Category Archives: Dogs Health

5 Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat

Most dogs take an interest in human food, and it’s fun to share snacks with your best four-legged friend so long as you know the foods to avoid.  The big question is if the snack you are enjoying is safe for your dog to ingest because there are some foods that are VERY dangerous and…
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Canine Influenza: H3N2 and H3N8

What is canine influenza? Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) is a viral respiratory infection.  There are two strains that have been identified in US – Type A Canine Influenza Viruses: H3N2 and H3N8.  Both viruses have appeared in Oregon.  The first H3N2 case in Oregon was February 2018 after a dog returned home from visiting Reno. …
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How to Avoid Cheat Grass in Central Oregon

How to Avoid Cheat Grass in Central Oregon Cheat grass is a plant that is native to Europe and Asia. While we have no idea how it found its way to North America, it is now a reality that pet-owners face in Central Oregon. What is Cheat Grass Cheat grass, also known as downy brome,…
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Bread Dough Toxicity – Why Dough is a Don’t

We are quickly moving towards the time of year where baking becomes a frequent event.  Our canine and feline companions love to hoover below us trying to pick up a scrap of anything they can find.   Did you know that uncooked bread dough can be lethal to your pets? That rising loaf of dough once…
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Mushroom Poisonings in Central Oregon

Starting in May each year Bend veterinarians begin to see emergency cases of toxic mushroom ingestions most commonly by canine patients.  Toxic mushrooms are classified into four categories ( A, B, C, and D)  Category A mushrooms typically cause cellular damage especially in the liver and kidneys. Category B and C typically demonstrate neurological signs, and Category…
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What you Need to Know about Salmon Poisoning

    A seasonal hazard to our canine friends known only to the great Northwest of the United States is Salmon poisoning.  Ingestion of raw salmon, steelhead, or any other anadromous fish (fish that swim upstream to breed) can contain a parasite known as Nanophyetus Samincola.   If this parasite contains the rickettsial organism known as Neorickettsia…
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Lily Toxicity – Which lilies can kill your cat?

Many people still do not know lilies can be very toxic to our cats.   Some lilies are benign and others can be extremely dangerous if ingested by our feline friends.  The benign lilies include: Calla lilies, Peruvian lilies, and Peace lilies.  These lilies usually cause drooling or foaming at the mouth, pawing at the mouth,…
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What is Xylitol ? The question many pet owners ask after it is too late !

  Xylitol is an artificial sweetener growing in popularity and is used in many popular gums, candies, baked goods, medicines, and toothpastes.  Xylitol for people can bring many positive health benefits including : prevention of cavities, releasing fewer calories than sugar, and not raising blood sugar levels.  As a Bend veterinarian it seems like this…
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Don’t Forget to Visit Blue Sky Vet Clinics Online Store !!

Everyone likes to save money on their pets food and medications ..  How would you like to not only save money but also the time required to contact us for refills of your pets medications and foods.  On top of that you will also save the time it takes to drive across Bend to pick…
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