In this new blog series, we’ll be featuring SFVS doctors and staff, asking them questions related to their practice/role and getting to know them a little better. Many thanks to Dr. Wong for taking time out to answer the following questions about her background and for providing important pet emergency information!
1. What’s your job at SFVS? How long have you been working here? What’s your favorite part of the job?
I am one of the doctors in our 24-hour/7-day-a-week Emergency Service. I have been working for SFVS since around the beginning of 2008. The most rewarding part of the job for me is being able to make that difference for the critical patient.
2. When did you know that you wanted to be a veterinarian?
I was about 16 when I walked into a local veterinary hospital and asked to volunteer. The exposure to medicine and working with the community, along with the love I always had for all animals, made it a perfect fit.
3. What are the 3 most common emergencies you see come through the doors at SFVS?
4. Top 3 tips you’d pass along to pet parents to avoid emergency vet visits?
#3: Many cases present with the additional complication of dehydration, which can make any of us feel worse. If your pet is losing fluids (for example, vomiting or diarrhea), not eating or drinking well, or is acting quiet or lethargic, seek veterinary care. Aside from a potentially serious underlying problem, dehydration can cause undue stress on the body and its vital organs.
#2: Safeguard your pets’ environment. If they can reach it, be sure to know its potential toxicity to your pets. Know what may be used in the house, garage or yard by others (roommates, tenants, gardeners, pest control, other maintenance crew). As with children, toxic substances should be kept behind doors or kept off the floor.
#1!: Don’t wait. Trust your gut instinct. You know your pets’ appearance, normal patterns and behavior best. Deviation from their “normal” may be the first indication that something is not right. Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.
5. Any furry friends of your own?
I have a 3-year-old, 50-lb., female shepherd mix (Kenna) and a 10-year-old, male, fuzzy grey kitty (B.B. aka Buster Bailey). I’m also the proud aunt of a 1-year-old female Pekingese (Lucy).