartworm Awareness Month, and as such, we would like to share a few tips for keeping your pet heartworm free.
At Gresham Animal Hospital, we follow the recommendations of the American Heartworm Society and other experts in advising heartworm testing and prevention for all our canine patients.
Along with testing, the American Heartworm Society recommends year-round administration of heartworm preventives. Heartworm is a devastating disease, but with early detection, it is preventable and treatable.
Dogs are infected with heartworms when they are bitten by an infected mosquito. This means that even indoor dogs and those that do not have contact with other pets are still susceptible. The incidences of heartworm disease are low in Oregon but that doesn’t mean you should not remain vigilant for the sake of your dogs.
The only way to prevent the spread of heartworm disease is to test your pets regularly and place them on a preventative medication such as Revolution. Gresham Animal Hospital offers quick and easy in-house testing capabilities, we can tell within minutes if your dog is infected and begin steps toward treating the disease.
Pet parents who give heartworm medications year-round can still experience possibilities for heartworm infection to occur. For instance, when a dog owner misses a dose of medication, their pet can become vulnerable to heartworm infection.
Pills can be vomited, and topical creams can be ineffective. This is another scenario that may leave your pet unprotected.
From the American Heartworm Society Website, “Heartworm resistance is rare but real. Owners can rest assured that heartworm medications are highly effective, but a few cases of heartworm strains that are resistant to common preventives have been documented. The issue is being studied by the AHS.”
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 pet’s specific needs to ensure a quality experience is had by both pets and pet parents alike.
Read our page in the 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards issue.

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2018 Readers Choice Awards – Best Veterinarian and Best Veterinarian Clinic

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Gresham Animal Hospital is thrilled to share our celebration worthy news!
We have been voted Best Veterinary Clinic and our own Dr. Chris has been voted Best Veterinarian by The Gresham Outlook and The Sandy Post’s 2018 Readers Choice Awards. We are exceedingly proud to serve our Gresham community and that we’ve been chosen for two Readers Choice awards is both humbling and inspiring.
We attribute our clinic’s success to a few things: clear and deliberate communication with our patients and their owners, flexible hours to accommodate our community members’ varied work hours, and lifestyles, and Dr. Chris’s authentic and enthusiastic love of all animals.
For more than a decade, Gresham Animal Hospital has proudly served Gresham’s pet-loving populace. Our aim is to provide a high level of care for your pet family members. This commitment to quality, communication, and wellness has resonated in our community and as Dr. Chris says of this recent recognition, “It tells me we’re doing something right.” With having received several of the Readers Choice Awards over the years, we tend to agree with his assertion that a dedication to good, affordable service and authentic pet wellness is enough to win multiple awards.
Gresham Animal Hospital will continue to provide, affordable, straightforward, and comprehensive veterinary care to Gresham’s many pet lovers.
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 pet’s specific needs to ensure a quality experience is had by both pets and pet parents alike.
Read our page in the 2018 Readers Choice Awards issue. Learn more about the award-winning Services We Offer.
UPDATE: Gresham Animal Hospital has again been voted Best Veterinary Clinic and Dr. Chris has been voted Best Veterinarian by the Gresham Outlook and Sandy Post’s 2019 Readers Choice Awards! Thank you for all who voted us as the best for three years in a row!
 

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February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day!

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On February 20th, pet lovers everywhere observe National Love Your Pet Day.
Our pets are there when we leave the house, when we get home, when we’re sad, and when we’re glad. This holiday is a day set aside to give extra attention to and pamper your pets. Let them know you are always there for them by spending some extra time appreciating your pet companion. This is a good day to focus on the special relationship that you have with your pets. Try taking your pet to the groomers, the river, for a ride, or just bring them home a special yummy treat. Learn what 80% of pet owners revealed about their relationship with their pets below, and have a great National Love Your Pet Day!

Although February 20th has been marked as a date to show appreciation for our pals with fur, fins or feathers, all pets parents know that every day is National Love Your Pet Day. In fact, in a recent survey conducted by VetIQ more than 80 percent of those queried revealed that their canine or cat companion receives more smooches than their significant other.

SRC: Find more Pet Facts for National Love Your Pet Day at: www.dogtipper.com/blog/2015/02/national-love-your-pet-day-is-february-20th.html

5 Easy Ways You Can Maintain Your Pet's Dental Health at Home

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Dental care is as important to your pet’s health as it is to your own, that is to say, without maintenance and care it could fall into disrepair, which could ultimately affect whole body health. There are many tip and tricks to maintain your pet’s dental health, but there are only a few pieces of advice that apply to the majority of house pets. This year, make your pet’s dental health a priority and ensure them a long happy life by following these simple guidelines for oral health.
Tip #1 – This is an exceedingly simple tip; just brush your pet’s teeth. Just like our own brushing habits that prevent food from building up and causing damage and decay, your pet’s teeth require the same basic treatment. It’s also important to note that Portland’s water supply does not contain fluoride which leaves your pets oral health in peril. Make up for a lack of fluoride with daily brushing (it’s okay to work up to daily brushing, we’re well aware of how squeamish pets can be, so take your time, build trust and before you know it, it will become a positive habit).
Tip #2 – Have some dental treats at the ready as opposed to other pet treats. There are several brands of dog and cat treats that boast tooth cleaning and breath freshening power – invest in these smart treats in addition to your everyday treats to keep your pet’s teeth fresh between brushings. Dental toys are another way to integrate dental health into your pet’s everyday routine. There are many chew toys that can scrub away plaque as well as keep your pet entertained for hours.
Tip #3 – Schedule annual dental exams with your veterinarian. Your vet will be able to identify any dental issues you may have missed and get can get in front of larger issues like cracked teeth, infected gums or other oral maladies. Often, anesthesia may be required for in depth exams, but your veterinarian can guide you through the process and assuage any fears you may have about animal anesthesia.
Tip #4 – Be on the lookout for particularly bad breath. Terrible breath is a warning sign of periodontal disease or another oral disease such as stomatitis. Bad breath is a big red flag, but you should also be on the lookout for other signs of poor dental health such as bleeding gums, yellow or brown teeth, pawing at the mouth, and loose or missing teeth.
Tip #5 – Be aware of your pet’s diet.  For pets who suffer from sensitive teeth already, choose specially formulated dry foods that can wear away plaque and tartar with chewing. Talk to your veterinarian about foods that inhibit bacteria growth and the formation of plaque and discuss how making a major change to your pet’s diet can be effective. When shopping for your pet’s dental health food, look for brands that have the Veterinary Oral Health Care (VOHC) seal.
Caring for your pet’s teeth is one of the best things you can do for their health. It may seem daunting at first, but with diligence, patience, and a soft touch you too are capable of maintaining your pet’s dental health.
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At Gresham Animal Hospital, we have been providing loving care to our patients and their owners since 1944. We provide quality, professional service that is personalized; every patient receives individualized recommendations and treatment.

Start 2018 on the Right Foot (or Paw) With These Tips For Optimum Pet Health

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Make 2018 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 2018 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 few tips may help improve your pet’s quality of life even if it is already outstanding.

Energy

Stay aware of your pet’s energy levels throughout the year. As the seasons progress, make sure your pet is getting the precise nutrients they need to thrive, regardless of the temperature or conditions. Naturally, as pets age, their energy levels tend to decrease, but in addition to age, improper nutrition can lead to lethargy, so look for incremental changes in your pet’s enthusiasm as the weather changes.

Nutrition

While we’re on the subject of dietary needs, make sure that your pet’s (specifically your canine companion’s) food does not contain any of these ingredients:

  • Ethoxyquin (a preservative found in rubber and pesticides)
  • Meat byproducts (these could very well include rotting tissue, cancerous innards, etc.)
  • Added colors like Red #40 and Blue #2 (these artificial additives have the potential to be very harmful to your pet’s health)

Paying closer attention to your pet’s diet can result in lasting, positive health changes, so be sure to read their food labels with the same intent you would read your own.

Playtime

Make interaction a priority. Just as humans require interaction, so do your canine companions. This may not ring true for your feline friends or avian accomplices, but for your dogs, playtime is a must, and if there are other friendly pups in the community, make it a dog park play date.
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How Cold Weather Affects Older Dogs And How To Keep Them Comfortable This Holiday Season

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As our canine companions age, they are more likely to suffer the effects of a cold winter. When temperatures dip and frosty, foggy mornings become the norm, keeping your older dog comfortable and fit can become a challenge. Consider these few tips to help keep your dog happy and healthy through the best and the worst of this chilly winter season.

Heat Things Up

Cold weather can cause stiffness in your older dog’s joints, counteract this effect by placing an electric blanket, small space heater, or a heating pad in their main sleeping area. The cold may attempt to rob your dog of mobility, but a little extra heat will allow Fido to bounce right back.

Bundle Up

When temperatures drop during the holiday season, it can become a bit more arduous to make time for Spot’s daily walk. Shorter days mean less daylight for a pleasant after-work stroll with your dog. Making extra consideration for your dog’s fitness needs is imperative in the winter months, so invest in a few key pieces of outdoor gear for your dog so that they can walk in comfort. A down doggy jacket, a waterproof canine cape, or just an adorable sweater can make your dog much more comfortable during cold winter walks. It’s also important to be cognizant of your dog’s abilities; keep your winter walks on the short side, avoiding marathon hikes through the neighborhood.

A Warm, Quiet Space

As the Holidays draw nearer, it can become difficult to dedicate as much time as you usually would to the needs of your pet, especially if you’re preparing the home for guests. Create a warm, quiet space for your pup to find comfort and quiet among the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. A corner of a seldom used guest room, walk-in closet, or even a small space in your own bedroom can ensure that regardless of what level of manic energy is present in your home, your dog remains unaffected.

Keep Up the Flea Treatments

In winter months, it can be easy to let flea treatments slip from your mind. The cold weather may dampen the fervent activity of fleas and ticks, but it in no way halts them altogether. In older dogs, this could mean excruciating discomfort. Keep your dog’s flea, tick, and heartworm treatment current, no matter the outdoor temps, to ensure your dog has a comfortable and pleasant holiday season.

Paws Off

Finally, keep your holiday waste tightly lidded to avoid any post-feast scavenging by your dog. While certain food scraps won’t upset your pup’s constitution, many holiday favorites will. Avoid upset by keeping all your food waste inaccessible to even the cleverest dog paws.
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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.

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Tips For Neighborhood Jogging With Your Dog

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Exercising with your pooch can be an awesome bonding activity that you both benefit from. Aside from boosting your physical health, it can do wonders for your mental health. So, now that you know that steady exercise can be a phenomenal way to enjoy time with your canine companion, improve your physical and mental health and keep your pup calm and fulfilled, how can you safely engage in outdoor activity? As the fall days get shorter and shorter and many of us are leaving for and arriving from work when the sun is far below the horizon, it can become challenging to stay active and get out-of-doors with our dogs in tow. These suggestions can help make those evening walks and jogs safe for both you and your pet.

Wear bright reflective clothing.

Even if your neighborhood is brightly lit, wearing a reflective vest, armbands, leggings and/or hats will give you an extra level of safety -and if your neighborhood is dim, invest in reflective gear for you and your pup to increase your visibility on dark evenings and mornings.

Always use a leash.

Even the most obedient dogs are vulnerable in the evening. Keeping your pooch close to you will keep them safer.

Talk to your vet.

Visit your local vet and talk about other products that can help keep your dog safe during evening jogs. There is a myriad of dog accessories like leash and collar lights, special leads and wearable gear that can protect your dog.
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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3 More DIY Fun Toys for Your Kitty

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One thing we can all agree on in regards to our feline friends, is that no matter how much money you spend on toys, cats are just as happy playing with the box the toy came in. For that reason, we suggest these three super-easy, super-fun DIY cat toys your kitty will love.

The Cardboard Palace

It’s established that cats love boxes. Lean into your cat’s prediction for cardboard by creating a box-castle for them. Cut out windows and a door to create a little house or draw a funny scene on one side and cut out holes your cat can poke their head out. Pure Instagram gold.

Atomic Pipe Cleaner Balls

This DIY toy is so easy to create, your children can participate. You can use primary colored pipe cleaners, but metallic or shiny pipe cleaners will mesmerize your feline for hours. Expect these to get batted around pretty ruthlessly, so make an afternoon of it and make more than a few.

Toilet Paper Roll Trifles

The humble toilet paper roll is capable of becoming no less than four stellar cat toys. You can slice it into rings and create balls your cats can bat back and forth, or you can use those same rings as singular toys that will jump away from your cat’s aggressive swats. You can fray each end of the roll to make a starburst toy your cat can gnaw at, or throw a few dry beans in it and seal the ends up for a kitty cat rattle.
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Gresham Animal Hospital is equipped to provide the service and treatment your pet needs under one roof. Keep us 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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Acclimating Your New Reptile Pets

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Preparing your home and habitat for your new reptile family member is exciting and, potentially a bit stressful. However, if you consider our easy suggestions, acclimating your new reptile friend will be a breeze.

Stay Positive

A positive beginning will set the tone for your reptile friend’s acclimation, so remain efficacious and calm throughout the moving in process. Remain cheerfully composed while introducing your new pet to your home, and you’ll find that your serene attitude will likely be shared by your new pet.

Heed the Three Needs

Give deliberate thought to your new pet’s habitat, paying close attention to these three main factors: temperature, humidity, and water. Each domesticated reptile breed has different needs, so ensure you are fulfilling the needs of your reptile with calculated research and a conversation with your trusted vet.

No Fussing

Make sure your new pet’s home is functional and ready to receive them on their inauguration day as the new house pet. Keeping the fussing and bustling out of the picture on the day you bring your pet home is another way to ensure a smooth transition from pet store or breeder.

Meet the Vet

Once you’ve settled in and everyone is feeling very comfortable with your new situation, consider a visit to your trusted vet to discuss how your new pet has acclimated.
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Gresham Animal Hospital is equipped to provide the treatment and services your pet needs under one roof. Keep us in mind next time your new pet needs a checkup, shots, or vaccines. Give us a call at 503.666.1600 to schedule an appointment today.

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