Dr. Martin Warbington
     Dr. Megan Kinnear


19850 5th St. Bend, OR 97701
24 Hour Emergency Veterinary Service
Shreddy Warbington enjoyed a whirlwind weekend in Portland, OR where he appreciated the amenities at the dog-friendly Hotel deLuxe.  A great place to stay if you're visiting the Rose City with your furry friend!
Don't let this happen to your best friend.  This puppy is lucky to have survived a fall from the back of a moving pickup truck.
It's always nice to be appreciated! 
"Without the tireless coordination and never ending vet care, at extremely generous discounts which just allows us to have more funds to care for our dogs, of Tumalo Vet we would not be able to help as many dogs as we do.  Thank you Tumalo Animal Hospital!!!  You guys go above and beyond."
Tobacco Harms 
Pets, Too

Yes, we all know that tobacco is
 bad for your health.  But did you know that cigarettes and other tobacco products are extremely harmful to your pets as well?

First, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center reports that one of the leading causes of poisoning in dogs, cats & even birds is cigarette butts.  Other nicotine products, such as nicotine patches, nicotine gum, cigars & chewing tobacco have been implicated in poisoning cases.  Signs of nicotine poisoning 
can develop within 
15 to 45 minutes and include excitation, salivation, vomiting, excessive panting & diarrhea.  Advanced symptoms include muscle weakness, 
twitching, and coma.  Death can result from cardiac arrest and respiratory paralysis.

Second hand smoke.  
Consider this; cats living in homes where people smoke are 
more than twice as likely to to develop lymphoma, a deadly
 form of cancer.  Studies have also shown a higher cancer rate 
among dogs and birds who
 live in smoking households, especially oral and nasal cancers.  Researchers looked at a
 number of other possible risk factors, including diet, 
spay & neuter status, age, sex, breed, grooming, home characteristics, flea 
control products and oral medications.  
Only smoking was an associated factor in a clear and significant manner.  
Cancer risk increased with the duration and quantity of exposure.  Exposure for five years or more tripled the risk.  Exposure to two or more smokers quadrupled 
the risk.  If a pack a day was 
smoked in the household, the risk tripled again. 
 It is thought that cats are more vulnerable to second hand smoke because they not only inhale it, but also get smoke residue on their fur, which they ingest while grooming themselves.

So if you needed one more reason to kick the habit, then do it for your pets! 
Dr. Warbington and family spent time in Nicaragua as a part of a program providing volunteer veterinary services to an underserved community on Ometepe Island.  

Check out photos from our adventures on our

News and Events

What's Wrong With This Picture?
Not only is letting your dog ride unsecured in the back of a truck dangerous, but
it's also against the law.  That's why it is certainly one of our PET PEEVES.

If you travel anywhere in Central Oregon, whether it's on a lonely country road or a busy highway, odds are you've

seen a dog riding loose in the back of a pickup truck. Sometimes the dog seems to be having fun and enjoying the

experience of checking out the passing scenery as the wind ruffles its fur. Other times the dog is frantically trying to 

keep its balance and remain inside the truck bed. In either scenario, these dogs are being placed in an incredibly

unsafe situation.

Many people do it, and they see nothing wrong with it. However, transporting a dog untethered in the open bed of a 

pickup truck is not practicing responsible pet ownership, and it endangers both the dog and other motorists. 

The smooth surface of the truck bed provides little to no traction for a dog. All it takes to jettison the dog into traffic

is one abrupt stop, quick turn or bump in the road.

If you have to slam on your brakes or swerve to avoid an obstacle, the dog becomes a projectile. This can result in 

broken bones, bruising and road rash, and quite possibly death from being struck by either the truck they're riding in

or another vehicle. Even if the dog survives falling onto the road, their owners will incur a hefty vet bill. Letting a dog

ride loose in the pickup truck bed is a danger to other drivers too, who might have an accident when they swerve to 

miss hitting the dog.

On winding roads, an untethered dog in a pickup truck bed will bounce from side to side. If they don't fall out, at the 

very least they will suffer bruising from continually hitting the hard walls of the truck bed. Not to mention the stress of 

the experience. An untethered dog may also jump out of the open truck bed of his own accord if he sees something

that captures his attention, such as a cat. A dog-aggressive canine could even, in the heat of the moment, leap out 

of the moving truck and pounce on a dog being walked down the street by its owner.

Even tethered dogs are at risk for strangulation and/or being dragged behind a moving vehicle if they aren't secured


It seems obvious that the dangers of letting your dog ride loose in a pickup truck bed far outweigh any potential

benefits. Yet far too many owners either don't see these dangers as real, or they believe that taking the dog with 

them is better than leaving it home alone. But which is preferable - having a lonely dog who's happy to see you 

when you get home,, or one that gets injured or killed when it falls from the truck bed?

Many states (including Oregon) already have laws prohibiting the transport of dogs unsecured in the back of a 

pickup truck, and most that don't are working on getting this unsafe practice deemed illegal. Regardless of the law,

a responsible dog owner has a moral obligation to make sure their canine companion stays safe while on the road.

Pilots N Paws was founded in 2008 by animal-lover

Debi Boies and pilot Jon Wehrenberg. The idea first

took flight when Jon agreed to help Debi by flying a

rescued Doberman from Florida to South Carolina, to

save the dog’s life. The trip was a success and the two

brainstormed on how to rescue other animals. Spay/Neuter

campaigns in parts of the country were working, while in

others parts, primarily in the south, pet overpopulation was

still a huge problem. There had to be a way to turn a

problem into a solution. Former pets were dying

needlessly. They needed transport.

The dream quickly became a reality when the website, http://www.pilotsnpaws.org

was launched, to provide a location where private pilots willing to provide free transport,

and people and organizations who rescue, shelter or foster animals, could connect to

save lives. Today the organization has 2466 pilot volunteers and 8281 volunteers.

Each year, the volunteers of Pilots N Paws save thousands of lives. Those lives come

in the form of any animal that can be transported using a plane. Dogs, cats, pigs,

reptiles and rabbits are just a few who have taken one of our flights.

Pet overpopulation is a disturbing problem in the United States. More than 4 million

no-longer-wanted pets are euthanized each year. While spay/neuter programs have

worked to decrease domestic animal populations in some parts of the country, other

areas are considered high-kill. A staggering 70% of dogs that enter shelters in the

southern part of the country are euthanized. Until now, there have been few options

for these innocent victims. Pilots N Paws is helping to change that.

Dental Disease & Your Pet
Dental disease can affect our dogs and cats at any stage of life, but it is most common as our pets enter middle age.
Studies at the Veterinary Colleges of Ohio State and Cornell University have found that 85% of dogs and cats over
6 years old have some form of dental disease.

Dental disease can be put into three categories: gingivitis, tartar and pyorrhea. Gingivitis is inflammation of the 

gums. You can easily see this by the increase in the pinkness of your pet's gums, especially at the gumline. 

Tartar is the accumulation of plaque on the teeth, usually starting at the gumline in conjunction with gingivitis. 

Pyorrhea is the most serious of the three conditions. It is pus in the mouth, usually between teeth and gums.

All three of these conditions require treatment. Therapy can range from antibiotics to anesthesia, and a complete 

dental scaling and polishing. The appropriate type of treatment is decided upon after oral examination.

We treat these conditions because they are actual infections. Dental disease can lead to heart, lung, liver, kidney, 

skin and prostate infections.

All of these conditions are caused by one of two reasons. The first reason is feeding canned or soft foods. These

foods give little to no benefits to the teeth and gums because they require little to no chewing. The second reason 

is genetics. As with our teeth - some people get cavities or excessive tartar due to genetics - some animals have

more dental problems than others due to genetics. Since we cannot change our genetics, dry food and hard biscuits

are our recommendations.

So the next time you complain of dog breath or cat breath, look into your pet's mouth and then call Tumalo Animal

Hospital at 541-389-1540 for an examination.
Let's cure any problems and prevent more serious ones before they start!

10 Things That Could Make Your Pet Sick
Most responsible pet owners make a sincere effort to keep chemicals, poisons & other dangerous substances
 far away from their furry or feathered friends..  However, these same people may not realize how many other,
less obvious pet toxins may lurk in the home.

This list is far from comprehensive, but here are 10 common items that could make your pet sick:

  It may be tempting to treat your pet with human medications, but no drugs should be given to animals
without first consulting your veterinarian.  As always, if you have any questions about medications, call
Tumalo Animal Hospital at 541-389-1540.  Ibuprofen in particular can cause significant intestinal and kidney
damage.  Many other prescription and over-the-counter human medications are harmful or even fatal to pets.
Also remember that childproof medicine containers are rarely animal-proof, and your pet could ingest an
entire bottle of drugs.

   Even though they are prescribed by your veterinarian, keep these far out of reach of your pet.  They are
often enticingly flavored, so if your pet finds it's way into the bottle (and they will try!) they are likely to gobble
up far more than a safe dosage.

   While these may seem like a healthy treat, they can cause kidney failure in dogs.  As few as seven grapes
can be toxic!  Also beware of onions and garlic, which can also be harmful in larger amounts.

   These often contain xylitol, a sweetener that can cause low blood sugar and liver failure in animals.  It can
also be present in human cough syrup, which should also never be administered to your pet.

   This is not a myth.  Chocolate can be deadly for dogs and other pets.  The mild stimulant in chocolate is far
from mild in pets.  It can cause seizures, vomiting, diarrhea and heart problems.  Coffee and other caffeinated
drinks contain similar substances and can also be dangerous.

   Your dog may be your best bud, but don't share a Bud with him.  Even very small amounts of alcohol can
cause gastrointestinal and respiratory problems in animals, and may be fatal.

   Many plants are toxic to pets, but lilies top the list.  A cat that ingests even a small amount of lily can incur
severe kidney damage.  Other dangerous plants include (but aren't limited to) sago palms, tulip bulbs, azaleas,
rhododendrons, yew and English ivy.

   Again, most corrosive acids are carefully kept away from pets, but owners may not think to keep batteries
out of reach.  Acid escaping from a chewed battery can cause corrosive injuries to the mouth and stomach. 
Surprisingly, liquid potpourri can be similarly dangerous.

   The holidays may be over, but remember that ribbon, tinsel and other decorations can cause intestinal
damage, and that Christmas tree water (as well as any other houseplant water) may contain dangerous
bacteria and fertilizers.

   Citronella may repel insects, but it attracts dogs, and can cause diarrhea & cramping if ingested.

If you think your pet may have ingested one of the above toxins or any other dangerous substance, call
Tumalo Animal Hospital at 541-389-1540 or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435