Increased Attacks on Pets have Pet Owners Worried
DoveLewis advises families to pay close attention to small pets after a series of violent raccoon attacks in northeast Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. — The emergency medical staff at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital is encouraging families to pay close attention to small, outdoor pets this weekend after a series of patients have come to the hospital in need of immediate emergency care after being attacked by wild raccoons.
“When the weather is warm, wild animals and pets often cross paths, sometimes violently, in search of valuable resources,” says Dr. Lee Herold, DoveLewis Chief Medical Officer. “Food and water become scarce in the summer and the lack of resources can lead to an increase in wild animal activity and attacks on pets, even in the most urban areas.”
Four patients have been treated at DoveLewis in the past two weeks for injuries resulting from a raccoon attack – three patients in the last five days alone. All of the patients were outdoor cats living in a three-block radius in the neighborhoods near Grant Park in northeast Portland. Two patients sustained fatal injuries during the attacks.
Dr. Herold warns pet owners that a wild raccoon can and will attack small pets, and while raccoons are most active at night, attacks can happen during the day. The best prevention is to keep pets indoors when unsupervised. If a pet is attacked, pet owners should seek immediate medical attention from a veterinarian. “Raccoon attacks often involve puncture wounds which can be very serious,” says Dr. Herold. “The threat of severe infection and internal tissue and organ damage is high with attack injuries, and any wounds left untreated can quickly result in serious medical complications.”
DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital is open 24 hours a day with certified medical staff available to answer questions at (503) 228-7281.
6 years ago, Lynde Paule started the Corgi Walk in the Pearl to raise money to help abandoned or injured Corgis. Every year on the 3rd Saturday of August, Corgis and their supporters join together in this casual stroll through the Pearl district. This year the route is 1.2 miles with a Corgi Hydration Station halfway through.
Registration is $25 for the first Corgi and $15 for each additional doggie sibling. For more information about registration please visit the Corgi Walk Registration page.
6th Annual Corgi Walk in the Pearl
Saturday, August 17 at 10 a.m.
NW Park & NW Everett
Advance Registration closes: August 11
On-Site Registration opens: 9 a.m.
Every year, Dove Lewis Pet Loss Support Program sponsors a Service of Remembrance for those who have lost companions, our four-legged family members.
This year the service will be held at The Old Church in southwest Portland tomorrow night.
Information from Dove Lewis Animal Hospital about the event is below.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The Old Church 1422 SW 11th Ave., Portland
Doors open at 6:00PM
Service begins at 7:00PM
Dignified Pet Services presents in partnership with the DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program, Service of Remembrance. Every December we join in celebration of the invisible yet undeniable bond between humans and our beloved companion animals. Together, surrounded by others who understand this bond, we will light candles in memory of those who are no longer here.
This is a FREE event. Service animals permitted. All other animals may attend in spirit only.
Learn the basics of pet first aid so you’ll always be prepared in an emergency!
This is a community event, but web registration is required as space is limited. Pets are welcome only in spirit, so please leave them at home.
Parking: Dove Lewie asks that you park either on the street or in the DeTemple Plumbing parking lot (after 6pm on weekdays) which is directly across Pettygrove Street from the DoveLewis parking lot entrance. Their parking lot is small and needs to be available for people bringing in their pets for emergency care.
We encourage you to check it out and share what you learned!
*Images from Dove Lewis website.*
Dr. Barnes collaborated with Cara to bring you Roscoe’s Misadventure.
Roscoe, a one and a half year old neutered male German Shepard ran through a plate glass window, presumably there was a cat involved. This is his story.
Roscoe’s people were able to remove a 1 inch piece of glass before taking him to Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital where he was treated for his other wounds. Above his right knee there was a deep wound, but it didn’t look like there were any pieces of glass in it.
Roscoe was sent home with antibiotics and an Elizabethan collar (also known as the cone of shame or satellite dish-thingys).
6 Days Later
Roscoe’s wound on his side still wasn’t healing. Roscoe and his people came in to North Portland Veterinary Hospital and saw Dr. Dillon.
Dr. Dillon changed the kind of antibiotics that Roscoe was on and taught his people how to flush the wound.
3 Months Later – November 2011
A lump appeard over Roscoe’s hind leg and Roscoe came back in to see us. When the doctor felt Roscoe’s new lump and suspected that something was inside it! X-rays gave us the answer.
A piece of glass was still inside of Roscoe! We headed to surgery to remove the shard and before we woke him up from the anesthesia took another x-ray, just to be sure.
Another piece of glass was found and removed. Sure is a good thing we took that follow up picture!
After a course of antibiotics, Roscoe healed up well.
Roscoe is doing well. There have been no signs of any more glass fragments.
In hindsight, Roscoe must have been in pain with the glass embedded in his leg. Like may dogs, Roscoe is quite stoic. He is now as energetic and playful as he was before his misadventure with the window.
And he has made friends with the cat.
*Special thanks to Roscoe’s family for permission to share his story.
We like Dove Lewis’ safety tips and signs to watch out for so much, we’ve included their list here.
- Never leave a pet in the car: It may seem like a car trip will cool off your pet, but it will probably do more harm than good. The sun can raise the temperature in the car to 120 degrees Fahrenheit within minutes.
- Pets, like humans, need extra water: Whether you’re indoors or out, both you and your pet need access to lots of fresh water during the summer, so check water bowls several times a day to be sure it’s full. If you go outside, be sure to bring plenty of water for both of you.
- Keep a close eye on them: If they’re extra thirsty, pets are bound to drink something they shouldn’t drink. Puddles of what looks like water may be on the ground, but they may include antifreeze or other dangerous chemicals. Did you know that antifreeze has a sweet taste that animals like? But watch out. It can be toxic.
- Pets need sunscreen: Your pet can get sunburned, just like you! Especially if he or she has light colored hair. Animal sunburns can cause some of the same problems as with people: pain, peeling, and skin cancer. Keep your pet out of the sun between 10:00AM and 4:00PM. When you do go outside, rub a bit of pet safe sunblock on unprotected areas like the tips of the ears, the skin around the lips, and the tip of the nose. Some sunblock can be dangerous to your pets. A rule of thumb: If it’s safe for babies, it’s safe for your pets.
- Watch the exercise: Don’t overdo it in the heat. Keep walks to a gentle pace, and make them short. If your pet is panting a lot or seems exhausted, it’s time to stop. Warm weather exercise followed by a trip home in a hot car may have deadly repercussions.
- Inside is better than outside: Even if they’re in the shade, animals can get sick quickly on hot days. Keep them inside as much as possible. If you have to leave them outside, check on them regularly.
- Watch for heatstroke: It can be fatal. If you suspect your pet has heatstroke, call a veterinarian immediately. In the meantime, lower the animal’s body temperature by applying towels soaked in cool water to the hairless areas of the body: tips and back of ears, foot pads, belly. Often the pet will respond after only a few minutes of cooling, only to falter again with his temperature soaring back up or falling to well below what is normal. With this in mind, remember that it is imperative to get the animal to a veterinarian immediately.
Signs of heatstroke:
- Anxious expression
- Refusal to obey commands
- Warm, dry skin
- High fever (above 103F)
- Rapid heartbeat
Stay cool and safe this summer!
Thermometer pictured can be purchased through the ASPCA store.