Cancer and Herbal Therapies

A diagnosis of cancer is terrifying for everyone. It causes much soul searching about how to proceed. Do nothing? Surgery? Chemo? Is there something else? At Westside Pet Hospital, we offer alternatives to provide comfort for your family and your pet. We treat cancer...

Hyperthyroidism in Older Cats

Hyperthyroidism is an endocrine disease that affects 50% of cats older than 8 years. In 1980, one in 200 cats were diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. Today, that number is closer to one in 10. Symptoms include weight loss, increased appetite, hyperactivity and a racing...

Cat Counter Conditioning

Cats like elevated surfaces and kitchen counters are prime territory. Here are some tips to lessen this behavior. Make the counters less desirable by keeping them clean of food. You can also buy plastic place mats. Cover one side with double-sided tape and put them on...

Help for Fireworks and Thunderstorms

The Fourth of July is near and thunder storms aren’t far away. Proper preparation can help your pet deal with noise phobias. Provide a “safe place” where they can avoid the stimuli from noise. This safe place can be a dog crate or just putting them in a basement,...

Dog Park Etiquette

Bend has many dog places for dogs to play off- and onleash. For everyone to have loads of fun, you should realize the inherent risk at these places. Injury, infectious disease, fighting and biting can happen. Determine how well your dog gets along with others. Some...

Those extra pounds matter!

The American Veterinary Medical Association just released a study correlating differences in average life span between normal and overweight pets. Cue drum roll! Guess what? Normal weight dogs of every breed lived longer. The big winners are Dachshunds, Yorkies and...

Debunking Pet Food Myths

Myth: Cereal grains are bad for your pets. Fact: Animals can utilize energy from grains just fine. And there is less of a chance of allergies from grain than from chicken and diary. Myth: Foods labeled “premium” or “gourmet” are better for your pet. Fact: Products...

The Value of Continuing Education

Oregon veterinarians are required to get 32 hours of continuing education every two years. I have taken several dermatology courses through the years. They usually give updates, along with interesting photos, about emerging diseases. This is a case of Idiopathic...

Puppy Tips

Bend, Oregon is a great place for dogs to live. Our area has no fleas or heartworm disease, a disease transmitted by mosquitos. The area does have ticks, especially in the high lakes region. Fortunately they do not carry any diseases. We carry a topical product called...
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