Does your dog love to swim? Does your dog have mobility problems like recent surgery or arthritis and need exercise? Swimming can be therapeutic exercise or just plain fun! There are several dog pools in the Portland area to chose from. These are a few that we love.
Video of Hi-Fi learning to swim at Wet Dog Wellness Center courtesy of Tammy Moody.
Dogs Gone Swimming Wellness Center
20413 NE 29th Ave
Ridgefield, WA 98642
Wet Dog Wellness Center
9851 N Vancouver Way
Portland, OR 97217
After surgery, hip or back problems, or any number of other mobility concerns, we often recommend that you restrict your dog’s activity while they heal.
Restricting activity can be anything from reducing walks to kennel or crate rest. Following the recommended activity reductions will help the healing process, from decreasing needed healing time to making sure that their injury fully resolves.
If your dog is very active and energetic, this can be difficult to imagine doing!
Did you know that training a dog’s brain is just as stimulating and rewarding (and more tiring!) as physical activity?
Consider working out; afterward you feel tired but energized. After a long day at school, my brain and activity level are wiped out! The same concept applies to dogs.
Try transferring the time you would take to walk your dog, or take them to the dog park, to work on mental training! This video will give you ideas and approaches to training while on crate rest.
If these tips are not sufficient to keep your dog’s activity needs down during the recovery process, please contact our office. We might have additional ideas to try or recommend medications based on your situation.
Video courtesy of Donna Hill B.Sc. B.Ed at www.dogvideoindex.blogspot.com
Indoor only? Indoor / Outdoor? Allowed out only restricted? Outdoor only? There are a number of factors that play into how you decide your cat should live with you. This article is designed to help you keep your kitty safe if going outside is something that you decide is best.
Cats that have free-roaming rights outside are subject to more health risks than cats that are indoor only. They may get into fights with other animals, get injured by cars, and are at a higher risk of contracting parasites and certain diseases. Outdoor cats also can pose a threat to local wildlife.
Vaccination on a regular schedule as recommended by your veterinarian is key for disease prevention.
- We recommend vaccinating all cats for rabies, as is legally required in Multnomah county (as well as several other counties that you may live in) at 6 months, 1 year later, and then every 3 years after that.
- FVRCP (feline distemper / upper respiratory) vaccinations are recommended for all cats at 8 and 12 weeks, 1 year later, and then every 3 years. We prefer to stagger the rabies and FVRCP vaccinations so that we are not overstimulating your cats immune system.
- For kitties that go outside, we also recommend testing for Feline Leukemia and FIV (kitty AIDS) and then vaccinating against Feline Leukemia. Feline Leukemia vaccinations should be given twice to start with 4 weeks apart, then every year they are going outside.
The Natura Pet food line is voluntarily recalling all dry food products and treats for dogs, cats, and ferrets with expiration dates on or before March 24, 2014. Foods that they make are Evo, Innova, California Natural, Healthwise, and Karma.
Evo, Innova, and California Natural are foods that are available at VCA North Portland Veterinary Hospital. You will find that our non-prescription food shelves are empty at this time.
This voluntary recall is due to potential Salmonella contamination. It does not affect any of their canned foods.
Salmonella symptoms may include: lethargy, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, fever, and/or vomiting. It is possible for pets to not show any symptoms, but still transmit the bacteria to other animals, people included. If your pet shows these signs and has been on one of the Natura dry foods, please call our office.
It is advised that any affected food be discarded. If you are interested in receiving replacement vouchers from Natura, there is a form on their website to fill out and mail in. You will need the UPC code and expiration date information cut from the bag and included with the form.
Register now to participate in Oregon Humane Society’s 2013 Doggie Dash. This is not a timed run, go at your own pace (or your dog’s pace). There are prizes and thank you gifts for fundraisers.
Check out the Doggie Dash page to register. Registration is also available on the day of the event, but you might not get the cool T-Shirt or “doggie” bag of goodies (and the registration fee goes up).
Clients can save money on their registration fee by using “2013VCA” in the promo code field — be sure to register under the team name “VCA WOOF PACK”
Aren’t able to make it to the event, but still want to support OHS? You can make donations via their secure website.
Be sure to stop by VCA North Portland Veterinary Hospital’s information booth and say hi. We would love to take pictures with you at the event to share on our Facebook page!
Did you know that they made contacts for animals? I didn’t either until I read about an elephant in North Carolina possibly getting contacts.
C’sar is a 38-year-old elephant at the North Carolina Zoo who has had cataracts and eye surgeries. Fitting him for contacts was the next step. C’sar’s contacts were the same contacts that veterinarians would use for a horse. Unfortunately, C’sar didn’t take well to the contacts. He couldn’t keep them in and the tissue around his eye wouldn’t support continued contact lens attempts..
But that raised the question: If there are contacts for elephants, and contacts for horses, what about contacts for dogs or cats? To find out the answer I contacted two local veterinary eye specialists: Dr. Gia Klauss at Columbia River Veterinary Specialists in Vancouver, Washington and Dr. Susan Kirshner, at the Animal Eye Clinic in Beaverton, Oregon.
The short answer is that yes, veterinary specialists will use contacts for dogs and cats in a couple of situations. Most commonly, they will use a non-corrective lens as a protective layer while the patient’s eye heals from another condition. In C’sar’s case, the contact would be corrective.
Drs. Klauss and Kirshner have also used contacts correctively for dogs and cats. For example, for a condition called “lens luxation.” If this condition was found in a human it would lead to surgery for correction. Lens luxation can lead to extreme far-sightedness (comparatively a human with this level of far-sightedness would be legally blind). When cats or dogs develop lens luxation sometimes surgery is not possible, even though that would be the ideal course of treatment. In cases like this, corrective contact lenses would be used for dogs or cats.
Contact lenses for pets don’t require as much maintenance as they do for people. I have to take my own contacts out every night, but if my cat had contacts they would only have to come out every couple of weeks for cleaning and then replacement. Well, unless his third eyelid flipped the contact out early.
While using contact lenses for pets is a fascinating prospect, they are not usually the specialists’ first choice of therapy.
Cara, Doctor’s Assistant
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville works with puppies being trained for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). And for every puppy they get, someone needs to provide veterinary care. We, at VCA North Portland Veterinary Hospital, have been fortunate to be involved in these dogs’ lives.
Rover is the most recent pup to come through the program that we were lucky enough to work with. We’d like to share with you what it takes to become a CCI dog.
Rover was born at a volunteer Breeder Caretaker’s home to a Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) breeder dog. For the first 8 weeks of Rover’s life he lived with his littermates and his mom.
At 8 weeks old, he went to CCI’s headquarters in Santa Rosa, California for processing and then flew to Portland to live with a volunteer Puppy Starter. The Puppy Starter’s job is to house train, socialize, and begin teaching basic commands.
Rover lived with his Puppy Starter until he was 4 months old. During that time he visited Coffee Creek Correctional Facility to meet his future handlers and get used to the environment.
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility first teamed up with CCI in 2001. The inmates at Coffee Creek who wish to become Puppy Handlers must apply to the program. Currently, there are 10 women in the program. Each CCI puppy at Coffee Creek rotates between Puppy Handlers monthly.
From 4 months to 18 months or so, Rover lived full-time at CCCF where inmates taught him about 30 different commands, manners, and socialization. Once a month he went out with his volunteer Puppy Starter to get used to things on the outside (public transportation, restaurants, grocery stores, traffic, children, home environments, the vet , etc.).
At 18 months, he went back to CCI headquarters in Santa Rosa for Advanced Training. Advanced Training lasts for 6 months, where Rover learned to open doors, pick things up, turn on and off lights, pull wheelchairs, and other tasks that will help him serve people with disabilities.
Next stage in Rover’s training was Team Training, where he was one of 19 dogs rotating through 13 different students hoping to find the right match. A match in this stage is still a “pre-match” where he and his learn to work together over a few weeks.
When a match works out, then it is considered final. Rover found his match and his Coordinator from Portland, Heather and also his Puppy Starter, headed down to Santa Rosa for his graduation ceremony. Part of the graduation ceremony is when his leash is handed over to his new person.
“It’s always a very anxious time waiting to hear and hoping he matches. Anything can happen. Sometimes dogs can even get released from the program up to the day of graduation so we all sit on pins and needles waiting until the time we can hand the leash over.”
Rover was placed as a Service Dog with a 22 year-old woman named Kiersten. Kiersten has had two previous CCI dogs as a child so Rover is her third working dog. Before getting a Service Dog, Kiersten hardly spoke a word. Now she’s a public speaker. And Rover thinks she’s the bees knees. They are perfect together!
The class will be a hands-on lab and lecture teaching everything you need to know about canine/feline first aid, CPR & bandaging, and plenty of time for questions and answers.
Common emergencies including heat stroke, bloat and trauma, as well as the most common toxicities seen in the ER will be discussed.
Each participant will receive a CPR certificate.
When is this cool free event, you ask?
Sunday, April 14th from 9:45 to 2 p.m. It will be held at the Oregon Humane Society.
But hurry, registration is limited and you want to be able to attend this fun and informative event.
There are some hilarious pet memes* on the internet! What are your favorites?
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There are food banks for people. Did you know that there are pet food banks too? Actually, there are a number of resources in the Portland area where people needing assistance feeding their four-legged family members can get help.
But what happens when a food bank runs out of food? That’s what happened last month at CAT Adoption Team.
They are in desperate need of donations to be able to meet the needs of hungry kitties next month. They distribute about 3000 pounds of cat food in one day. Over 1 ton of cat food. Can you imagine that much food? Or that many hungry cats?
Donations of food can be made at the following locations:
- Pet Loft: 6333 SW Macadam Ave., Portland
- Western Pet Supply: 6908 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Portland
- Cat Doctor: 4407 SW Corbett, Portland
- Animal Medical Clinic: 1411 SW 14th Ave., Portland
- All for Paws: 1430 NW 23rd, Portland
- Morel Ink (fka Witham & Dickey): 4824 NE 42nd Ave, Portland
- Pet Barn: 12675A NW Cornell Rd, Portland
- Health Pet: 16140 Boones Ferry Rd, Lake Oswego
- Cat’s Meow Cat Clinic: 19743 S. HWY 213, Oregon City
- Mountain View Veterinary Hospital : 300 S Redwood St., Suite 115, Canby
- Cat’s Exclusive Medical Center: 811 N. Main St., Gresham
- PetUtopia: 8670 SW Scholls Ferry Rd., Beaverton
- Murrayhill Veterinary Clinic: 14831 SW Teal Blvd., Beaverton
- Petco – Tualatin
- Pride Disposal – 13980 Southwest Tualatin-Sherwood Rd., Sherwood
- Sherwood Family Pet Clinic: 15970 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Rd., Sherwood
- Sherwood Chamber: 16065 SW Railroad Street, Sherwood
- CAT Sherwood shelter: 14175 SW Galbreath Dr., Sherwood
- Nature’s Pet: 20345 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood
- Pacific Avenue Veterinary Clinic: 2625 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove
You can also help by donating money via their website.
CAT adoption team’s food bank is open once monthly (check their events calendar for dates). The Pongo Fund, serving dogs and cats, has food bank hours on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Both have qualification requirements for recipients.(Please note that the donations in our lobby go to Portland Animal Welfare Team. PAW Team also distributes pet food, goods, and healthcare services to animals in need.)