Western Springs, IL – No pet owner wants to imagine their animal in harms way. Unfortunately, accidents happen and emergency animal hospitals see pets on a daily basis that are in need of urgent care due to incidents such as ingesting a poisonous substance or being hit by a vehicle.
What you do when you have an emergency can make the difference between life and death for your animal. Dr. Lisa Murray, medical director at Boone Animal Hospital, feels strongly about educating pet owners to be calm and supportive when disaster strikes. Dr. Murray is a Diplomate of The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and has extensive experience in the delivery of emergency medicine and surgery for emergent and critical patients. She has seen thousands of emergency cases and knows what dangers lurk in the common household for pets.

“If I can prevent one owner and their pet from facing an emergency situation by education, then I feel good about what I do,” states Dr. Murray. “Simple things like grapes can be poisonous to pets and teaching people about what to do when your pet does have an emergency makes me feel like I am using my training and experience to help people and their pets. I would like to prevent emergencies from ever happening.”

Dr. Murray recently assumed the position of medical director at Boone Animal Hospital when Dr. Kathleen Fauth retired in September. Dr. Murray is a native of Lemont and graduated from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She worked at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine teaching veterinary students and treating patients in the internal medicine and emergency services. She worked most recently for several years in a large referral hospital in the Chicago area.

Dr. Murray will be providing free educational seminars to the public on October 24th, 1-3 p.m. at Boone Animal Hospital, 905 W 55th St. Western Springs, IL.

The topics include:

  1. Kids & Pets – Keep Them Healthy and Safe Together
  2. Poisons In The Home – From Sugar-Free Gum to Grapes, What’s Safe and What’s Not
  3. Transportation of Sick and Injured Pets – How to Get Your 1 lb. Kitten or 100 lb. Dog to Emergency Care

The first 50 people to arrive will receive a free pet first aid kit to have on hand in case of an emergency. Refreshments will be served and the whole family is welcome.