Mountain Emergency Animal Center Welcomes Dr. James

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Dr. Timothy James has been involved in various aspects of the medical field throughout his life. In college, he studied tick-borne diseases and illness of muscle proteins and was considering a career
researching infectious diseases. During his undergraduate years, he shadowed several veterinarians and decided that working with small animals would be his new career path.

Dr. James graduated from the University of Georgia, earning his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2003. From that point on, he was immersed in surgery and emergency medicine. He started his career at a large specialty practice in Indianapolis where he also completed a residency through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

During that time, he also became a certified canine rehabilitation therapist. After several
years in Indianapolis, Dr. James moved to Tennessee, working at the Regional Institute for Veterinary
Emergency and Referrals. It is at that facility where completed a surgical residency program over
several years.

Dr. James was most recently a staff surgeon at North Georgia Veterinary Specialists. He
has special interests in surgery of the spine and orthopedics; however, Dr. James also excels in soft
tissue surgery.

Mountain Emergency Animal Center would like to welcome Dr. James to our team!

Pet Safety Tips for the 4th of July

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These 4th of July, Pet safety tips brought to you by Mountain Emergency Animal Center!

Mountain Emergency Animal Center ~ Snake Bites & Pet Safety

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It’s Warming Up!!! If you are enjoying the warmer weather now, so are the snakes! As a matter of fact, while driving home, a Garter Snake slithered in front of my car while at a stop sign. Some of my neighbors have told me that they’ve seen Copperheads about.
Venomous snakes injure over 150,000 dogs and cats every year in the US. This data is about 10 years old! So, you can only imagine as we continue to encroach upon their territory, there are going to be more exposures. In our area, the Copperhead is the most common venomous snake; however, there are also Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, Timber Rattlesnake, Cotton Mouth, Pigmy Rattlesnake and Coral Snakes in Georgia. In North Georgia, the Timber Rattlesnake and Copperhead are most commonly the cause of envenomation in pets and people. Rattlesnake venom is much more potent and deadly than that of the Copperhead. All of the snakes listed with the exception of the Coral Snake are Pit Vipers which belong to the family Crotalidae. Pit Vipers have triangular heads, elliptical pupils and “pits” or scent glands where there “nose” is (pic. #1).  Image may contain: text

Pit Vipers in Georgia:

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (pic. #2) 
Copperhead (pic. #3)
Timber Rattlesnake (pic. #4)
Cottonmouth/Water Moccasin (pic. #5)

 

 

 

Pit Viper venom contains over 50 enzymes which damage tissue. The snake uses the venom to immobilize their prey and pre-digest the tissue. Basically, these snakes cannot digest food that well in their gut, so venom breaks down the muscle, the connective tissue and the blood before they ingest it. So, the same thing happens when a dog or cat is bitten. The venom starts to digest the tissue and causes the blood to not clot.
Bites to pets most often occur on their face and front legs. Most owners will say they saw their dog digging after something and then hear a loud “yelp.” Soon after being bitten the area becomes swollen, bruised and very painful.

Signs your pet has been bitten by a venomous snake may include:
• Rapid swelling at the site of the bite
• Severe pain
• Bleeding from the fang punctures
• Drooling
• Discoloration of the skin to dark red or purple
• Bite marks—these may be difficult to see because the pet’s fur
• Rapid breathing
• Weakness
• Collapse (inability to get up)
• Pale gums

What to do if your pet is bitten:
• Limit your pet’s activity and keep your pet calm. This will help decrease the venom from circulating throughout the body. The more activity, the more blood flow and faster the heart beats increasing the amount of venom spread in the body.
• Contact your family veterinarian immediately or an emergency veterinary hospital such as MEAC.

What NOT to do if your pet is bitten:
• Do not place a tourniquet above the bite
• Do not cut over the wound
• Do not try to “suck” the venom out of the area
• Do not apply ice to the area
• Do not apply electrical shock to the area
• Do not give any medications

Typical testing and treatment performed
• Blood tests to check cell counts, blood clotting ability (coagulation times), organ function tests of the liver and kidneys
• X-rays of the chest if the pet is having trouble breathing or congestion in the lungs
• Pain medication
• Cleaning of wounds
• Intravenous fluids for shock and blood loss
• Antivenin administration—this is the best treatment and acts as an antidote to the venom
• Supplemental oxygen
• Plasma and sometimes blood transfusion
• Hospitalization and observation

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Would You Know How to Perform CPR on Your Pet? Watch the Training Video by Mountain Emergency Animal Center

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Mountain Emergency Animal Center is a outstanding emergency vet clinic located in Blue Ridge, GA. They have a full surgical room, ICU kennels, a blood bank, and they keep anti venom on hand at all times. They are fully equipped to deal with any medical emergency your pet may have.

In this video they do a CPR training to show you exactly what you would need to do if your pet goes into cardiac arrest. This is great information for any pet owner.

Mountain Emergency Animal Center

Serving the Tri-State Area (GA, NC, TN)
Call us at 706-632-7879

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Pet emergencies, like human ones, can happen anytime. Your pet’s injuries and illnesses may require immediate attention.

11th Annual Paws in the Park presented by Humane Society of Blue Ridge October 21st 10am – 2pm Downtown Blue Ridge City Park

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Ask The Doc with Dr. Whaley – Exercising with your Pet, weight loss, and acid reflux

Health

In today’s segment with Dr. Whaley, he and BKP discuss the following viewer questions:
Is acid reflux the same as ulcers or GERD?

Is the expiration date on medication mean it can be harmful if used after the date? Are there any kinds which are dangerous if outdated?

What is the most effective exercise for weight loss?

This segment is sponsored by The Georgia Cancer Specialist.

Authorities in North Carolina seek assistance in death of seven dogs – $15,000 Reward offered

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Authorities in Union County North Carolina are seeking assistance and are asking for anyone with knowledge of this horrific crime to come forward.  The bodies of seven dogs with their necks broken and bullet wounds were found on Saturday January 28th.  FYN spoke with Union County Sheriff’s officer, Tony Underwood who explained the Sheriff’s office believes this could be a dump location and the dogs may have come from a surrounding area.  The dogs were examined and found to have been in good condition prior to being killed.  This is a serious crime and the public’s help is essential.

The photos are extremely graphic however if anyone recognizes these dogs or has any other information please contact the Union County North Carolina Sheriff’s office at 704-283-2308.

The following is shared from a facebook post seeking information:

$15,000 REWARD
DO YOU KNOW THESE DOGS? DO YOU KNOW WHO OWNED THEM? PLEASE LOOK CLOSELY! THEY WERE ALL FOUND SHOT IN THE HEAD ON JANUARY 28th IN UNION COUNTY (On Morgan Academy Rd.)
TOTAL CASH REWARD ~ $15,000
Dorian Jones (Bail M Out Bonds)~1,500
CRIMESTOPPERS~ $5,000
PETA~$5,000
Dan Braman (Wildlifers TV)~ $1,000
Marilyn Moran (Einstein Clinical)~2,500
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THIS CASE, PLEASE CALL THE UNION COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE BUREAU OF ANIMAL SERVICES at 704-283-2308 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 704-283-5600.
YES THESE PICS ARE GRAPHIC! NO I WON’T APOLOGIZE! YOU WANT TO BE ANGRY THEN BE ANGRY AT THE KILLER WHO PUT THEM THERE! ~Angela Herriman~

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THE FOLLOWING INFO IS FROM Pawsitive Impact NC Dog Rescue

In this world, we unfortunately, are amongst some real life MONSTERS!

Friday night we received a devastating message about seven dogs that were found dead and dumped by a rural road in Union County NC.

Saturday morning Karlei and I drove out to the location (Morgan Academy Rd) that we were given to find a very gruesome, heartbreaking scene. Seven dogs murdered! Shot in the head and their necks were broken.

A report has been filed with the Union County Sheriff’s Dept. and we are posting these pictures, however graphic they may be; in hopes that maybe someone might know something or recognize these dogs.

PLEASE SHARE in all of the surrounding counties UNION, STANLEY, CABARRUS, MECKLENBURG, and ANSON! Any one with information can call the Union County Sheriff’s Dept and ask for Deputy Randall or you can call us at Pawsitive Impact NC Dog Rescue. This can be done anonymously.

We took two of the dog’s bodies to Ballantyne Veterinarian Clinic and Dr Humphrey confirmed the gunshot wounds and broken necks. The sheriff’s office & Dr. Humphrey confirmed none of the dogs are microchipped.

Karlei went back alone (I had to go to work) God bless her and took the other five bodies, where all seven dogs will be cremated by Faithful Companion (Cremation Service) at no charge donated to our Rescue. Every dog will leave this earth with dignity and will have a name. It is the least that we could do after what some horrible human(s) did to them.

UPDATE: We have given each of these victims of this horrendous massacre a name.

Sophie
Scarlett
Ingrid
Rhett
Clyde
Baker
Bailey

R.I.P. Sweet Angels

Graduation Ceremony of Rescued~Saving Detainees & Dogs One Life at a Time

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The Graduation Ceremony of Rescued was held on January 26th at the Colwell Detention Center.  Rescued is a joint effort between Colwell Probation Detention Center, Mountain Shelter and Castoff Pet Rescue to rescue dogs who would otherwise be euthanized, while providing a positive impact on the offenders within the Colwell Detention Center.

Each Program participant made an impact statement and it was abundantly clear the positive effect the time spent working with these dogs and the wonderful people associated with the program had made on these men.

I have always thought dog was God spelled backwards because dogs are such a beautiful reflection of unconditional love.  This program makes the lives better for so many more than the ones in the program, it reaches every aspect of the rest of these men’s lives, family, coworkers, friends and each person they may ever encounter.  I would love to see this program all over the United States.

Enjoy the photos and the full graduation video below.

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