Cataracts in Dogs

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Cloudiness of the Eye Lens in Dogs

Cataract refers to the cloudiness in the crystalline lens of the eye, varying from complete to partial opacity. When the eye lens (located directly behind the iris) is clouded, it prevents light from passing to the retina, which can cause vision loss.

Most cases of cataracts are inherited. For instance, Miniature poodles, American cocker spaniel, miniature schnauzer, golden retrievers, Boston terriers, and Siberian huskies are all predisposed to cataracts.

Symptoms and Types

Symptoms typically relate to the degree of vision impairment. Dogs with less than 30 percent lens opacity, for example, display little or no symptoms, whereas those with more than 60 percent opacity of the lens may suffer from loss of vision or have difficulty seeing in dimly lit areas. Continue reading Cataracts in Dogs

Health Officials Are Warning This Tick Season Could Be the Worst Yet

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Article by Justin Worland | Found on TIME

“This year, there are worse ticks than many of us have ever seen in our lives,” says Janet Foley, an epidemiologist at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Ticks are roaming American forests in greater numbers this year than any in recent memory leaving thousands of humans at risk for lyme disease, say public health officials. And things could get much worse through the summer if weather conditions remain humid, spelling trouble for the people who roam in their habitat. Continue reading Health Officials Are Warning This Tick Season Could Be the Worst Yet

How to Recognize and Prevent Heatstroke in Dogs

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Article by Dr. Michael Dym, VMD | Found on

It’s no surprise that it’s getting warmer. And unfortunately, each summer many pets die needlessly from exposure to heat. Heatstroke is a medical emergency that needs veterinary attention as quickly as possible. Continue reading How to Recognize and Prevent Heatstroke in Dogs

6 Natural Remedies for Your Dog’s Itchy Skin

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Article by Katie Finlay | Featured on Animal Health Foundation

Skin allergies are a common problem among dogs and owners and veterinarians alike are constantly fighting to make dogs more comfortable. Dogs, like people, can be allergic to just about anything, from their food to the environment. While there are many different medications to help deal with allergy symptoms, many of us prefer to go a more natural route first to make sure we’ve tried all of the safest options. Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any treatments or supplements, but if you’re looking to try some natural allergy remedies, consider these. Continue reading 6 Natural Remedies for Your Dog’s Itchy Skin

Surviving Your First 30 Days With a New Puppy

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Article by Dr. Marty Becker DVM | Article Found on VetStreet

You want to know the first two thoughts of a new puppy owner?
I got a new puppy!

Now what do I do?

Congratulations! You’ve just entered the Twilight Zone. In a good way, of course. For the next 10 or more years, you are going to have more fun and love and licks than you know what to do with. Let me help you get started with the first month, and then you and your puppy will be off and running to a great life together.

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Shear Madness — Summer Grooming and Sun Safety for Dogs

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Article By David F. Kramer | Found on Pet MD

Summer is finally here. Time for swimming, vacations, barbecues, day trips, and, perhaps best of all, lazy days spent in the sun doing practically nothing but turning over every hour or so to keep your tan even.

For pet parents, it’s even more fun with your pets in tow. While you’re picking out your summer wardrobe, it’s also the time to be thinking about how your dog will face the hot summer months in his or her outer-wear; fur-wise, that is.

Dog breeds all have varying amounts of fur, from the heavily Continue reading Shear Madness — Summer Grooming and Sun Safety for Dogs

Extreme Fear and Anxiety in Dogs

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Fears, Phobias, and Anxieties in Dogs

Fear is the instinctual feeling of apprehension resulting from a situation, person, or object presenting an external threat — whether real or perceived. The response of the autonomic nervous system prepares the body for the freeze, fight, or flight syndrome. It is considered to be a normal behavior, essential for adaptation and survival; its context determines whether the fear response is normal, or abnormal and inappropriate. Most abnormal reactions are learned and can be unlearned with gradual exposure. Continue reading Extreme Fear and Anxiety in Dogs

Lumps, Bumps, Cysts & Growths on Dogs

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Article by T. J. Dunn, Jr., DVM | Article Found on Pet MD

There are very few surprises that will startle you more than discovering a lump or bump on your dog. As your hand wanders over your canine pal in affectionate scratching or petting, your fingers just may chance upon a lump that “was not there before.”

It will scare the biscuits out of you … GUARANTEED!  With that nagging “C” word drifting about the back of your mind, your first fear is that your dog might have cancer. Setting in motion your search for an answer as to what this growth on your dog is you make a quick trip to the I hope that lump isn’t serious.

“How long has this been here?” the veterinarian asks. “Just found it yesterday, doctor,” you respond.

“Let’s see if we can find any others,” says the doctor as experienced and sensitive hands work the dog over.  Sure enough, “Here’s another one just like it!” says the doctor as she places your hand right over the small, round, moveable soft mass under the skin of the dog’s flank. Continue reading Lumps, Bumps, Cysts & Growths on Dogs

New Pet? Pet-Proof Your Home

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Article by Anne L. Fritz | Found on

A new pet is more than an adorable bundle of fur; it’s also a big responsibility. That pesky puppy or curious kitten can find lots of ways to get into trouble, and — contrary to popular opinion — pets don’t always intuitively know what can be potentially harmful to eat or drink. A pet’s safety always comes first, but you’ll also want to take steps to safeguard your furniture, carpeting, and other belongings (including that favorite pair of shoes). Read on for tips that will help you pet-proof your home.

Pet Safety: Gates and Latches

“The most common injury in new pets that I see in my practice is puppies falling off beds, sofas, and other high furniture,” says Ernest Ward, Jr., D.V.M., the founder and chief of staff at Seaside Animal Care in Calabash, North Carolina, and a regular guest on The Rachael Ray Show. To prevent such falls, keep your pet off high furniture — a rule that holds for kittens too, says Ward.

It’s also important to restrict a new pet’s access to your home by shutting off rooms with a closed door or child gates. “This not only prevents accidental injury but also can help curtail house-soiling problems,” says Ward. Establishing boundaries for your puppy or kitten early on leads to a well-trained adult animal.

Household Cleaners, Chemicals, and Plants

While your pet is still getting accustomed to its new home, install childproof latches on cabinet doors and keep household chemicals and cleaners — such as bleach, ammonia, and antifreeze — well sealed and out of your pet’s reach.

For dogs, the most dangerous common toxin is antifreeze, says Dr. Louise Murray, D.V.M., director of medicine at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City and author of Vet Confidential: An Insider’s Guide to Protecting Your Pet’s Health. “A dog may lick it off the floor while its owner is working on a car,” she says.

For cats, the most dangerous toxin is the lily, which can cause fatal kidney failure if even a leaf is nibbled. Other common houseplants are also toxic to dogs and cats; ask your veterinarian for a list.

“People Food” and Other Common Pet Dangers

Ward recommends that animals of all ages be kept away from “people food” — onions, garlic, chocolate, and raisins, in particular, are harmful to pets.

Pet medicine is designed to taste good to dogs, which can tempt them to chew through the bottles, leading to overdose. Some owners give their pets medications meant for people, such as ibuprofen, a hazardous practice that can cause damage to pets’ intestines and kidneys. Murray recommends keeping human and pet medications separate, and keeping both safely stored away.

For further information on poisonous household items, visit the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control FAQ.

Electrical cords are another potential hazard, says Ward, because teething puppies enjoy chewing on squishy wires. Unplug unnecessary cords and purchase protective covers for outlets and power strips.

The Great Outdoors

Many pet owners believe that their new pets’ instincts will keep them away from harm, a common assumption that can seriously endanger pets left free to roam outdoors. “Their instincts were designed for a world we don’t live in today,” says Murray.

Letting dogs and cats run loose outside can lead to fights with other animals, as well as injuries from cars and people. Murray recommends keeping dogs on a leash at all times outside. Cats should be kept indoors for the most part, although they can be allowed to venture into a backyard if they’re kept on a leash under their owner’s supervision.

Laurelwood Animal Hospital, located near Jesuit High School on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway offers a full range of companion animal services, including surgery, nutrition and behavior counseling, parasite control and preventative medicine. The hospital also offers advanced imaging through an all-digital spiral CT scanner, a comprehensive dental program and laser treatment.

If you’re looking for quality, compassionate veterinary care in Beaverton, Oregon, come visit us at Laurelwood Animal Hospital.

Laurelwood Animal Hospital

9315 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway
Beaverton, Oregon 97005

Phone: (971) 244-4230
Fax: (503) 292-6808


Why Having A Pet Makes Kids (And Families) Stronger + How To Introduce Your Baby To Animals

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Article by Caitlin Ultimo | Found on MindBodyGreen

A child who gets to grow up with a pet by their side is sure to enjoy countless hours of true companionship—and they may learn a few lessons in responsibility, too. But a new University of Alberta study showed that the benefits of growing up with a pet can start off as early as infanthood. According to the study, babies from families with pets—70 percent of which were dogs—showed higher levels of two types of microbes associated with lower risks of allergic disease and obesity. So, aside from having an automatic best friend, your child could possibly reap some other not-so obvious health benefits to boot. Set their relationship up for success right from the start by taking a few steps to prepare your pet for the arrival of your new bundle of joy.

After nine months of pregnancy, labor, and a delivery, you would think the hard part is over, right? But when bringing a new baby home for the first time, your four-legged family member may be the most skeptical if not properly prepped. If you are getting ready to bring home your first child—or even a second or third—and are worried about introducing your fur baby to your real baby, here are five key tips for introducing your babies: Continue reading Why Having A Pet Makes Kids (And Families) Stronger + How To Introduce Your Baby To Animals