We love rescues and would like to tell you a little bit about the furry friends we have taken under our wing to give them a permanent home with us. Now, it's time for Ericka's cat Munse. This is their story of how they met to now.
Munse was in the Humane Society of Otter Tail County and he had a little limp. I immediately loved his laid back personality.
We took him home and he got into our laundry sorter where he spent the whole day stuck. Chad (my husband) rescued him and he was his cat from that day.
Munse became very sick and Dr. Lukken thankfully figured out he had a hemobartonella which is a bacteria from fleas that could have killed him without treatment. He will live indoors the rest of his life so as to not infect others.
Dr. Lukken saved his life again when he performed surgery to remove a string from under his tongue and stomach. Now that I have been with him through that and there with him during recovery. He loves me almost as much as my husband.
It's funny he gets mad when Chad goes out to the garage without him. He will sit and meow at the door until he lets him come hang out (it's attached to the house.) He refuses to be set down if he wants to be held and will hold your face with his paws. He bosses the dogs around too.
We have had Munse since September 2018 and he is doing great! We love the entertainment he provides!
We love rescues and would like to tell you a little bit about the furry friends we have taken under our wing to give them a permanent home with us. First up in this series is Ericka with her dog Dre. This is their story of how they met to now.
I first met Dre when he came into the clinic as a Humane Society pet of Otter Tail County. Dre came in to have his eyes evaluated for surgery. I creeped onto his bio and found his story. He looked so handsome and sweet!
We brought him home a few days after his eye surgery so he still had a cone on. When I first took him home the transition was very easy. I had him meet our other dog, Meela, on neutral ground. He was more than happy to submit to her. He didn’t much care for the cats.
He does have some allergies, so we control with medication. He absolutely loves bananas, carrots, cooked broccoli and peanut butter!
A year after we had him his stinky breath needed help and we cleaned his teeth, now he can show us those pearly whites.
Living in lakes country certainly has its perks. We live where most people come to vacation, to experience the beauty of our surroundings that we see on a daily basis. Of course as a veterinary clinic animals are our business. They are always welcome with us, but if you are on vacation where can you bring them?
I checked around with a few area resorts and made a list for you. Please be aware that some or all may require a non-refundable deposit. ALWAYS have your pet leashed and controlled, pick up after them to be courteous to others and the hard-working people that take care of these places. There may be additional rules or requirements so check with them. Of course we advise to always bring with you vaccination certificates (Rabies tags don’t count) and to have flea/tick prevention on them at all times – we don’t want to spread that kind of love around!
There aren’t any events currently that are advertising as pet friendly, but Zorbaz on Ottertail Lake and Dairy Queen in Battle Lake are.
Maplewood State Park and the Central Lakes Trail are dog friendly also.
For more places check out www.bringfido.com/lodging/city/battle-lake-mn-us
Here are some tips and pointers to help your pet also enjoy themselves
Remember to have plenty of water, and it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with local Veterinary Clinics phone number and location just in case you need them – we hope you don’t. We are available for emergencies at 218-864-5695 just in case.
Please note that ALL of the above listed places have rules about bringing your dog with you. Be respectful of their policies so as not to ruin it for others. Of course it is also important to have fun!
Ericka Stoltenberg Author
Ashley – she makes it all happen and doesn’t let me by with not writing!
I feel like everyone has some pet friendly information this time of the year. For us being in a resort community we see our business busier than any time of year, which means so many people are bringing their pets with them to the cabin at the lake. Here are some things to keep in mind while adventuring with your canine.
Pack plenty of water and a container for them to drink out of.
Have a first aid kit.
Check out how to put one together yourself here
It’s also a good idea to have a first aid kit for you too.
Keep in mind that if you are too hot, so are they. In that case, leave them in the AC. Not sure what too hot is? Check out this handy dandy chart to be sure.
Things have changed since the “old days”. We are always trying to better ourselves, our protocols and most importantly, patient care. At certain ages for dogs and cats we are now requiring it to give them the best care possible
Most often this is the item when we are going through the presurgical consent form that people don’t want to do or question if it is necessary. In a way bloodwork really is always necessary. It’s the only way we can know for sure how your pet’s organs are functioning and if there are any concerns that would make us change our anesthesia or not want to do the procedure. It’s not an “upsale” kind of thing, but really a necessary test to keep your pet in the best possible health. For example, if your pet has kidney’s or a liver that are not functioning properly we can manage that with proper diet and medication if we catch it early enough.
PetMd.com has some really great points regarding why we recommend/require this. They wrote:
To read in depth the information that they put out regarding what blood work looks at, why it is important and what it tells us about your pet click Part 1 and also Part 2.
Just as your doctor would need the full picture of your health to make sure surgery and anesthesia are as safe as possible for you, we want to do the same thing for your pet.
Fleas - We have all heard about them, but tend to ignore the fact that they exist. We also like to think that our pet is unable to get them. That is until your pet and your home are hit by them. At Lakes Veterinary Hospital we focus on the prevention of fleas and ticks. We also counsel droves of callers and people who come through the door frustrated beyond belief because they don’t know what to do.
Flea Prevention is Key
First, I will give you a brief blurb on how to prevent these little blood sucking, good-for-nothing but spreading disease buggers from getting into your house. Here we use on our pets and recommend Nexgard, Frontline Gold or the Frontline Spray.
Make sure you keep your pets dry for 24 hours after applying Frontline products. If you don’t it won’t work. Plain and simple. Using a product incorrectly is like throwing your money away. There are many other kinds of flea and tick prevention that can be found by shopping our online store
Please make sure that you NEVER put any dog flea and tick product on your cat. This could prove a deadly mistake.
You’ve Got Fleas
Okay, so maybe you didn’t follow the recommendation or you used a flea and tick collar (they are 50% less effective every time they get wet) or didn’t realize those little nasties can come in on your shoes from outside. Because their eggs are sticky. Maybe you thought flea season was over – If it’s not cold enough for snow they are out there. Whaaaat? Yep. There is a reason they have been around so long.
So you somehow have fleas. We have heard it all. Moved into a home where they were already existing in a dormant state. The people and pets moved in, now it’s a flea party. House guests with pets that have fleas. Lucky for you those pesky buggers stay loooong after your company has left. Like a souvenir without an actual vacation! Indoor/outdoor cats without frontline. The list goes on.
So now that they have moved into your home to live and eat free of charge you need to know that the road ahead of you is long. It’s not a sprint, but more so a marathon. Anywhere that a flea-infested pet has been needs to be treated.
Photo Courtesy of WetNoseDog 1
Here we use either Knockout ES area treatment or Siphitrol Plus instead of room foggers because it gives us the most bang for our buck. You can spray it in your car (which needs to be treated if your pet has been in it while having fleas), on your couch, tile, carpet, mattress. Just always follow package directions and test an area that isn’t easily seen to make sure it’s safe.
Allow the area to dry, then mop or vacuum the area. Now for the important step – if you have a bag vacuum throw the bag away (outside)after each time so that if there are live ones they don’t climb out and get back into your house. If you have a bag less – take it apart and wash everything.
You aren’t done yet . You will need to repeat this process continuously for about a month if you do this 1-2 times a week. Keep in mind that if you have pets in your home they will need to be treated continuously also. Nexgard and Frontline are not repellants so there will still be fleas that you are able to see on your pet. With Nexgard they have to bite the dog, then they will die. Frontline requires the product to move through your pet’s oil glands in the hair follicles. Repeated washing after application is not a great idea since you are shampooing the product away until it can replenish again. We also recommend deworming for tapeworms since fleas transmit these grodey buggers too.
So get comfortable because your home will be super clean after all of this is over. Hopefully this will be enough to remind you to apply or give monthly medication year round so as to not have to go through this again.
If you have any questions feel free to give our office a call at 218-864-5695 or your local Veterinarian can walk you through as well.
Well, it’s March and since the first day of spring has come and gone it’s time to look forward to green grass and plants blooming. Haaaa Haaaa. That’s only if you aren’t in the Midwestern states. Here in Minnesota we are still dealing with snow storms and chilly temps.
The best rule of thumb is to have your pet provided for with shelter and ways to keep warm. If it is too cold outside for you, then it likely is too.
ASPCA shared some great tips on their website for pet care in this cold weather. Here they are:
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.