Welcome to Veterinary Regional Referral Hospital, Decatur Alabama
Dr. Michael Newman and Dr. Kathleen Mullins, along with a staff of caring professionals, work closely with your general practice veterinarian to insure that your pet’s surgical and diagnostic needs are met. We are dedicated to helping you and your pet enjoy each other’s company for years to come.
Our Hospital is equipped to perform most major soft tissue surgeries, particularly of the abdomen and chest. Surgeries involving neoplasia(cancer) are frequently performed. Follow-up chemotherapy is also available in appropriate cases.
This includes joint and fracture repair using the latest equipment and techniques. All forms of fixation devices are available for use in the most complicated orthopedic cases. Read the rest of this entry »
Contributed by Dr. Johnathan Elliott
It’s that time of year for the heat and humidity of the dog days of summer. Temperatures in the Tennessee Valley soaring to the mid to upper-90s.
Heatstroke is a rapid rise in body temperature and a true emergency that untreated will lead to organ failure and death. Body temperatures will reach levels as high as 104 to 109 degrees Fahrenheit. Environmental factors of humidity, and high temperatures combined with exercise, although exercise is not necessary, and concurrent medical problems such as obesity, respiratory disorders, or heart disease increase the risk of heatstroke dramatically. Dogs and cats do not have the ability for significant sweat production, so they rely on panting for body heat loss. Short faced, small chested cat and dog breeds such as Persians, Pugs, and Bulldogs are particularly sensitive because their body types are inefficient body heat regulators. Almost any change in their routine in the face of summer’s heat and humidity puts them at risk.