Category Archives: Dogs Health

Swimming Safety Tips for Dogs

Summer is here and the area in and around Bend, Oregon, is full of swimming holes that are friendly to dogs. What better than to sneak off to the lake or river with your dog at your side and get some relief from the heat? Following are some tips for you and your dog to…
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5 Summer Health Concerns for Dogs in Central Oregon

Summertime means outdoor activities with your dog and increased exposure to nuisances and dangers that can irritate or cause harm to a pet. Central Oregon is home to many things that can make you seek out veterinary care for your dog when you least expect it. You can avoid them through awareness and keeping an eye…
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4 Tips for Hiking with Your Dog

Social distancing is here to stay for the foreseeable future, and it can make taking walks with your dog a chore as you try to avoid other people on your route. Fortunately, there are many dog friendly trail systems open to help you escape the crowds while you and your dog get much-needed exercise. Hiking is…
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Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

There's nothing quite like the smell of fresh-cut grass to stimulate the senses. It's refreshing, pleasant walk on with bare feet, and makes the world feel alive. Your dog may not feel the same way about grass as you do, but you've probably noticed she has no problem making a snack out of the lawn.…
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Heartworm Awareness for Dogs

Heartworm is a parasite commonly found in dogs and can be fatal if not prevented or treated. Larvae are transmitted to a dog via a mosquito bite and eventually find their way into the heart and respiratory system. Once the larvae have reached the heart, they begin to grow and do their damage. Heartworm parasites have a slow…
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Spring Safety Tips for Your Pets

With spring comes the opportunity to spend more time outdoors with our pets, bring in new items of the food and plant varietals, and do some cleaning. What you may not realize is that these activities and actions can be detrimental to your pets if you’re not careful. Sometimes spring-related activities can cause a trip…
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March is Poison Prevention Month

March is National Poison Prevention month, focusing on awareness of harmful toxins and poisons for both pets and their owners. We want to help keep your pets safe, so we’ve posted a list of both indoor and outdoor toxins that are dangerous for your pet on our website. You may not think certain types of…
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Tips for Protecting Your Dog’s Paws from Cold and Snow

The dry, cold air during winter months in central Oregon can be brutal on a dog’s coat and paws, causing itchy, flaking skin and chapped, cracking pads. Their paws can take a beating in the bitter cold, especially from walking on salt or other ice-melting chemicals on sidewalks which can cause soreness or other health…
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February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Bad breath in dogs and cats can be more than just an annoyance; it may be a sign of oral disease that, if left untreated, can lead to other serious health risks and significantly affect the quality of your pet’s life. Dental disease is one of the most common problems encountered in veterinary medicine today…
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Winter Weather & Your Pets

Many animals are not equipped to be outside through freezing temperatures. Even if they have thick fur it may not insulate well enough from the cold. When fur gets wet, it loses most of the ability to insulate heat in the body. Dogs with short hair are even more susceptible to colder weather. As Temperatures…
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