The winners of our Pet Costume Contest are Ani and Jesse! They will share the 6 month supply of Frontline® Plus.
For pictures of our other winners please visit our Facebook page. Start thinking about the costumes for next year!
Marcy has been a Certified Veterinary Technician for 11 years. Before joining the Bobtown team she worked at 3 strictly small animal veterinary clinics.
Marcy's favorite aspects of her job are forming relationships with her clients and caring for patients. She enjoys being able to use her technical skills like catheter placement, performing lab work, administering and monitoring anesthesia, and assisting with dental procedures.
Marcy grew up and currently lives in Clear Lake. She lives on a 9 acre hobby farm with her boyfriend, Bruce. The many animals on the farm include her special needs greyhound Joker, 4 kitties (Cinders, Veda, Peaches and Butterscotch), horses (Ranger and Wonder), 3 goats (Clover, Cricket and Checkers) and a flock of chickens (most have names).
She enjoys trail riding, horse camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, running and gardening.
We are excited to welcome Marcy to the Bobtown family. She will be a great addition to the team and will help ensure great care for you and your pets.
Mark Your Calendars! Santa PAWS is Coming to Town!
Once again Bobtown Pet Clinic is pleased to host Santa PAWS. This is a great opportunity to have your pet (or you and your family) pictured with Santa and at the same time support a local animal welfare group.
This year the event will be held on Saturday, December 7. The times have not yet been finalized, but we expect about10am to 1pm. Watch for more information on Facebook and in the December edition of Happenings.
PAWS, the Protective Animal Welfare Society of Western Wisconsin, is a 501 c3 Non-Profit Animal Organization run exclusively by volunteers. They serve Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix counties of western Wisconsin.
Their purpose is to reduce the stray population and increase the need for healthy animal adoptions through spay/neuter programs, education, and promotion of respect for the less fortunate animals that share out lives.
We hope you can join us!
That turkey dinner is not for the dogs or cats!
As we enter this holiday season, we are starting to worry about our patients' eating habits. During deer season, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, there are many tasty “foods” around. These range from food offered from the table, to turkey carcasses in the garbage and deer gut piles from hunters. These all look good to the vast majority of dogs and some cats. Many dogs will go out of their way to get into these odoriferous snacks.
While our pets find these often rather disgusting snacks good to eat, their tummies often do not agree. The most common problems encountered are vomiting and diarrhea, sometimes extremely severe. Occasionally the ingested material will cause pancreatitis. They can eat so much that they develop a food bloat. This may require hospitalization due to extreme discomfort and fluid requirements. While not common, some patients get deathly ill and cannot be saved.
The best solution is prevention. Do not feed your pets from the holiday feasts. Secure the left overs and garbage where it is not possible for your pet to get into it. Keep your country dog somewhat confined so gut piles are not consumed. Inspect the areas where your dog roams and remove gut piles if needed. Remember, your dog has a much better sense of smell than you and can likely find a gut pile from a long distance.
We wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving and deer hunting season.
How safe is stem cell therapy?
The administration of stem cells can best be thought of as a transplant. There are 3 types of transplantation: 1. Xenogenic, 2. Allogenic, and 3. Autologous.
Xenogenic transplantation involves taking tissue from one species and transplanting it into a different species. You have probably heard about heart valves from pigs being placed into humans. This procedure has a high risk of rejection due to the degree of differences in the tissues.
Allogenic transplantation is the movement of tissue between 2 individuals of the same species. This is commonly done in people who receive hearts, kidneys or livers. Donor and recipient tissues are matched as well as possible, but rejection is still a great risk as the new tissue is not self.
Autologous transplantation is the movement of tissues within an individual. The most common example is probably skin grafting after severe burn wounds. No tissue matching is necessary because the tissue is from the same individual. There is almost no risk of rejection, but wound factors can cause transplant failure.
With VetStem therapy, we are using autologous, adult stem cells. This makes the likelihood of severe therapy problems very uncommon/unlikely. According to the VetStem literature, they have seen no severe problems. A minor problem is increased joint soreness after injection. This is likely secondary to the injection itself and resolves quickly.
With appropriate case selection and proper techniques, this therapy appears to be very safe. VetStem requires follow up information on each case in order to track success rates and complication rates.
Due to lack of research, stem cell therapy is contraindicated for patients with known cancer. There is not adequate knowledge about the cancer's response to treatment nor if the stem cells will actually become cancerous or accelerate the cancer growth.