Blue Algae Toxic in Oregon for Dogs

Toxic Algae: Hazard for Dogs

Toxic algae poisoning, also known as cyanobacterial poisoning, is an acute, sometimes fatal, condition caused by the ingestion of water containing high concentrations of cyanobacteria. In Oregon, dogs have become very sick, and some have died, after swimming in and swallowing water affected by toxic blue-green algae.

Poisonings are most likely to occur during warm, sunny weather when algae blooms are more intense and dense surface scums are present. If you find thick, brightly colored foam or scum at a lake, pond or river, don’t let your pet drink or swim in the water.


Children and pets are particularly susceptible to toxic algae. Exposure to blue-green algae can result in:

  • Weakness or collapse
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Excessive drooling
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shaking, trembling
  • Tremors, rigidity, paralysisIf Your Dog Does Go in the Water
  • Don’t let your pet lick its fur.
  • Wash your pet with clean water as soon as possible.
  • If your dog shows the symptoms noted above after being in water, seek immediate veterinary care. Acute, life-threatening symptoms can develop rapidly. Death can occur within minutes to hours after exposure.


Treatment depends on the type of toxin and how much damage has occurred, and may include aggressive decontamination, labs to evaluate liver health, fluids to help flush the toxins out of the body, activated charcoal. A dog may require aggressive care for shock, respiratory distress, or acute liver failure.

Updated: 2017-05-30 07:00:00

Author: Oregon Veterinary Medical Association

Studies for Fleas or Earmites on your cat

Upcoming Cats  studies for fleas and earmites

If you suspect your cat has fleas or earmites we have exciting news! In the next month we are starting 2 different studies. One is for a new product for flea control in cats. One of your cats must have at least 5 fleas. Your cat household cannot exceed 3 cats. Dogs will be provided with free product, too. The Ear mites study is very similar. Just one earmite will be sufficient 😀 . Call us for more details. The screening is free, if your pets qualifies- the exam is free and product free. Call us for more details.  503.665.1194

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Roundworm study in Pups & Dogs

Timberland is Participating in a field study for Roundworms. If you Puppy or dog is healthy  we can do an exam and check a stool sample for Roundworms. If your pet is positive you can qualify for the trial. Free treatment and $ incentive! Call Today 503-665-1194. Limited spaces available! Starts mid-November.

Roundworm cycle

Roundworms are the most common intestinal parasite in Puppies. Adult dogs can get them, too. The transmission is from dog to pup or pup to dog through fecal contamination , in the uterus or from mother’s milk.

Timberland Animal Clinic 18110 SE Division St. Portland, OR 97236  503.665.1194

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!

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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.

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