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Health Examinations

 

Health examinations are a very important part of your pet's existence.  All preventive health programs must involve the following: Vaccinations; Parasite control; Nutrition; Miscellaneous categories that include grooming, bathing, nail trimming, and dental examinations.  Please contact your local veterinarian for this information.

 

Animals in parked vehicles

 

Dog

Please be kind and leave your pet at home in a cool place when out shopping or doing errands.  Do not leave your pet in a parked hot vehicle while out doing errands.  The temperature inside a parked car can quickly become 10-20 degrees hotter than the outside temperature.  Even with the windows cracked the temperature inside of the vehicle within minutes can become 10 degrees hotter than the outside air.  A dog’s normal body temperature is 101.5-102 degrees.  A dog can withstand a body temperature of 107-108 degrees for only a very short time before suffering irreparable brain damage or even death.   Dogs do not sweat like people.  Heavy panting can result in the dog passing out and possibly going into a coma. Signs of heat stress:  heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid pulse, dizziness, deep red or purple tongue and the inability to stand.


If your pet gets overheated you must lower the body temperature immediately!  Get him/her into the shade and apply cool water all over the body especially the head and neck area as well as the paws.  Let him drinks small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.  Get your pet to a veterinarian as soon as possible.


In the state of Virginia it is considered unnecessary suffering to leave your pet in a parked vehicle with no ventilation especially during the hot summer months.   Pet owners may be charged with cruelty to animals or failing to provide adequate care in these circumstances.


Virginia Department of Health Rabies and Animal Bites Brochure

 

Rabies and Animal Bites

 

"Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system.  It kills almost any mammal or human that gets sick from it." (Virginia Department of Health)

 

The Rabies virus lives in the saliva, the virus is spread by getting the infected virus into a wound.  Only mammals get rabies.  Rabies can be prevented by getting the proper vaccinations from you local veterinarian on a regular basis.  Keep records of your pet's vaccinations for future reference.  If your pet is bitten, contact the local health or animal control authorities.  To limit the possibility of exposure, keep your pets on your property.  Don't leave garbage out that may attract wild infected animals to your property.  A rabid animal sometimes acts tame.  Do not keep wild animals as pets.  If you see an animal acting strangely, report it to your local animal control.  Do not go near it yourself!  

 

If you have been bitten, don't panic but don't ignore it.  Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and plenty of water.  Get medical attention as soon as you can.  If you can, identify the animal before it runs away.  Then call the local animal control.  If it is a wild animal that must be killed, do not damage the head.  The brain is used to test for the rabies virus.  

 

If your pet has bitten someone, tell the person who was bitten to see a doctor immediately. If your pet is a dog, cat or ferret, it will have to be confined for a period of 10 days for observation.


Please call the Law Enforcement Center, 757-253-1800 and the Virginia Health Department 757-253-4813.

 

Virginia Department of Health Rabies and Animal Bites Brochure

Complaints

 

Anyone who wishes to make animal complaints, please call 757-565-0370. >