HOT!!

Hey everybody, Mo again.

Well it is HOT again here in the Rogue Valley.  Too hot.  Try wearing a fur coat.  Trust me, it is even worse.

Which is why I wanted to remind people, please keep in mind your little furry friends when it comes to this weather.  Hundreds if not thousands of animals die each year from being shut inside of cars in this extreme heat.  It may seem unnecessary to say, but please leave your pets at home when you go to the store, work, gym, etc.  Trust me, they may give you that pouty look when you are walking out the door without them, but they are better off at home.

Also, for many of these animals that suffer heatstroke in the car, it is often an accident.  Cats may jump into open windows of cars parked in the driveway, or an eager puppy may jump into an open car door and into the back seat, escaping notice from its owner.  So please do your friends a favor and check your whole car out before leaving the house.

Below you can see how hot it can be in the car.  And this table doesn’t even go up to the temps we have been having lately!

Estimated Vehicle Interior Air Temperature v. Elapsed Time
Elapsed time Outside Air Temperature (F)
70 75 80 85 90 95
0 minutes 70 75 80 85 90 95
10 minutes 89 94 99 104 109 114
20 minutes 99 104 109 114 119 124
30 minutes 104 109 114 119 124 129
40 minutes 108 113 118 123 128 133
50 minutes 111 116 121 126 131 136
60 minutes 113 118 123 128 133 138
> 1 hour 115 120 125 130 135 140
Courtesy Jan Null, CCM; Department of Geosciences, San Francisco State University
Thanks again,
Mo

Discounted Services!

Hello again,

I just wanted to let everyone know that A Street Animal Clinic will be offering a special for the entire month of September – geriatric pet exam with full blood panel (CBC, Blood Chemistry, T4) for $120!  This basically amounts to a free exam when you run a blood panel.
It is important to check blood values yearly on older pets (>7 years in dogs, >10 years in cats) to identify underlying diseases such as kidney and thyroid disease, as the earlier treatment is instituted the better the treatment outcome is. You can improve both quantity and quality of life by addressing these issues early. And best case scenario is to have a normal blood result that gives a good overall picture of your pet’s health status, and gives a baseline for what is normal for your pet to compare back to should anything come up in the future.
Call and mention this post today to schedule your appointment anytime in September – (541) 488-1661.

Thanks again,

Mo

Smoked again…

Hey there, Mo here.

Well, so it begins again; the Rogue Valley is socked in with smoke.  Though the smell and sight of it is unpleasant, there are other unseen dangers lurking there as well.  The smoke can be locally irritating to the nasal passages and lower airways, and can worsen existing respiratory illnesses such as asthma and bronchitis.  The smoke contains not only carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide which can affect oxygen delivery to the tissues, but can also carry other toxic substances released by burning organic and synthetic materials.

Until those firefighters get things under control, try to limit the time your pet spends outside, and especially try to avoid prolonged strenuous outdoor activities (such as ball, Frisbee, etc.).  Inside the house you can keep the air clear by changing the filter for your air conditioning and running the fan to circulate and filter the air.

If your pet shows signs of respiratory difficulty, including coughing, labored breathing, “cheek-puffing”, or abdominal effort during breathing, bring them in right away for Dr. Costello to have a look.

Thanks again,

MoSmoke

 

Street Dogs

 

Hey there, Mo here again,

I just wanted to let you guys know about a great project going on here in town that you may not have heard of.  It is called “Street Dogs,” and was started in 2013 by Nancy and JW Lyon of Ashland.  Have you ever wondered how the pets of the homeless population here in Ashland are fed and how they get spayed and neutered?  That’s what Nancy and JW wondered as well, and so they began giving free bags of food to the owners and working with local veterinarians to subsidize their spay and neuter surgeries.

“a” street animal clinic is now partnering with Street Dogs to provide these spay and neuter surgeries for the pets of Ashland’s homeless population. Dr. Costello has volunteered for free vaccine clinics for the homeless in the past, and is now happy to be one of the clinics providing the services for these animals in need. For more information or to volunteer or donate, call 541-816-6035, or 541-816-6374.

Thanks for your support,

Mo

Street Dog Pickup

New Ownership

Hello there, Mo again,

I just wanted to give you all an update about what’s been going on here at the clinic lately.  After 38 years as a practicing veterinarian and 6 years of offering excellent care for all of your furry friends here at “a” street animal clinic, Dallas has finally decided it’s time to retire.  Many of you have come to know Aiden Costello over the past year and a half or so, and know that he and Dallas have a similar view of practice.  They both believe that common sense medicine is important, and that it is not always necessary to run thousands of dollars in diagnostic tests to get your pet on the path to recovery.

Well Dallas has now decided it’s time to pass the torch, and as of the beginning of this month, Aiden is now the proud new owner of “a” street animal clinic.  He is very excited to be back in the region where he grew up, and to be in a position to develop long-lasting relationships with his patients and clients.  For those of you who have met Aiden before, he looks forward to continuing to being your vet.  For those of you who haven’t, feel free to drop by anytime to meet the new owner of the clinic, and bring your dog to get some free treats, too!

Mo.