We had the amazing Sooke Fire Department out to do training with our staff over the staff meeting this morning! The wind cooperated for the most part (we only got blasted back wth the powder a few times). Turns out we have a great place to practice real-life use of the fire extinguishers; our parking lot!
We learned a few tricks to using the extinguishers and other fire-safety tips.
Stay safe out there!
HEATSTROKE IN PETS
What is heatstroke?
Heatstroke occurs when your pet’s body temperature rises above the normal range of 38.3-39.2 degrees. Dogs and cats have few sweat glands and cannot cool off by sweating like humans, so they overheat more easily. Pets mainly cool off by panting, as moisture evaporation from the oral cavity helps lower body temperature. Heatstroke most commonly occurs when pets are left outside on hot days, but also can develop if:
What are signs of heatstroke in pets?
Which animals are at greatest risk?
Any pet can develop heatstroke but the following are more predisposed:
What should I do if my pet shows heatstroke signs?
Ways to prevent heatstroke
Consider the possibility of heatstroke any time the temperature is above 27C or humidity is high, and take these precautions to keep your pet cool:
Enjoy the summer safely!
Now that BC has entered STEP 3 COVID level, we're slowly migrating to a communicable disease prevention plan! For now:
• Please avoid crowding; wait for an opening in reception before coming in.
• We request you wear a masks indoors unless you are fully vaccinated or cannot for other reasons. We are doing the same.
• For appointments, call us when you arrive to check in so we can direct you. We request one person per animal to reduce crowding
• For food or medication pick up, please call us to have your products brought out to the LOWER DOOR to your left (follow the side of the building down the stairs and under the extension).
• DO NOT ENTER IF YOU ARE SICK.
We need to keep our staff healthy to serve you and your pet. Please send a proxy, reschedule, or utilize our curbside option if you are not feeling well.
We are still offering curbside service as many people have found it helpful, but are now welcoming people in with their pets into our ventilated exam rooms. We look forward to seeing you all in person!
We are immensely grateful to all our clients for their incredible patience as we navigate these uncharted waters. While some measure will remain, such as curbside being offered, the barriers in reception, in-exam check-out convenience, and the pre-visit medical history forms for your pets, we're excited to be able to visit and see our clients again!