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Extreme Heat Warning for Animals

Posted on: May 3rd, 2013 by CCSPCA

Extreme Heat: Preparedness and Response Actions for Pets

  • Keep animals in areas where they have access to shade.
  • Provide animals with plenty of water. Hosing off an animal periodically will also help to cool it. *If an animal is over heated don’t shock their system by trying to cool them down too quickly, do it gradually. If severe overheating occurs seek veterinarian / medical attention!
  • Do not exercise animals when it is especially hot outside (e.g., playing Frisbee, jogging, or riding). If you have to work with animals, provide regular rest periods. This allows the body’s natural cooling system to work. Animals often are willing to please their owners to the point of endangering themselves.
  • Because dogs don’t sweat, dogs must be allowed to pant to dissipate heat. Do not encourage them to carry objects in their mouths if they are hot.
  • Do not dress animals with vests, blankets, and other materials that would prevent them from keeping cool.
  • Do not take animals in the car where they may have to leave alone, even for a second.
  • Provide caged animals with extra ventilation.
  • Provide plenty of fresh cool water for all animals to drink. Offer it in a shady place as some species may not venture into the sun if it is very hot
  • Remember certain breeds suffer much more quickly from the heat, such as English Bulldogs, Pugs and many others.

For more information and resources for both humans and animals click here; http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/index.shtml

If an emergency arises, please contact our Animal Hospital at 559-237-1125.


Rescue at Sands Motel

Posted on: October 8th, 2012 by CCSPCA

CCSPCA Humane Rescue

Our dispatch sent an investigation Humane Officer out to respond to a complaint from a neighbor. Although the suspect was caught in the act of animal abuse by our Officer, she was not immediately arrested by the attending Fresno PD. However, we do hope for an arrest in this situation, as our Humane Officer continues to build a strong case that will be given to the Fresno Police Department for processing by the District Attorney.

There were 5 puppies and 3 dogs that were rescued and brought to the Central California SPCA George Whittell Animal Hospital for treatment. One of the puppies had suffered the abuse of the suspect’s homemade tracheotomy. The puppy received immediate care and his open wounds were stapled closed. The mother dog and her puppies had also suffered heat exhaustion from the house that they were in. We remain hopeful but guarded with their prognosis. Sadly, two of the puppies didn’t make it through the night. But the mom and her remaining pups, including the puppy with the open wound, are still doing well.

One of the pups, a young Jack Russell Terrier, suffered with a broken back. We believe she may have received this injury from being hit by a car, well over a month ago. She was paralyzed mid-back, therefore, forced to drag her back legs and she is unable to function normally. This caused many drag wounds and burns. After taking x-rays it was determined, that in the best interest of the dog, she should be euthanized so she wouldn’t suffer any longer.

All the surviving animals from this horrific situation remain in the compassionate care of our hospital staff. We have high hopes that these animals will recover, have a chance to be adopted, and live the happy and healthy life that they deserve.

CCSPCA Rescues Dogs Puppies

It takes a team to save a life, each life is individual!

Posted on: July 2nd, 2012 by CCSPCA

Through the dedicated and compassionate team effort of the Central California SPCA staff, the phone call was made to Frank Martinez about Kayla. The young, healthy, spayed, vaccinated and licensed, but severely injured Weimaraner, had been put back together by our Veterinarian, Dr. Katy Byrd. The phone call to ask them to come pick up Kayla, came as a surprise to the Martinez family since they had already said goodbye to her when they had brought her in for euthanasia, two weeks earlier.

When she came in, Kayla, was near death with a four-day-old puncture wound to her chest and Mr. Martinez, didn’t have the money to pay a veterinarian. Mr. Martinez was very grateful that the staff was so supportive when he came in to drop her off and that they listened to him through his tears when he hugged Kayla and said, “I’m sorry. I’m poor, and I hope you can forgive me.” Kayla wanting to comfort him licked his face.

Our staff is dedicated to treating each animal as an individual, and it is a huge misunderstanding that every animal that comes in with a request for euthanasia, is euthanized. Each animal is considered individually for needs, health, well-being, and of course QUALITY of LIFE. Our staff knows the importance of communicating with each other so that all the needs for each animal can be met. The talents and dedication shine through in cases like this that get highlighted, this type of happy ending is not a rarity, the voice to the actions of our staff, is a rarity!

Kayla’s recovery was guarded since it was a large wound, and it had not been repaired immediately. The creativity of our Veterinarian, Dr. Byrd, added to her individual needs for surgery and for healing properly. Everyone who worked with her while she was here noticed that she just kept looking for something or someone. She was patient with our staff that cared for her, medicated her, checked her, fed her, fell in love with her, however, she was still looking…

Our front desk team member had the honor of making the surprising call to the Martinez family. They knew it would be a shock, however a welcome one. The excited disbelief cannot be described. Having to reassure that this was in fact real, happened a few times. Kayla’s time for pick up was set for Saturday morning.

On Saturday morning everyone had wide smiles, knowing that it was Kayla’s day to go home. Dr. Byrd brought Kayla from the hospital to be reunited with her family, and Kayla’s tail was a blur with wiggles of extreme joy, while our eyes were a blur with tears of happiness. There are not enough words to share how wonderful it feels to see such a happy reunion!! The tears begin to flow just writing about it, thank fully it is a memory that can be played over and over in the minds of everyone there! Kayla found what she had been looking for her mom and dad!!!

We are grateful to Kayla’s pet parents for spaying her, vaccinating her, licensing her, providing a good home for her, for loving her, through everything!!

It is through the donations from the public that we are able to continue to do everything that we can for each individual animal, because they deserve it!!!

Don’t give that dog a bone

Posted on: October 20th, 2011 by Animal Hospital No Comments

Pets & Bones CCSPCA

I had a surprise visit from a news crew about a year ago, because the USDA had issued a warning to pet owners for them not to feed chicken bones to their pets.  Veterinarians have been warning us for years, but I have some extra advice for the USDA: pet owners should not give their animals ANY kind of bones.  Very often, vets have to extract bone pieces from intestines, stomachs, or elsewhere less appealing.

The common response is one of two things:

  1. “I have been doing it for years.” Even though there hadn’t been problems until now, there is no reason to think they couldn’t happen at any time.
  2. Don’t they hunt in the wild? Yes, they do, but they tend to leave the bones behind. They leave the bones largely untouched after eating the meat.

Pet foods are perfectly balanced and contain well-researched nutrition.  Anything else we give them just upsets the balance.

Here are some other tips:

  • The more you have to pay for a food, the better it is. You get what you pay for with dog food because the ingredients are of a higher quality.  
  • Also, look for a statement that the food has been tested with AAFCO feeding trials, not just AAFCO nutritional guidelines.

Dr. Katy Byrd

Care for specialty pets

Posted on: September 25th, 2011 by Animal Hospital

Animal Care Plan

I am wonderfully amazed by the creatures I encounter. When a veterinarian has an opportunity to save a life, she rarely turns it down just because she is venturing into unfamiliar territory.  Our license allows us to conquer any kind of animal medicine, surgery, or dentistry.  Shelter vets especially have to always be prepared to improvise and adapt because we see such a diverse and wide ranging assortment of animals come through our clinic.

There are, however, real exotic pet specialists (such as Chinchilla Orthopedic Surgeon).  I am not one of them, but–so far–my own exotic pet, a Chinchilla, has thrived.  But, before you get a Chinchilla–or any other pet, especially an exotic one–make sure you have a relationship with a vet that works on that particular species otherwise, you might not be prepared with a plan of action if your pet has an accident. The price to acquire a pet is never the bulk of the money you will spend on it and unless your ready and able, you may not be able to help your pet in a time of need. Making sure your vet has the expertise to help you when you need it with your specialty pet is an often overlooked part of acquiring a pet. Don’t be stuck without a care plan.

Dr. Katy Byrd

Flea Allergies

Posted on: August 29th, 2011 by Animal Hospital

CCSPCA Flea Info

As a veterinarian, I see a lot of Flea Allergic Dermatitis. Its important for pet owners to know that this uncomfortable condition is easy to prevent.

Flea Allergic Dermatitis (FAD) is a skin condition caused by excessive fleas. They bite the skin causing a reaction that can lead to rashes, bumps, hair loss and other irritation skin conditions. The first thing we can do to prevent FAD is prevent fleas! Keeping fleas off your pet gets easier as the technology and medication to prevent them improves. We have so many safe effective options for animals of all shapes and sizes… just ask you veterinarian. Veterinarians know so much about the fleas that we know exactly how to combat them, both in the yard and on the pet.  Cat? Dog? Sheep? We can keep parasites away!

There are a couple things to avoid when you think about flea prevention and the first one is flea collars. That’s right, flea collars are the least effective method of preventing fleas! The collar could potentially poison your pet, but it won’t poison the fleas.  Fleas long ago became immune to the chemicals in flea collars.  They don’t even keep fleas off of the neck anymore!

Many great products exist that are effective flea killers.  Although you can purchase some great products (like Bayer’s Advantage line) at many pet stores, you might be surprised that you still need to see your veterinarian.  For one thing, many products are cheaper at the veterinary hospital and one thing you can’t necessarily get at the pet store is good, solid advice.  Veterinarians have spent many years with many trials and errors learning how to design a flea control program just for you.

Contact your vet today and get the right advice for flea prevention!

– Dr. Katy Byrd

George Whittell/CCSPCA Animal Hospital

Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm
By Appointment Only
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12:00pm – 1:00




“Dr. Katy’s” First Blog Post!

Posted on: August 18th, 2011 by Animal Hospital No Comments

Cricket Puppy Room Photo - CCSPCAHere goes a Dinosaur, typing with two fingers. I guess it shows (although slowly), that even a Brontosaurus can learn to use Social Media. I accuse my addicted, non-prehistoric friends of “playing,” but they claim that they are “networking with clients,” and perhaps they are more correct than I. I try to learn something every day, so I hope today that I will learn that we can increase animal care awareness if I reach out on Social Media! We examined a dog recently so affected by Demodectic Mange that we sadly had to euthanize him. It was pointed out to me that, however easy diagnosing medical problems seems, there are MANY factors that should make it the realm of professionals. Even if the owner knew the dog’s medical diagnosis, the complications had caused heartbreaking results. A friend of the owner had been giving the dog injections in attempt to cure the dog. Even if the injections were of the right type of pharmaceutical, the dosage could be too small to be effective or too large to be safe. The real problems were secondary to the Demodectic Mange: yeast and bacterial infections that were causing the dog to scratch itself until it bled.

What started my musings is that today is Saturday, the day when hundreds of people flood into our SPCA Small Animal Hospital for vaccinations. Vaccinations are the reason that most people take their pets to the vet, and also the reason that older pets (who need fewer vaccines), visit the vet less frequently. Really, vaccinations are the smallest part of the need for a veterinarian. The annual or semi-annual exam, the diagnostics, and the conversations about pet care that only a veterinarian can have with an owner are why the relationship is worth nurturing.

I performed an examination on a small dog before neutering it recently, and I discovered a heart murmur. When I called the owner to discuss the murmur, she was shocked that it had not been discovered before, because her animal had been seen by our veterinarians before. A quick review of the medical chart showed that the dog had been vaccinated by a veterinary assistant, with the owner clearly declining an exam from a licensed veterinarian and thus, the murmur went unnoticed. So the moral of my post is please have your pets examined by a veterinarian. They can tell what is right or wrong with your pet and help save lives.

We’ll Miss Catalina

Posted on: June 24th, 2011 by CCSPCA No Comments

Catalina, our resident cat at the CCSPCA Small Animal Hospital, and loved by many, went to a better place on Tuesday afternoon.  Intestinal cancer ultimately caught up with her, although with a lot of TLC and medical care over a number of years, her life was good right up to the end.

She arrived here 15 years ago, a momma unable to deliver her kittens.  She was spayed, and became the resident cat.  One of her kittens, Tyson, was taken home by Dr. Yates, a former veterinarian here at the CCSPCA, and he would occasionally show up for medical care and to visit “Mom”.

Catalina could be found on any given day either sleeping in her daybed on the counter in the pharmacy, or sitting in the hallway monitoring the goings-on in the hospital.  She was notorious for sitting, and refusing to move, no matter the size or aggressiveness of the dog coming down the hallway.  She could be seen most lunch hours,  in front of the hospital on the sidewalk, or out on the grass taking in a little sun, which became part of her expected routine.  As a younger cat, she became a fan of glazed donuts which would occasionally be brought in to the hospital, and she would expect a piece, or nag the staff until someone weakened.

Catalina was a cherished member of our hospital and will be missed by the many staff and clients who came to know her over the years.

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