Why does the dog keep licking the deck?

Original Article By Joan Morris

Dogs find a lot of uses for their tongues, but when it comes to obsessive or repetitive floor looking, it could be a sign that something isn’t quite right.

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125 pets get a new leash on life in Oregon

Original Article By The Statesmen Journal

A mother terrier with her litter of five-day-old puppies and a deaf dog named Hazel were among the 108 dogs and 17 cats that arrived in Salem Saturday from high-kill shelters in Oklahoma and will soon be up for adoption. Continue reading 125 pets get a new leash on life in Oregon

11 Facts About Fleas

Original Article By Kate Hughes from PetMD

Most pet owners have some experience dealing with fleas. After all, fleas are indiscriminate parasites, happy enough to feed off of dogs and cats, ferrets and rabbits, and, of course, humans, when the need arises. While a lot people have encountered these nasty little parasites, they know very little about them. However, despite being quite troublesome for pet owners and their furry friends, fleas are actually interesting creatures. So read on to learn more about them. As you go, it’s natural to feel a little itchy—but try not to scratch! Continue reading 11 Facts About Fleas

8 Surprising Facts About Puppy and Kitten Nutrition

Original Article By Paula Fitzsimmons

Think you know all there is to know about puppy and kitten nutrition? Are you aware that puppies and kittens are more sensitive to nutritional imbalances than adults, for example? Or that excess calcium intake can cause a puppy to develop orthopedic disease? Continue reading 8 Surprising Facts About Puppy and Kitten Nutrition

Therapy Dogs Ease The Stress Of Transition For College Students

Original Article By Elyse Wanshel

To many, Bruno may seem like he’s from Mars.

The adorably weird cat, who is up for adoption, is in need of a human who can cater to his particular brand of quirk, according to a cute Facebook post by Wright Way Rescue, a not-for-profit no-kill animal shelter in Morton Grove, Illinois.

He also sure knows how work the camera.

Bruno is a 7-year-old furball who is polydactyl, which means he has a few extra toes. He also has the kooky habit of standing on his hind legs, the shelter said on Facebook. Continue reading Just for fun: A fat cat that has quirky demands!

Wildfire smoke can be hazardous to animals: how to keep them safe

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Can You Give a Dog Benadryl?

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If your dog is unlucky enough to be stung by a bee or bitten by a mosquito, of course you’ll want to ease their itching and prevent your dog from having an allergic reaction. Since Benadryl is a go-to over-the-counter medicine for people, is it safe to give a dog Benadryl? The answer is yes, but you should first consult with your vet on the proper dog Benadryl dosage, and then you’ll need to make sure that there are no other active ingredients besides diphenhydramine. Do not give Benadryl to dogs with glaucoma, high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease. Benadryl can help dogs having allergic reactions to insect bites or stings and can help some dogs with motion sickness. Giving a dog Benadryl can also help with environmental allergies, but if your dog has allergies, talk to your veterinarian about prescription pet allergy medication that might help.  Continue reading Can You Give a Dog Benadryl?

Clear the Shelters Campaign Helps Shelter Pets Find Forever Homes

Clear the Shelter

By Kendall Curley | Featured on PetMD

According to the ASPCA, around 6.5 million animals pass through the doors of US animal shelters every year. And while there are approximately 3.2 million shelter animals adopted each year, there is still a very large gap between the two numbers.

To help try to close that gap, an annual campaign called “Clear the Shelters” was launched in 2015. This campaign spreads awareness about pet adoption and encourages people to adopt shelter dogs and shelter cats.

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Special Needs Students Paired With Rescue Dogs Training to be Service Animals

Special Needs Students Paired With Rescue Dogs Training to be Service Animals
By Samantha Schwab  | Featured on PetMD

Image via Kids and Canines/Facebook

The Kids and Canines program at Tampa’s Dorothy Thomas School pairs students with special needs with service animals in training–an initiative that provides an invaluable learning experience for both the children and the dogs.

“I’ve had kids who say I hate school. I hate you,” Kids and Canines executive director Kelly Hodges tells ABC Action News. “But they love their dogs.”

According to the outlet, many students in the program were labeled as being disruptive in other schools, and were thus asked to leave. At Dorothy Thomas School, however, these kids are welcomed with open arms.

The Kids and Canines program gives special needs students the opportunity to learn and practice behaviors that can be helpful for them later on in life–behaviors like compassion and empathy. The students also learn how to groom and train the dogs.

Not only are the kids benefiting from this program, but the dogs are as well. Many of the dogs in the Kids and Canines program come from animal shelters, and, by way of the program, are training to become service dogs. If the school year goes well, these ex-shelter dogs will be qualified to assist military veterans with PTSD or children with autism.

While the dogs are in training for the year, they will need foster homes. To learn more about this program and how you can get involved, visit kidsandcanines.org.


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

Top 5 Dog Myths Debunked

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Dogs. You gotta love them; what with being Man’s best friend and all. They’re loyal, funny, loving, and snugly. But many myths prevail about our canine friends.

Here are the top five dog myths we’ve busted wide open.

#5 Dogs Will Eat Anything

Have you ever noticed your dog chow down on a smelly bone or questionable lump of meat he’s pulled out of the garbage? Or worse, lap enthusiastically at that suspicious looking smear of something on the pavement?

Dogs can detect bitter, sweet, salty, and sour tastes, but how we perceive “taste” may be different that how they perceive it. Although dogs have only one-sixth the number of taste buds than that of a human, it is possible that dogs gain more information about food from its sense of smell. Regardless of what leads them to smelly food, you shouldn’t be tempted to feed your dog curry, leftovers, or takeout from your favorite restaurant. It’s bad for them. Instead, feed them healthy, well-balanced meals that are high in protein, carbohydrates and fiber.

#4 A Dry Nose Means the Dog is Sick

This is false. The dog’s nose has nothing to do with its state of health. In fact, its nose can change from wet and cool to warm and dry in minutes. So don’t panic. This is completely normal, and probably has to do more with the weather and humidity than health.

#3 Dogs Only Wag Their Tails When They’re Happy

Usually a dog wagging its tail suggests happiness, excitement, and eagerness (walk time!), but not always. Sometimes a wagging tail can mean fear, aggression, or even a warning to “back off!” So you should always be careful when approaching strays, or strange dogs you haven’t met before, even if they are wagging.

#2 Old Dogs Can’t Learn New Tricks

Pure poppycock. Misinformation, we suspect, spread by old people trying to get out of learning something they didn’t want to do, or by lazy people who don’t feel like training an older dog. But just like there are plenty of octogenarians out there getting on the computer for the first time and becoming Twitter savants after a few days, dogs can learn new tricks at any age. Learning new things helps keep the dog active and his mind young – just like with people.

#1 Sex, Litters, and Fixing the Dog

Lots of people wait before getting their dog neutered or spayed because they believe letting their dog have sex is a good thing, or that they need to have one litter  of puppies “for the experience.”

They don’t. Letting your dog have sex usually results in a bunch of puppies that you will struggle to find homes for, and a female dog will not be sad for missing an expereince she never even knew she could have. And while there is some controversy as to how early you should have a dog fixed, there is no reason why you should refuse to neuter or spay your dog and further exacerbate the animal population control problem.

So now that we’ve debunked the top 5 Dog Myths, share your newfound knowledge with your friends.


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