Uncovering the beauty of animal health

Uncovering the beauty of animal health 2019-08-19T21:24:01-07:00

We use current medical, diagnostic and therapeutic techniques to guide our clients in keeping their animal as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

Astoria Animal Hospital is a full-service provider of veterinary medicine to primarily dogs and cats in the Clatsop County and North Coast area of Oregon. Our services include (but are not limited to) wellness exams, disease prevention and vaccination, parasite control, early disease detection blood work, survey radiography, prophylactic dental cleanings and surgery. We also provide boarding services as well as euthanasia and cremation.

The Five Freedoms

The Five Freedoms ensure that we meet the mental and physical needs of animals in our care. Learn more

Freedom from hunger and thirst

by ready access to fresh water and diet to maintain health and vigor. This must be specific to the animal. For example, puppies, adult dogs, pregnant cats, and senior cats all need different types of food provided on different schedules.

Freedom from discomfort

by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area. This means you should provide soft bedding and an area with appropriate temperature, noise levels, and access to natural light. If an animal is outside, it must have shelter from the elements as well as appropriate food and water bowls that will not freeze or tip over.

Freedom from pain, injury or disease

by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment. This includes vaccinating animals, monitoring animals, physical health, treating any injuries and providing appropriate medications.

Freedom to express normal behavior

by providing sufficient space, proper facilities, and company of the animal’s own kind. Animals need to be able to interact with — or avoid — others of their own kind as desired. They must be able to stretch every part of their body (from nose to tail), and run, jump, and play. This can be particularly challenging when animals are housed in individual kennels.

Freedom from fear and distress

by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering. The mental health of an animal is just as important as its physical health — as psychological stress can quickly transition into physical illness. These conditions can be achieved by preventing overcrowding and providing sufficient enrichment and safe hiding spaces.

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