Don’t Leave Your Pet in a Hot Car!


One of the most dangerous places for your pet is inside your own car. On warm days—even days as mild as 70 degrees—temperatures inside your vehicle can reach into the 100s in 10 minutes or less.

Leaving pets inside sweltering cars is a common mistake pet owners make, and it can have deadly consequences. We often assume that pets can tolerate warmth like we can, but their bodies simply can’t handle the stress of extreme heat.

To help you avoid leaving your pet in the car when it’s too hot, the entire month of July, we’re providing free heat sensors to all Wignall Animal Hospital clients. The sensor hangs from your rear-view mirror, and it changes color when the car is too hot for your pet to be inside.

Make sure you pick up a heat sensor when you visit Wignall Animal Hospital in July. It’s an easy way to remind yourself to protect your pets from a very sneaky hazard. For more information on overheating dangers or to schedule an appointment at Wignall Animal Hospital, please call (978) 705-6963 or contact us online.


Senior Pet Health Class a Success!

November 12, 2013 | 6:30PM | Wignall Animal Hospital

Thanks to those who attended our Free Senior Pet Health Class on November 12, 2013, it was a success.  Taught by our Wignall Animal Hospital Chief of Staff, Dr. Tamara Pikulik, the presentation was an informative overview of the how’s and why’s of Senior Pet Health.

Why this topic for a free class?  First and foremost, our clients requested it, and with good reason.  Our pets are living longer than ever thanks to modern medicine and increased pet owner awareness.  Some changes in our pet’s health are to be expected with old age, but some are not.    As our pets age, signs of potentially serious health problems can start to expose themselves, but some stay hidden.  With over 25 years of experience in the veterinary field, Dr. Pikulik eagerly shared her knowledge to help us all keep improving our pet’s quality of lives together!


Topics presented at the educational program included:topics

  1. Behavioral Changes
  2. Physical Changes
  3. Accommodating Older Pets
  4. Senior Pet Stress
  5. Geriatric Pet Health
  6. Differences Between Senior Wellness in Cats and Dogs
  7. Symptoms of Medical Conditions
  8. Senior Pet Nutrition
  9. Senior Pet Exercise Programs
  10. Dental Disease
  11. Senior Pet Health Screens



Take Your Dog to Work Day

In dog circles, June 22, 2012 is known as” Take Your Dog to Work Day” or “TYDTWD” and the entire week is designated as Take Your Pet to Work Week!   Pet Sitter’s International gets the credit for this dog lover’s day which they created in 1999 to celebrate dogs and encourage adoptions of rescued dogs from shelters, rescues and humane societies across the country. The organization leads the effort to encourage employers to invite employees to bring their dogs to work on June 22nd.  It also recommends other special events and celebrations to strengthen the human/animal bond.    Perhaps the hope is that more employers will make this a regular part of the work environment for their employees and not just one special day each year.  For more information on how you can pilot such a program at your workplace, visit www.takeyourdog.com.  If you would like a member of our staff to speak at your workplace or if you would like to bring your co-workers for a tour of Wignall Animal Hospital to celebrate “TYDYWD, please call us at 978-454-8272 or email us at info@wignall.com.  We would love to help make your day a success!