Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists » Emergency Visits https://bevsvt.com Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:58:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.19 Animal ER – The Best of Burlingtonhttps://bevsvt.com/2017/animal-er-the-best-of-burlington/ https://bevsvt.com/2017/animal-er-the-best-of-burlington/#comments Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:00:29 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=2231 BEVS Offers Emergency and Specialty Services

By Mary Ann LickTeig

On a Friday evening just before Christmas, I was out shopping and talking to my 11-year-old son on the phone. “We were debating whether we should even tell you,” he said. And that meant only one thing—he should tell me. Our lab puppy had polished off a box of doughnuts, and at least half were chocolate. Rosie is my first dog; I have lots to learn, but even I knew that chocolate is a no-no. I called our vet, but the office was closed, as I had expected. The recording referred after-hours emergencies to 863-2387. And that’s how I first encountered Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists, better known as BEVS.


Pamela Levin, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPP (Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner) performing laser therapy on her patient, Hobbs.

Pamela Levin, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPP (Certified
Veterinary Acupuncturist, Certified Canine
Rehabilitation Therapist, Certified Veterinary
Pain Practitioner) performing laser therapy on her patient, Hobbs.

Located in Williston, it’s the area’s only specialty and emergency veterinary hospital with a veterinarian on-site around the clock, seven days a week, ready to treat furry victims of trauma, toxins, and other misfortunes, and, in my case, to reassure a new dog owner that the amount of chocolate in a few doughnuts isn’t enough to hurt a 50-pound puppy. The hospital traces its roots to 1999, when a group of vets got together to provide emergency service to about a dozen veterinary hospitals in and around Burlington. Those 12 became 25, 25 became 50, and Veterinary Emergency Services, as it was known then, quickly outgrew its facility. Most of the vets working there had their own practices to run, so in late 2004, a new independent hospital called Burlington Emergency Veterinary Services was born. It moved to its current location—200 Commerce Street—in 2005 and remained a nights and weekends operation until 2007. That’s when board-certified specialists joined the practice, regular daytime hours were added, and its name was tweaked to reflect its broader mission: Burlington Emergency &  Veterinary Specialists. The 5,000-square-foot facility houses an operating room, radiology room, lab, and accommodations for 16 dogs and 12 cats. “For patients, we call them ‘suites,’” says hospital  administrator Whitney Durivage. BEVS acquired the state’s first CT scanner for pets in 2013. Computed tomography (CT) is a noninvasive diagnostic method that uses special x-ray equipment to obtain cross-sectional pictures of the body. The 12 veterinarians include five emergency doctors, two surgeons, two internists, an oncologist, and the state’s only certified veterinary pain practitioner, who offers  acupuncture and laser therapy and can fit dogs for prosthetic legs. The doctors work with 30 veterinary technicians that BEVS calls nurses. Dr. Bryan Harnett talks about recent cases he and his team have treated, which include a cat with Cryptococcus, a fungal infection of the brain, and an eight-year-old lab that couldn’t move its legs. The dog had a slipped cervical disc, which a surgeon removed using a ventral slot  procedure. In addition to chemotherapy, endoscopy, cystoscopy, rhinoscopy, and echocardiography, the hospital offers that all-too-common emergency procedure— retrieving objects that animals have swallowed. These have included bottle caps, needles, fishhooks, a golf ball, a tennis ball, a spoon, socks, and undies.


Right: Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Bryan Harnett and Internal Medicine Supervisor Brenna Mousaw, CVT, VTS (Internal Medicine) perform a CT scan on a feline patient.

Right: Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Bryan Harnett
and Internal Medicine Supervisor Brenna Mousaw,
CVT, VTS (Internal Medicine) perform a CT scan on a feline patient.

Two electronic boards—one listing inpatients and the other listing appointments and walk-ins—hang in the center of the treatment area where, on a recent Monday, vet techs took turns cradling a pug puppy who had been vomiting and not eating. “This is a four-month-old puppy, and he should be loud and rambunctious, but he’s not at all,” said vet tech Katie Henderson. For all the sophisticated equipment and procedures here, animals  awaiting diagnosis are tagged with a decidedly unacademic acronym—ADR, for ain’t doin’ right. Tests showed that the lethargic puppy had low blood sugar and elevated liver enzymes, leading the team to suspect it had a liver shunt, a blood vessel that carries blood around the liver rather than through it, allowing toxins to build up. The patient population here is 60 percent dogs and 40 percent cats, administrator Whitney says. Hamsters, gerbils, and rabbits come in on an emergency basis. While most clients live in Chittenden County, some travel from Southern Vermont, Upstate New York, and New Hampshire. The day BEVS treated the ADR puppy, David Snider made a trip of an hour and 50 minutes from Lake Placid, New York, with his four-year-old pit bull mix, Roger, who was nursing wounds from a porcupine fight. “He won the battle but lost the war,” David said. Roger had bested his opponent 10 days earlier but was now feverish, lethargic,  vomiting, and exhibiting an abscess under his left leg. His Lake Placid vet suspected he’d need a CT scan, and since she doesn’t have the equipment, she sent him to BEVS. Dr. Maggie Lynch ran blood tests and suggested admitting Roger.

Elsewhere in the hospital, a black lab and a hound mix rested in adjacent cages. The dogs, from the same home, were receiving fluids while under observation for suspected Xylitol ingestion. The artificial sweetener found in gum and peanut butter is toxic to dogs. “And sometimes, if you don’t know who ate it, you end up having to treat both,” Whitney says. The same thing happens with cats and lilies.



Above left: Pamela Levin, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPP (Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner) works on balance and core strength with Hobbs.

Above left: Pamela Levin, DVM, CVA, CCRT,
CVPP (Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Certified
Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, Certified
Veterinary Pain Practitioner) works on balance and core strength with Hobbs.

Awaiting surgery was a 4½-year-old small mixed-breed patient who had been hit by a car. Dr. Helia Zamprogno planned to insert plates into the dog’s two broken hips and pins into her broken tibia. Dr. Pam Levin would be available to help after surgery. She is the hospital’s certified canine rehabilitation therapist—think physical therapy for dogs. She employs exercise balls, BOSU balance trainers, and cavaletti rails to help pets strengthen their muscles and improve their balance, gait, and body awareness. And yes, she says, patients go home with exercise regimens. “Everyone gets homework.” Dr. Levin also offers  acupuncture, which doesn’t surprise people, she says. “Lots come in looking for it because they have it for themselves or they’ve heard about it.” Chinese practitioners used it on horses 2,000 years ago, Dr. Levin says. “We don’t really call it alternative anymore; we call it adjunctive therapy.” She uses it mostly to relieve pain for animals that are older, arthritic, or have mobility problems. Sarah Lehto brings her 12½-year-old border collie, Sadie, to Dr. Levin for routine laser therapy to treat arthritis. The procedure delivers light energy to areas of pain and swelling to increase blood flow, stimulate healing, and decrease pain and inflammation. When medication wasn’t enough for Sadie, Sarah decided “somewhat skeptically,” she admits, to supplement it with laser therapy. Sadie regained her sass as well as her interest in walking and swimming, Sarah says, and she’s been receiving laser therapy ever since. “I call it the spa treatment,” says Sarah.


The doughnut incident was the first of three contacts this writer has had with BEVS. On Easter Sunday, English lab Rosie ate the contents of an Easter basket. That amount of chocolate tipped the toxin scales, and BEVS advised inducing vomiting. Rosie lapped up hydrogen peroxide—labs will eat anything—then promptly returned the candy, jellybeans still intact. One month later, she chewed up a cap gun and  developed a hacking cough that sounded like plastic lodged in her throat. An X-ray showed only an irritated esophagus.


South Burlington dog Barouk is lucky to live within 20 minutes of BEVS. The nine-year-old yellow lab suffered a seizure on Christmas Eve, endured a violent sneezing fit on Super Bowl Sunday, and leaped off a second-floor roof on the Fourth of July weekend. Something about nights, weekends, and holidays triggers trouble for pets. “They just know,” hospital administrator Whitney Durivage says. Back in February, Barouk devoured two-thirds of a pan of triple-chocolate brownies, an escapade that earned him a required overnight hospital stay. His owner, Danielle Fisette, called to check on him every half-hour. “And the staff were wonderful and kind every time I called,” she says. The flying leap off the roof in his exuberant celebration of Independence Day this summer earned Barouk a splint. He broke no bones but injured his left front paw. He was already getting laser therapy for shoulder tendinopathy, so Dr. Pam Levin expanded the treatment to stimulate healing in Barouk’s paw.


BEVS has plans to renovate the existing building in order to create more exam rooms and offices. Renovation is underway, Whitney Durivage says, adding, “We’re kind of at our max capacity.” Rollaway crates and gates create extra hospital beds when supply exceeds demand. And staff dogs have taken over the staff lounge. Six relaxed there one day recently. Bringing your dog to work is a great employee perk, but in the current building, it means that staffers have to share the lounge. They get to use the refrigerator and lockers. Everything else has gone to the dogs, as the saying goes.

BEVS operating room.

BEVS operating room.

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Narcan For K-9 Units in Vermonthttps://bevsvt.com/2017/narcank-9vermont/ https://bevsvt.com/2017/narcank-9vermont/#comments Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:34:37 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=2188 BURLINGTON, Vt. – The president of the Vermont Police Canine Association wants to make sure every K-9 unit in Vermont has access to Narcan, an overdose-reversal drug.

Burlington Sgt. Wade Labrecque says ten years ago, K-9’s were mostly detecting cocaine, a drug that carried its own risks.

Now, however, heroin, specifically heroin laced with fentanyl and carfentanyl, poses deadly dangers to K-9’s if ingested.

“They don’t, unfortunately, have the awareness that we do of the different types of heroin, even the heroin itself can be dangerous not to mention the fentanyl and the carfentanyl as well,” said Sgt. Labrecque. “They can absorb the heroin and the fentanyl through their paws just like we absorb it through our skin.”

Due to training and taking precautions, no Vermont K-9’s have been exposed to those deadly strains, Sgt. Labrecque says.

Burlington police officers have Narcan on hand in case themselves, or their furry partners, accidentally overdose.

If officers do see the signs of overdose, they can administer Narcan, or any other overdose-reversal drug, and then take the K-9 to an animal hospital.

Some veterinarian hospitals already know about fentanyl and the drugs that can be used to reverse overdoses.

“After they fix a fracture or they’ve done chest surgery or abdominal surgery, they’ll get fetanyl afterwards for pain relief,” said Dr. Bryan Harnett, internal medicine specialist, from the Burlington Emergency and Veterinary Specialists, or BEVS, in Williston.

Because fentanyl is administered for medical purposes, the BEVS office has Naloxone on site.

“Out in the field, if you notice that reduction in breathing rate, heart rate diminishing, body temperature going down, becoming less responsive or overly sedated then they could come in and get a dose of Narcan,” said Dr. Harnett. “Occasionally you’ll need to repeat those doses of Narcan so they’d need to be admitted to the hospital and monitored overnight.”

While Burlington officers carry Narcan, Sgt. Labrecque is working with Dr. Paul Howard, of the Vermont Veterinary Surgical Center, to get overdose-reversal drugs for all of Vermont’s K-9 teams.

“Some smaller agencies, it could be somewhat cost prohibitive, but that’s where the Vermont Police K9 Association comes in,” said Sgt. Labrecque.
He says donations to the non-profit could help provide Narcan for every K-9 in the state.

You can donate to the Vermont Police Canine Association specifically for Narcan purchases.

Visit http://www.vtk9.com/ for more information.


See Full Story Here: http://www.mychamplainvalley.com/news/k-9-leader-working-to-provide-narcan-for-all-k-9-units-in-vermont/768512419

By: Staci DaSilva

 Posted: Jul 18, 2017 05:47 PM



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Radio Interview with Bruce and Hobbes 92.1 WVTKhttps://bevsvt.com/2017/radio-interview-with-bruce-and-hobbes-92-1-wvtk/ https://bevsvt.com/2017/radio-interview-with-bruce-and-hobbes-92-1-wvtk/#comments Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:53:39 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=2165 Our Hospital Administrator, Whitney was fortunate enough to be interviewed by Bruce and Hobbes on WVTK. Listen to the interview about BEVS, you’ll get some great info on the hospital and how to find us in a pinch! The interview aired on Thursday, April 20th, 2017.










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Is pet insurance worth the upfront cash?https://bevsvt.com/2017/is-pet-insurance-worth-the-upfront-cash-2/ https://bevsvt.com/2017/is-pet-insurance-worth-the-upfront-cash-2/#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:23:09 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=2119 The question of pet insurance is a common topic for our clients. Investigative reporter Jennifer Costa spent hours researching the top pet insurance companies and found out this is a pretty complicated topic with an overwhelming number of options. Not all pet policies are created equal so plan on spending time on the phone with each company before picking a policy. “Pet insurances are really different. Just like in human medicine, you have to read the fine print as to what they cover and there’s very specific things you should look for,” said Dr. Garrett Levin, BEVS surgeon.

Like broad coverage. Only a few insurers pay for wellness visits, while most will cover hereditary conditions, accidents, illnesses and injuries. Watch for exceptions. Exam fees run $50 for an office visit to more than $100 for emergency care. WCAX found Trupanion and Healthy Paws do now cover this expense. A hidden cost to consider if your pet is a frequent flyer at the vet.

Check coverage limits. For most, unlimited coverage is standard. But Embrace and Petfirst cap annual payouts at $15,000 and $20,000 respectively. Not a big dealunless your pet comes down with a chronic costly condition. Understand your deductible. Annual deductibles are the most common. But Petfirst charges you a “per incident” deductible that resets every year. Trupanion charges per incident too, but you only pay the deductible for that condition once during the pet’s life.

Experts say in most cases pet insurance will save you money.

Reporter Jennifer Costa: Should people shop around?

Levin: Absolutely. Ask questions.

WCAX found it’s easier to get answers when you call the companies directly.

For a 2-year-old cat, monthly premiums ranged from $17 to $51. You could pay less if you chose a higher deductible or opted to pay more out of pocket.

After her ordeal, Leahy wanted maximum coverage including wellness protection. She asked her vet about each insurer, compared a half dozen policies for Great Danes, considered Magnus’ frequent health needs and opted for a pricier plan.

“The last thing you want to do is make a decision about your pet based on money,” said Leahy.

After research, we can’t say whether this is a good insurance company and this is a bad one. Quotes for a cat varied by about $35 a month. The most expensive one didn’t cover any more than the cheapest. Remember you can always adjust your premium or your deductible to fit your budget.

Before you call for a quote, check out “What’s Not Covered?” to ensure you are picking the best policy for your pet:

Check out the full story here, Is pet insurance worth the upfront cash?.

By Jennifer Costa, WCAX




www.petsbest.com/coverage (exclusions are at the bottom)





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Pets in Vehicleshttps://bevsvt.com/2016/pets-in-vehicles-2/ https://bevsvt.com/2016/pets-in-vehicles-2/#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:32:21 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=2016 On Wednesday, the temperature in Williston was 85 degrees so we decided to put the dog Life-Meter to the test!  We affixed the decal to the inside of a car window and waited one hour before returning to the parking lot see how high the internal temperature of the car was.  To our surprise the inside temp had climbed to 130 degrees!

Our vehicles can quickly reach a temperature that puts pets at serious risk of illness and even death. Even on a day that doesn’t seem hot to us–and cracking the windows makes no difference.

Please do not leave your precious pets in your vehicle.

Estimated Vehicle Interior Air Temperature vs. Elapsed Time
Elapsed time Outside Air Temperature (F)
70 75 80 85 90 95
0 minutes707580859095
10 minutes899499104109114
20 minutes99104109114119124
30 minutes104109114119124129
40 minutes108113118123128133
50 minutes111116121126131136
60 minutes113118123128133138
> 1 hour115120125130135140

Courtesy Jan Null, CCM; Department of Geosciences, San Francisco State University

Symptoms of overheating in dogs include:

Heavy pantingElevated body temperature
Excessive thirstWeakness, collapse
Glazed eyesIncreased pulse and heartbeat
Vomiting, bloody diarrheaSeizures
Bright or dark red tongue, gumsExcessive drooling

By the time a dog is exhibiting symptoms of heatstroke, it’s often too late to save him.


Written by: Aimee Gilfillan

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‘TIS THE SEASON…SANTA PAWS!https://bevsvt.com/2015/tis-the-seasonsanta-paws/ https://bevsvt.com/2015/tis-the-seasonsanta-paws/#comments Mon, 21 Dec 2015 20:46:21 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=1879 BY DR. GARRETT LEVIN, DVM, Diplomate ACVS

The holiday season is upon us, and many pet parents plan to include their furry companions in the festivities.  As you gear up for the holidays, it is important to try to keep your pet’s eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible.  Also, please be sure to steer pets clear of the following unhealthy treats, toxic plants and dangerous decorations:

Oh, Christmas Tree: Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t tip and fall causing possible injury to your pet. This will also prevent the tree water—which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset—from spilling. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria – if ingested could cause nausea or diarrhea.  In addition, avoid putting aspirin in the water (some people do this thinking it will keep the tree more vigorous).  Aspirin-laced water can be life threatening.

Avoid Mistletoe & Holly: Holly and Poinsettias, when ingested, can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.  Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems.  Varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested.  Instead choose artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.

Tinsel-less Town: Kitties love this sparkly, light-catching “toy” that’s easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. But a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery.

That Holiday Glow: Don’t leave lit candles unattended.  Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock the candles over.  Be sure to use appropriate candle holders placed on a stable surface.  If you leave the room – put the candle out!

Wired Up: Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws’ reach.  A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock (especially if chewed on) and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus.  Shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet’s mouth and digestive tract.

Beautiful Decorations: Keep other ornaments out of reach of pets.  Ingestion of any ornament, which might look like toys to pets can result in life-threatening emergencies and require emergency surgery to remove from the gastrointestinal tract.  Pine needles, when ingested, can puncture holes in a pet’s intestine.  So keep pet areas clear of pine needles.


Christmas Morning Presents: Put away toys after children open their gifts.  Small plastic pieces and rubber balls are common causes of choking and intestinal blockage in dogs.  Ingested plastic or cloth toys must often be removed surgically.

Provide your pets with a place to hide: Many pets get nervous, shy and scared around people that they are not familiar with.  A spare bedroom, office or basement with your pets’ favorite toys and food is a good idea during holiday gatherings.

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Holiday Feast and Your Petshttps://bevsvt.com/2015/holiday-feast-and-your-pets/ https://bevsvt.com/2015/holiday-feast-and-your-pets/#comments Fri, 30 Oct 2015 13:45:28 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=1867 BY Dr. Garrett Levin, DVM, Diplomate ACVS

As the holiday season draws near, we look forward to celebrating with family and friends.  Our homes fill with the wonderful scents of indulgent food and treats.  As tasty as these foods are for us, they can be problematic for dogs.

Dietary indiscretion describes gastrointestinal upset that occurs when a dog ingests something that its body cannot tolerate causing irritation and inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.  The most common cause is when animals get into the trash or are fed people food (“table scraps”).

Most cases of dietary indiscretion are mild and do not have lasting consequences.  However, some dogs can suffer severe illness that require more intensive treatment.  Pancreatitis is a painful and sometimes life threatening condition resulting from severe inflammation of the pancreas.  Dogs that consume non digestible items (such as bones) can develop intestinal obstructions or perforations that are surgical emergencies.

Common clinical signs of dietary indiscretion:

  • Diarrhea – small amounts of blood may be noted in the feces
  • Loss of appetite and nausea
  • Vomit
  • Lethargy
  • Loud intestinal noises
  • Pacing, panting, whining, or showing other signs of abdominal pain and discomfort

Many cases of dietary indiscretion are diagnosed based on symptoms and physical examination by a veterinarian.  In severe cases, veterinarians may perform blood and fecal tests, perform abdominal radiographs (x-rays) and abdominal ultrasound (sonogram), as well as other diagnostics to rule out other concurrent abnormalities associated with the clinical signs.

Many mild cases of dietary indiscretion resolve if the dog is fed a special, easily digestible diet “bland diets” such as boiled chicken and rice.  More severe cases of dietary indiscretion can result in dehydration and require hospitalization.  Please consult with your primary veterinarian if the clinical signs do not quickly resolve on their own.  If your primary veterinarian is closed, please call Burlington Emergency and Veterinary Specialists (BEVS) at (802) 863-2387.  BEVS is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to advise you on the appropriate actions with regards to your pet’s symptoms.

Here are some additional tips how to keep your pet safe this time of year during your holiday feast:

  • Keep garbage in a secure container
  • Keep food in the cupboard or refrigerator
  • Don’t leave food on the counter or table
  • Don’t feed your pet people food (“table scraps”).
  • Don’t give your pet bones to chew on
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Normal vitals for a doghttps://bevsvt.com/2015/normal-vitals-for-a-dog/ https://bevsvt.com/2015/normal-vitals-for-a-dog/#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2015 19:39:27 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=1807 Our question this week was:

What are the normal vitals for a dog?

– Marie L.

Answer Hi – thanks for your email. Great question. I’m glad you asked this. We have a great article on the site – I’ll include information from that article for you here. Normal vital signs for dogs are:

Body Temperature – Body temperature in animals is taken rectally. The normal body temperature for a dog is 100 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. If your pet has a temperature less than 99 or over 104, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Mucous Membrane Color – The most commonly examined mucous membranes are the gums. The color of the gums is a good indicator of blood perfusion and oxygenation. The normal gum color is pink. If your pet has pigmented gums, lowering the eyelid can also give you an indicator of mucous membrane color. Pale, white, blue or yellow gums are cause for concern and you should contact your veterinarian immediately.

Heart Rate – You can feel your pet’s heartbeat on the left side of the chest at the area where a raised elbow will touch the chest. Your pet should be calm and quiet. Place your hand over this area of the chest and feel for a heartbeat. You can also use a stethoscope if you have one. Count the number of heartbeats for 15 seconds and multiply that number by 4. Be aware that a dog’s heartbeat will normally slow down and speed up with each breath. This is not an abnormal heart rhythm and does not require veterinary care. For dogs, a normal heartbeat varies on size: Small dogs and puppies normally have heart rates of 120 to 160 beats per minute. Dogs over 30 pounds have heart rates of 60 to 120. The larger the dog, the slower the normal heart rate. If your pet has a heart rate outside the normal range, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Respiratory Rate – Counting the number of breaths per minute and determining the breathing pattern can be very important in an emergency. Learn the normal breathing rate and pattern for your pet. Count the number of breaths your pet takes in one minute. Avoid counting when your pet is panting. A good time to count the normal breathing rate is when your pet is asleep. Normal respiratory rates: -For dogs: 10 to 30 breaths per minute. Dogs can also pant normally up to 200 pants per minute.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra Read more at: http://tr.im/9vGLJ

Written by: Dr. Debra Primovic – DVM Read more at: http://tr.im/9vGLJ

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7 Things You Can Do to Make Halloween Safer for Your Pethttps://bevsvt.com/2015/7-things-you-can-do-to-make-halloween-safer-for-your-pet/ https://bevsvt.com/2015/7-things-you-can-do-to-make-halloween-safer-for-your-pet/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 16:15:43 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=1800
  • Don’t feed your pets Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol (a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum);
  • Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case s/he escapes through the open door while you’re distracted with trick-or-treaters;
  • Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of pets;
  • If you plan to put a costume on your pet, make sure it fits properly and is comfortable, doesn’t have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, and doesn’t interfere with your pet’s sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or moving. Take time to get your pet accustomed to the costume before Halloween, and never leave your pet unsupervised while he/she is wearing a costume;
  • Keep glow sticks and glow jewelry away from your pets. Although the liquid in these products isn’t likely toxic, it tastes really bad and makes pets salivate excessively and act strangely;
  • If your pet is wary of strangers or has a tendency to bite, put him/her in another room during trick-or-treating hours or provide him/her with a safe hiding place;
  • Keep your pet inside.
  • Written by the American Veterinary Medical Association

    Original Posting: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/halloween.aspx

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    Who’s in charge of your animal’s care while you’re away?https://bevsvt.com/2015/whos-in-charge-of-your-animals-care-while-youre-away/ https://bevsvt.com/2015/whos-in-charge-of-your-animals-care-while-youre-away/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 17:35:03 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=1758 The reservations are made, the bags are packed, and you’re ready for your trip. If you’re not taking your animal(s) with you, who’s in charge of healthcare decisions while you’re away? Cell phones and computers have made it much easier to stay in touch and be contacted, but what if you can’t be reached in case of an emergency?
    Regardless of whether you’re leaving your animal in the care of family or friends, a veterinary hospital, boarding kennel or stable, you should authorize someone you trust to act on your behalf in case of an emergency if you can’t be reached. Make sure that person is aware of your wishes regarding emergency treatment; this includes the potentially uncomfortable topic of financial limits, if there are any. Provide that person with all possible methods of contacting you in case of an emergency, including contact information for your traveling companions as appropriate, as well as an assurance of your trust that they can make decisions if you cannot be reached.

    Questions to consider:

    • Does your animal have any health conditions that could result in emergency situations (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, severe arthritis, chronic colic, etc.)?  If so, consider the possible emergencies that could occur and whether or not you should set limits for the extent of care or the cost of care of these problems.
    • Are there certain tests, procedures or treatments that you would not authorize? If so, make sure that your authorized agent is aware of your preferences.
    • Are there financial limitations? Be realistic and keep in mind that you will be financially responsible for the care and treatment provided.
    • How will you arrange payment for emergency treatment? Do you expect your authorized agent to pay, and plan to reimburse them? Or will you provide a form of payment to be used in case of emergency?
    • If your pet dies or has to be euthanized, what do you wish to be done with your animal’s remains?

    Actions to provide for your pet’s care while you’re away

    • Communicate your preferences clearly to all persons authorized to make decisions regarding your animal’s health.
    • Complete an Animal Care Emergency Authorization Form (or develop your own, based on your needs) and provide signed copies to all those authorized to make decisions. If your regular veterinarian will be providing emergency care, provide them with a signed copy of the form before you leave and inform them of your preferences as well as the names and contact information of your authorized agent.
    • If your animal is microchipped, consider adding your authorized agent as an alternate contact in the microchip manufacturer’s database in the event your animal is lost and its microchip is scanned by a shelter or veterinary hospital.
    • Make sure there’s an ample supply  of your animal’s food, medications and supplements to cover the time you’re away – plus a few extra days, just in case.
    • If your animal is on any medications, make sure that your authorized agent knows where they are located, how much to give, when to give them, how often to give them, and how to give them.  Don’t assume they know, and demonstrate the process if needed.
    • Provide your authorized agent with your animal’s relevant health information, including your animal’s vaccination status (especially rabies), medications and relevant health conditions.
    • If you appoint more than one authorized agent, make it clear who has the authority to make the final decision so there are no delays that could harm your animal.

    Original Post written by AVMA, available here https://www.avma.org/public/EmergencyCare/Pages/petcarewhenyouareaway.aspx


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