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Candace

Evening/Weekend Supervisor

I started working at Centennial in November 2015. My first animal-related job was at the Winnipeg Humane Society. It was very fulfilling to be a part of all the animals finding their furever homes.

Before working with animals, I worked in the insurance industry for six years. I decided to make a change to a job and environment that would bring me joy and fulfillment at the end of each day. I love seeing all the furry faces and wagging tails that come in to see us each day.

When I'm not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and husband Michael. We met working at Centennial and just got married in June 2017. I love spending time with my pets, reading and doing yoga.

I currently have 3 rescue animals.

  • Meiko: 4-year-old Husky X.
  • Lily: 1.5-year-old DSH.
  • Betty White: our newest addition 6-month-old DSH.

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Water Intoxication

Water Intoxication in Dogs

Does your dog like to play in the water? Too much of a good thing can be dangerous, so look out for water intoxication!Water intoxication, also known as hyponatremia is a relatively rare but potentially fatal condition that is most commonly seen in dogs that love to play in the water. Water games that involve retrieving items or diving into pools to catch toys can cause them to ingest large quantities of water very quickly. It can also happen when they “catch” pressurized water from sprinklers or hoses.Excessive amounts of water cause the body to lose sodium. The body's cells begin to fill with water and swell. If the cells in the brain swell, it can affect the central nervous system which can be fatal.Symptoms include:loss of coordination lethargy bloating vomiting glazed eyes excessive salivation difficulty breathing seizures comaWater intoxication progresses quickly so if your pet has been playing in the water and begins to show any of the signs mentioned above, it's crucial to seek veterinary care immediately to save your dog's life.Treatment of water intoxication typically includes IV delivery of electrolytes, diuretics and drugs to reduce brain swelling. With aggressive veterinary care, some dogs are able to recover, but sadly, many do not.It's important to closely watch dogs that are very active in water and ensure they take regular breaks in between playing. Be especially careful on days when the water is rough. If your dog empties their water bowl after playing hard or exercise, ensure they are rested before refilling the bowl.Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of water intoxication to keep your furry family member safe!If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 204-269-8162 or by email at info@centennialanimalhospital.com.Written by Centennial Animal Hospital

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