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How to Prevent Heat Strokes in your Pet

How to Prevent heat strokes in your Pet Heat stroke, or hyperthermia, occurs when your pet fails to keep the body’s temperature within a safe range. Animals cooling systems are different than humans and they can easily get overheated, for example we cool off by sweating. The signs A dog that is suffering from heatstroke…
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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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The 6 Best Ways to Exercise Your Indoor Cat

It is estimated by veterinarians that 40% of cats are overweight and a majority of these cats are indoors only.  Talking with other Bend veterinarians; we feel that percentage is very accurate for the feline patients we see on a daily basis.  So how do we help our indoor cats shed those pounds?  Most of them…
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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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