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COVID-19 UPDATE Hello to our Grove Vet Community. We hope this update finds everyone doing well and feeling healthy. We wanted to let you know what we are doing at the clinic during this uncertain time as the country tries to understand and adapt to the COVID-19 situation. ACTIONS & POLICIES ALREADY TAKEN Being a care-giving facility, we already have in place a rigorous cleaning regime in place. That being said, last week we established even more stringent cleaning and disinfection policies to protect our clients, their pets, and our team. Additionally, we have already been following workplace preparedness recommendations and employee surveillance strategies outlined by the CDC. We have been treating this situation with the serious consideration that it deserves. STAYING OPEN & CALL/QUESTION VOLUME We are staying open during this crisis in our country. We have been receiving a very large volume of phone calls and inquires; we would like to ask for everyone's patience as we address everyone's concerns and questions with the time and consideration they deserve. We have a limited number of team members dealing with a larger-than-typical level of inquiry, so please be patient with us as we address questions. We are posting an information document published by the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA), which may help with some of your questions. IF YOU ARE HIGH-RISK OR SICK AND YOUR PET NEEDS CARE If you are sick or showing clinical signs of illness AND your pet needs care, please call us to let us know the details of the situation. It is recommended that anyone showing signs of illness stay home to avoid potentially exposing other people. Additionally, if you are an individual that is considered "high-risk" for the more serious COVID-19 infection, we advise you to consider postponing routine procedures (nail trims, routine anal gland expressions, etc) until we better understand the course of the coronavirus situation. If you are SICK or in a HIGH-RISK category and your pet needs care, please consider the following steps... (1) Please call us and let us know that you are a high-risk individual or if you are yourself sick. (2) We may be able to consult with you over the phone and through other technologies (telemedicine). For minor pet patient issues, we may be able to do a telemedicine consultation. We will have to consider each situation individually. The Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board has recently adopted telemedicine standards that must be followed; there is a requirement that we have performed a physical exam on the patient within the last year. (3) For people that are sick or for high-risk individuals, consider having another person (non high-risk) bring your pet to the clinic for evaluation and treatment. (4) For those clients that are at a higher risk or becoming infected with COVID-19, we are considering a policy of meeting you in the parking lot and then bringing your pet into the clinic for you. We can then discuss treatment plans by telephone after you pet has been examined. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER Like you and your family, we and our families are navigating this crisis situation the best we can. We will continue to do all we can to support your pet care needs. It is always stressful when dealing with a sick or injured pet; the current uncertainty and societal stress that COVID-19 brings to us all has added another layer anxiety for all of us. If we work together, we can figure out how to stay healthy and get through it.

Products that We Support (links and information)


Welcome the TRIO ZONE. Learn more about Simparica TRIO. This is Grove Veterinary Clinic's top recommendation for flea & tick control and heartworm prevention... all in a single monthly pill.

Sileo for Noise Aversion

Sileo is a great product. It has been helping dogs with noise aversion. It is a safe, at-home treatment that treats noise phobias and fear in dogs. It does this by CALMING your dog without the side effect of sedation. Take a look at the link below for more information.

CYTOPOINT for Dogs with Itching and Allergies

CYTOPOINT is an innovative new therapy that targets itch at its source to help relieve the signs of atopic dermatitis in dogs for 4-8 weeks or longer with a single injection. We feel that CYTOPOINT can be an extremely safe and effective way to control itching and scratching and can improve your dog's quality of life.

Apoquel for Itchy Dogs

APOQUEL is an effective prescription medicine that stops allergic dog itch—right at the source. So your best friend doesn’t have to suffer one minute more! This is a non-steroid option to help dogs with allergies.

Rimadyl for managing pain

Learn more about Rimadyl, a medication that is used to manage both acute and chronic pain in dogs. It is a non-steroidal antinflammatory drug or NSAID.

Galliprant (gapiprant) for arthritis

Galliprant (grapiprant tablets) is a new class of anti-inflammatory that targets pain, so you can start targeted pain relief from the earliest diagnosed stages of canine OA. Give these dogs the relief they need and help keep them doing the things they love.

Convenia (antibiotic)

CONVENIA is a fast-acting, safe and effective injectable antibiotic administered by veterinarians to treat common bacterial skin infections in dogs and cats. By eliminating the hassle of giving pills, CONVENIA removes the stress of frequent drug administration for you and your pet.

Royal Canin Veterinary Diets

Link to the Royal Canon website. Find out more about Royal Canin and how this company's products contribute to animal health.

Metacam (meloxicam)

Metacam helps dogs deal with the pain of osteoarthritis. Just like people, many dogs suffer from osteoarthritis (OA). Also known as degenerative joint disease, OA is a condition in which the joints become inflamed, swollen, and painful. Dogs with mild OA may have slight stiffness of the joints. Those with more severe disease may have limping and lameness. Sadly, most osteoarthritic dogs have some loss of mobility due to pain. The bones and joints most commonly affected are the hips, knees, elbows, shoulders, and spine.

OraVet Chews for Dogs

Learn more about OraVet Chews and how this product can help your dog's dental health.

Nexgard - Flea and Tick Control

NexGard for Dogs kills adult fleas before they lay eggs to help prevent infestations. Plus, NexGard also kills the Lone Star tick, Black-legged tick, American Dog tick and Brown dog tick.

Heartgard (Heartworm Prevention for Dogs)

Helps prevent heartworm disease in your dog. Kills heartworm larvae and treats and controls roundworm and hookworms.​ Easy-to-give—most dogs eat it right out of your hand. Give one each month, year-round.

Revolution Plus for Cats

Learn more about Revolution Plus for Cats.

General Health Care

Companion Animal Dentistry Information

Animal Parasite Council - Information about parasites and your pet

AAHA's Healthy Pet Newsletter

Pet First Aid Tips and Advice Pages from the AVMA

Eye Injury - First Aid

If you notice any of the following: Your pet squinting or protecting an eye Any suspected trauma to the eye Abnormal appearance of the eyeball Excessive redness to the white part of the eye (sclera) Any time the eyelid cannot cover the eyeball You should seek veterinary attention immediately as these signs can indicate potentially serious eye problems that can risk your pet’s vision.

Bleeding - First Aid

Pet owners should know how to safely stop hemorrhage (bleeding) if their pet is injured.

Can't Breathe - First Aid

Difficulty breathing is also called dyspnea and is a medical emergency. Respiratory distress is recognized by increased effort to breathe; noisy or squeaky breathing; and cyanosis (a bluish tinge to the lips, tongue, and mucous membranes). In cats, breathing with the mouth open (panting like a dog) is a sign of severe distress and should be evaluated by a veterinarian right away.

Bee Stings and Insect Bites: First Aid

Any insect or spider can cause problems if they bite or sting your pet. A bite or sting can cause swelling, redness, and itching. Some animals can have an allergic reaction to a sting or bite that may result in mild hives, facial swelling, vomiting, difficulty breathing or even collapse.

Diarrhea and Vomiting: First Aid

Diarrhea is the frequent evacuation of watery stools. Vomiting is the forceful expulsion of stomach contents through the mouth. What to do...

Hyperthermia (Heat Stroke): First Aid

Body temperature may be elevated because of an infection (fever), but it may also increase because of hot and/or humid conditions outside. An increased body temperature caused by environmental conditions is commonly referred to as hyperthermia, heatstroke, or heat prostration.

Seizures and Convulsions: First Aid

A seizure is any sudden and uncontrolled movement of the animal's body caused by abnormal brain activity. Seizures may be very severe and affect all of the body, or quite mild, affecting only a portion of the pet. The pet may or may not seem conscious or responsive, and may urinate or have a bowel movement.

Dog Health Care

Bladder Stones in Dogs

Parvovirus Information Center

Diabetes Mellitus and your Pet

Pancreatitis in Dogs (Website and Video)

Good basic summary about pancreatitis in dogs.

Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs

Good summary of Mast Cell Disease in dogs.

Chocolate Toxicity in Dogs

Good summary article about the dangers of chocolate ingestion in dogs.

E-cigarettes are toxic to pets.

Electronic Cigarettes are very toxic to our pets.

Expandable Foaming Glues like Gorilla Glue Cause Obstructions in Pets

Expandable Foaming Glues like Gorilla Glue Cause Obstructions in Pets

People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets

People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets

Ibuprofen Toxicity in Dogs and Cats

Ibuprofen is toxic to dogs and cats. Read more here.

Snail Bait Poisoning in Dogs

We see this toxin ingestion all the time on the Oregon Coast. Please read to learn more about this dangerous substance.

Xylitol Poisoning in Dogs

Xylitol poisoning is a BIG deal in dogs. Learn more about it here. Xylitol is found in so many products now... check out this informative article.

Puppy and Dog Behavior & Training

Crate Training Your Dog or Puppy

Dealing with Normal Puppy Behavior - Nipping/Biting

Choosing Dog Toys

Dog Meets Dog (Introductions)

Housetraining your ADULT Dog

Housetraining Your New Puppy

Preparing your Pet for NEW BABY

Home Alone Issues in Dogs (Separation Anxiety)

Dogs and Children

Dealing with Territorial Marking Behavior

Separation Anxiety: The Fear of Being Alone

Separation Anxiety: The Fear of Being Alone

Barking Problems in Dogs

Good summary on the approach to the barking dog.

Cat Health Care

Feline Hyperthyroidism

Feline Thyroid Clinic

Learn more about Radioactive Iodine Therapy to manage hyperthyroidism in cats. This is a link to the Feline Thyroid Clinic in Springfield, Oregon.

Diabetes Mellitus and your Cat

Chronic Renal Failure - Everything you Need to Know

Feline Arthritis Videos and Checklist

Check out this excellent summary and checklist when evaluating your cat for chronic arthritis pain.

Feline Leukemia Virus

Feline leukemia virus, a retrovirus, is a common infection of cats. It is the cause of more cat deaths, directly or indirectly, than any other organism and is widespread in the cat population.

Abscesses from Bite Wounds

An abscess forms when an infected bite wound heals over on the surface, sealing the infection inside. Fever is generated as the infection incubates. Diseased tissue and the inflammatory cells liquefy into pus. The pus breaks through the overlying surface skin and drains, leading to foul odor, pain, and discharge. The area may or may not heal on its own.

Feline Asthma

Learn more about feline asthma in this article.

Feline Heart Disease - Cardiomyopathy

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common heart disease in cats today. Cardiomyopathy means heart (cardio) muscle (myo) disease (pathy). Other cardiomyopathies in cats that you may hear your veterinarian discuss are: Dilated cardiomyopathy Restrictive cardiomyopathy Unclassified cardiomyopathy

Ear Mites in Dogs and Cats

This FAQ should help explain the facts of ear mite infection, biology of the mite, and treatment choices and pitfalls.

Idiopathic Cystitis in Cats

Feline lower urinary tract disease is the term describing the following group of clinical signs regardless of cause: bloody urine straining to urinate (can easily be mistaken for straining to defecate) urinating in unusual places urinary blockage (almost exclusively a male cat problem and constitutes an emergency) licking the urinary opening (usually due to pain).

Kitten Behavior and Training

Indoor Cat Initiative at the Ohio State Veterinary School

Managing Rough Play in Kittens

Reducing Fearful Behavior in Your Cat/Kitten

Your Talkative Cat

Social Behavior and Aggression (Cats)

Solving Litter Box Problems

Reduction of Urine-Marking Behavior in Cats and Dogs

Cat Toys and How to Use Them

Introducing a New Cat to your Pets

What to do if you find a stray litter of kittens

Exotic Pet Care

Bearded Dragon Information Page

Arthritis in Dogs - Important Information

Recognize Arthritis in Your Dog - Checklist and Videos

Learn more about recognition of arthritis in your canine companions. Sometimes the signs of chronic pain from arthritis are subtle and easily overlooked. If you think your dog is "just slowing down" or "just getting older," you are probably seeing the signs of chronic pain associated with osteoarthritis. Check this out.

The New Science of OA Pain

The future of management of chronic OA pain in dogs and cats.

Arthritis information

Arthritis, also known as osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease (DJD), is a degenerative, progressive, and irreversible condition of the joints. It is characterized by the progressive loss of joint cartilage, bony spurs/growths, and the thickening and scarring of connective tissue around the joint, usually as a result of injury.

Impactful video about canine arthritis

Learning to "listen" to our dogs and cats - that is the first step -- recognizing arthritis and then learning how to treat that chronic pain.

Arthritis in Cats - Important Information

Chronic Arthritis in Cats - Checklist and Videos

Check out this website that addresses chronic arthritis pain in cats. Did you know that as many as 20% (1 in 5) of cats in the United States that are at least 11 years old have arthritis pain? That is a lot! We often overlook our feline companions chronic pain and just say "she/he is getting older and/or slowing down." Check out this information to learn more.

The New Science of Pain

Learn more about the future of managing chronic arthritis pain in dogs and cats. Learn more about the development of anti-NGF (Nerve Growth Factor) Antibodies and how this new science can help manage chronic OA pain in dogs and cats.

Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

Arthritis, also known as osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease (DJD), is a degenerative, progressive, and irreversible condition of the joints. It is characterized by the progressive loss of joint cartilage, bony spurs/growths, and the thickening and scarring of connective tissue around the joint, usually as a result of injury.

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