North Union High School visitors

Thank you to the North Union Animal Science students for coming to visit and take a tour of our new clinic.

They had a ton of great questions, and we enjoyed having them!

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Dental Month

February is Dental Month!! Just like us, your pets teeth need special attention.

Call now to book your pets teeth cleaning at 15% off the normal price.

We are also running a special on Dental Products. Buy one dental product and receive the other at 50% off.



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Hill’s Prescription Diet Voluntary Recall

Attached is a copy of Hill’s Pet Nutrition Voluntary Recall.
If you have any questions, please call us at 515-295-2627 and we will gladly help answer any questions.


Hill’s Recalled and Withdrawn product list


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Winter Weather Tips

Here is a great article from the ASPCA with tips on cold weather. With the record breaking cold temperatures tomorrow, just a reminder on what to do and not to do! We want you and your pets to stay warm and safe!

Top 10 Winter Weather Tips for Pets

When the weather outside is frightful, your pets could be at risk!

Remember these tips to keep your pets safe this winter:

1. Know your dog’s limits! Some dogs are more susceptible to the cold than others. Short-coated, thin, elderly, or very young dogs get cold more quickly – so adjust the amount of time they stay outside! If your dog enjoys being outdoors and you will be outside longer than a few minutes, consider outfitting it with a sweater or coat to keep it warm. Hypothermia and frostbite pose major risks to dogs in winter, so remember, if it is too cold for you, it is probably too cold for your dog!

1 - low res2. Check the hood! Cats often sleep in the wheel wells of cars during the winter months to keep warm. If you start your car and a cat is sleeping on your tire, it can be severely hurt or even killed by moving engine parts. Prevent injuries by banging loudly on your hood or honking the horn before starting your car. This will wake up the cat and give it a chance to escape before starting the car.

 3. Wipe their paws! During winter walks, your dog’s paws can pick up all kinds of toxic chemicals – salt, antifreeze, or de-icers. Be sure to wipe off your dog’s paws when you return from walks to prevent him from licking it off and becoming sick. Purchase pet-safe de-icers for your home for an extra level of safety. And when wiping off your dog’s paws, remember to check for signs of injury, such as cracked or bleeding paws.

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4. Keep them leashed! More pets become lost in the winter than any other season because snowfall can disguise recognizable scents that would normally help them find their way home. Prevent your pets from becoming lost by keeping dogs leashed on walks and, just in case you are separated from your pets, make sure their collars have up-to-date contact information and they are microchipped.

5. Avoid the ice! When walking your dog, be sure to avoid frozen lakes and ponds. Your dog could be seriously hurt or even killed if the ice breaks.

6. Leave them home! Just as hot cars are dangerous for pets in the summer, cold cars pose a threat as well! Only take your pets in the car if it is necessary, and never leave them unattended.

7. Be seen! Due to Daylight Savings, many of us are relegated to walking our dogs in the dark. Keep yourself and your dog are safe by wearing reflective gear (clothing, leash, collar, etc) and keeping your dog close when walking on the street.

GS in snow8. Give them shelter! Ideally, all pets should live inside. If your pets live outdoors primarily, bring them indoors during sub-zero temperatures. For the rest of the winter, provide them with a dry, draft-free shelter that is large enough to allow them to sit and lay down comfortably, but small enough to conserve body heat.  The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw.  Turn the shelter so it faces away from the wind and cover the doorway with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic. Also, pets who spend a lot of time outside need more food to replace energy lost from trying to stay warm. Use plastic food and water dishes instead of metal – when the temperature is low enough, your pets’ tongue can become stuck to metal.

9. Avoid spills! Antifreeze attracts cats and dogs because it is very sweet to taste, but it is extremely poisonous and can cause serious illness or death when ingested. Be sure to clean up any antifreeze that spills in your garage, and keep the bottle somewhere your pets cannot access.

10. Be prepared! Winter brings extreme weather that can cause power outages. Have an emergency plan and make sure they include your pets! Have an emergency kit with enough food, water, and medication to last your pets at least five days. Most likely you will never need it, but if you do, you will be thankful you planned ahead!

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New treats and toys!

Come check out our new selection of toys from Nylabone & treats from Founding Fathers.

Nylabone makes great products for dogs who love to chew.

Founding Fathers has a great line of treats, that also gives 50% of all proceeds back to Veterans and their families.

Stop on in for a cup of coffee and check it all out!


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Baby Girl Kane

Welcome to the world little girl!

Koda D’Ann Kane made her appearance this week.

Weighing in at 8.5 lbs and measuring 19.5 inches long.

Dr. Danielle and baby are doing great!

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Update on Abbie & Charlie

What a touching story for the holidays! Not even a year old and Charlie Murphy needed a liver transplant. A virtual stranger steps up to be his donor after being inspired by a loved one who was a donor herself. After the transplant at Nebraska Medicine, Charlie and his parents and brother will be having the merriest of Christmases!

Posted by Nebraska Medicine on Friday, December 21, 2018

We wanted to share a piece on our favorite organ donor and recipient!

Abbie & Charlie are both doing great!

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Welcome to the all new Holmes Animal Clinic

     It’s official…we made the move!!

We closed down November 1 & 2, packed up years and years worth of things in our old location, and moved into our new and improved facility. If we said it was a smooth transition, we would be lying! Lots of construction, and crew trying to finish up things while we were trying to get everything in its new place.

We wanted to share a few pictures with you and give a small virtual tour of just some of the highlights of the new building.

Here is the view when you walk in the front doors. Our gorgeous new front desk to check in you and your furry friends. We also now have all of our food and retail out front. We have divided these up into cat and dog rooms(note the Meow and Woof)

Here is Exam Room 2, Our new grievance room, and our x-ray room.

Here are some of our new boarding areas! The first with the glass door, is one of our new suites. They are spacious areas that more than one dog from the same household can stay in. They will also have small flat screen TV’s hopefully by the end of the week! Next is a view of a few of our dog runs. These can house large dogs or also a few small dogs from the same household. Last is our cat room, here is a view of some of the areas where your feline friend can stay with us.

Here are a few behind the scene shots! Our pharmacy area where we will be filling all of your pet’s prescriptions. Next is our large animal back room area. Lots of space to see your farm animal friends! Last shot of the day is our surgery room where Dr. Jeff & Dr. Danielle will be preforming all of our routine and emergency surgeries.

Hope you enjoyed this little sneak peak! Look forward to seeing you all in our new location!

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A typical day at the office

In the Veterinary world, there is no such thing as a “normal” day. Every day is constantly different, and you never know when an emergency might happen. Last week, we had to perform an emergency C-section right as afternoon appointments were about to begin. Dr. Jeff went to surgery, and Dr. Danielle took over both schedules for regular appointments.

So if you are ever here, and you hear us say “we had an emergency come in, sorry we are running a little behind.” We really aren’t lying to you! So, we wanted to share with you who our emergency was last week!

This is Cookie Krause. Cookie is a Buttercream Ranch mama, and is a Great Dane. She needed help delivering her last few puppies. Welcome to the world pretty pups! Mom & pups are doing great.

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Allergies & Fleas

Have you been noticing your pet itching and scratching more and more? Is their skin getting red and bumpy? You and your pet are not alone!

Unfortunately there is no quick answer to this, but things that could be factors are allergies or fleas. Call us and we can get you set up with an exam with either of the Doctors to find out exactly what is going on with your pet. First thing to eliminate, is if your pet has fleas or is having a reaction to flea bites. Check your pet over from head to toe for small blackish/brown bugs (that are very fast moving and hard to catch!) If you don’t see fleas but see areas with black are seeing what is called flea dirt and unfortunately your pet has fleas. The most common areas they hang out is the base of the tail, up around ears, and the neck.

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Don’t panic! We can get you through the process of getting rid of them. We will get your pet started on flea medication, either a topical or an oral. There is an option for an injection for cats as well. Activyl, Bravecto, and Effipro are just a few of the great options. We will also walk you through how to get the household rid of fleas and their eggs. We have a spray for the house, as well as some bombs. We know it is all pretty overwhelming, so let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Now lets get into the allergy portion. If your pet is struggling with allergy issues, here are some of the signs you may be seeing:

  • itchy, red, or scabbed skin (image below of inside of dogs flank)
  • increased scratching
  • itchy, runny eyes
  • sneezing
  • vomiting/diarrhea
  • snoring caused by an inflamed throat
  • paw chewing/swollen paws
  • constant licking

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If you are wondering what it is that your pet could be allergic to, here are some of the top reasons we see pets with allergies:

  • Mold spores
  • trees, grass, and weed pollens
  • Dust and house dust mites
  • Dander
  • Feathers
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Food ingredients (e.g. beef, chicken, pork, corn, wheat or soy)
  • Prescription drugs
  • Cleaning products
  • Fabrics
  • Insecticidal shampoo
  • Rubber and plastic materials

We have plenty of options to help solve your pets allergy issues. Antibiotics & medications, as well as prescription food for any food allergies.

The newest development for allergies, is a new injection called Cytopoint. We have had really good luck with patients who have had chronic allergy issues. Here is a link to their website to learn more.

Hope everyone has a great week!














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