CLIENT APPRECIATION PARTY
You and your family are invited to our annual Client Appreciation Party at the clinic on Friday July 28 from 3-8 pm. We hope that having the party on Friday this year will make it easier for people to come.
We will have free food and beverages and fun and door prizes and lots of things for kids to do. We are planning on having food and activities in a tent on the south lawn, so everything will be easy to find. In case of rain, we will move into the clinic garage.
Of course, you are welcome to tour the clinic and see the new tile in the kennel and the exam room improvements. Kids will be able to bring their stuffed pets and practice bandaging them. We will have a duck pond and bounce house and a cow to milk. You may even win a prize!
We will have some special visitors from the Humane Society and lots of kittens to see. You can also tour the new dog park taking shape north of the clinic.
Everyone is welcome! Please bring the family, have supper with us and join in the fun.
GET READY FOR THE FAIR!
It doesn’t seem like it should be time for the fair already, but here it is. Sally will be helping check in animals on Thursday August 17. Please call if you have any questions about the paperwork that you need. Sally will be taking care of on farm pig inspections, so just call and make an appointment for her to come out and look at your pigs.
Good luck to all fair participants!
NEW TETRACYCLINE SCREENING IN MILK STARTING JULY 1
Starting July 1st, a new pilot program will start to test bulk tank milk for tetracycline type antibiotics. Currently, all bulk tank milk is tested for beta-lactam type drugs such as penicillin, ampicillin and cephalosporins. The number of bilk tanks testing positive for beta-lactams has dropped to only 0.011 percent last year. That is only 1 out of 10,000 samples! Milk testing positive is never used for human consumption.
Antibiotics in the tetracycline family include oxytetracycline, tetracycline and chlortetracycline. Under the pilot program, if a bulk tan is found to have violative residues of tetracyclines, a trace back to the farm of origin will occur. The offending farm will be responsible for the value of the dumped milk and may temporarily lose their milk license.
Please review which tetracyclines you have on your dairy and make sure that you have accurate dosing and withdrawal information. You may have bottles of LA200, LA300, or Oxytet100. These all have different doses, uses and withdrawal times. Another use for tetracycline is treating hairy heel warts. This use is extra-label and so requires a vet prescription.
Sally would be happy to answer any questions you might have about how to avoid having tetracycline residues in your milk. You can have an individual cow tested before putting her in the tank if you have any question about the drug withdrawal. If you have any doubt about the presence of a drug, hold the milk and test the cow.
HEAT STRESS CAUSING PROBLEMS
We have been treating a number of animals suffering from heat stress. Animals can start seizuring and lose consciousness and die if their body temperature gets too high for too long. Some animals never completely recover from the brain damage caused by the high fever. Half of affected animals will die.
Animals like dogs and pigs cannot sweat and must rely on panting to cool off. Horses and cattle can sweat, but they also increase their respiratory rate for evaporative cooling. If animals cannot get out of the sun or don’t have enough to drink, they can get overheated in a hurry.
If you have an animal with a temp of 105 or higher, if possible, move the animal to a cool place in the shade and soak the animal’s body with cold water. Make sure the animal has plenty of water. Provide air movement with a fan or breeze. Animals that are not drinking may need IV fluids. A calf that Sally was treating died despite the IV fluids.
You can prevent heat stress in your animals by providing shade with a high roof, air moving and plenty of water. Feeding a high quality forage 2 hours after peak temps will help cattle and horses generate less internal heat. Minimize stress and handling and work animals early in the morning or later in the evening after things have cooled off. The same preventions work for people!
DAIRY BREAKFAST BACK ON THE FARM
Thanks to everyone who helped out with the Dairy Breakfast this year at the Todd Fischer farm in Bagley. It was great having the breakfast back on the farm instead of at the fairgrounds where it has been for the last 16 years or so. The event was well organized and the weather cooperated to allow parking at the farm. Sally helped serve seconds during the early shift. More farms have offered to host the breakfast in the future, so we can look forward to future Dairy Breakfasts served on the farm.
FENCE UP AROUND THE DOG PARK
The city has been making great progress on the new dog park north of the clinic. The fence is up, the pathway is done and the water fountain on the north end is ready to go. Now they just need to get the area reseeded so the grass can grow back. You are welcome to have a look at the park when you come to the Client Appreciation Party, but unfortunately, no dogs will be able to play in it until probably next year when the grass is established. We don’t want to end up with a mud hole.
STRANGLES IN HORSES
We have been seeing a few more horses with strangles this spring and answering a lot of questions about the disease. Strangles in horses is similar to strep throat in people-mostly occurs in the young, can be self-limiting to very serious. We recommend the intranasal vaccine against strangles for horses under 5 years old who will be going to a trainer or attending events with other horses. Any horse that is traveling and exposed to many other horses is also at risk and should be vaccinated.
Horses that are infected may ran a fever, have swollen/abscessed lymph nodes, snotty nose and cough. Some horses get dehydrated or go off-feed because their throats are too swollen to swallow. These horses need rapid, intensive care. Please call if you have any questions about strangles.
CLIENT APPRECIATION PARTY
ONLINE STORE FOR HORSE AND SMALL ANIMAL SUPPLIES
LOTS OF LICE, FLIES ARRIVE
FLUIDS HELP WEAK CALVES
DOG PARK LOOKING GOOD
RURAL SAFETY DAY ON JUNE 13
GRANT COUNTY DAIRY BREAKFAST SUNDAY JUNE 11
WE HAVE A HORSE STOCKS
LOTS OF SUMMER INTERNS
RALGRO ON BACKORDER
Many of you use Ralgro implants in your beef calves before turning out to grass. They are a nice implant because you can use the same implant in steers or heifers and the implant is small and easier to get in soft calf ears. Implanting sucking calves will result in a higher weaning weight.
Right now, the Ralgro is on backorder from all our suppliers. We do not know when it will be available again. As a replacement, we are carrying and recommending Synovex C implants. These implants are designed for use in suckling calves weighing less than 400 lbs and at least 45 days old.
Implanting your suckling calves is a great way to gain at least 20 more lbs at weaning with no adverse effects on carcass quality or future performance. Synovex C can be used in both steers and heifers and will not adversely affect breeding potential of the heifers. These implants require a different gun than the Ralgro implants. They are packaged in 10 implant cartridges.
Please talk to Sally if you have any questions about what implants would work in your herd. You have lots of options for stocker and feedlot cattle, including the new 200 day Synovex One implant.
Sally recently attended a seminar at the University of Minnesota all about goats. The sessions were designed for both vets and producers, so the speakers presented lots of practical information and answered real life questions. She has new information on the “Big Three” goat diseases—Johne’s, caseous lymphadenitis and caprine encephalitis—and how to test and prevent them. Also, some interesting options for creating prolonged lactations in goats so that you don’t have a long period with no milk income.
Please call if you have any goat questions or if you would like Sally to come out and help you solve some goat problems.
SAVE THE DATE!
Our annual Client Appreciation Party will be on Friday July 28 from 3-8 pm. We will have food and fun and door prizes and lots of things for kids to do. We are planning on having food and activities in a tent on the south lawn, so everything will be easy to find. Of course, you are welcome to tour the clinic and see the new tile in the kennel and the exam room improvements. We may even have some special visitors from the Humane Society!
DOG PARK TAKING SHAPE
We hope you have noticed the new changes in the grass area north of the clinic building. The space between the big pine trees and the pond by Cnty A is where the new dog park will be. Park department workers from the city recently removed the old fence on the east side.
Cari has been working hard with the city on the funding for the development and maintenance of the dog park. The goal is to get it fenced and the pathways created and some of the landscaping done this spring. This park is an on-going project that people will be working on for years to come. We hope you enjoy it. Any suggestions or donations would be welcome.
EGG MCMASTER FECAL TEST
We have been pleased with the Egg McMaster fecal test that we have been doing on large animal fecals in addition to the float and direst tests. The Egg McMaster is the test that determines the number of eggs per gram (epg) of feces in a given sample.
Who cares about epg? The number of eggs per gram (epg) tells us how badly your animals are infested with parasites and how well a given treatment is working. This test is the one that companies use when they are testing a new anthelmintic (dewormer) drug or if they are trying to determine if worms are developing resistance to a particular drug.
Once we have the epg from a sample, we can compare that value to the same animal after treatment or moving to a clean pasture or to a different group treated with the same dewormer. Then we can track if the epg value is being affected by changes in management.
The most important thing to remember is that we are not necessarily trying to have parasite free animals, but animals that are healthy and not being set back by a heavy parasite load.
TICKS ARE TERRIBLE THIS SPRING
We have been hearing lots of complaints and seeing LOTS of ticks on animals at the clinic. People are also finding ticks on themselves after being out in the woods for only a short time.
The Seresto flea and tick collars for dogs and cats work great to kill and repel both fleas and ticks. These collars contain compounds that are released slowly over 8 months. You can get a $15 mail-in rebate on a collar if you buy it from us. The Seresto collars cost only $60 for any size. If you buy more than one, the price is only $55. Plus you can get the $15 rebate. What a deal!
We also have a pour-on product that works to repel and kill ticks on horses. We have been seeing a lot of ticks on horses this spring. Horses can get diseases from ticks, such as Lyme disease and anaplasmosis. Ticks that suck blood from your horse will also bite you, so wear protective clothing and check yourself after being in the woods.
LOTS OF WATERY EYES ALREADY
If you have been noticing a lot of wet faces and watery eyes in your calves, you are not alone. Think about these ideas for treatment and prevention of pinkeye.
- Make use of fly control products, such as feed additives, ear tags, oilers and rubbers
- Vaccinate with a commercial product. Booster as required.
- Consider using the new Moraxella bovoculi (winter pinkeye) vaccine or have an autogenous one made
- Use a fly control/treatment mineral salt block
- Avoid feeding moldy or dusty feeds
- Keep pastures mowed to prevent irritation from tall, dry grass
- Treat affected animals at the first signs of watery eye. Don’t wait!
Please call if you have questions or need help with figuring out what to do with a group.
HAPPY PLANTING! BE SAFE!