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Simulated fire evacuation at Valleyview Nursing Home St. Thomas Fire Department by Tim Harvey

Residents and staff at Valleyview Nursing Home in St. Thomas experienced a simulated fire evacuation on May 29, presented by the St. Thomas Fire Department. Fire Chief Rob Broadbent observed the residents and staff while

they participated in the exercise. Captain Steve Donker led fellow firefighters Dave Dipierro and Daryl Smith into a smoke-filled room in search of a victim, played by Valleyview’s Assistant Director of Nursing Melissa Billard. “Though I have participated in past exercises, it was terrifying to lie helpless in a smoke-filled

room, not able to see, and waiting to be rescued,” Melissa said. “It is an incredible feeling to have the firefighters come into the room.” Captain Steve Donker of the St. Thomas Fire Department said that an infrared camera is used to locate victims in zero visibility environments.

Valleyview Nursing Home in St. Thomas participated in a simulated evacuation with The St. Thomas Fire Department on May 29. (Photo by Tim Harvey)

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Hyperthyroidism in Cats

What is the Thyroid Gland? Located in the neck, this gland controls metabolism (energy use) for the entire body. Hyperthyroidism is when the thyroid gland overproduces hormone, increasing an individualʼs metabolism and energy consumption. What causes Hyperthyroidism? This is a fairly common disease in older cats. The gland itself enlarges and production of thyroid hormone increases. The increased levels of hormone affect different body systems, most notably the heart – which can lead to high blood pressure and heart failure. Signs your cat may have Hyperthyroidism • Middle aged or older (average age is 12 years old) • Weight loss • Normal to increased appetite • Drinking more water / frequent trips to litter box

• Vomiting / Diarrhoea • Not grooming / unkempt hair coat • Blindness How do we diagnose Hypothyroidism? A veterinarian will perform blood tests that will tell us if a cat has the disease. Treatment Treatment is usually quite successful, and there are different options available. Most recently, a new prescription food has become available and in some cases, cats with hyperthyroidism can be managed with a diet change only. Once diagnosed, a veterinarian will be able to discuss all treatments options with you and together the best option can be chosen. If your cat is showing any of the above signs, give us a call and book an appointment to have their thyroid gland checked today!

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