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From anemia to leukemia and liver disease to renal failure, Wellness Blood Testing helps us detect what a normal physical exam can’t show us. In fact, blood testing can frequently detect illness in your pet before we see any outward signs of disease. Testing gives immediate insights that we might not otherwise discover and, treating your pet early can lead to a better outcome and possibly lower treatment costs. This is why we recommend annual wellness bloodwork for all pets. You may wonder why we recommend doing this once a year and the reason is because it’s important for us to have a baseline of your pet’s bloodwork values so we can monitor their results more accurately in the future.
So what’s included in Wellness Blood Testing?
Complete Blood Count (CBC)
Red Blood Cells: Red blood cells are the most numerous and longest-living of the different types of blood cells. They typically make up almost half of the blood’s volume. RBCs contain a special protein called hemoglobin (HGB) that binds to the oxygen in the lungs and enables the RBCs to transport oxygen as it travels through the rest of the body.
The CBC is used to screen for: anemia, leukemia, inflammation, bleeding problems, infection, inability to fight infection, stress, and hydration status.
Kidneys: Kidneys are responsible for filtering metabolic waste products, excess sodium and water from the blood stream, which are then transferred to the bladder for excretion.
Kidneys - Blood and urine tests can indicate: early renal disease, cancer, renal failure, abnormalities resulting from long-term medication, infection, and stones.
Liver: The liver is a large organ with many different functions. It processes the blood by removing both bacterial and toxins as well as further breaking down many of the complex nutrients absorbed during the digestion of food into much small components for use by the rest of the body.
Liver Biochemistry tests can indicate: liver disease, obstruction of the bile ducts, Cushing’s syndrome, certain cancers, dehydration, and abnormalities resulting from long-term medications
Pancreas: The pancreas is a small organ located near the small intestines and is responsible for producing several digestive enzymes and hormones that help regulate metabolism
Pancreas Biochemistry tests can indicate: Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), abnormalities resulting from long-term medications, diabetes mellitus, and cancer
Glucose: Glucose is the basic nutrient for the body. Glucose changes may be seen with a variety of metabolic diseases, such as diabetes and various organ system abnormalities.
Electrolytes: Electrolytes are critical to the body function and must be maintained in narrow limits. Dehydration is a common cause of electrolyte imbalance.
Urinalysis: Although not a blood test, a urinalysis is essential for a comprehensive evaluation of kidney function. A urinalysis includes physical, chemical, and microscopic evaluation of the urine.
Thyroid: Thyroxine, a hormone produced by the thyroid gland, is essential for growth and metabolism. As your pet ages, thyroid function can become abnormal and cause signs of disease.
Thyroid – Endocrine tests can indicate: hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism
During the month of April, we are offering 20% off all Wellness Bloodwork. This is a limited time offer*, so please call us at 503-395-1649 to schedule your appointment!
*Offer valid April 1-30, 2017
We are often asked why indoor only pets must be vaccinated against rabies. For starters, it’s the law. Rabies is a fatal disease that is easily prevented with vaccination.
The virus that causes rabies is transmitted through the saliva of infected animals. In our area, the raccoon is the main carrier of the disease. However, any mammal is a potential threat, including foxes, bats, and skunks.
So why must indoor-only pets be vaccinated against rabies? Because things happen — bats get into homes through air conditioning units and raccoons climb down chimneys. While this may seem unlikely, the consequences are severe. If your animal is exposed to a potentially rabid animal and is overdue for a rabies vaccination, it is required that the animal be either euthanized or kept under a strict six-month quarantine. Domestic animals accounted for 7% of all rabid animals in the United States in 2008, and rabies is still responsible for 2-3 human deaths each year.
Rabies kills humans and it is endemic to our area. So not only is rabies vaccination required by law, it is essential in controlling the spread of this disease and paramount in keeping your family protected. Whether you have a 3-lb. Yorkie that barely leaves your lap or a 15-year-old housecat that has retired to bird-watching from the window, rabies vaccination is necessary for all pets.
We’re hoping we can make the decision to vaccinate your pet against rabies an easy one by offering FREE rabies vaccines for dogs and ½ price rabies vaccines for cats during the month of March with any paid exam! So, if your pet needs their vaccines updated, this is a great opportunity to get that done at a much lower cost than normal. Call us today at 503-395-1649 to schedule your pet’s exam and rabies vaccine!
February is Pet Dental Health Month!
Most pet dental disease occurs below the gum line, where you can’t see it. Your pet’s teeth and gums should be checked at least once a year by your veterinarian. Here are some tips to help keep your pet’s teeth and gums nice and healthy!
1. 1. Schedule A Dental Exam
If you observe any problems with your pet’s mouth, such as broken teeth, pain, or difficulty when eating, schedule a dental exam so we can take a look.
2. 2. Dental Cleaning
Dental cleanings include scaling to remove plaque and tartar and polishing, similar to the process used on your own teeth during cleanings.
3. 3. Anesthesia
While anesthesia-free dental cleanings may seem like an attractive option, they don’t quite get the job done! Anesthesia makes it possible to perform dental procedures with less stress, pain, and risk of injury for your pet. It also lets your veterinarian do a full exam below the gum line, where most oral disease occurs.
4. 4. Regularly Brushing
Brushing your pet’s teeth is the single most effective thing you can do to keep their teeth healthy between dental cleanings. It may reduce the frequency or even eliminate the need for periodic dental cleaning by your veterinarian.
5. 5. Talk with Your Veterinarian
Talk to your vet about any dental products, treats, or dental-specific diets you’re considering for your pet, or ask your veterinarian for their recommendation. Your veterinarian can also teach you how to brush your pet’s teeth.
During the month of February we are offering 25% off all dental cleanings. Spaces fill up quickly as this is our most popular promotion of the year, so please call us today (503-395-1649) to schedule your pet’s dental cleaning!
Did you make being healthier one of your New Year’s Resolutions? Why not make the same resolution for your pet? Pets age much faster than people, so it’s very important for them to have their wellness exams and treatments all year round. We know that paying for your pet’s wellness services all at once can be a financial strain, so we offer Wellness Plans that makes it affordable to meet your pet’s medical needs by making budget-friendly payments throughout the year!
Our wellness plans include unlimited physical exams for a year, all necessary vaccines, monthly parasite preventative products, labwork, spay/neuter surgery or annual dental cleaning, discounts, and more! Wellness Plans are not the same as pet insurance. Wellness Plans allow you to make monthly payments for yearly preventative care. Most pet insurance plans will help pay a percentage of your pet’s medical bills when they are ill, but do not cover routine visits like annual exams, vaccines, and parasite prevention. We offer Wellness Plans to help ensure your pet gets the routine treatment they need to help keep them healthy.
During the month of January we are going to waive the sign-up fee for anyone who signs up for a Wellness Plan. Call us at 503-395-1649 for more information!
It’s a question that has been asked for many years: Are you a dog person or are you a cat person? If pet ownership is any indication of allegiance, then the public has clearly spoken. Cats are the pet of choice, making up the greater number of home companion animals (86 million cats are owned as pets compared to 78 million dogs). It’s apparent that people realize what great pets cats can be! They are playful, funny, loyal, and affectionate.
Unfortunately, cats come to the veterinarian much less often than they should be. A study performed in 2011 revealed that almost twice as many cats than dogs never visit the Veterinarian. Of the cats that do visit the veterinarian, they are coming in almost 50% less frequently than dogs. So why aren’t cats getting the care they need? It isn’t that cat owners don’t love their cats dearly. On the contrary, they fear subjecting their cats to the trip – the carrier, the car ride, the vomit, the barking dogs, the needles, and the dreaded rectal thermometer. Cats are also very good at hiding disease, so the importance of the annual examination and disease prevention planning is often not completely appreciated.
But we have some good news! Happy Valley Veterinary Hospital is committed to improving the health and well-being of cats, so we have taken additional steps to have our veterinary practice certified as a “Cat Friendly Practice” by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). We had to go through the rigorous certification process to prove that we have improved the experience and care that our feline patients receive. We created a cat only exam room, we are trained in Feline Friendly examination practices, and we have focused on continuing education on the medical and behavioral needs of cats.
We would like to invite you and our cats to visit our Cat Friendly Practice and see how we can help alleviate some of the stress of bringing your cat to the vet. During the month of December, we are offering free office visits for any new feline patient. If your cat hasn’t been seen by us, now is a great time to schedule their next exam!
More information about Cat Friendly Practices can be found here: http://www.catvets.com/cfp/cat-owners