Dr. Julie Damron

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Chewing on an electrical cord can be life threatening to a dog or a cat

Generally this happens in young animals, and occurs more commonly with canines. It is seen more frequently around the holiday time with decoration lights; but can occur at any time that a pet has access to an electrical cord.

It can result in a wide range of problems. Locally there can be direct trauma to the tissues of the mouth, especially the tongue and lips. The duration of chewing time will affect the severity of damage.

Not all complications will be visually evident or occur right away. The electric shock can alter the heart rate/rhythm. This can affect blood pressure, and also trigger fluid to build up in the lung tissue causing breathing difficulties. Brain activity can be altered resulting in seizures or other abnormalities.

No matter what symptoms are evident, any pet that is found chewing on or is thought to have chewed on an electrical cord should be examined right away by a veterinarian. In addition to the exam and checking vitals, an x-ray or other diagnostics may be recommended. Your pet may need Oxygen or other supportive care.

It is best to prevent this from happening by covering exposed cords. Hardware stores now carry plastic channels that create a tunnel around the cord. Keeping puppies crated or in an exercise pen when they can’t be directly supervised is another option. Confining kittens to a different room is another option.

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Saturday, 11 July 2020

With the recent shelter-in-place order issued for our community, we wanted to take a moment to let you know that we are open and here for you and your pet!

However with the safety of our clients, patients and employees in mind, our lobby will be closed until further notice. Veterinary services will remain available during our normal business hours with a few adjustments to how we receive you and your pet, including:

Appointments & Medication/Food Pickup

Upon arriving at the clinic, please remain in your vehicle and contact us via phone @ 209-477-4841 to let our team know you have arrived. A team member will then meet you at your vehicle to escort your pet inside for the appointment and/or deliver any products you need to pick up. Payments can be made over the phone, from your vehicle.

We ask that no one who is experiencing flu-like symptoms or who has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus enter the facility at this time.

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