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…]
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…]
Chameleons are fascinating pets, but have much higher care standards and require more time and monetary investment than many people think. They are very sensitive animals and even small changes to their husbandry can have tremendous effects. [Read more…]
It’s wintertime here in Central Oregon! While many of us enjoy the cold weather and snowy conditions, cold-weather activities are not always ideal for our four-legged friends. Some breeds of dogs are able to tolerate the cold better than others, but some are just not suited for outdoor activities during these cold, short days. Here are a few ideas that can be enjoyable for our canine friends that would prefer to stay indoors during the winter. [Read more…]