Woodland Animal Hospital

600 Eastland Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65101

(573)636-8322

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In the Heat of Summer

 

With the summer days becoming increasingly warmer, remember to keep your pets safe in the heat.

Always remember to NEVER leave your animal in a car. The temperatures in the vehicle can rise very quickly and can become deadly to your dog in a matter of minutes.

Use caution when walking your dogs outside. Dogs can become overheated while walking on the hot pavement. The hot pavement can even burn their paw pads. Carrying along a water bottle and collapsible bowl can help ensure that your dog stays hydrated. Some parks, Memorial park for example, have doggie water spouts on some of the fountains that can be helpful. Make sure to keep walks short on these hot summer days and try to walk during cooler hours like early morning or later in the evening.

Some animals are more susceptible to heat than others. Pugs and Bulldogs for example, pant less effectively and can become overheated faster. Other risk factors include obesity, older age, heart disease,and conformation.

Signs of overheating include difficulty breathing, increased heart rate and respiratory rate, drooling,weakness, disorientation, and collapse. Owners can take their dog’s temperature at home via rectal thermometer (dedicate a thermometer just for your dog)! Normal temperature for a dog is 101.5 F with a range of 99.5-102.5 F. A temperature of 104 degrees or above requires immediate veterinary attention.

If you have any concerns, please contact Woodland Animal Hospital for further information 1-573-636-8322.

 

February is Dental Health Month

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Malodorous breath, loss of gum tissue, and loose teeth are a direct result of plaque and tartar buildup.  Infectious oral diseases affecting the gums and root canals create systemic bacteremia(bacteria in the blood stream, which can infect other parts of the body). Dental disease, if left untreated, can also lead to other serious health complications including infections in the heart, kidney disease,emphysema, liver disease, nasal infections, osteomyelitis (bone infection),increased risk of oral cancer, and jaw fracture from loss of bone.Therefore, oral infectious diseases are known as “the silent killer.”

If you have notice tartar build up, a fould odor, or your pet having trouble eating, schedule a dental with us today! We also offer a special in the month of February and you can call 1-573-636-8322 to find out details.

 

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

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Meet Cali our resident diabetic Pitbull. Some of you may recognize her from our clinic. Cali came to us in desperate need of attention. She belonged to a single father who was at a loss as to why his dog kept losing weight despite being fed. When Dr. Groner examined her and performed a urinalysis and blood tests she was quickly able to uncover Cali’s untreated diabetic condition resulting in Ketoacidosis. In Cali, glucose is unable to make its way into cells due   Our office manager April fell in love with her and adopted her after her owner was unable to afford treatment. She is gaining weight every day as Dr. Groner monitors her condition adjusting her insulin to control her glucose levels. As of January 2016, she has increased her weight from 40 lbs to 60 lbs!

If you find your dog or cat drinking and peeing excessively or loosing weight despite being fed make sure to bring them in to be checked over by a veterinarian. There are many treatable conditions such as diabetes that we can help you with.