Vomiting Dog Info

Dogs vomit occasionally for a variety of relatively benign reasons – to expel something unwanted from their stomach, as a result of gastric irritation or in response to colonic stimulus, for example. Prolonged, unrelenting vomiting or regurgitation, however, can be the sign of a serious condition, anything from head trauma or toxin exposure to pancreatic cancer or gastrointestinal obstruction.

Tularemia Found in a Cat

Tularemia was confirmed in a cat from Dakota County (Apple Valley area) on July 1st, 2014. Tularemia is a zoonotic disease (can affect a wide range of animals and humans) that is caused by a bacteria called Francisella tularensis. Tularemia can be transmitted by horseflies, ticks and through contact with infected animals (though it is not transmitted person- to- person).  Dogs are relatively resistant to the infection, however, cases have been reported. Cats that are outdoor or outdoor/indoor cats are at higher risk and can get infected with after hunting an infected rodent or rabbit, however, tularemia has been reported in indoor cats that have no obvious exposure. Clinical signs, in animals, are usually high fever, lethargy, lymphadenopathy and ulcerations of the tongue and palate. This cat is only the fifth cat to be reported in Minnesota since 2008.  Humans can also acquire tularemia, though it is not transmitted person-to-person.  The incubation period for tularemia in humans is generally 2-5 days (range, 2-14 days). Acute symptoms include sudden onset of fever, chills, joint and muscle pain, headache, and nausea. Please consult your healthcare provider and notify MDH if you have symptoms consistent with tularemia and have recently cared for a suspect tularemia patient.

Bugs won’t stop us from enjoying the outdoors!

Mosquitoes, ticks and fleas are out in force after the long winter and rainy spring.  But we have the protection your pet needs to stay safe outside this summer.  We have chewable tablets to prevent heartworm and other internal parasites for both cats and dogs with rebates on each.  We also have Frontline Plus, the topical liquid, to protect your cat and dog from fleas and ticks with free doses when you buy 3 or 6 doses.  And for dogs we also now have NexGard, chewable flea and tick protection from the makers of Frontline Plus.  NexGard kills the dog tick, deer tick (carries Lyme Disese) and lone star tick so your dog will be covered this summer in the woods even if you don’t want to put on a liquid topical medication.  Ask us about these and other products we have to help keep your pets safe this summer when you call for your annual appointment or discuss what is best for your pet with our doctors you come in.

Protection for your pets

Science Diet Pet Food Recall

Hill’s Pet Nutrition is voluntarily recalling 62 bags of Science Diet Adult Small and Toy Breed dry dog food due to possible contamination with Salmonella.  While the suspected food was only distributed to stores in Hawaii, Nevada and California, we want you to be aware of this in case you travel there or know anyone who lives there that may use this food.  Please follow this link to find out more information on the recall.  If you have any questions or concerns about this, please feel free to call us at 763-574-9892.

Pro-Pet Pet Food Recall

Pro-Pet pet food company has issued a voluntary recall on certain dry dog and cat foods.  There was a two day window in which the pet  food produced may have been contaminated with Salmonella.  There have been no reports of illness as of today but people should be aware of this issue.  Please check out the FDA’s posting of this recall for complete information on what brands and lots are recalled.  If you have any concerns about this or if your pet has consumed any of the recalled product and you have any health concerns for your pet, please call us at 763-574-9892.

January POTM, Rawhides=)

January Product of the Month

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Does your dog love rawhides? We have a rawhide available that they will love AND it will help their teeth! Our Dentahex Oral Care Chews are easy to digest, processed without formaldehyde, and are coated with Chlorhexidine that helps protect the teeth from plaque build up. Together the natural abrading action of the rawhide and Chlorhexidine help remove plaque and prevent buildup of tartar forming bacteria. Talk to you staff today about getting a bag of Dentahex Oral Care Chews for your dog today!

Our New Storage Closet

Well, when we went out with the old x-ray equipment and in with the new digital system, we were able to clean out our dark room for developing x-rays.  Not only is it great to be rid of all the chemicals that are needed to process x-rays, the staff doesn’t mind not going into the near pitch black to work on them either!  Left with an empty room, we decided to turn it into closet for those products we always need to save us time from going into the storage in back for them.  Overall, we couldn’t be happier with how things turned out.

This is our new closet in our old dark room.

We’ve Upgraded to Digital X-Rays!

We have now switched over to completely digital x-rays in the whole building.  This wonderful upgrade in equipment will allow us to take better pictures of your animals and also to send the images to other offices quickly and easily.  For our staff this also means no more dark room working to develop the x-rays and hope they come out – we know immediately how they look which means less waiting for you and your pet for results.  Please feel free to ask us about our new system next time you are in, we are happy to show it off!

To see more pictures follow the link: Skyline’s New Digital X-Ray Equipment

Our New Digital X-Ray

Our New Digital X-Ray

Rabies now found in a calf in central Minnesota

A calf in Sterns County (the Saint Cloud area) was diagnosed positive for rabies on October 10th, 2013 after showing signs of bellowing, being off feed and aggression.  The good news in this situation was that no people involved in the case were recommended to receive post exposure prophylaxis and the dog on the premises was vaccinated for rabies already.  A great example of how vaccinating your pets and taking precautions when working with animals showing unusual behavior such as aggression is very important for everyone’s safety.

Rabies found in a Horse in Southwestern MN

Recently a horse in Nobles County in southwestern Minnesota was noticed to be lethargic, disoriented and circling.   The animal’s health continued to decline and was euthanized on Oct. 1st and tested positive for rabies.  Bats and skunks continue to be the common wildlife that carry and spread the rabies virus in Minnesota.  To date, all domestic animals that have tested positive have been large animals.  But this doesn’t mean our smaller furry friends are not at risk so please make sure your cats’ and dogs’ rabies vaccines are up to date since this is a disease we don’t get a second chance with.  To see the full report on this case as provided by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, please follow this link: MN BAH Rabies Alert.  If you have any questions about your pet’s rabies vaccine status, please call us at 763-574-9892.