Indoor dogs and cats are certainly sheltered and warm during the cold months of the year. However, a cozy warm environment is no guarantee that medical problems will not occur. When a house is heated, the relative humidity indoors typically drops. This is especially true with gas heating and/or wood burning stoves. As the humidity [...]
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A fully equipped household first aid kit contains almost all of the supplies you may need for your pets. A simple first aid kit for your pets should include these additional items in a waterproof container: Latex (or hypoallergenic material) gloves Gauze sponges ( a variety of sizes) Gauze roll, [...]
Cold weather is here. Snow and freezing rain are on the way. As we prepare for winter, take time to ensure outdoor pets are protected as well. For outdoor dogs and cats, provide shelter from the weather. Dog houses need to be out of the wind and any cracks in the walls of the house [...]
Scarlet and Gus are Champion Mini Bull Terriers whose owners were looking forward to their first litter with eager anticipation. Scarlet’s health was closely monitored throughout her pregnancy and everything appeared to be fine. However, after several hours of unproductive labor, she was rushed to Western Carolina Regional Animal Hospital & Veterinarian Emergency Hospital for [...]
Halloween brings some dangers for pets that can be avoided if planned for ahead. Pets and candy, the worst most toxic of the candy is dark chocolate, but keep all candy away from your pets, as it can make them sick. As a veterinary emergency hospital, we see many cases of chocolate toxicity. The symptoms [...]
Dietary Indiscretions: The holiday season brings lots of good food, sweet treats and presents for all. However, these same goodies can be hazardous to your pets! Dogs love chocolate and other toxic foods such as grapes and raisins. Dark Baker’s Chocolate is the most toxic. It contains the toxins Caffeine and Theobromine. Milk Chocolatecontains a smaller amount of the [...]
Hi! My name is Jack and I am one of the owners of WCRAH. I am a 4 year old domestic shorthair tabby cat. I let the doctors think they are in charge but we all know better. I have the entire staff eating out of my paw. All I have to do is jump [...]
When Mattie, a two-year-old Boykin Spaniel, began vomiting, acting lethargic and showing no interest in eating, her owners thought she might have eaten something other than food. Recognizing the classic symptoms of a foreign body in her stomach or intestines, Mattie’s family veterinarian referred her to Western Carolina Regional Animal Hospital for an immediate endoscopic [...]
Antifreeze ingestion can kill pets. With winter weather just around the corner, winterizing a car with new antifreeze will protect a car from a frozen radiator. Properly disposing of used antifreeze is environmentally responsible and will also prevent a potentially fatal poisoning to your pet. Antifreeze – ethylene glycol – in and of itself is [...]
Your dog or cat is naturally warmer than you since their normal temperature is approximately 101 to 102 degrees. They also lack some of your ability to cool yourself when overheated. Dogs dissipate heat from their body through their lungs and respiratory tract. That is why they pant when they are hot. This poor cooling [...]