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My Last Column.

I’ve been writing this column for almost 25 years. I am now working part time in the practice I founded 30 years ago this fall, and with the demands of semi-retirement (like golf, for example, and doing laundry and other housework) I don’t know how I found time to work full time before. I have decided this will be my last column. I’ll leave you with a review of some of the things you can do (and avoid doing) to safeguard your pets.

Above all, make sure puppies and kittens are spayed or neutered. Follow your veterinarian’s recommendations for vaccinations and parasite control.

Keep your dog in a securely fenced yard and keep your cat indoors. I know situations vary, and lots of dogs live long healthy lives without confinement in a fenced yard. There are lots of cats that just would not be happy living under “house arrest.” But it is something to give some thought to.

It is even a bigger risk to allow your dog to ride un-tethered in the back of a pickup truck. It is against the law in some places. I don’t know how many times in the past three decades I’ve heard distraught owners say, carrying a seriously injured dog into the clinic, “I can’t believe he jumped out – he always rides in the back of the truck.”

I’m on call as I write this column. “Marla” just called. She was concerned because her dog chewed up the rubber strap off a sandal and swallowed the pieces, and is now not feeling well. Dogs, much more so than cats, are adventurous eaters. Everything is food until proven otherwise. Chewing things up is a popular hobby for dogs. The zinc in pennies and nickels is poisonous. Long strings like shoelaces, rocks that are almost too big to swallow, and many other things can require surgery. My advice to Marla was, although an exam and X-Rays would give us added safety, she could probably just reassure her dog with the philosophical advice, “this too shall pass.”

Accidental or malicious poisoning in pets is commonly caused by antifreeze, rat poison, and insecticides. Be careful and scrupulous about what pets can get into. Some human medications are dangerous for pets, and dogs, and even cats, will sometimes chew open a bottle or quickly swallow a dropped pill. Sometimes promptly making your pet vomit can be life saving. The “veterinarian on call” can tell you if that’s a good idea and how to do it safely.

Today is the first warm day of spring and every year there are dogs that die or nearly die from overheating. Strenuous activity, and above all, confinement in a closed, or nearly closed, car can be fatal. It doesn’t take much time for a dog’s temperature to climb out of control and the heat can do serious or fatal damage to the kidneys and brain. Even for a dog that seemingly recovers, it may take intensive treatment to prevent death in a few days from kidney failure.

There are many other things – about 25 years worth, as a matter of fact – I could write about. I hope over the years I’ve entertained you, and given you some things to think about, and perhaps saved you and your pets some trouble. I’ve enjoyed tremendously the opportunity the Tribune has given me to write about my clients, patients, and my profession. And I enjoy my profession even more now that I’m just a part time employee. Now if I can just learn to hit a golf ball well enough so I don’t embarrass even my dog Maggie...

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April 14,2008 Thanks to Pet Rescue Volunteers

April 7,2008 Blue Green Algae Poisoning from a Backyard Pond?

March 31,2008 Animal Shelters

March 24,2008 Mothering and Possession Instincts

March 17,2008 Lamb Stories and FFA and 4H Projects

March 10,2008 Feeding Stray Cats Does More Harm Than Good

March 3,2008 My Favorite Dog Books

Feb 25,2008 Is The Third Time a Charm?

Feb 18,2008 No Column

Feb 11,2008 Dogs May Inhale Their Food - Literally.

Feb 4,2008 Aspiring Veterinarians Should Put On Scientific Spectacles Early.

Jan 28,2008 Dog Groomers are People Too.

Jan 21,2008 Tales of Dog and Cat Tails

Jan 14,2008 Was That a Seizure Your Dog Had?

Jan 7,2008 Curing Cancer in Dogs and Humans.

Dec 31,2007 No Column

Dec 24,2007 For Vet Health Care Workers - Merry Christmas.

Dec 17,2007 That Old Rockin' Chair's Done Got Dudley

Dec 10,2007 Seat Belts for Dogs?

Dec 3,2007 With Pet Purchasers it's Buyer Beware.

Nov 26,2007 No Column

Nov 19,2007 Sometimes The Vernacular Makes Me Itchy.

Nov 12,2007 A Job For "Service Cats?"

Nov 5,2007 Wash Your Paws.

Oct 29,2007 Dogs Also Have Manly Pride.

Oct 22,2007 Keep Pets Out Of Your Medicine Cabinet.

Oct 15,2007 It Takes More Than Good Fences To Make Good Neighbors.

Oct 8,2007 All Broken Bones Are Not Created Equal.

Oct 1,2007 Click'Em Cowboy!

Sept 24,2007 Who Shot Buddy, the Cat?

Sept 17,2007 No Column.

Sept 10,2007 No Column.

Sept 3,2007 No Column.

Aug 27,2007 What about Low Sodium Diets in Dogs?

Aug 20,2007 Lepto, Rabies and Flea Treatments.

Aug 13,2007 Look Out For Beanballs and Other Hazards To Your Dog's Head.

Aug 8,2007 Innocent Until Proven Guilty?

July 30,2007 The Most Common Poison in Dogs.

July 23,2007 Cats Can Have Sore Gums - Really Sore!

July 16,2007 Dogs See Things Differently.

July 09,2007 No Column

July 2,2007 Hind Leg Lameness In Dogs.

June 25,2007 No Column

June 18,2007 Where Do Ear Mites Really Come From?

June 11,2007 Blood Pressure Is Important in Pets Too.

June 4,2007 Contaminated Pet Food - There Are Still Unanswered Questions.

May 28,2007 It's Cheat Grass Season Again.

May 21,2007 Breaking the Ties That Bind.

May 14,2007 Is Your Pet Drinking Too Much?

May 7,2007 Weed Killers, Fertilizers, and Pets.

Apr 30,2007 Pet Health Insurance and Malpractice Lawsuits.

Apr 23,2007 Homemade Pet Food Has Risks Too.

Apr 16,2007 Sometimes We Find Cancer Early.

Apr 9,2007 Pet Policy Ironed Out Before You Say "I Do."

Apr 2,2007 More thoughts About Poisoned Pet Food.

Mar 26,2007 Thoughts About Poisoned Pet Food.

Mar 19,2007 What About West Nile Virus in Dogs?

Mar 12,2007 Grapes, Raisins, Onions, Garlic and Macadamia Nuts - All the good stuff - Toxic to Dogs!

Mar 5,2007 Lame Front Leg in Man and His Dog.

Feb 26,2007 Sleeping Dogs and Other Mysteries.

Feb 19,2007 Sometimes We Have To Talk - About $$.

Feb 12,2007 Jade's Long, Valient Battle Against Epilepsy.

Feb 5,2007 Euthanasia - What Do You Tell The Kids?

Jan 29,2007 Bird Flu -Is Your Cat at Risk?

Jan 22,2007 Safe Dieting Tips for Cats.

Jan 15,2007 Some Weight Loss Gimmicks are Dangerous for Dogs.

Jan 8,2007 No Column

Jan 1,2007 Executions and Euthanasias

Dec 25,2006 Christmas - Are the Benefits Worth The Risk?

Dec 18,2006 The CatGenie and Other Automatic Litter Boxes.

Dec 11,2006 Salmon Disease.

Dec 4,2006 Dogs Join the Fight Against Human Cancer.

Nov 27,2006 Vet's Pet Peeves About Pet Owners.

Nov 20,2006 Cheap Flea Medicine May Kill Your Cat.

Nov 13,2006 How To Communicate With Your Vet.

Nov 6,2006 Be Careful With Babies and Dogs.

Oct 30,2006 Breeding and Puppies - The Facts of A Dogs' Life.

Oct 23,2006 Book Review - First Aid for Pets.

Oct 16,2006 No Column.

Oct 16,2006 Kitchen Tip and Itchy Dogs.

Oct 2,2006 Grieving Pet Loss.

Sep 25,2006 Air Travel for Pets - What Could Go Wrong?

Sep 18,2006 Some People Will Abuse Animals.

Sep 11,2006 How Careful Do You Want To Be About Rabies?

Sep 4,2006 The Attack of the Rabid Bat.

Aug 28,2006 What I Learned About Dogs From Marines On The Peleleu.

Jul 31 - Aug 21,2006 - On Vacation - No Columns

Jul 24,2006 All About Leashes.

Jul 17,2006 The Diagnosis is the Key.

Jul 10,2006 Heartworms and Health Certificates .

Jul 03,2006 Cures For The Summertime Blues.

Jun 26,2006 What's On Your Mind? Your dog's mind?

Jun 19,2006 A Canine Immigration Problem?

Jun 12,2006 Estrogen May Generate Trouble.

Jun 05,2006 Dandy's Diabetes Went Away.

May 29,2006 Pet Loss Pain and Suffering.

May 22,2006 She's Loving Him To Death.

May 15,2006 Choosing a Pet Hotel.

May 8,2006 We Get Surprises.

May 1,2006 What do "Registered" and "Has Papers" Really Mean?

Apr24,2006 Dogs Who Bite Mailmen.

Apr 17,2006 No Column

Apr10,2006 Hurricane Katrina and Iditarod Sled Dogs.

Apr 3,2006 Be Sure Your Vet Looks Under Your Dog's Tail.

Mar 27,2006 No Column.

Mar 20,2006 How To Skimp on your Vet Bills.

Mar 13,2006 DNA Test for MDR1.

Mar 6,2006 Woody's Lovesick Blues.

Feb 27,2006 Emergency Veterinary Service.

Feb 20,2006 Laughter Is A Good Medicine!

Feb 13,2006 Coprophagy May Be Normal

Feb 6,2006 Gunshot Wounds

Jan 30,2006 Is It Really Animal Abuse?

Jan 23,2006 Some of the Women In My Life

Jan 16, 2006 Cat's Will Eat Mice

Dec 26, 21,2005 Bob's Heroic Rescue

Dec 19, 21,2005 Unsolvable Problems

Dec 5,2005 The Right Way To Use Antibiotics.

Nov 28,2005 Bird Flu - What Is the Government Doing About It?

Nov 21,2005 Water Is Critical Dogs and Cats!

Nov 14,2005 Dogs and Cats May Be Hazardous!

Nov 7,2005 Weight Loss? Easy! You and Your Dog.

Oct 31,2005 Another Tragic Blunder By Inept Hunters.

Oct 24,2005 Katrina Revisited, With Pit Bulls.

Oct 17,2005 Pigeon Fever in Horses.

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About the Clarkston Veterinary Clinic

The Clarkston Veterinary Clinic

The Clarkston Veterinary Clinic is located in Clarkston, Washington, just across the Snake River from Lewiston, Idaho. The practice is limited to dogs and cats. The hospital is certified by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

Dr. Roen has owned and operated the clinic since it's opening in 1978. He is a diplomate in the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP).

Dr. Roen has scheduled office hours for appointments during regular business hours, including Saturday mornings. For your convenience, please call for an appointment. The clinic is open from 7 AM to 6 Pm Monday through Friday, 7 AM to Noon on Saturday, and Saturday evenings, Sundays, and holidays, from 5 PM to 6 PM and 7 AM to 8 AM for dropping off and picking up boarders and supplies. Call 509 758 9669 for an appointment or boarding reservations.

It is our mission to provide the best possible medical and surgical care, as well as boarding facilities and grooming service, in a friendly, caring atmosphere.

The American Animal Hospital Association

The Clarkston Veterinary Clinic has been a certified member hospital since 1988. AAHA is an organized group of progressive veterinarians who voluntarily comply with the highest standards for animal hospitals. To achieve this distinction, the hospital and staff voluntarily undergo rigorous inspections and evaluations of the facility, equipment, practice methods, and management. Veterinary teaching hospitals and about 12% of the private hospitals in the United States are AAHA certified.

The American Board of Veterinary Practioners

In order to become a diplomate of the ABVP, a veterinarian must satisfy the following requirements:

Dr. David T. Roen

Dr. Roen graduated from Texas Western College (now the University of Texas at El Paso) in 1966 with a BS in mathematics. He served in the US Air Force for 6 years as a navigator/electronic warfare officer and flew as an electronic warfare officer in F-105's over North Viet Nam. He left the service to return to college and graduated with honors from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1977. He has been in practice since then in Clarkston, Washington.

He has been married since 1970 to Patricia, a medical technologist. Their two children, David and Jennifer, are both college graduates. David is a Marine Helicopter Pilot and married to a wonderful, enchanting, beautiful young lady, Mercedes Bonham. They have a handsome son, Samuel, and a beautiful daughter, Katherine Anne. Jennifer, married to Fine young man, Edward Petersen, is a distinguished graduate of The University of Washington Law School and a well known and respected Seattle Attorney, working for the King County Prosecutors Office. Edward and Jennifer have one son, so far, Jackson Owen Petersen. All three of our grandchildren already show great promise as jazz guitarists. "Jazzvet" is also a fan of jazz, especially jazz guitar and fiddle, other fiddle music, and many other forms of music.

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Other sites about dogs, cats and other pets

"KickGranny has stuff about pets, and is the best joke site I've found!"

"The American Veterinary Medical Association web page for pet owners."

"The American Animal Hospital Association web page for pet owners."

The above two sites have practical information for pet care, as well as information about veterinary medicine, veterinarians, and tips on how to find a good veterinarian.


"Quackwatch is "Your Guide to Health Fraud, Quackery, and Intelligent Decisions." It is operated by Stephen Barrett, M.D., and has a section on veterinary medicine.

"Health Care Reality Check"

Information about Alternative Medicine.

"Alt Med Primer"

Information about Veterinary Alternative Medicine.

"The Animal Planet "

The website of the popular television program.

The Electronic Zoo

Net Vet

These two sites come together and are about as close to a complete resource for animal information as you'll find on the net.

"ASPCA/National Animal Poison Control Center"

Some free information, and instructions on how to obtain specific information, for a fee, if your pet is poisoned.

"Columbia Animal Hospital's Pet State University"

Excellent site, with excellent free information, and links.

Dr. Jim's Virtual Veterinary Clinic

"Cyber-Pet's Homepage"

"Boldly go where no pet fancier has gone before . . ."

The International Cat Association (TICA)

If you like cats, you have to visit this site.

Harold Reynold's Home Page

A great source of jokes, and other humor, including several categories of dog and cat humor.

The Williams Pet Connection

Your personal Advertising and Pet Referral Service


Access to paid consultation from a board certified dermatologist, as well as skin care products, books, and links to other sites.