How to Slow Down a Cat Who is Eating Too Fast

How to Slow Down a Cat Who is Eating Too Fast

By Dr. Sandra Mitchell | Article Featured on PetMD

Just about every cat owner has experienced excited meowing, the rubbing against your legs and the pleading stare—let’s face it, cats have a way of getting what they want! Unfortunately, sometimes when they get that worked up for a meal or treat, moments later, we’ll hear the familiar sound that sends us running for the paper towels. And then there’s the cleanup of the snack that now lies on the floor, looking completely undigested. How do we stop this cycle of cats eating too fast?

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Dog Health Issues: Do Mixed Breed Dogs Have an Advantage Over Purebred Dogs?

Dog Health Issues: Do Mixed Breed Dogs Have an Advantage Over Purebred Dogs

By Dr. Sarah Wooten, DVM | Article Featured on PetMD

Have you heard the claim that purebred dogs have more health problems than mixed breed dogs? Is it true, or is it just a myth?

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Advancements in Dog Mammary Tumor Therapy

Advancements in Dog Mammary Tumor Therapy

By Diana Bocco

Mammary tumors are three times more common in dogs than they are in humans, according to Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM, from Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic. They are also more common in adult, non-spayed female dogs, with obesity and older age increasing the risk significantly.

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7 Safe and Healthy Human Foods for Dogs That You Can Serve for the Holidays

7 Safe and Healthy Human Foods for Dogs That You Can Serve for the Holidays

By Jennifer Coates, DVM

Do you want to include your favorite furry friend in your holiday celebrations? There are plenty of traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas foods that are perfect for sharing. So, if you want to create a festive meal for your special four-legged companion, here are some safe human foods for dogs you can fill your pup’s holiday dog bowl with.

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10 Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving

10 Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving

Article Featured on ASPCA | Image Credit: Petfinder

Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and holiday feasts—but also a time for possible distress for our animal companions. Pets won’t be so thankful if they munch on undercooked turkey or a pet-unfriendly floral arrangement, or if they stumble upon an unattended alcoholic drink.

Check out the following tips for a fulfilling Thanksgiving that your pets can enjoy, too:

  • Talkin’ Turkey: If you decide to feed your pet a small bite of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Don’t offer her raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria. Do not give your pet the left over carcass–the bones can be problematic for the digestive tract.
  • No Bread Dough: Don’t spoil your pet’s holiday by giving him access to raw yeast bread dough. When a dog or cat ingests raw bread dough, the yeast continues to convert the sugars in the dough to carbon dioxide gas and alcohol. This can result in bloated drunken pets, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring hospitalization.
  • Don’t Let Them Eat Cake: If you plan to bake Thanksgiving desserts, be sure your pets keep their noses out of the batter, especially if it includes raw eggs—they could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.
  • A Feast Fit for a King: While your family enjoys a special meal, give your cat and dog a small feast of their own. Offer them made-for-pets chew bones. Or stuff their usual dinner—perhaps with a few added tidbits of turkey, vegetables (try sweet potato or green beans) and dribbles of gravy—inside a food puzzle toy. They’ll be happily occupied for awhile, working hard to extract their dinner from the toy.

Check out this handy graphic for additional safety tips courtesy of Petfinder.

10 Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving

A few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potato or even a lick of pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem. However, don’t allow your pets to overindulge, as they could wind up with a case of stomach upset, diarrhea or even worse—an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis. In fact, it’s best keep pets on their regular diets during the holidays. Please visit our People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets page for more information.


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

E-mail: info@laurelwoodvets.com

What You Need to Know About FHO Surgery in Dogs and Cats

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By JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM | Article Featured on PetMD

Dogs and cats can develop hip problems due to genetics, injury or simply old age. For example, canine hip dysplasia is a genetic disease that causes abnormal hip joint development. Legg-Perthes disease, which is a lack of blood flow to the top of the femur, is an uncommon hip condition affecting dogs and cats. These hip problems and others, including arthritis in cats, may cause enough pain and mobility problems to require veterinary orthopedic surgery.

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5 Signs You Should Get Your Cat’s Thyroid or Dog’s Thyroid Checked

5 Signs You Should Get Your Cat’s Thyroid or Dog’s Thyroid Checked

By Rebecca Desfosse | Article Featured on PetMD

The thyroid is a small but important gland in the neck. A cat’s thyroid or dog’s thyroid consists of two segments, one on each side of the windpipe. This gland produces the hormone thyroxine, along with several other important thyroid hormones. In a healthy pet, these hormones automatically work together to coordinate your pet’s energy levels, growth, body temperature and heart rate.

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Cold Weather Tips for Pets- Infographic from ASPCA

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Battling Frigid Temps and Icy Conditions? This Cold Weather Infographic from ASPCA Will Help! (ASPCA article here)

While much of the country is dealing with sub-freezing temperatures and the promise of more ice and snow to come, we’ve created a handy cold weather infographic so you can keep your pets safe and warm this winter. From paw care to bathing tips, we’ve got your furry friends covered.

Check out our guide below, and be sure to share with your friends on your social networks using the hashtag #staywarm and tagging @aspca.

Battling Frigid Temps and Icy Conditions? Our Cold Weather Infographic Will Help!

Battling Frigid Temps and Icy Conditions? Our Cold Weather Infographic Will Help!

Battling Frigid Temps and Icy Conditions? Our Cold Weather Infographic Will Help!

Battling Frigid Temps and Icy Conditions? Our Cold Weather Infographic Will Help!

Battling Frigid Temps and Icy Conditions? Our Cold Weather Infographic Will Help!

Click here to download or print our full cold weather guide [PDF].


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

E-mail: info@laurelwoodvets.com

How to Recognize Heart Disease in Dogs and Cats

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By John Gilpatrick | Article Featured on PetMD

Heart disease in dogs and cats can be a tough diagnosis for vets to make and for pet owners to receive. Depending on the specifics of the condition, your vet may not be able to do much, but that’s not always the case.

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Outdoor Activities for Dogs to Dig Into This Fall

Outdoor Activities for Dogs to Dig Into This Fall

Article by Chrissie Klinger | Featured on Hillspet.com

When the leaves change and the weather cools, outdoor activities for dogs jump into season. Rather than sit inside and play with the same old toys, you and your dog can dig into these fun (and inexpensive) activities that take you on new adventures.

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