Category Archives: Questions and Answers

Questions from our clients, and answers from our veterinarians.

Heat Stroke

Jim Johnson   June 16, 2012   Comments Off on Heat Stroke

Q) Is heat stroke a serious threat to my dog? A) Heat stroke can be a serious threat to dogs. Brachiocephalic dogs (short-nosed breeds such as pugs and Boston terriers) are less able to thermoregulate and can more easily overheat. By far the most common situation that causes heat stroke is leaving the dog in a closed car in the… Read more »

What is Parvo?

Jim Johnson   June 15, 2012   Comments Off on What is Parvo?

Q) What is parvo? A) Parvo is a life-threatening illness that is caused by a virus that affects the gastro-intestinal system. The virus is highly contagious and stable in the environment, and can live for months or years given the right conditions. The signs of parvo are sudden onset of lethargy, anorexia, vomiting, and usually bloody diarrhea. Treatment of the… 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 »

Year-round flea control?

Jim Johnson   June 14, 2012   Comments Off on Year-round flea control?

Q) How important is flea control here in Western Oregon? Do I have to use flea control in the winter? A) Yes, flea control is important in Western Oregon, and should be used all year round. In our practice, we have been seeing animals with severe flea problems, even over the winter. Flea bites are uncomfortable for your pet, and… 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 »