Monthly Archives - April, 2018

Camping and Hiking

 

 
Hiking or camping with your dog is a great treat for you and your pooch, as you both get to bask in nature’s majesty while enjoying fresh air and exercise. However, there are things pet owners need to be aware of to keep their best friend happy and healthy, specifically toxic plants and animals that your dog may find appealing. Below are just a few of the more common ones you may encounter.


Death Camas

This plant’s flowers grow in clusters that look like onion bulbs, and they bloom between April and July in hillsides, dry meadows, forests and sagebrush slopes. Easily confused with wild onion or the common camas, this entire plant is poisonous to both you and your dog if consumed.

 

Effects: Weakness, salivation, paralysis, respiratory difficulties, nausea, convulsions, coma and even death.

 


Death Cap Mushroom

This is one of the most poisonous mushrooms in the northern hemisphere, causing the majority of human poisonings in North America.   Usually appears in summer and autumn by areas with oak, spruce and chestnut trees.

 

Effects: Abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding, kidney failure, coma, and death.

 


Fish (Salmon) Poisoning

Salmon poisoning disease (fish disease) is a potentially fatal condition seen in dogs who have ingested certain types of raw fish found in the Pacific Northwest from San Francisco to the coast of Alaska. It is most prevalent from northern California to the Puget Sound. It is also seen inland along the rivers of fish migration.

 

Effects: Most commonly will see mild fevers, vomiting and/or diarrhea but not always, lethargy, inappetence, mild lymph node enlargements. Can be life-threatening if dehydration proceeds to shock.

 


Rough-Skinned Newt

Widely distributed throughout the Pacific NW, the  Rough-skinned newts have a powerful neurological poison in their skin and eggs to protect them from predators. It is distinctive with rough skin and a bright orange to yellow belly

 

Effects: Numbness, vomiting, death if eaten. Irritation to skin or eyes if handled.


Water Hemlock

This wetland plant can be commonly found growing in pastures or near the edge of the water and is common along the Deschutes River and other Oregon streams. Often confused with wild celery or fennel, It is similar in appearance to the Poison Hemlock and is highly toxic and should be avoided.

Effects: Teeth grinding, muscle spasms, respiratory failure, delirium, and death.

For any questions on toxic plants and how to keep your pet safe while camping or hiking, contact us at (503) 636-2102.

The Benefits of Microchipping Your Pet

 

One of the worst feelings to experience as a pet owner is realizing a pet has gone missing. And considering only 17% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats make it back to their owners, it can often feel impossible to get a pet back. This is why microchipping a pet is so important. Microchipping is an affordable process that helps ensure that pets make it home safe and happy.

Unlike collars and tags, microchips cannot fall off and get lost. They serve as permanent identification for a pet’s entire life. Plus, microchipping a pet is very simple. A veterinary technician injects the tiny chip between your pet’s shoulder blades. Because the chip is encased in hypoallergenic, bio-friendly glass, allergic reactions to chips are incredibly rare.

Then, if your pet ever becomes lost, authorities only need to scan the chip to locate your information. Most animal shelters and veterinary hospitals have chip scanners now, so microchips make it incredibly easy to get lost pets the help they need.

But remember: a microchip is only useful if your contact information is updated. Make sure anytime you move, you update your information with the microchip registry. There may be a fee associated with re-registering a chip, but it’s usually small and varies depending on the registration company.

If you’d like more information on microchipping or would like to make an appointment, call us at Parkway Veterinary Hospital at (503) 636-2102.