Health and Wellness Summer 2013 - page 7

Health & Wellness
Summer 2013
The Garden City Telegram
Office LOcatiOn
Western Plains
Surgical Associates
112 Ross Blvd., Suite B
Dodge City, KS 67801
Office HOurs
Monday – Friday
8am – 5pm
A general surgeon,
Dr. Mahoney has
joinedWestern Plains
Surgical Associates. Dr.
Mahoney is a graduate
of the University of
South Dakota School
of Medicine in
Vermillion, SD. She
completed her internship in general surgery
at Fairview Health System in Cleveland, OH,
and her residency in general surgery at the
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
in Columbia, SC. Dr. Mahoney will specialize
in breast surgery, performing biopsy and
ultrasound of the breast in her office. In addition,
she specializes in advanced laparoscopic and
endoscopic procedures, such as upper and lower
gastrointestinal endoscopy, laparoscopic hernia
repairs and laparoscopic bowel resections.
Call 371-6860 to make an appointment
Patricia Mahoney, MD
General Surgeon
Patricia Mahoney, MD •
General Surgeon
Get to know your pet.
Pets dis-
play different behaviors and signals
when they are feeling unwell. Heavy
panting may be an indication that a
dog is hot or not feeling well, while
other dogs may pant for no apparent
reason. Recognizing baseline behavior
for your pet can make identifying a
problem that much easier.
Keep plenty of water available.
Hot weather can cause a pet to use
up its fluid stores much more quickly
than when it is cooler outside. Before
leaving the house, be sure that your
pet’s water bowls are topped off. Think
about putting some ice cubes in the
water to slowly melt and keep it cool,
but make sure your pet won’t attempt
to chew the ice cubes, which can be
hazardous. Water bottles in small ani-
mal cages should be topped off and
regularly checked.
Know which pets are most at
Older, younger, overweight,
and snub-nosed animals (think pugs,
shih tzus, Persian cats, etc.) don’t
tolerate the heat as well as other ani-
mals. Use special caution when it is
hot outside for these animals, and
check on them frequently.
Don’t shave fur too short.
idea that shaving a dog (or cat) close to
the skin might help them keep cool is
a popular notion. While some longer-
haired breeds may need a trim to keep
cool, resist the urge to shave fur all the
way off. This puts pets at risk for sun-
burn and skin irritation.
Keep exercise to a minimum.
Humans often feel lazy when the tem-
perature soars and so may their pets.
Overexertion during hot weather can
lead to heat stroke, signs of which in-
clude panting, drooling, rapid pulse,
and fever. Try to walk dogs early in
the morning or late at night when the
temperature is cooler. Do not keep
animals chained up outdoors or sit-
ting in hot windows during peak
hours of the day.
Supervise water play.
Some pets are
natural swimmers, while others are not.
Do not allow pets to go unsupervised
around a pool or another source of wa-
ter. They may be tempted to cool off, but
they may not be able to stay afloat.
Be cautious of fireworks.
weather and fireworks seem to be com-
mon companions. The ASPCA advises
that fireworks can result in severe burns
or trauma to curious pets. Even unlit
fireworks - which are made from po-
tentially toxic substances - can be haz-
ardous if they are licked or consumed.
Pet owners should use common
sense regarding their pets and hot
weather. Chances are if you are un-
comfortable so is your pet.
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