Equine Dental Month – February 2021

In February we will once again be offering a 20% discount on equine dental floats. In-clinic appointments only. Call us today 446-2815 to reserve your spot.

EQUINE DENTAL HEALTH:

Horses with dental problems may show obvious signs, such as pain or irritation, or they may show no noticeable signs at all. This is because some horses simply adapt to their discomfort.

For this reason, periodic dental examinations performed by your equine veterinarian are essential to your horse’s health. It is important to catch dental problems early. If a horse starts behaving abnormally, dental problems should be considered as a potential cause. Waiting too long may increase the difficulty of remedying certain conditions or may even make remedy impossible.

Look for the following indicators of dental problems from the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) to know when to seek veterinary attention for your horse:

 

  1. Loss of feed from mouth while eating, difficulty with chewing, or excessive salivation.
  2. Loss of body condition.
  3. Large or undigested feed particles (long stems or whole grain) in manure.
  4. Head tilting or tossing, bit chewing, tongue lolling, fighting the bit, or resisting bridling.
  5. Poor performance, such as lugging on the bridle, failing to turn or stop, even bucking.
  6. Foul odor from mouth or nostrils, or traces of blood from the mouth.
  7. Nasal discharge or swelling of the face, jaw or mouth tissues.

 

Oral exams should be an essential part of an annual physical examination by your veterinarian. Every dental exam provides the opportunity to perform routine preventative dental maintenance. Mature horses should get a thorough dental exam at least once a year, and horses 2 –5 years old should be examined twice yearly.

Call us today! 406-446-2815

COVID-19 – Update January 12, 2021

We are looking forward to this new year, and hope to get back to our regular operations as soon as possible while maintaining the safety of our clients and staff. 

All of us at Red Lodge Veterinary Clinic are so thankful for our clients’ trust and flexibility. 

Our doors are still open to give our clients the option of accompanying their pet/horse inside the clinic/equine exam room for their exam and treatments. We will continue to require masks or face coverings for anyone entering out facility over the age of 5. We are following the rules set out by our Governor – Montana Mask Mandate 2021 

We are still reducing the amount of traffic into the building to one client / patient at a time. Please see our new protocol below:

WHAT TO EXPECT – Large and Small Animal appointments:

Small animal clients, please park beside the clinic closest to the front of the building.

Equine and large animal clients, please drive around the cul-de-sac at the end of the road and park your trailer in the gravel parking lot.

When you arrive, please call the clinic 446-2815 to let us know you are here.

We will ask if you would like to come in for your appointment, wait in the vehicle, or drop off your pet and come back at a later time.

As before, if you would prefer to wait outside or drop off, Dr. Gruber will discuss exam findings either in person (outside) or by phone. We will then proceed with treatments as decided by you and Dr. Gruber. 

If you accompany your pet into the exam room, we will have our technicians and Dr. Gruber handle your pet, to reduce close contact with multiple clients. We will maintain a 6ft distance from you as best as we can. We will continue cleaning high traffic areas, door handles, counter tops, merchant machines etc. between each client to help reduce transmission. 

MEDICATION / FOOD PICK-UPS:

When you arrive, please call the clinic 446-2815 to let us know you are here. We will let you know if you can come in and get them (if the reception area is clear of other clients / patients). If not, we will bring them to your vehicle as before. 

We can take payment over the phone and are still accepting credit cards, cash or checks.

We appreciate your cooperation as we all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. Please call the clinic if you have any questions or concerns 406-446-2815. We look forward to getting back to ‘normal’ and  “Together We Can Do This!” 

COVID-19 Update September 24, 2020

Again, we are so thankful for our incredible community and each and every one of our clients for being so flexible and understanding with our curbside-only service for the last few months.

That being said, we have once again opened our doors to give our clients the option of accompanying their pet/horse inside the clinic/equine exam room for their exam and treatments. 

We are still reducing the amount of traffic into the building to one client / patient at a time. Please see our new protocol below:

WHAT TO EXPECT – Large and Small Animal appointments:

Small animal clients, please park beside the clinic closest to the front of the building.

Equine and large animal clients, please drive around the cul-de-sac at the end of the road and park your trailer in the gravel parking lot.

When you arrive, please call the clinic 446-2815 to let us know you are here.

We will ask if you would like to come in for your appointment, wait in the vehicle, or drop off your pet and come back at a later time.

As before, if you would prefer to wait outside or drop off, Dr. Gruber will discuss exam findings either in person (outside) or by phone. We will then proceed with treatments as decided by you and Dr. Gruber. 

If you accompany your pet into the exam room, we will have our technicians and Dr. Gruber handle your pet, to reduce close contact with multiple clients. We will maintain a 6ft distance from you as best as we can. We will continue cleaning high traffic areas, door handles, counter tops, merchant machines etc. between each client to help reduce transmission. 

MEDICATION / FOOD PICK-UPS:

When you arrive, please call the clinic 446-2815 to let us know you are here. We will let you know if you can come in and get them (if the reception area is clear of other clients / patients). If not, we will bring them to your vehicle as before.

We can take payment over the phone and are still accepting credit cards, cash or checks.

We appreciate your cooperation as we all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. Please call the clinic if you have any questions or concerns 406-446-2815. We look forward to getting back to ‘normal’ and ‘Together, We Can Do This!”

Water Intoxication – Hyponatremia

 

During the heat of the Summer, many pet owners turn to sprinklers and a trip to the lake to cool off their dog. A hidden danger of playing with water is Water Intoxication, an uncommon emergency illness to become familiar with.

What is it?

Water intoxication, also known as hyponatremia is a relatively rare but potentially fatal condition caused from ingesting excessive amounts of water. 

When your pup is playing with water, whether diving into a lake or river to retrieve a ball or biting at a hose or sprinkler for long periods of time, they can inadvertently ingest a large volume of water very quickly. This is possible if they drink an excessive amount after exercise as well. 

Excessive amounts of water will dilute their body’s electrolytes causing alarming and even fatal electrolyte imbalances. The cells in their body will begin to swell with water. If the cells in their brain swell, their central nervous system will become affected and can result in seizures, coma and even death. 

Symptoms include:

  • loss of coordination
  • lethargy
  • bloating
  • vomiting
  • glazed eyes
  • excessive salivation
  • difficulty breathing
  • seizures
  • coma

Water intoxication can progress very quickly. If your pet has been playing with water and begins to show any of the above symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately or take them to the closest emergency facility.

Treatment:

Aggressive treatment at a veterinarians office may include IV delivery of electrolytes (sodium/chloride), diuretics and medications to reduce brain swelling. These treatments are used to reduce swelling of the brain and cells, but in severe cases some patients symptoms cannot be reversed. 

How can I avoid it?

Make sure your dog takes regular breaks from the water play. If they drink their whole water bowl quickly after exercise, wait until they are settled before refilling. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 406-446-2815. 

COVID-19 Update – June 30th, 2020 – Curbside Service

As always, the safety of our clients, staff and patients is at the forefront of everything we do at Red Lodge Veterinary Clinic.  We are so fortunate to be healthy and able to serve you and your animals to the best of our abilities.

In order to continue to do so we will once again be offering curbside-only service until further notice. We truly appreciate your business and have your best interests at heart.

What to expect:

We will follow the same format as we did previously for our curbside service, please see below. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 406-446-2815.

Small Animal Visits

What to expect:

Please stay in your vehicle and call us at the office, (406) 446-2815, when you arrive to the clinic. We will come out to your vehicle and bring your pet in for their examination and treatments. Dr. Casey Gruber will discuss the exam findings and treatment options (if applicable) by phone. Once we are done, we can collect carside/curbside payment at that time, or can process payment over the phone. All medications, products or food will be brought to your vehicle.

Equine In-Clinic Visits

What to expect:

When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle and call the clinic at (406) 446-2815. We will come out and bring your horse to the exam room. Dr. Casey will discuss the exam findings and treatment options by phone. When we are done, we will bring your horse back to your trailer. We can collect carside/curbside payment at that time or take payment over the phone. We will bring all prescription medications or products to your vehicle.

Medication Refills, Food or other Products

One of our team members will bring your products out to your vehicle when you arrive.

Please call ahead to give us time to get your products ready, and also when you arrive.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at (406) 446-2815 and we will address any concerns you may have.

Thank you for your understanding,

Red Lodge Veterinary Clinic

 

 

Tick time!

Finally the weather has warmed up and we are all spending some much needed time outside. Our parasite ‘friends’ are also thrilled that we are out hiking with our dogs and riding our horses.

The most common tick in Montana is the Rocky Mountain Wood Tick. (See pictures)

Even at our high elevation in Red Lodge, we begin to see ticks in mid-March or even earlier depending on weather. Ticks do not jump or fly (luckily), instead they lie in wait on vegetation and climb on to your pet or horse as they pass by and attach to the body.

It is important to check your horse routinely and your pet thoroughly after being outside. Pay close attention to the under belly, under the neck area, behind (and inside) ears and the head. Ticks can even be found inside you pets mouth attached to the gums!

There are several diseases that can be transferred to both humans and pets from our local ticks, such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. The Black Legged Tick which carries Lyme’s Disease is not known to be found in Montana.

Even without disease transmission a large infestation of ticks can cause lethargy, anemia and other health concerns.

Removing ticks:

– Use tweezers and grasp the mouth parts as close to the skin as possible, pull directly away from your pet or horse.

– Do not twist as you pull as you may break off the mouth parts under the skin and this can lead to irritation and infection at the bite site.

– Do not crush the ticks while they are attached to prevent disease transmission.

– Place them in rubbing alcohol to kill before disposal, or burn them.

– Wash your hands thoroughly after handling ticks.

We have multiple options for preventing ticks and other external parasites on your horses and livestock – each product last approximately 2 weeks per treatment:

– Equi-Spot – Topical oil based drop that is applied to the body
– Topical Dusting Powder for Ticks and Lice – Applied to the mane and tail head
– Pour on – Clean Up II – Applied to the base of the mane and tail head
– Topical Fly Spray – Endure

Here is a good article about tick control in horses:

AAEP – Tick Control in Horses

For pets we carry the following products:

Effitix Plus or Effipro Plus – Topical drop applied once per month
Credelio (dogs only) – Oral tablet given once per month
Bravecto (dogs only) – Oral tablet given every 3 months

Rocky Mountain Wood Tick
Itchy Horse

Call us today for more information! 406-446-2815

COVID-19 Protocol Update

First, we would like to thank our clients for being flexible and understanding over the last 6 weeks. Since March 23rd we have been operating with a curbside only service approach.

Starting today, May 6th, we will be giving clients the option of accompanying their pet/horse inside the clinic/equine exam room for their exam and treatments. 

That being said, we are still reducing the amount of traffic into the building to one client / patient at a time. Please see our new protocol below:

WHAT TO EXPECT – Large and Small Animal appointments:

Small animal clients, please park beside the clinic closest to the front of the building.

Equine and large animal clients, please drive around the cul-de-sac at the end of the road and park your trailer in the gravel parking lot.

When you arrive, please call the clinic 446-2815 to let us know you are here.

We will ask if you would like to come in for your appointment, wait in the vehicle, or drop off your pet and come back at a later time.

As before, if you would prefer to wait outside or drop off, Dr. Gruber will discuss exam findings either in person (outside) or by phone. We will then proceed with treatments as decided by you and Dr. Gruber. 

If you accompany your pet into the exam room, we will have our technicians and Dr. Gruber handle your pet, to reduce close contact with multiple clients. We will maintain a 6ft distance from you as best as we can. We will continue cleaning high traffic areas, door handles, counter tops, merchant machines etc. between each client to help reduce transmission. 

MEDICATION / FOOD PICK-UPS:

When you arrive, please call the clinic 446-2815 to let us know you are here. We will let you know if you can come in and get them (if the reception area is clear of other clients / patients). If not, we will bring them to your vehicle as before.

We can take payment over the phone and are still accepting credit cards, cash or checks.

We appreciate your cooperation as we all do our part to slow the spread of COVID19 and other illnesses. Please call the clinic if you have any questions or concerns 406-446-2815. We look forward to getting back to ‘normal’ and ‘Together, We Can Do This!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURBSIDE SERVICE ONLY – NEW COVID-19 Protocol

Red Lodge Veterinary Clinic’s – New COVID-19 Curbside/Carside Service Protocol

Red Lodge Veterinary Clinic is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation throughout our state, country and worldwide. In order to reduce the number of people entering our hospital, we have decided to only allow patients, and employees into our facility. This will reduce exposure to our clients, staff and facility. We really appreciate everyone’s help with social distancing. We are still offering ALL of our regular services, and look forward to assisting you.

 

Small Animal Visits

What to expect:

Please stay in your vehicle and call us at the office, (406) 446-2815, when you arrive to the clinic. We will come out to your vehicle and bring your pet in for their examination and treatments. Dr. Casey Gruber will discuss the exam findings and treatment options (if applicable) by phone. Once we are done, we can collect carside/curbside payment at that time, or can process payment over the phone. All medications, products or food will be brought to your vehicle.

 

Equine In-Clinic Visits

What to expect:

When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle and call the clinic at (406) 446-2815. We will come out and bring your horse to the exam room. Dr. Casey will discuss the exam findings and treatment options by phone. When we are done, we will bring your horse back to your trailer. We can collect carside/curbside payment at that time or take payment over the phone. We will bring all prescription medications or products to your vehicle.

 

Medication Refills, Food or other Products

One our team members will bring your products out to your vehicle when you arrive, to limit the number of people entering the hospital. Please call ahead to give us time to get your products ready, and also when you arrive.

These are uncertain times for all of us, and we ask for your patience and understanding as new information is continuously reported and new protocols are established.

As always, it is our priority to keep your animals healthy. Now, we are doing our part to make sure you stay healthy too!

If you have any questions, please give us a call at (406) 446-2815 and we will address any concerns you may have.

Red Lodge Veterinary Clinic

CURBSIDE SERVICE ONLY