• Oregon Veterinary Referral Associates

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These materials are not intended for diagnostic or treatment purposes. Always consult with your family veterinarian about your pet’s health. Your veterinarian may make a referral to an Oregon Veterinary Referral Associates specialist regarding specific medical questions. These materials are for reference only.

Preparing for surgery or a procedure

Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about steps you can take prior to your pet undergoing a procedure with us, including care for your pet prior to the day of its surgery, admittance procedures, what happens after you leave your pet with us and when you can expect to pick up your pet. Read more»

Cranial cruciate injury in a dog

A torn cranial cruciate ligament in a pet is akin to a person rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament in the knee – the ligament is critical to providing stability in the joint. Unfortunately, the injury occurs nearly as often in animals as it does for people. In general, dogs with surgery to repair the ligament are likely to have less pain, better function, and greater strength over the long term than dogs that do not have surgery. Read more»

Canine total hip replacement

We replace both the ball and socket of a hip joint with prosthetic implants using materials that are also used in human hip replacements, but made specifically for dogs. Many factors must be considered before your pet is determined to be a good total hip replacement candidate. Read more»

Caring for a pet with cancer

Almost all dogs and cats with cancer can be helped. The first step begins with separating facts from myths about the disease, then collaborating with your veterinary health care team to help your best friend through the diagnosis and treatment. Seeking the most appropriate care will allow you to spend as much time as possible with your companion. Read more»

Chemotherapy: What to expect

Chemotherapy for pets is generally different from that for human cancer patients. Although practically all anticancer drugs have side effects, most people are pleasantly surprised at how well their pet seems to feel while undergoing chemotherapy. Read more»

Paralyzed pet nursing care

If your pet is recovering from a serious back injury, you have an important responsibility for care during the convalescent period. Expect to confine your pet to a small area for four to six weeks. Daily cleaning is likely to be required, along with regular range-of-motion exercises for your pet’s legs and other special care. When handling your pet, be careful not to bend its back. Read more»