Lyme Disease and local ticks

Lyme disease and Ticks

Free tick tool with Lyme vaccine (while supplies last)

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No one likes ticks.
 This season we are seeing and getting reports of high numbers of ticks on dogs, especially near Powell Butte area. The biggest concern about ticks are the diseases they carry, especially Lyme disease. Here are 3 simple ways to control ticks:

1. Monitoring . Check your dog thoroughly after every walk. Even the best of tick products will not keep ticks off. If you find a tick immediately remove it. If it is embedded use a tick tool or a tweezer sideways. Never squeeze the mouthparts or YOU will have transmitted the Lyme organism. For Lyme disease to be contracted, the tick must be attached to your dog for at least 48 hours. Therefore, the best means of avoiding Lyme disease is to remove ticks as soon as they are found. Daily inspections of your dog are recommended, especially if they have been in wooded areas.

2. Use Tick Control . There are several products. Nexgard, Frontline Plus, Bravecto and Advantix. None instantly kill the tick. 

3. Consider the Lyme vaccine. It is a series of 2 vaccines then given once yearly. the vaccine is not 100% protective but in higher risk areas is an important tool for protection.

Apoquel for allergic dermatitis

Apoquel is a newly released prescription medication for allergic dermatitis.Will  Apoquel (oclacitinib) revolutionize the treatment of allergic dermatitis? I would like to know , however the shortage of the product will continue to make it’s effectiveness  a mystery until the supply is increased.

Allergic dermatitis is a response by the immune system to release  allergy-related proteins. The chemicals such as histamines, cytokines,  prostaglandins and leukotrienes results in inflammation, pain and “misery” . The cascade of production of these innate chemicals will accumulate and synergistically make the reactions last longer. Once the patient reacts they may scratch, dig, chew or mutilate themselves until the pain overrides the symptoms of the allergic chemicals. If pain is produced, often the animal will leave the area alone. Pain  and secondary infection occur.

Typical treatment of allergies includes: antihistamines, shampoo therapy, allergy immunotherapy , steroids and immunosuppressive therapy. Not one works 100%. Often there are side effects. Oclacitinib is not a corticosteroid or antihistamine. While this new drug might not be the first line of treatment, it may be next on the list your DVM will use IF the drug becomes reliably available. Oclacitinib is a plausible alternative to long-term corticosteroids or if corticosteroids are contraindicated such as in cases of diabetes or pancreatitis.

The manufacturer Zoetis has tried to pin down a reliable release date. The dates keep changing but we are hopeful. We will keep you posted.

Apoquel for allegic dermatitis
Apoquel for allegic dermatitis

Blue Green Algae -what is it?

Algae produce toxins that can be poisonous. Generally the liver is attacked by the toxin. Even a few tsp can be deadly.

Algae Bloom Awareness: You and Your Pet
Since most waterbodies in Oregon are not monitored, OHA staff recommend you become familiar with your surroundings and know the signs of a bloom before you take the plunge.

  • Don’t go into water that is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red. A good rule of thumb for you and your pet is; When in Doubt, Stay Out!
  • If you believe you or your pet have been exposed to a harmful algae bloom, OHA staff are available to answer health related questions and to receive and document illness reports. We will also provide you with contact information for our partners who can give you the most up-to-date information about local recreation areas, water quality and sampling.
  • The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) collects and reviews information on harmful algae blooms, and informs the public through the issuing and lifting of advisories when water sampling data warrants. This information allows people to take protective action to avoid illness before deciding where to recreate. OHA relies on water sampling data provided by our partners. Read more about the water sampling process.
  • Here is a link for updates. Currently 7/8/2015 Williamette River is on watch but no advisories yet.Blue Green Algae

Probiotic Health–not all the same

Probiotics-not just for the GI tractProbiotics-not just for the GI tract 

Probiotics are live microorganisms that, when administered in

adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host. The
biologic effects of individual probiotics vary and each should
be rigorously evaluated in a controlled fashion to define potential
clinical utility. The mechanisms of action vary from probiotic to pro-
biotic. Many probiotics help balance the intestinal microflora. Some
can inhibit replication of pathogenic bacteria by binding with the
organism, producing inhibitory substances, and competing for es-
sential nutrients or receptor sites. Some probiotics can also benefi-
cially influence systemic innate and acquired immunity by inducing
cytokine production and natural killer cell activity as well as gener-
ating specific and nonspecific immunoglobulin production.  read more…


Michael R. Lappin,

Waiting for Vet Care

In the cycles of poor economy, pet owners often wait too long for veterinary care. As pet owners people take the wait and see approach. “Maybe he will be better tomorrow” . But next day the pet is worse. The delay in pet care is harmful your pet and your pocketbook. The Google searches and asking advice from non-professionals is not the answer. At the very least call your veterinarian to screen out the possible risks. Remember, the clinic cannot diagnose your pet over the phone– no one can. vetspetswait

Onions and Cats

CATS and Onions and Garlic: check BABY FOOD LABELS,too!

eating toxins
Cats are curious

All members of the onion family (shallots, onions, garlic, scallions, etc.) contain compounds that can damage cats’ red blood cells if eaten in sufficient quantities. Garlic tends to be more toxic than onions on an ounce-for-ounce basis, and cooking does not destroy the toxin. While it’s uncommon for cats to eat enough raw onions and garlic to cause serious problems, exposure to concentrated forms of onion or garlic, such as dehydrated onions, onion soup mix or garlic powder, can put cats at risk of toxicosis (poisoning). For example, some sick cats who are fed baby food containing onion powder develop anemia. The damage to red blood cells caused by onions and garlic generally doesn’t become apparent until three to five days after ingestion. Affected cats might seem weak or reluctant to move, or they might have pale gums. Their urine can be orange-tinged to dark red. Cats with any of these symptoms should be examined by a veterinarian immediately. In severe cases, blood transfusions may be necessary. Often when cats get sick owners try “anything’ to get their cats to eat. The cat may not be eating due to kidney disease or fever or neoplasia or liver disease. But now the owner has introduced a new problem but knowingly adding the onions to the list. Owners just look at the front of the label “chicken, yes she loves chicken” but human foods are rarely just one ingredient. Always read the back label. Calling your DVM is the best choice of course. There are many appetizing safe foods offered by clinics. But, generally a cat that is not eating should have an exam.

Radiology is fun (when you are a doctor).Digital Radiographs (x-rays) show the 3 dimensional world of abdomens , limbs, hearts and lungs.Digital images can be achieved in 30 seconds and can correct for motion. Often sick animals will need radiographs along with other tests to put the pieces of the puzzle together in diagnosing your pets problem. We do ultrasound and OFA certified films too.

digital x-ray images
Digital images for “HD” clear

10 Fleas or more?
If your dog has 10 or more fleas call us today. You may qualify for FREE (yes Free) flea control for your pet household. We screen the pet household for this Research Study . Not all households will qualify. Call 503.665.1194


Healthy Vitamins

Standard Process
Did you know there is a big difference in the qualitiy of vitamins? I learned along time ago that vitamins artificially recreated or extracted in the lab are more harmful to you body than helpful. A great example is ascorbic acid. We have been told this IS Vitamin C. Linus Pauling became famous for this theory. However, Ascorbic Acid is only the outer shell of a very complex molecular structure. If you take Ascorbic Acid it will block the receptors for the Vitamin C location. When you eat an orange the “real Vitamin C” will be prohibited from the receptors and you lose the benefits of nutrition. The best vitamins are those that occur naturally in food. Unfortunately when food is processed and preserved the vitamins are denatured. I recommend a healthful supplement with Standard Process. The plants are produced on site in the fields and quickly retrieved in a natural process to give your pets the very best. I have used these naturopathic products for over 15 years–guess you could say I approve. Call us for more information.

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