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News, Events & Pet Care

We’re here to help you keep your pet as healthy and happy as possible. Check out our blog articles with advice, pet care tips and the latest news from VRCCO.

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Cash gets a hip replacement to help maintain his life as a service dog

September is National Service Dog Month and when we see these special dogs it means just a little bit more because we know we are helping improve the life of someone who relies on them. Learn a little about Cash who came to see us all the way from Southern California to help Hailey maintain…

How to check your dog for cheatgrass

A few quick and easy ways to check your dog for cheatgrass.

VRCCO to break ground on state-of-the-art hospital

The Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon (VRCCO) has announced they are breaking ground on a new location in Bend, Oregon. The spacious new state-of-the-art facility is designed to meet the growing demand for advanced medical care for pets in the Pacific Northwest. Features of the 26,000-square-foot medical facility include a bone and joint center,…

Water-Related Dangers; Salmon Poisoning and Blue-Green Algae

It’s summer, FINALLY! We all want to get out in the sun and cool off in the watersof our beautiful Pacific NorthWest, and our dogs do too. But be careful! There aredangers out there that are easily avoided if you know what to look for. Salmon Poisoning: This is an infectious disease caused by a…

We now offer ophthalmology

With the addition of Dr. Heather Kaese who brings 15 years’ worth of experience to the VRCCO family and can’t wait to help the pets of Central Oregon! Get to know a little about Dr. Kaese.

Be prepared for summer activities with your dog

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer and that means it’s time to start enjoying all the great outdoor activities that Central Oregon has to offer. No one wants to focus on or even think about something going wrong, but being prepared is the best way to avoid that situation going from bad…

Biking with your four-legged friends

As the warmer weather creeps into Central Oregon, now is a great time to start incorporating your pup into your outdoor activities. One popular activity in Bend Oregon is biking which can be done safely with your dog following some precautions. Here are VRCCO’s tips for how you can bike safely this summer with your…

Ensuring everyone has a happy spring holiday weekend

Some helpful tips on how to make sure your pets enjoy the holiday weekend as much as you do.

Household cleaners and pet safety

Many owners are concerned about their pet’s exposure to common household disinfectants. While most of these disinfectants are considered safe when exposed to in low amounts, we encourage you to limit exposure by taking the following precautions: Keep pets out of the room while cleaning. After cleaning, make sure the area is well ventilated. Do…

Super Bowl Party Safety For Your Pets

Throwing a Super Bowl Party? Here are some tips on how to keep your pets safe during game day. Keep the food away from your pets. Try to avoid placing dips and wings on coffee tables where your pet can easily get to.  Guacamole: If you use onions and garlic in your dip these can…

Puppy Survives Boating Accident | Harper’s Story

On a hot day last July, Erin’s family rented a pontoon boat on Diamond Lake. After a day in the sunshine, and playing in the water, the family went to dock the boat at 4 p.m. and the unthinkable happened.

Holiday Foods and Pets

Ground Rules for Sharing Human Food with Pets: First, moderation is key when sharing people food with our pets. However, there are plenty of “no-no’s” and toxic foods you never want to share with your pets. Learn what we recommend about sharing human food with dogs and cats in this article.

Off the Holiday Table: Feeding Don’ts for Pets

Here come the holidays, and with them, all the food that celebrates the season! As we make merry, the team at Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon wants to remind pet parents that the feast we love can make our dogs and cats sick. The following is a short list of feeding don’ts for pets this holiday season and all year long.

Xylitol Toxicity: How to Keep Your Dog Safe

While most pet parents are aware of the dangers of chocolate toxicity for pets, the perils of xylitol toxicity may be new to them. With Halloween just around the corner, it’s a good idea to bone up on the increased danger of accidental poisoning-by-treats. Emergency veterinarian Dr. Leanne Dileo of Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon discussed the issue on Facebook Live with veterinary dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Bentley.

24 Hour Pet Care Back in Central Oregon

Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon is now providing 24 hour emergency vet care, making it the region’s only 24/7 pet care facility. After months of not having 24/7 emergency dog and cat emergency care in Central Oregon, we are now making our emergency pet hospital available around the clock. More Pets Need More Vets…

Grain-Free Pet Diets: What Pet Parents Need to Know

Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon’s own veterinary dermatologist, Dr. Jennifer Bentley, offered some background and information via our Facebook video series about the issues surrounding grain-free pet diets for cats and dogs. While the facts are not all in and research is ongoing, the bottom line is that grain-free pet food is more marketing strategy than vet-approved nutrition.

Keep Your Pets Safe in Wildfire Season

As fire season takes its toll this year, a top of mind question is how to keep your pets safe in wildfire season. At Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon, we share your concern about the effects of smoke and other fire-related issues on your pets.

Itchy & Infected Ears in Dogs & Cats: Causes & Treatments

Your dog or cat is shaking her head, pawing at his ears, or trying to rub her ears on the ground. A pet with itchy ears can indicate inflammation of the extended ear canal and can cause distress. Dr. Jennifer Bentley weighs in itchy and infected ears in dogs and cats, and what pet parents can do about it.

Pet Healthcare After Pandemic: A Veterinary Update

Throughout the nation, pet owners are having difficulty scheduling timely appointments for their pets while pet emergency facilities are experiencing wait times of up to 12 hours. We have doubled our staff and plan to increase our physical space in the coming year, but the fact remains that there is a nationwide veterinary crisis. What does that mean for Central Oregon pets and their people?

Valley Fever: Lennon’s Survival Tale

For any pet parent, Lennon’s story is a tale of terror, at least at the beginning. Over the course of a year, Lennon, a healthy, active dog, grew increasingly lethargic. Then one day last in December, he was unable to walk.

Oso’s Canine Cancer Survival Story

It was a shock when Oso, young and otherwise healthy, experienced the sudden loss of the use of his back legs. With the support of family, friends, and a great veterinary network, Oso’s pet parents were able to be the heroes he needed to be up and running (and swimming, and playing) again. Here’s their story.

What is Chemotherapy in Pets Really Like? Fact & Fiction

What does chemotherapy in pets really look like? Is it the same as for humans? In the event your dog or cat develops cancer, it’s helpful to know the differences between pet chemotherapy and treatment for humans.

Environmental Pet Allergies: Diagnosis & Treatment

Veterinary dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Bentley went live on Facebook to go deeper into the diagnosis and treatment of environmental pet allergies. In this most recent episode, Dr. Bentley explains how pets are tested for allergies, and how an allergy vaccine can help.

Minimally Invasive Surgeries

Dr. Stephen Stockdale sat down with VRC dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Bentley on this week’s Facebook Live video to talk about what minimally invasive surgery is, and how it can benefit your pet.

Pet Allergies: What to know about the symptoms

Pet Allergies: What to Know About Itching, Scratching, & Licking
What are they, and how can you help your pet feel better as the pollen flies this spring? Veterinary Referral Center dermatologist, Dr. Jennifer Bentley explains.

Toxic Foods for Dogs and Cats

Learn about human foods that are toxic to dogs and cats. Plus, what to do if your pet eats chocolate, and toxic fruits and veggies.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Dogs and Cats

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in pets involves inflammation of the wall of the intestine, possibly due to an intolerance of intestinal bacteria or as a reaction to antigens. VRC’s Dr. Vaughan weighs in on how vets diagnose IBD, and how it can be treated.

Don’t Try This at Home | Harmful Home Remedies for Pets

It goes without saying that most pet parents have the best interests of their dogs and cats at heart. Sometimes, though, even the best intentions can cause more harm than good. On this week’s FB Live video, Dr. Jennifer Bentley of Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon offered advice on what NOT to do when your pet has a problem.

Why is my dog vomiting?

Why is my dog vomiting? When is it time to take your dog to the vet hospital? Learn what to do when your dog vomits and when to be concerned.

Keep Your Pet Safe During the Winter Months

Whether your best friend is tagging along on the backtrails or you’re just taking a walk in your neighborhood winter wonderland, protect your pet from potential winter hazards in Central Oregon.

“Uh Oh! I Found a Lump on My Dog”: Dr. Kristin Couto and What’s Next

Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon went live on Facebook to introduce Dr. Kristen Couto, veterinary oncologist, and talk about what to do when you discover a lump on your dog

How to Ski Safely with your Dog

Learn how to ski safely with your dog and avoid a trip to the veterinarian.

How to protect your dogs paws in the snow

Keep those paws healthy during the winter months by checking out or top tips for paw protection from the snow and ice.

A Veterinarian’s Top 10 Gifts for Pets in 2020

We compiled a list of favorite holiday gifts for pets from our veterinarians.

Chocolate Toxicity – How to keep your pet safe!

Find out what symptoms to watch out for after accidental chocolate ingestion.  Tips to keep your dog and cat safe during the holidays.

Yes! Dogs can get Total Hip Replacements

Join Doctors Dujowich and Stockdale as they discuss Total Hip Replacements in dogs and other treatments for hip dysplasia.

Top 5 Thanksgiving Items Not to Share with your Dog

To help keep our pet community safe, we’ve put together a list of the top five things to avoid sharing with your pets this Thanksgiving.

Has your pup been affected by cheatgrass?

VRC Veterinarian Jennifer Bentley and Sean Panella host a discussion about cheatgrass

Why Your Pet Scratches, Chews, Lick or Shakes

VRC Veterinarian Jennifer Bentley hosts a conversation about pet dermatology and seasonal allergies.

Dog Blood Donors, Jack & Thea

Thea enlisted Jack in Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon’s Blood Donor Program.

Do pets need blood donors?

Dr. Matt Vaughan and Dr. Jennifer Bentley discuss how your dog or cat can be heroes by donating blood at VRCCO.

July is Pet Hydration Month

Did you know that July is National Pet Hydration Awareness Month? Dehydration can be detrimental to your furry friends health, especially in the peak of summer.

What to know about COVID-19 and your pets.

Up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Yes, CAT scans work on dogs too.

We have Central Oregon’s first and only 16-slice computerized tomography (CT or CAT) scanner for dedicated use on animals.

Don’t Let Valentine Chocolates Break Your Heart

Information to keep in-mind during this time of love.

2019 Christmas Parade

Enjoying the holidays with our families, friends, and a unicycle.

Is CBD Safe for Your Pet?

Warnings from the Veterinary Medical Board and FDA.

CO2 Laser for Dermatological Procedures

Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon’s dermatology department is excited to announce that we now have a CO2 laser for dermatological procedures.

Have a Drink on Us!

Have you heard about our kegs? We have beer and kombucha on tap, available for clients during their pet’s visit.

Is My Cat “Blocked”?

Is your male cat excessively licking his hind-end/ prepuce, ‘walking funny’, yowling, posturing to urinate outside the box, and frequenting the litter-box often? If so, your beloved feline may have a urethral obstruction.

Pain Management for Surgical Patients

We are often asked, “Will my pet be receiving any pain medication?” The short answer is an emphatic, yes!

Keeping Pets Safe on Halloween

Wearing silly costumes is all our pets should worry about on Halloween.

Canine Total Hip Replacements

How to put the pep back in our pet’s step.

Myths & Truths About Grain Free Diets

Are grain free diets just another fad?

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  • Advice
  • News
  • Symptoms
  • Uncategorized
  • Video

Cash gets a hip replacement to help maintain his life as a service dog

September is National Service Dog Month and when we see these special dogs it means just a little bit more because we know we are helping improve the life of someone who relies on them. Learn a little about Cash who came to see us all the way from Southern California to help Hailey maintain…

How to check your dog for cheatgrass

A few quick and easy ways to check your dog for cheatgrass.

VRCCO to break ground on state-of-the-art hospital

The Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon (VRCCO) has announced they are breaking ground on a new location in Bend, Oregon. The spacious new state-of-the-art facility is designed to meet the growing demand for advanced medical care for pets in the Pacific Northwest. Features of the 26,000-square-foot medical facility include a bone and joint center,…

Water-Related Dangers; Salmon Poisoning and Blue-Green Algae

It’s summer, FINALLY! We all want to get out in the sun and cool off in the watersof our beautiful Pacific NorthWest, and our dogs do too. But be careful! There aredangers out there that are easily avoided if you know what to look for. Salmon Poisoning: This is an infectious disease caused by a…

We now offer ophthalmology

With the addition of Dr. Heather Kaese who brings 15 years’ worth of experience to the VRCCO family and can’t wait to help the pets of Central Oregon! Get to know a little about Dr. Kaese.

Be prepared for summer activities with your dog

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer and that means it’s time to start enjoying all the great outdoor activities that Central Oregon has to offer. No one wants to focus on or even think about something going wrong, but being prepared is the best way to avoid that situation going from bad…

Biking with your four-legged friends

As the warmer weather creeps into Central Oregon, now is a great time to start incorporating your pup into your outdoor activities. One popular activity in Bend Oregon is biking which can be done safely with your dog following some precautions. Here are VRCCO’s tips for how you can bike safely this summer with your…

Ensuring everyone has a happy spring holiday weekend

Some helpful tips on how to make sure your pets enjoy the holiday weekend as much as you do.

Household cleaners and pet safety

Many owners are concerned about their pet’s exposure to common household disinfectants. While most of these disinfectants are considered safe when exposed to in low amounts, we encourage you to limit exposure by taking the following precautions: Keep pets out of the room while cleaning. After cleaning, make sure the area is well ventilated. Do…

Super Bowl Party Safety For Your Pets

Throwing a Super Bowl Party? Here are some tips on how to keep your pets safe during game day. Keep the food away from your pets. Try to avoid placing dips and wings on coffee tables where your pet can easily get to.  Guacamole: If you use onions and garlic in your dip these can…

Puppy Survives Boating Accident | Harper’s Story

On a hot day last July, Erin’s family rented a pontoon boat on Diamond Lake. After a day in the sunshine, and playing in the water, the family went to dock the boat at 4 p.m. and the unthinkable happened.

Holiday Foods and Pets

Ground Rules for Sharing Human Food with Pets: First, moderation is key when sharing people food with our pets. However, there are plenty of “no-no’s” and toxic foods you never want to share with your pets. Learn what we recommend about sharing human food with dogs and cats in this article.

Off the Holiday Table: Feeding Don’ts for Pets

Here come the holidays, and with them, all the food that celebrates the season! As we make merry, the team at Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon wants to remind pet parents that the feast we love can make our dogs and cats sick. The following is a short list of feeding don’ts for pets this holiday season and all year long.

Xylitol Toxicity: How to Keep Your Dog Safe

While most pet parents are aware of the dangers of chocolate toxicity for pets, the perils of xylitol toxicity may be new to them. With Halloween just around the corner, it’s a good idea to bone up on the increased danger of accidental poisoning-by-treats. Emergency veterinarian Dr. Leanne Dileo of Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon discussed the issue on Facebook Live with veterinary dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Bentley.

24 Hour Pet Care Back in Central Oregon

Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon is now providing 24 hour emergency vet care, making it the region’s only 24/7 pet care facility. After months of not having 24/7 emergency dog and cat emergency care in Central Oregon, we are now making our emergency pet hospital available around the clock. More Pets Need More Vets…

Grain-Free Pet Diets: What Pet Parents Need to Know

Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon’s own veterinary dermatologist, Dr. Jennifer Bentley, offered some background and information via our Facebook video series about the issues surrounding grain-free pet diets for cats and dogs. While the facts are not all in and research is ongoing, the bottom line is that grain-free pet food is more marketing strategy than vet-approved nutrition.

Keep Your Pets Safe in Wildfire Season

As fire season takes its toll this year, a top of mind question is how to keep your pets safe in wildfire season. At Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon, we share your concern about the effects of smoke and other fire-related issues on your pets.

Itchy & Infected Ears in Dogs & Cats: Causes & Treatments

Your dog or cat is shaking her head, pawing at his ears, or trying to rub her ears on the ground. A pet with itchy ears can indicate inflammation of the extended ear canal and can cause distress. Dr. Jennifer Bentley weighs in itchy and infected ears in dogs and cats, and what pet parents can do about it.

Pet Healthcare After Pandemic: A Veterinary Update

Throughout the nation, pet owners are having difficulty scheduling timely appointments for their pets while pet emergency facilities are experiencing wait times of up to 12 hours. We have doubled our staff and plan to increase our physical space in the coming year, but the fact remains that there is a nationwide veterinary crisis. What does that mean for Central Oregon pets and their people?

Valley Fever: Lennon’s Survival Tale

For any pet parent, Lennon’s story is a tale of terror, at least at the beginning. Over the course of a year, Lennon, a healthy, active dog, grew increasingly lethargic. Then one day last in December, he was unable to walk.

Oso’s Canine Cancer Survival Story

It was a shock when Oso, young and otherwise healthy, experienced the sudden loss of the use of his back legs. With the support of family, friends, and a great veterinary network, Oso’s pet parents were able to be the heroes he needed to be up and running (and swimming, and playing) again. Here’s their story.

What is Chemotherapy in Pets Really Like? Fact & Fiction

What does chemotherapy in pets really look like? Is it the same as for humans? In the event your dog or cat develops cancer, it’s helpful to know the differences between pet chemotherapy and treatment for humans.

Environmental Pet Allergies: Diagnosis & Treatment

Veterinary dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Bentley went live on Facebook to go deeper into the diagnosis and treatment of environmental pet allergies. In this most recent episode, Dr. Bentley explains how pets are tested for allergies, and how an allergy vaccine can help.

Minimally Invasive Surgeries

Dr. Stephen Stockdale sat down with VRC dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Bentley on this week’s Facebook Live video to talk about what minimally invasive surgery is, and how it can benefit your pet.

Pet Allergies: What to know about the symptoms

Pet Allergies: What to Know About Itching, Scratching, & Licking
What are they, and how can you help your pet feel better as the pollen flies this spring? Veterinary Referral Center dermatologist, Dr. Jennifer Bentley explains.

Toxic Foods for Dogs and Cats

Learn about human foods that are toxic to dogs and cats. Plus, what to do if your pet eats chocolate, and toxic fruits and veggies.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Dogs and Cats

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in pets involves inflammation of the wall of the intestine, possibly due to an intolerance of intestinal bacteria or as a reaction to antigens. VRC’s Dr. Vaughan weighs in on how vets diagnose IBD, and how it can be treated.

Don’t Try This at Home | Harmful Home Remedies for Pets

It goes without saying that most pet parents have the best interests of their dogs and cats at heart. Sometimes, though, even the best intentions can cause more harm than good. On this week’s FB Live video, Dr. Jennifer Bentley of Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon offered advice on what NOT to do when your pet has a problem.

Why is my dog vomiting?

Why is my dog vomiting? When is it time to take your dog to the vet hospital? Learn what to do when your dog vomits and when to be concerned.

Keep Your Pet Safe During the Winter Months

Whether your best friend is tagging along on the backtrails or you’re just taking a walk in your neighborhood winter wonderland, protect your pet from potential winter hazards in Central Oregon.

“Uh Oh! I Found a Lump on My Dog”: Dr. Kristin Couto and What’s Next

Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon went live on Facebook to introduce Dr. Kristen Couto, veterinary oncologist, and talk about what to do when you discover a lump on your dog

How to Ski Safely with your Dog

Learn how to ski safely with your dog and avoid a trip to the veterinarian.

How to protect your dogs paws in the snow

Keep those paws healthy during the winter months by checking out or top tips for paw protection from the snow and ice.

A Veterinarian’s Top 10 Gifts for Pets in 2020

We compiled a list of favorite holiday gifts for pets from our veterinarians.

Chocolate Toxicity – How to keep your pet safe!

Find out what symptoms to watch out for after accidental chocolate ingestion.  Tips to keep your dog and cat safe during the holidays.

Yes! Dogs can get Total Hip Replacements

Join Doctors Dujowich and Stockdale as they discuss Total Hip Replacements in dogs and other treatments for hip dysplasia.

Top 5 Thanksgiving Items Not to Share with your Dog

To help keep our pet community safe, we’ve put together a list of the top five things to avoid sharing with your pets this Thanksgiving.

Has your pup been affected by cheatgrass?

VRC Veterinarian Jennifer Bentley and Sean Panella host a discussion about cheatgrass

Why Your Pet Scratches, Chews, Lick or Shakes

VRC Veterinarian Jennifer Bentley hosts a conversation about pet dermatology and seasonal allergies.

Dog Blood Donors, Jack & Thea

Thea enlisted Jack in Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon’s Blood Donor Program.

Do pets need blood donors?

Dr. Matt Vaughan and Dr. Jennifer Bentley discuss how your dog or cat can be heroes by donating blood at VRCCO.

July is Pet Hydration Month

Did you know that July is National Pet Hydration Awareness Month? Dehydration can be detrimental to your furry friends health, especially in the peak of summer.

What to know about COVID-19 and your pets.

Up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Yes, CAT scans work on dogs too.

We have Central Oregon’s first and only 16-slice computerized tomography (CT or CAT) scanner for dedicated use on animals.

Don’t Let Valentine Chocolates Break Your Heart

Information to keep in-mind during this time of love.

2019 Christmas Parade

Enjoying the holidays with our families, friends, and a unicycle.

Is CBD Safe for Your Pet?

Warnings from the Veterinary Medical Board and FDA.

CO2 Laser for Dermatological Procedures

Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon’s dermatology department is excited to announce that we now have a CO2 laser for dermatological procedures.

Have a Drink on Us!

Have you heard about our kegs? We have beer and kombucha on tap, available for clients during their pet’s visit.

Is My Cat “Blocked”?

Is your male cat excessively licking his hind-end/ prepuce, ‘walking funny’, yowling, posturing to urinate outside the box, and frequenting the litter-box often? If so, your beloved feline may have a urethral obstruction.

Pain Management for Surgical Patients

We are often asked, “Will my pet be receiving any pain medication?” The short answer is an emphatic, yes!

Keeping Pets Safe on Halloween

Wearing silly costumes is all our pets should worry about on Halloween.

Canine Total Hip Replacements

How to put the pep back in our pet’s step.

Myths & Truths About Grain Free Diets

Are grain free diets just another fad?