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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Is that…a goat?

If you’ve stopped by the clinic in the past week and have been wondering what the strange noise is….it’s exactly what you think it is! The cutest baby goat you’ve ever seen. During the cold spell last week, Bethany’s goat had triplet babies and this little guy did not want to eat off of his mama. In the blizzarding conditions, Bethany tried to get him to eat from mom every two hours, and he was starting to get hypothermic. She put him in the warmest bath he could handle and this helped pull him out of that. So little goat became a bottle baby. He does great with his bottle, just does not have the suckling instinct he needs to feed off of his mother. Not eating from mom right away, he did not get the necessary colostrum to help him out. Not getting colostrum, he started to get sepsis in his front legs. This caused him to not want to get up and walk, and stumble if he tried.

Getting some kid snuggles in.

Dr. Danielle, being the goat expert she is, figured this out as soon as she saw his front legs and how he was stumbling and not wanting to get up. His legs also felt very warm to the touch. He is now getting daily antibiotic injections, and is doing great with his bottle feedings. He now totally believes Bethany is his mother, and if she walks away from him, you will hear him bellowing for his mom! He will follow you and wants to snuggle like a puppy. He’s quickly gaining weight(a whole 6 pounds) and thriving!

Staying warm in a teeny Holmes Animal Clinic t-shirt!

An official name has not been chosen for little boy goat. Belt, Eddie, and Brutus have all been ideas. So if you pop in the clinic this week, and need your goat fix, we’ve got you covered!!

We are all loving having him here!


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Good Golly Miss Molly

Meet Molly, a one year old Golden Retriever who was referred to us from Cedar Falls after being hit by a car. When Molly came into us, she had open lesions and was not bearing weight on her right hind leg. After digital x-rays, we found that she had a compound fracture on the right back foot. She was scheduled for surgery and we repaired the fractured proximal metatarsals II & III with plates and screws. Dr. Jeff also packed the area with bone putty and ClinzGard Gel. He cleaned up and sutured the multiple areas of lacerations, and applied a cast.

Molly being an excellent patient and ready for treats after her bandage changes.

The following week, Molly came back for her recheck and cast removal. Unfortunately, the area had become infected and had opened back up. So back into surgery for Molly to clean and flush the area and put in a drain tube to drain out the infection. Dr. Jeff also applied A-cell to the open area, which is actually a piece of tissue from a pigs bladder that regenerates tissue growth. At this point with Molly’s injury, we decided it would be in her best interest to stay with us at the clinic for daily bandage changes.

This is what Molly’s leg looked like after Dr. Jeff cleaned up the area after infection and applied the A-cell to the wound.


On December 23, we started daily bandage changes on Miss Molly. Along with the bandages being changed, we started laser therapy on the injured area. Laser therapy is a surgery free & drug free way to treat a whole list of ailments. Short sessions of the laser daily help with infection, post surgical healing, fractures, and pain relief. We try to utilize laser therapy at the clinic anytime we have a patient come in with an injury or joint issue. The newest technique we started on Molly, is daily applications of a product called Manuka Honey. Manuka Honey is simply a raw honey produced by bees in New Zealand, and has been taking the medical field by storm as a natural ointment for wounds and injuries of all kinds.

Molly’s injury after 26 days of bandage changes, laser therapy, and Manuka treatments.

Fast forward to January and Molly is getting ready to bust out of here. She is still having her daily bandage changes and laser therapy, but not needing anymore of the Manuka treatments. We are hoping to send Molly home at the end of this week, which will be hard for our staff that has grown quite attached to this patient! She is such a happy and friendly dog, and full of energy! Best wishes to Miss Molly and her humans on her recovery, and we hope to see you again soon!

Miss Molly and one of her excellent care takers, Carly. (Who might be a little attached!)

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February is Pet Dental Month

Book a Dental now and get 15% off Dental Services the month of February!

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