We are saddened to announce that Dr. Barnes has decided to retire at the end of July. Her departure brings an end to her 23 year journey as part of our, and your, extended VCA North Portland Veterinary Hospital family. She has been a cherished member of this family and we will miss her greatly as she begins the next part of her life journey.
To us, her friends, clients, and extended family, one and all, she had this to say:
Over the years, VCA North Portland has been my “home away from home,” my second family. I have loved being a part of it. I hold dear to my heart the special lives that you have shared with me, yours and your pets. Along the way we have changed and grown together. I find myself at one of those life changes now, as I find that my first family needs me now more than ever. Because of this, I will be retiring from veterinary medicine and VCA North Portland at the end of July.
I know that I leave you in the hands of fantastic doctors at VCA North Portland. I wish you all the best, and will miss you in the years to come.
Thank you for being such an important part of my life and allowing me to be part of yours.
Post by Cara
For many dogs, food is a powerful motivator. You may notice that we like to use food “bribes” liberally (especially Heather Bruce and Dr. Warner!). While we have many types of treats to chose from, it would be best for your dog’s health if we used their regular food to accomplish our mission.
How can you help? We would like to have you save half of your dogs breakfast to use for treats during routine visits. (For appointments later in the day, use half of their dinner allotment.) Bring the rest of the meal with you. This way we can go overboard with the food, not upset tummies or allergies, or ruin dinners and diets.
If your dog is already too nervous to take food when you bring them in for visits; we encourage you to come in for “pawsitive reinforcement” visits. Speak with your doctor’s assistant about how to best do progressive “pawsitive reinforcement” visits.
For dogs that are not interested in food, but are toy motivated, please bring one or two of their favorite toys with them.
We would love to make this a “pawsitive” experience for all.
Bringing your kitty into see us can be a scary, worrisome time. The car ride alone can be stressful enough. Cats that are “crate trained” tend to tolerate the car ride more. Covering the carrier during the car ride can help ease ride anxiety.
How can we make your visit to see us a better experience?
When you check in at the front desk, please ask for a Feliway towel. Feliway is a happy cat pheromone, and having a towel to hide behind adds to the calming effect. We try to get you into an exam room as quickly as possible, but using a Feliway towel can make any waiting more tolerable for your kitty. We have a separate waiting area for people with cats or dogs that are scared of other dogs.
On this end, we would like to take more of a hands off approach. What does this mean? For many cats, taking the lid off of the carrier and leaving them in for the exam (taking them out to get their accurate weight on our little scale).
Please bring your own catnip so it is fresh.
Together we can make the routine veterinary visit a “pawsitive” experience.
Believe it or not, the week leading up to July 4th is one of our busiest times of year. This is because so many pets need medication to help them tolerate the fireworks and festivities. As the big day approaches and hearing the booms of fireworks becomes more frequent, we realize that stress and anxiety for many pets is escalating. Here are some ideas of things that you can do (besides or in addition to medicating) to help make the 4th a less stressful event for your fur-babies.
Create a Safe Space
- Somewhere quiet in your house. Think of places your pet already likes to hide. This might be the bathroom or under your bed.
- Install a pheromone diffuser.
- Close any doors and shut the curtains. If you aren’t able to block light comingin from outside, leave the lights on in the safe room.
- Turn on music, or nature sounds, to help muffle the noise.
- Include food, water, your pet’s bed and favorite toy, and a blanket that smells like you.
Set your pet up in the Safe Room well before the fireworks start.
If the room has screens, it is best to keep the main door or window closed. Many pets break through screens to get away. Some will even break through glass windows.
Bring outdoor pets inside for the evening.
Take a picture of your pet in the daytime to have on hand “just in case.”
Make sure all pets — even indoor-only cats — have a collar with identification on or a microchip.
The Oregon Humane Society has a great page on what to do if your pet gets lost.
We hope all of our extended family, two-legged and four alike, have a happy and safe holiday!
Post by Cara
Our phones appear to be functioning normally!
Please feel free to call us at our usual number or at the number we provided you with when they weren’t working correctly.
Today we lost many of our phone lines. Our apologies if you have been trying to get through to us and we haven’t been able to take your call, or take it in a timely fashion. We are hoping to be fully operational tomorrow afternoon.
In the meantime, you can call us at 503-737-1872. You can also email us by following that link or using the address at the top of this page.
We will post again when our phones have returned to normal.
We were featured in the Oregonian! Well, indirectly that is.
There is a new monthly Pet Food Pantry that VCA is sponsoring along with Hill’s Pet Nutrition. It is held the 4th Thursday of the month at Southeast Community Church of the Nazarene. The food is given away until it runs out, which can happen quite quickly.
Time: 10 a.m.
When: every 4th Thursday
Where: 5535 S.E. Rhone Street
Who is eligible: anyone in need
Millions of people – most of them children – are bitten by dogs every year in the United States. The majority of these bites, if not all, are preventable. Here are some basic facts that might surprise you.
We are holding a fundraiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) empowers lives of the vision impaired through exceptional partnerships between people, dogs, and communities. They just celebrated their 70th anniversary and have graduated nearly 13,000 guide dog teams since their founding!
They credit the many volunteers for their success. Puppy raisers work with pups for about the first year to socialize, train and teach the dogs how to be wonderful canine citizens. The puppy raisers are responsible for basic training, as well as socializing the puppy to make sure it is comfortable with all sorts of things it will come across as a guide dog. The puppy should be comfortable riding on a bus or in the car, walking through the grocery store without eating the produce that drops to the ground, sitting quietly at work, school, or in a restaurant. The dogs then return to a Guide Dogs for the Blind school for their formal training.
At school, the dogs are trained by professional staff, who have completed in-depth 3 year apprenticeships. Once the dogs are fully trained in guide work, they are matched with students at the school. The person and the dog learn to work together as a team during a 2 week in-residence training course.
All services are provided free of charge, and GDB receives no government funding. It is only through donor generosity that they continue their important work.
Would you like to be among those who help Guide Dog’s for the Blind continue their mission? For a $3 donation you will receive a paw print to write your name on that will be displayed in our front office. You may also mail checks (please write “VCA” on the memo line) to:
Guide Dogs for the Blind
PO Box 3950
San Rafael, CA 94912-3950