Spring is a busy season for wildlife in Central Oregon, and April is especially busy for some of our favorite frequent visitors! Many guests you might recognize from your bird feeder at home are hatching young, such as the Chickadees with their signature black-caps and chicka-dee-dee-dee call. These, along with wrens and some of our larger woodpecker species, are using natural or manmade cavities to nest and keep their wild babies enclosed and safe. [Read more…]
We know how much music can affect not only our day but our general mood and how we approach a situation. But what about the effect music has on our pets? Part of our Fear Free Certification at East Bend Animal Hospital is the use of calming music. So how does it work, why does it work, and how can we implement it at home? [Read more…]
This spring, as we’re seeing more puppies and kittens for their first veterinary exams, other animal babies are being born or hatched out in the wild–wild babies! Think back to your most recent puppy or kitten, when you had to be very aware of the environment (whether it be your home, backyard, or property) to make sure there were no safety hazards that might endanger your new family member. We should extend the same courtesy to wildlife! To keep both our pets and our wild neighbors safe, be vigilant and keep a close eye on hazards like domestic cats and dogs when there are vulnerable wild babies in the area. [Read more…]
Why does my veterinarian ask me to bring a stool (fecal sample) to my pet’s wellness exam each year?
Veterinarians typically request that pet’s owners bring a fresh stool (fecal) sample to their pet’s wellness exam every year. The stool samples are examined at a microscopic level to look for intestinal parasites (many parasites are very tiny and impossible to detect with the human eye) in a pet’s feces. [Read more…]
There is still plenty of fun to be had during the cold winter months and what better way to enjoy than with your furry friend by your side! Whether going out for an adventure or staying in where it’s warm and cozy, here are a few ideas of fun things to do. [Read more…]