December 2013 Newsletter

Welcome & Merry Christmas!

We are proud to be serving you and your creatures! At Monticello Vet Clinic, our goal continues to be to provide you with up-to-date, efficient, and cost effective medical care for your animals. This periodic newsletter will fill you in on what the clinic has been up to, as well as provide helpful information for livestock and pet owners!

Clinic News

  • After serving the Monticello community for 40 years, Dr. Phil Hanna retired from the veterinary clinic this fall. Thank you to everyone who attended Dr. Hanna’s retirement party and made the celebration a success!
  • The vet clinic welcomed three new veterinarians to the community – Drs. Jeremy Johnson, Cole Burrack, and Trevor Schwartz. These three appreciate the support and welcome they’ve received from the community. To learn more about the new doctors, please check out their profiles on our website!
  • For Halloween, the clinic attended the Monticello Main Street Trick or Treat to hand out candy to all the ghouls and goblins! Make sure to check out our Facebook page for pictures from the event.

Upcoming Events

  • The Dairy Board is hosting a banquet with live entertainment on February 8, 2014 at 6:30pm. The community is invited to attend! Tickets are available at the veterinary clinic for $12.

Client Information

  • Pet Services: We have a number of new small animal procedures available, including canine cranial cruciate repair (knee repair), luxating patella repair, fracture repair/bone pinning, elongated soft palate resection, and exotic animal services. We are always happy to work with you for the benefit of your much-loved pet!
  • Ultrasound Pregnancy Detection: Ultrasound is the most dependable and accurate pregnancy detection tool available in today’s cattle industry.  When compared to manual palpation and blood testing for pregnancy, ultrasound has many benefits.  It allows for early detection of pregnancy (28 days), detection of twins, and the ability to visualize a heartbeat.  In addition, ultrasound allows us to provide you with information such as fetal sex (between 60-90 days) and uterine and ovarian structure. This information can help herd owners make management decisions, such as synchronizing protocols and animal health treatments. Ultrasound pregnancy detection is available for a variety of species, including sheep, goats, horses, dogs, and cats.
  • Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD): EHD has been particularly widespread this year. According to Iowa State University, this disease primarily affects the white-tailed deer population and is caused by a virus spread by flies. In deer, EHD causes rapid death, beginning with a high fever and respiratory distress. Most infected deer seek water to cool their rapidly rising temperature. Cattle are also susceptible to this disease, and the clinic treated several cases this fall. In cattle the disease is not as rapid or severe. Symptoms of EHD in cattle include increased temperature, difficulty swallowing, and an enlarged tongue. It is highly treatable through the use of oral fluids, electrolytes, and anti-inflammatory therapy.  For more information about EHD, visit
  • Keep your pets warm this winter!

Thank you and Merry Christmas from the Monticello Vet Clinic!