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After indulging in one too many sweets and binge-watching seasonal classics like Rudolph and A Christmas Story, our attention can now turn to the year ahead and all that’s in store. Health and fitness often top our list of resolutions, and it may also be the perfect time to pause and think about your pet’s health, daily care, and happiness.

To help you get a leg up on wellness care for your four-legged friend, we’ve compiled our most popular pet health blogs of the past year. With these tips and recommendations, we hope this resource goes a long way in assisting pet owners to better understand their pets.

So, to kickstart 2018 with some pet-friendly info, here are our top 5 pet health blogs of 2017!

Community Pet Clinic of Tigard’s Top 5 Pet Health Blogs

  1. Vaccines: Live, Attenuated, Killed, Inactivated. What it all means – Vaccinations are important, yes I said it. The other day I was asked about the number of Rabies pets found in Oregon this year. I told them that there are so few of occurances, that some pets have encountered bats and been quarenteened but I had not heard of positive dog or cat cases. He asked me why that was, and I told him without a shadow of a doubt because Rabies vaccines have prevented the spread of the virus. For example, in 2010, Oregon had 17 cases of rabies (16 animals were wild, and 1 was a pet). Read More…
  2. The Not-So-Dynamic Duo:  FeLV and FIV in Cats – Is your cat at risk for contracting infectious diseases? Felines who have exposure to other cats, be it from exploring the neighborhood, staying at a boarding facility, or even sitting by your screen door, can be at risk of a wide variety of nasty kitty diseases. Perhaps the two most common of these are viral in nature. Read More…
  3. The Hip Bone’s Connected to the Leg Bone? Rear Limb Lameness in Dogs – Nothing strikes fear into the heart of a dog owner than seeing Fluffy come back inside after a good romp holding up a leg. There are many different reasons your pet might be limping, but there are a few causes of rear limb lameness in dogs that you need to know about. Community Pet Hospital of Tigard is your source for help when your pooch is in pain. Read More…
  4. Pet Loss and the Holidays: Handling Your Grief During a Celebratory Time – The holidays are always more fun with a curious, wide-eyed pet underfoot, and pet owners embrace the opportunity to create lasting memories with their best friends. But for many, the holidays bring up painful reminders that their loving and intuitive companion is no longer attempting to knock down the tree, eat the holiday ham, or pouncing at the bright lights. Read More…
  5. Leptospirosis and Pets: A Real Risk to Pets and People – There are many pros when it comes to living in Oregon, and depending on who you are, our climate may or may not be one of them. The rain we see in this area is a highlight to some, but there is no doubt that it brings its own set of challenges. Read More…

The wellbeing of your pet is our top priority, and we look forward to being your partner in veterinary care in the coming year. If you’d like to suggest ideas for future pet health blogs, we welcome your input.

Now, let’s jump into the New Year with good health, good friends, and good experiences! We wish you and your pet a happy and healthy 2018!