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Do you recommend vaccinating animals?

Yes, I recommend puppy/kitten vaccinations for young pets. Dogs need to be vaccinated for rabies (and cats should be as well) and licensed by six months of age in our state—that is Oregon State Law. The earliest you can vaccinate for rabies is three months of age. The rabies vaccination must be given by a veterinarian [...]

How often should puppies be fed?

Puppies need to eat small amounts and often (about 5-9 times per day). This applies to all puppies but not always for the same reasons. Puppies destined to be large breed dogs grow at an exceptionally rapid rate and often cannot maintain their blood sugar very well. Some puppies are destined for being small dogs, [...]

Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease in dogs (and cats) is a recognized risk in all 50 states. Not only is it recognized in all 50 states, but it has also been diagnosed in every season. There have been many positive diagnoses here in Clatsop County in recent years, though no one knows exactly how many or where the [...]

I’ve heard the fish here are bad for my dog. Is this true?

Dogs love to eat fish and fish parts, but in this region they often get sick from eating any part of the Salmonid type fish in its raw state. The disease is called Salmon Poison Disease, Fish Disease, Salmon Infection, Pacific Northwest Fish Fever, and a variety of others. Please note that it is a [...]

My dog is coughing. What should I do?

Dogs cough for many reasons. Some are really important and need urgent attention, yet others aren’t so urgent. Often an owner thinks there is something stuck in a dog's throat. Yes this happens, but not that often. In general, my recommendation is to take your dog in for a complete exam. It seems in the [...]

How can I walk my dog more safely around town?

Walking your dog(s) around town is a good thing for both you and your dog, but walking on roads near cars and/or the public can easily turn to tragedy should an unpredictable event occur such as being hit by a car or becoming involved in a dog fight. There are things that you can do [...]

My dog has bad breath. What should be done?

As part of the yearly exam (or 6-month exam for elderly or sick dogs) the mouth should be examined along with all the major systems. This exam is part of medical data collection to facilitate good health in your dog. During this exam your veterinarian may find that there is something that indicates bad breath [...]

The importance of trimming dogs’ toenails

The importance of the canine nail trim cannot be understated. At Astoria Animal Hospital we counsel our clients that dogs should have their nails trimmed every 2-4 weeks, to keep them at optimal length. The canine nail adheres very tightly to the last bone of the toe and when the nail is too long it [...]

My dog is itching and I think it has allergies. What should I do?

Itching in dogs can be a simple thing or a very complicated condition. In our coastal location, fleas are one of the main sources of itching in dogs. Our hospital hears one statement a lot, which is “my dog doesn’t have fleas.” Well in fact, many dogs do. It is very possible–even likely–that fleas are [...]

I am considering having my dog microchipped. Is this recommended?

In general yes, microchipping is a great idea. At Astoria Animal Hospital we routinely scan animals for microchips as part of the check in process. We scan all dogs and cats even if the owner reports that the animal doesn’t have one, as we have found animals that have microchips that the owner doesn’t know [...]