Safe Fun In the Summertime

Summer may be a bit low-key this year, but as we venture outside more it’s important to keep your pet safe. Here are a few tips to help: Heat kills! Never leave your pet in a car, even for a quick trip. On a sunny 70-degree day, your car can heat up to over 100 degrees in minutes. Hot asphalt will scorch your pet’s paws—so if it’s too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for your pooch. We know that there may not be many large-scale July 4th celebrations this summer, but people still love fireworks and will likely be […]

Just a Quick Reminder…

…that for everyone’s safety, these COVID-19 procedures for vet appointments are still in place: We are still using curbside drop-off and pick-up for basic tech appointments, grooming, and boarding as well as medication refills and food orders. Clients may come into the building for vet exams and will be escorted directly to the room where everything will be handled – exam, check-out, and payment. Clients are not permitted to gather in the lobby and we kindly request that clients who enter the building have a mask. If you are actively sick or have been exposed to COVID-19, we ask that […]

Did You Watch the Tiger King? Read This!

As a veterinarian, I care about the health and welfare of all animals—not just the ones I treat. Which is why I am writing to you today to ask a personal favor. Chances are you’ve seen, or at least heard about, The Tiger King. This Netflix documentary focused on Joe Exotic, a big cat breeder and hoarder who exploited and abused tigers and other exotic animals at his “zoo” in Oklahoma. What the program failed to focus on was the terrible living conditions of his animals, and what has happened to the tigers since that time. Luckily, many of Joe Exotic’s […]

Vaccines: Your Pet’s Best Shot

Did you add a new dog or kitty to the family recently? If so, don’t forget it’s important for new pets to visit the vet as soon as possible after they come home with you. At Animal Medical Center of the Cascades, we believe in vaccinations as a cornerstone of your animal companion’s lifelong good health. Vaccinations are particularly essential for young puppies and kittens, who do not have full immunity from many serious and highly contagious diseases. Not sure if your pet’s shots are current? Give us a call and we can tell you and then make an appointment if […]

Parasites Don’t Shelter-in-Place

If you’re doing a lot more dog-walking these days, that’s great—but it also means your pet is more exposed to fleas and ticks! Fleas can cause itching, anemia and hotspots; ticks can transmit Lyme disease and other nasty illnesses, many of which can be transmitted to humans. Mosquitoes and the heartworm they carry are also a concern here, and it only takes one bite to infect a pet with a life-threatening illness. Most pets don’t show symptoms until the disease is advanced and while there is treatment, it’s expensive and can be hard on your pet. Don’t take the chance […]