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How Often Should I Bathe My Dog?

Living in Central Oregon and owning a dog go hand in hand. Not only do we live in a beautiful part of the state, we also have access to outdoor adventures whenever we are in the need for some fresh air. Oftentimes people bring their dog along for outside activities and with the high desert…
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The Benefits of Owning a Pet

The obvious reasons for owning a pet are of course the cuteness, the companionship, the fluffy little paws, funny pet tricks you can teach them and the unconditional love. But there are some other benefits that you might not realize, and they are great things to consider if you are thinking about getting a pet.…
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Why Uncooked Dough is Bad for Dogs and Cats

If you have a dog or a cat that likes to hang out in the kitchen while you prepare meals, you know they are good at gobbling up anything that might fall on the floor. Often times, pet owners give their dog or cat a little bite of human food if they are hanging around…
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Halloween Safety for Your Pet

Halloween can be a fun time for humans, the dressing up, the treats and all the spooky tricks we play make for a festive holiday each year. But for animals, Halloween can be scary. There are a few things pet owners will want to keep in mind as the spooky holiday approaches. DOORBELLS For many…
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Pet Safety Tips for the Fall Season

Pet Safety Tips for the Fall Season

Hooray for a great summer of adventures and lazy days with your favorite pets. Hopefully, you were able to experience some outdoor fun with the beautiful weather we had here in Central Oregon. Perhaps you had some swim days at the river or a great bike ride with your furry friend in tow?!

As summer comes to an end and the days become shorter and cooler, you’ll want to keep some things in mind when it comes to your pet. Any new season brings its own risks for your beloved companions and knowing what to look for will help ensure you keep your pet out of harm's way.

The following list identifies some risks for the upcoming Fall season;

MUSHROOMS

It can be difficult to recognize the difference between toxic and non-toxic mushrooms, especially when there are so many varieties that can grow. The best advice is to just assume all mushrooms are toxic for your pet and remove any that grow wherever your pet spends time. The moisture from sprinklers still running, rain and just the change in outside temperatures can create the perfect environment for mushrooms to start sprouting up in your yard. You’ll want to pay close attention because mushrooms grow quickly and can blend in with dirt and certain grasses. The parasol-shaped mushrooms and any small brown mushrooms are highly toxic. Mushroom poisoning can cause all kinds of symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, other digestive problems, and liver failure. If you suspect your animal has ingested mushrooms, you’ll want to take them to the vet as soon as possible because the symptoms can go from bad to worse in a matter of hours. We take your pet emergencies very seriously at Blue Sky Veterinary Clinic and want to make sure your pet receives the proper care needed for any situation.

RODENTICIDES

Like the rest of us, rodents seek warmer surroundings as the outside temperatures drop. Those rodents must go somewhere and often they seek refuge inside our homes and garages. If you use any kind of rodenticide, please understand ALL of the chemical ingredients in rodenticides are harmful to your pet, and if ingested, the results could be fatal. If you do have to use them, you’ll want to put them in areas that aren’t accessible to your pets. Mouse or rat traps that lure the rodent in often have poison on the inside of the trap. These traps can seem like something interesting to chew on, so making sure you place those traps in areas that your pet can’t reach. This is highly recommended to ensure safety for your pets as well as any children in your home. Environmental factors play a large roll in pet health, so we suggest keeping your pet's environment free of rodenticides.

HUNTING SEASON

The fall is typically when hunting season kicks off in most states. If your pet has access to areas where there could be hunters, you’ll want to make sure your pet is out of harm's way. A helpful tip is to make sure you and your pet are wearing bright, visible colors anytime you are in hunting grounds. Bright orange is a great color that most hunters can easily identify. Be sure to keep your pet out of hunting zones if they have unsupervised roaming time, a dog wandering alone is much more at risk than a dog with a human who is wearing bright colors.

ANTIFREEZE

The fall seems to be a popular time for people to change the fluids in their cars. This is a big risk for pets because some of these fluids tend to taste sweet. Antifreeze is one of the sweet tasting fluids that should be cleaned up right away if spilled. Any ethylene glycol-based fluids like coolants are also highly toxic and should be wiped up immediately. If your pet does ingest any car fluids, bring them to the veterinary clinic immediately, as these liquids can cause severe neurological damage and ultimately can be fatal. The symptoms of ingestion include vomiting, weakness, increased water intake, and kidney failure.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND BACKPACKS

The fall brings the back-to-school rush where families load up on fresh school supplies and new backpacks. Dogs seem to gravitate to kids backpacks because they often have old lunches or left-over snacks hidden inside. Your dog can smell the food, and some might do anything to get access to the delicious snack, so keeping book bags out of reach keeps you from having to clean up a mess and risk your dog getting sick. Most of the school supplies that are on the market today are non-toxic, so there isn’t much risk with that side of things, however ingesting things like pens, pencils, paperclips, binders, and paper can cause major intestinal discomfort and could even cause a blockage that would require surgery to remove.

Fall is a beautiful time of year with the changing colors and crisp air. Keeping your pet’s safety in mind, as the seasons change, will help you ease into the shorter days with less to worry about and fewer pet emergencies.

Spaying & Neutering Your Pets

Spaying is a general term used to describe the ovariohysterectomy of a female animal. Neutering is a general term used to describe the castration of a male animal. However, neutering is often used for both genders. The procedure is a surgery that is performed by a veterinarian, and the goal is to render the animal incapable of reproducing.…
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Nail Care for Your Dog

A dog’s nails are very similar to our human nails. When left long, they can hinder tasks and annoy your dog, much like we would experience if we grew our nails long. If your dog’s simplest tasks are hindered, they might try to bite their nails and that could cause other issues, so keeping your…
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What Are the Animal Ownership Laws in Oregon?

When you are moving to another location, you want to make sure all members of your family are welcome, including your pets. In the state of Oregon, there are certain animal ownership laws that you need to be aware of so that your pet doesn't violate local regulations. Here are some basic laws regarding pet…
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Keeping Pets Cool in the Summer: Swimming Safety for Dogs

As summer temperatures are reaching all-time highs, your entire family may be heading to the pool, lake, beach or lazy river for some watery fun. When taking pets to water areas, it is always important to make sure they don't experience a water-related accident. We've gathered some tips to use when taking your dog swimming…
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The Benefits of Crate Training

Just like people, dogs like to have their own special place to rest and feel safe. Crate training is a fantastic way to ensure that your pet has their own little sanctuary where they can go for that safety and rest, and it can also prevent destructive behavior while you are not home. Housetraining is…
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