The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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January 9, 2014

Falls, frostbite bring patients into hospital

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Shaw also said the Clinton public service officer located one stray dog roaming near Miller Ridge Apartments that was picked up and taken to the humane society for warm shelter, food and hydration.

Along with the one dropped off by the public service officer, the humane society also received two other stray dog drop-offs that were victim to the frigid temperatures on Monday.

Fortunately, none of the three dogs had been exposed to the negative temperatures long enough to succumb to the symptoms of hypothermia or frost bite, and only needed warming with several blankets and hot water bottles to bring their temperatures back to their normal 101 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit.

“We’re not allowed to do any treatment when an animal is brought in as a stray because we have not been in contact with the owners,” humane society office support assistant Kim Bielema said. “In this instance when they came, they were just cold. People had brought them into their homes before bringing them to us so they just needed shelter, warmth and food.”

According to Clinton Veterinary Clinic general veterinarian Dr. Nathan Eslick, hypothermia and frostbite cases would typically occur more frequently in strays because they are exposed to the elements for longer periods of times but that it is often a rare occurrence.

Not a single case of hypothermia or frostbite was reported by any of Clinton’s veterinary clinics, reassuring that people had listened to the advice given by many weather officials and kept a close eye on their furry friends during Monday and Tuesday’s cold snap.

“It’s very important to keep track of our pets during the very cold and the very hot weather,” Eslick said. “Even when they’re in a fenced-in yard that they would typically roam free in we encourage that you wait by the door and let them in when they’re ready. They’ll let you know when they’ve had enough.”

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