Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic Newsletter - Fall/Winter 2019
Integrative Medicine & Surgery • Acupuncture • Herbs • Nutrition • Housecalls
Our mission is to offer a more natural, environmentally aware, and compassionate approach to veterinary medicine. We recognize that all living beings are complex and unique individuals and we all share the common threads of life.


Dear friends and clients,

Wow! This year has gone by so fast and we have been working hard! As we have shared before, here at Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic, besides providing loving holistic care for your pets, we center racial equity and use an equity lens to guide our decisions.

As a staff we have decided this year that we would love to have some extended time off during the holiday season, so we can be with our families and friends, to recharge and engage fully in festivities that bring us joy. We recognize that it is unusual in our society for this level of self-care, and we would like to be an example of work-life balance to our community.

We will close our doors for this year starting December 24th, and we will be back on January 2nd, ready to support the needs of your pets and to continue to unpack what it means to center racial equity and strive for a brighter future for all.

We hope, you and your biological and/or chosen family and friends have a healthy and joyous holiday season. 

Happy holidays,
Your Hawthorne Vet Team
We will be closed the following Saturdays in November so Dr. Conny can attend the Portland Plant Medicine Conference and Radical Dharma with with Rev. angel Kyodo williams:

November 16 & 23
For many of us the end of the year involves festivities, hosting family and friends, travelling and decorating our homes. Here is a link to common holiday hazards for pets for this special time of the year, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Bodhi Day or Yule.

Using an equity lens as a guiding principle for decision making here at Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic applies also to who we support in our community and where we spend our dollars. Recognizing that the veterinary field is currently primarily white and female, we prioritize supporting organizations centering young girls and femmes of color.

Brown Girl Rise is a local organization providing a space for young girls & femmes of color to build solidarity and sisterhood with one another in resistance to dominant image of illness, violence, and dysfunction. 

They organize two cohort programs, one for 3rd-5th grades and one for 6th-8th grades. Youth learn and share about:
  • Reproductive Health 
  • Gardening & Cultural Foodways
  • Social Justice Movements
  • Plant medicine 
  • STEM
  • Art & Design 
  • And Much More!
Please join us in supporting this fantastic organization and become a patron. Every little bit counts!
Become A Patron
With the cold and rainy weather upon us at this time of the year, exercising our dogs can be more challenging. Here are some tips how to incorporate indoor exercises for your dog into your daily work-out routine.
Skin allergies (and associated ear infections) are common in dogs and often frustrating to treat or manage. While many dogs will improve with food changes away from heavily processed foods (think feeding a home-cooked or raw diet), herbal remedies, and frequent bathing alone, a good portion of dogs continue to suffer, scratching day in and day out.

Allergy Immunotherapy consisting of weekly injections or via a daily oral spray may be helpful for some dogs suffering from environmental allergies, but not all. Steroids, antibiotics and oral anti-itch medication often provide temporary relief, but come with side effects and are far from ideal for long-term use for a variety of reasons, including increased risk of developing diabetes and antibiotic resistance.

Relatively recently, a new treatment option has become available for dogs. Cytopoint treatment consists of a single injection, given by your veterinary team every 4-8 weeks, targeting itch at its source, so the constant scratching can stop, and red irritated skin can heal. This treatment does not replace, but rather works in conjunction with other treatment modalities, including diet change and herbal remedies to address the underlying issues. You can read more about this new treatment option 
here or chat with your veterinarian about it next time you come to the clinic.


Make sure to get your pets' prescriptions, supplements and herbal formulas refilled in time before we close for the holidays.

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