Elmbrook Veterinary Clinic

Jack Russell poses in fall-colored leaf pile

Ah, fall! There's nothing like crisp, cool air, the first months of school and luscious foliage to get you excited for the changing seasons. Your pet, too, is probably welcoming the break from hot, sticky weather. But pet parents, beware—fall is also a time of lurking dangers for our furry friends. From household poisons to cold weather hazards, the season is a minefield! Here are some tips to keep your pet snug and healthy during the autumn months.

  • The use of rodenticides increases in the fall as rodents seek shelter from the cooler temperatures by attempting to move indoors. Rodenticides are highly toxic to pets—if ingested, the results could be fatal. If you must use these products, do so with extreme caution and put them in places inaccessible to your pets. 
     
  • It's back-to-school time, and those of you with young children know that means stocking up on fun items like glue sticks, pencils and magic markers. These items are considered “low toxicity” to pets, which means they're unlikely to cause serious problems unless large amounts are ingested. However, since gastrointestinal upset and blockages certainly are possible, be sure your children keep their school supplies out of paw's reach. 
     
  • Training tip: If you and your pooch haven't been active outdoors in a while because of the summer heat, do some remedial recall training. Dogs, like people, get rusty on their skills if they aren't using them. 
     
  • Fall and spring and are mushroom seasons. While 99% of mushrooms have little or no toxicity, the 1% that are highly toxic can cause life-threatening problems in pets. Unfortunately, most of the highly toxic mushrooms are difficult to distinguish from the nontoxic ones, so the best way to keep pets from ingesting poisonous mushrooms is to keep them away from areas where any mushrooms are growing. Contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately if you witness your pet eating a wild mushroom. 
     
  • In order to generate body heat, pets who exercise heavily outdoors, or who live outdoors, should be given more food during colder seasons. Make sure horses and other outdoor animals have access to clean, fresh water that is not frozen. 
     
  • Autumn is the season when snakes who are preparing for hibernation may be particularly “grumpy,” increasing the possibility of severe bites to those unlucky pups who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Pet owners should know what kinds of venomous snakes may be in their environment—and where these snakes are most likely to be found—so they can keep pets out of those areas. 
     
  • Many people choose fall as the time to change their car's engine coolant. Ethylene glycol-based coolants are highly toxic, so spills should be cleaned up immediately. Consider switching to propylene glycol-based coolants—though they aren't completely nontoxic, they are much less toxic than other engine coolants.
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  • Robert Marold, DVM

    Although Dr. Marold was born in Milwaukee, he calls Brookfield home.  A graduate of Brookfield Central, he went on to attend the University of Wisconsin at Madison, before receiving his degree in Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State. After graduation Bob joined his father’s veterinary practice at the State Street Dog and Cat Hospital in Milwaukee. While working there, Dr. Marold also worked as a consultant for the Milwaukee County Zoo, where he acquired a keen interest in exotic animal medicine. Of course, he enjoys the general medicine of dogs and cats (especially skin and eye problems).  Because he so enjoys what he is doing, his philosophy is “if an animal is ill, it needs to be seen.”  Dr. Bob, as he is called by many, is married to Diane, and enjoys playing with their five grandkids.

    Years in Practice:
    May 01, 1976
    Education:
    DVM, Kansas State
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  • Kevin Ruch, DVM

    Kevin is a 1988 Graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.  Originally from Fond du Lac, he did an externship at the Elmbrook Veterinary Clinic his senior year of Vet. School, was offered a job, and has been here since graduation.

    He is married to Beverlee and they have two wonderful boys, Tyler and Samuel.  A Doberman (Zeke), four cats (Murphy, Midnight, Mufasa, and Felix) and two Lilac Crowned Amazons make up the rest of the Ruch family.

    Away from work, family, friends and faith occupy his time.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1988
    Education:
    DVM, Wisconsin 1988
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  • Paul Yehle, DVM

    Dr. Paul Yehle is a 2001 graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.  (Go Badgers!)  He also is a 1994 graduate from Brookfield Central High School.  (Go Lancers!)  Paul has worked at the Elmbrook Veterinary Clinic since 1992, starting in the boarding kennels and working his way up the ladder.  Paul is married to his awesome wife, Jody, and has two gorgeous girls, Jaime and Jessica.  In addition to his human family he has a small army of critters at home.  He enjoys bowling, gardening, golfing, geocaching, hiking, photography, fishing, and rooting for the local teams (Go Brewers, Badgers, and Packers!).

    Years in Practice:
    Jun 01, 2001
    Education:
    DVM, Wisconsin 2001
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  • Angela Niemann, DVM

    Angela joined the Elmbrook team this past summer 2011.  She graduated Veterinary School at UW- Madison in 1998.  She brings experience in private practice, and emergency medicine with her.  She was previously employed at Pahle Small Animal Hospital in West Allis and Jefferson Animal hospital in Louisville, KY.  She graduated from high school in Milwaukee at Pius XI in 1990.

    She lives in Brookfield with her Husband, Dave and two children, Sarah and Dan who attend school at St. John Vianney.  Her furry family consists of two Boxers a Pug, a little old man cat, and two chatty guinea pigs.  Outside of work, she enjoys being outside in any form.  She shares a summer cabin in Northern WI with her five siblings.  Apart from that she spends lots of free time running, cheering for her kids in their sporting and music events, and frequenting our local restaurants (hence the "lots of time running!")
    Years in Practice:
    May 01, 1998
    Education:
    DVM, Wisconsin 1998
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  • Ginger M., CVT

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1978
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    CVT
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    Education:
    CVT (MATC '99)
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  • Maggie B.

    Maggie Bettin is a 1997 graduate of Brookfield Central High School and a 2001 graduate from Marian College, where she earned a degree in Psychology.  She started working at the Elmbrook Veterinary Clinic in 2001 after studying to be a veterinary assistant at WCTC.  She is married to a super nice guy, Jason, and has three kitties, and a cocker spaniel named Jackson.  She enjoys soccer and the color red.

  • Kirsten R.

    Kirsten started working for us in June of 2008.  She has two dogs, a German Shepherd named Citrus and a Boxer named Bear.
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    Years in Practice:
    Dec 31, 2000