Leash Reactivity in Dogs

Dogs are such a big part of our lives, and we often want our furry friends to come with us everywhere. This can be difficult for those dogs that seem to “lose their noodle” at certain everyday stimuli such as other dogs, bicycles, skateboards, or joggers....

Urgent Plea

I have been a volunteer with Golden Bond Rescue (GBR) of Oregon, a golden retriever rescue group for the past ten years. To date we have rescued, provided medical care and found forever homes for 2600 golden’s and golden mixes. The demand to adopt...

The Fear Free℠ Initiative at Murrayhill Vet!

We all know trips to the vet clinic can be quite unnerving for some of our pets. At Murrayhill, we are constantly working on ways to change this. Generally, trips to the vet are going to involve some poking and prodding, which can make it difficult for some pets to relax. But there are a number of steps we take to improve your pet’s experience. There are also ways you can lower stress and anxiety before your pet arrives at the clinic. Here are some ways we can team up to achieve low-stress visits:

We have separate waiting areas for dogs and cats.  Cats are very sensitive to new noises and scents, and the sight of unfamiliar animals can scare them. We have a separate cat waiting area with kennel covers and elevated benches to keep your cat’s carrier off the ground.

We provide short wait times for appointments.  Even with the separate areas, the front desk does see a lot of traffic and noise. Getting our pet patients and pet parents into exam rooms quickly helps reduce stress for all!

Did someone say treats?  Treats add to more positive associations with the vet clinic, staff and veterinarians. They are also a great distraction for wiggly pets that do not enjoy being restrained. We are well stocked in all sorts of dog and cat treats, including hypoallergenic treats. Have a finicky baby? We recommend bringing your pet’s favorite treats with you!

Bring your pet hungry!  If your pet hasn’t eaten yet, the treats we offer will be even more enticing. You can put your pet on a 12-hour fast before her appointment as long as your pet doesn’t have a medical condition that would be worsened by fasting.

Toys, toys and more toys!  Some pets, dogs especially, prefer to have a task or item to direct their nervous energy towards while they are at the clinic. We have several dog and kitty toys that can give these busy babies something to do to help reduce stress. As with treats, if your pet has a favorite toy, you are welcome to bring it with you.

Canine Influenza vs. Kennel Cough

A new strain of the canine influenza virus (CIV), N3N2, has recently emerged in the Midwest. While currently limited to that region, this new form is highly contagious and capable of transmitting quickly between dogs in close proximity, raising concerns that it will spread to...

Dr. Goodman Attends NAVDF in Nashville, Tennessee

Dr. Goodman recently attended the North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum (NAVDF) in Nashville, Tennessee April 16- 18th 2015. The NAVDF is attended by over 500 veterinarians and veterinary dermatologists to gain insights on the latest diagnostics and treatment of dermatological conditions in small animals....

Dr. Goodman Speaks At North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC)

Dr. Laird Goodman recently spoke at the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) in Orlando Florida Jan 16- 20th 2015. The NAVC is attended by over 16,000 veterinarians and allied industry representatives. Dr. Goodman presented "Nurturing and Breaking the Human-Animal Bond in Practice". Dr...

Dr. Laird Goodman Bi-Annual VMG Meeting

Dr. Laird Goodman Attends Bi-Annual VMG Meeting

Dr. Laird Goodman, DVM recently returned from a Veterinary Management Group (VMG) meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Goodman meets every 6 months with 18 other veterinarians from around the country to discuss best practices regarding medicine and management. Expert speakers are invited to these...

Oregon State Fair Vets

Murrayhill Vet Volunteers at the Oregon State Fair

Each summer, the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) sponsors a booth at the Oregon State Fair in Salem, Oregon. Members of the veterinary profession throughout the state volunteer to provide public outreach at the Fair. Fairgoers love their animals and love the opportunity to talk...