2020 has been scary enough, so there’s no need for any extra worries this year. To help keep your pets safe this October, we’re offering you our top tricks to keeping the treat in this sweet month.

1. Chocolate, Raisins, and Xylitol

When it comes to trick-or-treating goodies, keep them out of paw’s reach. You likely know that chocolate is poisonous to pups, but did you know that raisins and xylitol, a sugar substitute, are too? It’s true.

What else should every pup parent know about these not-so-sweet treats? There’s no way to predict how sensitive a dog will be to grapes and raisins. Some become extremely ill by eating just a couple of small berries, while others don’t react to them at all. If your neighbors insist on giving out those tiny boxes of raisins, don’t risk having them raided by your dog: raisin poisoning can cause liver failure.

Xylitol is a sweetener typically found in gum and gummies. It’s highly toxic to dogs and can cause them to become very ill, very fast. If a canine consumes this sugar replacement, it can cause permanent organ damage and even be fatal.

What about chocolate? The darker, the more dangerous, but any amount of chocolate can be too hazardous for dogs to eat.

What should you do if your dog eats any of these substances? Give us a call and immediately.

2. Keep Your Pets Away from the Door

Why shouldn’t your pets crowd the door as trick-or-treaters come to make their demands? Your dog or cat may be scared of the costumes, and the noise and excitement of visitors can make pets nervous.

When pets are anxious, escaping out of the front door looks awfully appealing. This is why many cats and dogs wind up at the shelter on Halloween night, a very spooky place for any pet.

Did you adopt a COVID puppy or kitty? Be sure your pet has a shiny new ID tag and consider microchipping them if you haven’t yet done so. If your pet already has a chip, make sure it’s up-to-date with your information.

3. Jack-O-Lanterns and Candles Can Be a Spooky Problem

Many newly-adopted dogs and cats are still learning about the human world, and some lessons can get them into trouble. Even pets that have been with you for years can find themselves in precarious situations during this season.

Something as simple as burning candles and displaying a jack-o-lantern can be a Halloween hazard for pets. For example, while cooked pumpkin is beneficial for dogs to eat, your pup won’t know your carved pumpkin isn’t dinner and may take a nibble of a raw one, go overboard, and get sick. Fall is also when we frequently hear about candles causing burns to pets and even starting fires.

To keep your pet safe, choose battery-powered candles, and keep your jack-o-lantern away from curious noses.

4. Planning to Dress Your Pet in a Cute Costume?

We love all the silly and adorable pet costumes that are popular these days. While these get-ups are cute, they can also become dangerous for pets.

Doggie or kitty dress-up is a great activity when the outfit fits appropriately and doesn’t have choking hazards, but even so, never leave your pet unattended while they are wearing a costume. When wrestling to get garments off, pets can get tangled in ties or pull off buttons, which can quickly become a choking hazard.

When dressing your senior pet, be sure to be gentle. Stretching your pet’s limbs can be painful for pups and cats with arthritis or joint pain.

5. Keep Your Pet Safe from Fall Decor and More

Decorating for Halloween is one of the most fun activities this time of year. As much as we love the aesthetic, dried corn, winter gourds, themed wreaths, and spooky webs or ribbons can create intestinal blockages if a pet eats them. Try to keep these decorations up high on walls or doors, so nobody nibbles them.

Electric cords connected to outdoor inflatables and other decorations can cause severe burns if a curious pet bites into one, and are a fire hazard if they get chewed. Keep cords taped down or secured far from your pet.

Have a Not-So-Scary Halloween This Year!

Have a safe, happy Howl-o-ween! We hope your pet has a warm and cozy fall season. If you need a little help keeping the creepy crawling parasites we see this time of year from coming indoors with your companion, make an appointment to see us today. It’s always a treat to see you and your pet!

Megan Olmscheid, Receptionist

One of the newest people to join our team is Megan. She’s been with us since 2019, and she fits right in with her positive attitude and love of animals. In fact, her favorite aspect of her job is helping sick animals and preventing healthy animals from becoming ill. Megan’s fur family includes creatures of all shapes and sizes. There’s her horse with a big attitude, Hazel, who adores apple-flavored treats and has a knack for escaping, her Rat Terrier, DJ, who is convinced he’s a cat, Lucy, a kitten that sneaks inside whenever Megan’s dad isn’t home, and Miley, Megan’s newest bundle of joy, a Australian Shepherd-Blue Heeler puppy, who has more energy than she knows what to do with. Megan studied early childhood special education at Minnesota State University and St. Cloud State University. 

Emily Achman, Certified Veterinary Technician

Emily joined our team in 2007 and has enriched our practiced with her skills and kindness. She’s one of our talented veterinary technicians who thrives on variety and excels when faced with challenges. In 2014, Emily graduated from the Minnesota School of Business with an Associate of Science degree. Her favorite part of working here is that each day she gets to see and help a wide variety of animals. Abscess appointments and similar issues tend to be her favorite. Koda, Emily’s dog is her pride and joy. He loves food, going for a swim, and taking naps. Even though Koda is not lightweight (he’s 90-pounds!), he thinks he’s a lap dog. During her downtime, Emily loves spending time with her family and friends. And her favorite hobby is reading. How much does Emily like reading? She and her friends regularly participate in a book club!

Rachel Ramacher, Veterinary Technician

Rachel is one of our veterinary technicians. She started here in 2015 and has since graduated from Ridgewater College in 2019. She’s a model for patience, kindness, and understanding. She works hard to help patients and their pets live long lives, and she loves helping all kinds of species: big and small, stay healthy. Rachel has two rabbits and a dog. Her rabbits, Cinder and Asher, love nibbling on apples and other treats. She loves spoiling her dog Jeezy with squeaky toys, treats, and cuddles with his favorite fuzzy blanket. She also finds as much time as she can to spend with friends and family. Her favorite hobby is photography.

Janelle Schlangen, Lead Receptionist

Time flies when you’re part of a team that helps pets feel their best and stay healthy, at least, that’s what our lead receptionist, Janelle Schlangen, thinks. Janelle has a huge heart, and she’s been able to fulfill this mission with us since 2008.  Janelle isn’t just talented when it comes to assisting clients, their pets, and her co-workers, she earned her surgical technician certificate from St. Cloud Technical College, and she studied cosmetology at Regency Beauty Institute. Janelle loves spending time with her beautiful family, which includes her husband Scott, and three amazing children, Carson, Cameron, and Cali. She’s also a sports enthusiast who likes watching and getting in the mix by playing.  When Janelle clocks out and arrives home, she’s greeted by her friendly and loving pets, Boston, a Cocker Spaniel and Josie, a tabby. Her pets adore her family almost as much as Janelle does. Boston and Josie both love treats and taking naps when they’re not snuggling with the kids or playing.

Tammy Lehner, Receptionist

Tammy has been with us since 2017 and is a fixture here at Lake Country Veterinary Services. She greets clients on the phone with her friendly voice or in-person with her glowing smile. She loves each pet that walks through the door, and her favorite part of being part of our team is interacting with clients and their pets. When she’s not at work, she loves cooking and spending time with her family, including her Chocolate Lab, Daisy.

Janice Hommerding, Certified Veterinary Technician

Janice Hommerding, our adept and caring certified veterinary technician has provided our clients with her kindness and skill since 2011. Janice dreamed of working with animals long before becoming a vet tech, and she excels at, and thrives on, the variety of tasks her position requires. Janice earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology in 1999 from Ridgewater College in Willmar Minnesota. After Janice clocks out, she tries to find as much time as possible to dive into her many hobbies. From reading to gardening and scrapbooking, Janice stays busy. And when she’s not tending to her garden, you might find her horseback riding, deer hunting, fishing, baking, napping, walking, or spending time with her husband and kids. Janice’s pet family includes Annie, a 14-year-old Bernese Moutain Dog, Josie, a 10-year-old Blue Heeler mix, and her three cats: Elmer, Candycorn, and CC. Her household isn’t complete without her hobby farm creatures, which include horses, sheep, chickens, and calves.

Addie Moeller, Lead Certified Veterinary Technician

Addie Moeller brings energy and enthusiasm to our practice. As our lead certified veterinary tech, she cares for each pet that she meets. You often find her performing her favorite duties: helping clients and educating them about the care of their pets. She also loves the variety of day-to-day duties she is tasked with. Addie has been with us since 2007 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Minnesota School of Business.  When Addie gets a day off, she loves spending time with her loving husband, Bob, and two boys, Logan and Jaxon. She also enjoys biking and walking her sweet dog, Emma. In addition to Emma, Addie has a bird named Bobo and two cats: Sophie who is 11 and Kalle who is one of the oldest kitties around at 20-years-old.

Dr. Neal Womack

Dr. Neal Womack, DVM, has practiced veterinary medicine in Albany since 1996 and founded Lake Country Veterinary Service in 2003, and is co-owner of the clinic. He thrives under pressure and loves creating a positive outcome in difficult situations.  In 1992, Dr. Womack graduated from North Carolina State with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Before attending veterinary school, Dr. Neal Womack graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Dr. Neal Womack has southern roots that lead back to Missouri where he was born and raised. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and gardening on his days off. He describes his pet situation as “a house of misfits.” 

Dr. Sam Beech

Dr. Sam Beech has been with Lake Country Veterinary Service since May of 2019. He is a graduate of the University of MN for both his undergraduate work, as well as his veterinary degree. His favorite part of veterinary medicine is working both in large and small animal services, and being able to be involved in the variety of care offered to our patients throughout the day. From surgical care, to anesthesia, preventive medicine and pet behaviors, his day is filled with challenges he enjoys. Dr. Sam is Fear Free Certified. In his spare time, Dr. Beech enjoys spending time with his wife and their two dogs - Nala, a 6 year old Shih Tzu-Bichon mix that his wife rescued in college, and Willow, a 6 month old black lab, who is full of energy and is gearing up for pheasant and duck hunting. Dr. Beech has greatly enjoyed training both dogs, as they are true companions in the Beech household. Outside of the clinic, you may also find Dr. Beech hunting, fishing, golfing, or watching sports.

Dr. Wendy Womack

Dr. Wendy Womack, DVM, has helped make Lake Country Veterinary Services the practice you know and love. She’s been helping pets from all around Albany since 2004 after renovations which included adding small animal services. Dr. Womack cares for a wide range of animals and founded the small animal side of our practice, and enjoys making a positive difference in the lives of pets and their owners. Dr. Wendy Womack earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1986. She then went on to study veterinary medicine at North Carolina State College, graduating with her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1992.  When Dr. Womack isn’t providing pet parents with advice or caring for their beloved pets, you can find her practicing yoga, gardening, or enjoying a great book. She knits like a pro, spends time with her friends, and goes on walks.  Her pet family includes both cats and dogs. She loves her two Britannies, Rowdy and Sammie, who may seem like typical hunting dogs but are really beloved family members. As for her feline friends, Dr. Womack opened her home and heart and embraced her lovely cats. Julius has hyperthyroidism and is a bit elderly, but found his place in Dr. Womack’s home after he was orphaned and abandoned on a client’s doorstep. Gloria, our retired clinic cat also enjoys living with Dr. Womack and her crew.

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Dr. Jenny Revermann

Dr. Jenny has been an owner of Lake Country Veterinary Service since 2018. She graduated from the University of MN with her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and then graduated in 2009 from the University of MN College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to traditional veterinary methods, Dr. Jenny is a CVA (Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist) and is currently studying Osteopathy to help provide additional treatment options to the clients she serves.

In her spare time, Dr. Jenny enjoys scrapbooking, reading and spending time with her family, which includes her husband, six children, and pets - Zora - a German Wirehair, Coonie - who joined her family after she was found injured, Cy - a stray kitten adopted from the clinic in summer 2019, and Bolt - joining the Revermanns in summer 2019.