Friday, April 4, 2014

The Benefits of Pre and Post Op Acupuncture and Laser Therapy - Maggi's Story

Maggi has had her fair share of foot and leg injuries, but a CCL (cranial cruciate ligament - similar to the ACL in humans) tear last year was definitely the most daunting. With the help of Dr. Nell, monthly acupuncture treatments and laser therapy, Maggi (and her owner) have made it through surgery and back again!

Maggi is still in recovery, but, according to her owner, she's doing very well. Read on to learn more about Maggi's story and her pawsitive experience with Integrative Medicine:

-Please describe Maggi's behaviors before utilizing laser therapy.
--After one year with a partial CCL tear, Maggi (a 10 year old Pointer mix) completely ruptured her CCL while playing in the snow.  She was in tremendous pain.  Rimadyl and acupuncture were helpful but she still wouldn’t put any weight on her leg.  When she came in and received her first laser treatment it was like night and day.  She was so happy after her treatment and much more comfortable.  She even jumped into the car by herself, which she hasn’t done in several years.

-Please describe Maggi's behaviors after beginning Laser therapy (before surgery).
--The laser therapy and acupuncture were essential to helping her stay as comfortable as possible before surgery.  Maggi loved getting treated.  She would come into the room and lay right down.  She was always much happier after treatment than before.  

-Please describe Maggi's behaviors after her surgery.
--The first few days after surgery were a little rough for Maggi.  She was confused and uncomfortable but I did notice a marked improvement in pain and swelling before and after acupuncture and laser treatment.  Within 2 weeks of her surgery (and 3 acu & laser treatments later), it was apparent that she was more comfortable and stable on her leg than prior to surgery.  Her healing time has been remarkably fast.  We comment all the time at how surprised we are that she is doing so well so soon after surgery. 

-How do you think the acupuncture and laser treatments have helped Maggi recover from such traumatic injuries and surgery?
--I think the acupuncture and laser therapy compliment each other extremely well.  I’ve noticed shorter healing times (compared to other injuries when she was younger), less pain, less swelling and I can tell she likes it because she happily lays down to receive treatment.  I would recommend trying acupuncture and laser before surgery if possible.  Plus I think they are key in Maggi’s improved healing time, especially at her age of 10 1/2 years.

-Do you use less pain medication than you expected?
--Definitely!  On day 3 after surgery, she had her last dose of Tramadol.  She didn’t need any more after that.  Now she is just on her Rimadyl and Chinese herbs. 

-Please provide us with any extra information you deem appropriate.
--Everyday I continue to be surprised at how well Maggi is doing.  She is more bright and energetic than she has been in 2 years.  She acts more and more like the happy girl I knew before her injury.  It is so wonderful to see her this way again!  
I am incredibly thankful for laser and acupuncture therapy as I can see the difference it makes in her life.  Since we have had a lifetime of various injuries, I only wish it had been available sooner.  It is a much better alternative to medication therapy as the risk of side effects is so much less.  Healing times have improved and visits to the vet are even more rewarding than before.  Plus, she is incredibly happy and that’s the best part of all!

At Lombard Animal Hospital, in Portland, Oregon we strive to increase the quality of life for pets and their people through education, nutrition and wellness!

Give us a call -- We'd love to see you and your pets!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Going Green: Non-Toxic Cleaning

Ever wonder which pet emergency is the most common?
According to the ASPCA Complete Guide to Pet Care, it's poisoning, with household cleaners and detergents being some of the most dangerous toxins. Coming into contact with products that contain corrosive agents (bleach, oven cleaner, etc.) can cause irritation of your pet's skin. Ingesting these corrosive products could potentially be life-threatening, causing enough irritation to lead to the ulceration or perforation of the GI tract.

How do I prevent this from happening to my pet?
Change the way you clean your home by using enzyme-based cleaners or, make your own!

Enzyme-based cleaners help break down grease, soil, urine and odor-causing substances into something water can rinse away. Look for products that contain botanicals, citrus extracts and vegetable-based soaps. 
Check out this link - 10 Non-Toxic Cleaning Products for Pets!

Making your own household cleaners with a combination of vinegar, baking soda and soap is a lot easier than you think! It's also very cost-effective and non-toxic to you and your pets. You can find recipes on Eartheasy and other sustainable living websites.
Make sure your cleaning products do not contain the following ingredients:
Ethylene glycol
Hydrochloric acid
Isopropyl alcohol
Sodium hydroxide
Sodium hypochlorite


At Lombard Animal Hospital, in Portland, Oregon we strive to increase the quality of life for pets and their people through education, nutrition and wellness!

Give us a call -- We'd love to see you and your pets!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


I sat down with Dr. Preston and asked the top 5 most-asked questions by you! Let's see what he had to say about dental procedures and your pets!

  1. What are the risks of anesthesia?
There are many risks to anesthesia, all of which are reduced by a pre-op exam, pre-op lab work, current anesthetic protocols, IV catheter and fluids throughout the procedure, and monitoring by pet nurses and machines.

  1. My pet is docile and cooperative, do they need anesthesia?
In order to perform a thorough dental prophylaxis, including: a complete oral exam, periodontal probing, oral X-rays, and to remove plaque and tartar from your pet's teeth as well as below the gum line, full anesthesia is required. This requirement also falls under American Animal Hospital Association guidelines.

  1. How can I help keep my pet's teeth clean between professional cleanings?
The most effective way for dogs is to brush their teeth (see How-To video), you can also use chewing as a modality. We recommend Antlerz, pizzles, tracheas, and Kong toys. Most cats will not tolerate tooth-brushing, we recommend chew treats for cats.

  1. Do I need to stay home with my pet after their dental cleaning?
At least for a few hours, to make sure they recover fully from the anesthesia. If, by the next morning, they are eating and drinking and behaving normally, it's okay to leave them home alone. We also provide a courtesy post-op phone call the morning after your pet's procedure to check progress.

  1. Will my pet be able to eat after their dental cleaning?
Yes. Even after extractions, most pets will be able to eat their normal diet, moistened dry food or canned food upon arriving home.

If you have further questions for Dr. Preston, Dr. Nell or Dr. Ross,
 please call to schedule an appointment today! 

At Lombard Animal Hospital, in Portland, Oregon we strive to increase the quality of life for pets and their people through education, 
nutrition and wellness!
Give us a call -- We'd love to see you and your pets!


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Dental Support Supplements

To keep with the theme of "National Dental Month" we at Lombard Animal Hospital would like to introduce you to some Dental Support Supplements that can assist with your pet's oral hygiene. 

PerioPlus Dental Chews and Perio Support Powder are natural supplements designed to support your pet's periodontal health which leads to improved overall health. Both supplements contain: zeolites- unique minerals that prevent plaque from forming and sticking to teeth; antioxidants to support gum tissue and reduce undesirable bacteria; taurine and zinc, which also support gum tissue; friendly bacteria lactobacillus acidophilus and enterococcus faecium, which assist in restoring bacterial balance inside the mouth.

PerioPlus Dental Chews are chicken liver-flavored, given as a treat to your cat. The crunchy outside polishes the teeth while the chewy inside helps neutralize odors.

Perio Support Powder is just that - a powder to sprinkle on your pet's food, assisting in polishing your pet's teeth.

You can find these and other natural supplements at
 Lombard Animal Hospital
607 NE Lombard St
Portland, OR 97211

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Prevention is the Best Resolution! Remi's Story

Remi's Story
Remi, Rottweiler
DOB: 5/15/12
Diagnosis: 8/16/13 - bilateral hip dysplasia (X-rays below)

Treatment focus: laser & acupuncture used as preventive measures to slow degenerative joint disease, to increase health-span and quality of life.

Remi is a Rottweiler born in May of 2012. At  15 months of age, she was diagnosed with hip dysplasia on both sides.

The X-ray (below) shows the bilateral hip dysplasia.  You can see that the heads of the femur bones  do not fit correctly into the socket (located approximately 1/5 of the way down from the top of the X-ray, the ball part of the ball and socket joint making up the hip). This causes abnormal wear in the joint and results in painful arthritis. 

Immediately upon receiving these diagnoses, Remi began Acupuncture and therapeutic laser therapies with Dr. Nell. These two therapies, especially when combined with appropriate supplements and diet, work together to slow down further degeneration. Acupuncture is used to alleviate pain and improve circulation.  The laser decreases inflammation, encourages healing of affected areas and relieves pain. These complimentary therapies will be part of Remi's long term, preventative medicine plan, giving her a longer, happier life!

Watch our video - Remi receives therapeutic laser treatment!

Acupuncture and laser therapy can not cure hip dysplasia, but these modalities CAN give Remi a healthier, happier life!  Thanks Remi - You're a Star!

Don't wait for a problem to surface ... Acupuncture can be used as prevention in healthy pets by keeping the body balanced and running smoothly.  Regular acupuncture treatments, along with a quality diet and exercise plan, help ensure that your already-healthy pet will stay that way!

At Lombard Animal Hospital, in Portland, Oregon we strive to increase the quality of life for pets and their people through education, 
nutrition and wellness!
Give us a call -- We'd love to see you and your pets!


Thursday, December 5, 2013


Still looking for a Stocking Stuffer for your furry friend? - Look no further!
Lombard Animal Hospital is the place to shop for healthy and beneficial treats for your pet.

Lily keeps her teeth clean by brushing with Enzadent!

Callum likes Barksters air-puffed sweet potato treats
Smokey goes crazy for Tender Taffy!
GingerSnap is always excited for her Composure chews!
Hemi loves bone-alternative, Antlerz as a snack
Windees are one of Lucy's favorite bone-alternatives!
PuphPuph enjoys the benefits of Composure chews!
Teddy may have had too many Greenies dental treats...
Ditto likes Perioplus dental chews!
Tessa also enjoys Antlerz!
Sabrina, Chaz and Armani are all entranced by Tender Taffy 
Lombard Animal Hospital would like to wish you all a

At Lombard Animal Hospital, in Portland, Oregon we strive to increase the quality of life for pets and their people through education, 
nutrition and wellness!
Give us a call -- We'd love to see you and your pets!


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thanksgiving Day Healthy Indulgence Recipe for Dogs & Cats!


Want your pet to indulge in Thanksgiving dinner…safely?
...just follow the recipe below!*

Thanksgiving Day Indulgence Recipe for Dogs and Cats: 
Turkey – white meat, roasted or boiled, no skin or bone      1 cup chopped   200 kcal
Sweet potato – baked, with skin, no salt                               1 cup mashed     180 kcal
Acorn squash – baked, no salt, no skin                                1 cup cubed        115 kcal
Green beans – frozen, boiled, no salt                                    1 cup                    40 kcal
                                                                                               4 cups                535 kcal

Serving Sizes for Toppings:
Cats and dogs up to 20#:
Top ½ usual serving of regular food with ½ cup of mixture above
Top with approximately 50 kcal of a single option from above.

Dogs up to 20-40#:
Top ½ usual serving of regular food with 1 cup of mixture above
Top with approximately 150 kcal of a single option from above. 

Dogs over 40#:
Top ½ usual serving of regular food with 1 ¼ - 1 ½ cup of the mixture above
Top with approximately 200 kcal of a single option from above.

Cooking tips:
For Turkey, up to 1 ½ tsp. of Olive oil may be used to roast.
Seasonings: safe options include turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Use up to ¼ tsp. of each per 1 cup serving. 
Combining – this works well, especially for cats and small dogs.  After cooking, place in a food processor or blender to mix into pate consistency. 
Feed 1 topping portion per day and save the remaining amount in the refrigerator for up to 5 days of additional toppings.  Larger batches can be made and stored in the freezer.

*This is a generalized recipe is based on a healthy pet with a normal digestive system.  Although this recipe should be safe for almost any cat or dog, each pet is different and there is no guarantee that he or she will not experience gastrointestinal effects from being introduced to new foods.
**This recipe has not been formulated for long term, complete nutrition.

Fresh, whole foods can enhance your pet’s health if prepared and fed appropriately!
If you would like to learn more about home cooked toppings or complete home cooked nutrition for your pet, Dr. Nell would be happy to see you for a Nutrition Consult at Lombard Animal Hospital located at
607 NE Lombard ST, Portland, OR 97211.

You can schedule today by calling 503.285.2337!