Newsletter - May 2021


Memorial Day weekend pet safety tips


It's that time of year again - also known as kitten season

Spring marks the beginning of kitten season, the time of year when homeless kittens flood animal shelters everywhere. Many of these kittens have been orphaned and require round-the-clock care until they are old enough to be adopted.
A skilled veterinary technician and seasoned kitten raiser, Gabby La Placa has been fostering baby Kemp for several weeks now. Keeping him warm on a heating pad, Gabby has been getting up to feed him throughout the night as she plays the role of mom.
It isn’t easy keeping newborn kittens clean and baby Kemp is no exception. Using a warm washcloth, Gabby gently wipes him down like his mother would and repeats the process after each feeding.
All clean and fed, Kemp likes to snuggle back into his warm nest and dream tiny kitten dreams, perhaps of his next feeding.
Speaking of feeding, Kemp is pictured in the photo on the left, doing just that, as Gabby holds him steady in her hand.


It’s getting (too) hot in here

Heatstroke, or hyperthermia, may be a life-threatening condition, and requires immediate treatment. A dog’s normal body temperature is 101.5°F plus or minus 1 degree Fahrenheit, and any time the body temperature is higher than 105°F, a true emergency exists. Heatstroke usually occurs in hot summer weather when dogs are left with inadequate ventilation in hot vehicles. However, heatstroke may also occur in other conditions, including:

Initially the pet appears distressed and will pant excessively and become restless. As the hyperthermia progresses, the pet may drool large amounts of saliva from the nose and/or mouth. The pet may become unsteady on his feet. You may notice the gums turning blue/purple or bright red in color, which is due to inadequate oxygen.

What TO do:

What NOT to do:


Welcome back!

Have you heard the good news? GWLAH is excited to announce that we will be re-opening our doors very soon!
Going forward, we envision a hybrid service where clients call from their cars when they arrive for their appointments or to pick up food and/or medications.
One person will be invited into the exam room for the appointment, and social distancing and masks will be required upon entry to the hospital.
Concierge curbside care will still be available for those who prefer not to enter the building.
We look forward to seeing you again, as we work with you to help your pet live their best life!

Remembering those who served, on two legs and on four

Sergeant Stubby was an American dog who served as the mascot of America’s 102nd Infantry Regiment during the First World War. Found in Connecticut in 1917 by members of the infantry, Stubby was stowed away on a ship to France by a young soldier and went on to participate in four offensives and 17 battles, including the second battle of Marne (July 1918) and the battle of Chateau-Thierry (July 1918).
His ability to hear the whine of incoming artillery shells was extremely useful, and Stubby was especially adept at locating wounded soldiers in no man’s land. His sense of smell helped him readily detect mustard gas attacks and he once saved an entire company by alerting the men to don their gas masks. Stubby served for 18 months and returned home to America following the war.