WILSON HOME VETERINARY CARE
Helping you care for your beloved pets at home
Summer has returned...
And if your life has been like mine, it has come on fast! What happened to Spring? Personally, I think it got lost in the never-ending rain we seemed to have in May and early June. That means that grasses, trees and flowers are all in bloom big time. Just like us, pets can suffer from allergies to their pollens too. Unlike us, who get itchy eyes and sneezing, our pets are more likely to manifest allergies through their skin with itchy “hot spots” and ear infections. Get these treated before they get out of control to avoid a vicious cycle of constant itching. Sometimes all it takes is a soothing cream or shampoo, but other times more intervention is needed. If you think your pet is suffering this Summer or if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions please feel free to call or email me at DrMer@wilsonhomevet.com.
Animal Hospice and
I am happy to announce that I am taking my care for your animals to the next level, and I will be embarking on a 16 month certification program in Animal Hospice and Palliative Care. As animals are living longer, geriatric care has become a increasing focus for veterinarians.
Those of you who have followed my newsletters know that every life stage has different medical needs. As many people can relate to caring for their aging parents and grandparents, no stage is more difficult than the one where our pets have reached the autumn and winter of their lives. Just as there are special geriatricians for people, this course will allow me to give my patients the optimal care throughout this difficult and
And while I learn more, so will you as I will keep you updated with what I learn so that we can all continue to make sure that our pets are enjoying the happiest and most comfortable of lives, no matter which life stage they are at!
IT'S HOT OUTSIDE...
Back by popular demand is a review of a very important seasonal concern: Heatstroke! Remember that heatstroke most commonly occurs when people leave their pets in a parked car, “because they will be back in just a minute.” Even in NYC, where few of us use cars, our pets are still susceptible. During hot humid weather, excessive exercise could be enough to cause heatstroke. Animals with underlying conditions can also be more susceptible. Breeds with short noses like pugs and bulldogs are at a higher risk as well. If you think your pet is suffering from heatstroke (increased panting, difficulty breathing, vomiting/diarrhea, collapsing, acting abnormally, and most significantly a rectal temperature above 104) spray them with lukewarm-cool water, and put cool towels (not cold) or alcohol on their paws. Then bring the pet to a veterinary emergency hospital immediately. Always have cool water available, and shade in Summer. Don’t walk pets on super hot days except early in the morning or late in the evening when the weather is cooler and the sun is not direct. And if your dog is an “at risk” patient, probably best if he/she just stays home in the AC with you.
A PERSONAL NOTE FROM YOUR HOUSE CALL VETERINARIAN...
I just had to share this happy day with all of you; but on the evening of June 24, 2017 my fiancé Manuel and I celebrated our wedding with friends and family. We had an absolutely lovely night. Now that the excitement has settled, I can definitely say that Garfunkel and Aruba are happy to have the focus of their pet parents back on them!
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