Category Archives: Questions and Answers

Questions from our clients, and answers from our veterinarians.

Vaccine Q & A

Judy Schroeder, DVM   November 5, 2014   Comments Off on Vaccine Q & A
vaccination of a puppy

Why Do We Vaccinate? Vaccines provide protection to a large number of individuals in a population, thereby preventing spread and reducing severity of disease. Vaccines have proven to be highly effective in the control of animal diseases such as rabies, parvo-viral infection, and canine and feline distemper. Shortly after puppies and kittens are born, they receive concentrated antibodies in “colostrum”… Read more »

Can I hold my pet during the exam?

Jim Johnson   January 15, 2013   Comments Off on Can I hold my pet during the exam?
Bill holding Haskell for an uncomfortable procedure

Q) Is it alright for me to hold my pet during the examination? A) Before answering this, I should say that we understand your reluctance to let our staff hold your pet. Nobody knows your pet better than you do. This bond is why you bring him or her to see us. However, for a number of reasons, we have… Read more »

Why spay or neuter my pet?

Jim Johnson   July 7, 2012   Comments Off on Why spay or neuter my pet?

Q) Aside from pet overpopulation issues, are there reasons to spay or neuter my pet? A) Yes, there are health issues in both male and female animals that can be prevented through spay/neuter. In female dogs and cats, spaying before the first heat reduces the risk of mammary tumors (breast cancer) by 95% or greater. After one heat, there is… Read more »

Your Aging Pet

Jim Johnson   June 17, 2012   Comments Off on Your Aging Pet

Q) How old does my pet have to be to be considered geriatric? Should I do anything special for my old pet? A) Generally, this is considered to be 7 years – younger with giant breed dogs. After animals reach this age, they need more frequent dental cleanings and an annual assessment. This assessment should include bloodwork, a urinalysis, and… Read more »

My pet caught a bat!

Jim Johnson   June 16, 2012   Comments Off on My pet caught a bat!

Q) What should I do if my pet catches a bat? A) Under normal circumstances, bats are harmless, beneficial animals that should be left alone. However, bats are the most common carrier of rabies in Oregon. If a bat is brought home by your cat or dog, it is best to have it tested for rabies. This service is available… Read more »