Fun Fall Hikes For You And Your Dogs

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The tiny mountains of fallen leaves that flank the trails, residential streets, and dog parks of Gresham are good fun for you and your dogs. There is but one time a year when you can wade through the crisp fall leaves with your pups at your heels, diving and wading through leaf piles like Olympic swimmers. We love fall, and it’s likely your canine companions do as well. Here are a few of our favorite fall hikes that our dogs absolutely love.

Ape Canyon

Ape Canyon, not to be confused with Ape Caves, is a truly spectacular hike located in the Mount St Helens area. This memorable hike meanders through an old-growth forest of colorful vine maples revealing some of the most breathtaking views of Mount St Helens and Mount Adams.

Hoyt Arboretum

A perennial favorite of Portland locals, Hoyt Arboretum is nothing short of divine in the fall. This is arguably one of the most accessible and spectacular fall park walks you can share with your pup.

Silver Falls State Park

Located in Sublimity, Silver Falls State Park is admittedly a bit out of the way but the trek to our state capital’s neighbor is worth every drop of gas. Silver Falls contains the second highest concentration of waterfalls on a loop hike, second only to the Columbia Gorge. Silver Falls can be hiked over the course of an ambitious day trip as the walk itself is relatively low impact, or it can be broken up into two smaller loops.
For more fall fun suggestions for you and your pets, visit Gresham Animal Hospital’s blog.

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Cold Weather Care For Elderly Pets

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Our elderly pets require very specific care. As the weather grows colder, elderly pets can experience issues with mobility caused by aching joints which will require their parents to adjust care to accommodate their needs and soothe their pain. Use these few tips to help your older pet remain comfortable during the chilly winter months ahead.
Find a cozy spot. The areas where your pet naps and their primary sleeping areas should be easily accessible and kept warm and cozy. Arrange a small space heater to keep those spaces toasty throughout the cold days and colder nights. Alternately, you can add a heating pad to their sleeping spots, but make sure to lay a blanket or towel over it before your pet beds down.
If necessary, make a few dietary changes. If your older pet is also overweight, this will put significantly more strain on their already aching winter joints. Make sure that your companion is at optimal weight going into the winter so that weight poses less of a threat once the real cold weather hits.
As fall comes to an end, schedule a visit with your vet. Getting your pet a well-care exam will allow you to identify and potentially medicate any health issues that will be exacerbated by the cold, such as arthritis.
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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Keeping Your Pooches Active In Rainy Weather

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3 Ways To Keep Your Dog Active On Rainy Days

Again, we bid farewell to a spectacular Pacific Northwest October and welcome another chilly, misty November. Many of us are wondering how we are going to maintain our active pets’ outdoor schedule as the weather turns more and more stormy and dark. As the days grow ever shorter and the air ever colder, putting our active pets’ needs first can be a bit of a tribulation. At the onset of fall, getting our active dogs into the woods for long nature hikes is an absolute joy, however, that joy wanes as those same trails become swampy, late Autumn mudflows. Use these tips to make those cold, dark, rainy walks bearable, and otherwise keep your pup active.
Seek out indoor dog parks in your community. Many indoor facilities offer pets all manner of dog park fun minus the muddy paws and soggy fur, and some even have clever indoor/outdoor play areas—outdoor lawns with awnings or slanted roofs to keep the rain out while satisfying Fido’s need for the wild out of doors.
Dress your pup in a rain slicker and brave the storms. Overlook any nagging insistence that you and your dog may look silly in matching rain jackets and go strut your sensibly dressed stuff. Many rain adverse breeds will happily brave wet weather when dressed appropriately, so talk to your vet about the best wet-weather gear for your breed.
Try the treadmill. Homes with indoor gym equipment, namely a treadmill, can have a modicum of success training their active pups to “walk themselves.”
For more pet care tips and tricks, visit Gresham Animal Hospital’s blog.
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.

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Keeping Pets Safe From Poisoning This Halloween

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On that one annual day when candy floods the streets and chocolate seemingly falls from the sky, it’s important to keep our precocious pups and companionable felines safe from the possibility of chocolate poisoning. Let these tips help your family keep your pets safe during this and every Halloween.

Pet Curfew

Halloween night should be a night when all pets are kept indoors or only let out in fenced areas under strict supervision. Cantankerous pranksters, careless children, and reveling adults all pose specific risks to your pets, so once the night falls, make sure your pets are all inside and accounted for.

Keep Pets Out Of Reach

Keep energetic pets away from trick-or-treaters altogether. Before you know it, Fido could be over the threshold and helping himself to some little ghost or vampire’s candy. Maintaining space between your pets and the front door of your home is crucial—you may want to sequester your pet in another room of the house altogether.

No Bowl Left Behind

Keep your own big bowls of Halloween candy out of reach of your pets, and make sure you’ve not left remnants of a Halloween candy feast lying about for your pets to find and nibble. Once the festivities are over and the candy is stashed away, your pets can come out once again and freely roam the house.
While some pets may delight in the trick-or-treating fun, keeping them away from all the activity — and candy — will make for a safer and less stressful night for all. Want to know more? Click to learn how to prepare your anxious pet for a busy Halloween night.
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. 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 DIY Pet Costume Ideas That Will Have You Screaming

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If you’re fortunate enough to have a dog with the patience to allow you to dress them for Halloween, then good for you both! You’ll likely have a blast this and every year when trick-or-treating time comes around. While dogs aren’t specifically built for trick-or-treating (no chocolate for Fido!) there is plenty of local fun to be had for gregarious pets who love a good game of dress up.

Cerberus

Turn your dog into a viscously adorable Cerberus with this clever DIY tutorial. This simple handmade costume is easy to pull off with just a few thrift shop items and will shock and amaze everyone who crosses your three-headed beast’s path.

Tarantula

Terrify anyone who even glances in the direction of your pooch with this handmade spider costume for dogs. The idea of running into a pit bull sized tarantula on a misty Halloween night is enough to send the bravest of souls right up the nearest tree.

Skeleton Dog

Skeleton dogs are easy to whip up when your dog has a darker coat. Use non-toxic face paint to gently draw out the shapes of your dog’s skeletal structure atop their coat. Once the lights are off, voila, skeleton dog has arrived to scare the pants off every flesh-and-blood trick-or-treater in the place.

For more Halloween pet care tips, visit Gresham Animal Hospital’s blog.

Source: DIY Spider Dog Costume
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. 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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Preparing Your Anxious Pet For A Busy Halloween Night

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As Halloween approaches, many parents of nervous, timid pets may want to consider how they can keep their animal companions relaxed come trick-or-treat time. There are a few simple ways to make sure your timid pets aren’t spooked by the parade of Halloween revelers sure to be knocking on your door well into the nighttime hours.

Pet Tags Are Current

Make sure that, come Halloween night, your pet is wearing an up-to-date tag and their collar is secure. There is a risk that if your pet is in common areas adjacent to the front door, they could become so frightened that they flee. Having legible tags will help get your petrified pet back home safe.

Get Your Pet Settled And Secure

While we’re on the subject, if your pet is particularly jumpy, consider sequestering them in a room with a secure door for the night. Make sure they have plenty of food and water and have had ample time to evacuate their bowels and bladders so they can comfortably settle into a night of seclusion.

Scan The Room

Keep any candle-lit pumpkins or other fiery decorations out of reach of your timid pets. These decorations become exponentially more precarious with a jumpy, anxious pet nearby. Remember, candle-lit pumpkins are a fire hazard even if you don’t have a timid pet, so make sure you keep the flames out of your pet’s reach.
For more tips on keeping your timid and anxious pets safe, visit Gresham Animal Hospital’s blog.
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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The Perks Of Pests — Why Rats Make Such Good Pets

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For many, rats are perfect pets. Their cunning, charismatic and affectionate nature makes them ideal companions for those with limited space or an aversion to larger pets. In the Pacific Northwest, rats are also a common pest, and for many, it can be hard to reconcile the wild rat’s penchant for nuisance with the domesticated rat’s proclivity for cuddling. Let us assure you, there are many great reasons to adopt a domesticated, or fancy, rat.

NO BITING

Several small pets intended for small children bite. Rarely are these injuries cause for alarm, but they are obnoxious nonetheless. Rats rarely if ever bite their humans, and you should expect nothing less from an animal that so appreciates human touch.

SELF-GROOMING

Rats keep themselves remarkably clean. You may also be surprised to learn that rats groom themselves far more than house cats and can be trained to use litter boxes. Pairs of rats will also spend time grooming each other in some of the cutest scenes of animal interaction you’ll ever witness.

CLEVER AND CUDDLY

Rats are incredibly clever, as evidenced by their scientific exploitation. The image of a rat navigating a maze is cemented in our common memories, but more than smarts, rats have an amazing capacity for emotion, not unlike humans, which is one of the reasons they are so often utilized in a scientific manner.

FAMILY SOCIALS

Rats are social, they adore their humans and have charismatic ways of showing their love and affection. Their particular affinity for children has made them pets of choice for families with smaller kids for decades.
To learn more about finding the best pet for your family, read Choosing The Best Small Pet For Your Child, The Best Pets For Toddlers And Small Children, or Finding The Best Low Maintenance Pet For Your Teenager.
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 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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Bringing Home A New Ferret

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Introducing a pet as clever and cunning as a ferret to your home can be a tricky proposition indeed. Ferrets have unique needs that stand apart from their mammalian house pet counterparts. Generally satisfied with a life of leisure, special considerations must be taken to ensure your ferret acclimates seamlessly into their new home.
Ferrets require cages significantly larger than a typical crate. They should contain multiple levels so that your ferret can play and climb, with enough space for them to comfortably bed down. The smallest crate you should consider should be at least 24 x 24 x 41.5 inches (61 x 61 x 105 cm) per ferret.
Ferrets love textiles for bedding. Avoid wood shavings and opt instead for a few old t-shirts or carpet samples. Cage carpets are also available at most pet stores.
Your ferret’s litter box should be filled with shredded paper and placed in a corner of their cage. Ferrets require special, smaller litter boxes that can be found in most pet shops.
Water can be provided via cage-mounted water bottles and food served in a small dish, placed within their cage at mealtimes.
Ferrets love to rearrange their quarters, so give them decorating options like sleeping tubes, plush fabrics, and a variety of toys so that they can make their spaces their own.
For more tips on acclimating new pets, visit Gresham Animal Hospital’s blog.

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Acclimating Your New Fish

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Bringing home a new fish into an already established tank can be tricky. Fish can become aggressive, stressed or ill when proper steps are not taken to ensure a smooth transition to a new tank. Whether you are a saltwater tank aficionado or a lover of freshwater fish, these steps will help aid you in introducing a new species into your tank.
Firstly, float your new fish in your tank while still in its bag for no less than 15 minutes. Floating the fish while still in the bag allows the water temperatures to slowly match, gently as not to stress your new fish. Make sure the bag is tightly closed and presents no leaks before submerging.
After the initial 15 minutes of floating, cut a small hole in the top of your new fish’s bag and very slowly begin to add water from the tank. Add water every 4 minutes until your bag is completely full. Now pour half of the bag’s water contents into your sink and begin the slow process of adding aquarium water and floating the bag every four minutes until the bag is once again full.
Now, using a small fishnet, transfer your fish from their bag to the tank. Voila, you have successfully acclimated your new fish to its new home!
For more animal care tips and tricks, visit Gresham Animal Hospital’s blog.

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These 3 Snake Breeds Make Amazing Family Pets

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The perfect family pet isn’t always an aloof housecat or jubilant dog. Nor is it always a chipper songbird or gossamer bunny rabbit. For many families, snakes and reptiles are the house pets of choice, and it’s easy to see why. Certain breeds of snake can be just as affectionate and charismatic as the most lovable pup, just as many breeds of reptile can be delightful additions to families with children. For families with members that suffer from common pet allergies, snakes and reptiles can be a perfect way to introduce pet care to an otherwise incapable pet lover. These three breeds of snake are fabulous first pets, do well with children, and have a charm all their own.
Ball Pythons are commonly regarded as the best snakes for families with children. They’ve been captive bred for generations and are exceedingly gentle and docile. Ball Pythons very rarely strike or bite, in fact, a child is far more likely to sustain a minor injury from a feisty puppy or kitten than from a Ball Python.
Not unlike Ball Pythons, Corn Snakes have been bred in captivity for many generations, producing not just an exceedingly pleasant companion, but also a myriad of fantastic colors and patterns. Corn Snakes are available, by far, in more colors and patterns than any other domesticated snake.
Clever King Snakes are another captive bred breed that does well with families. These snakes are best adopted through a reputable breeder to ensure their health and longevity—which can be up to 30 years!
For more pet care tips and tricks, visit Gresham Animal Hospital’s blog.

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