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Dr. Brown


I graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario in 2015 and joined Centennial Animal Hospital in April 2017. My animal experience beyond my personal pets began at the Ontario SPCA where I helped socialize cats and walk dogs. Since then I've had various positions at different clinics during and after school. During school, I also spent a month in Guatemala volunteering with different rescue organizations.

The human-animal bond is so unique and profound and getting to help foster that is an extremely rewarding experience. During my first year out of school, a man came in on emergency and his dog was very sick. It turned out she had a pyometra (a pus-filled uterus) and needed surgery. Fortunately, we were able to perform the surgery and she recovered very well. Seeing the joy and excitement in both the man and dog when she was going home is what makes this profession so special for me.

At the clinic, I have a special interest in surgery and dentistry. Outside of the clinic, I enjoy travelling, soccer, frisbee and hockey. At home, I have 2 cats, Stanley and Eddie.

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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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