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Springtime Wildlife in Washington State

 

fawnWestern Washington has a population explosion of wildlife babies born every spring usually beginning in April and lasting until the end of June.

We all love to watch the new baby birds leaving their nests for the first time; baby bunnies, raccoons, squirrels, or opossums exploring away from their mothers and especially the beautiful fawns we see sometimes standing or lying on the sides of the road. 

Unlike humans, wildlife mothers leave their nests for several hours at a time. There are usually two reasons for this. The first is to search for food and the second is to teach their babies survival instincts.

 

February is Dental Health Month!

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Oral Hygiene

Your pet's dental health is a part of his/her healthy foundation. Gingivitis and periodontal disease are a reality for your pet as much as they are for you!
Periodontal disease doesn't just affect your pets teeth, gums and the deterioration of the jaw bone, it impacts their entire general health.
The bacteria that is present with dental disease cir­culates through the blood stream and can cause damage to the heart, kidneys and liver.

Marijuana Toxicity

Marjuana Dangers for your pets 
 
By: Irene S. Choi, DVM
 
There has been a lot of talk about Marijuana recently with the passage of new laws allowing recreational marijuana use.   Unfortunately, there hasn’t been as much discussion about the dangers of pets ingesting marijuana. 

Fireworks and Pets: A Bad Combination


Author: Dione L. Black, LVT
 
For most American families, Independence Day is a day filled with BBQ, fun and fireworks. Communities enjoy watching the colorful and dazzling displays of lights that sparkle and light up the night sky. The bangs, booms and whistles that accompany these displays only add to our excitement. For most pets, however, the 4th of July is filled with terror and fear.

 

 

Leave your pooch pal at home

 

AUTHOR: DIONE L.BLACK, LVT
 

       With the arrival of the summer months and beautiful warm sunny days, this is a good time to remind pet owners of the dangers of leaving their beloved pet in parked cars, even for a minute. 

 
 
 

Summer Safety

Authored By: Sarah Kenne, LVT

 

dog umbrellaSummer is officially here, and many people are spending time in the great outdoors with their pets.    Long after winter holiday decorations have been packed away and bright, spring candies have been eaten, warm weather outings bring a new set of safety concerns for pet owners.

Parvovirus Enteritis

Authored By:  Kathryn R. Krueger, DVM


What is Parvovirus?  

Parvovirus is a highly contagious disease spread by the fecal material of affected animals. The virus infects the walls of the intestines, causing the interior lining of the intestines to slough.  It is a serious disease, and can be over 90% fatal if untreated.  It causes vomiting, diarrhea (which is often bloody), lethargy (depression), pain, and life threatening dehydration. 
 

2014 Seattle Met Top Vets

We have exciting news!  Dr. James C. Little has been selected in the 2013  and 2014  list of Top Veterinarians in Seattle Met magazine!  Ballots were sent to veterinarians in our four local counties, asking which veterinarians they would recommend to provide care to your loved ones and  Dr. James C. Little was chosen for his exceptional care and expertise in small animals and exotics.
 

Stop the Scratching!

Tips for having flea free pets

By: Janet Beagley, DVM

 Fleas are a common problem for our furry friends. You may have an itchy, miserable pet that has scratched all the hair of its rear end, little rice grain segments found in your pets poop (these may be tapeworms, which often result from you pet ingesting fleas), or simply little brown specs noted in your pets fur. Fleas are treatable and preventable, but they still present many challenges.  These challenges vary depending on your pet’s environment, how many animals live in your house, and whether wildlife or stay animals have access to your yard.

The Great Horned Owl

 
 
 
 
This beautiful (we believe female) owl  was found in early April by good samaritans in Thurston County.   She was on the ground with eye and wing injuries of unknown origin, most likely hit by a car.  She was treated at Raindancer Wild Bird Rescue in Olympia and transferred to the West Sound Wildlife Shelter in late April where she fell into the capable hands of Dr. Alicia Bye. 
 
Dr. Bye knew she would need her wounds treated surgically, so she referred the owl to us here at the All Creatures Animal Hospital. Over the years Dr. Little has been incredibly generous in allowing the expertise of our staff and hospital resources to treat many injured and sick wildlife patients.
 

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