On Saturday, February 17th, 2018 our clinic received a devastating phone call. Dr. Dennis Stanford, one of our veterinarians had passed away. He was outdoors doing what he loved when he collapsed.
We had worked with him for a few years and all of us loved his energy. In addition to being a great veterinarian he was such a joy to work with. His laid back personality and sense of adventure always made for great conversations to update us on his latest venture. As sad and broken hearted as we are, we know that it doesn’t compare to what his wife and the rest of his family are going through during this time.
Dennis was a shining light that brought smiles to the faces of those around him. He listened to every story with genuine interest and was passionate about everything he pursued. All of us at Lakes Veterinary Hospital are thankful that we were blessed enough to call him our colleague and friend.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
First ask yourself if your animal has been exposed or eaten anything harmful.
Examples would be: Mouse/Rat poison, poisonous plants, chemicals such as pesticides, cleaners etc.
If the answer is yes, IMMEDIATELY contact the Pet Poison Hotline at
1-800-213-6680. http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/ Then contact a veterinarian.
If the answer is no, then check if there has been anything new fed to your pet.
Treats, a change of food, or if your pet has been given any people food. If so be sure to stop access to these items.
Could they have eaten something they shouldn’t have?
Examples would be pieces of toys (stuffing, squeaker, the toy itself), garbage, compost, string, rope bird seed, suet (maybe it drops on the ground?) or fryer grease?
If there is a possibility that they have eaten any mouse or rat poison call a veterinarian (218-864-5695 for our office), your local Veterinarian or the Pet Poison Hotline at 1-800-213-6680
If your pet hasn’t eaten anything harmful such as poison or an object they shouldn’t, doesn’t have blood in vomit and isn’t painful, restless or bloated you can try the following GI Diet once you have reintroduced water successfully – see below.
· Please note that this is not a substitute for Veterinary care. Hospitalization may be necessary in severe cases or ones in which the pet has any symptoms mentioned above.
Withhold all food and water until vomiting stops – this may be several hours, but do not withhold water longer than 12 hours to prevent dehydration. Once there has been at least 6-8 hours since last vomiting episode water may be offered.
· Rules for reintroducing water
· Keep it room Temp – cold water will upset the stomach
· Keep amounts small – Example: For a Lab-sized dog ¼ - ½ Cup at a time every 1 hour. For a Dachshund-sized dog 1-2 Tbsp. at a time every 1 hour. As long your pet does not have any more vomiting you may keep offering water in slowly increasing amounts.
Once your pet is able to drink all the water they would like without any vomiting then it is time to try and introduce food.
Per our own Dr. Lukken “Think of it this way. If you have had the stomach flu and start to feel better, you wouldn’t go right out and have a bowl of chili and a coke. You take it easy by starting with some crackers and chicken soup. It’s the same thing with your pet. “
The GI diet consists of Cooked White Rice or and a small amount of Fat Free Cottage Cheese. If you have a large dog such as a Lab feeding instructions would be ½ Cup Cooked White Rice with 1 Tbsp. Fat Free Cottage Cheese. For a smaller dog such as a Dachshund start with 1-2 Tbsp. Rice and 1 tsp Fat Free Cottage Cheese. You could also use potato instead of rice. ** Potato can be red or white – not sweet. Steamed or baked only. Serve WITHOUT skin.
Must the Cottage Cheese be Fat Free?
YES! If not the fat will start things up again causing your poor critter to once again feel awful.
· Remember to keep meals small and feed 3-4 times a day. Slowly increase amounts given at each feeding as long as your pet is doing well.
· You can also add small amounts of boiled hamburger or chicken breast with no skin or bone.
· Dump out any water remaining from boiling these items. This contains fat and is not good for your pet!
I have some fried hamburger already cooked, is that okay?
NO! Just like the fat in the cottage cheese this will likely start things all over again or make them worse.
My pet is feeling better how do I switch him/her back to regular food?
The key here is SLOWLY. Keep them on the GI diet and slowly add in their regular food. Feed 75% GI diet and 25% Regular diet. Each day decrease GI diet and increase Regular diet until completely switch back to the pet’s regular food. This should take about 5-7 days.
** If at any time your pet’s condition becomes worse, or does not improve after 24 hours Lakes Veterinary Hospital recommends that they are seen by a Veterinarian**
Dental Health Month is always February. We have been so busy helping pets with their oral health that we have had to dedicate certain days to just that. Thank you to all of our clients that have taken this step to help their pet’s health over the last year. It’s a win for everyone. Their organs don’t have to work so hard and fight off that infection flowing right into the bloodstream via their mouth AND you don’t have to smell that nasty breath when they feel like snuggling with you.
In case you missed our previous blog about dental health you can check it out here. http://www.lakesveterinaryhospital.com/blog/dental-care-for-your-pet
There is also a video in which my dog Dre “volunteered” to show you how to properly brush your dog’s teeth. It also works for cats!
If you have further questions regarding your pet’s teeth please check in with us, we would love to answer any questions you might have. You can reach us at 218-864-5695.
We all know that sometimes dogs get into things they shouldn’t and more often than we like it also involves an angry/threatened skunk.
Our tried and true recommendation in that scenario is to use Krebaum’s Formula.
You can also get the shortcut to it on our webpage here: http://www.lakesveterinaryhospital.com/frequent-questions.html
Otherwise it is here:
1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (Make sure it is not expired)
1/4 Cup Baking Soda
1 teaspoon liquid dishsoap (Dawn works the best)
Mix in a bucket and sponge over entire area taking care NOT to get in/near eyes/nose or mouth. Leave on for 10 minutes. Follow with a thorough tap water rinse. May need to repeat.
In addition to bathing your pet with this recipe we also really like:
Lisa taught me something years ago when my pet was sprayed by a skunk at close range (I nearly lost my morning coffee and did lose my breath it was so bad). Take a dish of vanilla and set it in your home, car wherever the horrendous smell has infiltrated to help take it away. When our dog was sprayed it was near our garage and it made it’s way into the garage and our vehicles. Not pleasant. We used her trick and within about 24 hours I could drive my car without suffocating on the angry skunk odor.
As always thank you for reading!
Microchipping is as Important as Updating Your Information
Microchipping, many of us have done it for our pets as an extra measure to return them to us in the event they are lost or a natural disaster occurs.
If you are looking for the video version check out the link at the end!
When a microchip scanner/reader is passed over your pet it picks up a code. This code is specific to your pet. The Veterinarian, impound facility or rescue is then able to call the company or input the information in online. This will get them in touch with the company and give them your contact information to call and tell you they have your pet.
At Lakes Veterinary Hospital we partner with AKC Reunite for our chips and will even register them online for you. https://www.akcreunite.org/
What many of us forget is that in the event we move or our alternate contacts change we need to update this information with the chip company where our pet is registered.
As someone that has worked at a Humane Society I can personally attest to the importance of not only registering your chip (if you don’t it goes back to the organization or breeder that implanted it and good luck tracking your information from there), but having your current information on record. If you don’t organization can’t track you down either. Now your pet is in the rescue system and you may never see them again. It only takes a few minutes to update this information, so please make sure that when you are updating your information to add your pet’s microchip to the list to check off.
Anyone that finds a pet with an unenrolled microchip can enroll the pet in their name and keep the pet as their own. Only with the microchip ID linked to your personal contact information do you have peace of mind in knowing that AKC Reunite can help with the safe return of your pet to you. Don’t take of the risk not being reunited with your pet!
By Ericka Veterinary Technician with Lakes Veterinary Hospital
Thanks to Blog Master Ashley for putting together the information and photos
It's one of those topics that we constantly talk about here at Lakes Veterinary Hospital and it's one that has been gaining popularity at the pace of a turtle. Those of you that take our advice - we thank you. Your pet's heart and internal organs thank you as well. Those of you that haven't - you realize it's a mouth infection right? Their breath shouldn't smell like a swamp, or something that is rotting in a swamp. I’m just going to put that out there for your consideration.
Credit for photos up above greencrossvet.com
So as a pet owner myself I get the need to budget for pet care since I don't have tons of fun money just hanging around waiting to be spent. Though dental cleanings for your pets are sometimes necessary, we have put together a little list of items that we love here with our own pets to share with you and yours to keep their mouths healthy. They also give you the most time between dental cleanings.
Things that we love are:
Also my dog, Dre has graciously agreed to be in the spotlight and demo having his teeth brushed for the benefit of you and your critter(s). At home I keep the dog's toothbrushes in a basket w/ their toothpaste because having them float around w/ mine is a little more closeness than what I am okay with.
Also Dre sits on the bed while I brush my teeth and then once I am done brushing and flossing it's his turn. I just sit w/ him and brush then immediately give him a treat. Meela then comes out from under the bed at the words, "Good boy" and "Nummy" so she gets placed on the bathroom vanity to be brushed and then gets her treat. I also do this is usually some type of active wear with many different colors of paint on it and a sweatshirt with as many varieties colors of pain so you are welcome that for the video I was all professional and stuff.
I had a client tell me that their routine is for the dog to sit on a rug on top of the washer each evening while his teeth are being brushed. He also gets a treat afterwards and is more than happy to comply now that he knows the routine. Just keep in mind that with most pets getting them used to you being in their mouth is something that has to be slowly worked up to. Start by touching the mouth, then praise and/or reward. Build up to it. Let them lick the flavored pet toothpaste (who doesn’t like seafood, beef or poultry? Numma!).
Just remember that your pet's dental health is as important as yours. Bacteria can cause problems from heart murmurs to organ failure the same as it can in people. Your mouth is a direct route to the bloodstream so let’s keep it healthy!
Thanks so much for sticking with me on this. Please keep in mind that major tartar should only be removed by a professional scaling and then polishing to smooth out the surface of the tooth.
Ericka Stoltenberg Author
Ashley B Blogmaster that brings my visions to life
It’s that time of year where we humans reflect and give thanks for the blessings that have been bestowed upon us throughout the year. The time is near for a new blog article idea and there wasn’t anything great that was flowing from the creative recesses of my brain. That is until one morning while walking through the lobby my eyes wandered to the white board where Ashley had written, “Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for our furry friends and wonderful clients.”
We do have great clients AND great patients. Our relationships with them are so amazing. We know so much about them and not just their relationship with their pet(s) that we care for, but life in general. Medical conditions, happy or sad events, reasons we need to tailor care of their pet in need because of goings on in their lives.
So I decided to ask everyone their top 3 reasons that they are thankful for with our clients and their pets.
Here is what we the staff at Lakes Veterinary Hospital are collectively thankful for about you.
I knew something was up that morning when my human didn’t feed me breakfast. I was dropping subtle hints, but they refused to catch on so I just started giving the look. Then I sat by the bowl. Finally my human asked if I wanted to go for a ride in the car. Well yeah!
We arrived in front of the vet clinic and my human got me out of the car. I thought it was strange we were visiting so early in the morning. Once inside there was a nice lady with a voice that was high and silly. She talked to my human quite a bit and said my name a few times which was alright. Then I got onto the scale and my human said – wait for it, “Goodbye”. Really? I was staying at the clinic by myself with high voice lady?
Later the Vet man came in and talked to me really nice. He gave me some more pets and looked me over a bunch. He said some things to the high voice ladies about me and that was it.
A few minutes later they took me out of the kennel and there was that bee sting feeling for a second in my leg. High voice lady put me back into my kennel, told me I was good and pet me some more. I started feeling strange. It was morning, but my body was so tired. I decided to sit down for just a moment. Then my eyes closed.
Before I knew it my eyes were trying to see what was going on around me. I was still in a kennel. High voice lady came into view. She asked me in a softer, quieter voice how it was going. She put her hand on me and told me I did a good job. I am not sure what for since I just took a nap. My body was still really tired.
After a little more napping my human was there! They really did come back for me! I was so excited to be going home! I just wish someone would tell me what happened to my testicles.
We get this question a lot. Some of you aren’t sure what to look for, some are right on track and then there are the folks in between. Since we are all about education and animal well-being, this blog is meant to help you so your pet can benefit. It’s a win-win!
Signs my dog is in pain
Dogs. They show signs if you know where to look. Sometimes these can be tricky. Like panting for instance. Your dog will pant if they are uncomfortable, but then again also if it is hot or they are stressed. Ugh. Are they doing less of what they love? Walking, running, going up or down the stairs differently or not at all? Licking and chewing can be a sign. It can also show allergies as well, which is why it is a good idea to make note of these signs and discuss them with your Veterinarian.
Credit for image to cgvet.com
By nature’s design our dogs are made to mask any pain if they can. For the reason that they should not appear weak to other animals and many of them also do not want to appear weak to us humans either. Even with us, their caretakers. That’s why we have to pay attention to their body language.
This is going to be a quick overview and not an extremely in depth look at pain detection in your pet.
Signs my cat is in pain.
Cats are unique creatures. They told all of us in this profession during school that, “Cats are not small dogs.” That is extremely true. They are even better at hiding pain and weakness than dogs and can be extremely difficult to read. Looking for pain in a cat can be a little like looking at one of those hidden object puzzles.
Are their pupils dilated? This can be stress or pain driven. Are they eating less than normal? Watch them walk up and down the stairs if you can. Do they hop-step, or have more difficulty going one direction more than the other? Are they vomiting more hair balls? This could be an indication of stress (which could be from pain), uncomfortable joints that they are trying to soothe by licking, or of course allergies. These are all important things to tell your Veterinarian during an exam so that they are able to narrow down the location of the discomfort and if you are dealing with something like arthritis.
Credit for photo PetMD
When to contact your Veterinarian
If your cat or dog is exhibiting any of the sings/symptoms mentioned above contact your veterinarian to set up an exam. They will ask further questions, check your pet from nose to tail and help you answer any of these questions.
Cats. It seems that you either are a cat person or you aren’t. The more you don’t enjoy their company the more they enjoy being next to you. That is what I personally think is great about them. They get what they want one way or another.
Cain is a 12 ½ year old Domestic Short Hair cat that I adopted from a rescue in Fargo as a 5 month old kitten. It was love at first meeting. He was chill, friendly and arrogant – just the way I like my cats. He has always been independent with a sprinkling of needy. Through our life together there have been moves, other pets (dogs, cats, and rats) added to the family, pets that have passed away, foster dogs and cats, pet sitting and a child added to his life. He has taken everything in stride. The last one he still does not particularly care for a whole lot.
Signs & Symptoms
Due to some changes in routine with our child recently, I attributed that to Cain acting differently. He wasn’t pestering me in the middle of the night (he certainly wouldn’t want any of the other humans in the house see him seek affection too frequently) and it’s not that I minded the extra sleep. I am a mom after all.
He was keeping to himself more (he doesn’t like the littlest human in the house). He also seemed thinner and hungry more often (if we don’t shut his room door when he eats the other cat pushes him out. Also, he’s old). My husband does the a.m. feeding and doesn’t, AHEM, listen to me to close the pet doors all the time so I thought it was no big deal. He also was vomiting hairballs more frequently. I don’t brush him much because I am not going to follow him all around the house with the brush – a requirement of his.
I had been keeping an eye on him, but all of the changes certainly seemed to have reasons that made sense to me as both a pet owner and a technician. He has had bloodwork periodically throughout his life and it’s always been normal – Yeah! When petting him I had noticed there was less to him (muscle atrophy? It happens to every creature as they age).
Light Bulb Moment – It’s a medical problem!
Finally all of the signs aligned. He was too thin to attribute to anything other than a medical problem. I brought him in and the cat that had always been a consistent 14.7 lbs. his whole life was down to 11.3lbs! Completely unacceptable in my mind that my own cat had lost that much weight and I didn’t realize it. That amount of weight loss without me noticing made me so mad at myself! Clearly all of these signs meant something more than what I had attributed them to.
What kind of bloodwork should I run for my aging cat?
We performed an exam and then were able to run his bloodwork. We covered what is recommended for Sr. Pets: Chemistry Panel, Thyroid and SDMA. All of his organ function was fine. It indeed was Hyperthyroidism.
There is medication available to cats to manage this condition. We tried it and the weight loss stopped, he was acting more like himself. Pestering me again in the middle of the night, cuddling a little more – not too much, he has a reputation to uphold after all.
So if you have any concerns it is always best to contact your Veterinarian to discuss your pet’s well-being. They may want to perform an exam at the very least. Also I urge you to have their annual exams done even when they are healthy. It’s always best to catch something before it becomes a major problem. We can’t have the partnership to keep your pet healthy without you.