Blood Transfusions in Dogs and Cats

By Mayank Seth | Article Featured on Veterinary Experts

As we start to provide more advanced healthcare to cats and dogs, blood transfusions are becoming increasingly common and increasingly complex. Blood transfusions in dogs and cats may be needed for many reasons and come in many forms.

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Reasons Cats Get Sick After a Meal

By MADELEINE BURRY Original Article
Hearing your cat throw up is nothing out of the ordinary for most cat owners. We usually just think that they ate a little too much or too quickly. Although this is often the case, sometimes there can be a more serious reason.
If you’re a cat owner, it’s very likely a familiar occurrence that shortly after feeding your cat, you hear the sounds of regurgitation, and realize your cat has vomited. Why is it so common for cats to throw up after eating, and should you be concerned? Here are five common reasons behind cat vomiting, from the not-so-serious to potentially serious problems that necessitate a visit to the vet.


When you set out wet food, or refill your cat’s dish with dry food, they can get a little too excited to nosh, and eat too quickly. Food eaten too quickly doesn’t get digested well, causing your cat to vomit. Movement or exercise after eating can also spur vomiting. If your cat vomits as a result of speedy eating, try feeding her several small meals throughout the day, rather than one large bowl full of food.


Although hairballs are caused by hairs ingested during your cat’s grooming, and not by mealtime food, presence of hairballs can also lead to vomiting after your cat eats.


If your cat is eating something in their food that they they’re allergic to, or even if your cat simply has an intolerance to it, this can lead to vomiting.


Switching foods could introduce an ingredient that causes an allergic reaction, but it could also simply throw off your cat’s eating routine, leading to vomiting after a meal. To avoid this, always switch to a new food gradually.


In addition to vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome can lead to upset stomachs and diarrhea. If you notice these symptoms, a visit to the vet is recommended to come up with a treatment plan.


More serious problems can also cause cats to vomit. For instance, your cat may have a stomach obstruction as a result of ingesting a non-food item, like a rubber band. Or your cat may have accidentally eaten something poisonous. It’s also possible that your cat has a metabolic disorder, like a kidney-related problem or hyperthyroidism.
So as a pet owner, what should you do if your cat vomits frequently? If the vomit seems clearly tied to your cat scarfing down food at mealtime, you should try feeding your cat several small meals, as opposed to one or two large ones, and providing food at the same time each day. If your cat is a serious groomer then a specially formulated “hairball food” or supplement can help.
If vomiting persists on a weekly basis or more frequently, then there might be a more serious cause and a visit to the vet is recommended.

Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital (OVSH) has been serving the Portland and Beaverton area community since 1979. Beaverton Veterinary Specialist Dr. Robert T. Franklin (Internal medicine) welcomes referrals from veterinarians all over the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to help your pet regain health and live a long and happy life.

Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital

9339 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy,
Beaverton, OR 97005.
Phone: 503.292.3001
Fax: 503.292.6808
Email: [email protected]


Heartworm in Cats

Article featured in the American Heartworm Society

What is heartworm disease?

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Article From Pet MD

Rhinitis and Sinusitis in Dogs

Rhinitis refers to the inflammation of an animal’s nose; sinusitis, meanwhile, refers to the inflammation of the nasal passages. Both medical conditions can cause a mucusdischarge to develop. With prolonged inflammation, bacterial infections are common.
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Big Box and Online Pharmacies, and How to Be Sure Your Pet’s Meds Are Safe

Article Featured on PetMDDr. Jessica Vogelsang
Back in the good old days, things were a lot easier for us veterinarians—before the pharmacies got involved.
It used to go like this: a dog needed some medication, and the vet would note in the chart what they wanted. The technician would go in the back, get it together, make a label, and the client would go home with the med in hand. Done and done.
Then we started getting faxes from various online pharmacies. First it was for heartworm meds, usually for a pet who hadn’t had a heartworm test in years. If we didn’t respond right away, we’d get more faxes and calls from the pharmacy, usually while we were still trying to contact the client to explain why we couldn’t fill the prescription. That was back before e-mails, even.
There was concern for some time that clients were getting less-than-kosher medications, since no one knew where the meds were sourced and the pharmacies weren’t telling. Were they expired? Were they grey-market? Were they counterfeit? Or were they fine?
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New method may eliminate antibiotic use in livestock

New method may eliminate antibiotic use in livestock

A University of Wisconsin-Madison animal scientist has developed an antibiotic-free method to protect animals raised for food against common infections.

The innovation comes as growing public concern about antibiotic resistance has induced McDonald’s, Tyson Foods and other industry giants to announce major cuts in antibiotic use in meat production. About 80 percent of antibiotics in the United States are used by farmers, because they both protect against disease and accelerate weight gain in many farm animals.
The overuse of antibiotics in agriculture and medicine has created a public health crisis of drug-resistant infections, such as multidrug resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and “flesh-eating bacteria.”
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New Hope for Antibiotic Resistance in Humans and Pets

New Hope for Antibiotic Resistance in Humans and Pets

By Dr. Ken Tudor
In August of last year I posted about the growing threat of antibiotic resistant bacteria to worldwide health. This topic is so important that it is increasingly seen as the biggest problem for human and veterinary doctors in the not too distant future.
One of the contributors to bacterial resistance has been that there has not been a new class of antibiotics introduced in over 30 years. Research, government regulations, and economic forces have all played a role in this lack of scientific investigation. That may all have changed now that a new class of bacteria was discovered in the back yard of a microbiologist.
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Why You Need a Special Doctor for Special Cases

By Dr. Joanne Intile
It’s difficult to entertain the thought of an appointment with a healthcare professional and not consider the significance of the myriad of letters you find following the name of the person attending to your needs.
We’re all familiar with MDs, DDSs, and EMTs. When you have something more than a typical case of “sniffles” you head to your ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) specialist. If you’re expecting a little bundle of joy, you probably will schedule an exam with your OB/GYN (Obstetrics/Gynecology). For a routine checkup, sometimes you see the NP (Nurse Practitioner), while other times you meet with the DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine). All those years of experience and training are seemingly readily distilled down to a relatively insignificant string of characters.
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