Pets need allergy relief too!

October 25, 2016

Is your pet itching and scratching this fall allergy season? Check out these great allergy relief tips!



Running Partners!

October 24, 2016

This is a great story about a stray who found her owner after running 77 miles with him!


Happy Birthday Samantha!

October 18, 2016

Happy Birthday to our amazing receptionist Samantha!  Samantha is originally from Maryland but moved to Waverly with her husband Justin in 2014. She has a leopard gecko named Bonnie.  Samantha’s interests include fishing, hunting, painting, and her love for animals of all kinds, except spiders and leaches.  Happy Birthday Sam!

Happy National Veterinary Technician Week!

October 17, 2016

Happy National Veterinary Technician Week to our amazing technician Sarah!  Sarah grew up in the veterinary field.  Raised in Wisconsin, her mom was and still is an office manager at a veterinary clinic, where Sarah spent much of her time. Sarah met her husband in the community orchestra while she was in college and moved to Ames, IA.  While in Ames, Sarah attended DMACC where she earned a degree as a veterinary technician in 2010 and then continued at Iowa State University where she earned a degree in Animal Science in 2013.  After graduating from technician school, Sarah started working at Iowa Veterinary Specialties in the ER department and also helped in Dermatology, Surgery, Oncology and Internal Medicine.  She recently moved to Shell Rock with her husband, Chris, and daughter, Charlotte, to be closer to her husband’s family farm.  Sarah has 3 dogs, Amelia and Neville who are Golden retrievers and Peggy, a lab mix and 2 cats, Walle and Jarvis.  In her free time she enjoys going to ISU football games, being outside, training her dogs, and spending time with her daughter and family.  Thank you Sarah for all of your hard work!

National Walk Your Dog Week!

October 3, 2016

It is National Walk Your Dog Week!  Take some extra time this week to bond with your dog. Get out and spend some time in nature…just you and your best friend.



Caring For Your Senior Dog!

September 27, 2016

After the age of seven your pet is considered a senior!  Here are a few tips for caring for your senior dog!



Deaf Dog Awareness Week

September 26, 2016

Deaf Dog Awareness Week is dedicated to sharing tips, information, and stories that celebrate deaf dogs with loving families and great homes. Deaf dogs are more likely to be overlooked in shelters because they are considered “special needs”, but that does not make them unable to be trained. In fact, when trained correctly, deaf dogs can be very intelligent and receive communication just as well as a hearing dog. Here are five special things you should know or can relate to, if you have a deaf dog or are considering adopting one.


Dogs in Politics Day!

September 23, 2016

On September 23, 1952, Vice President candidate, Richard Nixon, gave a speech that was called the “Checkers Speech”.  He had been accused of improprieties relating to a fund established by his backers to reimburse him for his political expenses.  Wanting to defend himself as his place on the Republican ticket was in doubt, he flew to Los Angeles and delivered a half-hour television address.  It was in this speech that Nixon stated that regardless of what anyone said, he intended to keep one gift; a black-and-white dog that had been name Checkers by the Nixon children, thus giving the speech its popular name.  With Checkers the dog in the speech it came to share the name Dogs in Politics Day.  Click here to read more about where this tradition began!




American Cancer Society Bark For Life

September 20, 2016

We are sponsoring the American Cancer Society Bark For Life event on Sunday, October 9th.  Please join us for a fun walk with your pooch, silent auction, costume contest, kid’s activities, bake sale and more.  You can pre-register for the event here or register at 1 p.m. at the event.  The walk starts at 1:15 p.m.  We hope to see you and your dog at this family friendly event!


Today is Puppy Mill Awareness Day!

September 19, 2016

Today is Puppy Mill Awareness Day! Started by Last Chance for Animals and other animal activists, PMAD takes place every September to spread awareness of the sad truth behind the puppy mill industry and encourage the public to adopt – not purchase – companion animals.  Here is important information to consider when getting your next dog to ensure you are not supporting a puppy mill!