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Dr. Paetkau

Veterinarian

Dr. Paetkau started working at Centennial as a veterinarian in September 2010. She's been working with animals since the age of 16 and graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. She spent some time working in Alberta before moving back home to Winnipeg. She also spent a month in Uganda working with lions, chimpanzees, and local farmers. She has a passion for animals and loves the bond that exists between people and their pets. She is amazed at the roles and jobs that animals have in our lives and chose veterinary medicine to give something in return for all they do for us. In her professional career, she has a special interest in surgery, anesthesia, and pain management.

Outside of work Dr. Peetkau loves the outdoors; including canoeing, backpacking, camping, skiing, biking, and running. Her dog Dreyfus, a 2-year-old bearded collie is a certified therapy dog.

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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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