Lake Hickory Veterinary Hospital is full-service and provides the latest medical and surgical procedures. Your pet will receive exceptional emergency, medical, surgical and dental services while under the care of our experienced staff. During surgical and dental procedures your pet is carefully monitored by qualified surgical assistants using state-of-the-art equipment to insure the safest possible anesthesia.
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Our Mission …
- To provide high quality health care for all life stages of small animal pets through individual and uniquely personalized veterinary care.
- We strive to educate our client animal owners and caregivers.
- Our Charter is a continued, unprecedented level of quality medical, and surgical skills, built on traditional preventative medical practices, comprehensive lab work, emergency services, and a solid medical referral system of specialized veterinarians for the best in care for your beloved companion.
- Our hospital consistently participates in continuing education practices for all veterinarians and staff members.
- Quality, caring healthcare for the life of your pet!
HOLIDAYS & PET SAFETY TIPS :
** Pet-proof the Christmas tree. Secure the tree to the wall or ceiling to prevent the dog or cat from toppling it. Use only unbreakable ornaments (not glass ornaments) and don’t use metal hangers. Cover up the water reservoir with a tree skirt or foil – bacteria or chemicals in the water can make pets ill
**Safeguard lights and extension cords. If your dog or cat likes to chew on things, make sure all electrical cords are well hidden and/or protected. Chewing on wires can cause mouth burns, difficulty breathing and cardiac arrest.
** Tinsel and ribbon hazards. Keep tinsel and ribbon out of reach of your pets. Swallowed, they and other linear objects (even string!) can cause choking. If the object makes it to the intestinal tract, it can tear delicate tissues or cause blockages that require surgery to repair.
** Holiday meals: for people only. many holiday foods such as fatty meats, gravy, poultry skin and bones, onions and garlic can cause dog and cat illnesses ranging from vomiting and diarrhea to pancreatitis and other toxic reactions. Assign someone to watch unattended plates or put your pet in a quiet room until the meal is over. And ask guest not to sneak tidbits to the pets.
** Avoid chocolate, coffee, caffeine like poison – they are! These products contain methylxanthines, which are found in cacao seeds and are toxic to dogs and cats. When ingested by pets, methylxanthines can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. Note that darker chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate.
** Danger in sweet treats. Candies, gum and baked goods made with xylitol are toxic to dogs and cats. The sugar substitute is used in gum, mints, chewable vitamins and toothpaste and is available for use in baking. While it’s safe for people, in dogs and cats it promotes insulin release and causes a rapid decrease of blood glucose levels that can be fatal.
** No grazing on holiday plants. Lilies, holly and mistletoe are highly toxic to pets. You may have heard that poinsettias are toxic. While they irritate a pet’s mouth, they are not truly poisonous. Keep them all away from pets!
**When in doubt… If you aren’t sure if your pet has ingested something it shouldn’t have, CALL YOUR VETERINARIAN. In fact, keep two telephone numbers near your phone over the holidays: your veterinarian and your nearest emergency clinic.
Lake Hickory Veterinary Hospital – 828-396-7002 Emergency Veterinary Clinic 828-328-2660
Lake Hickory Veterinary Hospital adheres to all local, State and Federal laws concerning health care, employment and sanitation.