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Jackie

Registered Veterinary Technician

I started working at Centennial in May 2017.

I’ve worked at a few different pet stores for a total of four years. I was a veterinary assistant for two years and I co-taught the veterinary office assistant course for two years. I've had pets (fish, dogs, cats, birds, hamsters and degus) all of my life.

I work with animals because I've loved them for as long as I can remember. I got my first goldfish when I was five years old and my first dog when I was six. The veterinarians are always helping me learn more and the animals are always reminding me how special they are.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my pets, reading and watching Netflix. I love being outside in the summer, hanging out with my friends and family. I love tattoos.

I have a few pets of my own:

  • Penny – Pomeranian 4 years old
  • Snickers – DSH 4 years old
  • Lu – Crested gecko 6 years old
  • Fish – African Cichlids – ranging from 5 months – 5 years old.

A memorable story? When I was 6, my family and I were walking in Kildonan Park and I met a Great Dane for the first time. He was a Harlequin Great Dane and was as tall as me! I'll never forget how excited and in awe I was. It made me love dogs even more.

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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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