It’s Heartworm Season!

For those of your who have forgotten in the midst of the COVID – 19 pandemic, it’s about to be one of our favorite times of year in the midwest: mosquito season. In fact, with the significant warm up we’ve had through the month of March and nearly all the ice off the lakes, it’s likely to be an early mosquito season at that. Heartworms are what we worry about most with our pets when the mosquitoes arrive. For those that don’t know or don’t remember, mosquitoes carry the larval form of heartworms. When they take a blood meal off of a dog, they transfer the larvae, or immature forms… Read More

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Feline Coronavirus Diagnosis

Just to address some things that are new and current in the media right now, it was recently reported that a cat in Belgium was diagnosed with coronavirus after it’s owner tested positive for COVID – 19. Before we get all worked up and scared by this, a couple things need to be pointed out. First, the testing of the cat is questionable. It is very uncertain at this point if the coronavirus that the cat has is actually COVID – 19. Cats get a number of coronaviruses of varying severity. In fact, in our veterinary community that fact alone has caused considerable discussion and disagreement over the years. Feline… Read More

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Fleas & Ticks, Oh My!

Just a real basic reminder today. In case you had forgotten, we’re just about to enter or biggest season for fleas and ticks. Of course around here ticks are our primary worry. I suspect many of you are already spending more time outdoors with your pet. I see a lot of people walking their dogs right now. Between the warming weather, the nearly disappeared snow, and being forced to be at home more, dog walking is a popular activity. And even cats are seeing more time outside, too. It’s the kind of weather they are begging to be outside more often. with all that’s going on it’s very easy to… Read More

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AVMA FAQ’s for Pet Owners on Covid – 19

The AVMA supplied a list of some information for pet owners based on what we know about COVID – 19 and our pets. We are supplying this to help you know more about the disease. Below are answers to some questions we have received about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), which is caused by SARS-CoV-2. The AVMA has additional information and resources available on at avma.org/coronavirus. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available. Q: Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department (AFCD) has indicated that a pet dog whose owner had contracted COVID-19 had been tested for SARS-CoV-2 and that multiple tests over… Read More

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Pharmacy Policy Changes

2020 has brought an astonishing amount of change into our lives. And let’s face it, we humans do not like change. As we learn to adjust to how this virus is altering our lives, we want to share what things we can with you. As much as possible our state governments are asking us to stay at home. Veterinary clinics are being allowed to stay open in most cases, but we are being asked to hold off on any elective procedures and to keep contact between staff and clients and other people down to a minimum. In the area of medication refills in particular, we are being asked to make… Read More

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Your Basic Pet First Aid Kit Needs

With all that’s going on right now there’s a lot out there about some basic things you need for your own health care. I think it’s also useful to be aware of what you should have as a simple first aid kit for your pet. There is some chance with lockdowns occurring and other limits on what businesses are open that you might find it necessary to do some basic emergency care on your own pet, so here’s a list to help you out. Your veterinarian’s phone number, and maybe a backup just in case. Other important phone numbers such as Pet Poison Control (ASPCA hotline is: 1-800-426-4435) or local… Read More

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The Importance Of Pet Health In Human Health

With the emphasis on caring for our own health in this COVID-19 pandemic, we need to remember how important the role of our pets can be in our own health. First off I want to emphasize that there is no evidence at this point that companion animals can spread the COVID-19 virus. Nor is their any indication that they can get it. This information has been provided by both the CDC and the WHO. But with additional time at home for many of us, our pets become a much more important factor in our health. According to the CDC ” Studies have shown that the bond between people and their… Read More

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A Note To Our Clients On COVID-19

We wanted to reach out to you during these difficult and uncertain times to let you know that we continue to take your pets health as well as your own health seriously.  We will continue to remain open, God willing, to provide your furry family members with the health care that they need.  We have always taken infection control seriously, but in these trying times we are increasing our efforts at sanitation and cleanliness.  As always we try to schedule a lot of time for our appointments.  During this time we are increasing spacing between appointments so we can maximize social distancing.  We are doing whatever we can to help… Read More

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The Importance of Heartworm, Flea & Tick Prevention

By Sue Jex, CVT March and April are the months to start thinking about prevention for both dogs and cats.  Heartworm can affect both species and can be life threatening.  The disease can also affect ferrets, wolves, coyotes, foxes and rarely humans.  Dogs should be tested for exposure prior to starting or continuing prevention, but there is not a reliable test for cats.  Heartworm is transmitted by an infected mosquito.  The mosquito takes a meal from an infected dog and then takes a meal from an unprotected dog thus transferring Heartworm larvae.   Even if your dog doesn’t go outside for long periods of time, mosquitoes can still come into your… Read More

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February is Dental Health Month by Sue Jex, CVT

       Taking care of your pet(s) teeth is just as important as taking care of your own.   Preventative care helps maintain healthy teeth & gums.  There are several things you can do to help your pet(s) at home.  If you have or planning on having a puppy or kitten, start handling the head so it can get used to being handled – just like playing with their feet so they get used to being handled for nail trims.  Once it is comfortable with what you are doing, gradually introduce a soft bristled toothbrush.  Gently massage the gums & teeth.  After this step, introduce a pet based toothpaste (there are several… Read More

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