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Pet Dental Care

Your pet’s world revolves around his or her mouth.

Regular dental care is essential for keeping your pet healthy and happy. Dental disease is a common issue among household pets that can lead to serious health problems if left untreated. Periodic dental exams help maintain proper oral hygiene and prevent future complications.

Orchard Hills Animal Hospital offers complete pet oral health Services. Features include:

  • Semi-annual dental cleanings
  • Preventative dental care
  • Emergency oral services
  • Bonded sealants
  • Extractions
  • Advanced dental procedures

For more information, give us a call at 360-835-2184 or schedule an appointment today.


Pet Surgery

Surgery is an effective way to treat many serious pet injuries and disorders. While some surgeries are invasive, surgical procedures remain the backbone of veterinary medicine, delivering unparalleled results to the field of pet health care.

Orchard Hills Animal Hospital is proud to offer state-of-the-art surgical facilities and equipment. We continue to utilize innovative surgical techniques and technology to remain on the forefront of veterinary medicine. Our hospital provides a large number of surgical services ranging from standard spaying and neutering to advanced, highly specialized procedures.

Surgery specialties

  • Soft-tissue
  • Orthopedic
  • Dental
  • Ophthalmic
  • Foreign body removal
  • Fracture repair
  • Fracture plating

Cruciate Repair

  • TPLO
  • Tight rope
  • Extracapsular

Animal patient safety and comfort is our main priority. Orchard Hills Animal Hospital’s experienced veterinarians provide skilled pain management during and after all surgical procedures, ensuring your pet recovers quickly and pain-free.

For your pet’s comfort, in addition to routine pain-control injections, we use:

  • Epidurals
  • Pain Control CRIs (continuous rate infusions)
  • Local pain blocks
  • Splash blocks

Our veterinary team educates you throughout the entire process, giving you the tools to make informed decisions regarding your treatment options. We understand surgery is a stressful time for any owner and we are available every step of the way to answer questions and put your mind at ease.

If you are considering veterinary surgery, please contact your Orchard Hills Animal Hospital veterinarian at 360-835-2184 or online to schedule an introductory consultation.


Dr. Casey Laukkanen

I graduated with honors from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. It was a fulfillment of my childhood dreams to become a veterinarian as I was only 8 years old when I declared I wanted to be an animal doctor. I believe it was my love of animals, science and stubborn determination that helped me achieve my goals. I have worked in both Emergency 24 hour practices as well as general practice in Oregon, Alaska, Texas and now we finally moved back to the Pacific Northwest to settle in Washington when my husband was hired on by Alaska Airlines.
While I have enjoyed all aspects of practicing veterinary medicine, my special interests include feline medicine, geriatric medicine, and internal medicine cases. My goal with each visit is to help both the patient be as healthy, calm and pain free as possible as well as to educate their owners and help them achieve the best medicine possible for their pets.
Outside of veterinary medicine I enjoy hiking and running through the woods (I really missed the big trees in the PNW) and mountains with my dog Togo, reading and snuggling with my cats Orville and Wilbur, and playing chauffeur for my 3 human children. As a family, we love to travel, especially to National Parks and faraway lands.


Dr. Olivia Brenner

I was born in Virginia but grew up in Northern Nevada. I moved to Oregon in 2009 to go to vet school at OSU. I received my DVM degree from Oregon State University in 2013 and because we loved Oregon so much, my husband and I moved to the Portland area after graduation. My first realization that I wanted to work with animals was when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade: I always went with my mom to “help” take our pets in to the vet, and I remember staring at the corkboard of pictures of some of the patients our vet had treated. I thought to myself “this must be the coolest job in the world!”.

My own pets include a black lab mix named Dante, and a cat named Virgil. My husband (who is allergic to both cats and dogs!) named the cat Virgil because in the work “Dante’s Inferno”, Virgil is the one who leads Dante through purgatory…and it couldn’t be a more accurate description of their relationship. We also have a 46-gallon freshwater fish tank with a collection of corydora catfish, guppies, platys, and mollies. My free time is often spent reading, hanging out with my husband and our son, and taking Dante to the dog park so he can burn off some energy and indulge in his favorite activity: rolling in smelly things. I love going to the coast and would live at the beach if I could (but would pick somewhere warmer than the Oregon coast!). On a rare night out, you’re more likely to find me at the local brewery than anywhere else.


Dr. Erich Bargar

I received my degree in veterinary medicine in May, 2000. I worked at a full service and emergency medicine practice for 2 years and have been in general private practice since 2002. My main interests are wellness care, dentistry, ultrasound and internal medicine. My extracurricular activities include hiking, cycling, running and reading. My wife, Jennifer, and I have two dogs and a hen named Delilah.


A Guardian Angel for Local Pets

Imagine how you’d feel if you were financially strapped and couldn’t afford veterinary care for a beloved pet who was ill or injured. That’s what happened to a local veteran with PTSD when his emotional support dog Bilbo developed bladder stones. Untreated, these stones can cause blockage of the bladder and be fatal.

Luckily, Orchard Hills Animal Hospital has established the Guardian Angel Fund to help in cases where a pet’s family lacks the immediate financial resources to provide life-saving care for their pet. We were able to successfully remove the stones and Bilbo is now doing very well. 

The Guardian Angel Fund is funded 100% by your donations and covers a maximum of $500 per case. As you can imagine, demand for this help is great, but funds are limited, so families do need to meet specific criteria to qualify:

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4 Tips for a Purr-fectly Safe Howliday!

There’s lots of fun to be had during the holidays, but also quite a few hazards for your pet. Here are a few safety tips to keep your pet jolly this season.

  • Keep chocolate and sweets out of reach. The darker the chocolate, the higher the concentrations of caffeine and theobromine, two substances that are extremely toxic to pets. Xylitol, an artificial sweetener often found in candy, peanut butter and chewing gum, has been linked to liver failure and death in dogs.
  • Curb the table scraps. Gravy and any fatty meats like turkey skin and ham are on the naughty list for pets. They can be hard for animals to digest and even cause pancreatitis.
  • Christmas tree cautions. For many cats, the holiday tree is an endless source of fun…and danger. Consider tying your tree to a stationary object with fishing line to keep it from tipping. Water additives can be hazardous to your pets, so don’t add aspirin, sugar, or anything else to the water reservoir of your tree stand.
  • Mistletoe & other poisons. Nice for getting a kiss, mistletoe is nevertheless dangerous for pets. Amaryllis, balsam, pine, cedar, and holly are also on that list. Poinsettias, while not as poisonous as some plants, are still troublesome for animals if ingested.

One of the most important things you can do to ensure your pet’s safety is to know the location and phone number of the nearest 24/7 emergency veterinary clinic. Also handy: The ASPCA Poison Control Line: 1-888-426-4435 (a fee may apply). They also maintain a current list of substances that are hazardous to pets.

 

Have more questions about preparing your pet for the holidays? Call us at 360-835-2184


Tibial-Plateau-Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)

A tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy (TPLO) is an advanced surgical procedure performed on dogs to repair the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL). Similar to an ACL in humans, this ligament supports the knee by continuously bearing the dog’s body weight and preventing the femur from sliding against the tibia. This constant tension leaves the CCL highly vulnerable to injury, resulting in one of the most common orthopedic injuries in dogs, particularly in large breeds.

When the ligament is ruptured, the knee is almost completely destabilized, severely reducing mobility and leading to pain and inflammation. Dogs are unable to put weight on the affected leg and will walk with a pronounced limp. If left untreated, this injury dramatically increases the probability of arthritis and further damage to the meniscus.

How TPLO Surgery Works

A TPLO procedure works by restructuring the bone interaction within the knee to stabilize the joint. This innovative surgery alters the slope of the tibia to allow the femur to rest directly on the bone. The surgeon cuts the upper section of the tibia and rotates the bone it until the plateau is level. Upon achieving the desired angle, a steel plate is attached to the bone to hold it in place and allow the surgery to heal correctly. By leveling the tibial plateau, the femur is no longer able to slide against the bone and cause damage, creating a load bearing, stable joint without the cranial cruciate ligament.

Recovery

Tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy is a major surgical procedure that requires an initial recovery period of 12 weeks. Painkillers, anti-inflammation and antibiotics are prescribed in the critical period following the procedure to manage discomfort and prevent infection of the surgical site. Pets that are prone to licking the wound must wear a collar to prevent oral bacteria from entering the bloodstream.

Exercise must be severely limited for the first few weeks to allow the bone and soft tissues to heal. Pets should be confined to a small area in the home to restrict unnecessary movement and prevent strenuous activity. Regular veterinary checkups (including x-rays) will monitor your pet’s recovery, assessing limb and joint function, as well as general mobility. As your dog heals, exercise may be gradually increased based on individual evaluation.

Physical therapy is often recommended to maximize recovery. Rehabilitation may include strength training, range of motion techniques, and aquatic therapy to help strengthen the joint and restore mobility.


Heartworm Disease

Some facts about heartworm disease:

  • Adult heartworms live in the pulmonary arteries of infected dogs.
  • If left untreated is can be fatal to your pet.
  • Some dogs may show no signs at all.
  • Treatment in difficult and costly and complications may occur.

​Heartworm disease is transmitted from dog to dog through mosquitoes. If affects thousands of dogs in the United States annually.

Heartworm disease is preventable

The American Heartworm Society (AHS) and the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) recommend annual testing and year-round heartworm disease prevention to ensure your dog is heartworm free.

Protecting your dog from heartworm disease is easy and convenient with Trifexis!

One beef-flavored tablet once a month, all year round:

  • Trifexis kills heartworm larvae after an infected mosquito has bitten your dog.
  • To protect your dog, monthly administration is important year-round even in cooler months when mosquitoes aren’t seen.

It may take up to six months for heartworm disease symptoms to appear, so it is important that your dog is tested every year.


Springtime Dangers

It’s that time of year again where we glove up and get to work in the garden! But before you start planting flowers and laying down fertilizers, make sure to keep your pet’s safety in mind. Here is a list of some common garden items that can be harmful to your pet:

Flowers:

  • Tulips
  • Hyacinth
  • Daffodils
  • Lilies
  • Crocus

Fertilizers:

  • Blood meal
  • Rose and plant fertilizers
  • Pesticides and insecticides