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AVMA PET SAFETY INFORMATION TIPS

COLD WEATHER HAZARDS

Take steps to ensure your pets health during cold weather.

BE PREPARED:

• Talk to your veterinarian about your pet’s risks in cold weather

• Have an emergency kit that includes your pet’s needs in case of severe weather or prolonged power outage

• If your dog has a short coat or seems bothered by cold, consider a sweater or dog coat

• Consider booties for your dog’s feet; make sure they fit!

• Ensure outdoor pets have insulated shelter and unfrozen drinking water. In extreme cold, even outdoor pets should stay inside

KNOW YOUR PET’S LIMITS:

• Know your pet’s tolerance for the cold; adjust accordingly

• Shorten walks in very cold weather

• Contact your veterinarian if your pet is shivering or extremely lethargic after being out in the cold

AVOID INJURY/POISONING:

• Check under your car, bang the hood, and honk the horn before starting the engine

• Use pet-safe de-icing products

• Clean up any antifreeze spills quickly

• Stay away from frozen ponds, lakes and streams

• Only take your pet in the car when absolutely necessary. Never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle

• Check your dog’s paws frequently for signs of irritation or injury

• Wipe down or wash your pet’s feet, legs and belly to remove packed snow, ice, salt and de-icing chemicals after walks

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WARM WEATHER HAZARDS

Keep your pets safe during hot weather.

Ask your veterinarian how to recognize signs of heat stress, and seek emergency veterinary care

if you observe any of these signs:

• Anxiousness

• Excessive panting

• Restlessness

• Excessive drooling

• Unsteadiness

• Abnormal gum and tongue color

• Collapse

BE PREPARED:

• Talk to your veterinarian about warm weather risks for pets (and travel safety if you plan to travel with a pet)

• Make sure your pets have unlimited access to fresh water, and access to shade when outside

• Keep your pet free of parasites that are more common during warm weather, such as fleas, ticks and heartworm

KEEP PETS AT HOME:

• Provide different temperature zones within your house for your pet’s comfort

• Never leave a pet in the car, even in the shade or with windows cracked. Cars can overheat quickly to deadly

temperatures, even when the weather isn’t severe

KEEP THEM COMFORTABLE:

• If it’s hot outside for you, it’s even hotter for your pet

• Take walks, hikes or runs during the cooler hours of the day

• Avoid hot surfaces, such as asphalt, that can burn your pet’s paws

• Ask your veterinarian if your pet would benefit from a warm-weather haircut or sunscreen

IF YOU WALK, HIKE OR RUN WITH YOUR PET:

• Consult your veterinarian prior to starting an exercise program for your pet. Overweight pets and short-nosed

dog breeds have higher risk of problems with warm weather exercise

• Don’t walk, run or hike with a dog during the hottest parts of the day or on particularly warm days

• Take frequent breaks, and take enough water for yourself and your dog

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Questions or Concerns? Ask us; we are always happy to help!

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Pet Rescue Masks & Resuscitation Bags

Donated to Our local WV Volunteer Fire Companies

In appreciation of their dedication and service to our community, Wiley Ford Animal Clinic donated Pet Rescue Masks and Resuscitation bag kits to our local Volunteer Fire Companies in order to help our pet families in our community.

Wiley Ford Volunteer Fire Company # 27

Ridgeley Volunteer Fire Company # 25

Short Gap Volunteer Fire Company # 34

Patterson Creek Volunteer Fire Co. # 35

Fort Ashby Volunteer Fire Company # 37

We would also like to thank Mr. Robert Pollock, Mr. Sean Malone, Mr. Matt Batchelor for their assistance.

Thank You,

Wiley Ford Animal Clinic

Richard Keller, DVM

Elmer Keller, VT

Carletta Sandman

Bell Long

Sarah Houdersheldt


**Cutting Edge Laser Therapy for Pain Management & Healing**

THERAPY LASER PROCEDURES

We can help pets with pain and arthritis, skin hot spots, ear infections/problems, and/or other potential health issues. Ask us about MLS Laser Therapy to aid in Healing and Pain Management!

CUTTING EDGE LASER THERAPY

FOR

HEALING and PAIN MANAGEMENT!

Local Veterinarian Unveils New Therapy Laser Center

Wiley Ford, WV--Wiley Ford Animal Clinic, at 12 W. Maple St. in Wiley Ford, WV announces the immediate offering of laser therapy to pet owners in the WV, MD, PA areas. The addition is part of Wiley Ford Animal Clinic's continued investment in advanced technologies and progressive procedures in veterinary medicine. Lasers have been used in human medicine for over 30 years, and are beginning to make huge advances in the veterinary field as doctors and animal lovers learn more about the benefits they can provide. Research suggests that the family pet is increasingly treated as a member of the family, and maintaining a quality of life for that pet is very important to the owner.

Dr. Richard Keller, Veterinarian for over 18 years, has seen the ongoing evolution of the human-animal bond. "More and more, our clients are demanding the highest levels of care for their pets," states Dr. Keller. "Laser therapy provides us with an opportunity to meet the needs of our patients, and offer the highest levels of care possible." Laser therapy has several benefits over traditional pain and mobility treatments. During therapy, the patented delivery system synchronizes superior energy frequencies delivering superior results in less time painlessly, without side effects, risk, or even the use of drugs. The versatility of the laser allows a doctor to treat sore muscles and joints, degenerative joint conditions, neurological pain, chronic non-healing wounds as wells as anti-inflammatory conditions.

Dr. Keller summarizes, "We pride ourselves on staying in the forefront of technology and medicine, and educating our clients on the various levels of care available. Laser therapy is the future of veterinary medicine, and we feel our clients deserve to have that option when choosing the best care for their pet."

For additional information about laser therapy, contact the staff at Wiley Ford Animal at 304-738-9117. Additional information on MLS Therapy Laser and other technologies in veterinary medicine is available from Cutting Edge Laser Technologies at (800) 889-4184 or www.celasers.com.

HEALTH ALERT:

*Lyme Disease is Endemic in our area not only in the human population but in our pets as well!

All Year Round Tick Control is Crucial in helping to protect your Pet from several tick diseases.

Lyme disease can be transmitted by ticks in the Cold Winter Months, as well as the Spring, Summer & Fall seasons.

Vaccinate for Lyme Disease now.

Contact us and ask how we can protect your pets from this and other tick diseases.

Visit the Following Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) & Zoetis links for more information:

Dog & Cat Owners

Available Products to aid in

External Parasite Control

~NexGard Chews

for Flea & Tick Control for Dogs Only

~Frontline Gold

for Flea & Tick Control for Cats & Dogs

~Seresto Collars

for up to 8 Month Flea and Tick Control

for Dogs and Cats

~Revolution & Revolution Plus for Cats

for Flea, Tick (Cats only), Mite, & Heartworm Control, 

for Cats & Dogs

Additional Products Available

@ Our Online Store!

Coronavirus Disease 2019 COVID-19 Protocols

Please be Advised that Wiley Ford Animal Clinic is implementing State (WV) and National (CDC & AVMA) Guideline Recommendations for our Veterinary Patients. These and other measures are aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19.

*If the owner is ill, please stay at home and have another authorized individual or family member bring your pet to the clinic.*

Curbside Service Available

Please stay in your vehicle and call us at 304-738-9117 for Curbside Service.

Your pet must be secured by either in a carrier or with a collar or harness AND a leash.

We will come out and take your pet inside the clinic for an exam and treatment, while owners wait in their vehicle.

Patient information/history, as well as doctor’s instructions, can be relayed through phone calls or email.

This process will also be applied to clients picking up pet medications and foods.

Phone Credit Card payments will be accepted at the time services are rendered.

We are limiting only One (1) Pet family (preferably only 1-2 individuals) in waiting rooms or exam rooms at a time for certain circumstances. Please abide by the 6-10 feet social distancing recommendations and other CDC recommendations in order to minimize potential spreading of the COVID-19 Virus.

*Elective Procedures & non-essential appointments may need to be delayed and rescheduled to a later date to be determined as per WV Gov. Justice's Executive Order*

*During this time, our office hours may be reduced or limited. Please call us at 304-738-9117 for updated days & hours of operation.

We understand the inconvenience and confusion this disease is creating. Please be patient as we ALL are trying to work together to overcome the COVID-19 Pandemic that we are facing. This is a fluid situation and protocol changes may occur.

Thank you.

Wiley Ford Animal Clinic

304-738-9117

MLS® Laser Therapy

FOR YOUR PET

Reduce Pain

Reduce Inflammation

Restore Mobility

Benefits of MLS® Laser Therapy

~ Relief of chronic pain, such as arthritis

~ Relief of acute pain, such as trauma or injury

~ Strong anti-inflammatory effect

~ Stimulates healing of damaged tissue

~ Speeds recovery of the structural integrity

of injured region

~ Improvement of local blood circulation

~ Postoperative pain relief and faster wound healing

Laser Therapy Q & A's

Q: What is Laser Therapy?

A: Laser Therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light to treat painful and debilitating conditions.

Q: How does it work?

A: Light energy enters the damaged cells and stimulates inter-cellular activity. This reduces pain in the area and speeds recovery of the

damaged cells. Once the cells recover, the healing process is complete.

Q: What can my pet expect during a treatment?

A: MLS Laser Therapy is a painless treatment that may last an average of 3-5 minutes, but more extensive therapy may last longer. Your pet may experience a comfortable sensation at the point of application.

Q: What can be expected after the treatment?

A: Most patients see positive results in one to three treatments. Acute conditions can subside with as few as one set of treatments.

Chronic conditions can be managed with regular monthly treatments. And there are no

known negative side effects.

Often, pain medications can be reduced or eliminated after MLS Laser Therapy treatment.

Please ask for details on how this innovative therapy can work for your pet's pain and inflammation. Please contact us @

Wiley Ford Animal Clinic 304-738-9117

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