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  • Rattlesnake Vaccination Rattlesnake Vaccination

    Rattlesnake Vaccination

Rattlesnake Vaccination

Most people that spend any time in the desert of Central Oregon will, sooner or later, have an encounter with a rattlesnake. For humans, this is no great worry, as rattlesnakes have the good manners to warn us if we start to invade their personal space. People around here generally have the good sense to step cautiously, look carefully, and back off when we hear that signature rattling.

Unfortunately, some of our furry friends do not necessarily have the same good sense we do.

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Dogs in the desert are at a high risk of rattlesnake bites, and a rattlesnake bite can be a life threatening emergency for a dog. Luckily, there is something you can do to protect your dog before she ever even encounters a rattlesnake: vaccination!

Red Rock Biologics is a company that researches and manufactures vaccines against rattlesnake bites. Their rattlesnake vaccine for dogs works much like any other vaccine, essentially teaching your dog’s immune system how to defend itself against rattlesnake venom. All dogs more than four months old are considered good candidates for the rattlesnake vaccine. Getting your dog vaccinated is a simple process:  two initial injections, followed by an annual booster at the start of rattlesnake season. Rattlesnakes begin to become active as the weather gets warmer, so now is the time to get your dog vaccinated, or to get a booster if she’s been vaccinated before.

Side effects are an understandable concern for any medical treatment, but we are happy to say that the rattlesnake vaccine is just as safe all the other vaccines your dog has received. Most dogs will experience no side effects whatsoever. In a very small number of cases, […]

  • Kittens at Crooked Tails
    Healthy Kittens Make Happy Kittens Healthy Kittens Make Happy Kittens

    Healthy Kittens Make Happy Kittens

Healthy Kittens Make Happy Kittens

Kitten season is just around the corner. Now is the time to have your cats spayed and neutered to prevent unwanted litters. It is generally recommended that they be 6 months of age or older, but can be fixed younger as long as they weigh at least 2 pounds. That being said, it’s also the time of year when many people adopt new kittens. In order to give your kitten the best start, regular vaccination and deworming are recommended. Kittens should be vaccinated with the Upper Respiratory/Distemper combination (FVRCP) at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age.

If your kitten is going to be outdoors and come in contact with unknown cats, a Feline Leukemia vaccine is also recommended at 12 and 16 weeks. Depending on the history of your kitten or cat, testing for Feline Leukemia before vaccinating may be warranted. The first Rabies vaccine can be given as early as 3 months of age and is good for 1 year.

Deworming is generally done with each FVRCP vaccine at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. An additional dose may be given if the kitten has never been dewormed before.

  • Front entrance to Crooked Tails Veterinary Clinic
    Crooked Tails is Open! Crooked Tails is Open!

    Crooked Tails is Open!

Crooked Tails is Open!

After a couple months of preparation and planning we are very excited to finally open our doors. Beginning today (Monday, February 25th) we are open M – F 8am to 5:30pm. Make an appointment or just bring your pet by to say hi!

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  • 3 Cats from SNIP
    Crooked Tails + SNIP Crooked Tails + SNIP

    Crooked Tails + SNIP

Crooked Tails + SNIP

No doubt many Prineville residents will remember the current location of Crooked Tails as the SNIP House, where the SNIP program (Spay and Neuter Investment Project of Prineville) worked to spay & neuter Prineville’s feral and stray cat population. SNIP is a fantastic program that helps a lot of animals and has been dearly missed since closing in 2008. With the opening of Crooked Tails, we are extremely happy to say that the SNIP program will once again be up and running, in partnership with the full service clinic. SNIP’s first program will be a FREE feral cat spay/neuter service – just drop off feral cats in traps at Crooked Tails Monday-Friday mornings between 8 and 9am and come pick them up between 4 and 5:30pm!

By |February 21st, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments
  • SNIP House Transformation SNIP House Transformation

    SNIP House Transformation

SNIP House Transformation

Since early January the crew has been hard at work transforming the SNIP House into the Crooked Tails Vet Clinic. This is the second big renovation this building has seen. The first was a MAJOR construction job in converting it from a run down old house to the state-of-the-art SNIP House.

The SNIP was a beautiful facility but specialized for doing high volumes of spays and neuters. In order to convert it to a full service clinic we just had a few things we needed to add. The main renovations were adding 2 exam rooms so that Dr. Bethany can check out the patients, as well a dedicated room for the new digital x-ray machine. We are excited about the progress and will soon be posting photos of the cleaned up and polished clinic!

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