Hope everyone has had happy holidays and is enjoying the New Year! 2015 seemed to go by fast. Judging by the conversations weâ€™ve shared over the past year, weâ€™ve all had our ups and downs. The nation and world as a whole have been feeling â€˜topsy turvyâ€™. As technology consumes us and world affairs alarm us, our pets serve as a buffer to preserve a simpler life. Our pets are happy to see us when we come home. Our pets enjoy a gentle â€˜patâ€™. Our pets provide some uncomplicated affection. Our pets help us slow down and enjoy the simple company of a friend (with fur). As your veterinary clinic, it is our job to foster that bond between people and their pets. We appreciate that you bring your pets to us and we will do our best to strengthen those bonds by keeping your pets healthy.
Now for some educational topics. RABIES! We all know that Rabies can affect dogs, cats, humans, birds, rabbits, etc, etc. Itâ€™s scary!Â In the past, it has had a relatively low incidence in Oregon â€“ however, the incidence has increased over the past few years. Prior to 2000, the average yearly incidence of Rabies positive bats (and an occasional fox) was 5 or less. It has steadily increased. In 2015 there were 20 cases of confirmed Rabies in animals (18 bats, 1 fox, and 1 cat in Curry County). 5 of the cases were in Lane County.
Overall, the incidence of Rabies is still relatively low â€“ but this is a concerning trend. Bats are the primary carrier of Rabies in Oregon. Bats are helpful to humans by consuming insects, and we need to help protect them â€“ but do not ever handle bats or other wild animals, especially any that appear sick or injured. Vaccinate your pets, that way there is never a question of whether they could contract or even transmit Rabies to you or your family. More information can be found atÂ public.health.oregon.gov
A topic of more immediate concern is DENTALS!!Â February and March are Dental Month(s) at Q Street Animal Hospital. Which means 10% off. Dental disease can have a genuine impact on your pet’s health. Dental disease can cause bad breath, painful chewing, and tooth loss. Bacteria under the gum can travel to the heart, kidneys, and liver. Eighty-five percent of all pets have periodontal disease by age three. A professional dental cleaning is required to remove plaque and tartar from their teeth and assess the health of the mouth. Schedule an appointment to have your pet checked and to learn more â€“ or call to ask about dental procedures â€“ or take a look at our website: qstreetanimalhospital.com.