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Winter hazards: Chocolate, Anti-Freeze and Ice Melt

We would like to take a moment to wish everyone a joyful holiday season! We are so grateful for the wonderful community here in Central Oregon and want to wish you every happiness now and throughout the coming new year.  The winter presents special health concerns for our pets and we would like to call attention to a few of those: chocolate, anti-freeze and ice melt. 

A few tips to keep your furry friends happy and healthy this holiday season…

Chocolate makes a wonderful and delicious gift for your loved ones, but please remember it can be harmful to your pets.  It is advised to keep all gifts of chocolate (and other food items) out of their reach. The amount of chocolate, type of chocolate, and weight of your pet all play a role in the severity of the toxicity.  Please contact Riverside Animal Hospital for treatment recommendations if your pet ingests chocolate.

With the cold weather upon us, so is the use of anti-freeze and ice melt.  Both of these can be harmful your pet if ingested. Anti- freeze can cause acute kidney failure, so please seek immediate treatment if you suspect it has been ingested.  It is always better to err on the side of caution, as ingestion of this chemical can be fatal.  

Ice melt can be very irritating to your pets feet, as well as cause electrolyte imbalances and gastroenteritis if ingested.  If you pets are outside where there is ice melt, please be sure to clean their feet thoroughly after exposure. Cats especially like to groom , so it is very important to wipe their paws.

If you are concerned about your pet infesting anything potentially toxic please seek immediate veterinary care.  If it is an after-hours emergency, please contact the Animal Emergency Center at

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Parasite Preventatives & Dog Vaccinations

Cat and Dog Vaccinations and Parasite Prevention for Your Pets

Spring is here! Now is the time to start parasite preventatives and dog vaccinations in preparation for the warmer months ahead. Year-round use of heartworm, as well as, flea and tick prevention is recommended for pets that travel outside of central Oregon during the winter. For those who use seasonal preventatives, we have already seen cases of fleas, lice, and intestinal parasites this spring- apparently, this winter was not as tough on bugs as it was on us! Talk with our staff to discuss the safest and most effective options to protect your pet.

Last summer Central Oregon had an outbreak of Kennel Cough. This affected large numbers of dogs living in and visiting the area. Kennel Cough is a syndrome that causes a dry hacking cough in dogs. It is generally transmitted by close contact between dogs but don’t let the name fool you! Your dog can be exposed at the dog park, the groomers, daycare and even on play dates. The vaccine we administer is an intra-nasal vaccine that will help protect against two of the organisms that have been known to cause this syndrome. Rarely, Kennel Cough can progress to pneumonia so we recommend that all of our patients be vaccinated. Please call if you have any questions about the safety or efficacy of this vaccine. For a full list of recommended vaccinations for Central Oregon pets follow this link, Central Oregon Pet Vaccinations.

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