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My Aging Cat

Geoff Kraabel DVM, Cascade Heights Veterinary Center https://www.cascadepets.com (206) 403 – 1108 Cats are complex but simple creatures. This is something we can use to our advantage as we approach their medical care as they age. The intention of this blog is to help guide lifestyle changes, direct your attention to common symptoms in our geriatric cats, and provide a brief diagnostic plan. In feline medicine, we label kitties as geriatric around 8 – 10 years of age. Starting at …

TACKLING CANINE ALLERGIES

Itching, scratching, licking, and skin, ear, and anal gland infections may all be indicators of underlying allergies. Unfortunately, allergies are fairly common in our canine patients. To address allergies we break them up into three categories: skin parasites, food, and environmental. We will walk through the most common allergies and considerations to work through with your dog’s doctor. Skin Parasites The most common skin parasites include: fleas, ticks, and mites. While this group of allergen-inducing bugs are unwanted they are …

Summer Safety with your Dog

With the return of beautiful weather, our pets and ourselves are celebrating the natural beauty of the PNW by enjoying more time outdoors. Keep in mind these potential hazards to keep  your pets safe: * Mushrooms: particularly in spring and fall, mushrooms can sprout up quickly. Wild mushroom toxins can cause a range of symptoms from intestinal upset (vomiting, diarrhea,  anorexia) to neurologic symptoms or liver damage, and some are potentially fatal (especially  Amanita species, such as the classic red …

Surgery Day Is Stressful But Does It Have To Be?

We know anesthesia can cause stress and anxiety not only for your fur-baby but for you as well. CHVC has developed a presurgical plan to make the big day safer and less stressful for everyone. First, we know that anxiety and stress can make the car ride in harder, but it also means we often have to use higher quantities of our anesthetic medications. This can cause a decrease in blood pressure and heart rate under anesthesia which can increase …

CHVC Picking a Diet

SELECTING A DIET FOR YOUR DOG Just like humans, there is no perfect diet. Every dog is different and their diet should be individualized. When choosing a diet we must consider a pet’s lifestyle, environment, sensitivities, and underlying health conditions. There are many components to a pet’s diet: diet formulation, type, protein source, brand, feeding amount, and supplements. The following blog post is aimed to help you choose the best diet for your dog. Diet Formulation Kibble Canned Fresh-Cooked Home-Cooked …

Dogs and Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis (or “Lepto” for short) has been a hot topic this past year, at least in some circles in West Seattle. I’ve talked to a lot of clients who read about it on a local blog or saw a flier posted at their dog park. This potentially-fatal infection is typically very rare, but it struck a handful of local dogs during our summer pandemic lockdown in 2020. It was a heartbreaking reminder that this infection is present right here, in …

Food So Good You’ll Eat It

We have great clients. Yep, that’s you! We love how much you want the best for your four-legged crew and increasingly we are getting questions about home cooking. While we think this is a great idea, we also want to make sure that your four-legged family members are getting a complete, nutritionally balanced, diet. That’s why we have partnered with Just Food For Dogs (fun fact they have cat formulations as well) to offer another level of service and options …

We Know It’s Hard – Why annual visits for your cat are so Important

We get it. Bringing your cat to us can be hard. A national survey revealed that 58% of cat owners report their cats hate going to the vet. Nobody wants to do something to a family member hates. Getting them into the carrier in some cases requires a proficiency in both MMA and magic, the car ride often initiates a voiding of bodily fluids, and the list of profanities that we all know they are spewing from their mouth can …

Firework Safety…Because Booms Can Be Scary

Fireworks can be scary for many of our furry family members. From hiding and shaking to destroying the house trying to escape, New Year’s Eve, 4th of July, and Sea Hawk Sundays can cause real anxiety for both our pets and us. Here are some tips to help make these days a little easier. My best piece of advice is to plan ahead. Make sure your dogs and kitty family members have identification tags on them, that they are microchipped, …

Holiday Safety for Our Animal Companions

Well, that time of year is upon us again when friends and family members descend on our houses with treats, ornamental plants, gift baskets and all other manner of potential danger for our pets. It is important to institute safety measures for our furry family members while preparing for all the holiday chaos and fun. The smallest piece of tinsel, rich chocolate dessert, or artificially sweetened piece of candy in the wrong paws might spark disastrous consequences around this time …
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