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Articles Archive: August 2009 through April 2011

This page is a reverse chronological archive of our daily home page articles, from August 28, 2009 through April 18, 2011.

April 18, 2011

Puppy love!

By Anna Messerschmidt, Puppy Preschool volunteer

First of all, I would like to say that I am honored and excited to have been asked to write this article about my experience while volunteering at the vet clinic.

My name is Anna Messerschmidt. I am 14 years old and have two dogs named Bear and Reggie. I am a YOW (Youth On Wednesdays) student at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lake Mills. My family and I are new to the church, yet I am still being confirmed in May. To meet the requirements for confirmation, I need eight hours of community service. I couldn't figure out what I should split my hours between, and I eventually decided to volunteer first at the Food Pantry. After that, my father and I were at the vet clinic to have one of my dogs checked for an ear infection, when I realized how much I love the environment at the vet and how much I would love to work there someday. Or volunteer.

So one day when my mom was picking up dog food at the clinic, she talked to Mittsy to see about me volunteering at her puppy training class. Mittsy said that we would have to okay it with Doctor Stork first, and we did. So, about a week later my dad and I met with Mittsy and she welcomed me to the class with open arms. The first Thursday that I was to help with the class, I wasn?t sure what to expect. I knew that Mittsy and Nancy would help me and tell me what I needed to do, so I was okay there. I wasn?t sure what to expect from the people who had their dogs in the class. I hoped that everything would go well.

And it did! When I walked into the classroom on that first Thursday, there were two dogs there already. I introduced myself a little bit, and then let the dogs get used to me. There was some barking from shyer dogs, but they eventually decided that I was an okay human. So, when class started and Mittsy asked me to introduce myself, I did, much the same way I started off this article. I looked around to room to see what the people thought of me. I was very happy and relieved to find that everyone was smiling and welcoming me. There were no scowls, odd looks, or worried glances at puppies. I was welcome there.

As classes continued and the dogs continued learning, I had a lot of fun. I felt like I was learning as much as the dogs were (although I already knew how to come when called and to sit on command). I was able to play with the puppies, or be bait to distract them (although being a distraction meant ignoring the puppy when they became interested in me, so not as much fun as playing). I got to learn techniques to use with my dogs, and I learned new facts and things that I had never really known before. I did take my dogs to the same training class last summer, and they have retained a lot of the training knowledge since then. I still think that they only do the tricks for the treats, though.

In all my experience with the training class, I had a lot of fun. The environment is a very friendly one, and the people are always welcoming and can answer any question you have. I want to send my warmest wishes and multiple Thank You?s to Mittsy, Nancy, Doctor Stork, and all of the wonderful people that I have met during the training classes for letting me go through with this wonderful opportunity and helping to create new bonds with new people and dogs. Thank You!

April 11, 2011

The Biggest Loser

By Bill Stork, DVM

Here at the Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic we can perform urinalysis, urine culture, intestinal parasite tests, complete blood counts, serum chemistries, radiographs, giardia tests, and more.

All are extremely valuable, but with no exaggeration, the most valuable piece of diagnostic equipment we own... is our SCALE.

In the young, we monitor weight to avoid obesity and the many ailments it can cause. Large, overweight dogs are prone to hip and knee problems that can be expensive and challenging to repair, and painful for the pet. Overweight cats are far more likely to develop liver disease and diabetes.

As they age, we monitor our pets for unexpected weight loss that can be indicative of liver, kidney, adrenal disease or cancer.

Whether young or old, thin or not so thin, we are more than happy to help calculate an appropriate diet. The right food, with accurate portion sizes, can help reduce skin problems, intestinal problems and urinary issues, and give your pet many more healthy, happy years with you.

April 4, 2011

The only thing your dog will outgrow... is his collar!

By Mittsy Voiles, CPDT-KA

Puppies are born to investigate their world. They're full of instincts that drive them to pick things up, chew on stuff, paw at us, and notice everything. As they explore, they learn what's fun, what's scary, and how to get what they need from us.

Puppies need to learn about their world and should be encouraged to explore, especially between 8-16 weeks of age. If they miss out on this critical period of learning (socialization), they are at risk of developing lifelong behavioral problems.

This time is learning time for puppies. Beware the myth that your puppy will ?grow out? of behaviors like puppy biting, jumping up on you and destroying the furniture. All puppies need gentle training to learn manners.

Be especially aware of the myth that puppies, and dogs, will grow out of more serious behaviors such as separation anxiety, storm phobia, and others. These behaviors almost always worsen with age, and need a careful behavioral approach to help the dog overcome them.

If you have behavior and training questions, the Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic can help.

March 28, 2011

Think outside the box

By Bill Stork, DVM

A number of years ago I walked into an appliance store in Jefferson in dire need of a clothes washer for the Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic. Piles of dog bedding would not wait long!

Whether the hardware store, jewelry store, grocery store or mechanic, it has always been the local merchants who provide great service well beyond the sale. In addition, they help employ families and support schools, programs and organizations.

For over 40 years, LMVC has worked hard to be one of those businesses that help enhance your relationship with your pets, and the health and profitability of your farm.

The time is upon is, even though ice is still on the lake, when ticks, mosquitoes and hoards of other parasites will be in abundance. (Not to mention tourists from Illinois.)

So please realize that not only are our prices on heartworm protection, Frontline Plus (for fleas and ticks) and other medications competitive, but we are here to help advise you on the proper and safe use.

March 21, 2011

Saying goodbye

By Bill Stork, DVM

We at the Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic often face end of life issues.

These are not our favorite visits. Often we have known the clients for years, and the animals since they were being house trained.

However, there are times they can be defining. Inspirational, to see loving owners part with a friend, whose quality of life has dwindled and may be suffering. Beautiful, in that we often learn something of what made the pet special. And they are all special.

For those who are bringing home a puppy or a kitten, let us look forward. Try and imagine all the life's changes they will see in their years with you.

The Veterinarians, technicians and behaviorist at the Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic would appreciate the opportunity to insure your life together is the healthiest and happiest possible.

March 14, 2011

Eyes are the window

By Bill Stork, DVM

Why do the Veterinarians at the Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic spend so much time looking in my dog's eyes?

No, we aren't trying to keep you in the dark. We are doing a physical exam through the eyes.

The condition of all the parts of the eye can be indicative of metabolic as well as infectious disease. By looking into the eyes, we can see the central nervous system and get an indication of blood pressure.

Think of eye exams as early detection systems for conditions such as blastomycosis, cancer, kidney disease, and diabetes.

A complete physical exam, including a thorough eye exam, can add quality and years to your friend?s life.

March 7, 2011

Listen, your dog is talking to you

By Mittsy Voiles

A growl stops you in your tracks, but do you notice a yawn? Like people, dogs use subtle body language to show stress.

Experts have identified at least 30 tiny signals of early stress in dogs, including yawning, shaking off, licking their lips, freezing, averting the eyes or turning the head.

Why don't we notice them? Because dogs also do these things for other reasons. A dog who yawns may be worried or simply tired.

The key to whether it's a normal behavior or a stress signal is the context. Look for signals that seem out of place - like shaking off when he hasn?t had a bath.

A stressed dog is asking you to help him, perhaps by taking him to a quiet place to calm down (not as punishment). Recognizing and responding to stress in dogs can help prevent anxiety and aggression problems.

Contact the Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic for help and advice. We offer group classes and individual behavior consultations at the clinic or in your home.

February 28, 2011

The Skijor Hook-up

By Deanna Clark, DVM

My sleepy dogs are well rested, having waited in the kennel for me to finish up with records.

They load into the Subaru much more exuberantly and, try as I might, I can't get the three of them to the car without becoming wrapped hopelessly in leashes.

Then we reach the trail. The excitement grows as the husky starts to howl, and the pointers paw the air in hopes of catching my attention as I bustle by with our gear.

The decibel increases as the harnesses are placed and they know it won't be long now?

I wish I could say the hook-up goes smoothly, but we haven't mastered the line-out command. At times we are a hopeless tangle of line, harnesses, skis, poles, dogs and person. I fall a few times and even get dragged a bit as the dogs impatiently lunge in harness unable to understand why the anchor (me) is still on the ground.

Then I rise. Quickly we are off like a shot in the dark as the dogs explode into a gallop.

And it is silent?.

February 21, 2011

Tell me where it hurts (part 3)

By Deanna Clark, DVM

Now that you can recognize signs of pain, what can you do?

Did you know that if a dog is obese, we have a study that PROVES he will be significantly less lame (and hence less painful) if he loses 6-8% of his body weight?

Becoming certified in Canine Rehabilitation has opened my eyes to the world of icing, heat, stretching and massage. If guided properly, these treatments can make a huge difference. Also changing or avoiding certain activities may help prevent pain.

I truly believe you are what you eat. Be cautious with dietary supplements, but some have esteemed scientific evidence that prove they work.

What about drugs? Medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen or Tylenol are not safe for animals, but we have many safe and effective medications available that can increase quality of life.

It's really all about a multi-modal approach. This means that multiple treatments together can make a huge difference!

February 14, 2011

Tell me where it hurts (part 2)

By Deanna Clark, DVM

My first true sled dog Milton pulled on leash until the end, but the last few years of his life he could only pull the first part of our walk. Did he finally learn to heel? Absolutely not! I wish I had known that pain was slowing him down.

How could I have known?

A person points to a picture of progressively sadder faces to ?score? pain from 1-10, but since our pets can't do this, scores must be interpolated from what we know about ourselves.

Unfortunately there is no standardized animal pain scale. However, the Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic strives to be our patients? advocate, so with a detailed discussion of subtle (or not so subtle) changes in behavior and a good physical exam, we can find the answers. Pain can have many causes so some cases may require blood tests and radiographs to reveal the problem.

The Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic can help you determine if your pet is in pain. And if that?s the case, we have lots of options. Stay tuned next week for some relief!

Tell me where it hurts (part 1)

By Bill Stork, DVM

One of the most inspirational people I've ever known was a farmer, just west of town. He never missed a milking, never complained, but would stop to rest on every piece of machinery he walked past.

He finally had his hip replaced.

Our pets can be as noble as Vernon Strasburg. Signs of pain can be as obvious as limping, or as subtle as panting, withdrawal, personality change, weight loss, or change of behavior.

Is your dog or cat avoiding the stairs? Playing shorter games of fetch? Not jumping, climbing, running or other normal activities can also be a sign of pain.

If you think your pet might be painful, stop in or give us a call. We can help identify and treat your pet?s pain so the whole family feels better.

Dr Deanna Clark is currently becoming certified in Canine Rehabilitation (similar to physical therapy). Check this space next week for her column for more on animal pain symptoms and treatment.

January 28, 2011

Keep your eye on the ball

By Bill Stork, DVM

There is no doubt that the Packers? trip to the Super Bowl this year is special. Not only does the excitement help drag us through two weeks of the dregs of winter, but they have done it by sheer determination and bull-dog tenacity.

They lost no game by more than four points, and were never down by more than seven points all season. All the while, they were working without the services of 10 starters through the heart of the season.

I would be even more impressed if I didn't know so many farmers. Our Wisconsin Dairy Farmers are skilled at everything from animal husbandry to diesel mechanics. They do it without a day off, let alone an off-season to heal their wounds. The Packers entertain us on Sunday afternoons, but farmers keep Wisconsin beautiful, drive our economy, and put food on our table.

So, Go Pack!, and thank a farmer.

January 21, 2011

Do you see what I (will) see?

By Bill Stork, DVM

When families adopt a new pet, they often get caught up in the rigors of a new baby. Containing the energy of a kitten, crate training a puppy, accidents in the house, puppy-proofing ? the list is endless.

The Veterinarians, technicians and behaviorist at the Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic are always anxious to help insure all those things go as well as possible. Proper socialization and acclimation of a new pet are crucial to helping her fit into your family for the long haul.

Cats and dogs can live 12-25 years (or longer!). Your life, and their lives, can change dramatically during that time. Are you prepared?

Our staff consider it a privilege to care for you and your furry family members for their entire lives. Let us help insure there are many years in their lives, and abundant life in every year.

January 14, 2011

Silly rabbit, tricks are for dogs!

By Bill Stork, DVM

February 7, 2011

Have you ever known?

- Saint Bernards who can run on their back legs, leap into the air and catch birds between their paws?

- Cats who can open round doorknobs?

- Cats who can have batting practice by themselves?

- Cats who turn on alarm clocks and CD players?

- A cat who will systematically seek the belongings of a particular family member and knock them to the floor, until he gets fed?

- A cat who will lie on a table above the family dog, wait for him to fall asleep, and knock things off, onto his head?

- Cats who will jump onto a counter and knock things off, to the family dog?

- Cats who sleep on top of cows?

Which says nothing of the dogs who will lie by the side of their owner through their last days...

We love hearing about the unique and fun things your animals can do. We would love to put them on our website for all to enjoy.

Email us to share your stories.

January 7, 2011

Why I have faith

By Bill Stork, DVM

A single father and his three young children were awakened at 3:00 A.M. by their 15-year-old dog, Sallie. She was barking at the top of her voice.

Sallie was special; she was their mother?s dog, who had lost a battle with cancer years before. She had never caused anyone trouble, let alone bark in the middle of the night.

She was staring at the gas stove that was spewing fumes into the house ? the pilot light had blown out.

In case you don't have Sallie, or some other guardian angel, we encourage you to remember a few common hazards when you sleep, or when you leave your pets at home alone:
- Check pilot lights on gas appliances,
- Watch woodstoves for sparks,
- Turn clothes dryers off when unattended,
- Blow out candles when nobody is home but your pets, or all are sleeping,
- Unplug electric blankets as you leave the bed, and
- Make sure carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are working, and change the batteries every year.

January 3, 2011

How will you spend the new year?

By Bill Stork, DVM

I find myself feeling reflective and philosophical as we enter the New Year, and so I thought I?d share my musings.

Holidays are not only a great time to spend with family. They are also a great time to spend with yourself.

Early January is a perfect mark in time to reflect and appreciate things that are better than when the calendar last read January 1.

It is a time to be thankful, and give yourself credit for the accomplishment of another year.

In the tradition of resolutions, it is an equally good time to specifically identify things that you can make better, as well as what it will require. Now is a time to be motivated and inspired. And now is a time to accept that which you can not change.

Happy New Year!

December 27, 2010

Man vs. Beast

By Bill Stork, DVM

You may be in Wisconsin if... one of your greatest pleasures is to throw snow high into the air so your dog can leap and savagely attack it before it hits the ground.

Well, you can put me and our yearling blue-heeler/shepherd cross in that category. Feeling a little full of myself, and with a request to wear her out for "Take your dog to work day" on Thursday, I figured I had
better start last Tuesday night.

I had always wondered if I could throw enough snow into the air to actually tire her, and if so, how many shovels would that take. The answers are yes (after I took some Advil), and 118.

Of course after I had tired her out, she launched into the night to rearrange the horses and the goats. If you have a dog who can catch more than 118, send us an email.

December 17, 2010

The 12 foreign bodies of Christmas

Every day, veterinary clinics field frantic calls about animals eating weird stuff. We call these items foreign bodies.

Christmastime 'tis the season for lots of these calls, so we made up a song about real incidents we?ve handled. Feel free to sing (or howl, or meow) along!

On the 12th day of Christmas, my pet ate gleefully:

  • 12 juicy oranges
  • 11 stinky diapers
  • 10 tasty golf balls
  • 9 chunks of carpet
  • 8 Barbie doll heads
  • 7 ounces Gorilla Glue
  • 6 pounds of kibble
  • 5 pairs of thongs
  • 4 fishing hooks and a bobber
  • 3 dozen pacifiers
  • 2 cobs of corn
  • $20 bill, and a rosary.

Joking aside, foreign bodies aren't something to sing about. They're dangerous and expensive to remove. Keep a close eye on your pets around all the shiny items and yummy foods!

December 14, 2010

Doggie in the window?

by Bill Stork, DVM

Christmas is a common time for people to give the ultimate gift that never stops loving, a pet. So that the Christmas morning euphoria grows into a lifetime of love, we encourage some planning.

If this is a friend for a child, best to establish solid expectations for care and responsibility. And because adults are ultimately responsible for pets, make sure everyone is ready for commitment.

Most Humane Societies will issue a gift certificate, so adopters are involved in the matching. After all, we wouldn't expect someone to marry a blind date!

Your local Veterinary staff would love to help you make an informed choice of age, sex and breed. And, once the match is made, to ensure the new companion is properly vaccinated, free of parasites and disease. We can also help you plan for proper environment, socialization, training and settling in to your family.

December 4, 2010

Do you hear what I hear?

by Mittsy Voiles, Veterinary assistant and behavioral specialist

Cats and dogs hear at least four times better than people, with a much wider range of frequency and an amazing ability to pinpoint where sounds are coming from.

Do you clean your pet?s ears regularly? Even if your pet isn?t prone to problems, cleaning ears every couple of months (more often if recommended by your veterinarian) helps prevent wax buildup and infections.

Recently, local newspapers carried a Q&A column by a medical doctor, recommending hydrogen peroxide to prevent wax buildup in children?s ears. This led to a few clients calling to ask if they should use peroxide to clean pets? ears.

Since pets are more likely than children to have hairy, floppy ears, roll in dead things, and jump in the lake, they are also more likely to get infections. Thus, our veterinarians do not recommend hydrogen peroxide for pets? ears, because if your pet has an infection it can make it worse. It isn?t always obvious if a dog or cat has a mild ear infection, so use a pet ear cleaner to be safe.

If your pet shakes her head, scratches her ears, groans when you touch the ear area, or has a pungent odor in her ears, have your veterinarian examine her. Treating infections quickly means less pain for your pet, and a less expensive treatment.

November 29, 2010

Make holidays fun for your pets

by Mittsy Voiles, Veterinary assistant and behavioral specialist

Holidays can be stressful for pets. Visitors arrive, perhaps with dogs. We travel to visit relatives, sometimes taking our pets, sometimes boarding them. Planning ahead can help your pet cope.

Set up a routine for visitors to meet your dog.

If your dog is shy, ask visitors to ignore him and allow him to approach them on his own time. If your dog is bold, put her on leash so she doesn't jump on them. If visitors bring a dog, allow the dogs to meet first in a neutral area, off-lead if safe.

Traveling with your pet

Ginger (cookies or the scent of fresh ginger) can prevent car sickness. Bring familiar blankets and toys.

Boarding your pet

Visit kennels and talk to friends to pick your favorite. Treats, toys and affection will help make it a good experience.

Have a healthy, happy Christmas

Take care with new environments and exposure to other animals. Make sure your pet?s vaccinations are up to date, especially bordetella (kennel cough) for dogs. We also recommend taking a stool sample to your veterinarian after the holidays to guard against intestinal parasites.

November 15, 2010

"There is no such thing as bad weather, just a poor choice of clothes"

by Bill Stork, DVM

Many of the most common health issues we see at the Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic are associated with excess weight and lack of fitness and activity.  It is also pretty common that we, and our pets, are less active from now until the grass turns green.

What follows are a few suggestions as to how we might be able to endure, if not embrace, the weather that lies ahead.

Protect yourself. Comfort turns winter walks from purgatory to pleasure.

  • Neck protection. Lightweight gaiters or scarves. Polypropylene. It does not have to be worn by an NFL running back and cost $40 to be effective.
  • Dry as a bone. With polypro next to your skin and fleece on top, all you now need is water-proof (and windproof) on the outside. Lake Mills farmers can testify that Goretex? is nice if you need to be trendy and spendy, but rubber works better. Helly Hansen? jackets are good enough for workers on North Sea fishing boats, and cost hundreds less.
  • Grown-up snowsuits. Throw on Helly Hansen? rainpants ($15), or inexpensive snowpants (at Farm and Barn). Zippers on the bottom for easy on/off. Cozy even over your jammies.
  • Fingers and toes. Wear gloves - frozen fingers are inversely proportional to patience. SmartWool? socks: merino wool and lycra, and there is no substitute. If you already have SmartWool socks, get a dog so you have more excuses to go outside.
  • Traction. Yaktrax? boots grip packed snow and ice, even if your dog sees a squirrel.
  • Not much daylight? Headlamps and flashers can light your way, and alert cars, snowmobiles, and bicycles to your presence.

Protect your dog.

  • Reflective gear. Leashes, collars, harnesses and clip-on flashers help you and others track your dog.
  • Salty paws. Sidewalk and street salt can strip paw pads in a hurry. Use warm soap and water to clean up when you get home. Diehard town dogs might even tolerate boots.
  • Coats. Besides keeping thin-coated breeds warm outside, dog jackets can keep the undercarriage clean and dry in slushy conditions, especially for low-riders like dachshunds.
  • Fighting gravity. Dogs who pull in icy conditions can endanger themselves as well as the hapless person at the other end of the leash. Try front clip harnesses (like Easy Walk?) or head halters to discourage pulling.
  • Change of scenery. Even if you have to drive there, get out to one of our local parks. No salt, no cars, fewer people, quiet crunching along. Just you and your dog.

In my experience, armed with a positive attitude and a few key pieces of clothing, you can go a long way to keep off the 'February 15'. Nobody really likes getting cold, but you may find yourself dreading winter a little less. You could even come to embrace the quietest and most beautiful season in our great state. Never felt so good.

August 20, 2010

What's eating your pet?

Like that friend who cleans out the fridge every time he stops by, parasites in dogs and cats consume your pet's nutrients. They also munch on your pet. Talk about wearing out your welcome!

Creepy-crawlies on the outside

If you already use medications to prevent fleas and ticks on your pet, you?re on the right track. Annoying as they are, fleas and ticks themselves only scratch the surface of the range of parasites waiting to feast on your pet. Fleas can transmit tapeworms and other diseases. Ticks can transmit bacterial blood infections such as Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, and Ehrlichiosis.

Buzz off!

Mosquitoes carry several diseases as well, most notably heartworm larvae. Heartworm disease kills cats and dogs every year.

Slippery-slimy on the inside

Intestinal parasites like roundworms, hookworms and whipworms live in the soil and can be easily ingested even by clean-living indoor dogs and cats. As with any parasite, intestinal parasites steal your pet's nutrition as they grow and multiply inside the body. Over time, an infestation can weaken and kill your pet.

There's another very good reason to keep control of parasites on your pet: some (but not all) parasites are transmissible from pets to people. Young children are particularly susceptible.

Take your pet off the menu

If you're feeling a little paranoid about what's crawling around on (or in) your pet, don't despair. Good prevention and regular testing for common parasites can keep your pet healthy.

1. Every day pay attention to your pet's eating, drinking, urination and defecation habits. Eating or drinking more or less than usual, urinating more than usual or changes in consistency of feces can be early signs of a problem. If things don't return to normal within 24 hours, consider a phone call or visit to the veterinarian.

2. Every day check your pet's ears, skin and coat for parasites like fleas and ticks.

3. Once a month use medications for heartworm prevention (cats too!), deworming, and flea and tick prevention. We recommend year-round use of these preventives, even in the cold Wisconsin climate, because seasonal weather fluctuations have caused parasite population fluctuations in recent years. Talk to us about which medications are most appropriate for your pet.

4. Every 6 months bring in a stool sample from your dog or cat for an intestinal parasite test. Monthly dewormers kill most, but not all, potential intestinal parasites. Regular stool checks allow us to catch parasites early and get rid of them before they harm your pet.

5. Every 6-12 months bring your pet in for a wellness physical exam. Veterinarians may notice early signs of parasites (and many diseases) that you might not be trained to detect.

6. Once a year have your pet tested for common parasites and related diseases at your veterinarian. A simple blood test can tell you in eight minutes if your dog has heartworms, Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis or Anaplasmosis. The test (known as the ?4Dx test?, previously referred to as a ?heartworm test?) will pick up these diseases even if your pet seems perfectly healthy on the outside. Cats who spend a lot of time outdoors should be tested once a year for feline leukemia, feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline heartworm disease.

The earlier we diagnose these diseases, the better your pet will respond to treatment, and recover quickly. Some high-risk pets should be tested more than once a year ? if you hunt or do field trials with your dog, for example. Ask us how often you should test your pet.

To learn more, click on the links in the article above, email us or call us at 920-648-2421.

December 22, 2009

Happy holidays to you and your pets!

Ten ways to make a Happy Holiday for animals:
1. Keep your pets safe and warm. If it?s too cold outside for you, it?s probably too cold to leave your pet outside. Also, holiday activity makes it easier for clever pets to sneak outside unnoticed. Make sure your pet has an ID tag with your phone number to bring her home if she gets lost.
2. Keep toxic seasonal plants like mistletoe, holly, Christmas cactus, poinsettia and pine trees, out of reach of dogs and cats. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet munches on your holiday greenery.
3. Make a special treat jar with your pet?s regular food, and a few treats, inside. This helps avoid guests or family members over-feeding your pet, or feeding dangerous foods like chocolate or cooked bones.
4. Help out your local animal shelter. Lost pets, cold weather and holiday activity mean more work for people, and more animals in need of supplies. Call to see how you can help.
5. Provide indoor fun for dogs as cold weather limits exercise. Try stuffing a Kong? toy with wet dog food, yogurt, cottage cheese or peanut butter. Play hide-and-seek around the house. Use your imagination, and get the kids involved.
6. Keep tinsel and other string-like items away from your cat. Offer catnip-filled toys instead.
7. Remember to save some attention for your pets amidst all the holiday preparations of shopping, decorating, cooking and visiting.
8. Consider helping an elderly neighbor with pet care like scooping litterboxes or walking dogs.
9. Reduce your pets? stress and anxiety - remember to give your pets a break from the chaos and activity of a house filled with visitors.
10. Make holiday cookies for your dog! (see recipe below)
Healthy Holiday Dog Biscuits
2  cups whole wheat self-rising flour
 cup skim dry milk powder
 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons margarine or butter
 1 egg
 1 tablespoon wheat germ
 1 cup cold water
1. Mix butter and egg together.
2. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix well.
3. Add enough water to be able to knead the mixture for 2-3 minutes.
4. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to � to � inch thickness.
5. Cut into shapes.
6. Bake at 350 C for 25-30 minutes.
Makes about 40 medium-sized biscuits.
For variety, try adding peanut butter, liver or other dog-safe flavors.

November 23, 2009

Did you know your dog or cat has a web site?

If your pets are patients at Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic, you can now access vaccination records, see reminders, order prescription refills and request appointments online. Pet Portals are personalized, private, secure pet web sites provided free to all our clients. All you need to do is click on the icon above ("Pet Portal log in") and fill out a quick registration form. Your patient information is already in the system, so you'll be directed there as soon as you register. That's it!

Tell us what you think of your Pet Portal. Questions? Call the clinic at 920-648-2421 or send us an email.

August 28, 2009

We carry the safest pet food in the world!

If you feed Natura pet products (Innova, Innova Evo, California Natural and Mother Nature), your pets are eating the world's safest pet food. Natura is the only pet food manufacturer to date to receive ISO 22000:2005 certification for its high standards in food safety management systems.

Natura has never had to recall a single kibble of food, because all batches are tested at its factory before being shipped out. All ingredients are tested upon delivery, and substandard items are turned away at the door.

Never tried these foods? We carry most of the range here at the clinic. Most options are great for any pet. Some varieties are perfect for pets with food sensitivities or allergies. Ask our staff which kind is best for your furry family.

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