Goose Hollow Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to keeping your pet healthy and happy. Annual wellness visits ensure that your pet stays up to date on vaccinations and allows our doctors to catch any potential health problems early on. Wellness examinations are also a great time to discuss any questions or concerns regarding your pet's current health conditions.
An Annual Wellness examination includes:
An assessment of your pet's current health condition
A review of previous medical history
A complete physical exam
Addressing any other concerns you may have
If left untreated, dental disease can cause serious complications including damage to the heart and kidneys. The symptoms of dental disease include but are not limited to:
Irritation while eating
Red, inflamed gums
Goose Hollow Veterinary Hospital offers comprehensive dental care for your pets using up to date dental technology, and procedures. A dental cleaning includes complete ultrasonic scaling, polishing, and root planing. While under sedation we examine each individual tooth and remove plaque and tartar with handheld dental instruments.
Untreated dental disease can be dangerous to your pet's health. The bacteria from the disease can be absorbed into the bloodstream, where it will infect your pet's vital organs.
A professional dental cleaning includes:
Before the cleaning:
Pre-anesthetic blood testing: This blood test will confirm if your pet can safely go under anesthesia.
Pain Medication: Before putting your pet under anesthesia we will administer preemptive pain medication, which allows your pet to stay comfortable during and after surgery.
During the cleaning:
IV Catheter and Fluids: We keep your pet hydrated throughout the procedure with an IV fluid line. Additionally, this supports kidney function and provides access to quickly medicate during or after the procedure.
Anesthetic Safety: Each pet has an electrocardiograph to monitor heart rate, as well as monitors to oversee oxygen levels, blood pressure, carbon dioxide levels, and temperature.
Dental Charting: Each tooth will be evaluated and all findings will be recorded in a dental chart.
Radiographs: We perform full mouth radiographs for cats and dogs under 20 lbs. For dogs over 20 lbs we do full mouth radiographs on a case-by-case basis. We do full mouth radiographs because x-rays can show the decay and disease in your pet's teeth that cannot be seen otherwise.
After the cleaning:
We monitor your pet closely during the post-anesthetic recovery period. Our veterinary technicians and assistants monitor your pet's temperature, respiration, color, reflexes, signs of pain, and behavior.
When you come to pick up your pet a member of our team will meet with you to go over discharge instructions and any medications we might send home.
At Goose Hollow Veterinary Hospital we have a digital x-ray machine that takes state of the art radiographs. We have the capability to send the radiographs to a board-certified radiologist for interpretation. The radiograph interpretation results are then returned to us within a few hours. During that time the veterinarian can also review the radiographs and go over possible diagnoses you.
At Goose Hollow Veterinary Hospital we offer a wide range of surgical procedures. Surgeries performed at our hospital include:
Urinary stone removal
Other soft tissue surgeries
We examine each pet before surgery. Based on your pet's breed, age, and medical history we will select the right anesthetic drugs to use during the procedure. We require that each patient is brought in for a pre-anesthetic blood test to ensure that your pet can safely be put under anesthesia and to tailor the drugs used for anesthesia to your pet's current health status.
Our hospital includes a clean surgery room, sterile instruments, and experienced and licensed veterinary technicians and assistants that will carefully monitor your pet before, during, and after surgery.
We are dedicated to keeping our clients informed and up-to-date regarding their pet's surgery. The veterinarian will call following the surgery, and a veterinary technician or assistant will meet with the client at discharge to explain everything you will need to know during the recovery period at home.
Each stage of your pet's life requires a particular balance of vitamins, minerals, protein, fat, and carbohydrates. These requirements can vary depending on different factors which include age, breed, and overall health. It is important to speak to your veterinarian about the quality and quantity of food you should be feeding your pet. Too little or too many nutrients can be detrimental. The amount you should be feeding depends on life stage, activity level, and the overall health of your pet. The guidelines on a particular food package may not be the right guidelines for your pet.
Our experienced staff can help you figure out the nutritional needs of your pet. If your pet is either overweight or underweight, we can help your pet achieve and then maintain a healthy weight. Overweight and underweight pets are more susceptible to injury and disease.
If you are unsure of what to feed your pet or how much, speak with our veterinarian during your pet's next wellness exam. We can help you to determine the best type of food for your pet based on their breed, health, and age.
Our hospital also carries a variety of prescription cat and dog food. Prescription diets are specially formulated to support a variety of health issues, such as diabetes, food allergies, and urinary problems, among others. We try to stay fully stocked with popular prescription food, but it is best to give us a call to check to see if we have the food that you need in stock. If we don't have it in stock we can special order any food, and it will usually arrive within a week or two.
Our pharmacy at Goose Hollow Veterinary Hospital is fully stocked with a wide range of medications and treatments for your pet. We carry flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives to keep you and your pet safe throughout the year.
Our in-house pharmacy is a great place to get all of your pet's pharmaceutical needs. We can provide refills on most prescriptions with 24 hours notice. Give us a call today if you need to refill your pet's medication or if you have questions about the medications we carry.
We understand that life can get busy and stressful, and sometimes bringing your pet to the vet isn't a realistic option. We can do house calls in Downtown Portland and West Hills so long as it is in treatment range.
We also offer at home euthanasia services for our clients. We know that the end of a pet's life can be a difficult time and being in the comfort of one's own home can help both our clients and patients stay comfortable and relaxed while saying goodbye.
We work with all different life stages of animals. As your pet gets older our vets recommend different types of preventative care, such as a senior screen, to help detect illnesses earlier, when they are easier to treat or manage. Once your pet reaches 7 or 8 years old it is recommended to get senior bloodwork done. This bloodwork will give our veterinarians an idea of what possible problems your pet may face in the coming years.
At Goose Hollow Veterinary Hospital we strongly recommend that you keep your pet up to date on their vaccines.
Vaccines we recommend for cats:
FVRCP: FVR stands for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis. C stands for Calicivirus, and P stands for Panleukopenia. This vaccine is also known as the feline distemper vaccine. It vaccinates against some of the most common causes of upper respiratory infection.
Rabies: This vaccine is required by law. It is also needed for licensing your cat, which is required if you live in Multnomah County. We recommend this vaccine for your safety and ours. We need proof of a current rabies vaccine in order to do most services, including nail trims.
FeLV: This vaccine protects against Feline Leukemia Virus. This is a social disease of cats; all cats that go outdoors or have contact with cats that go outdoors are at increased risk of acquiring this disease.
Fecal test: Many intestinal parasites are zoonotic and can transfer easily from animals to humans. Because not all intestinal parasites can be seen in an animal's stool - most are passed as microscopic eggs - it is important to have your pet tested every year for these parasites. For more information, see http://www.petsandparasites.org.
Vaccines we recommend for dogs:
Bordetella: Also known as the kennel cough vaccine. Kennel cough is very contagious and your dog can get it by just walking down the street! Bordetella helps to keep your dog safe from this highly contagious disease.
DAPP: (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvo and Parainfluenza) The two most important illnesses that DAPP vaccinates against are Distemper and Parvo. Distemper starts with flu-like symptoms and then turns into neurological symptoms and oftentimes ends in death. It is airborne and can be transferred easily from dog to dog through sneezing, shared bowls, or even just being near an infected dog. Parvo causes vomiting and diarrhea. It also oftentimes ends in death. Parvo is contracted through contact with the virus, which is shed in the stool of an infected dog.
Rabies: This vaccine is required by law. It is also needed for licensing your dog, which is required if you live in Multnomah County. We recommend this vaccine for your safety and ours. We need proof of a current rabies vaccine in order to do most services, including toenail trims and anal gland expressions.
Leptospirosis: Leptospira bacteria are spread in the urine of animals. Rats, pigs, raccoons, cattle, skunks, and opossums are the main wildlife that carry the bacteria. Dogs can come in contact with the bacteria by drinking contaminated water, such as drinking out of puddles. The bacteria can also burrow into dogs through their feet. Symptoms of the bacteria are fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and blood in urine. This disease can be fatal and is zoonotic, meaning people can be infected also. We recommend this vaccine for all dogs.
CIV: Canine influenza (or dog flu) is caused by the canine influenza virus (CIV), an influenza A virus. It is highly contagious and easily spread from infected dogs to other dogs by direct contact, nasal secretions (through barking, coughing or sneezing), contaminated objects (kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collars and leashes), and by people moving between infected and uninfected dogs. Dogs of any breed, age, sex or health status are at risk of infection when exposed to the virus. CIV is a regional vaccine, so is not given everywhere. Because there have been outbreaks of this disease in Northern California and some dogs in Oregon have contracted this disease, this vaccine is strongly recommended.
Fecal test: Many intestinal parasites are zoonotic and can transfer easily from animals to humans. Because not all intestinal parasites can be seen in an animal's stool - most are passed as microscopic eggs - it is important have your pet tested every year for these parasites. For more information, see http://www.petsandparasites.org.
Chronic Pain Management
None of us like seeing our pets in pain. We at Goose Hollow Veterinary Hospital are dedicated to easing suffering through the use of multi-modal pain control. We also provide targeted diagnostics to help detect and manage any potential side effects of chronic pain medication. If your pet suffers from chronic pain, such as from arthritis, we can help.
Does your pet get extremely nervous coming to the vet? Ask us about pre-exam sedation, which can help reduce or eliminate the stress of a veterinary visit.