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Dogs are man’s best friend, so it’s no surprise that in the United States there are nearly 80 million dogs as household pets – that’s about one dog for every four people. One of the easiest ways to keep your pup happy and healthy is through a mix of the right diet and exercise which together can boost immunity and energy, maintain muscle and promote healthy digestion. Below are seven tips to ensure you’re giving your best friend the best care possible. Read more

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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

E-mail: [email protected]

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More companies are starting to allow employees to take their dogs to work with them. Having your dog in your workplace has been shown to boost morale, increase productivity, and keep workers motivated. In addition, it provides employees with a reason to step away from their desks and get outside for a workday break.

As more companies are allowing dogs in the workplace, it’s important to know the proper dog etiquette and dog rules. I touched base with several dog-friendly companies (including ours) to learn the do’s and don’ts of bringing your dog to work:

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It’s important to have realistic expectations when introducing a new pet to a resident pet. Some cats are more social than other cats. For example, an eight-year-old cat that has never been around other animals may never learn to share her territory (and her people) with other pets in the household. However, an eight-week-old kitten separated from her mom and littermates for the first time, might prefer to have a cat or dog companion.

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When is the best time to get a puppy? You’ll want to consider:

  1. The season
  2. Your schedule
  3. Your puppy’s temperament

Most dog owners and dog sitters agree that spring or summer are the optimal seasons for obtaining your four-legged friend. Warmer months are ideal times for house-breaking your puppy, and also give your family the benefit of longer and sunnier days for walks and playtime.

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Dogs are problem-solving team players who need more than cookies and affection to prosper. Follow these eight steps to make sure your dog is happy, secure, and fulfilled.

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Cats, Cat Poop, and Toxoplasmosis

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Toxoplasmosis is a disease that frequently attracts media attention because it can infect people. In fact, the disease can be quite serious for pregnant women and potentially for immunosuppressed individuals as well. We know that cats can shed the organisms that cause toxoplasmosis in their feces under the right conditions. However, we also know that simple precautions, such as following routine hygienic procedures and avoiding the ingestion of uncooked meat, can be very effective in preventing the spread of toxoplasmosis.

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Why Rabies Vaccinations Are Still So Important

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From the relatively safe vantage point of the United States, it’s easy to sit back and argue about things like the necessity of vaccines or pass judgment on the way other countries handle stray animal population control. But I wonder how many of the people who do so actually understand what the situation is like in other places or how it is that we came to be so protected.

This week I am in Costa Rica enjoying the amazing wildlife and some pretty spectacular coffee. As we were driving down the street we noticed a few dogs darting back and forth and asked our driver about them.

“We have a decent number of strays,” he said. “But we’ve had some volunteer veterinary groups offer free spay and neuter services the past few years and it’s made a big difference.”

This brought a huge smile to my face, because for all the times I have volunteered on similar projects, you don’t always get to hear whether or not you’ve made a difference on the community after you’ve left.

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Dog Park Etiquette

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Minding Your Dog’s Manners

Spending an afternoon at the dog park is great for providing your dog with exercise while allowing her to socialize with other animals. While the experience can and should be fun, it can also be a challenge if Daisy’s bad manners are allowed to go unchecked. Here are some basics for a fun, trouble-free time at the dog park.

Before You’re Out the Door

Your dog should be in good health and old enough to have had her entire series of vaccinations. It’s also helpful if your dog has been through basic obedience training. A city license and/or rabies tag should be on your pet’s collar, as well as proper identification. In fact, in some parks these tags are a requirement for admittance. Be sure to pack waste bags for picking up after your dog, as well as water. You can use a resealable bowl, a collapsible bowl, or a water bottle with a special dog spout. And don’t forget to take your dog’s leash for walking her to and from the entrance of the dog park.

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Save on Pet Care

We all want to do what’s best for our pets, but sometimes caring for them can be downright expensive. Here are a few tips to help you save money and hopefully keep your pet healthy for many years to come.

1. Brush Teeth Daily
If don’t already have the supplies, get a specially-made pet toothbrush and toothpaste (they come in various flavors) and make it a routine. Pets suffer from the same dental problems as people (plaque, tartar, gingivitis, etc.) and should have their teeth brushed daily to avoid costly veterinary procedures. Perhaps instead of your pet needing a $500-1000 intensive dental cleaning every year, your veterinarian will recommend only doing it every two or three years.

2. Choose a Long-Lasting Flea and Tick Preventative
Fleas and ticks are not only a nuisance; they can be dangerous – even deadly – for our pets. Fortunately, there are many types of preventatives to choose from these days. Discuss with your veterinarian which type best fits your needs, and consider preventatives that are longer lasting. Some preventatives can offer your pet protection against nasty flea and ticks for up to 12 weeks. This can be both convenient and more economical for you in the long run.

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