886 S Pine St, PO Box 277

Grantsburg, WI 54840

Phone: (715) 463-2536

1(800) 924-0588

140 Evergreen Square SW

Pine City, MN 55063

Phone: (320) 629-7474

October 15 to 21 is National Veterinary Technician's Week

10/11/2017

preview full National Veterinary Technicians Week

National Veterinary Technician’s Week takes place the third full week in October, which starts this year on Sunday, October 15 and runs through Saturday, October 21. It’s an opportunity for our veterinarians and support staff, as well as our clients, to let vet techs know just how much we all appreciate them. We would be lost without the hard work and dedication of Lacey, Emily, Missy, Jessica, and Jennifer. 
 
The veterinary technicians at Grantsburg Animal Hospital and Wild River Veterinary Clinic aid in your pet’s care by preparing and giving vaccines, taking your pet’s vital signs, preparing laboratory samples, and much more. However, the most important thing our vet techs offer is comfort and compassion for pets who may feel anxious about the visit.
 
How This Appreciation Event Got Started
National Veterinary Technician’s Week is the brainchild of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians. The organization started the event in 1993. Almost 25 years later, the goals of the campaign remain the same. These include:
 
-Ensuring that pet owners understand the role of veterinary technicians in promoting good health and longevity.
 
-Making sure that veterinarians and other clinic staff understand the immense value of skilled veterinary technicians. That’s something we have always known at our two clinics.
 
-Providing pet parents and clinic staff with the opportunity to recognize outstanding technicians for their compassionate care of animals and the relationships they have developed with clients.
 
No Two Days Are the Same in the Life of a Veterinary Technician
When it comes to caring for animals, having the day not go as planned is more of the rule than the exception. Our technicians must remain flexible to deal with emergencies, procedures that took longer than expected, scared pets that try to run off, and much more. Nevertheless, a typical day in the life of our veterinary technicians might look something like this:
 
A client comes in with his dog for a preventive care exam. Our technician greets him and then brings client and dog back to an exam room. The first thing she does is ask if there have been any health changes since the last appointment. If so, she records that information for the doctor.
 
Lacey, Emily, Missy, Jessica, or Jennifer then weighs the dog, takes her temperature, and records any other important vital signs. The technician briefs the veterinarian on details provided by the client and of her own findings so far. She then assists the doctor with the remainder of the appointment, which typically includes securing and comforting the animal so he can complete the necessary procedures.
 
Educating clients on pet care is another essential role of our veterinary technicians. You will receive information on best practices for pet care at home as well as details on specific procedures your pet may need. Much of the work that our staff does happens when clients don’t see it. Some of these duties include cleaning up potty accidents, preparing pills to fill a new prescription, and cleaning exam rooms. 
 
Feel Free to Express Your Appreciation
It doesn’t have to be National Veterinary Technician’s Week to let our staff know how much you appreciate their efforts. You can say thanks anytime you want. We also want to let you know how much we appreciate our clients and the trust you have placed in us to help care for your beloved pets. 

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September is Happy Healthy Cat Month

9/18/2017
Healthy Cat Month
 
One of every three households in the United States includes a cat. When you consider their playful, affectionate, and independent natures, it’s easy to see why. Cats have a way of making us laugh with their crazy antics and can dramatically increase our sense of well-being. In return, they depend on their human family for health and happiness. The CATalyst Council sponsors Happy Healthy Cat Month each September to raise awareness of how people can give their cats the best possible life.
 
Tips to Ensure Your Cat’s Health and Happiness
Cats sometimes seem to have a logic all their own. The CATalyst Council came up with these tips to help you understand and provide a comfortable environment for your pet:

Hiding places: Cats need a place to retreat when they feel stress and just enjoy having new places to curl up and take a nap. They also desire privacy at times. Cat furniture with built-in hiding places can help to meet this need. 

Mental stimulation and physical activity: A bored cat can become overweight and depressed, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot of money on cat toys. Waving a piece of string in front of your cat or tossing a toy mouse helps get him moving and makes him solve problems as well. It also gives you the chance to interact with your cat and deepen your bond.
 
Scratching opportunities: Your cat isn’t trying to destroy your furniture when she scratches on it. She is simply releasing her natural instinct to scratch. You can protect your furniture by placing several scratching pads around the house and redirecting your cat there when she starts to scratch. If the scratching gets out of hand, try placing soft claws over your cat’s claws to protect your furniture and other items.
 
Nutritious foods: Learn to read pet food labels so you understand whether the product offers quality nutrition or mostly fillers. It’s also important to limit treats and not give your cat food meant for humans.
 
Consider an indoor only policy: Cats who remain indoors avoid fights with other cats, picking up various diseases, and getting hit by a car. Creating an enriching indoor environment will help decrease your cat’s interest in going outside. If you do let your cat outside, make sure you supervise him and keep him contained in a fenced-in area. Since even indoor cats can sneak out, we recommend getting microchip identification for all cats.
Schedule Regular Preventive Care Exams
 
According to the American Association of Feline Practitioners, veterinary visits for cats decrease substantially after the first year of life. However, adult cats need regular check-ups just as much as kittens do. Cats between one and seven years old should come in at least once a year and older cats should visit us bi-annually. These appointments are just one more way you can ensure that your cat remains happy and healthy. To schedule an appointment, contact Grantsburg Animal Hospital at 715-463-2536 or Wild River Veterinary Clinic at 320-629-7474. 
 
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