Registered Veterinary Technician

I’ve been working at Centennial since June 2010.

I enjoyed attending Red River College to become an Animal Health Technologist and the opportunity to work with a variety of large and small animals.

I grew up on a farm with a cow, horses, cats, dogs, sheep and pigs. I spent most of my youth with them and it was a childhood I wouldn’t trade for the world and one that prepared me well for my career as an Animal Health Technologist.

Another benefit of my profession is playing a role in the stories that veterinarians strive to write happy endings to. I will never forget the first time that I assisted a vet in my hometown of St. Claude. We delivered puppies together, and that sense of satisfaction impacts my work every day.

Outside of work, I enjoy travelling with my wife Candace. I also like to golf, fish, and spend time with friends.

I have 3 pets at home.

  • Lily- 1.5 years old DSH
  • Betty White – 6 month old DSH
  • Meiko – 4 year old Husky X

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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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