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April Showers Bring May Flowers...and Pet Anxiety?

Storm phobias are a common behavioral problem many pet owners face. Thankfully, there are a couple of solutions that can provide your pet the relief they desire. 

1. Just get through it  - If storms are rare or predictable in your area, or if your pet’s storm anxiety is only minor, try this simple solution.

Place a small crate or cage in a secluded area of your house and drape a rug or heavy blanket over the enclosure to insulate it from the sound and block out any light. Train your pet to use the enclosure as a safe place during storms by guiding them to it with chew treats or toys. Soon your pet will likely start making their way to the safety of the cage every time a storm arises.

If additional support is needed, ask your veterinarian about using benzodiazepines, which can be administered to your pet in anticipation of the storm and help keep them calm.

2. Behavioral Training - Although retraining your pet’s emotional response to thunderstorms can take time, it may be best option. 

Start by playing the sounds of thunderstorms (these can be found on YouTube) over a speaker at a low volume. While the sounds play, sit with your pet offering them their favorite treats as they sit calmly through the noise. Over time, increase the volume until your pet is completely desensitized to the sound.

If you’ve found other solutions to your pet’s storm phobia, let us know in the comments below!
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Five Ways Your Pet is Keeping You Healthy

Have you thanked your pet lately? You should. Your pet works hard each day to ensure that you’re physically and mentally strong. Here are some ways the pet in your life is keeping you well.
 
1.     They get you outside Your pet wants to play outside and they want you to come with. By spending time outdoors, you expose yourself to the calming effects of nature as well as fresh air and the Vitamin D supplied by the sun. Make an effort to get outside with your pet more often this Spring.
2.     They reduce your stress Petting your furry friend releases a hormone called oxytocin which is known for regulating stress and anxiety. Next time you’re feeling stressed, give your pet some love. It’s a win-win. They get attention, and you feel more relaxed.
3.     They reduce isolation Pets can help fill the void of living alone. When no one else is around, a pet will always listen and rarely interrupt. Furthermore, pets are great social icebreakers. Whether playing around in a park or taking a stroll through your neighborhood, a pet is always eager to introduce you to the next person they see.
4.     They make you smile Your pet has a personality of its own and isn’t shy about it. When your pet’s funny antics cause a chuckle, it raises serotonin and dopamine levels, which make you feel calm and joyful.
5.     They keep you moving Playing with your pet keeps you active. On average, pet owners have lower blood pressure and cholesterol than non-pet owners. So, next time your pet wants to play, realize they won’t be the only one to receive a benefit.

Can you think of any other ways that your pet is keeping you healthy? Let us know in the comments below!
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Be sure to consider these things before adding a new pet to your family and home:

- Know Your Family - You want to find a new cat or dog that fits your family’s lifestyle and personality.
- Beware of “Free” Pets - Take time to explore the pets at your local animal shelter that are looking for a new home.
- Pet-Proofing Your Home - Make sure you have a safe and spacious environment for your new loved one.
- First Check-up -  Vaccinations, baseline testing, and a clean bill of health are some things you want to start your pet off with.

Learn more about adding a new pet to your family on our blog - http://blog.youranimalhospital.com/do-you-have-room-in-your-heart-for-another-pet/
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Information You Should Know About Senior Pet Care

Older pets experience an increased chance for a range of different diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, endocrine disease and cancer. It is very important to begin preventive health care at an early age since the beginning stages of these diseases often go unnoticed.

Beginning at age seven, cats and small to medium sized dogs should be screened for additional diseases annually. Larger dogs should begin receiving the same screenings at five or six.

Routine wellness checkups help to establish a healthy baseline and identification of illness earlier.

If your pet exhibits any of the following symptoms  for more than average period of time then please consult your local veterinarian:
* Changes in your pets mobility
* Noticeable weight loss or gain
* Loss of appetite
* Diarrhea or vomiting
* Lumps, bumps or irritation to their skin
* Issues with their teeth
* Issues with their ears or shaking of head

Proactive love and care can help lead your pet to a longer life.

Read more about senior pet care on our blog - http://blog.youranimalhospital.com/senior-pet-care-2/
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Leaving your pet in a car on a hot summer day is very dangerous and can even be lethal. Here are just few reasons why your pet should never be left unattended:
 
* An 85 degree day means the temperature in your car can quickly skyrocket to over 100 degrees. NOTE: your car temperature can rise up to 40 degrees per hour, making it much hotter than outside.
* Cracking the windows does not help decrease the temperature inside the car.
* On hot days your car can reach temperatures of 120 degrees within minutes.
 
It’s important to leave your pet at home or in a cooler environment on hot days to avoid heatstroke symptoms including excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, decreased appetite, rapid heartbeat, fever or  vomiting. If your pet shows any signs of overheating, it is imperative to get him or her cooled off immediately and then taken to a veterinarian for additional care.
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The right nutrition plays a huge role in the impact that allergies may have on your pet. Having the correct diet can help eliminate or decrease symptoms. Consider incorporating the following food and nutrients to help improve your pet’s diet:
 
* Protein: Alternative protein sources such as venison or duck can help decrease reactions or intolerances to common food ingredients.
* Essential fatty acids are another ingredient that help to control the symptoms of allergic reactions.
* Antioxidants are critical in helping to maintain a healthy immune system.
 
Learn more about creating a healthy diet for your pet by following the link below, or call us at the clinic for more information.
http://blog.youranimalhospital.com/how-nutrition-can-play-a-role/

Read more about our veterinary services on our website!
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April 20-26 is National Pet ID Week! Microchip identification is an important step to reduce the likelihood of losing your beloved pet. Each year thousands of pets go missing and this is preventive.
 
Here are a few facts about pet identification microchips:
* The microchip is noninvasive and about the size of a grain of rice.
* A microchip should last for the lifetime of your pet.
* Microchips carry your contact information to allow shelters and veterinary hospitals to easily locate your pet in the event  they are lost.
* Statistics report that 8,000 lost pets are located every day because they have a microchip.
 
To learn more about pet microchip identification visit: http://blog.youranimalhospital.com/why-microchip-your-pet/  
Search for a local veterinarian in your area to schedule a microchipping appointment today.http://www.youranimalhospital.com/
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Keep Your Pet Healthy & Happy This Year
 
With the new year in full swing, it’s time to reexamine how you take care of your pet.  Here are some New Year’s resolutions to follow that will keep your pet healthy and happy in 2015.
 
Annual Exams aren’t just for Humans Your pet may not show obvious signs of a health problem, so it’s always best to take your pet in for an annual check-up.  Heart problems, arthritis and toothaches are just a few of the problems your pet can develop with no noticeable signs or symptoms.  Get regular exams to reduce their risk.  _It’s the most important way to keep your pet healthy in 2015._
Spay and Neuter Your Pets Millions of pets end up in U.S. shelters each year.  Make sure you don’t add to that number by spaying and neutering your pets.  These procedures can be done as early as six to eight weeks old.  Not only will you be helping maintain the pet population, but you’ll also reduce your pet's risk of certain cancers and decrease the chances they get lost by curtailing their eagerness to roam.
No More Parasites Fleas are a pain; they can cause irritated skin, hot spots, infection and even hair loss.  Fleas also like to invite their friends to the party, introducing other parasites to your cat or dog.  Worse yet, if only one of those fleas get swallowed, it can end in tapeworms.  Don’t give parasites a fighting chance, use year-round prevention with flea and intestinal parasite control as well as heartworm prevention.
Rid the Excess Pounds  Obesity is a big problem for pets. Just like people, obesity puts your pet at a higher risk for developing serious health problems such as diabetes, cancer or arthritis.  Keep your pet fit this year by not overfeeding them. No matter how cute they look when they beg.  
Have Fun  Pets just want to have fun!  Pets need mental stimulation to thrive, just like people.  Take your dog on a walk or give your cat something to chase around.  Keeping your pets at play strengthens not only their muscles, but also their bond with you!
 
What pet care tips do you have for keeping your pet healthy and happy this year? Let us know in the comments below!
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While the holiday season brings happiness and cheer, we want to help you avoid possible health concerns for your furry friends. Emergency visits to the veterinarian increase during the holidays, often as a result of getting into something they should not. Below are some general tips to enjoy the festivities with your pet this year:

* Properly dispose of bones. Meat bones can easily splinter and cause serious damage to your pet’s gastrointestinal tract. Make sure you have properly disposed of all of the bones and that the garbage is kept out of reach from your curious companions.
* Pets aren’t for stuffing. Too many fatty, seasoned, unfamiliar foods can lead to pancreatitis and gastroenteritis in your pet. These medical conditions can be painful and even life-threatening. If you decide to give your pet a bite of holiday goodies, make sure it is boneless, lean and well-cooked to avoid salmonella bacteria.
* Avoid the sweets, stick with treats. Many desserts prepared during the holidays, contain chocolate and other toxic ingredients to our pets. Give your pets a treat of their own such as a made-for-pet chew bone or a Kong toy.
* Keep out of the kitchen. Be sure to not leave your pet unattended in the kitchen while you are cooking. The yummy smells can be very tempting to your furry friend.
* Eat, drink, and be merry. The holiday season is a fun and busy time of year for us.

Do not forget that your pets need some extra love and care too. Make sure your pet has plenty of food and water during your festivities.
Share your pet safety tips with our community to make sure our pets stay safe this season.
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My service dog Mickey got sick and started having seizures and not able to empty his bladder. He has everybody baffled? ??.
I met with Dr. Shear in Roseburg at the lower Umpqua clinic. When I thought there was no hope he wanted to do some more tests because Mickey was healthy and all his lab's were normal. So I brought him to the Santa Clara animal hosp. They are the greatest, most loving and caring staff and Doctors I would take my animals to them for everything and be confident that they would exhaust every resource to find the problem. ..What a great bunch of people who truly love animals. ..
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The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention reports an estimated 54% or 93 million dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese. And with the holidays around the corner, your pet may be at increased risk for weight gain.
 
What defines pet obesity?
Answer: The animal is 20% or more than their ideal body weight.

Why is this happening?
* Pet owners are overfeeding their furry loved ones.
* Pet food producers may pack their products with byproducts, fillers, and non-digestible ingredients.
 
There are special diets that you can order to help kick start weight loss for pets that are obese. Learn more about pet obesity and awareness here: http://blog.youranimalhospital.com/pet-obesity-awareness/
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Anxiety is often traced back to the early years of life, a traumatizing event or both. There are three main types of anxiety that pet owners should be aware of:

1) Separation anxiety: This is often caused by time away from home.
2) Noise anxiety: Loud and consistent noises such as extreme weather conditions or thunderstorms are often the cause.
3) Social anxiety: Some pets get anxious around other pets or people.
 
Learn more about signs of pet anxiety and how to help your pet during these occurrences :http://blog.youranimalhospital.com/anxiety-in-pets/
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Help prevent your pet from experiencing heat stroke by following these easy tips. 
1) Provide your pet with plenty of cool water and shade, maybe even throw a few ice cubes in their water bowl. 
2) Do not leave your pet in the car. On an 85 degree day the inside of your car can heat up to well above 100 degrees. 
3) If your pet does get too much heat, you can cool them off by applying some cold towels and ice cubes to their head, neck and chest. 
There is a wide range of symptoms a pet experiencing heat stroke may develop. These include heavy panting, vomiting/diarrhea, dehydration, collapse, seizures, coma and death.
Read more about beating the heat in this month’s article! - http://blog.youranimalhospital.com/beat-the-heat/
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2510 River Rd Eugene, OR 97404
2510 River RoadUSOregonEugene97404
Veterinarian, Animal Hospital
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Today 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Monday 7:30 am – 5:00 pmTuesday 7:30 am – 5:00 pmWednesday 7:30 am – 5:00 pmThursday 7:30 am – 5:00 pmFriday 7:30 am – 5:00 pmSaturday 9:00 am – 12:00 pmSunday Closed
Santa Clara Animal Hospital in Eugene, OR is a full service companion animal hospital. It is our commitment to provide quality veterinary care throughout the life of your pet. Our services and facilities are designed to assist in routine preventive care for young, healthy pets; early detection and treatment of disease as your pet ages; and complete medical and surgical care as necessary during his or her lifetime.
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"This is the only veterinary hospital in Eugene that sees small pocket pets."
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"Knowledgeable and friendly staff, even with exotic pets like my turtle."
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"My last two visits were very well taken care of."
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Lane Ferrets
a month ago
Santa Clara Animal Hospital is very convenient to Lane Area Ferret Shelter which makes it easier to bring animals to them. My last two visits were very well taken care of. One visit was for a female ferret who couldn't urinate; the vet determined she was in a tremendous amount of pain and we decided to have her put to sleep. My next visit (the next day) was with a female ferret that had a giant tumor in her ear. The vet scheduled surgery for the next day. They removed the entire tumor and you can tell she just feels so much better without the weight and distractions of the tumor! She's a very happy girl. I was treated with compassion on both occasions. I depend on my veterinarians to guide me in treatment options and especially when euthanasia is the best course of action. The ferret vets here are wonderful and kind.
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Response from the owner - 3 weeks ago
Thank you for the wonderful review of our hospital. We are happy to hear that we are able to offer convenient and effective service for your ferrets. Our veterinarians and the rest of the staff greatly appreciate your encouraging words and hope to continue providing the best possible care for your furry loved ones.
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christina miller
2 months ago
I just took my Sugar Glider Dizzy there. He had a bite on his back that needed surgery. They made room for him to come into they're office. The vet was very educational and kind. He seems to care about the animals he treats. They even did a fallow up call the next day to see if he was OK. He did a awesome job on the surgery and showed me how to clean the wound. Probably the nicest vet I've ever met.
Elizabeth Edens
4 months ago
SCAH has been my Vet for many years now. They are the VERY BEST in their field and they truly care about your pets, whether it be a dog, a cat, a bird, an iguana, or a gerbil. Their knowledge, experience, and genuine concern about the well being of your pets, is above and beyond all the others in their field. They have always been there for me and my pets, and for all the pets of the friends I've sent to them as new clients. To me and my pets, the entire staff, is, and always will be, like a second family to us!
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Response from the owner - 4 months ago
Thank you for the wonderful review, Elizabeth! We are honored to be thought of as a second family and we consider you and your pets as a part of the Santa Clara Animal Hospital family as well! On behalf of our veterinarians and staff, we look forward to seeing you all again soon!
Kelly Collins
a year ago
I have been taking my pets to Santa Clara for many years now. A few months ago I had to face the end of life care for my 15 year old tabby cat and as you might imagine this was very difficult. The team at Santa Clara Animal Hospital especially Dr. Sean, Dr. Cary, Patti and Stacy were very kind, compassionate, and respectful. Everyone at Santa Clara treated me (and McKenzie) like we were family. Most recently, I thought I might have to revisit this whole process with my littlest fur baby as he was in kidney failure. Again, everyone was empathetic and kindhearted throughout this process (especially Lisa and Tiffany). The doctors and staff have always been very accommodating to me and my extended family so we could spend quality time with Felipe during his stay. I highly recommend Santa Clara Animal Hospital for your pets needs.
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Steve Miller
a month ago
Very nice staff, awesome customer service! Alex the receptionist is awesome, so be nice to him. I saw staff playing with the pets that were dropped off too. I feel that my bearded dragon was taken care of very well. Thank you to all the staff at Santa Clara Animal Hospital!
Response from the owner - a month ago
Thank you for the amazing review, Steve. Our veterinarians and the rest of the staff greatly appreciate your encouraging words and hope to continue providing the best possible care for your beautiful bearded dragon.
Samantha Kumm
4 months ago
These guys are AMAZING! They admitted my kitten on Christmas Eve as she had to have emergency surgery. They knew she needed surgery because they were able to quickly diagnose the problem that others before them could not. When the surgery was over, they didn't just leave her at the hospital and check in on her from time to time. INSTEAD, Dr Sean and his family took my furry animal baby home with them and nursed her back to health. They even called me on Christmas Day to give me an update as to how she was doing. Santa Clara Animal Hospital performed a Christmas miracle for my family! I can't tell you how grateful I am to everyone at Santa Clara Animal Hospital. There is no other place I will EVER take my pets. Everyone in this community should bring their animals to Dr Sean and his staff! I think they speak "pet" because they know exactly what to do to how to fix whatever ails our furry babies. Thank you!!!
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Response from the owner - 3 months ago
Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review, Samantha. As pet lovers and owners ourselves, we understand the special role your pet plays as a member of your family; which is why we will always do everything we can to make sure your pet is as happy and healthy as possible. On behalf of Dr. Sean and the entire staff, we greatly appreciate your recommendation and look forward to seeing you and your kitty again soon!
E Radza
6 months ago
Extremely accommodating with emergency appointment. Knowledgeable and friendly staff, even with exotic pets like my turtle.
Response from the owner - 5 months ago
Thank you for taking the time to review our hospital. We are happy to hear you have enjoyed your experience with our hospital and staff and look forward to seeing you and your pet companions again soon!
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melinda dille
11 months ago
In good times and sad times, the staff at SCAH has always been there for me and my pets. They are responsive, knowledgeable, kind and oh so compassionate. They are good listeners and provide workable answers to whatever needs my pets may have. Thank you for being like family to us! We love you!!!!