Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Importance of Dental Radiographs: Behr's Story

Name: Behr
Breed: Mini Schnauzer
Age: 5 years, 8 months
At his first visit with us, it was noted in Behr's chart that he had severe periodontal disease and heavy tartar on his teeth. It was also noted that the doctor was unable to complete the full oral exam due to Behr being wiggly. 
A few weeks later, Behr came in for a dental procedure under general anesthesia. As you can see from this photo on the right, after the teeth were cleaned using dental tools, they look pretty clean. It almost looks like we're ready to polish the teeth and wake Behr! However, this was not the case.

We recommend full-mouth radiographs (x-rays) with every dental procedure at LAH. This allows us a complete view of the inside of your pet's mouth and shows any bone-loss or periodontal disease that is not evident by sight alone. Once the doctor had reviewed Behr's dental radiographs, it was apparent that there was a lot of bone loss and disease in Behr's mouth. In the end 28 teeth were extracted. 

Just like every pet, each dental procedure is unique. Dental radiographs help us find the root of your pet's dental problems, be it bone-loss or infection.

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!
503.285.2337 | |

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Importance of Preventive Dental Care

PerioPowder: sprinkle onto pet's food;
assists with polishing teeth
For humans, preventive dental care is relatively easy - you brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis and see your dentist one-two times per year for a cleaning (or prophylaxis) and x-rays.  For our furry friends (dogs, cats and rabbits) preventive dental care is quite a challenge as they do not have the ability to brush and floss themselves, let alone get to the vet on their own for a cleaning. Along with recommending you brush your pet's teeth regularly (see our Dental Recommendations handout), LAH utilizes these supplements from Vetri-Science to assist in preventive dental care. 
PerioPlus Chews: chicken-liver flavored;
crunchy on the outside to polish teeth,
chewy inside neutralizes odors.
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.

February is National Dental Month. Call 503-285-2337 or email to schedule an exam and receive 10% off your pet's dental procedure in February!

Behr's teeth look seemingly healthy to the naked eye
 but x-rays show marked bone-loss and decay which can cause pain infection.

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!
503.285.2337 | |

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Naughty List: Top 10 Things that Pets Accidentally Ingest during the Holidays!

Many pets have a reputation for eating things they're not supposed to. This is no more true than during the holiday season when little things can get over looked, or when visiting relatives think they're doing something nice for your pet. Here's a list of the most ingested items over the holidays that you should keep a careful eye on:

  • Alcohol - Do NOT allow your pet to ingest any amount of alcohol. Seemingly harmless amounts of alcohol can be harmful to your pet, causing depression of the nervous system, decreasing your pet's heart rate and lowering body temperature. 
  • Foods containing grapes, raisins or currants (like fruit salad or fruit cake) - these fruits can be toxic to your pet.
  • Anything "sugarless" - these food items usually contain xylitol, an artificial sweetener that is toxic to your pets.
  • Turkey and ham bones - these bones, if ingested by your dog or cat, can splinter and break causing an obstruction in their digestive system.
  • Chocolate - the darker the chocolate, the more toxic. Only one once of milk chocolate can be toxic to a 20 pound dog.
  • Holiday Plant Life - Poinsettia, Lily, Holly, Mistletoe are all toxic to your pets, even in very small amounts.
  • Tree trimmings/pine needles - ingesting these items can give your pet a sick tummy. Keep an eye on your furry friends around the tree.
  • Ornaments/Tinsel - especially if you have a cat, or a very curious dog, be wary of any decorations you have on your tree, or around your home. Ingesting ornaments or tinsel can be very harmful for your pet.
  • Imported Snow globes - a traditional holiday gift, these beautiful little bulbs contain antifreeze, which is toxic to your pet (as well as humans).
  • Liquid Potpourri/Candles - Do NOT allow candles to be lit while not supervising the area. Not only can they be hot and scald your pet, but the chemicals in scented candles can be toxic if ingested.


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 6, 2014

Top 5 Obesity Prevention Tips

  1. Feed the correct amount of food.
    • Every pet has different calorie requirements for their personal activity level and metabolism. Feeding the right food, with high quality ingredients, can have an overwhelming effect on your pet - you may see changes in their appetite and activity level, as well as improvements in their skin and hair coat.
    • Check out our Nutrition Handout here.
  2. Provide your pet with the right amount of physical activity.
    • Regular exercise increases oxygen levels in blood, keeps muscles toned and joints flexible, and relieves boredom by activating your pet's mind. All of these things, along with the fact that it will help your pet remain in tip-top shape, means a better quality of life for you and your furry friend.
    • Go for walks, tease your cat with a laser pointer, hide kibble in toys and leave them around the house for your pet to hunt.

  3. Check your pet's weight regularly.
    • Keep an eye on your pet's weight so you know you're allowing them the correct amount of calories for their activity level. 
    • Check weight at home, or at the vet!
    • Body Condition Score (BCS): You should be able to feel your pet's ribs without trying too hard while you glide your hands down their body.
    • Discuss any diet changes or concerns with your veterinarian.
  4. Factor in treats with your pet's calorie intake.
    • Some treats can be up to half of your pet's necessary calorie intake. 
    • Change from meat-flavored dog treats to vegetables, like carrots or green beans.
    • Make your cat work for their treats - hide them in a toy, throw them down the hallway so they can hunt/chase them.
  5. Remember: Healthy Happy Pets make Healthy Happy People!
    • Be honest with yourself and your pet. Studies show 90% of owners with overweight pets believe that their pet is not overweight. 
    • If you have more questions or are interested in learning more about your pet's Nutritional health, schedule an Integrative Exam with Dr. Nell to discuss your pet's lifestyle and diet.
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!

Nutrition Handout


Grains are not all bad.  However, in many formulated pet foods, the inclusion of grains results in the exclusion of vital nutrients and disrupts the balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates that is appropriate for a dog or cat. They are used as fillers. Dogs and cats do not NEED grains for energy: Meat, vegetables, herbs and fruit can make up a perfectly balanced diet for our canine and feline friends and while providing more essential nutrients than grain.

Here are some reasons to avoid or limit grains in your pet’s diet:
-    Grains break down to sugar, sugar is stored as fat.  Low to moderate activity dogs and cats
(I think that’s most of the cats out there!) can be prone to gaining weight because they do not use the calories ingested from the grains.  Excess fat storage over time leads to disease.
-    Grains may incite an inflammatory reaction from the body.  In most cases pets are not truly allergic to grain, but they may be intolerant. They do not process the grains effectively, causing an upset of gastrointestinal and/or skin health.
-    Grains can trigger mucous production, contributing to chronic and acute health issues such as allergies, asthma, digestive disorders, ear and skin infections.
-    Contaminated grains have been involved in many pet food recalls.
-    For our clients that utilize Alternative Medicine, including Acupuncture, you may be aware that grains potentiate Heat and Damp in the body. Many syndromes in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originate from an excess of Heat and Damp.  For example, Hot Spots, Ear infections and Lower Urinary Tract Disease.  If you do not utilize alternative medicine, you can still appreciate Heat and Damp equal inflammation and oozing in Western terms.

  •    Real meat should be the first ingredient.
  •    Vegetables and fruits can make up all or the majority of the carbs and vitamins.
  •    The source of protein should be high quality. Researching the integrity of the food company will help you to determine if the quality meets your standards for your pet.  We recommend visiting a local, reputable pet food store, such as Healthy Pets Northwest (NE 20th and Alberta) for options and information regarding individual brands.
  •    Feeding high quality canned food as part of the diet increases water content and benefits digestion and hydration.  This is especially important for cats - we recommend 50-100% canned food or a veterinarian formulated home-cooked recipe for our feline friends.
  •    If grains are included in the food – they should be natural and unrefined.


Maintenance:  (Weight in Lbs. X 15) + 70 = ______________________kcal daily
Wt. Loss:    Maintenance Kcal X 0.8 (80%) = ____________________ kcal daily
Wt. Gain:     Maintenance Kcal X 1.2 (120%) = __________________ kcal daily


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Halloween Costume Safety - Don't Torture Your Pet!

Before taking your pet Trick-or-Treating with you, we've compiled these safety tips to keep your pet from being tortured this Halloween

- Make sure the costume is not too tight or too heavy. This can restrict movement and cause distress for your pet. You should be able to fit 2-3 fingers under the garment. If you see your pet panting heavily or falling behind on your adventure, it may be time to remove the costume and turn back.

- Tie up any loose ends on the costume that could trip up your pet, or become tangled in their legs or fur. This is also a good time to remove anything that looks tasty to your pet - we don't want Fido eating anything he shouldn't be!

- Let your pet practice wearing their costume before the big night. This will give her a chance to get a little more accustomed to wearing the garment, as well as time to let you know if they can really tolerate wearing it or not. If your pet is trying to chew herself out of her costume, it may not work.

- Have some reflective gear on your pet for your walk. Get some glow-in-the-dark tape, or a flash light that your dog can wear on her harness.

- Last but definitely not least, keep your pet on a leash with an ID tag. Halloween can be a scary time for pets with all the loud noises and people everywhere. The leash can help keep her from running away, and the ID tag will make it a lot easier to get her returned to you, if she does happen to get lost.

The Lombard Team wishes you a 
Happy and Safe Halloween!

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, September 4, 2014

Senior Pet Month - Rika's Story

Rika is a 10-year old Corgi, diagnosed with Degenerative Joint Disease. He has been seeing Dr. Nell for a year and his owner couldn't be happier with his progress. Using acupuncture and laser therapy, Dr. Nell has been able to improve Rika's quality of life for himself and his owner.
Rika at home, with sister, Gracie
Along with a few diet changes and some senior-pet supplements, Glycoflex and Chinese herbs, Rika actually enjoys his acupuncture and laser treatments with Dr. Nell! How many dogs do you know that truly enjoy coming to the vet?

Rika in Doggles, receiving laser treatment
"I am so happy to have found Dr. Nell this past year. I was looking for help with caring for Rika's arthritis and bad hip, and other vets could not help. Being ten, he was getting worse and in more pain. Dr. Nell offered the treatments, acupuncture, laser, Chinese herbs, that I thought would be the best way to treat him. She took the time (not the usual 5 minutes) to check him out and talk with me--wow, that was amazing right there! We changed up his diet, and started these new treatments, and he is a different dog... happier, with less pain, healthier. My just turned ten year old corgi , Rika, is doing so good and the best part is that it is also affordable to continue this treatment for him. He, along with my other corgi and my new rescue cat, are my kids and I so love Lombard and Dr. Nell, and all the folks that work there are super. Rika actually loves going to the vet! 
Thanks Dr. Nell for all you do and how you view animals and their care, holistically and with love!" -P.R.

With Integrative Medicine, Dr. Nell is able to utilize the best treatments available for your pet to improve quality of life. If you have concerns about your senior pet (over 7-years), we encourage you to make an appointment with us.

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!