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Arthritis In Our Pets

As our pets are living longer, we are seeing more of the symptoms of old age. What many think is generalized old age in our pets, likely may be arthritis. While arthritis can happen at any age, it is much more common in our older patients. It is estimated that over half of our older dogs have arthritis.

Some of the signs that your dog may have arthritis are:
1. Difficulty sitting/standing and getting up.
2. Favoring a limb or limping
3. Sleeping more
4. Moving slow
5. Unable to jump or climb stairs
6. Weight gain
7. Decreased activity
8. Attitude or behavior changes
If you notice one or […]

Rattlesnakes in the Gorge

Did you know we have rattlesnakes in our area? Every year, here at Alpine Veterinary Hospital, we see a handful of dogs who have been putting their nose or paws where they shouldn’t and it resulted in a strike from a rattlesnake and a very swollen leg or face. Rattlesnakes can be found in the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains and eastern parts of the Columbia River Gorge. Although dogs are the majority of the patients we see, horses and cats get bitten too.

If your dog is bitten by a rattlesnake it is important to keep the dog or […]

Cheat Grass

Summer is the time to be on the look out for cheat grass.  Cheat grass, also know as fox tail or grass awns, is a weed regularly found in our area.  The problem is in the barbed seed pods.  The one way barbs on the pods allow the seeds to burrow into our pets’ skin, toes, ears, eyes and mucous membranes.  This can be quite uncomfortable and lead to more severe problems that may require sedation, surgery and medication to remedy.  In extreme cases, cheat grass has been found to have actually migrated inside the body cavity and cause death.

Fortunately, […]

Dr. Daphne Johnson joins the team at Alpine

We are excited to have Dr. Daphne Johnson joining our team.  Dr. Johnson has experience in both large and small animals and will be a great addition to the clinic.
After her education at Colorado college with a major in Spanish, Dr. Johnson attended Oregon State University where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree.  She then completed an internship at Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital in Snohomish Washington where her primary focus was on horses.   In her spare time Dr. Daphne Johnson can be found running, skiing, biking and playing her banjo with her husband, Matt, her dog Mugsy and […]

Cold Weather Pet Safety

You’re probably already aware of the risks posed by warm weather and leaving pets in hot cars, but did you know that cold weather also poses serious threats to your pets’ health?

Here are some tips to keep your pets safe during cold weather:

Winter wellness: Has your pet had his/her preventive care exam (wellness exam) yet? Cold weather may worsen some medical conditions such as arthritis. Your pet should be examined by a veterinarian at least once a year, and it’s as good a time as any to get him/her checked out to make sure (s)he is ready and as healthy […]