Greetings and Salutations

As you may have noticed on our newly updated website, I am the “new guy” here at Kinslow Vet Clinic. My name is Steve Shirley and I graduated from Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine less than 3 months ago. I’ve been employed here for nearly 2 months, and I must say, it has been an absolute joy thus far working with the awesome staff and learning from the other 3 doctors. It has always been stressed to me that I would learn more during the first 6 months of practice than all 4 years of vet school combined. I’m finding myself agreeing more and more with this montra every day. Nonetheless, I look forward to further developing relationships not only with my colleagues here at the clinic, but also you guys (the clients) and your animals.

Working as a mixed-animal veterinarian, I have the opportunity to care for a wide array of species. Just last week my day entailed treating a lame horse, a snot-nosed cow, several itchy dogs and cats, and a limping peacock! Those type days is what appealed to me about being a mixed-animal vet in the first place. I enjoy having the opportunity to work a herd of charolais cattle and then walk into an exam room to treat a few domestic short hair kittens (after changing clothes of course). Therefore, I’ll reiterate that I’m excited to be here in Lebanon and to work diligently for every single one of our hard working clients.

Over and out,
Dr. Steve Shirley

Protecting Your Pet in the Heat

July 3, 2012

This past weekend I was sitting and trying to cool off after doing some work around my yard, and it started me thinking about how hard the heat and drought is on our animals. During these hot dry days of summer it is really important to make sure your pets have plenty of fresh water to drink and for those that are outside all the time, it is also a good idea to supply maybe a small wading pool for them to get in and cool off. I have a lab who loves to get in my decorative pond I was gonna put a fountain and fish in but for now I guess it is his personal pool. We also need to make sure they have plenty of shaded areas to lay and cool off or maybe let them inside when it is the hottest. It is also important to think about our livestock with the drought, many ponds may be dried up and you may need to suppy water for them as well. Also, many pastures have little to no grass and so it is important to supplement them with feed. During these hot times it is not uncommon for our pets to eat less. It is not a concern unless they stop eating altogether. Pets that are having a heat stroke may be weak, disoriented, panting, or having seizures. Do not put them in ice cold water it can cause shock, it is better to slowly cool the water and use ice packs on them till you can seek veterinary help.

Have a safe summer,
Dr. Hastings