Deschutes Veterinary Clinic, P.C.

We are your other family doctors!

 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, many years.

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 coupons and seasonal promotions. And please join us on Facebook!

 


 

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:

·   Rapid panting

·   Bright red tongue

·   Red or pale gums

·   Thick, sticky saliva

·   Depression

·   Weakness

·   Dizziness

·   Vomiting - sometimes with blood

·   Diarrhea

·   Shock

·   Coma

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.

Aftercare:

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.

Prevention:

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 degrees!

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!

 

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