Author Archives: Judy Schroeder, DVM

Chicken Jerky, Is It Safe?

Judy Schroeder, DVM   February 12, 2013   Comments Off on Chicken Jerky, Is It Safe?
Chicken Jerky

Before you feed your dog that treat…. Since 2007, the US FDA has received more than 2500 reports of dogs that became sick after eating jerky-style treats, predominantly chicken jerky made in China. Ongoing investigations have found no identifiable toxins. Several companies producing chicken treats for dogs recently recalled the products after the New York State Department of Agriculture found… Read more »

Arsenic in Rice

Judy Schroeder, DVM   February 8, 2013   Comments Off on Arsenic in Rice
Periodic Table showing Arsenic

Recently, the FDA published information about inorganic arsenic levels in rice and rice products. As part of an ongoing study, they analyzed arsenic levels in approximately 200 samples of rice and rice-based products available in the US. The study quantified inorganic arsenic levels, and found an average of 3.5 to 6.7 micrograms of inorganic arsenic per serving of the rice… Read more »

Heartworm Disease

Judy Schroeder, DVM   January 11, 2013   Comments Off on Heartworm Disease
A heart infected with heartworm

Heartworm disease is caused by a parasitic worm (Dirofilaria immitis) that is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. The adult parasite lives in the heart and pulmonary vessels, and can lead to heart and lung failure, kidney disease, and death if untreated. Heartworms are found worldwide in temperate and tropical climates and in every state of the US…. Read more »

Old Dog Blues

Judy Schroeder, DVM   November 7, 2012   Comments Off on Old Dog Blues

As pets live longer, we are more likely to see age-related problems in our senior patients.  Osteoarthritis, kidney disease, cancer, and metabolic changes become more common as pets age.  Progressive loss of cognitive function (senility) is also seen in geriatric pets, and can dramatically curtail quality of life for these individuals and their owners. Canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) affects… Read more »

Recent Rabies Incident in Oregon

Judy Schroeder, DVM   June 19, 2012   Comments Off on Recent Rabies Incident in Oregon

A Gaston, Oregon woman was bitten by a rabid bat early this month. She was removing it from her dog’s mouth! Fortunately, the bat was available for testing and her dog was current on its rabies vaccine. The woman is receiving treatment and the dog is under a 45 day quarantine.