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June 2019 Newsletter



We are pleased to welcome Madelyn Jacobson to our front desk staff. She will be greeting you in person and on the phone and taking care of records and billing. She lives in Lancaster with her husband Sam, enjoys going to concerts and playing with her 2 dogs, Bella and Luna. She also runs a cleaning business. Madelyn is taking the place of Kari Yoose who is no longer with us.

Please welcome Madelyn when you come in to the clinic and be patient with her as she learns our computer system.


Thanks to all who braved the wind and rain to come to our Client Appreciation Party last Friday. Visitors had fun seeing the animals and xrays inside and eating in the garage. Thanks to everyone who helped with the food and tours and animal visits.

We do appreciate your business and trust in us all year round. Hope to see you at next year’s party!


Thanks to all who took time on a beautiful Thursday to come to the Dairy Goat Meeting at the clinic. We had a good group with some new people and lots of good information. We discussed the importance of doing necropsies on animals that die and what signs to look for in animals that you unexpectedly find dead. We also discussed options for out of season breeding. Please call the clinic if you are interested in receiving a copy of the information presented at the meeting.

Look forward to the next goat group meeting in September. Also check out the Dairy Goat Academy on November 1 and 2 at SWTC in Fennimore.


It doesn’t seem like it should be time for the fair already, but here it is. Sally and Andrea will be helping check in animals on Thursday August 15. 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. You have to have the on farm inspection done within 30 days before the fair, so call and get that scheduled.

Good luck to all fair participants!


We have still not gotten any more Polyflex or generic injectable ampicillin at the clinic, but some people have been getting some recently. The company is filling backorders based on an allocation, so we may be getting some soon. They said it would be back May 1st, but that came and went without any being delivered. Please let us know if you have questions about what antibiotic to use to treat your animals.


Thanks to everyone who helped out with the Dairy Breakfast this year at Keiler Farms in Platteville. Many thanks to the Keiler family for hosting the event. The weather was the only challenge with rain most of the morning. The event was nicely organized and everything went smoothly.

Sally helped clean tables during the early shift. That was definitely the easy shift. The crowd picked up after 9 with people standing in line until noon. Keilers continued giving tours until 1:30 to accommodate everyone who wanted to see the farm.


We are happy to see so many people and their dogs making use of the dog park north of the clinic. If you use the park, please let us know how you would like to improve the park. We are looking for suggestions and ways to implement improvements.

The dog park is now officially part of the Lancaster City Park system. We are pleased that the city has gotten some grant money for trees and benches for the dog park. Please let us know if you are interested in helping with dog park improvements.


We have been seeing a few more horses with strangles and other respiratory infections this spring and answering a lot of questions. 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 that 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 and other respiratory infections and how to best protect your horses.


Summer is the time for people and pets to be outside playing and enjoying themselves. Summer is also the time for dog and cat bites, however. We have been seeing a number of dogs and one puppy for rabies observations because the animals have bit someone.

If your pet bites someone and is current on its rabies vaccination, the animal must be quarantined at home and be brought into the clinic for 3 exams. The cost for the 3 exams is $150 total. The 1st exam must be within 24 hours of the bite and the 3rd one 10 days after. The 2nd one can be anytime in-between. We complete paperwork that is submitted to the health department.

If your pet is NOT current on its rabies vaccination, the cost is much higher because the pet must be quarantined at the clinic for 10 days in addition to the three exams and vaccinated at the end of the quarantine. Total cost is over $400.00.

Please don’t wait until your pet bites someone to find out that their rabies vaccination is not current!


Sally has been seeing horses with signs of West Nile Virus. Please call if you have questions about what to best vaccinate your horses with.


Committed to the health of your livestock and pets.