Our Veterinary Blog

Explore a wide range of pet care topics in our practice veterinary blog, updated regularly! Let us know if you have any questions by calling (563) 391-9522.

Kennel Cough

Kennel Cough | Animal Family Veterinarian Care Center

It’s fall. Besides the changing colors and cooler weather, kennel cough is another thing we expect every fall. Kennel Cough or CIRDC (Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex) Kennel cough is the common name for Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (CIRDC). It’s seen in dogs in group situations such as kenneling, grooming, dog shows, dog parks…

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Happy Tails

Happy Tails

Considering a pet friendly vacation? Look no further! We’ve discovered some pretty paw-some ideas for vacationing with your pet. Pet Friendly Vacation Ideas Practical Tips Before you pack your pet’s bag, check out our tips to make traveling with a pet safe and easy: Are you planning a pet friendly vacation this summer? We’d love…

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Alexis H

Alexis Hughes

Meet Alexis Hughes, DVM Alexis has been a veterinarian since 2020, right at the start of the pandemic and started her job right after they cancelled graduation. When she was younger, she worked at the local animal shelter. Before and during vet school she worked as a tech in both Washington and Idaho. While in…

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Summer Pet Safety

It’s hot! What can you do to make summer comfortable and safe for your pet? Provide lots of fresh water . Make sure it’s in a container that can’t be overturned on accident and that there is enough to last all day. In addition, if you use a zip line or some other type of…

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Ticks, feas and creepy crawlers!

There are lots of bugs out there. They all have a purpose in the eco-system but unfortunately some of them are not so good for our pets. Although ticks are commonly thought of as insects , they are actually arachnids like scorpions, spiders, and mites. Ticks have four pairs of legs as adults and have…

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Caitlin Pierce

Meet Caitlin Pierce Caitlin has been one of our Patient Care Advisors at Animal Family since August of 2020. She started her vetmed journey in 2019 with her first clinic doing kennels. Then she became the receptionist at the clinic. After doing that for a bit she realized how much she missed being hands on…

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Alisa Collins

Meet Alisa Collins! Ali sa has been one of our Patient Care Advisors at Animal Family since May of 2021. Alisa was always interested in working in Vet Med and has gained a lot of experience in the last year. As a Patient Care Advisor, Alisa assists veterinarians in appointments and assists technicians with ultrasounds…

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Kiley Krause

Meet Kiley Krause! Kiley has been one of our Patient Care Advisors at Animal Family since July of 2020. As a Patient Care Advisor, she works hands on with the doctors to improve each animal’s health. She gathers a history, helps with the exam, and checks clients out. When she’s not in appointments, she runs…

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Dr. Mindy Binner, BVMS

Mindy is our newest veterinarian at Animal Family. She received her Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from the University of Glasgow in Glasgow, Scotland. After completing her degree she returned to Minnesota where she spent three and a half years in a small animal practice. Her job at Animal Family includes all things veterinary…

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Overweight pet?

Overweight pet? The reasons your pet isn’t losing weight For pets and people alike, it is easier to keep weight off than to lose it. An overweight pet with even a few extra pounds can experience consequences for their long-term health and wellness. Weight-loss diets can be difficult to maintain – especially once behavioral patterns…

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