Remembering our loved ones

A topic that is never fun to discuss, is what to do when we lose a beloved pet. We thought maybe this as a blog topic was a way people could think about the options and have an idea of what they would like to do in the future if ever needed. Sometimes the choices seem overwhelming, and we want you to feel comfortable with your decisions.

Sometimes they go on their own, and sometimes they need us to make that difficult decision for them. It is always a hard day, but know that we are here to help make the process easier on your heart.

Many times, people just are not sure what to do with their best friend after they have passed. We have a few different services here at the clinic we offer.

First being a burial box. We have biodegradable burial cartons for you to lay your pet to rest at home in the appropriate size for your pet. These are also available if your pet passes at home.

The next option we have is cremation. With cremation, there are two options. Private cremation, where you will receive your pets ashes back in a beautiful hand carved wooden urn(there is also the option of cardboard if you plan on spreading their ashes). Private cremation ensures that your loved one is cremated separately and that you will only be receiving your pet back.

A communal cremation is the other variable of cremation. Your pet will be cremated with other loved animals and their ashes are spread by Loyal Pet Cremation in a respectful group setting. Ashes will not be returned with this option.

To remember your beloved pet, we offer Precious Metal Nose Print Necklaces. We carry these in either gold or silver. We take a print of your pets nose and will mail off for you to be turned into a gorgeous memorial piece that you can keep close to your heart. You can include up to three letters to be stamped into the print on the back. Precious Metal Prints will mail you your finished necklace. Below is an example of a silver nose print.

Please feel free to ask us any questions, express any concerns. We love you and your pets.

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Harvest Safety for Pets

Happy Fall!

It’s that time of year, harvest is here. Farmers are in the fields, which means the mice are heading out of the fields and into anywhere warm they can find. We’ve done a previous post on the dangers of mouse/rat poison, but we really wanted to send out a reminder for the season.

When autumn hits, we know we will see an influx of poisoned pets. Many being farm dogs, who don’t show symptoms until they are in critical condition. Some symptoms don’t make themselves fully present until it might be too late.

Symptoms to be on the look out for:

  • Lethargy
  • Seizures
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pale gums
  • Coughing (with blood)
  • Vomiting (with blood)
  • Bloody nose
  • Swelling or bumps on the skin (hematomas)
  • Collapse
  • Bleeding from the gums
  • Loss of appetite

If you are seeing any signs listed above in your pet, please contact us as soon as possible. Unfortunately we see too many cases that result in death, and we don’t want to have anyone experience losing their pet this way. We understand rodent control is a major thing in the fall, but please keep out of reach or covered/contained safely. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know!

Happy Harvest everyone, be safe!

-Holmes Animal Clinic Staff


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Bella Mueller

Warning-some of this content is graphic in nature, and if you have a weak stomach, you may not want to read on!

Meet Bella, a ten year old spayed female Labrador Retriever. Bella is the beloved pet of Sharon Mueller. Sharon called in concerned about Bella having some troubles with leaking urine. Sharon and Bella came in for an exam, which soon led to Dr. Jeff being very concerned about a mass he was palpating in her abdomen. He then did an ultrasound on her abdomen and discovered a possible splenic mass, called a hemangioma. The mass was what was causing her to leak urine as it was pushing on her bladder. Surgery was then scheduled for an exploratory, to see exactly what was going on inside Bella.

Surgery day arrived, and Dr. Jeff’s idea about what was going on in Bella was correct. He found a mass the size of a basketball in her abdomen. The large mass was a hemangioma of the spleen. He completely removed the giant mass and closed Bella up. The mass weighed in at a whopping 10.6 lbs. She did absolutely wonderful after surgery and got to go back home with her Mom. She will be coming back in a week or so to get her sutures removed.

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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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