Blair Doon Veterinary Hospital’s Winter 2018 Newsletter

Happy winter  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 four of our Kennel staff members and our long-time Equine Veterinary Assistant. Our Kennel staff members Allison Rudd, Erin Bartlett, Lauren May, and Micaela Freeman to further their education elsewhere. Our Equine Veterinary Assistant Amy Long found a wonderful new job at Ace Hardware as their Purina Representative.  We wish them all the best and really miss them! Barbara Ray has gone back to school. So she is working more behind the scenes now and no longer at the front desk.

-Every good-bye has a hello. Dr. Shannon Beins, Dr. Sullivan’s youngest daughter joined our team this summer after graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. She has brought with her an abundance of knowledge about new techniques to use on patients.   She is interested in equine, small animal, and camelid medicine, but her specific interests include equine dentistry, small animal cardiology, ophthalmology, and pain management. She is thrilled to be back in Wichita with her husband Bo and their pets.  She is involved in many organizations including Battle Buddies and Pony Club.

Randi and Cheyenne are our new kennel assistants. 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.

Sheri Nagel is our newest receptionist. She is the proud mother of one son Wes and two Boston Terriers Ruby and Petey. In her spare time she enjoys camping and fishing with her family.

Rebbecca Hoover is our new Equine Veterinary Assistant. She has been working in Veterinary medicine for the last 6 years. She has two dogs a Heinz 57 and an Australian Shepherd, and two horses a Miniature and a Paso Fino. She enjoys trail riding with her Paso Fino gelding and competing for trail miles with Top Trail Horse. She can’t wait to meet all of you and your animals!

We are also happy to announce we have two new Grandmas here at Blair Doon. Dr. Sullivan welcomed her first granddaughter and Charlotte welcomed her second grandson late this summer.

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey we donated all of our nail trims during the month of September to the relief efforts. With the help of our wonderful clients we were able to raise $1,773.86 for the Houston SPCA for Hurricane Harvey relief.

In case you haven’t heard we are now offering acupuncture for our patients!  In the last year Dr. Mikos has done over 200 acupuncture treatments!  Acupuncture is beneficial to all species and we have found it to be very helpful for pain relief, calming, and general well-being. 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. Animal athletes are frequently treated for sports injuries with acupuncture. Geriatric patients have benefited from its calming effects and anti-inflammatory relief for their arthritis.

We are still seeing fleas even though it’s January. Although it has been very cold any time temps warm up over 50 degrees we have the potential for mosquitos to come out of hibernation. 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 they are 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. We have found that Nexgard is a great flea and tick product providing month long efficacy for your dog.

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 friendly faces every day. We wish you and your family the happiest and safest New Year.