Vets See Increase in Canine Patients

EUGENE, Ore. — All this hot weather has been keeping vets extra busy.

Doctors at the Eugene Animal Hospital and the 24-hour Emergency Veterinary Hospital have seen an increase in four-legged patients. They’ve been treating a lot of dogs with heat-related problems, like exhaustion and heat stress, but also bee stings.

“Bee stings are common this time of year. You often see bee stings on paws or on the face because the dog goes to pat out the bee and put their nose down on it and get stung,” said veterinarian Dr. Rena Cowan.

Vets are also warning of the toxin cyano-bacteria from blue-green algae that grows in the summer. They recommend keeping your pets hydrated and cool to avoid problems.

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