Makin the move!!

If you haven’t already heard, we have some exciting news!

Holmes Animal Clinic is moving! We have recently purchased the former Suidae Health & Production building, as they just moved into the old Armory outside of town. This new building will be the perfect fit for our growing practice. It is located across from Fareway, and next to the Calvary Cemetery. Our new address will be 2200 Hwy 18 W.

We will have exam rooms for Dr. Jeff & Dr. Danielle, a pharmacy, cat room, grievance room, new retail areas, a much larger boarding area(now space for large dogs!) larger surgery suites, and last but not least large animal accommodations! No more parking your horses or sheep in the parking lot. We will have plenty of space for parking, and plenty of room to expand over the upcoming years.

We are hoping for the move to happen this fall, as construction just began last week on the new building.

Let us know if you have any questions!

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Happy Birthday Diva!

Happy Birthday {April 12} to Dr. Danielle’s bulldog Diva! Diva turned 8!

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Heartworm & Lyme Prevention Month

   April is heartworm and Lyme disease prevention month. Here at Holmes Animal Clinic, we are promoting our heartworm protection {Sentinel} and screening for Lyme disease. We screen for heartworm disease and Lyme disease through a snap test that is ran through our IDEXX machines. The week of April 16-21 you get $10 off the test. Our snap test also screens for two tick borne diseases. We are ALSO running a sale with our Bravecto tablets. Bravecto is a 3 month prevention against ticks. You will receive 10% off your Bravecto tablets if you buy 2. Hurry in while the offer still stands! Summer will surely be here soon enough! {Hopefully, if Mother Nature decides what season she would like it to be.}

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Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner!

In March we had a drawing for a BoSe radio. You were put into the drawing if you bought a year’s worth of Senintel. Our lucky winner was Sheila Cassibo and family! 

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Pet Poison Prevention Month


Poison prevention is a topic that is a popular one once spring and summer roll around. The number one poison we see come into the clinic is rat bait. If your pet happens to get into rat bait, we say to induce vomiting right away to ensure that none gets into the body to cause harm. Vomiting can be induced with supplies that you have at home, such as hydrogen peroxide.

Here is a chart of the four most common rat baits used.


If you use rat bait on your farm we have found a good trap for mice and rats that we highly recommend. Dr. Jeff and Deanna, Dr. Danielle, and Carly use these on their farms. Dogs and cats can not get into these.

As spring and summer roll around, please be cautious of what your pets are getting into. If you have any questions or concerns please call your local vet or you can call the Pet Poison Hot line at 1-800-213-6680 or 1-855-289-0358.

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Cy is Quite the Guy!

Here at Holmes Animal Clinic we see patients of all shapes and sizes. The other day we got the chance to work on one of Dr. Danielle’s son’s pocket pets named Cy. Cy is a Teddy Bear hamster who is oh so dearly loved by Dr. Danielle’s son Koen. Cy had an abscess on his scrotum that we had to operate on. We sedated Cy with gas anesthesia and drained the abscess, then we flushed it with Betadine. Cy feels much better now and is fashionably wearing a cone so he can’t lick his wound to cause infection. 

Along with Cy, Koen has an Angora rabbit named Fancy, a Beta named Frank, two bulldogs Diva and Dooley, and three cats named Chief, Deuce, and Penny. Oh, and we can’t forget the sheep and goats with their protectors Dezzy and Diesel!

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Bo-Se Radio Drawing!

It’s starting to warm up here in northern Iowa, so you know what that means….bugs. Those pesky ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes can be such a pest. Good thing we’ve got you covered! Along with our normal Spring/Summer Sentinel rebates, we are doing an additional 10% off your purchase of 12 doses! That’s right, 10% off a year’s worth of Sentinel and Sentinel Spectrum! If you stop in and purchase this deal, you automatically get put into our drawing for a BO-SE radio!!! Sentinel provides 5-in-1 parasite protection in a formulation that easily fits into a busy family’s lifestyle. {hookworms, roundworms, heartworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and fleas}

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Got the Puppy Fever?

With the snow melting, temperatures rising, and everyone getting out and about, the spring puppy fever is kicking in! Here at Holmes Animal Clinic, we have been busy artificially inseminating and collecting semen on dogs. Since we have had such an increase the subject, we decided to incorporate a new machine into our routine.

Introducing the Canine P4 Analyzer!

The P4 Analyzer reads the progesterone levels of the female. A female’s progesterone levels rise following the LH surge and ovulation. Luteal cells in the ruptured follicle produce progesterone in response to LH. Our machine is calibrated to IDEXX. The procedure is quite simple actually. We pull blood from the female, thec we spin down the blood in our centrifuge to get the serum. Once we have the serum, we create a measured mixture of serum and buffer mix. With the buffer mix, we then place it on the progesterone test strip. The strip has to be incubated for 15 minutes. Once the 15 minutes is up, the strip is placed in the P4 Analyzer and within 5 seconds we have results!

Once we get the female’s progesterone levels we then determine when to breed (AI, natural, or surgically). We have been doing artificial insemination recently. With AI we either get the semen shipped or we can collect the male on site. When we collect the male on site we also evaluate the semen. We evaluate the semen on morphology and motility.

Once the breeding process is done, we ultrasound the female 28 days post breeding to see if she is breed.

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Need A Good Flossing?

Just a friendly reminder that February is National Pet Dental month! We are offering 15% off all dentals, as well as buy one, get one 50% off all dental treats.  Stop or call in and schedule your pet a dental now while it lasts! We all deserve a set of pearly whites! 🙂

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“It’s A Boy!” Westley Joseph Mayer

If any of you have been patiently awaiting the arrival of Alissa’s newborn like the rest us, well the wait is over!!

Baby Westley Joseph made his appearance  Monday February 12th at 4:14 am. He was 8lbs 14oz and 20 in.

Congratulations Alissa and Joe Mayer! We all can’t wait to meet him!


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