Holly Sides, DVM
We see cases of pets having accidental exposure to a large variety of common household products, medications and plants on a regular basis. We would like to help keep your pets safe by this reminder about what to be aware of, and what to do if exposure occurs.
Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications are the most common causes of pet poisonings. Store all medications securely and out of reach. Do not give your pet any over-the-counter medications meant for human use without your veterinarian’s permission. Never give acetaminophen (Tylenol) to a dog or cat; just two extra-strength tablets in 24 hours can kill a small pet.
The most frequent medications ingested by pets include: acetaminophen (Tylenol), non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (e.g. Ibuprofen and Aleve), antidepressants, ADHD medication, birth control pills, Benzodiazepines, sleep aids, cholesterol medications, ACE inhibitors, beta blockers, and thyroid hormones.
Household cleaning products are of great concern. Bleach can burn skin and is dangerous if consumed. Keep toilet lids closed if any cleaners have been used.
Garden products, such as fertilizer, insecticides, pesticides and baits can create problems for pets who either ingest them or walk through them. Therefore, keep all these products away from your pets and keep your pets away from treated areas of the garden.
Antifreeze can kill a dog or cat with a very small amount ingested. Do not leave a spill unattended, and use non-toxic antifreeze that has a bittering agent to discourage consumption.
Plants to be concerned about include: foxglove, lily, yew, sago palm, rhododendron, azalea, rhubarb leaves, dieffenbachia and elderberry.
If you suspect that your pet has ingested a toxic substance, call our office and/or animal poison control immediately. Two poison hotlines to use are the following: ASPCA Poison Control: 888-426-4435 and Pet Poison Helpline: 800-213-6680. Both hotlines do charge a fee.
Dr. Natasha Stanley, DVM, Cinder Rock’s new Doctor starts October 3, 2017
We are pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Natasha Stanley to our veterinary team, starting October 3, 2017. Dr. Stanley completed her undergraduate degree with a BS in Biology from Arizona State University in 2006. She earned her DVM degree from Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in June 2012. Most recently, Dr. Stanley was an Emergency Room Doctor at the Animal Emergency Center in Bend. A more detailed biography complete with photo will be posted on the doctors’ pages of our website soon.
Canine Influenza – It’s Time to Protect our Dogs
Keith Sides, DVM
Recently, some of our pet owners have been asking us questions about a new dog virus called canine influenza. They were concerned about stories they had seen or read in the news about “dog flu” outbreaks. In answering their questions, we realized that all of our dog owners may have similar questions and concerns. So we’re writing to tell you about canine influenza, what puts dogs at risk and what can be done to protect them.
Canine influenza is a relatively new disease and can be caused by two different canine influenza virus strains, H3N8 and H3N2. Both strains of canine influenza virus cause respiratory disease in dogs. Affected dogs may develop coughing, nasal discharge, fever, lethargy and loss of appetite. The signs of infection are similar to those of other respiratory diseases in dogs. With proper medical attention, most dogs will recover. However, in some cases, canine influenza can progress to a more severe or even life-threatening condition, such as pneumonia.
The H3N2 strain has been reported in some cats but it is predominately a dog infection. Cats show similar symptoms as dogs. To date, there is no evidence of transmission of canine influenza from dogs to people.
Canine influenza is highly contagious so visiting places where dogs socialize or congregate, such as doggie day care, dog parks, boarding facilities and urban locations, places dogs at higher risk for becoming infected. Making the situation even more difficult to control is that dogs can spread the virus before signs of illness appear.
The best way to protect your dog from canine influenza is through vaccination. We have not previously recommended vaccination because the risk of exposure in Oregon was very low. Recent outbreaks in Montana and California have demonstrated that influenza is moving our way, so we are now encouraging our clients to have their dogs vaccinated. Fortunately, there is a combination vaccine now available containing both influenza strains. Initially, your dog must be given two vaccines, two to four weeks apart. Thereafter, an annual booster for influenza is recommended for continued protection.
We recommend vaccinating dogs against both canine influenza strains, and have the vaccine available. Please call us to discuss any questions you might have and to set up an appointment.
To learn more about canine influenza, you can visit http://www.doginfluenza.com
We’d like to introduce and welcome three new staff members. Many of our clients may already know the first, Angela Georges, because she started working at Cinder Rock as a kennel attendant in July 2016. Angela is from Sisters, is presently enrolled in COCC’s Veterinary Technician Program and will graduate in June 2018 as a Certified Veterinary Technician. Katelin Austin is a veterinary assistant who came to work at Cinder Rock this past June 2017. She is from Portland and now lives in Redmond. Katelin is attending Penn Foster College also in the Veterinary Technician Program. She too expects to complete the courses to become a Veterinary Technician in June 2018. Our third new staff member in the office is Candice Lewis who is originally from just outside Salem and moved to Madras after living in Boise, Idaho for six years. She earned her degree as a Certified Veterinary Technician from Brown Mackie College in Boise and worked as an Emergency and Critical Care Nurse at an Animal Emergency and Specialty Center in Garden City, ID.
- Here’s an update on our Sonny’s Sunshine Fund: To help build a brand new indoor kennel for Three Rivers Humane Society in Madras, we are excited to share the news that total contributions were almost $8,000! Starting October 1, Cinder Rock’s third fundraiser will benefit Central Oregon Veteran’s Ranch. This 19-acre working ranch is located between Redmond and Bend and its mission is to restore purpose and spirit to veterans of all ages through this therapeutic natural environment. Sustainable agriculture projects including raising goats, cattle, chickens and commercial produce production are just a few of the projects that veterans are actively planning. It is a place of healing and a special sanctuary that invites veterans to come and find peace at any time of their lives. For more information, go to http://www.centraloregonveteransranch.org or see the display in our front office that describes in more detail the vision of this unique and deserving place that honors our veterans.
- Unfortunately, Dr. Karen will be out of the office for at least the month of November (and possibly December too) to recover from major ankle surgery!