Did you know raw salmon or trout could kill your dog in the Pacific Northwest?? What is Salmon Poisoning Disease?!

Easily the most bizarre infectious disease ONLY found in our Pacific Northwest part of the world is Salmon Poisoning Disease.  If you have ever presented your dog to our clinic in Bremerton or Tacoma from mid-August to late January with … Read More »

Dr. Luttinen’s first week on the job as a veterinarian in 2001: pink nail polish, a corneal ulcer, and Marley!

While carrying a dozen veterinary journals and a surgery textbook in my right hand and my laptop bag in my left, I entered the back of Snohomish Veterinary Hospital (SVH) to begin my 4th day as a licensed veterinarian.  I … Read More »

Instrument Milk: Dr. Luttinen’s personal reflection on his first day working at a veterinary hospital!

There are many times in my personal and professional life that I’ve experienced what many people refer to the “it”!   We all sort of know and/or have experienced what that “it” is but it eludes description.  It’s that “magical” moment … Read More »

Dr. Luttinen’s first and urgent blog: Fleas are much more than inconvenient: they are truly harmful to your pets, your home, and family!

Has your dog or cat been struggling with fleas or itching from skin problems in the Bremerton, Silverdale, and/or Tacoma , WA areas recently? We have been recently experiencing a large surge in flea infestations and allergy episodes in the dogs … Read More »

Skin Diseases in Dogs and Cats

Is your pet constantly scratching, licking or shaking his or her ears? Do you have signs of hay fever such as sniffing or sneezing? You and your dog or cat may share allergic reactions to seasonal pollen, mold, dust or … Read More »