Welcome to Deschutes Veterinary Clinic, P.C.,
where all the pets go for the Best Care In Town!
Deschutes Veterinary Clinic is a full-service, high-quality
veterinary clinic in Bend, Oregon. Our practice has been taking care of family
pets for over 66 years. And our friendly support staff and exceptional
veterinarians are why DVC has been consistently voted the Number One Vet Clinic
in Bend, Oregon.
Here at DVC, we believe in providing progressive, compassionate care for
your 4-legged family members; we are "Your Other Family Doctors"™! You will not find
another practice in the Central Oregon area that offers the outstanding medical
and surgical care that we do. We understand the deep connection between people
and their pets, and our goal is to keep that bond healthy and happy for many,
Our Small Animal Practice offers comprehensive medical and surgical services for dogs and cats, as well as pocket pets and reptiles. Our
team of Doctors have a combined experience of over 100 years, to provide the
guidance and direction you expect for your special family members. DVC is also a
cruelty-free practice, as we do not offer unethical, merely cosmetic veterinary
services. We do not declaw cats, crop ears, remove dew claws or tails from
puppies, or euthanize healthy animals for mere convenience of the pet owner. And we will never recommend treatments, vaccines, or medications your pet does not need. We believe that each pet and their individual way of life is central to our tailored approach of sensible veterinary practice.
Please take some time to look over our web site. You will
find detailed information on the services offered, hospital policies, and
timely pet care topics. We even have an on-line Pet Library that you can use to
search for specific pet-related information. Make sure to check back often for money saving
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Heatstroke in Pets
Heatstroke occurs when normal body mechanisms cannot keep the body's
temperature in a safe range. Dogs and cats do not sweat and get overheated
easily. Normal body temperature for a dog or cat is about 100F to 102F; with
heatstroke, internal body temperature can reach as high as 108F!!! Heatstroke can
be deadly and immediate veterinary assistance is necessary. HEATSTROKE IS CONSIDERED A PET EMERGENCY.
A pet suffering from heatstroke will display several signs:
Red or pale
sometimes with blood
What you should do:
Remove the dog from the hot area immediately. If there will be a delay in
getting your pet to a veterinarian, you can lower his temperature by wetting
his belly and pads of the feet with cool (NOT COLD OR ICE COLD) water. Using
very cold water can actually be counterproductive. Cooling too quickly actually
makes the heatstroke condition worse. The rectal temperature should be checked
every 5 minutes. Once the body temperature is 103F, the cooling measures should
be stopped. Even if the dog appears to be recovering, take him to your
veterinarian as soon as possible.
What your veterinarian will do:
Your veterinarian will lower your dog's body temperature to a safe range
(if you have not already) and continually monitor his temperature. Your dog
will be given fluids, and possibly oxygen. He will be monitored for shock,
respiratory distress, kidney failure, heart abnormalities, and other
complications, and treated accordingly. Blood samples may be taken before and
during the treatment. The clotting time of the blood will be monitored, since
clotting problems are a common complication.
Heatstroke can cause organ damage that might need ongoing care such as a
special diet prescribed by your veterinarian. Dogs who suffer from heatstroke
once increase their risk for getting it again and steps must be taken to
prevent it on hot, humid days.
Any pet that cannot cool himself off is at risk for heatstroke. Keep pets
with predisposing conditions like heart disease, obesity, older age, or
breathing problems cool and in the shade. Even normal activity for these pets
can be harmful. Provide access to water at all times. Do not leave your pet
in a hot parked car even if you're in the shade or will only be gone a short
time. The temperature inside a parked car can quickly reach up to140
Make sure outside dogs have access to shade. On a hot day, restrict
exercise and don't take your dog jogging with you. Too much exercise when the
weather is very hot can be dangerous. Do not muzzle your dog. Avoid places like
the beach and especially concrete or asphalt areas where heat is reflected and
there is no access to shade. Wetting down your dog with cool water or allowing
him to swim can help maintain a normal body temperature. Move your dog to a
cool area of the house. Use common sense: if you are too warm, it is likely
your pet is too!