Practice Manager

I’ve worked at Centennial since 1996 and moved into management in 2005. I’ve been around animals all my life including the unique experience of a mobile veterinary service in Newfoundland.

I enjoy working at Centennial and watching the doctors use their years of training to nurse animals back to health. There is a special spot in my heart for dogs that are ill and, in spite of it all, come for their appointments with tails wagging and ready to interact with the staff. Their attitudes towards life inspire me to work harder for them.

With the many years I’ve been at Centennial, I have developed many rewarding relationships with our clients and I look forward to seeing them.

I became a grandma in June 2015 and she is the apple of my eye. Watching Aidan grow up is just pure joy. I have two cats at home. Sugar is a white DSH and M&M is a black and white DSH, both are 2015 models.

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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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