Summer 2018


Beware of the Plants

Normal houseplants could be potentially harmful to your furry fellows. Aloe Vera plants could cause vomiting, lethargy, and diarrhea in cats and dogs. The gel, however, is considered edible. Azalea & Rhododendron are both toxic and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and cardiac failure. Iris are beautiful however they can be toxic also causing drooling, vomiting, lethargy, and diarrhea. Peace Lilies or Calla Lily can cause oral irritation, oral sores on tongue or mouth, lips excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing in your pets. The stems, leaves, seeds in Cherry trees contain cyanide and can cause serious issues for your pet. You may notice brick red gums, dilated pupils, and difficulty breathing, panting or even shock. Easter Lily is very toxic to cats. This plant can cause vomiting, low appetite, lethargic activity, kidney failure, and possible death.

Aloe Vera


Hyacinths can cause an allergic reaction leading to vomiting and diarrhea. Most of the toxin is localized in the bulbs. If you have any questions about normal house plants and concerned about your pets, call your veterinarian, or you can find some information on the ASPCA website.

Traveling With or Without your Pet


  • Make sure your pet sitter knows which veterinarian to go to.
  • Leave specific numbers if a crisis arises while you are gone.
  • Make an appointment with your veterinarian before traveling with your pets.

Most people are getting the travel bug as soon as it starts to warm up. What about your pets? Are you taking them with you? If so here are some pointers. Book direct flights whenever possible. This type of booking reduces your pets time on the tarmac during extreme weather conditions or from getting lost. See your veterinarian for any travel health certificates that you may need for your vacation. Most airlines will have specific guidelines when these visits need to happen. Some destinations, esp abroad, have different requirements for entry as well. Depending on where you are traveling, other preventatives may need to be considered including heartworm prevention, vaccinations or flea/tick coverage.

If you are leaving your loved furry family at home while you travel, make sure there is a contact number. If any concerns arise, while you are gone, make sure your pet sitter knows who your veterinarian is and any specific numbers they may need. Leave a letter with your pet sitter or veterinarian giving permission to authorize treatment if needed while you are away.

Keeping an Eye on Your Pets This Summer

Everyone wants to take their pets everywhere they go. When the sun gets hot, we do not realize that our vehicles get even more heated. We don’t live in the desert, but our cars still get hot. When going to the store with your pet, be advised that just cracking the window is not enough ventilation for your pet in the vehicle. Bring a large bowl of water and keep water in it if you just can’t be without your furry friend. Keep in mind that a person walking by might not realize how long you have been in the store and break your window just thinking they are trying to save your pet. This event can result in a fine for you and the cost to replace your window. In most cases, keep your pet at home in a comfortable house with fans and lots of water or shade. Please reference the Washing state legislature RCW 16.52.340 for details.

Boating, Fun, and Pets

It is time to get out on the water, and to have fun with your pet’s at the same time. Remember to bring plenty of water. Drinking lake water can cause diarrhea and vomiting in your pet. Freshwater is always the best to keep you and your pet hydrated. While on the water, please make sure you and your pet have a flotation device on. These may cost from a range of $20-$80. Keeping an I.D. tag or microchip on your pet can help find your pet if they get loose or scared. It would be a great idea to keep your pet’s vaccine history with you in case there is a disagreement with another pet while you are out. You can then prove that your pet has been vaccinated with the rabies vaccine. Consult your veterinarian if you need a copy of your pet’s vaccine history

Watch out for Blue-Green Algae

What is Blue-green Algae? Blue-green Algae is actually bacteria (cyanobacteria) that has similar qualities of natural plant algae that are found in lakes, rivers, ponds and marine water. Temperature rises and more sunshine can cause a “bloom.” “Toxic blooms” can cause rashes and illness in pets and humans if exposed. Signs of a toxic bloom is dead fish, waterfowl, and other animals in the water. For your pet, it can cause sudden, unexplained sickness, or death, especially if it has the bacteria in its mouth, legs, and feet. Humans may get a skin rash after being in the water.

Hospital Policies

Appointment Policy

We operate primarily by appointment, but we also accept walk-ins. Saturdays are operated on a first come, first serve walk-in basis. Emergency cases shall always receive top priority, which can cause the occasional appointment delay. Please realize that we make a sincere attempt to see each client on time. Drop-off appointments are also available. Please bring all dogs on a secure leash, and cats in a secure carrier for his/her safety.

Payment Policy

We require full payment at the time that services are rendered. For your convenience, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Care Credit, and cash. We do not accept personal checks.

Surgery Policy

Surgical patients need to arrive between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on the morning of surgery. At that time we will go over the treatment plan for your pet. Do not give any food after 10:00 p.m. the night before. Do not withhold water. All surgical and hospitalized patients are required to be current on their vaccines for their safety and the safety of other patients. If they are not current, we will update their vaccines that day. We have a strict no flea policy. Any surgical or hospitalized patient showing any signs of fleas will be treated.

About Us

Our goal is to practice the highest quality medicine and surgery with compassion and an emphasis on client education.

Amy Pittman, DVM, CCRT


Dr. Amy graduated from University of California, at Davis College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 and has been practicing in the Pacific Northwest since graduation. In August of 2016, Dr Amy completed her extra training to become a certified canine rehabilitation therapist through the Canine Rehab Institute. She joined the team at Animal Care Clinic in June 2017. Dr Amy hopes to continue to share her knowledge and passion of veterinary medicine with her patients, clients, and coworkers. In addition to veterinary medicine Dr Amy enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, working in the garden, reading and crocheting.

Tyler Lamb, DVM

Dr. Lamb graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. He joined the staff of Animal Care Clinic in August 2014. Dr. Lamb is a second generation veterinarian! His special interests include internal medicine, dermatology, geriatric care, dentistry and soft tissue surgery

Our Other Team Members

Letetia: Licensed Veterinary Technician

Laura: Licensed Veterinary Technician

Rosanna: Veterinary Assistant

Heather: Veterinary Assistant/ Receptionist

Lynne: Lead Receptionist

Vicci: Office Manager / Receptionist / Assistant

Shannon: Assistant and Author of this newsletter.