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Hello everyone! As you may have heard, canine influenza has been a hot topic lately. We've been watching this issue for months and have been in contact with the referral hospital at Kansas State University as they hear from vets from across Kansas. They haven't had any reports of active canine influenza in the state, but there are some cases in surrounding states. So, no need for panic, but the situation is changing and we are keeping our recommendations as current as possible.
Swimsuit season is fast approaching! We want to help get your furry friends slimmed down and in shape for summer. Obesity in four-leggd family members is one of the leading problems we see as veterinarians. Even a few extra pounds can lead to signifcant disease, even more so in a smaller dog or cat. Obesity can lead to arthritis, berthing difficulty (especially in predisposed breeds, like bulldogs for example), and metabolic issues (Diabetes or hepatic lipidosis in cats). These can all contribute to a decrease in lifespan and quality of life.
Many animals are quite fearful when in a clinic environment. This is partly due to the fact that their clinic experiences are often unpleasant ones. If your pets comes in twice a year, their visits most likely involve taking temperatures, vaccinations and blood draws. What's fun about that??
Do you know about the benefits of laser therapy? It is a surgery free, drug free, noninvasive treatment to help reduce pain and inflammation, and speed the healing process. Laser therapy works by increasing blood flow to the treatment site. It can help with acute conditions like wounds, sprains/fractures, post surgical healing and pain relief, and much more. It can also help with chronic conditions such as degenerative joint disease, hip dysplasia, arthritis along with several other ailments. The treatment protocols are unique to each individual patient and condition.
Skaer hosted an event for Brownie Girl Scouts to earn their Pet Badge. There were 5 steps they had to go through to earn the badge. Each room had a different theme that included dogs, cats, rats, beta fish, lizards, and snakes. In those rooms, they learned about caring for each one of those species, how to keep it safe and healthy, and how to make it feel loved. Each girl selected an animal and created a budget on how much it would cost to support it. They played pet bingo and made a dog toy. Dr. Arnet ended the fun-filled day with a Q & A and yummy cupcakes.
Skaer Family Honored by College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. William C. Skaer, DVM 1969
Dr. Christen Skaer, DVM 1999
Dr. William C. “Bill” Skaer and Dr. Christen Skaer, Wichita, Kan., are the recipients of 2013 Alumni Recognition Awards presented at the Central Veterinary Conference (CVC) held in Kansas City, Mo., Aug. 24. These awards are given to veterinarians whose careers have served as exemplary role models for future alumni in a professional and community setting.
Skaer Veterinary Clinic is excited to announce home health care as an additional service provided to our patients and customers. We feel there are many times when a visit to your house may provide a better option for care such as pets that are stressed by veterinary visits to the hospital, a geriatric patient that is on hospice care, a multi-pet family where a bi-annual trip to the veterinarian could mean several visits, and times when a ride to the hospital may be difficult (large dogs or animals that have motion sickness).