Bobtown Kronicle

Dear Friend,
In this edition you will find:
Hazards of Bones, Hooves and Antlers
Food Donations

Hazards of Bones, Hooves and Antlers

     Most dogs love to chew. If we work at it just a little we can teach them to chew on appropriate target items. There are many good chew toys on the market.
     It is very important to select an appropriate chew toy for the individual. Size matters. Little dogs cannot carry or chew on some of the larger items. Large dogs can easily swallow small toys. Destructibility matters. Toys that a dog pulls the stuffing out of in the first 5 minutes and then eats the stuffing are not good choices. Toys that do not interest the dog are not good choices. All these considerations.
      Most dogs will happily chew on items that came from an animal. For example: Antlers, bones, hooves, pizzle sticks, raw hides and pig ears. However, each of these have some problems.
     These items have calories. Whether in the form of fat or protein, these calories can add up.
The hard items can be dangerous to teeth. We see many dogs break teeth chewing on bones and antlers. Sometimes these items are splintered and cause puncture wounds. Sometimes large pieces of these items are swallowed and cause an obstruction of the stomach or intestines. The sharp ends of antlers can puncture the mouth or esophagus on occasion.
      Some bones come with meat on them or are raw. It is common for these items to cause food poisoning, especially if the item is buried. On rare occasion we see botulism.
     When these things happen it can be very painful for the dog. It can also become a rapidly life threatening condition.
      Trying to keep a dog from chewing is almost impossible. However, we need to keep in mind that some chew items have greater risks for the dog than others. It is important to try to make good choices and essential to monitor the condition and consumption of these items. Be prepared to treat injuries and complications resulting from chewing on hard items. Broken teeth in particular are very common.  

Food Donations

     Our program of offering nail trims in exchange for a donation to the Roberts Food Shelf continues to do well. So far this year we have not had as much food donated (342 lbs.), but our cash donations are up considerably ($518).
      The Food Shelf appreciates the cash. With it they can ensure meeting the needs of their participants. They are able to buy food and other goods at prices much lower than what we pay at the store.
     We ask for at least a $10 donation per pet. If you bring food items, please watch the dating on the package.
     Thank you for all the donations.  

Lions Donations

     Did you know you can donate used eyeglasses, used cell phones and used hearing aids?
     Lions Clubs International collects these items. The eyeglasses are cleaned, inspected and the prescription is determined. Lions missions around the world perform ophthalmic and optometric examinations. The glasses are then distributed to people in need of the prescription. So your old glasses could give the gift of vision to someone in need.
     The Roberts Lions Club also collects used cell phones and hearing aids for recycling.
     Bobtown Pet Clinic is proud to be a collection point for these items. Please bring your used eyeglasses, old cell phones and hearing aids to your next appointment. Your small gift may mean the world to a person in need.


     If you have not already done so, please download the Free VitusVet App on your phone and/or computer and register for this Free service.
     Through the VitusVet App, you can see your pet's medical records 24/7 and at the click of a button allow any emergency or referral veterinarian to see those records. With your account you can view the records and X-rays from Bobtown Pet Clinic and our recommended emergency hospital AERC of Minnesota.
     The service integrates with practice management software and uploads new information throughout the day. Please note that client access to records is delayed by about 24 hours to allow for finalizing the record. Veterinarians have access to the records within 3 hours.
     Remember that even if you go to an emergency hospital and have not yet downloaded the VitusVet app, you can do it there and grant permission for them to see your pet's records.