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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
part of our top-level veterinary services, we concentrate on every part of each pet patient, including emotional, mental and physical health. We view pain as something that can cause problems with how your pet is able to function physically, and get in the way of her mental and emotional health and well-being.
When we see your pet for any reason, we always work to find out if your pet is in pain, or if there is something we can do to prevent pain during a procedure with pet pain management services at Happy Valley Veterinary Hospital. Through a thorough understanding of animals, our veterinarians know signs and symptoms of pain in various animals. We know how to check for these signs that can show themselves differently in varying animals and with a range of health conditions. We can guide you in how to recognize these signs as well.
Some symptoms of pain to look for in your pets are:
· Decreased appetite
· Decreased grooming
· Inappropriate elimination
· Altered posture
· Increased body tension/flinching when touched
When we see your pet, we always work to stay ahead of pain. We consider whether a procedure could cause pain, and if so, we work to manage that pain from the beginning, through the procedure and afterward.
Whether we are performing a routine treatment or a more complicated procedure, our veterinarians provide tailored pain relief for each pet and each situation. Let us know if you have questions or concerns about pain in your pet. During the month of November, we are offering 20% off all pain management injections!
Training is an important foundation to the overall quality of life for our anmal companions. At Happy Valley Veterinary Hospital we realize the importance of recognizing and addressing behavior concerns as well as working with you and your pet to properly train you both to lead happy fulfilled lives.
The most frequent behavioral reasons that dogs are relinquished to shelters include house soiling, destructive chewing, excessive activity, aggression, fearfulness, and barking. The odds of a dog being surrendered or relinquished are increased in house-holds that do not attend training classes post-adoption, as well as dogs confined exclusively outdoors, in crates, and in basements or garages.
Many of the most common behavior issues in dogs can be a result of anxiety, particularly separation anxiety. When a pet is feeling anxious, they may react by behaving in negative ways. If you have an anxious pet, some helpful things you can try are:
1. Provide Comfort
Man’s Best Friend can certainly form a very close bond with his master. If your dog tends to be very cuddly, and enjoys being petted, simply stroking his fur gently may help calm him down. Talking to your dog in a quiet, soothing tone can also help relax him. One thing to keep in mind is that our canine friends don’t always see hugs the same way we do. Some dogs recognize a hug as a sign of affection, but others may interpret it as a sign of dominance, which can make them even more uneasy. If your dog doesn’t like being petted, ask your vet or a behaviorist for advice.
Making sure that your pet gets enough exercise is very important to his overall health and well-being. Take time to walk your dog each day, and indulge him with a few vigorous play sessions. This will help burn off excess energy, leaving you with a calmer dog.
By giving your pet plenty of toys, you’re providing a healthy outlet for him to channel pent-up or extra energy. Make sure your pet always has plenty of playthings to keep him occupied and vent his stress on.
4. Provide a Safe Zone
Dogs often feel safe in small, enclosed spaces. If your dog is crate-trained, try leaving the door open, so he has a cozy spot that he can enter and leave at will. Be sure not to present this as punishment, as this could make your canine buddy even more anxious. Putting treats and toys in the crate may help your pup see his crate as a nice, secure little place of his own.
5. Positive Reinforcement
Always use treats and rewards, rather than punishment, when working with your dog. Punishment can backfire, and make a pup feel scared, anxious, or angry. Focus on the positive!
To help maintain a positive and calming environment in your home, you can try using a product like Adaptil, which releases pheromones that can help calm your dog. Adaptil comes in a diffuser that plus into wall outlets, or a collar that your dog can wear.
For more information on how you can help your pet with behavior issues, please give us a call! During the month of October, we are offering 20% off all Adaptil and Feliway products.