Faribault Veterinary Clinic Needle News April 2015

123werWe thought spring was coming but then we got a foot of snow! Go figure that’s MN for you. Many of you will be looking forward to getting into the fields. We are hoping for warm temps for our horse Vaccination and Coggins Clinic on April 18th, from 1-3pm at the Rice County Fairgrounds.  Everyone is welcomed.  We wish everyone a warm spring and hope you have a very nice Easter!

Transition Stress…. a downward spiral
What make the transition period such a threat?  In a word stress!  Or, more correctly, multiple stresses.  The start of lactation, changes of diet, environment, pen moves and other stressful elements can compromise immune function.  The transition period is when cows are most at risk to be culled from the herd due to disease.  For herds to remain profitable it is important to keep the cull rate for cows less then 60 days in milk to be less than 5%.

So what are some things producers can do to minimize the stresses on cows during the transition period and keep them productive members of the herd?
1.        Reducing the number of pen moves will reduce stress by keeping cows from having to establish                                     their rank in the new group multiple times.  Try to keep cows in a new pen for a minimum of 3                                     weeks.
2.        Providing enough bunk space in dry period and fresh period.  Dry cows  need about 36” of bunk                                 space per cow to keep from competing at the feed bunk and fresh cows 30”.
3.        Make sure dry and fresh cow rations are properly balanced and monitor intakes to make sure pens
are eating enough feed per day to avoid ketosis/fatty liver issues.
Reducing pen moves, providing adequate bunk space, and mixing the appropriate ration will contribute to a smooth transition and help herds stay profitable.

We recommend that all dogs be tested for heartworm during the months of April through June.  All dogs that test negative should be put on a once a month preventative medication throughout the year.  Please call to make an appointment at the clinic or ask a large animal veterinarian to do the test.

Present this coupon at the Faribault Veterinary
Clinic during April for the following special:
Baytril – $5 off 100ml or 250 ml bottles
Excede – $5 off 100ml bottle.
Exp. 4/30/15

Faribault Veterinary Clinic Needle News March 2015


March is a busy month when one season hopefully ends and another begins.  We have had a weird winter with varying temps that has affected many animals.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th for those who celebrate it and the first day of spring
is officially on March 20th. (We’ll see !)  Let’s not forget the tournaments: hockey, wrestling, and basketball make for fun weekend cheering for your favorite teams.  Good Luck to All !!

Respiratory Disease in calves:
For calves with only a single sign of respiratory disease detected from outside the pen – nasal discharge, eye discharge, dropped ear or cough – we would like you to take its temperature. For any calves that have two or more signs of respiratory disease at the same time – cough, colored (white, yellow, blood tinged) nasal or eye discharge, drooping or twitching ears, or fever (<100 or >103) – treat with an antibiotic. Calves with respiratory disease should be given an antibiotic treatment protocol that provides 5-6 days of coverage. One time and multiple dose treatment protocol examples are shown below. Call us to advise you on the most appropriate choice for your calves. It is very important to treat calves with respiratory disease early, so that they can be cured before they move into the transition barn.
These are antibiotic protocols that provide appropriate antibiotic coverage with a single treatment:
•Baytril 100 (Enrofloxacin) Dose: 11 mg/kg=5 cc per 100 lb.   Route: SQ
•Draxxin (Tulathromycin) Dose: 2.5 mg/kg=1.1 cc per 100 lb.   Route: SQ
•Excede (Ceftiofur) Dose: 6.6 mg/kg=1.5 cc per 100 lb.   Route: SQ (ear as instructed)
•Nuflor (Florfenicol) Dose 40 mg/kg=6 cc per 100 lb.  Route: SQ
•Zuprevo (Tildipirosin) Dose: 4 mg/kg=1 cc per 100 lb.  Route: SQ

The following antibiotic protocols for respiratory disease require more than one injection as described:
•Baytril 100 (Enrofloxacin) 5 mg/kg=2 cc/100 lb. SQ  Once daily for 3 days
•Excenel or Naxcel (Ceftiofur) 2.2 mg/kg=2 cc/100 lb. SQ Once daily for 3-5 days
•Nuflor (Florfenicol) 20 mg/kg=3 cc/100 lb. SQ Every other day for 2-3 doses

Banamine may be used as follows for calves that have a temperature that is greater than 103° F or lower than 100°F, have respiratory distress or a combination of respiratory disease and diarrhea
•    Dose: 1 mg/kg (1 cc/100 lbs.)  Route: Intravenously, Frequency: Give once only unless directed by us to repeat treatment. For calves that do not                         improve (reduced fever, improved appetite, less respiratory distress), banamine can be repeated 24 hours later.

Call us if calf has not improved within 3 days. At the end of the 5 to 6 day respiratory disease treatment protocol, the calf should be evaluated again. If the calf has none or only one of the signs indicative of respiratory disease, the calf is considered cured and no more treatment is needed. If the calf still has two or more of the signs listed above, call us to examine the calf before starting a second antibiotic.

Save the date for our Coggins Clinic Saturday April 18th at the Rice County Fairground from 1-3pm. Special rates for coggins test with services to be paid for at the time performed.  Vaccinations are also offered. Everyone is welcomed to come!  COME MEET DR. CASEY RABBE , Our Equine & Small Animal Veterinarian!!

March 2015 Coupon

$2.00 off a box of Spectramast Lactating or Dry Cow Tubes
$5.00 off each bottle of Exenel
$1.00 off each bag of Calf’s Choice Colostrum Replacer

Expires 3/31/15

Beef Conference


Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel – Morton, MN

January 5 & 6, 2015

**Register before December 18, 2014 to receive conference discounts**
Registration does not include lodging
For more info and to register please visit:


January 5th, 2015

8:30 am       Welcome

8:45              Let the good times roll: Capitalizing on high beef markets

                      Dr. Kate Brooks, Univ. of Nebraska

 9:30              Breeding programs to supply US beef

                      Lee Leachman, Leachman Cattle of CO

 10:15           Break/Trade Show

 11:00          Efficiency and high production: Can they coexist?

                            Dr. Susan Markus, Alberta Agriculture

 11:45         Lunch & Trade Show

 1:00 pm     Nutritional management of the female to improve reproduction

                              Dr. Patrick Gunn, Iowa State University

 1:45         Post-birth interventions to reduce calf losses

                              Dr. Brian Dorcey, Veterinary Medical Center

2:30 Break

3:00 pm         When does intensifying cow-calf production make sense?

                       Dr. Rick Rasby, University of Nebraska

 3:45               Forage and pasture management to reduce cost of production

                       Dr. Eric Mousel, University of Minnesota

 4:30               Long-term impact of selection for efficiency in the cowherd on production

                       Dr. Stephen Lee, Univ. of Adelaide, Australia

 5:15 Trade Show

 6:30 Dinner


January 6th, 2015

8:30 am         Successful and futuristic feedlot design and management

                                Dr. Eric Loe, Midwest PMS

 9:15             Programs and tools to retain efficiency in the feedlot

                                Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo, Univ. of Minnesota

 10:00 Break

 10:15         Feeding and management for various target end-points

                                Dr. Robbie Pritchard, SDSU

 11:00         Question & Answer Panel

                                Moderator: Don Schiefelbein, Schiefelbein Farms

 11:45 Adjourn


 Organization Committee

Allen Bridges, UMN Beef Team, Reproductive Specialist 

gbridges@umn.edu, 218-259-5399

Eric Mousel, UMN Beef Team, Cow/Calf Specialist

         emmousel@umn.edu, 605-690-4974

Alfredo DiCostanzo, UMN Beef Team, Feedlot Specialist

         Dicos001@umn.edu, 612-624-1272

Carl Dahlen, NDSU Beef Cattle Specialist

         Carl.dahlen@ndsu.edu, 701-231-5588

Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension, Cow/Calf Specialist

        Warren.rusche@sdstate.edu, 605-882-5140

Julie Walker, SDUS Extension, Beef Specialist

        Julie.walker@sdstate.edu, 605-668-5458

Faribault Veterinary Clinic Needle News December 2014


Happy-Holiday-With-SnowAll of us at the Faribault Veterinary Clinic would like to extend our warmest wishes for a happy holiday season. May the new year be filled with all the good spirit and warmth of the holiday season! We want to thank you for your patronage this past year and look forward to serving you again into 2015!

The Faribault Veterinary Clinic will be closing at noon on Christmas Eve and closed all day Christmas day. We will be closing at 3 pm on New Year’s Eve and closed all day on New Year’s day. If you have an emergency please call 507.334.2068 to get the on call Dr.’s number.

The Faribault Veterinary Clinic gives producers who have a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship with the clinic the opportunity to have medicine orders drop-shipped to their farm. If you have a large order that doesn’t need to be delivered same day, call it in, and we can have the order shipped directly from our distributor to your front door at no cost to you. We will continue to have products and supplies available in clinic for anything you may need for same day use. Ask Nicole or Heidi for more info.

December 2014 Coupon
Present this coupon at the Faribault Vet Clinic during December to receive the following specials:
$2.50 off 12 dose box of Today
$2.50 off 12 dose box of Tomorrow
Exp. 12/31/14

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Holiday Dangers For Your Pets

Dr. Casey Rabbe DVM
Faribault Veterinary Clinic

The holidays can be stressful enough, without having to worry about your pet getting into something that could potentially be toxic or harmful. Below is a list of holiday-related items that the veterinarians at Faribault Veterinary Clinic recommend keeping away from your pets to ensure their health and safety this holiday season! Everyone at Faribault Veterinary Clinic would like to wish you and your pets a safe and happy holidays!

Holiday Ornaments:ornament
When decorating for the season, consider your pets. Holiday decorations such as snow globes or bubble lights may contain poisonous chemicals. If your pet chews on them the liquid inside could be could be dangerous to their health. Methylene chloride, the chemical in bubble lights, can result in depression, aspiration pneumonia and irritation to the eyes, skin and gastrointestinal tract.

If you own a cat, forgo the tinsel. What looks like a shiny toy to your cat can prove deadly if ingested. Tinsel does not pose a poisoning risk but can cause severe damage to a cat’s intestinal tract if swallowed. Ultimately, cats run the risk of severe injury to, or rupture of their intestines and treatment involves expensive abdominal surgery.

Though they have a bad rap, poinsettia plants are only mildly toxic. Far more worrisome are holiday bouquets containing lilies, holly or mistletoe. Lilies, including tiger, Asiatic, stargazer, Easter and day lilies, are the most dangerous plants for cat. The ingestion of one to two leaves or flower petals is enough to cause sudden kidney failure in cats. Other holiday pants such as holly berries and mistletoe can also be toxic to pets and can cause gastrointestinal upset and even heart arrhythmias if ingested. Opt for artificial holly berries and mistletoe for a safe alternative.

Because alcohol is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream, it affects pets quickly. Ingestion of alcohol can cause dangerous drops in blood sugar, blood pressure and body temperature. Intoxicated animals can experience seizures and respiratory failure. Additionally, foods such as desserts containing alcohol and unbaked dough that contains yeast should be kept away from
pets as they may result in alcohol toxicity, vomiting, disorientation and stomach bloat. Take extra care to keep food and drinks out of reach of pets.

Holiday Foods:
With the holiday season comes a delightful variety of baked goods, chocolate confections and other rich, fattening foods. However, it is not wise (and in some cases is quite dangerous) to share these treats with your pets. Keep your pet on his or her regular diet over the holidays and do not let family and friends sneak in treats. Foods that can present problems:

  • Foods containing grapes, raisins and currants (such as fruitcakes) can result in kidney failure in dogs.
  • Chocolate and cocoa contain theobromine, a chemical highly toxic to dogs and cats. Ingestion in small amounts can cause vomiting and diarrhea but large amounts can cause seizures and heart arrhythmias.
  • Many sugarless gums and candies contain xylitol, a sweetener which is toxic to dogs. It causes a life-threatening drop in blood sugar and liver failure.
  • Leftover, fatty meat scraps can produce severe inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) leading to abdominal pain, vomiting and bloody diarrhea.

Imported Snow Globes:

snowglobeRecently, imported snow globes were found to contain antifreeze (ethylene glycol.) As little as one teaspoon of antifreeze when ingested by a cat or a tablespoon or two for a dog (depending on their size), can be fatal. Signs of early poisoning include acting drunk or uncoordinated, excessive thirst, and lethargy. While signs may seem to improve after eight to twelve hours, internal damage is actually worsening, and crystals develop in the kidneys resulting in acute kidney failure. Immediate treatment with an antidote is vital.

Liquid Potpourri:

liquid-potpourriFilling your house with the smell of nutmeg or pine for the holidays may seem inviting—but if you’re partial to heating your scented oils in a simmer pot, know that they can cause serious harm to your cat; even a few licks can result in severe chemical burns in the mouth, fever, difficulty breathing, and tremors. Dogs aren’t as sensitive, but it’s still better to be safe than sorry—so scent your home with a non-toxic candle kept safely out of kitty’s reach.

When it comes to the holidays, the best thing a pet owner can do is get educated on common household toxins and pet-proof your home accordingly. If you think your pet has been poisoned, contact the Faribault Veterinary Clinic immediately at 507-334-2068.

*Information and guidelines provided by Pet Poison Hotline, 24/7 Animal Poison Control Center (855 – 764 – 7661 )

Faribault Veterinary Clinic Needle News November 2014

happy thanksgiving
Faribault Veterinary Clinic
Needle News
November 2014

It is that time of year again – dehorning and castrating, now that the pesky flies have (mostly) vacated the premises. Are you tired of pushing calves into the chute? Are you ready for a more relaxed experience? Sedation may be just what you would like to try. We use a sedative called Rompun (xylazine) to “knock” calves out so they can be castrated and dehorned with less noise and pain (if using lidocaine to do nerve blocks).

Heidi and Kristi have been working on their catch and release skills to give the initial injection – just think of them as your dart gun! Once the animal has slowed down they can be given another injection if necessary to lay them down. Once lying down they can be castrated, dehorned, wormed, given vaccines, and checked for extra teats. This leaves you with time to comment on their skills (or lack of)! Or if you have better things to do than watch them you can leave once they have the animals sedated.

Kristi would like to develop a plan where she would travel one day a month and sedate and dehorn calves that are less than 3 months, please contact the clinic if you have any interest in this!

As always we will still be doing our traditional method of dehorning and castrating too.


Don’t forget your fall Eprinex for deworming all of your cattle. We once again have a great special. So, give us a call to get your order in.

A special note: When you need to have a veterinarian come out to your farm please call Nicole or Heidi at the clinic. Unfortunately the doctors do not always know their schedules from one call to the next. Which can happen due to emergency calls or calls coming in at different times. Thank you in advance. This will save time and headache for everyone.

November 2014 Coupon
Our “Black Friday” deals are good all month long!
Present this coupon during the month of November at the Faribault Veterinary Clinic:
$5.00 off 250ml bottle of Nuflor
$5.00 off 250 ml bottle of Micotil
Expires 11/30/14

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Warning to pet owners regarding new rodenticide (rat poisoning)



poison ingestion
Many of you know a neighbor or friend with a pet that ingested rat poising. They took their pet to the Veterinarian and after a lengthy hospital stay and extensive medical treatment the pet was released.  This may not be the case anymore…

There are new rodenticides on the market that affect pets differently and unless the pet owner actually sees the animal ingest it, it may be too late for treatment by the time the animal appears sick.

In 2008 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a decision prohibiting the use of second-generation or long-acting anticoagulants (d-Con) in residential Settings.  It was an effort to reduce secondary poisoning in wildlife due to bioaccumulation in the livers of predators.  Manufacturers became compliant with these new regulations in 2011, with many using bromethalin instead of anticoagulants in their products.  There is NO test to detect bromethalins presence AND NO ANTIDOTE!

The rapid onset of bromethalin poisoning leaves veterinarians little time for error.  The symptoms come on faster and it’s harder to treat.  With anticoagulant poisoning veterinarians had three to five days before bleeding began–maybe a week before death.  But with bromethalin, clinical signs associated with CNS edema may be seen within 2-24 hours.  Once the animal starts showing neurological signs–CNS stimulation or depression, abnormal behavior, ataxia, hyperesthesia, seizures, coma–successful treatment becomes more difficult and more expensive.  An animal may have only have a couple of days before succumbing.

The Pet Poison Helpline and d-Con both cite the dangers of using a toxin with no known antidote as reason for the EPA to revisit the 2008 regulation standards.  Thus far the regulation has not changed and on May 30th 2014 the manufacturer of d-CON announced that they will comply with EPA mandates by replacing brodifacoum with diphacinone, a first generation anticoagulant.  While many first generation anticoagulants, such as the prototype warfarin, are shorter acting, diphacinone is not.  This is a good thing.  It gives your Veterinarian more time to treat before irreversible damage occurs.

If you HAVE to use rodenticide, look for one with the active ingredient diphacinone and keep it out of reach of your pets.