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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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?

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    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.