Absarokee Animal Hospital, PC

Absarokee Animal Hospital, PC


Thank you Sarah Barlau-Russell for always being there for our family and our pets. We all appreciate you and everything you do. I know we have the best veterinarian I have ever known. 🙏♥️
Thank you Sarah Barlau-Russell and Trenton Russell ♥️🙏
Last minute gift idea??? Offered by a local small business.
Thank you Dr. Sarah, for your chiropractic adjustment of Mel! I wasn't expecting to ride him until after he is to get new shoes next week, but after you adjusted him he is completely sound again. His shoe had slipped but was not loose and I thought that might be why he looked "out" behind, although not severely. I truly appreciate your chiropractic expertise and so does Mel. Thanks again!
Our compounding pharmacy family knows that some aspects of veterinary medicine are absolutely grueling. We appreciate all that you do and wish the best for your team.
Rape cover-ups by Jehovah's Witnesses from NBC Dateline: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbKXj8R4_X8

I am a rural mixed-animal practitioner & am finally working out of my own clinic! I'm also a certified veterinary chiropractor.


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks :: Brucellosis


No brucellosis exposure found in Bangtail Mountains elk

Bozeman, MT — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks recently completed a two-year collaborative sampling effort with the Montana Department of Livestock in the Bangtail Mountain Range as part of Montana’s Targeted Elk Brucellosis Surveillance Project.

One hundred samples taken from elk in the Bangtails in 2019 and 2020 have tested negative for brucellosis exposure.

The surveillance project includes capturing, sampling and collaring elk populations near the DOL’s Designated Surveillance Area (DSA), an area where livestock brucellosis testing and traceability requirements exist due to the presence of brucellosis in elk. The goal of the project, which began in 2011, is to determine the presence of brucellosis in elk and understand the movement patterns of elk populations. This research provides important data to inform the risk of disease transmission between elk and cattle on the landscape.

Elk were also sampled this year in the Ruby Mountains. FWP and DOL announced in February that two among 100 elk sampled there were found to be seropositive for brucellosis, indicating they’ve been exposed to the disease. The Ruby Mountains are currently outside but near the boundary of the DSA.

Brucellosis is a bacterial disease that can infect humans, but most commonly infects cattle, bison and elk, and can result in abortion or the birth of weak calves. The disease is primarily transmitted through contact with infected birth tissues and fluids.

For more information about brucellosis and the Targeted Elk Brucellosis Surveillance Project, visit fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/diseasesAndResearch/healthPrograms/brucellosis/.

fwp.mt.gov Brucellosis

Washington Cattlemen's Association


Giant Dog Paws


Field Days

The clinic & Stillwater Forge (Trenton Russell) will be featured on this radio program on Yellowstone Public Radio for the next several weeks (at least until the producer is tired of us... 😀). The first episode airs tonight 3/9/20 at 7pm. The Billings area is 91.7 FM. Shows are only about 5 minutes long & try to educate people about "real life" in agriculture. https://www.ypradio.org/programs/field-days

ypradio.org Field Days is a weekly audio diary following the day-to-day life of Montanans who make their living

AgriTec International Inc.


What happens to a dairy cow's calf after it is born? - Dairy Carrie

Dairy Carrie is one of my favorite agricultural Facebook people. This is a good post about what happens at birth for calves in "the other bovine industry" in case any of you were curious.

dairycarrie.com Why are dairy cows separated from calves at birth? What happens to dairy cow's calves after they are born? Learn the answers straight from the source.


How activists (& Joaquin Phoenix) are working to end animal ownership

This is an excellent article that points out the true agenda of many of the "animal rights" groups. They are after every animal-owning farmer, rancher or pet owner.

beefmagazine.com Guess which domestic terrorist group Joaquin Phoenix belongs to, and what are these activists up to now that will change animal ownership forever?


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks :: Brucellosis

Two elk found exposed to brucellosis in Ruby Mountains

Bozeman, MT — Two elk sampled recently in the Ruby Mountains were found to be seropositive for brucellosis, indicating they’ve been exposed to the disease. The Ruby Mountains are currently outside but near the boundary of the Montana Department of Livestock’s Designated Surveillance Area, an area where livestock brucellosis testing and traceability requirements exist due to the presence of brucellosis in elk.

These seropositive elk were two among 100 elk sampled by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in the Ruby Mountains this year. The sampling is part of the ongoing Targeted Elk Brucellosis Surveillance Project. The goal of the project is to determine the presence of brucellosis in elk and understand the movement patterns of elk populations. This research provides important data on the overlap between elk and livestock on the landscape.

“The discovery of brucellosis-exposed elk in the Ruby Mountains emphasizes the importance of elk surveillance near the boundary of the DSA,” said Montana State Veterinarian Martin Zaluski. “We appreciate the continued partnership with FWP which helps us identify where livestock are potentially at risk.”

Brucellosis is a bacterial disease that infects cattle, bison and elk and can result in abortion or the birth of weak calves. The disease is primarily transmitted through contact with infected birth tissues and fluids.

For more information about brucellosis and the Targeted Elk Brucellosis Surveillance Project, visit fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/diseasesAndResearch/healthPrograms/brucellosis/.

fwp.mt.gov Brucellosis

Ranchers: Here are some nice 2019 Red Angus replacement heifers for sale!

Milk chocolate is not a good thing for your dog to eat, but it's rarely toxic. It is good at causing vomiting & diarrhea from sugar overload, though. The more cacao, the more toxic it is.

"Roses are red, violets are blue, I'm sorry but this chocolate is not for you" is a lovely poem you can recite to your pet this #ValentinesDay.

The best thing to do if you think your pet has gotten into some of your chocolate is call your veterinarian. ❤️🐶🐱❤️

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

In case you were wondering about whether the coronavirus in the news is the same as the coronavirus that dogs or cattle have. P.S. The short answer is "no."

Dr. Lori Teller, veterinarian at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and member of the AVMA Board of Directors, shares what dog owners should know about the new strain of coronavirus: http://bit.ly/31mlYCB

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

RECALL ALERT: Cargill’s animal nutrition business is conducting a voluntary recall of a single lot of NutreBeef® Transition Pellet beef cattle feed because the product may contain mispackaged feed with elevated levels of monensin. You can find more information on the recall here: http://bit.ly/2GTR9fj


Texas A&M calls on Harvard to investigate faculty's beef-science ethics | AGDAILY

Good for Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp for standing up for his institution's scientists (not to mention true "science") & calling out Harvard for what sounds to be some pretty shady behavior in their quest to demonize beef!!

agdaily.com THI's actions recently have raised red flags recently and have drawn the ire of Texas A&M System's chancellor, who sent a letter to Harvard's president.

[01/14/20]   The clinic will be closed Wednesday & Thursday (1/15 & 1/16). I have to go to a CE meeting. We will be back Friday morning!

[12/31/19]   There has been a brucellosis-positive cow found in a herd in Madison County. It was in the DSA. No changes in regulations or testing requirements are anticipated for the rest of the state. The full press release is below if you want more info.

The Department of Livestock Reports Brucellosis Found in Madison County Herd

Helena, Mont. – On Monday, December 30th the Montana Department of Livestock reported that a single cow on a Madison County ranch within Montana’s brucellosis Designated Surveillance Area (DSA) has been confirmed positive for brucellosis.

The brucellosis-infected cow was identified during a voluntary whole-herd test. The animal was euthanized, and infection was subsequently confirmed at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa when the bacteria was cultured from tissue collected from the animal. The ranch has been placed under quarantine and an epidemiological investigation has begun. All other animals on the ranch tested negative for the disease.

State Veterinarian Dr. Marty Zaluski, Montana Department of Livestock, said the discovery of the single animal provides evidence that annual whole herd testing is an effective method for DSA producers to protect themselves. Among other benefits, early detection helps to prevent disease spread within a herd, minimizing the time needed to clean up a herd and remove quarantine. The positive animal was tested negative the prior year.

“It can be concerning when a brucellosis affected herd is discovered, but our DSA producers and veterinarians should be commended for their efforts and compliance with regulations,” Zaluski said. “A high rate of testing, much of it voluntary, is the primary reason we continue to find affected herds rapidly, which not only minimizes the impact on that producer but protects our state and our trading partners,” Zaluski added.

Past cases of brucellosis in livestock were the result of transmission from infected wild elk as determined by an epidemiological investigation that included genetic fingerprinting (genotyping) of the cultured bacteria.

This is the 10th brucellosis affected herd found since the creation of the DSA in 2010. Prior to the creation of the DSA, if two or more affected herds were detected in a two-year period, the State would have lost brucellosis Class Free Status. Due to the current USDA regulations and Montana’s DSA, our state is not at risk of dropping in Class Status.

[12/24/19]   The clinic will be closed Dec 24-26 & Dec 31- Jan 2.
Merry Christmas!

A new shipment of halters from Many Miles Designs just arrived for your Christmas shopping enjoyment!


Royal Canin Nutritional Truths HD

This video is produced by Royal Canin, but it's not a commercial for their products. It has a lot of good information about things to think about when evaluating food options for your pet. It's easy to get caught up in marketing claims if you don't have a science background. This video brings up several points that I share with my clients when discussing the things that I recommend in a pet food.

Pet food science versus pet food marketing and gimmicks.


Here’s a better way to convert dog years to human years, scientists say

sciencemag.org New dog age calculator uses DNA changes to estimate how old your dog is in human years


Why A Vet Is Your Best Defense During A Zombie Apocalypse


gypsumah.com Could your veterinarian help you survive a zombie apocalypse?

[10/19/19]   Ranchers: If anyone needs a copy of the Producer Consent to Fund Montana Beef Council Form to fill out for this year, I have some at the clinic. This is the form you need to fill out if you want the local Montana Beef Council to get up to 50 cents from your checkoff dollar as opposed to the entire amount going to the Cattlemen's Beef Board.

[10/14/19]   Ranchers: I received the following message today from the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. The short version is that some Animal Rights activists are posing as Census Bureau workers in order to gain entry to livestock facilities. Census Bureau workers SHOULD NOT ask for a tour of your facility!! See below for more info...

AABP members,

AABP is a member of the Animal Ag Alliance. This organization provides us with updates concerning various animal rights groups activities. Please see the below message that you might want to share with your clients. The Animal Ag Alliance has received reports regarding animal rights workers posing as census bureau workers to gain entry onto livestock operations.

If you or your clients have any suspicious activity on your farms or a protest, please contact the AABP office by emailing [email protected] so that we can report it to the Animal Ag Alliance.

Census Workers Attempting to Access Farms

There have continuously been incidents in several different states with Census Bureau workers (or people claiming to be affiliated with the Census Bureau) asking to enter livestock and poultry barns. Census workers are currently out gathering information. They should be willing to provide proper identification and should not be entering barns or other biosecure areas. The Census.gov website lists how to identify a Census worker. To further verify the visitor’s identity, use the staff directory to find contact information for the individual’s supervisor or contact the regional office. If the worker seems to be legitimate, but asks to go into livestock facilities, contact the supervisor and report it to [email protected].

If you cannot verify the identity of a visitor, ask them to leave and contact law enforcement if they do not. Report the incident to the Census Bureau regional office and contact your FBI local field office.


New vaccine could help those allergic to cats

Interesting! Supposedly, using this vaccine in cats could make them hypoallergenic to people.

clickorlando.com A vaccine could spell the end of allergies to cats.


Montana Department of Livestock

Ranchers: The Department of Livestock will be holding informational meetings about the new brucellosis regulations. There will be a meeting in each of the 10 counties included in the rule. The Stillwater County meeting is 8/27/19 at 8am-10:30am in the old hospital. The Carbon County meeting is 8/26/19 from 1pm-3:30pm at the extension office in Joliet. The Sweet Grass County meeting is 8/27/19 at the courthouse extension annex in Big Timber (sorry, time was not listed). If you want to read the entire press release, I copied & pasted it below from the email I received.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 8, 2019 CONTACT: Dr. Eric Liska, Montana Department of Livestock, (406) 444-3374 Dr. Tahnee Szymanski, Montana Department of Livestock, (406) 444-2043 MDOL Holding Public Meetings on Brucellosis Regulations Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) will be holding a series of informational meetings on brucellosis regulations. In October of 2018, requirements for brucellosis vaccination of female cattle and domestic bison were extended to Big Horn, Broadwater, Carbon, Jefferson, Stillwater, and Sweet Grass counties. Previously, brucellosis vaccination requirements only applied to the four counties in which Montana’s Designated Surveillance Area (DSA) is located (see image at end of release). A public meeting will be held in each of the 10 counties included in the brucellosis vaccination rule (ARM 32.3.436). The schedule is as follows: • Beaverhead County: September 10th 3-5:30 at the Beaverhead County Fairgrounds 4-H building in Dillon • Big Horn County: August 26th 8am-10:30 at the Big Horn County Courthouse in Hardin • Broadwater County: September 10th 8am-10:30 at the Broadwater County Fairgrounds 4-H building in Townsend • Carbon County: August 26th 1pm-3:30 at the Carbon County Extension Office in Joliet • Gallatin County: September 9th 12pm-2:30pm at the Gallatin Conservation District in Manhattan • Jefferson County: August 28th 2:30-5pm at the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorders office in Boulder • Madison County: August 28th 8am-10:30 at the Senior and Community Center in Twin Bridges • Park County: September 9th 8am-10:30 at the Park County Extension office in Livingston • Stillwater County: August 27th 8am-10:30 at the County Courthouse west annex (old hospital) in Columbus • Sweet Grass County: August 27th at the Sweet Grass County Courthouse Extension Annex in Big Timber Dr. Eric Liska, Brucellosis Program Veterinarian for MDOL, will be discussing the expansion and enforcement of the vaccination rule along with general information about Montana’s DSA.
These informal meetings are intended to present new information as well as answer public and producer questions about brucellosis and brucellosis related regulations. The mission of the Montana Department of Livestock is to control and eradicate animal diseases, prevent the transmission of animal diseases to humans, and to protect the livestock industry from theft and predatory animals. For more information on the Montana Department of Livestock, visit www.liv.mt.gov.


[07/28/19]   The clinic will be closed this week (Monday, 7/29, thru Friday 8/2) for repairs on the roof. I will not be available for appointments until next week.


How Americans Decided Dogs Can’t Eat Grains

theatlantic.com A new warning about dog food underscores a problem with certain diets that goes beyond pets.

[06/26/19]   Cool!

RANCHERS: Zoetis has announced a recall on certain vaccine lots that you may have purchased this spring for branding. The only serial number I'm aware of that we received is Ultrabac 8, 50-dose size ONLY (not 10-dose size), serial # 317767A. If you used this vaccine for branding, DON'T PANIC! The vaccine is expected to have normal efficacy. The concern was that a very small number of calves (I was told less than 10 calves in approximately a million doses) had anaphylactic-type reactions after being vaccinated. Further testing was done & these lots were found to have a little more endotoxin present than typical for this vaccine. Endotoxin is something that's in certain types of bacterial vaccines, but manufacturers try to keep levels low because too much endotoxin can cause reactions in animals. Some animals are just more sensitive to endotoxin than others & some environmental conditions can make animals more sensitive than usual. Bottom line: if you didn't have a problem with the vaccine at branding, that's great. If you have no vaccine left, you don't have to do anything except respond to the letter that you will probably get in the mail from Zoetis saying that you don't have any product left. If you DO have product left, they would like you to return it & receive replacement product (at their expense) once you receive your packet of information in the mail. If you have further questions regarding this issue, please contact the clinic at 406-328-7399 & we would be happy to visit with you about it. The photos are part of the recall packet with pertinent information.

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Absarokee, MT

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