MINOCQUA - Equipment that used to help patients in the Marshfield clinic found a new job, with a new sort of client. Specifically, ones with fur or feathers.
The Marshfield Clinic donated an endoscope to the Northwoods Animal Hospital last month. Already doctors have used the equipment to save a loon’s life.
"The Loon would not have made it if we'd had to do surgery because its a type of animal that is very fragile.... This procedure, we performed it with Dr. Franks and he was able to do the procedure, it took maybe 10 minutes, and the hooks were removed and the loon was released 2 days later."
Most animal hospitals don't have access to equipment like this. Dr. Theuerkauf is happy to have it. He says there are many times where an endoscope can save a pet from going under the knife. "Say it swallows your diamond ring. We can go in and retrieve that. Or a battery. A battery can be very detrimental to the intestinal tract"
Dr. Franks from the Marshfield Clinic is also donating his time to train Dr. Theuerkauf how to use the new equipment.
NORTHWOODS - People in Wisconsin love their beer, but alcohol is a big problem in the Northwoods. Experts want people to remember that alcohol is a drug and should never be abused.
Alcohol is a depressant and slows down the central nervous system. Experts feel drinking here in the Northwoods has become too normalized.
“When you talk to people even from the Northwoods community alcohol goes hand in hand with family gatherings , graduation, prom, hunting, snowmobiling, recreational activities,” says Katie Kennedy, Options Counseling Service Clinician. “It's kind of created this normalized look at alcohol that it's okay to do that in these environments or in these situations when it actually really increases risks.”
It's not just adults that have alcohol problems. Kids under 21 are finding unique ways to abuse the drug. Some have even resorted to snorting alcohol as a means to get drunk faster.
“What happens anytime you ingest a substance as far as snorting like right into your nose it goes into your mucus membrane,” says Kennedy. “So instead of drinking alcohol whereas it's processed through your system it's a process, the alcohol goes immediately into your body into your blood stream it affects you a lot quicker.”
In 2012 Wisconsin was the number one state for binge drinking. That's according to the Center for Disease Control. April is alcohol awareness month.
GREEN BAY - Two people convicted of mistreating cows at a Brown County dairy farm have been fined hundreds of dollars.
Lucia Martinez pleaded no contest Tuesday to two counts of mistreating animals, and Abelardo Jaimes pleaded no contest to one count. As part of a plea deal the charge was downgraded from a misdemeanor to a forfeiture.
Prosecutor David Lasee says with fines and court costs, Martinez will owe about $1,100, while Jaimes will have to pay $600 to $700.
Martinez, Jaimes and two others were charged after Mercy for Animals, an animal-rights group, secretly recorded workers beating injured cows.
Jaimes' attorney, Luca Lopes Fagundes, says workers were told they needed to make sure sick cows didn't remain down because they could die.
A message left with Martinez's attorney wasn't immediately returned.
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