We’re in the Top 15% of Hospitals!
We just want to brag a little bit and mention that we have once again been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)!After a rigorous annual review of approximately 900 quality standards including our protocols, client service, medical equipment, facility and more, we have successfully renewed our AAHA accreditation for 2019, thus demonstrating our commitment to your pets’ care.AAHA-accredited hospitals are the finest in the industry, and unlike human hospitals, not all animal hospitals are required to be accredited. Only the top 12–15 percent of animal hospitals in the U.S. and Canada have achieved accreditation, and to keep this…Read more
Why You Should Avoid Grain-Free Pet Food
By now, you’ve probably heard the warnings about the link between grain-free diets and the development of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs. DCM is a heart condition that can result in abnormal cardiac rhythms, congestive heart failure and even sudden death. Veterinary cardiologists, nutritionists and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are currently investigating a possible link between those types of diets and the development of this life-threatening heart condition. There are now enough solid, scientific studies to prove grain-free diets cause heart disease. We have seen this happen to patients at Juanita Bay, and our local, board certified veterinary…Read more
Staying Safe in the Sun
Warm summery days are finally here, but with the sunshine comes a whole host of tips to keep your pets safe in the nice weather.One of the dangers to worry about is heat stroke, which can be more common in dogs than humans due to the less efficient way they release heat from their bodies. The best way to avoid this occurrence is by being aware of the situations that could leave your dog in a position particularly vulnerable to the summer heat: One of the dangers to worry about is heat stroke, which can be more common in dogs…Read more
As pet owners, it’s not unlikely that you’ve heard of heartworm disease. While not overly common here in northwest Washington, it’s still important to note the cause and implications of these little pests. Dogs and cats can contract heartworms when bitten by infected mosquitos leaving baby heartworm larvae inside your pet. The worms grow up and move on to live in the heart, lungs and blood vessels of infected animals, which is very serious for pets and can result in heart failure, lung disease and even death. We are indeed lucky to live in an area where this parasite is…Read more
Honor Cancer Survivors with Your Pet!
Join the Juanita Bay Veterinary Hospital team at the American Cancer Society Paws for a Cause event at Juanita Beach Park on May 18th from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Strut your mutt in support of the fight against cancer at a 5K Fun Walk and stick around to enjoy the day's fun activities which include a dog agility course, costume contest, vendors, food trucks and even dog nail trims! There will also be a free lunch for all of the amazing cancer survivors in the crowd. Juanita Bay Veterinary Hospital is a very proud sponsor of this family-friendly, community event and we can't wait to see you all…Read more
Meet Dr. Clark!
April 27th is World Veterinary Day, so we wanted to take some time to recognize some of what makes Juanita Bay Veterinary Hospital so special. For over 50 years, our hospital has been working with pet owners to help their pets live long and healthy lives by providing the most advanced, progressive care and technology. We do this because it is what we would want for our own animals, and we know how important it is that they be seen with a loving eye as well as a knowledgeable one. The owner and medical director of Juanita Bay Veterinary Hospital…Read more
Spring Is Here, But So Are The Parasites!
Your pets are much more likely to encounter fleas and ticks in the spring and summer, as these critters thrive in warmer weather. Don’t overlook the problems these pests cause: fleas can trigger hot spots and dermatitis, and tick bites can transmit several dangerous diseases. During this time of year, you should thoroughly check your pets for fleas and ticks on a daily basis. This can be done while you are playing with your best friend or grooming them. Although fleas and ticks can be anywhere on your pet’s body, they prefer posting up near the head, ears, neck and…Read more
Kidney Disease in Pets
Did you know that kidney disease is the #1 cause of death in cats over 10? Or that nine out of every 1000 dogs examined suffer from kidney disease? March is National Kidney Month and because this condition is so common and can be deadly, it’s important families be aware of the symptoms of kidney (renal) disease. For cats, a visit to the vet is warranted if you notice any unusual elimination problems, such as straining to urinate without producing urine or urinating outside the litter box. Increased vocalization is often a sign as well. In both dogs and cats, other symptoms…Read more
Puppy Prep 101
National Puppy Day is March 23rd—and in addition to encouraging puppy adoption from shelters and rescues, it’s also a day to create awareness about the best way to care for these pawsome friends who give us an unconditional lifetime of love. At JBVH, we have a plan for puppy care that will make sure your new bestie gets everything he or she needs! It’s important to get your puppy in to see us as soon as possible after adoption. This is because puppies need vaccinations and parasite testing right away—their developing immune systems mean they can become seriously ill very…Read more
Protect Your Pets From Poisons
What’s lurking in your house that could make your pet sick? Turns out, lots of things. National Animal Poison Prevention Week is March 17—23, and we want you to be aware of substances that should stay out of paw’s reach! Human medications. Keep them in sealed containers and locked away as pets might see loose pills and think they’re treats. Plants. Dogs and cats like to chew on plants, but some can make your pet very ill. The most common toxic plants are azaleas, lilies, daffodils and tulips. Antifreeze. Antifreeze tastes sweet to pets, but even small amounts can be…Read more
Preparing Pets for Disaster
Natural disasters can happen without warning and just like their human families, pets need to be prepared. Making sure your animals are ready of a catastrophic event (earthquake, flooding, heavy snow) can help make it less disastrous for all of you. One of the first things you need to do is make sure all your pets are up-to-date on their vaccines. If your animals are in a situation where they must travel, or placed in a boarding facility or evacuation shelter, having current vaccines is paramount for their health as well as the health of other animals. Pets should also…Read more
A Safer Way to Get Your Pet’s Meds Online
Ordering pet meds and prescription food online is so convenient, right? Click a few buttons, type in a little info and products are delivered to your door. JBVH has our own VetSource online pharmacy, If you use online pharmacies, we encourage you to purchase your pet’s prescription preventatives, medications, and diets from that site for several reasons. When you do, the purchase is automatically documented in your pet’s medical record, and the product’s guarantees stay intact. That’s not always the case when you buy online without a direct veterinary relationship at sites such as 1-800-PetMeds, Fosters & Smith, Chewy.com and…Read more
Pet Steal Your Heart?
If so, it could be a serious problem! With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s important to keep all those heart-shaped boxes of treats out of paw’s reach. Chocolate is extremely dangerous to both dogs and cats. The toxic substance in chocolate is theobromine, and it is present in all chocolate—even the white kind. As a rule, the darker the chocolate, the more theobromine present, with the most dangerous being unsweetened baking chocolate and cocoa powder. If you think your pet may have ingested chocolate or any harmful substance, don’t hesitate to call us at (425) 242-4057. It’s also a…Read more
Senior Pet Health Month
September is Senior Pet Health Month! Did you know that your pet is considered a senior at age 7 or 8? Our senior pets have given us so much love and joy over the years! We can return the love through understanding and caring for their changing needs. Read our Senior Pet Health Month NewsRead more
Fourth of July Pet Safety
The 4th of July is full of good times with family and friends, great food and spectacular firework displays. While this spells fun for us, it can be a frightening and potentially hazardous time for our pets. Sadly, we have many calls for pets that go missing during this time. Keeping your pet indoors, providing ID tags with current contact information and a registered microchip are the most important safety measures you can take to protect your pet. If your pet becomes anxious around loud noises and you feel they may need medication to help keep them calm during the…Read more