Is it possible for Trich to affect my herd?

Trich is the slang name for Trichomoniasis infection. This is a venereal disease of cattle that is spread during breeding. If your herd is free of this disease, the only was it can affect you is by bringing in an infected animal. This is why you should only purchase virgin bulls or cows and heifers that are confirmed at least 120 days pregnant, or with calves at side. The South Dakota Animal Industry board has a very good pamphlet on this subject on its website,

What is Kennel Cough? And why does my pet need to be vaccinated for it?

  1. Kennel Cough is the common name for several viruses and bacteria that cause a disease that presents with coughing, fever, lethargy, and inappetance in dogs. The disease is usually self-limiting, but may need further care if signs are severe. It is also contagious from dog to dog that are in close contact with each other.
  2. The most common source of the disease is Bordatella bronchioseptica bacteria. The vaccination aids in preventing the disease and is required to be boarded or groomed at Northern Plains Animal Health, PC.

Do you make farm/house calls?

We do not make house calls for small animal patients. Farm calls can be made when owners are unable to bring in an animal, such as for a down cow, or when the owner has more animals than will fit in a trailer.

My dog is pretty reserved. How do I know they’ll be safe from other animals while being boarded?

  1. When you board your pet, we ask if your pet is good with other pets. If your pet prefers to be alone, they will be placed outside by themselves in our fenced outdoor area. The inside kennels are 6 feet high with smooth sides and the dogs are not able to see each other for privacy.
  2. Our kennel staff also performs a behavior assessment with new patients to access their compatibility with others, if you are unsure how they will respond to other animals.