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Can Pet Health Insurance Help You Become a More Financially Responsible Dog Owner?

Did you know that September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month? Neither did we, but apparently that’s the case. Seems like there’s a cause for everything these days, but we at Powell Veterinary Service can certainly get behind this one. Dogs are a big responsibility. Not only are you responsible for their care, feeding and heaps… Read more »

Fun Feline Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Cats are fascinating creatures. They have quirky behaviors and odd physical traits that set them apart from the rest of the animal world. Perhaps that’s why cats are so popular. Dogs may be man’s best friend, but as far as numbers, cats have the edge. There are 73 million cats in the U.S., compared with… Read more »

Stop the Cough

According to a recent report in an American Veterinary Medical Association newsletter, there’s been a recent upsurge in kennel cough in Bend, Oregon. In fact, some veterinarians are seeing as many as 25 cases of dogs with kennel cough each week. This time last year, the average was 5. What’s happening in Oregon could certainly… Read more »

Keeping Your Cat Healthy Takes Diligence and Teamwork

No one knows your cat like you do. That’s why keeping a close eye on your feline friend is so important to keeping her healthy. Unfortunately, there’s a catch. Cats are notoriously adept at hiding their discomfort, pain, malaise and other symptoms of disease. This is an instinctual reaction that comes from when cats were… Read more »

Byproducts in Your Pet’s Food? What’s the Big Deal?

With so many different pet food choices– grain-free, natural, organic, hypo-allergenic–more and more people are carefully reading the labels and ingredients. And one ingredient that often jumps out at many pet owners is “animal byproducts.” No denying it. The term byproducts typically inspires a rather unpleasant reaction from pet owners. However, is that bad rap deserved… Read more »

Excuse Me. Is That a Foxtail in Your Dog’s Ear?

Has your dog been scratching her ears or shaking her head? Are her ears red and inflamed or have a bad odor? Perhaps she’s also showing lack of coordination or balance problems. It could mean she has an ear infection. Ear infections are common this time of year, and we at Powell Veterinary Service are… Read more »

Is Grain-Free the Right Option for My Dog?

Because of all the buzz about grain-free dog food, we get that question a lot at Powell Veterinary Service. And the answer is a very ambiguous “maybe.” Why the ambiguity? Many dogs do just fine on a pet food that contains grains. Some even do better eating a diet with grains because of their high-fiber… Read more »

Don’t Let Your Pup be a Victim of this Highly Contagious Yet Preventable Disease

“I’m sorry, but your dog has parvo.” Those are probably not the words you expect to hear or want to hear from your veterinarian. But that’s exactly what one of our clients heard a couple of weeks ago. However, “spoiler alert,” this story has a happy ending. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Tejana came… Read more »

What Is the Fear-Free Movement?

Taking Your Pet to Veterinarian

For some pet owners, going to the vet can be a stressful adventure and I’m not referring to any diagnosis that might happen in the office; what I’m referring to is the effort it takes when it comes to certain pets to get them to relax so the trip to the vet is a seamless… Read more »

Can Cats Cause Mental Illness?

cats hide illnesses

The pets in our lives can lift us up when we are having the worst of days, but they can also make us go nuts. Owning a pet is a double-edged sword. There are good days and bad days, but when all is said and done, where would we be without them? We would be… Read more »