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26
Apr 2018
Canine Influenza Update 4/26/18

Canine Flu has been in the US for several years, and there are 2 strains of flu (H3N2 and H3N8).  There are 3 confirmed cases in Carver county as of April 26, 2018. Canine flu is a very contagious upper respiratory virus, easily spread among dogs.  Dogs most at risk include those that spend time with other dogs; at the dog park, boarding and daycare facilities, the groomer, and dog shows. Signs of Canine flu include coughing, nasal discharge, eye discharge, lethargy, decreased appetite, and fever.  Treatment includes supportive care to help the......

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03
Apr 2018
farrier shot x-rays

Radiographs of your horses’ feet are an important tool for developing a hoof care plan that will optimize long term soundness.  Radiography allows the veterinarian and farrier to work together to balance the foot.  Visual examination of the foot only provides part of the picture.  The radiograph shows the relationship of the bones within the hoof capsule.  Ideally we would do before and after shots, but if you only want to do one set the farrier’s choice would be right before trimming and or shoeing so they can make any adjustments that......

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09
Mar 2018
Grooming Your Dog at River Valley Groom & Board

Are you looking for a groomer in the Prior Lake area? River Valley Groom & Board is the perfect solution for you and your pet. Grooming for our pets goes beyond having a flowing coat or stylish haircut, impacting their overall health. Dirt and oils that accumulate under matted fur can cause skin infections, along with the mats themselves pulling and stretching the skin underneath, causing pain. While short-haired pets usually require brushing only once or twice each week, medium- and long-haired pets need daily brushings. This commitment should be taken into......

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07
Mar 2018
Lyme Disease Prevention

Anytime your pet picks up a tick, the risk for Lyme disease infection exists. The good news is that only certain types of ticks can carry and transmit the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. Even better news is that you can effectively and pretty simply minimize your pet’s risk. Lyme disease infects your pet’s tissues and often results in lameness. This lameness can be spontaneous and can shift from one limb to another. It will sometimes last just a few days only to recur days or weeks later. This symptom is known......

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