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 […]

Euthanasia; when is it time to say goodbye?

As pet owners we may be faced with difficult decisions involving caring for a pet that is terminally ill or in the end stages of life. How long do we provide care? How do we evaluate quality of life? How can we objectively make decisions about ending or prolonging our pet’s life? None of these questions are easy and there is no one solution that fits all. End of life decisions are personally and emotionally difficult to make. The doctors at HR Alpine Vet have been asked many times over, how do you make a decision to end a pet’s […]

Meet Isaiah!

Isaiah came into Hood River Alpine Veterinary Hospital last month with symptoms including vomiting and an extended abdomen. After a thorough exam and an x-ray, his diagnosis was Gastric Dilation and Volvus Syndrome. This condition is also known as torsion or bloat.
Bloat happen when the stomach fills with food or water. Once the stomach becomes overextended it has the possibility of twisting which can cut off the circulation to the stomach and intestines. This condition can be fatal and is an emergency that should be seen by your veterinarian immediately.
Luckily, Isaiah was a lucky boy, and with Dr. Foss’s help […]

New Benefits When You Microchip Your Pet

A missing pet causes a lot of worry and anxiety for the pet owner. Microchipping your pet is the best way to ensure guaranteed identification since tags and collars can often fall off during their “runaway adventures”. Placing a microchip can easily be done at an office exam or while under anesthesia for another procedure. All shelters and veterinary clinics have scanners to identify microchips and recognize their individual numbers.

Each individual microchip contains a number that is entered into a national database and then linked to the owner’s or veterinary clinic’s information. Microchip registration is free, but if you wish […]

Treadmills & Dogs!

I would like to expand a little more on the do’s and don’ts of exercising dogs on treadmill. One thing I like to stress is that I write these ‘rules’ as a guideline for using human motorized treadmill. Though there are basically two types of dog treadmill (animal powered treadmill and motorized), the general rules are almost similar, however it would be your best interest to follow the guideline from the dog treadmill manufacturer as oppose to mine.
Again I stress, do not let these misconceptions stop you from exercising your dog on treadmills.
Treadmills are for the rich.
Treadmills are for the […]