Dr. Lamar Hunter has just joined the Carolina Tiger Rescue team as a wildlife veterinarian. After he graduated from NC State’s vet school, Dr. Hunter studied under Dr. Angela Lassiter at Carolina Tiger Rescue. He helps with physicals, medical procedures, and loves seeing the animals improve under the care of the awesome vets at the rescue. Dr. Hunter enjoys working with all the animals at Carolina Tiger Rescue, but his favorite is the lions.

Dr. Lamar Hunter Blog Post 2/14/2023

Love is in the air at the sanctuary and today I would love to talk to you all about hearts! One of our jobs at the sanctuary is to make sure that all the animals are healthy and well cared for. I am lucky enough to work with our veterinary team in order to help ensure the health of all the animals at the rescue, including their hearts!

Queen Serval
Queen Serval

But how do we safely check on the hearts of our animals, especially our dangerous carnivores? We sedate all of our animals for more invasive veterinary procedures to ensure that both staff and animals are safe. This means that our animals are given medicine to help them go to sleep and stay asleep. During this process, the team is able to look over the whole animal, including their heart. I use a stethoscope to listen to their heart and always have our other veterinarians listen as well. If anything sounds abnormal, we can do further testing to see what is going on and if necessary, we can prescribe medication to the animal to ensure they stay healthy.

This is just one of the many things we look at when an animal is sedated for a veterinary exam. We will also take time to look at their teeth, eyes, ears and paws, run blood work, check their temperature and check out anything else that may be cause for concern. Providing great veterinary care is just one of the many ways we show love to our animals. How are you showing love this year?