Happy fall to all of our clients and their pets.

On your recent visits to Blair Doon, you might have noticed that we’ve had a few staff changes.

-We said good-bye to three of our long-time Kennel staff. Cody Griggs and Dylan Faflick have both moved out-of-state to attend college; and Ellie Frayer has reached a point in her college education where she needed to pursue a position in her chosen field. We wish them all the best and really miss them!

-Every good-bye has a hello. We’re excited to have Chrystal Beck join our team as a Veterinary Assistant. She has many years of experience and is such an asset to Blair Doon. When she’s not helping to care for your pets, she participates in dog sports with her Aussies – including agility, obedience, rally, conformation, dock diving, and herding.

Ally Applegate has also joined us as a Veterinary Assistant. She is currently enrolled in Colby’s on-line Veterinary Technician program. While completing this 2-year program, she will get hands-on experience as part of our team.

Erin Bartlett and Allison Rudd are the newest members of our Kennel staff. They’re both working hard to make sure your pet’s stay with us is comfortable. Your pets will certainly appreciate their loving care if they have to spend some time at Blair Doon.

        Have you heard that we now offer acupuncture for our patients? We’re very excited to announce that Dr. Mikos has earned her certification in acupuncture from Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians (MAV). Acupuncture is beneficial to all species and we have found it helpful for pain relief, calming, and general wellbeing. Horses and cattle have been treated with acupuncture in China and Korea since ancient times. In modern medicine, dogs, cats, and horses receive acupuncture for many common ailments; and animal athletes are frequently treated for sports injuries with acupuncture.

       Blair Doon will soon have another Veterinarian. Shannon Beins (rhymes with vines), Dr. Sullivan’s youngest daughter, will complete her veterinary medical degree in Spring 2017 and plans to join the practice. Shannon, a long-time animal lover, has an undergraduate degree in environmental science from the University of Denver and is now adding a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University. She will be glad to be back in Wichita with her husband, dog, cat, and horse. Stay tuned for a full bio and a meet-and-greet this summer. We look forward to her enthusiasm and her knowledge of new techniques.

       We are still seeing fleas and mosquitos, even though it’s almost December. Because of this, we highly recommend year-round heartworm and flea prevention for your pet. We all know that Kansas weather isn’t predictable and warm weather can occur at any time. This unpredictability can lead to lingering flea and mosquito populations and the increased risk of heartworm infection for your dog if he/she is not on a heartworm preventative year round. Heartworm preventatives also treat and prevent some common intestinal parasites, like hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms. Ask us which heartworm and flea/tick preventative is best for your pet.

      This is the season to remember what we’re thankful for. We are so very grateful that you and your pets are part of our lives, that you trust us with their care, and that you bless us with your smiles and friendlyfaces every day. We wish you and your family the happiest and safest of holidays.