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...

Pet Food

Pet food is an ever-expanding industry. It can be over whelming, even for veterinarians, to stay current on all the trends and brands. Lately there is a new trend towards grain-free diets. It probably stems from pet food stores giving corn a bad name. Many people...

Doggy Talk

Researchers have found that your dog prefers doggy talk over adult talk. You would think researchers have a lot of important studies to attend to. But I guess some of them have spare time. We often hear statements like, “My dog is just like a child to me.” Or, “Our...

10 Homecare Tips for Your Pets

1) Ensure adequate traction by using area rugs and runners. 2) Keep nails trimmed and paw fur well-trimmed. 3) Give pets access to warm or cool surfaces depending on the weather. 4) Provide clean bedding. Many animals with mobility challenges may prefer firmer bedding...

Why does my dog keep chasing his tail?

Pets can suffer from obsessive-compulsive behaviors just like people can. Some examples of this behavior include: Spinning or chasing tail Flank or blanket sucking Excessive self-grooming. This is popular with cats. Shadow light chasing Excessive licking of surfaces....

How to Eliminate Yellow Dog Urine Spots in Lawn

When a puppy or adult dog urinates on a lawn, the grass spot often turns yellow and looks burned. Urban legends blame canine hormones, gender or acidic levels for the urine damage, but the true culprit is nitrogen. The yellow spot is caused because the dog’s kidneys...