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The Oregon Veterinary Medical Association is a nonprofit organization of veterinarians who are dedicated to helping people give their animals a high quality of life.
The Oregon Veterinary Medical Association is a nonprofit organization of veterinarians who are dedicated to helping people give their animals a high quality of life.

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"Have a plan and figure out whether it's supplements, or meds or desensitization, work on that ahead of time with your veterinarian," Matthew Fricke, veterinarian at McKenzie Animal Hospital said. "It's a good idea to start thinking about that now."

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It's not too early to plan ahead for the 4th of July on behalf of your skittish or nervous pets. Your veterinarian may choose to prescribe a sedative for your animal if it tends to become easily spooked by the fireworks. Your animal must be seen by a veterinarian in order to receive any prescribed medications, so it is advisable to book an appointment soon to ensure your pet can be evaluated in time.

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Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is offering to find homes — temporary, or permanent, if necessary — for pets affected by this past weekend’s mass shooting. In addition, other groups are willing to help as well: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/pulse-orlando-nightclub-shooting/os-orlando-shooting-victim-pets-20160613-story.html Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends, and their pets.

Memorial Day weekend signals the beginning of the summer travel season. With many people choosing to take their pets on vacation with them, we have tips to help ensure that your trip will be fun for you and your pet. The first, and most important, step is to make sure your pet is healthy enough to travel.

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A new medication will soon be available to help dogs who have noise-related anxiety. The prescription medication is a gel that works by blocking norepinephrine, a brain chemical similar to adrenaline. OVMA member Dr. Christopher Pachel of Animal Behavior Clinic says the medication could prove very helpful to dogs who suffer from thunderstorm and fireworks-related anxiety.

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Ollie's case is a good reminder that flea and tick preventive medication can be an important part of keeping pets healthy.

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OVMA member Dr. Jason Nicholas, the +Preventive Vet, discusses the issues to consider if you see a dog locked in a car on a warm or hot day, as it's important to make informed decisions about when to get involved.

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A reminder that traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes and products containing nicotine, including gums and patches, can be very harmful to your pet if ingested. Keep these products out of reach from pets and kids alike.

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It's important to treat both your pet and your pet's environment to reduce the risks posed by fleas. Flea bites can cause local skin irritation and swelling that may cause your pet discomfort. Some dogs and cats develop an allergic reaction to flea bites, resulting in scratching, which can lead to hair loss or a bacterial skin infection known as "hot spots." Fleas can transmit bacteria, viruses, and protozoa. Talk to your veterinarian about an effective flea control program for your pet and household.

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Shine, a miniature horse injured in an dog attack, was fitted with a prosthetic hoof made with a 3D printer.
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