Petersen Pet Hospital - May 2021

Pets First Monthly

May 2021

COVID-19 AND YOUR PET The Guidelines for the Risks and Dangers

As of this writing in March, one of our local vets diagnosed a dog with COVID-19 a few weeks ago. While vaccines are becoming more common, I thought it’d still be pertinent to worried pet owners about how to treat your pet if they become sick during the pandemic. It’s still pretty rare that pets can catch COVID-19. However, it can happen. Beyond just cats and dogs, scientists have found the virus in tigers, lions, gorillas, snow leopards, and minks. The most important thing is that if we humans catch COVID-19, it’s important we do our due diligence and keep our distance from our pets. While a rare occurrence, human-to-pet virus infection is, so far, the most typical way for your pets to get COVID-19. Avoiding close contact with pets is hard! You may want the comfort of your pet and vice versa while you’re dealing with your symptoms. However, to make things easier, consider finding a pet sitter or, at the least, washing your hands frequently with soap and water. If your pet catches COVID-19 before you do, it’s important to mention that getting sick from our pets is even less common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there’s simply no evidence that the virus can spread from pet skin, hair, or fur. As noted on their website, please do not wipe or bathe pets with chemical disinfectants, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or other products like hand sanitizer. Talk to your veterinarian if you have questions about the appropriate products for bathing or cleaning your pet. Additionally, do not put a mask on your pet — this can harm the pet. However, by treating your pet as a family member, you can keep them safe. Do not allow them to interact outside of your household and avoid taking them to public places where people gather. Pets require the same two-week recovery, so make sure to avoid snuggling, kissing, and sharing food or your bed with your pet for that period of time.

What are the symptoms of a pet sick with COVID-19? Whether dog or cat, your pet will show symptoms similar to people. They may seem lethargic or depressed with signs of fever or refusal to eat. They may also experience coughing, vomiting, or diarrhea. In short, they simply won’t be acting right.

If you suspect that your pet is ill with COVID-19, we’re happy to practice curbside appointments with you and your pet and determine whether to perform a COVID-19 test or not. Thank you so much for reading! If you have any questions about this topic, don’t hesitate to call our office. Stay safe, everyone.

–Brad Petersen


Border Collie Corner Road Trip Tips Most Owners Miss!

Ann Eike’s Message to Our Amazing Clients Thank You So Much for Your Support

Hiya friends! The excitement for outdoor activities and adventures makes the summer a very common time for road trips with pets. As a pet myself, here’s my advice to help make sure your trip is successful and comfortable for us as possible!

Hi everyone! I’m Dr. Ann Eike, a veterinarian at Petersen Pet Hospital. As some of you know, I had a very debilitating car accident on Oct. 13, 2020, and I’ve been away from the practice for a few months since. The crash was definitely the worst day of my life, and I was worried about the clients and patients I’d be unable to see. But when I received such deep understanding and support from you all, it made that terrible day a little easier to bear. One client even sent me flowers as soon as I got out of my initial surgery, which blew my mind. Thank you SO much for all your caring, concern, and support! I ended up staying in the hospital for a month, and it will take me one year to fully recover. However, I’ve been working very hard to walk again, and I’ve been able to do so with assistance, ahead of schedule! Since my recovery journey is going so well, I’ve decided to return to work for a few days a week. I don’t want anyone to worry, because working has always been a big help for me, mentally and physically. I do have a few limitations in the patients I can treat. Currently, I’m only taking patients under 50 pounds. Since I’m currently walking with an assistance device (walker), larger patients may be a bit of a challenge for me! Restrictions will

Before the day trip, don’t feed the pet anything that morning. With an empty stomach, it’s less likely they’ll be nauseous. If there’s a

history of your pet easily vomiting or having motion sickness, your vet can prescribe medications before your road trip. You can also cover the kennel or make sure it isn’t facing any windows to help prevent car sickness.

Speaking of medications, it’s very common for owners to desire

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naturally change as I recover, so please call our office if you have any concerns about making a future appointment. Seeing you and your pets’ faces will be some amazing, sweet therapy for me. I’ve gotten a lot of rest at the farm with my husband (he takes me to see our farm’s calves when we get a chance!). Now, I absolutely can’t wait to jump back into work. The outpouring of your support has left me speechless since the accident, and your cards, emails, flowers, and encouragement have meant so much to me.

While you enjoy your favorite grilled meals this Memorial Day Weekend, don’t forget about the dogs!

Thank you again, and I hope to see you in the office soon!


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5 Best Recipe Apps for a Healthier Mind and Body

medications that’ll help their pets be more relaxed. While this isn’t a bad thing, there are also plenty of natural ways to aid your pet’s travel anxiety. You can often buy calming pheromones in spray or wipe form that can be applied to their favorite bedding. These pheromones can also come in a collar form. Lastly, there’s also a product called ThunderShirt that helps hug your pet and gives them comfort! With any of these solutions, though, it’s important to give it a test at home first, including your anxiety medications; anxiety medication doesn’t always work perfectly the first time. You may also need to test different

If you’re always in a rush, it’s quite possible that food delivery apps

have been your best friend during the pandemic. But they may also make it difficult to stay healthy! Save yourself both time and money by replacing your food delivery apps with these top-rated

ways of feeding it to them orally.

On the day of the trip, it’s always best to have your dog or cat in a kennel or crate they’re already used to. It should be secured in the car with a seatbelt or on the floor. If your dog isn’t used to a kennel, you can buy special seat belts to strap a dog in the car in a way that will also protect them. If you make stops on a long road trip to feed or relieve your pet, there’s always a chance of your pet going loose. So, make sure your pet has identification on them, whether it’s on their collar or in an installed microchip. Also, if you’re traveling across state lines, a health certificate is required, just like when traveling by plane. A health certificate can be obtained from Petersen Pet Hospital. Lastly, bring plenty of treats for your pet’s good behavior! Treats make road trips fun for everyone. That’s it from me. Thanks for reading, newsletter friends!

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INGREDIENTS • 1/2 lb ground lamb or chicken

1/2 tsp salt

Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

1/2 cup cooked rice

1/4 cup plain yogurt

Small dinner rolls (optional)

1/2 tsp ground cumin


In a bowl, combine meat, rice, yogurt, cumin, and salt.


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Drizzle each side of patties with extra-virgin olive oil.

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Inside This Issue


COVID-19 and Your Pet


Ann Eike’s Message to Our Amazing Clients





Border Collie Corner: Summer Road Trip Tips

5 Best Recipe Apps for a Healthier Mind and Body



Australian Wombats Are Saving the Day!






Australian Wombats in Charge Saving Lives One Hole at a Time

Remember the Australian wildfires of 2019–2020? These fires ravaged large areas of the country, displacing and leaving countless animals to fight for survival. To make matters worse, swaths of the country have been dealing with drought. It’s one challenge after another for humans and animals alike. But one species has taken matters into its own “hands.” Numerous wombats have been discovered digging holes in search of water — and they found it! According to Australia’s ABC News, one group of wombats was discovered on a farm in New South Wales, which was situated over a large underground reservoir. So, the wombats went to work. One farmer, Ted Finnie, reported that wombats dug a hole roughly 4 meters deep by 20 meters wide (or

about 65 feet). Their incredible work made this source of water remarkably accessible.

At this particular watering hole, Finnie captured all sorts of creatures on camera — birds, emus, possums, echidnas, and monitor lizards — congregating around the wombats’ creation. What isn’t known is how, exactly, the wombats discovered the water, but they surmise the animals likely picked up on environmental clues and dug until they found what they were looking for. Interestingly enough, wombats have been known to help other animals in the past. During the Australian fires, countless animals were left searching for refuge, and they found it in wombat burrows. While the wombats weren’t exactly welcoming other species into their homes with open arms, they seemed to “tolerate” the visitors, as one ecologist with the University of Adelaide noted. It was a case of accidental heroism, much like their search for water, but it was heroism nonetheless.

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