Quarter 3 Newsletter 2017

Quarter 3 Newsletter 2017

Quarter 3 Newsletter 2017

River Rock Animal Hospital   

116 Harold Street Midland, MI  48640     T: (989)750-7222

Happy Third Quarter!

I hope this newsletter finds you well. With all the rain and heat we’ve been having some steamy days! Check out our promotions for the month maybe you can make it in to enjoy a refreshing bottle of water while we take care of your pet. We are extending our Quarter Special, the Spay/Neuter Program, for another 3 months. Keep on collecting your Paw Points to get money off of your pets spay or neuter. We had a very successful First Annual Puppy Class! Look for the pictures below. Don’t miss out on our next VetChat, we will be going over Stem Cell Therapy and its many uses!       Sincerely,


The River Rock Staff                                            P.S. Look for our next newsletter Oct 1st !

Upcoming Events



September 27th 6 pm

Yes it’s a Wednesday!!!

Topic: Stem Cell Therapy!

Place: River Rock


Bring a treat to share and come to learn and win free stuff!!!


*July & August

Every time a Care to Share card is turned in BOTH the Referrer a

nd the New Client will be entered to win our Prize Basket!

Drawing will be held on August 31st.

*August & Sept.

Donate School Supplies to children in need and receive $5 off of any servi


ce for every $10 of supplies. May only receive one discount per day.

All school supplies will be donated to Shelter House!


Spay/Neuter Program

It has been so popular that we will be continuing this program for another 3 m


onths! Each dog or cat who has not been spayed or ne

utered will receive Paw Points for boosters, stool samples, microchipping and other routine care. Each Paw Point equals 1$ off of that pet’s neuter or spay surgery!

Ask us about this great program!


Case of the Quarter

Sometimes our beloved pets like to get into “nature” a bit too much. Lately, we have seen quit a few dogs who have “played” with porcupines. Unfortunately, this doesn’t end so well for the dogs. Just recently we had a lovely little dog, found in Midland County by the Animal Control Officer, present to our hospital on emergency after a tussle with a porcupine. This poor sweetie pie is a Mini Aussie weighing in at only 15 pounds and she had over a hundred quills in her nose, mouth and neck! Porcupine quills are very dangerous to leave in place because they have tiny little barbs along the shaft of the quill and these barbs help to hold each quill in place as well as move the quill deeper each time the dog rubs or licks at the wound. These quills can even migrate through muscles, organs and even bones.



Fortunately for this little pup she was found by our kind animal control officers and brought in to the hospital to have the quills removed. She needed to be sedated and given pain medication so we could remove the quills with the least amount of trauma to her face and neck. She went to the shelter on antibiotics and anti-inflammatories to ensure the best possible recovery. Hopefully she won’t “play” with another porcupine again. If you have any questions about porcupine quills or any other wildlife that our pets may get into please give us a call.


Summer Safety

Here are some tips to keep your pets  happy and healthy during this lovely summer weather.

  1. Heat can be a very big problem for some dogs. Older animal are not as good at regulating their body temperatures and can over heat 

    very easily. Brachycephalic dogs, dogs that have those squished or shortened noses, have trouble breathing on a good day but on the hot humid days they have even more trouble. Because their noses are so squished there is much less room to move air, and the space gets even smaller when there is any inflammation from excessive breathing and panting. Please do not let them spend too much time outside during the heat of the day, and always get the air conditioning going in the car before you take them out on an excursion.

  1. If you are afraid your dog is over-heating do not douse them in cold water. This may drop their body temperature too fast and cause organ failure. Also if they aren’t over-heating and you put ice cold water on them they can get too cold. When your dog is hot bring them into air conditioning, give them a small bowl of water and call into the vet hospital right away. 989-750-7222
  1. Sunburn can really happen to dogs. If your dog has a thin hair coat or is one of the breed without hair please be sure to apply sunscreen whenever they are going to spend any length of time outside.
  2. Cars get hot! They get hot quickly. Please do not leave a pet in a car for any length of time. Even if you leave the windows cracked the air won’t circulate fast enough and the space will rise in temperature at an alarming rate.

It’s OK to trim your dog’s coat back but don’t go too far. The coat of a dog will keep it warm as well as insulate to keep it cool.

We Did It! 

We just received our Gold standing as a Cat Friendly Practice yet again!



The Cat Friendly Practice Program is a certification program through the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). They put together a long list of considerations and operating procedures that a hospital must perform to better serve our feline patients.

As we all know cats are a very special species and sometimes need a little extra support during a stressful visit to the vet. This program helps hospitals do a better job of caring for these beauties and it allows cat owners to know where to go when they need excellent care for their feline friends.

Visit the AAFP website at CatFriendly.com

Questions? Please call

989-750-7222 or email at


Our 1st Annual Puppy Class this Spring was GREAT!


Thank you to all of our participants!

Special Thank You to our technician Korey Kennedy for teaching the class! All of our graduates did a wonderful job we may be looking at doing another class either in the fall of 2017 or spring of 2018 depending on interest.

Heroic Rescue of a Bald Eagle

A truly odd occurrence happened at Beaton’s Lake in Watersmeet, MI. A lake resident walked down to the dock for her regular morning swim and found a bald eagle tangled in fishing line and trapped under the dock. This intrepid woman and her neighbor sprang into heroic action and carefully cut the fishing line from around the eagle’s very tired body and helped her onto dry land. Her feathers were completely soaked with water and she was exhausted from struggling for so long. The rescuers gathered her up and took this beautiful bird to the Wild Instincts Rehad where it is receiving ongoing care. The rescue was able to determine that

the eagle is approximately 5 years old and female. They found that she has lead poisoning and this disease is the reason she got all tangled up in the first place. It will take 3-4 weeks of therapy and care for her to be healthy enough to release back into the wild. Please visit this rescue’s website at www.WildInstinctsRehab.com and make a donation to help them continue to rescue these beautiful animals.  


Lead poisoning in Eagles and may other bird species is a common and very preventable problem. The percentage of birds found to have lead toxicity has grown to over 25% of the injured or sick birds treated in hospitals around the country. The majority of these appear to be sick from ingesting lead slugs or bullet fragments. When hunters use lead ammunition the fragments can be found in carcasses left in the woods or animals that may not have been fatally wounded. Eagles frequently scavenge carcasses of deer pheasants and other wildlife. Waterfowl impaired by lead ingestion also become easy targets for


eagles. When an eagle is suffering from lead toxicity it will show signs of impaired flight, gasping, tremors, and loss of balance. These birds will have severe muscle loss from an inability to hunt and will ultimately waste away and often die within 2-3 weeks of ingesting the lead. One way to prevent this is for our hunters to use non-toxic ammunition. If lead ammunition is used be sure to remove all carcasses and scraps from butchering. Burying or covering the gut piles with rocks or heavy brush can also be done. Thanks again to our Heroic Eagle Rescuers!


We would like to take a minute to remember the beloved pets who have passed on. As a hospital and family, we were honored to have known and cared for them. Our deepest condolences go out to their families:

Dori        Jada           Baby Girl    Miss Priss    Gizmo    Isaac      Lukas     Abbie     Ginger    Ivy         Scooby  2   Precious      Thunder      George   Lecter     Ozzie      Bolt       Jasper    Suzy      Eragon       Sunshine     Antonio       Delilah   Greta      Lucy      Blu         Sasha Charlie  Hobbie       Baxter         Sunshine      Boots (Elexi)


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