Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic Newsletter - Winter 2016
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.


Winter 2016


Sat 12/24       Closed
Mon 12/26     Closed
Fri 12/30        8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat 12/31       Closed

Can't We All Just Get Along, Please?

We recently adopted a new dog into our household, Hazel, a young border collie mix. Though it is generally exciting and fun to add a new four-legged family member to the pack, integrating them successfully into a multi-pet household can be a bit challenging at times. A lot of rescue dogs come with emotional baggage as well as a lack of training and socialization. In addition to that, certain breed-specific behaviors can make it harder for some dogs to get along.

For example, we found out pretty quickly that Hazel doesn't like it when our other dog Béla is excited and barks, and she will growl and even snap at him in these situations. When "fending off" a stranger (like the mailman), she gets so wound up she will redirect her aggression and attack Béla. Although our other dog is learning to stay out of Hazel's way when she is aroused, letting both dogs work it out on their own is generally not a good plan. There is just too much room for potential injury, and eventually you may find yourself in a situation where one dog is constantly trying to control the other, the victim slinks through the house, and you are faced with the difficult decision to re-home one of them.

To successfully manage a multi-dog household, dogs need to learn several important lessons: the alpha-position in the pack is occupied by humans only, the beta-position is not up for grabs, aggressive behavior is not permitted, and "you need to relax when I tell you so".
As we are teaching both of our dogs these rules, we currently do not permit them on the furniture, we avoid situations we know could trigger aggression, both dogs are in separate rooms behind baby gates when we are not home, they sleep in their own crates at night, they get fed in separate rooms, and they are not allowed in the front room when the mailman comes. Play is always supervised and toys are only permitted when the other dog is not around. Hazel and Béla each have several short training sessions every day where they learn to stay on a blanket/bed and relax. On walks, they have learned to automatically look at us when they see another dog, cat or stranger, and they get a treat in return. Otherwise, as long a nobody is growling or snapping, they can do as they please.

Dog training is a work in progress and we know it will need to continue for the remainder of our dogs' lives if we want them to get along, so we can all enjoy each others company.

Check out Dr. Patricia McConnells's book "Feeling Outnumbered?" on managing a multi-dog household which we sell at the clinic and also some of the links to the articles below.

Wishing you and your loved ones, a very merry holiday season and a Happy New Year (Let's make it a good one!),
Cornelia Wagner
(and beyond...)


Ginkgo leaf is used as an anti-inflammatory, a vasodilator, relaxant, and digestive bitter. The tree is considered a living fossil - it's morphology has not changed in about 200 million years.

DOWNLOAD (pdf) and print this free calendar featuring ginkgo leaves. Made by Dr. Wagner, who likes to take photos in her spare time and play with Photoshop. 


We designed these locally-made LOVE BUTTONS and are giving them away to anybody who stops by the clinic and wants to spread some LOVE this holiday season.
Get yours before we run out!

The following recipe was developed by Dr. Lisa A. Pierson. It yields enough food for 10-14 days for the average cat. For more guidelines in making this food, go to

  • 3 pounds of whole fowl or rabbit, including bones, organs, and skin
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 eggs (use raw yolks, and lightly cook the whites)
  • 2000 mg wild salmon oil
  • 400 IU vitamin E (powdered E in capsule form works)
  • 100 mg vitamin B-complex (start with a smaller amount when beginning a raw meat diet; the vitamin has a strong odor)
  • 2000 mg taurine, powdered
  • ¾ tsp lite salt with iodine (when using chicken parts)
  • Liver (add 4 oz if the meat you are using does not include organs)
  • Psyllium (add when first introducing the raw meat diet to your cat. See for additional information on this ingredient)
This year we are participating in the Portland Veterinary Medical Association's Holiday Drive to support the Coffee Creek Puppy Program. If you would like to join us, you can add cash to the donation jar on our reception counter, round-up your vet bill this month or donate online.
Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate our anniversary with us

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