Alderson Veterinary Hospital is locally owned and operated by Dr.Angie Clark. We are a large and small animal clinic M-F with emergency services available. Taking new clients!
Alderson Veterinary Hospital is a full service clinic. We offer large and small animal services along with emergency on call. We offer hours that work around your busy schedule. AVH is taking on new clients so please contact us today to schedule your appointment.
Here are six ways you can help your pet maintain their body temperature and avoid heat stroke in summer:
1. When the temperature is high, don’t let your dog linger on hot surfaces like asphalt and cement. Being so close to the ground can heat their body quickly and is also an invitation for burns on sensitive paw pads. Keep walks to a minimum.
2. Giving your dog a lightweight summer haircut can help prevent overheating, but never shave to the skin. Dogs need one inch of protection to prevent sunburns.
3. Provide access to fresh water at all times. Make certain an outside dog has access to shade and plenty of cool water.
4. Restrict exercise when temperatures soar, and do not muzzle your dog because it inhibits their ability to pant.
5. Many dogs enjoy a swim, splashing in a wading pool, or a run through a sprinkler in warmer weather. This can help bring body temperatures down.
6. Never leave your pet in a parked car, not even if you park in the shade or plan to be gone for only a few minutes. The temperature inside of a car can reach oven-like temperatures in just minutes, often in excess of 140 degrees. That quick errand can turn into a disaster and could be fatal for your pet.
Today is National Heat Safety Awareness Day!
National Heat Awareness Day is founded by the National Weather Service, an agency of Federal Government of the United States that is formed to provide details to the public regarding the weather Forecast and related issues like hazardous Weather, Thunderstorm, Cyclones.
To Prevent Heat Illness, You Should:
Provide training about the hazards leading to heat stress and how to prevent them.
Provide a lot of cool water to workers close to the work area. At least one pint of water per hour is needed.
Schedule frequent rest periods with water breaks in shaded or air conditioned areas.
Routinely check workers who are at risk of heat stress due to protective clothing and high temperature.
Consider protective clothing that provides cooling.
How You Can Protect Yourself and Others:
Know signs/symptoms of heat illnesses; monitor yourself; use a buddy system.
Block out direct sun and other heat sources.
Drink plenty of fluids. Drink often and BEFORE you are thirsty. Drink water every 15 minutes.
Avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine.
Wear lightweight, light colored, loose fitting clothes.
Learn about the health dangers of heat, prepare you for excessive heat events, and tell you what to do during an excessive heat wave. You will find vital information about the dangers of leaving children, pets or anyone with limited mobility alone in a car even for a few minutes in what might seem like mild weather. Children locked in cars have died in December and in 70 degree weather, even with a window left open a little.
Let us observe this day by safeguarding us from heat. Drink more water and stay hydrated since Dehydration leads to various consequences. Therefore, drink at least 8 glasses of water per day since it prevents dehydration and further helps us to remove toxic substances in our body. Other Caffeinated or sports drinks might increase your water level in the body but Water is the Key.
You also will find information about protecting yourself from excessive heat, educational materials and specfics on how the National Weather Service keeps you aware of potentially dangerous situations. MWS tries make learning fun with games and activities to help educate your children about the dangers of heat and provide you with links for more information. Spanish language outreach materials are also available.
Use this hashtag #WaterBenefits and share the benefits of drinking water especially during summer days. Just find a cool place to get rid of heat. Plan for a tour. Post your preferred destinations using this hashtag #CoolDestinations so that others too might opt for.
[05/25/20] Alderson Veterinary Hospital will be closed Monday May 25, 2020 for Memorial Day!
RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP
Owning a pet is a privilege, but the benefits of pet ownership come with responsibilities.
Be a responsible pet owner:
Avoid impulsive decisions when selecting a pet.
Select a pet that's suited to your home and lifestyle.
Keep only the type and number of pets for which you can provide appropriate food, water, shelter, health care and companionship.
Commit to the relationship for the life of your pet(s).
Provide appropriate exercise and mental stimulation.
Properly socialize and train your pet.
Recognize that pet ownership requires an investment of time and money.
Make sure your pet receives preventive health care (vaccinations, parasite control, etc.), as well as care for any illnesses or injuries.
Budget for potential emergencies.
Clean up after your pet.
Obey all local ordinances, including licensing, leash requirements and noise control.
Don't allow your pet to stray or become feral.
Make sure your pet is properly identified (i.e., tags, microchips, or tattoos) and keep its registration up-to-date.
Don't contribute to our nation's pet overpopulation problem: limit your pet's reproduction through spay/neuter, containment or managed breeding.
Prepare for an emergency or disaster, including assembling an evacuation kit.
Make alternate arrangements if you can no longer provide care for your pet.
Recognize any decline in your pet's quality of life and make timely decisions in consultation with a veterinarian.
Socialization of dogs and cats
What is socialization?
Socialization is the process of preparing a dog or cat to enjoy interactions and be comfortable with other animals, people, places and activities. Ideally, socialization should begin during the "sensitive period" which is between 3 and 14 weeks of age for puppies, and 3 and 9 weeks of age for kittens.
Advice to new puppy and kitten owners
Adopting a new kitten or puppy is a wonderful and exciting experience. It is also a time where a little extra planning can help a new pet develop the calm and confident temperament that will help them enjoy life to the fullest. The basic tennets of socialization are outlined below. The AVMA will be developing tools to help veterinarians and their clients create simple and fun plans tailored to the developmental needs of puppies and kittens in their first weeks and months of life.
When adopting a puppy or kitten, ask for a pre- and post-adoption socialization plan.
Create a socialization plan specifically for your dog or cat to prepare him or her for life in your household. Plan exposures to the animals, individuals, environments, activities and objects that will be part of his or her new life.
Provide regular positive and diverse experiences to encourage your dog or cat to enjoy new experiences without becoming fearful or aggressive.
Provide praise, play and treats to reward engagement. Allow the dog or cat to withdraw if he or she is uncomfortable. Move at a pace appropriate for your pet's personality.
Managed puppy or kitten socialization classes are a good way to socialize your new pet within the sensitive period.
Puppies or kittens that are not fully vaccinated should not be exposed to unvaccinated animals or places they may have been (such as outdoor parks).
Continue to reward your dog or cat for calm or playful responses to social interactions throughout his or her life.
For dogs or cats with special behavioral needs, develop a plan with your veterinarian and/or another animal behavior expert.
National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
APRIL 30, 2020
Today is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, a day created to raise awareness for the millions of animals waiting for their forever homes in shelters across the country. Are you ready to bring home your new best friend? Your local shelter is a great place to start your search!
To ensure your shelter search and pet adoption process goes smoothly, American Humane offers the following tips on National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day:
MEET YOUR MATCH
Most adopters have an idea of what type of pet they want to adopt but feel overwhelmed by the variety of animal breeds, temperaments, and ages found in shelters. A good rule of thumb? Pick a pet whose personality meshes well with yours. Are you a high-energy marathoner? An enthusiastic rescue dog could be your new running buddy. Are you laid-back and relaxed? A mellow cat or older animal may be your perfect pet.
Pets over the age of six are often overlooked in animal shelters by potential adopters, but there are so many reasons why older animals can make ideal furry family members. They tend to be less rambunctious than younger animals, are often already house-trained, and, just like any shelter animal, they are forever grateful for a second chance.
PUT A PET PLAN IN PLACE
Before bringing home your shelter pet, make sure you—and your home—are ready for their arrival. Gather the supplies your pet will need: a collar, leash, identification tags, crate, toys, water and food bowls, and food. Ask the shelter about your pet’s previous feeding schedule and what type of food they’ve been fed, as a sudden switch in schedules or food can cause tummy issues.
Choose a veterinarian before adopting a pet, and schedule a visit within a few days of adoption. You’ll want to take any medical records the shelter provides with you to ensure that your new pet is getting the proper care they need. If your pet wasn’t spayed or neutered prior to adoption, ask your veterinarian about the process, and don’t forget about microchipping your pet – it can ensure their safe return home if they wander from your sight.
GET OFF ON THE RIGHT PAW
Ensure your entire household is prepared for a new pet before adopting a new furry family member. Have a plan in place for which family members will handle certain pet responsibilities, like taking a dog on a walk or emptying the cat’s litter box.
When adopting a new pet with existing pets at home, discuss with the animal shelter or adoption facility how to make a proper introduction. But be patient – it can several weeks for a pet to relax in a new environment.
On National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, American Humane is reminding everyone: your local shelter is a great place to find animals of every type, size, age and personality – all waiting for a loving home!
Today is International Guide Dog Day!!
Guide dogs provide opportunities for social interaction and greater independence for legally blind adults, and people with other disabilities. International Guide Dog Day pays tribute to the dogs who do this impressive work.
Guide dogs help the visually impaired make their way through the world while offer love and comfort in so many ways.
References to guide dogs date back to at least the 16th century, so for the hundreds of years of service that these faithful companions have provided, we say thank you on April 29 (the last Wednesday in April).
HOW TO OBSERVE INTERNATIONAL GUIDE DOG DAY
Learn about training
For one thing, guide dogs recognize whether or not a command would put their handler in danger and learn to disobey such instructions. That’s not an easy thing to teach!
Several organizations throughout the world train guide dogs and match them with people. Like other nonprofits, they could benefit from your time and/or donations.
Adopt a "career change" dog
Not all dogs who begin training for this task make it all the way. Those who don't — require a forever home. Note: There's a long waiting list for these dogs, so prepare your application early.
NATIONAL PET ID WEEK
National Pet ID Week is always for seven days starting April 17. It gives pet owners a great opportunity to review the steps they can take to make sure their pet has the best chance of being recovered should the animal become lost.
It is estimated that one in three pets will go missing at some point in their life. It is also estimated that about 5 million animals enter shelters each year and of those 40 to 60 percent are lost pets. Getting those pets back home can reduce shelter crowding and free up valuable resources and kennel space for truly homeless animals.
Dog collars with identifying features are historic. Ancient kings, queens, and pharaohs used dog collars to show the status of dogs. Even though it is believed that dog collars with identifying features originated in Ancient Egypt, it was in Ancient Greece that gave dog collars their practical purpose. While the Egyptians used dog collars for decorative and possibly even identification purposes, it was n Ancient Greece where dog collars were used for more than identifying the dog and its owner. Farmers created spiked dog collars as a way of protecting their dogs’ throats from being ripped out by wolves.
Microchips for pets began in the mid-1990s. Global Positioning Systems were developed to become “bionics capable” of being read by satellites using Radio Frequency Identification of RFID. They could be tracked within inches of their location anywhere on the planet.
Not only are pets microchipped, but a Washington Times story from 1995 wrote that the United Kingdom’s Prince William, was electronically ‘tagged’ for security reasons.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Follow on Social Media #NationalPetIDWeek, #PetIdWeek
Vets recommend every pet owner prepare for a lost pet. They say pet identification is a crucial step to keep pets safe. Even the most well-behaved cats and dogs can get lost, run off unexpectedly or get separated from their owners. Two popular ways to I-D your pet, are to use a microchip and dog collar and tag. Collar tags are historically the most common. Pet owners can get personalized tags are available at pet stores or online. Make sure the tag has the most important piece of information:
your cell phone number. Inspect your pet’s collar and tags.
Are they in good repair?
Are the tags readable? Or scratched and worn?
Is the contact information up to date? (Contact info should include your cell phone number and your address.)
If you have “chipped” your pet with a microchip, this week is a good time to see that it is working and you are prepared to use it. Do you have the microchip brand, the 1-800 number of the company, and the microchip number of your pet in an easily accessible place?
MINIMIZING THE IMPACT OF COLIC ON YOUR HORSE
Colic is not a disease; it is merely a symptom of disease. Specifically, colic indicates a painful problem in the horse's abdomen (belly). There are dozens of different conditions that can cause a horse to show signs of abdominal pain. Most (but not all) involve the digestive system, most often the stomach or intestines. Less than ten percent of all colic cases are severe enough to require surgery or cause the death of the horse. Nevertheless, every case of colic should be taken seriously because it can be difficult to tell the mild ones from the potentially serious ones in the early stages.
Horses show signs of abdominal pain in a wide variety of ways, and usually a horse shows only a few of the signs during an episode of colic. The rule of thumb is — the more obvious the signs of pain, the more serious the problem. Common signs include pawing, stretching out, excessive sweating, rolling, kicking or biting at stomach, elevated pulse rate, and rapid breathing.
If you suspect the horse is suffering from colic, we suggest that you:
• alert your veterinarian immediately;
• don't medicate without your veterinarian's approval, as pain medications can mask clinical signs;
• remove all hay and grain from the horse's surroundings;
• walk the horse around if it's continually rolling or in danger of hurting itself — but do not tire the horse with relentless walking and don't approach the animal if it's not safe;
• keep the horse under close observation until the signs of colic resolve or the veterinarian arrives.
The key to increasing the chances of a good outcome is to identify the problem early and get your veterinarian involved from the start. Ask your horse doctor what you can do to minimize the incidence of colic!
Source: Colic: Minimizing its Incidence and Impact in your Horse | https://aaep.org/horsehealth/colic-minimizing-its-incidence-and-impact-your-horse
#aaep #equinevets #horsedoctors #veterinarymedicine #equestrianlife #colic #wednesdaywisdom
Dog Bite Emergencies
What do I do if I’m bitten?
If you are bitten by a dog, here is a checklist of things you should do:
If the dog's owner is present, request proof of rabies vaccination, and get the owner's name and contact information.
Clean bite wound with soap and water as soon as possible.
Consult your doctor immediately or go to the emergency room if it's after office hours.
Contact the dog's veterinarian to check vaccination records.
What do I do if my dog bites someone?
Dog bites are scary for everyone involved – the person who has been bitten, the dog owner and even the dog. If your dog happens to bite someone, remember that you are responsible to help the person who has been bitten and to remove your dog from the situation. What should you do if the unfortunate happens?
Restrain your dog immediately.
Separate your dog from the scene of the bite.
Try to confine your dog in a safe place.
Check on the bite victim’s condition.
Make sure that the wounds are washed with soap and water.
Encourage the bite victim to seek professional medical advice to check on the seriousness of the wound and the risk of rabies or other infections.
Call 911 if a response by paramedics is needed.
Provide important information.
Give the bite victim – or others who are with the person at the time of the incident – your name, address and phone number, as well as information about your dog’s most recent rabies vaccination.
Obey local rules and laws regarding reporting of dog bites.
Talk to your veterinarian for advice about dog behavior that will help prevent similar incidents in the future.
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