Category Archives: Medicine

Thoughts on medical issues from the doctors and technicians at AHA

Salmon Poisoning

Sheila Johnson, DVM   June 14, 2012   Comments Off on Salmon Poisoning

As the wonderful Oregon summer rolls in and people and their pets begin exploring the great outdoors, it is important that you be aware of salmon poisoning. Salmon poisoning is an infection that dogs get from eating raw salmon or trout, and is only found in Oregon, Washington and Northern California west of the Cascade Mountains. This infection is caused… Read more »

Is Antifreeze Toxic?

Jim Johnson   June 14, 2012   Comments Off on Is Antifreeze Toxic?

Q) Is antifreeze toxic to my cat or dog? A) Yes, antifreeze is very toxic to animals. The toxic component is ethylene glycol. It takes as little as 1 teaspoon to sicken a cat, and 4-5 times that to make a dog sick. Without treatment, the mortality rate is high. If you believe your pet has ingested antifreeze, he or… Read more »

Ear Infections in Dogs and Cats

Judy Schroeder, DVM   June 13, 2012   Comments Off on Ear Infections in Dogs and Cats

Q) What causes ear infections? A) Ear infections in dogs and cats are common. They usually happen when something irritates the ear, causing excess wax production. Bacteria and/or yeast then thrive in this moist environment, leading to further pain, discomfort, and inflammatory changes to the ear canal. Allergy is a common cause of ear irritation, but foreign material in the… Read more »

Dental Care for your Pet

Jim Johnson   June 13, 2012   Comments Off on Dental Care for your Pet

Q) Is dental care important for my pet? A) Yes, for multiple reasons. Most pets will have periodontal disease by the time they are four years old. This worsens with age, and can lead to serious medical problems, including heart, liver or kidney failure. In small dogs, these problems often happen earlier in life; often teeth are being lost by… Read more »

Pain Relievers for your Pet

Jim Johnson   June 13, 2012   Comments Off on Pain Relievers for your Pet

Q) Can I give my pet Tylenol or Ibuprofen? A) No. Unfortunately, because of metabolic differences between humans, dogs, and cats, most over-the-counter pain relievers are not only harmful, but can even be fatal to pets. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is almost always fatal in cats without aggressive and expensive treatments. Tylenol can also cause liver failure in dogs. Ibuprofen can cause… Read more »